The fourth Sunday of every month we gather at 5:00 p.m. instead of 11:00 a.m. Our next faith@five is Sunday, July 26.  We begin with dinner followed by worship.  Come join us!

As we continue to live into the vision God has given us, we are meeting before each faith@five for updates and conversation. On July 28, we meet at 3 p.m.  Our development partner, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) will be with us sharing a presentation on the form based code application and specs of the new building.  Afterwards, we will participate in a "naming" process--what will the new building be called?


Who? Me?!—A Biblical and Community Exploration of Call

As people called by God to be God's disciples, we find we are not the first to respond (or to hesitate responding) to this call. And there are varieties of ways to respond and the nuances of the call are great and varied. Beginning June 21, we will wind our way through scripture, listening to and responding to calls that have come to a myriad of people. You are encouraged to read the passages below and reflect on your on story. If you find a passage that speaks to you, please let me know. I welcome shared stories in worship.

June 21
The Call You Least Expected
Jonah 3:1 – 5, 10

June 28
The Call to Community
Romans 16:1 – 16

July 5
The Call to be Peacemaker
1 Samuel 25

July 12
The Call to Disobey
Exodus 1:8 – 2:10

July 19
The Call to Say 'Yes'
Luke 1:26 – 38

July 26
The Call to Make Beauty
Exodus 31:1 – 11

August 2
The Call that Sneaks Up on You
1 Samuel 3:1 – 21

August 9
The Call to Stay
Mark 5:1 – 20

August 16
The Call to Change Course
Mark 2:13 – 17

August 23
The Call to be Human
Genesis 2:14b – 3:21




"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal." 1 Cor. 13:1

Manfred Elkana and Pastor Bisse before the worship service

When I decided to go to Cameroon to visit my family after ten years, I also had in mind the orphans that APC supports through the ministry of Pastor Bisse. My brother Jean-Pierre and I received a welcoming ovation on Saturday, March 21st upon our arrival in Eseka (city/town with a small population in the state of Centre, Cameroon).

I had the privilege to spend the weekend with the 33 orphans who came to meet their "father" that they heard about but never met. I was touched by the joy and gratitude that these children expressed for the financial assistance they receive from APC. Since 2008, APC pays tuition for these children and so far one of them is already ordained Presbyterian Minister, another one a civil servant and so on....

On Sunday, March 22nd, I attended the worship service during which I gave the Parish of Gweha, choir robes and French New Testaments on behalf of APC. My message that day was the Compassion of God after reading Luke 7:11-18. Over 300 people attended the worship service and I had to spend an extra night in Eseka because these children wanted to have another day with me. I thank Pastor Bisse and his wife for their hospitality and the generosity of APC. I was also blessed by the support of my mother, my brother and my uncle's wife, Angele, who attended the worship service.

Upon my return in Douala, I visited the local prison where I handed over more than twenty New Testaments in French. My aunt Solange along with her Pastor, Rev. Socki (both share the good news to the detainees every Wednesday) made this visit possible.

Family photo with some of the orphansFamily photo with some of the orphans

Messengers choir with robes from Arlington Presbyterian ChurchMessengers choir with robes from Arlington Presbyterian Church

Visit to the local jail in Douala.  On the left, Rev. Socki and far right, my aunt, SolangeVisit to the local jail in Douala.  On the left, Rev. Socki and far right, my aunt, Solange


Click the link below for more pictures and videos.

Mission to Cameroon Photo Gallery (the last four are videos!)

To God be the Glory!

Respectfully Submitted by,
Manfred Elkana Soughe