Advent Conspiracy | December 2018

Do you want to skip the lines at the mall and instead give the gift of joy, hope and love this Christmas? Join the Advent Conspiracy at Portico Church Arlington, and give gifts that have an eternal impact. Advent Conspiracy is a movement to regain the heart of Christmas by redirecting a portion of our personal Christmas spending to serve those in need.

What are we doing?  Advent Conspiracy fully funds Christmas Carnival, a multi-day event serving 100+ orphans and their caregivers. This event is an outreach of our partner church, Bethel Gospel Church in Hyderabad, India. At Christmas Carnival children participate in Bible training, sporting events, competitions, abuse awareness training, and more. At the same time, their caregivers will receive gospel-centered training in how to care for orphans. Additionaly, we are helping to support the Portico Church Arlington members who are traveling to Hyderabad this December 29th-January 8th to be a part of the Christmas Carnival!

Why are we doing this? There are an estimated 15-25 million orphans in India. Recognizing these children’s need for care and protection, Pastor Sudhakar asks his church planters to take in up to 10 local orphans into their homes as they minister to these communities. This is exhausting and challenging work, and these children have most likely never experienced a large gathering of other Christians, orphans or loving teachers. This is an opportunity to support Bethel Gospel Church as they serve one of the most vulnerable populations in their country. Additionally, we’re called by God to do this Gospel work. James 1:27 reminds us, "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." By sending a team from Portico to serve at Christmas Carnival, we are building Christ-centered relationships with Bethel Gospel Church and gaining a better understanding of how we can build edifying ministries together.

How are we doing this? Bethel Gospel Church is able to move forward with the Christmas Carnival only because Portico Church Arlington commits to provide funding. Our goal for this year is to raise $10,000. If everyone gives, we can easily meet (and exceed!) this need as we did last year.

How can you give? Join the Advent Conspiracy to bless this outreach to orphans and the International Outreach Team.

  • Online: Visit Portico Church Arlington’s website to give online (www.porticoarlington.org). Select the “India” fund as your giving category. 
  • Sunday Worship Services: Drop off your financial gift at any of our Sunday services throughout December in the black GIVE box located in the lobby. We accept cash or checks written to Portico Church Arlington, and please write “INDIA” on the memo line if you give via check.
  • Text-to-give: Give by texting your donation amount with the designation “India” to 84321.

We ask that you prayerfully consider how you and your family can support Bethel Gospel’s orphan ministry this Christmas. If you have any questions, contact Portico’s International Outreach Coordinator, Jessica Moser.

Christmas Eve | 12.24.18

In lieu of having our own Christmas Eve service, Portico as been invited by Cherrydale Baptist Church to join them for their Christmas Eve services at 6pm (childcare) or 8pm (no childcare).

All the details can be found here.

Winter Session | 01.15.19 - 01.30.19

Join us for Winter Session, as we take a break from the normal rhythm of community groups and discipleship groups, for a time of men teaching men and women teaching women.

  • MEN will meet on Tuesday nights from 1/15/19-1/29/19 from 7:00-9:00 pm.
  • WOMEN will meet on Wednesday nights from 1/16/19-1/30/19 from 7:00-9:00 pm.

We will gather at the Portico Church Office in Clarendon (3240 Wilson BLVD #200 Arlington, VA 22201 United States). 

Food and childcare will not be provided.

Please invite any neighbors, friends, or coworkers who might be interested in the topic to join us and register HERE.

If you have any additional questions please contact Pastor Nate Wagner at nwagner@porticoarlington.org

Baptism Service | 01.27.19

Are you a follower of Christ and have yet to be baptized? Portico Church Arlington will be baptizing believers right after service at H-B Woodlawn Secondary School on Sunday, January 27. 

Baptism is a powerful means of grace in the life of any believer. If you know Jesus and have never been baptized, please join us.

Please SIGN UP HERE to RSVP for baptism or to find out more information, please contact Lead Pastor Jason Conner.

 

Thursday Prayer Gathering | Weekly

Come join us for a weekly prayer gathering on Thursday mornings at 7:00 am at the Portico Church Office (3240 Wilson Blvd. #200  Arlington, 22201). We will spend 30 minutes together seeking the Lord as we pray for each other, our church, and our city.

All are welcome and encouraged to come!

If you have any additional questions please contact Mike Donnalley at michael.donnalley@gmail.com.