Page 1


Photo by Chet Humberd

The Falls Church Anglican

That Christ Be King in Our Lives and in the Lives of Others

Message from The Rector The tremendous outpouring of pledges and contributions to our “Forward” initiative has enabled us to purchase an exciting property and begin taking the steps that will eventually enable us to be fully settled in our new home! We plan to move our staff into the third floor of our new office building and begin to use the concourse floor for a great variety of gatherings in September of this year. Even now while we are preparing to reconfigure some of the office space, we are in the final selection process for an architect and are in the beginning stages of working with engineers and site planners to design the overall use of the property long term, making sure Continued page 2 we will have adequate parkingon and good traffic flow. Over the next year there will be countless meetings to think through all the plans and design work for our new church. I expect the time to pass quite quickly and that before you know it we will actually be building our new church! We hope to begin worshiping in our new church home sometime in 2018. These years will pass very quickly— quickly that is, if we all join in the tasks to be done in the meantime. We are now in the midst of an unprecedented opportunity to become a stronger, deeper, more vital and mature family continued on page 2

July/August 2015

TFCA / CHI Training Area Prayer Ministers by Peggy Fisher


he day began with joyous worship offered to our glorious God. Led by Erin O’Keefe’s lilting soprano voice, we invited the Holy Spirit to come have His way in whatever He had prepared for us. This was the second installment of a two level training for prayer ministers throughout the Capital area provided by The Falls Church Anglican and Christian Healing Institute. The first session, on April 11, was a 4-hour training in entry-level healing prayer ministry with 140 persons from 54 different churches. A week later, I attended the 1-day seminar on Specialized Training in Healing Ministry. Welcoming participants to the conference, The Rev. Kathleen Christopher, CHI Executive Director and Director of Healing & Prayer Ministries at The Falls Church Anglican, introduced some of the foundational ways of praying for a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

Our emotional lives begin in the womb. Nancy Cook, one of the lay leaders and founders of the Healing Ministry at our church, opened the talks by sharing her deep experience in praying with people for healing of wounds from conception through birth. Tracing the history of this kind of prayer, she described the kinds of grief that, because they cannot be articulated, the soul cannot let go. She concluded by praying through the nine months of in utero development through the eyes of God, who fearfully and wonderfully knits us together in our mother’s womb, and then brings us to birth. The Holy Spirit spoke a word of affirmation and healing to many in attendance during the prayers.

continued on page 20

THE FALLS CHURCH ANGLICAN Table of Contents Rector’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cover Training Area Prayer Ministers. . Cover From Corhaven. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 ESOL Students as Image Bearers. . . . . 4 Redeemer’s Tim Keller Visits TFCA Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Sneaker Sunday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Building Relationships Through Tabernacling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Commemorating June 8. . . . . . . . . . 12 Serving One Another . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Children Singing to God. . . . . . . . . . 16 Our Acolytes: Growing and Going. . 24 Learning Biblical Peacemaking. . . . . . 25 Women for All Seasons. . . . . . . . . . . 26 Springtime at Shrine Mont. . . . . . . . 28 The Lord’s Natural Wonders. . . . . . . . 31 Graduating Fellows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 News from Incarnation Church. . . . 32 A Short Reflection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 The Victorious Christian Life. . . . . . . 34 Now That’s a Spicy Meatball! . . . . . . 36 Praising in Poetry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Welcoming New Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Welcoming Our Archbishop. . . . . . . 39 Confirmation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Baptisms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Living Church Life at TFCA. . . . . . . . 42 Submissions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Milestones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Finance and Vestry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Staff Listing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Worship Schedule . . . . . . . . Back cover

Message from The Rector continued from cover of Christian believers. If we “catch our second wind” now, bring our ideas forward, and all take a share in the essential tasks before us (learning about plans for the new property, coming when requested to meetings with architects to express our views, joining the necessary setup and takedown duties on Sundays, sharing in one or more of the scores of ministry opportunities, and linking with one another in prayer and study consistently), then one day we will look back on this period of our life as a time of remarkable growth and fellowship. We will “see” God at work as we join one another in this endeavor—God will use this time period to grow us and teach us and use us in many, many ways. I have had three or four such opportunities in my own 45 years of ministry and am grateful and excited for what we have ahead of us. In the family, The Rev. Dr. John W. Yates II Rector, The Falls Church Anglican


PUBLISHING TEAM Editor-in-Chief (staff) Susan Fertig-Dykes

Volunteer Editing Team Jeanne Nichols, Assistant Editor Laurie Ross, Assistant Editor Dan Ayre Sharon Gewehr Jane Larson Ray Meinhart Rachel Phillips Sara Thielman Photography Team (volunteer) Ed Glancy Sharon Fast Gustafson Nathan Mitchell Ron Planting Additional photo credits by photos


The Current • July/August 2015

If you are new to TFCA, we extend our welcome and want you to know we’re happy you’re here! We’re glad to tell you more about the community and all that is going on and available. We live out “that Christ be King in our lives and in the lives of others!”

