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.

Foundations [Brunch Edition] | 11.17.18

About:

FOUNDATIONS is an introduction to the community, theology, and values of Portico Church Arlington. It’s a snapshot of what it means to be a member on mission with us. If you are new, FOUNDATIONS is a great place to connect with others.

Details:

How it works… FOUNDATIONS will take place on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. During our time together the Pastors and leaders of Portico will teach on:

  • belonging to God: theology, beliefs and overview of the Gospel
  • belonging to each other: membership, community, service, and gifts
  • belonging on mission: local and global outreach

There will also be plenty of time for discussion.

In the middle of our time together, we will break and enjoy BRUNCH! Food will be provided, and as we share a meal together we will also have time to get to know you and share more about the community and history of Portico Church Arlington.

We will meet at the Portico Church Office in Clarendon (3240 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 200, Arlington, VA, 22201)

Please SIGN UP HERE. Space is limited so register soon!

Please contact Pastor Nate Wagner with any additional questions.

Child Dedication | 11.18.18 (Closes 11.05.18)

Child Dedication is a parental commitment to raising and discipling children to become Godly men and women that are fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. It is also an opportunity for those at Portico to pledge themselves to support and encourage families in making disciples. 

On Sunday, November 18, we will have a Child Dedication during the morning worship service at H-B Woodlawn (4100 Vacation Ln, Arlington, VA 22207). If you would like to have your child dedicated to the Lord, please register HERE by Monday, November 5.

If you have additional questions please contact Lead Pastor, Jason Conner at jconner@porticoarlington.org.

Christmas Member Gathering and Brunch Celebration | 12.09.17

On Saturday, December 8, at 9:30 a.m., we will hold our Christmas Member Gathering and Brunch Celebration. We encourage everyone (covenant members + attenders) to make plans to join us! We will meet at Christ Church of Arlington (3020 N Pershing Drive Arlington, Virginia 22201).

Member Gatherings are an opportunity to connect to the present life and future of the church. The Member Gathering provides an opportunity for the Portico Leadership Team to give everyone a look at where God is leading us in the new year. We have much to celebrate. We will spend time celebrating God’s blessing, hearing testimony of His work and responding to His leading.

As part of the Member Gathering, we will have a brunch potluck! Portico will be providing coffee, juice, and pancakes. Please bring a brunch dish or side (examples: fruit, muffins, breakfast casseroles, donuts, etc.) to share with everyone!

In addition we will have a fun activity planned for children 2 and up. There will be childcare provided for children under 2. If you are able and willing to help with childcare, please contact Ben Howard - bhoward@porticoarlington.org

Please register here if you plan to attend. We look forward to celebrating together with you!

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.