*One Great Hour of Sharing is a special ecumenical offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world. Together, we raise funds for disaster relief, refugee assistance and developmental aid. It began in the late 40’s to help with reconstruction after WWII. The title was first used in 1950 to symbolize the fact that so many different churches were joining together. Ever since, the purpose has remained the same, as a special collection to assist others in rebuilding their lives after disaster and hardship. Specific allocations differ in each denomination. Our donations will go to Brethren Global Mission, Brethren Disaster Ministries, Brethren Volunteer Service and Brethren Workcamps. In 2018, our individual donations to this special offering totaled $720.
*Our total donations ahead of the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Disaster Relief Auction came to over $400. A repurposed pretzel jug is quite full and still collecting change ahead of the spring fundraiser! Thank you for giving to support disaster relief around the world!
* This year we collected over 130 2018 calendars for our neighbors at Sunrise Senior Center!
* In Jan, 2018 volunteers joined together to make 140 scarves for our neighbors without homes at our annual service project with ASPAN.
* Our special Christmas Eve, 2017 collection went to New Community Project this time. We donated $495 for their programs changing the way we relate to the planet and its people.
* Our 2017 year-end gift card collection for Doorways added up to $550 for women and their families healing from domestic violence.
* In 2017, we donated over 200 boxes of cereal to AFAC! Thinking of the children who come with their families to pick up food, we also donated 26 coloring books to help keep them entertained for the long wait.
* Our 2017 International Day of Prayer for Peace project in 2017 involved the children weaving potholders for donations to support the Montessori School for Peace in Nigeria. Our crafty kids raised $347!
*Our 2017 Doorways Donation Day was very successful! We collected over $350 in gift cards, over 50 bottles of dish soap, 15 liquid bottles of hand soap, over 20 shampoo/conditioner bottles, 15 deodorants, 6 baby lotions, several laundry detergents, 12 disinfecting wipes, 4 sunscreens, several bottles of lotion and baby lotion, over 20 boxes of storage/sandwich bags, 7 boxes of trash bags, 6 boxes of swiffer pads, over 70 rolls of paper towels and $35 in cash, plus many other items. Our list is an underestimate since at times we were too busy collecting the items to record them. Many thanks to our volunteers! Doorways was very appreciative our support.
*Our 2017 Crop Walk team with Bethel UCC raised over $7,000 to combat hunger in our community and around the world. Thanks to all who donated and especially to our walkers!
*Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual shredding event. Over 60 cars drove through, with participants donating over $1, 006 and 531 lbs of food for Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Special thanks to Ann Wilson of Kellar Williams Realty for sponsoring the event.
*43 more children will have the tools for school in 2018 thanks to your support of our CWS School Kits project.
* Each year we partner with Offender Aid and Restoration to help previously incarcerated folks re-enter society. In 2017 we donated Smart metro cards and Target gift cards to help with job searches and interviews.
Service in action is an important Brethren ideal. The Arlington congregation contributes to many local and international family, housing, and food assistance outreach efforts through financial contributions, by providing volunteers to local outreach efforts, and through church-organized service projects. Regularly supported efforts include,
Some of our ongoing service includes sending 10-12 volunteers to AFAC’s distribution center (on Nelson St.) the first Saturday of every other month. The group helps to distribute food to the 100-130 families who arrive on that morning. Every week, we collect boxes of cereal for AFAC and at harvest, donate the fruits of our garden as well.
Each year we promote the Brethren Disaster Auction in addition to collecting items for relief kits.
The opportunities for service with us are quite varied!
Every fall our church supports the CROP walk for hunger relief. This Church World Service event enlists walkers who get supporters to pledge money for their walk. Our youth, advisors, and other members enjoy this event, rain or shine!
Each December, members and friends collect gift cards for the families who live at the Doorways’ shelter.
Our annual Soup & Pie event promotes Heifer International alternative Christmas gifts & SERVV’s fair trade merchandise.
We also do a simple service project following worship several Sundays during the summer months, like packing CWS school kits or bagging rice or oatmeal.
And we frequently join with our community partners to serve Arlingtonians in need.
Currently, we are encouraging support for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria.
Arlington Church of the Brethren has a long history of service projects and we seek new and helpful ways to serve locally and around the world.
Globally, the Church of the Brethren is a member of the World Council of Churches. The denomination contributes goods, services, and funds to global disaster relief efforts. Through Brethren Volunteer Service, the denomination provides volunteers in areas of conflict such as Northern Ireland and Bosnia, in Central and Latin America, and in the inner cities and rural areas of the United States. SERRV International, which provides fair trade opportunities for Third World artisans and Heifer International, were founded by the Church of the Brethren.
Jan 21, 2016. We moved up our scarf-making service project to get the scarves to our neighbors in need ahead of the big snow storm. Many thanks to the volunteers who came out on short notice. Together, they made 108 scarves in 90 minutes! God bless and protect the recipients of the scarves.