Come on in!

For information on Connections and Community at TFCA, contact C&C Coordinator Erin O’Keefe at or call her at (571) 282-0700.

FROM CORHAVEN Where Am I Spiritually? by The Rev. Bill Haley


ere’s a fun tool! Think about a person as a dynamic combination of head, heart, and hands, in community with others. Then think about the fact that there are stages of spiritual growth towards maturity. Put those two things together and you can come up with a very general sense of where you might be in your spiritual development. Here’s a little exercise that can help. Look it over, and circle the box that you think best describes you currently in the life of your head, heart, and hands. Don’t worry if they’re not in

the same 101/201/301 column—they’re probably not! But once you know where you are, you can begin to think about what you might need to do next to grow to the next level towards maturity. There’s much more to come on that! Editor’s note: Bill Haley is an Associate Rector at TFCA. He is serving currently as Interim Director of Spiritual Formation and Discipleship at TFCA. Coracle retreats as well as seminars from The Washington Institute are frequently offered at the Haleys’ retreat center, Corhaven. †

“Growing to the Next Stage” (Highlight the phrase that best describes you.)




Heart – This area includes our life of prayer, and worship, our confidence of being loved by God, our intimacy and actual trust in God. It includes loving others, and includes our selfknowledge.

My prayer life has been something I do, rather than enjoy; I have a hard time trusting God in things that matter most to me. I’m not sure what God thinks of me. I have a harder time loving other people, especially those who are different than me.

I regularly spend time communing with God and most of the time live with a sense of his love me. I have experienced his faithfulness and have found myself becoming more loving. Worship is generally meaningful for me, and my prayer life takes different forms.

Head – This area includes the life of our mind, specifically related to gaining more knowledge and intellectual growth.

I believe in Jesus, but I’m not sure I know what all the basic Christian doctrines are, and I don’t feel like I have a good handle on the whole Bible. I still have major questions about the faith.

I feel like I have a good understanding of the Bible, Christian theology and doctrine, and can explain these things to others. I have some knowledge of church history and major Christian figures, and also some proficiency in other intellectual pursuits.

Hands – This area involves how we serve others and seek to build the Kingdom of God, inside and outside the church.

I try to be kind towards others and treat them well and sometimes help out. I have little sense of how my work matters to God. Sometimes I help out at the church. I see my job primarily as a source of income.

I serve others on a regular basis in identifiable ways, and know that God cares for the poor. I’ve volunteered at the church and see my workplace as an important place of evangelism.

Together – This is the life of our relationships, both one on one and in groups.

My relationships are friendly but I might not talk about the deepest things in my life or specific challenges I feel. I may have been discipled.

My relationships are regular, supportive, and enable meaningful conversation about things that matter to me and have been in small groups. I have been mentored.

I know beyond doubt that God loves me and is involved regardless of external circumstances, and I am able to worship and praise him in any event. I do not need to feel his presence to know he is with me. I take risks in response to God much more easily, and listening to God is a way of life for me. I understand the big picture of the Bible and want to go deep into it. I have a coherent Christian worldview that makes sense of most things and can communicate this to others. I’m most interested in discerning what God’s wants me to understand or study, even beyond Christian topics. I actively seek to show God’s love to the most vulnerable and have an orientation of service to others. I’m accustomed to taking risks for God in service to him and the world, and have a deep understanding of vocation. I may have a spiritual director. My relationships are intentional, regular, committed to the other’s growth, and are safe places for me to share anything actually. I have a spiritual director.

