August 18, 2019 
Volume, 385
This Week's Edition Vol. 385
Backpack Drive for North Richmond Students
Summer 2019 Improvements to Our Church
Upcoming Events
Person of the Planet Film Series: Paris to Pittsburgh
Aug 11, 2019 Sermon Excerpt and Audio
ACC's Food Barrel
It's Complicated: A Summer Sermon Series
The ACC Fall Directory
This Coming Week
Backpack Drive for North Richmond Students  
Change 4 Five Hundred is a non-profit organization that enables young men and women of North Richmond to be positive to be able to create a better environment for our communities.
Change 4 Five Hundred's 3rd annual Backpack Giveaway will take place on Sunday, September 22, from 1 - 4 pm at Shields Reid Community in North Richmond.
We will take up a special offering on August 18 and 25 to benefit the backpack drive. Marcus Byrd-Ray, the founder of Change 4 Five Hundred, will join us to present a Moment for Mission in worship on August 18. Please give generously.
Summer 2019 
Improvements to Our Church    
Concrete Project
Following the roof replacement project, our concrete project will start on August 19. The project will consist of replacing the retaining wall at the north end of the church, and the stairs from the patio down to the east end of the Kensington Nursery School walkway, as well and the patio itself and the wooden deck leading to it from the church Social Hall. This project is expected to last 4-6 weeks.
Upcoming Events

Sunday August 18 @ 11:30 AM
Outreach & Hospitality Brainstorming
As we prepare to kick off another church year, let's gather to talk about ways we can provide hospitality and promote Arlington Community Church to the wider community. Topics to be addressed include: special events, signage, social media. Come with your ideas, and think about ways you can be involved!
Monday August 19 @ 10:00 AM
Memoir Group
Memoir Group in August is on 8/19, which happens to also be National Potato Day. Write something about potatoes you have known and loved, or grown. Or maybe a childhood game involving potatoes - Hot Potato, Mr. Potato Head perhaps?
Friday August 23 @ 4:45 PM
Theology On Tap
Join Rev. Nate every fourth Friday at The Junket in El Cerrito , 235 El Cerrito Plaza, right near Trader Joes. This Month's Topic: "It's Complicated: Bring your own issue or question." All summer, we've been exploring difficult subjects in our sermon series. What's been sparked in your own life? You're invited to come with a theological query or a moral conundrum for the group, or just come ready to listen!
Sunday August 25 @ 11:30 AM
Book Discussion Group
A Global Warming Primer gives an elegant and clear explanation about the scientific reasons for global warming (lots of colorful visuals). Jeffrey Bennett, the author is an astrophysicist, former NASA scientist and prominent lecturer. Discussion will focus on Chapter One of our book. If you still need a copy of the book, get in touch with Nate or Shanti as soon as possible.

Person of the Planet Film Series:
Paris to Pittsburgh
Thursday August 29 @ 7:00 PM

Join us for a FREE screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, a new film from National Geographic, produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies -- narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel").
From coastal cities to America's heartland, Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren't waiting on Washington to act. Learn about their incredible stories in Paris to Pittsburgh, and be inspired to create change in your own community!
We are excited to be hosting a screening of this incredible film at Arlington Community Church on Thursday August 29 at 7:00 PM. We hope to see you there!
From " It's Complicated: Marriage & Divorce"
By Rev. Nate Klug
A sermon on John 4:5-30
There is a small, black book that most UCC ministers have, somewhere in their office.
It looks kind of like a Bible, and kind of like Bridget Jones' diary, if it were shiny and black.
And it's called The Book of Worship.
And the Book of Worship contains templates for all sorts of services that happen in church life.
Communion and baptisms...weddings and funerals.
And I had owned this book for years, before I noticed one of the other sections that the book included.
It's a section that's called "An Order for Recognition of the End of a Marriage."
And it sits there, quietly, next to all these other kinds of services...
ACC's Food Barrel

Arlington Community Church is joining with the Contra Costa Solano County Food Bank to fill a food barrel over the next month.
1 in 8 people in the two counties - about 180,000 individuals - turn to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano each month. St. Mary's University did a study in which they found  that 92% have a household income of less than $35,000 a year and it takes $76,500 for a family of four to make ends meet in California. 64% of households have seniors, children or both. Even more staggering, 29% rely on the Food Bank for at least half of their food.
The study also revealed that the majority of participants eat healthier since receiving food assistance from the Food Bank and its partner agencies. 71% of respondents said they eat more balanced meals. 75% of respondents said they eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
The need is particularly great for protein items such as canned tuna or peanut butter. Right now please bring those items and other packaged food goods (with current expiration dates) and help us fill the barrel.
Cash contributions can also be made and the Lesher Fund is currently matching all gifts to the Food Bank.
It's Complicated: 
A Summer Sermon Series  
Life is full of blessings that can also feel like burdens. How do we navigate situations that require all of our head and heart, and still might not have an answer?
Join us as we have fun exploring a different "complicated" topic each Sunday morning, from family to money to tradition.

Text: Genesis 6, 1 Corinthians 9: 19-23. Rev. Nate Klug preaching.

August 25. "It's Complicated: Having a Specific Faith"
Text: Luke 13:22-30. Rev. Nate Klug preaching
The ACC Fall 2019 Directory
The ACC Fall 2019 Directory will be released in the next month! Draft copies will be available in the Social Hall following morning worship for members to review and leave notes for any changed information since 2018. Please DO NOT take these copies home so other members may review the information.

For members & friends unable to attend morning worship this month:

If you would like to be added to ACC's 2019 directory or if any of your contact information has changed in the last year, please contact the office. You can reach our Office Administrator, Jacob Day, during his office hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM, or email him at anytime with your contact information.

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This Coming Week
Sun, August 18
Morning Worship 
10:00 AM

Outreach & Hospitality Brainstorming 
11:30 AM

Mon, August 19
Memoir Group
10:00 AM

Weds, August 21
Council Meeting
10:00 AM

Thurs, August 22
Trustees Meeting
2:00 PM

Fri, August 23
Theology on Tap
4:45 PM

Bridge Night
6:00 PM

Sun, August 25
Morning Worship
10:00 AM

Book Discussion Group
11:30 AM

Upcoming Events

Thurs Aug 29 @ 7:00 PM
Person of the Planet Film Series: Paris to Pittsburgh

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