Advent Conspiracy | December 2017

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 refocus the heart of Christmas by redirecting a portion of our personal Christmas spending to serve those in need.

What are we doing? This year is particularly exciting because our ministry to India is expanding. First, we are supporting our ministry partner, Bethel Gospel Church in Hyderabad, India with their Christmas Carnival. This is a multi-day event serving up to 200 orphans and their caregivers. At this overnight camp, children will participate in Bible training, sporting events, competitions, abuse awareness training, and more. At the same time, their caregivers will be present to receive gospel-centered training in how to care for orphans. Secondly, we are helping to support the 10 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 village 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 states “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” By sending a team from Portico to serve at Christmas Carnival, we hope to build Christ-centered relationships with Bethel Gospel Church by 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 ( Select the “Advent Conspiracy” fund as your giving category. This will guarantee your funds are allocated to Advent Conspiracy.
  • 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 Member Gathering and Brunch Celebration | 12.09.17

On Saturday, December 9, 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 Sammy Dial -

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

Core Conversation: Not Married - The Pursuit of Joy in Singleness and Dating | 11.03.17 - 12.15.17


Join us for 5 Friday nights as we discuss some of the specific challenges, biases, and misconceptions about what it means to be Christian and not married. 

During our time together we will be asking questions such as: 

"Does God want me to be married?"

"Do I have to be married to mature as a Christian?"

"What purpose does God have for my life when I am not married?"

"What is a good and wise way to date?"

"Does God want me to marry?"

The answers to these questions may surprise you!

When: We will meet together on five Friday nights: 11/3, 11/10, 12/1, 12/8, and 12/15 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. 
Where: We will meet at Portico Church's office (3240 Wilson Blvd. #200 Arlington, VA 22201)
Who: Anyone who is not married!
Why: To seek God's wisdom in our present situation
What: We will read "Not Yet Married: The Pursuit of Joy in Singleness and Dating" by Marshall Segal and have teaching from Pastor of Spiritual Formation Nate Wagner and April Fry

Please let us know you will be attending by REGISTERING HERE.

Core Conversations are teaching sessions designed to engage, equip, and challenge us on issues of faith in a relaxed, interactive environment.

Foundations | 0.19.18 - 01.20.18


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.


How it works…FOUNDATIONS will take place over two days, beginning with a Friday evening session over dinner from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The evening will be an opportunity to engage with others over good food and hear from our leaders about the vision, values, and mission of our church.

The Saturday session will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Portico Church Office in Clarendon (3240 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 200, Arlington, VA, 22201). The pastors and leaders of Portico will teach on how we live out the three identities we embody as disciples of Jesus: Worshippers, Family, and Missionaries. Attending both sessions serves as our pathway to membership. The Saturday session will include:

  • 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.

For the Saturday session, a cost of $10 (per person) is required for materials.

If you would like to attend the Friday session or both, please SIGN UP HERE. Space is limited so register soon!

Please contact Pastor Nate Wagner with any additional questions.