The Current • July/August 2015


LOVING THE STRANGERS AMONG US ESOL Students as Image Bearers by Christine Jones, ESOL Coordinator


n my 7 years coordinating the ESOL ministry, I have encountered a wide range of students. Some come for only a few weeks and others come for years. They all have interesting stories of grief and triumph. But lately I have been pondering how each of these bears the image of God—and He, seeing this, pushes me to expand my view of God. For example, when a highly educated gentleman from the Middle East told us he was hanging out at a local auto body shop in order to spend time with a fellow classmate who works there, we were amazed. I tend to spend the majority of my time around people with similar education to mine. But our God is a relational God so why am I surprised? Several of our Muslim students embrace prayer and have shared experiences of praying to Mary and Jesus. When their prayers are answered, they are not surprised. And we should not be either. Our God is an accessible God, available to all those who call on Him. And, as we are seeing in our ministry, He is there even when those who call on Him do not fully know who He truly is!


The Current • July/August 2015

One of our African students who “outgrew” our classes was invited to be an assistant teacher in the beginner class. She quickly became a huge blessing to that class. In the process she grew in both her English and her teaching skills. The next semester we “lost” her to a local preschool where she is now employed as an assistant French teacher. It is exciting to see our students grow; it reminds me that our God is the ultimate giver of gifts and that He wants us to use His gifts to flourish. If you would like to flourish through use of your English speaking gifts, consider volunteering in the ESOL ministry this fall. Moving to a new and strategic location will open up many new opportunities to complete the conversations these stories only begin. We are excited for what God will do! We offer two evening classes and one morning class each week. For more information check out our website at www. or send an email to I look forward to hearing from you. †

REDEEMER’S TIM KELLER VISITS TFCA STAFF Keller Advises Us on Building Our New Community by Bekah Valerio


ever in a thousand years would I have imagined a scenario in which I, a 29-year-old middle school youth leader, would be riding in an elevator with Tim Keller to visit TFCA’s new church office space. Yes, THE Tim Keller: The one who, despite writing multiple books and traveling around the country, still speaks at his own church at one of three locations almost every Sunday. The one who has written so many books that have inspired me during my own walk with God, including Generous Justice, which taught me that

This is an idea that often gets lost in translation, especially in an area that often tries to seduce us with the idea that life should be a series of check lists, where we can cross off one thing, and then move on to the next. But Christianity is about real community, about follow-through, about long lasting and unconditional love, about striving for the best in relationships despite our own flawed selves getting in the way. It’s a phrase I as a youth leader see and type up constantly. “Who: You and all your friends!” “The best weekend of your lives! Invite all your friends!” It’s the reason why our youth group is constantly expanding with new life. But it’s something you don’t see as much in the “adult” church. I wonder when you last heard someone say, “The best sermon series of your life! Bring all your friends!” When was the last time you considered inviting your outside friends to church, or even making friends outside of the church, solely out of love and care for God-created and -given relationships with people, instead of with an “I’m going to save you and then find someone else to save” complex? I was asked which of Keller’s Keller (center) with TFCA Rector John Yates and DOMA Bishop John Guernsey. ideas seems most applicable to us. I’d have to say his admonition theology isn’t just what you know, but how you act, and The to “Take your time, but don’t take too much time.” As our Reason for God, which reminds us that asking hard questions church body enters into a very different local community, about God can lead to some of the most beautiful answers even though we are only moving a mile away, Tim reminded us about faith. not to go into it too quickly with a “this church will save you” “Have you met my friend Tim yet?” John Yates asked me as complex. He reminded us to take the time to be genuine—to we rode up. Without even having heard a single word spoken first meet with and ask the people around us what they need, from Tim yet, I was already overwhelmed with a since of active what they want, and what from a local church would actually enthusiasm—complete refreshment from a long Tabernacling help them out. What a wonderful, down-to-earth reminder not season that everyone in our congregation knows all too well. to guess or invite blindly (even out of good intentions), but to But for Tim Keller to take the time to visit with our staff, to take our time in order to respect and love our new community genuinely care and be excited for us and for what was to come, the way we should! Thessalonians 5:14 says, “And we urge gave me a feeling inside my heart like no other. you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, Among the many wise thoughts he shared with us, perhaps help the weak, be patient with them all.” I think that being the most vivid for me is, “There’s no such thing as friendship patient in order to build our new community up right will be evangelism, just friendship. And if your friend doesn’t become paramount when we move our church location. † a Christian right away or at all, you still stick with them and support them however you can, because they are your friend.”

