300 North Montague Street, Arlington, Virginia 22203 Sunday Worship at 11 am; Sunday Classes 9:45 am for all ages.


Being Jesus’ Hands + Feet


Current Service Projects

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Our Saturday Morning AFAC Volunteers Distributing Food at the Wharehouse, Sept., 2015

 

  • Help spread the word about our hunger action month event: Shredding 4 Hunger on Saturday 9/29. Print and post or email this flyer to friends. Come out with your documents to shred in exchange for a donation to AFAC. Contact the office to volunteer.
  • Help our Service Ministry Team collect medical supplies for the Lybrook Community. Marlene is a Native American nurse on the reservation who helps with simple procedures and must pay for all medical supplies herself. Sign up in the narthex to purchase needed items including wash basins, diabetic socks, gauze pads (2×2 and 4×4), alcohol swabs, medical gloves and antibiotic hand wipes. Monetary donations can also be made for the team to purchase remaining supplies. This service project is in lieu of the fall school kit drive. Please donate by the end of September.
  • The  5K/10K CROPwalk is part of a nationwide network of Hunger Walks sponsored by Church World Service to raise funds to provide sustainable self-help and development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance around the world. Click here to donate and ask others to pitch in too. Then, plan to walk the morning of Saturday, October 13.
  • Volunteer to distribute food together at Arlington Food Assistance Center, Saturday, 11/3.
  • Bring boxes of cereal any Sunday for our regular donation to AFAC. Whole grain, low sugar cereal provides the families a nutritious and easy way to start the day.
  • We are also collecting travel-size personal care items on an ongoing basis for the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (ASPAN) including, deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouth washes, combs, brushes, disposable razors, shaving cream, vaseline, lip balm, band-aids, and cough drops. This is a great opportunity to donate those travel size shampoo, soap and lotions from our stays at hotels.
  • Again, this year we are re-purposing a pretzel jar brought back from the Disaster Auction. In it we’re collecting spare change to donate at the next auction in Spring, 2019. The annual Mid-Atlantic District Disaster Relief Auction raises money for Disaster Relief across the world.
  • Keep an eye out for our annual Donation Day for Doorways at Safeway. The exact Saturday in June is still being decided.
  • Save the date to stay after worship on Sunday, July 22 to help assemble bag meals with ASPAN.
  • Also, in July, we’ll be collecting metro cards and Target gift cards for Offender Aid and Resoration (OAR). The cards will help persons recently released from prison get to job interviews and work and buy work clothes and needed household items.

Recent Service Projects

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Crates of oatmeal for AFAC clients.

*Thank you for supporting Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) with your generous donations of gift cards to help our neighbors recently released from prison get to job interviews and buy needed clothing and household items. Together we donated 7 SmarTrip cards ($140.00, up from 3 donated in 2017) and 5 Target gift cards ($125.00, the same number of cards donated last year), for a total of $265.00. Thanks to everyone for your donations!

*To assist our neighbors without homes and others in need in Arlington, we stayed together after worship in July, 2018 to assemble 50 lunch bags (100 sandwiches, water, fruit, and homemade cookies) which was distributed by ASPAN (Arlington Street Peoples Alliance Network). When delivered, the ASPAN chef said they weren’t sure what they were going to serve, so the donation filled a need.

*Our children brought us together for a Lemonade Stand on behalf of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise money for pediatric cancer research. They raised $143 for sharing lemonade and cookies and bringing folks together for a good cause on a sunny day!

*Doorways sent a special note of thanks for the amazing bounty you collected for their clients last weekend! Here’s the grand total: $130 total in cash donations; $215 total in Safeway gift cards; and 336 household items. In addition to the tangible necessities are two other tremendous gifts: first, the awareness you raised among our neighbors and the advocacy you did to amplify our clients’ needs; and second, the love and compassion you show our clients through these gifts. To know that there are caring people in our community willing to take time on their weekends to help their neighbors can make such an impact in our clients’ confidence and hope for their brighter futures. We are grateful to you for all of these wonderful gifts!

*Together we offered 40 pounds of baby food, 28 pounds of cereal and over $100 in cash for our neighbors served at Arlington Food Assistance Center through our special April, 2018 collection. Our Saturday morning volunteers dropped off the donations when helping distribute food in May. They reported back that the children were particularly pleased to receive the goody bags our children made for them in Big Sunday School. AFAC serves an average of 2,200 families experiencing food insecurity each week in one of the wealthiest counties in the nation.

*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. Our repurposed pretzel jar collecting change all year brought in an additional $271!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.

 

 

Service at the Arlington Church of the Brethren

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.

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CROP walkers participate every year.

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.

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Packing School Kits

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.

 

More on the Global View

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.


Habitat Presentation

In 2006, members and friends of the congregation with former pastor Jeff Payne, present a check for $2,000.00 to Habitat for Humanity in honor of the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary. The goal was to have enough money to buy 300 2×4’s and nails. We surpassed that level with enough for 500 boards and 375 pounds of nails!


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.

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