The Current • July/August 2015


REDEEMER’S TIM KELLER VISITS TFCA STAFF Keller Shares Thoughts on Church Relocation by Ben Doggett


t was a blessing for TFCA staff to be able to spend some time in mid-May with Tim Keller, from Redeemer Presbyterian church in New York City. Redeemer has recently been through a new building campaign, and Keller shared that this has resulted in their church becoming more of a visible presence in their community. Although we at TFCA have had a prominent presence in the community for some time, the move from our old location into a “nomadic” season and now to a new neighborhood and community will mean some significant changes in how we interact with our neighbors.

We spent much of our time with Keller just discussing what it means to be “good neighbors,” how to make an impact on our immediately surrounding community, and how to remain outward-focused as a mission-minded church. There are no easy answers to this, but Keller did encourage us to think creatively, and to take our time. It’s important that we listen to the community to discover what the real needs are before we make assessments and assumptions of our own. Keller’s final encouragement was simply that we’re on track as a church. We have nothing to fear, so much for which to be grateful, and everything about which to be hopeful. †

Keller Discusses Diversifying Our Church by Susan Fertig-Dykes


n Presbyterian pastor and prolific author Tim Keller, who came to TFCA to speak with our staff about how we can gracefully make the move to a new home, we found a kindred spirit who cares about most of the same things we care about and who had good advice and useful examples to share with us. It was heartening to hear him say, in answer to a question about architectural design, “You do want to want to look like a church.” He encouraged us to plan space that gives a sense of the sacred, externally as well as internally. One of the questions raised in the discussion was how to broaden our demographic—we’ve all wondered what opportunities will be present in our new geographic environment. Keller suggested that we’ll need to diversify our staff if we want to attract other ethnicities. “We all know that people on staff have no power,” Keller chuckled. “But the perception exists that staff have power, so if new people see a person from their own culture on staff, this creates a feeling of comfort and belonging.” I think we’ve all known this in our hearts for a long time, but it was good to have it spoken aloud. Keller went on to explore the question of special, ethniccentered Worship Services. He described the experience of a church with several distinct congregations, where older generations of Asians or Hispanics or Africans gathered for worship in their own language but where the younger generations of those cultures were drawn to the main body to worship with their friends, and that gradually there was a sort of osmosis from disparate congregations into one. However,


The Current • July/August 2015

Keller cautioned that this is not something we can force— we must be cognizant that people just naturally feel more comfortable among people like themselves. I guess what I take from that is a suggestion that we should be welcoming and try to provide conditions conducive to diversity but let things develop organically. Another thought that Keller shared had to do with our tenants and a cautionary note that we should not assume they will want to connect with us beyond a simple business relationship. We need to be sensitive to their tolerance for engagement and be willing for it to be on their terms. So we can be thinking over the next months and years about what will be effective for TFCA as we seek to understand what the Lord is calling us to be in this new neighborhood, this new environment. We are going to be in Falls Church, just on the edge of Falls Church the city, but no longer in that neighborhood of the most concentrated wealth in the nation. We’ve all spoken somewhat glibly about the opportunities inherent in a location alongside a major artery into the Capital. But what does it really mean for us? What is it that God intends for us? Are we really listening for Him to tell us? Will He speak to us through the needs of our new neighbors up and down Rte 50, or will we fall into the trap of thinking we already know what the needs are? We mustn’t walk into this new home thinking we are God’s gift to the neighborhood, no matter how much we want to be just that. We will need to arrive with humility and a listening ear. †

TABERNACLING YET FOR A WHILE Sneaker Sunday, Our First-ever TFCA 1K Stroll Editor’s note: The primary location for our 9 and 11 am Worship Services is Bishop O’Connell High School. However, occasionally the school is not available to us, and we are fortunate to have Falls Church High School as a backup. On May 17 we were at FCHS with a new complication—the parking available to us had been reduced for this and future Sundays at FCHS. Daron Keller, our Facilities Manager, came up with the creative idea for those who were able to park at the nearby TFCA offices on Fairview Park Drive and take the beautiful, paved trail through the woods to the school—a leisurely 15 to 20 minute stroll through spring greenery, across a wooden bridge, and down to Falls Church High School.

Enjoying Sneaker Sunday by Jennifer Tricarico


liked it! It was nice and quiet and pretty!” Julianna Tricarico, age 6, answered when asked if she enjoyed her “Sneaker Sunday” walk through the woods to and from the 9 am service on May 17. “It was cool,” and “I liked it, too,” agreed her older brothers, Joseph (10) and Vinny (13). This mom sipped from the water bottle generously provided in the parking lot as my kids stuffed their candy prizes deep in their pockets. We walked surrounded by moms pushing strollers, little girls toting pink umbrellas, boys carrying Bibles (some get a prize for bringing one to Sunday school), couples and singles of a range of ages—all making their way quietly to and from worship. Once or twice we stopped to greet brothers- and sisters-in-Christ whom God has woven into our lives through TFCA. It all just added to the simple beauty of this unique little experience in the life of our church. We’re deeply and sincerely grateful for the lessons every bit of our Tabernacling season has provided us as a family. Now we can add this lovely walk through the woods to the list! †

The Current • July/August 2015


TABERNACLING YET FOR A WHILE Building Relationships Through Tabernacling by Sarah Phillips


n Saturday morning my alarm goes off, waking me up to prepare for the first task on the agenda: Worship Setup. I arrive at Bishop O’Connell High School at 8 am. As the group assembles, some walk in fresh, awake, and ready for whatever may be in front of them that day. Others, including myself on most mornings, are still trying to get enough coffee and caffeine to hit the bloodstream before really beginning. After introductions, an icebreaker that often provides laughs, and prayer, we set forth to tackle the task immediately in front of us. The storage bins are rolled into the auditorium, the speakers come out, the soundboards are set up, the cables are uncoiled, the drums are assembled, and we are on our way to having the audio and presentation systems setup for worship services the next morning. As we go—as we labor and serve together—we discover community as friendships are formed and strengthened. Fast forward 28 hours. The 11 am Service ends. Some exit the auditorium quickly, off to the next thing on their agenda. Others mingle, catching up with friends or family and enjoying fellowship. Still others—a small group of people—gather at the front of the auditorium and begin to give their time and talents sacrificially, disassembling microphone stands, putting away microphones, coiling cables, and (for some) moving heavy furniture. Once a month, I’m privileged enough to share this experience with my friends in our young women’s small group. Working together with my small group in take-down has been wonderful. Serving with them has brought us together in ways never expected. I’m amazed at how much goes into Sunday morning. I’m glad to be able to put my skills to use as a video professional to help during take-down. (Hilary Shea) Community is a large part of the Christian walk. We are not created to be standalone silos doing life alone. One of the ways our larger church body focuses on nurturing that community is through the formation and sustainment of small groups. These small groups can be age or gender specific, but often span generations, relationship status, and gender. They can provide encouragement, nurturing, and challenge through relationships in our lives and Christian walks. Romans 12:4-5 is particularly pertinent to the necessity of serving as part of a community of individuals:


The Current • July/August 2015

For as in one body we have many members and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (ESV) After attending The Falls Church Anglican for close to 2 years, I was blessed with the opportunity to join a small group. After living some distance from the church, I craved close community among my peers. While I have been involved in both the Young Adults group and the Audio Visual ministry, there were deeper connections missing from my life now filled in the fellowship and caring of other young women. Having a community that cares about you, your life, and your faith is a crucial aspect of our faith walk. As the women of my small group have come in to assist with the A/V tear-down, it has deepened our relationships with other volunteers, staff members, and each other. There is something special about serving together. It’s fun and joyous to work with friends, and often leads to deeper relationships. That’s what I’ve observed working with our group—it’s made our Sunday afternoons fun and our Tuesdays in the group more deeply meaningful. Take-down is a simple (and fun!) way for me to spend time with the girls in my small group, meet new people, and serve the church that pours so much into me. Freely we have received, freely give. (Lan-Vy Ngo) I encourage you, first, to be involved in a small group of some type. Even if it’s a group of people you meet with on a regular basis but don’t formally call a small group. Accountability and companionship is so important in the Christian walk. Second, consider serving as part of your small group growth, whether as part of the weekly setup and teardown (which I hope it is!) or in a different way. Serving often forces us out of our comfort zones and, thus, creates deeper bonds with the people we are serving beside. I leave you with a verse a friend recently shared with me as encouragement and perspective on how even the practical setting up of our worship space often directly connects with our Father’s plan. As we serve in this practical way, we are preparing a place for others to hear the Word of God. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? Romans 10:14 (NIV) †

Photos by Georgi Barker


The Current • July/August 2015


Photos by Georgi Barker



The Current • July/August 2015

Photos by Craig Thoburn


The Current • July/August 2015



A New Day

Photos by Karen Strong

in TFCA’s History


The Current • July/August 2015

SERVING ONE ANOTHER Gifts from God Bring Beauty into Our Worship Space by Katherine Dudley Hoehn


lowers may be more important during this than when we had our own Sanctuary. Flowers personalize the space and bring God’s time of Tabernacling creation closer to us as we worship. Not long ago, like many others, I thought a florist arranged the floral displays for us each week. I know better now, and I pay much more attention to our beautiful gifts from God and from the loving hands He inspires. The Flower Guild is responsible for these stunning creations. The colors and wonderful aroma are brought to you by your fellow parishioner volunteers. Beginning with delivery by the wholesaler on Thursday, the flowers are lovingly prepared and arranged each week. Volunteers are involved at every phase, from ordering to receiving the orders, preparing the flowers to be arranged, then creating the twin arrangements artfully for each of our two worship locations, and finally delivering them in time for the Worship Services. We are grateful to Columbia Baptist Church for generously providing workspace and storage. For 11 years, Lee Howard served as the chairman of the Flower Guild, organizing the ever-changing cast of volunteers. Her tireless efforts have kept our church adorned with gorgeous fresh flower creations. This work was significantly complicated by the loss of our property and no longer having ample space to store and arrange, but Lee managed to keep everything going seamlessly. With Lee’s recent retirement and move to North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, the guild has reorganized and split Lee’s former job into a committee of four. Sharon Gewehr has taken on oversight of the committee. Laura Warren, Kitty Hayes, and Jeanne Domenech round out the leadership team. Volunteers—men and women—are needed. There are good reasons to get involved: • It is an amazing opportunity to serve the Lord. • Arranging experience is not necessary; other committee members will train you. • It is a rewarding way to give back. • It takes only a few flexible hours each month. Please contact Kitty Hayes, (703) 536-5204, if you would like more information about volunteering. We would love to have you join us.†

The Current • July/August 2015




The Current • July/August 2015


The Current • July/August 2015


CHILDREN SINGING TO GOD Connecting Our Children to the Bible Through Music by Michelle McCarten Our God is the God of God’s Our God is the Lord of Kings a revealer of secrets Praise the Lord our God!


he Children and Youth Choirs enthusiastically chanted this poem in their spring musical, It’s Cool in the Furnace. In three separate performances in May, the choirs energetically sang and acted out the story of Daniel 1-4, when Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego obeyed the Lord. First God kept them healthy and thriving more than the king’s men. Then He helped Daniel interpret the king’s dream, and finally He protected Daniel’s friends when they were thrown into the fiery furnace for refusing to bow down to the king. God honored their obedience and showed His power and promise to always be our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble as in Psalm 46:1. Creating the furnace was a fun project for a friend, choir parent, and me. We re-purposed my outside fireplace log rack, added side-stones (cardboard boxes), and hung a curtain of shiny transparent yellow and orange scarves from the top. When we turned on some fans, the “fire” came to life! The choirs loved watching Daniel and Benjamin (two youth choir singers) act as guards and pretend to throw Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into the furnace. The Youth Choir, directed by Caroline Crocker, sang two-part harmony and was a welcome addition to the musical! As a bonus, the choirs played kazoos. Sunglasses contributed to our “cool in the furnace” effect. The most exciting aspect of this musical was hearing in their written reflections what the children learned about God through acting and singing this Bible story. “God is powerful!” Leslie Bauer “The musical taught us about how God takes care of those who show trust and faith in Him and that God always has a foreseen plan.” Katherine Litton “God is with us everywhere.” Sydney Arllen “God is always caring for us.” Davey Gaskins “It was cool and I think the musical helped us come closer to God…. ‘It pays to remember what you learn at home!’[one of the song titles]” Luke Borg “God always listens.” Grace McDonnell “God can do anything, even cool down a furnace!” Addie Harris


The Current • July/August 2015

“God can do miracles.” Nathaniel Robertson “God is the shield of the world.” William Den Herder “God is in control.” Maren Cooper “God can save you.” Emmy Miller “I learned how God helps us through life.” Hannah Boesen “I liked singing in descant.” Rebecca Robertson “God will provide, no matter what situation you are in.” Maggie Traverse “My favorite part was praising the Lord.” Benjamin Robertson Through this musical, in every rehearsal and performance, the children were singing God’s truths and promises. What better way to be reminded of all that God’s love and grace gives to us! The choir parents and broader Falls Church Anglican family offered constant encouragement to the choir and me. Matt McClinch has been a faithful servant as volunteer children’s choir piano accompanist for over 10 years. Others ministered by serving as choir parents. Kelley Arllen assisted me with every rehearsal; Julia McDonnell organized costumes (borrowed from Columbia Baptist Church); and Fraser Traverse and Sarah Henderson created the furnace and coached narrators. Last year when the choir was preparing The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hits, Diane Hawthorne, created individual “sling” cupcakes for the cast party. She found twigs in her backyard and affixed a small string to each twig to create a tiny sling. This year she used self-drying clay to create individual furnaces. Each furnace had a battery-operated tea light inside. It sat on top of the cupcake surrounded by edible chocolate eggs/rocks. The thought and creativity behind even this detail of making the cast party cupcakes speaks of love and care for serving the church. Such volunteer ministry and care help the children in the choir to build Godly friendships and an understanding of what it truly means to worship God. I hope reading the children’s reflections is an encouragement to you as it is to me. I pray that we can remember these truths and promises each day. Interested in joining the Children’s Choirs next fall? Children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade are welcome. Rehearsals begin in September. Contact Michelle McCarten,†


The Current • July/August 2015




The Current • July/August 2015


To view more photos, visit our Facebook page.

The Current • July/August 2015


TRAINING HEALING MINISTERS Training Area Prayer Ministers continued from cover

Kathleen then described “Practical Deliverance” from ordinary factors many folks may not realize are blocking their walk with God: 1) unconfessed sin, which gives ground to the enemy; 2) occult involvement—a far broader scope than many had realized; and 3) trauma, in which the enemy gains entrance by sowing lies into wounds the person has received. Participants then engaged in a lively discussion, exploring the check list of possible occult involvement, followed by a powerful time of prayer as the entire group read aloud the “Occult and Freemasonry Renunciation Prayers.” Many enthusiastic snatches of conversation were overheard at lunch: “Wow, I didn’t know that!” “Yeah, makes me wonder if…” “That was an amazing story of…” “I wonder how my church can begin to grow in greater depth into some of these areas.” “We only have prayer at the front of the church after the service, but nothing like this. This would make such a difference for so many.”


The Current • July/August 2015

After lunch, The Rev. Jay Baylor, Rector of Church of the Apostles in the City (Baltimore), proclaimed Romans 6:3-9 to begin his teaching on physical healing. Don’t you know that all who share in Christ Jesus by being baptized also share in his death? When we were baptized, we died and were buried with Christ. We were baptized, so that we would live a new life, as Christ was raised to life by the glory of God the Father. If we shared in Jesus’ death by being baptized, we will be raised to life with him. . . . As we died with Christ, we believe we will also live with him. We know that death no longer has any power over Christ. He died and was raised to life, never again to die. Jay concluded: “The life that is in us is His Life—not just the same life we’ve always had, but fixed up. [Rather] His Life, Glory!” Illustrating with many examples of physical healings bestowed right before the person’s eyes, he challenged us to reach out for the full intention of God to heal. “It is not the amount of faith we have, nor the amount of faith of the


The Current • July/August 2015




The Current • July/August 2015

TRAINING HEALING MINISTERS person for whom we are praying. It is not how much faith, but Who you have faith in. It’s not a measure of your faith; it’s inviting the person into faith.” An exercise in “words of knowledge” was followed by an invitation for any for whom those words were intended to come forward for prayer from the one who received the word of knowledge. Many came, and many noted healing and improvement, with great wonder that God had visited them. Jay challenged us to a 30 to 90 day prayer experiment to pray for someone to be healed every day. “If you pray for more people outside your church, you’ll see more people inside your church!” Following Jay’s talk, Kathleen briefly presented guidelines on doing ministry, emphasizing the critical importance of spiritual covering, confidentiality, and order. The final teaching was on the Father’s and Mother’s Blessings. Chuck Cook spoke on the fundamental importance of this type of blessing. Katrin van der Vaart laid out the mechanics and “howto” of offering such prayer, including the option of Silent Soaking prayer. Chuck and Nancy then read the Father’s and Mother’s Blessings. About 20 persons volunteered to stand in as representative fathers and mothers, and folks were then invited to come forward to receive this precious blessing. The Holy Spirit was delighted to come, as witnessed through an abundance of healing during a very holy time. Rich resources were provided for participants to continue developing. For a list of Scripture passages, reference materials, sample prayers, and websites, or to inquire about upcoming training opportunities, contact the Healing and Prayer Ministry Program Coordinator, Lynn Nelson, at †

The Current • July/August 2015


TFCA YOUTH SERVING Our Acolytes: Growing and Going by Mary Jennings


’m sure I’m not the only mom who is good at finding things. At home, I am often being asked to put this talent to use by finding missing glasses, sports uniform parts, and, on the occasional Sunday, the elusive pair of black dress shoes. I watch and observe all the time, just in case I am called into service. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of being witness to a group of people quietly and faithfully serving together. Or wait, maybe I should be more specific. These people happen to be teenage boys and girls serving alongside adults in worship. These are our wonderful Acolytes, and they are very dear to me. On Mother’s Day, while our Archbishop, The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, was visiting our congregation, TFCA Rector The Rev. Dr. John Yates, invited four young men to join him up front, during worship. He thanked each of them for their seven years of continued service as Acolytes, gave them each a gift, and offered prayers for them. It was wonderful to see these four graduating seniors stand so tall and impressive as they were asked to reveal their college plans: • Jordan Cole, United State Military Academy at West Point • Gabriel Glaser, Texas Christian University • Pierce Jennings, Christopher Newport University • Michael Kotapish, Christopher Newport University As an almost empty nester, I found myself getting caught up with emotion. I have watched these young men grow up together in the church. As young elementary-aged boys, they attended Sunday school together and enjoyed the famously fun Water Day at “Summers Best Two Weeks” Bible Camp. As teens, they attended Crossroads and Cornerstone on Sunday nights and Breakaway during the best long weekend of winter. It’s most likely they were in the same Confirmation class together. As the Acolyte Parent Coordinator, I know they have all attended training sessions and have worn the ceremonial white Alb and Cincture serving in a community of other young Acolytes. They also have been great mentors and leaders to our newer Acolytes. Even though these boys have shared all of these experiences together, they are each unique and live very different lives as followers and servants of Christ. They live in different neighborhoods, attend different schools, and are involved in different sports, academic, and social activities. Yet they choose to serve our church in this common way. Tremendously important is the clear decision each has made to be an acolyte until it was impossible to serve any longer. They made a commitment and stuck to it.


The Current • July/August 2015

So many dear parishioners have said that they are deeply blessed to see our young boys and girls serve in worship as Acolytes. It’s encouraging to both the old and the young to see this servant leadership on any given Sunday at the 8 am, 9 am, and/ or 11 am Services. Our Acolytes’ quiet, unassuming service and commitment to our church family benefit all of us as they almost invisibly help us prepare for communion with our Lord each week. They in turn benefit through that integral role in our worship time together, learning to savor the liturgy, the music, the symbolism, and the connection to countless generations of Christians worshipping our God. As they prepare to go off to college, I would like to let them know how proud of them we are as a church family. Their parents have been very much a part of the background details, making it possible for these young men to serve, and we can all be grateful to them as well. Looking ahead to the fall, we would like to welcome any students in 6th grade (youngest) through 12th grade (oldest) who are interested in becoming Acolytes. Contact Lindi Jenkins,, for information on upcoming registration and training. We are also in need of a new Acolyte Parent Coordinator, as I am retiring from that position. †

MAKING PEACE Learning Biblical Peacemaking: Participant Testimonials by Joy Peyton


as the Peacemaker Course made a difference? In the final class of this term, a group of TFCA parishioners who had just completed the 8-week course on Biblical Peacemaking were asked this question. Responding to it gave them the opportunity to think about how they have learned to respond to conflict in ways that are pleasing to God and that promote peace in themselves and in those they know, love, and interact with. Here are a few of their stories. “I was talking with a friend about a severed relationship with her nephew and about how her brother doesn’t have a relationship with his son, either. Both are holding onto grudges that are years old … I suggested that if she wanted a relationship with her nephew, she might reach out and say something like, ‘You know, there’s some bad blood between us, but I want to start over, if we can.’ While she insisted that they needed to ‘work through it,’ I told her that I have learned about the power (and freedom) of not needing to do that all the time … that it’s OK to ‘let it go.’ I encouraged her to make the relationship the most important thing, not the ‘settling up.’ I have also seen in my own life that I have not handled conflict well. I’ve held grudges myself or have been so self-protective that I’ve put up walls. I’m learning to ‘let go,’ to forgive, to see how much I need forgiveness. I’m walking a little more humbly now, just seeing how far I have to go … but I’m moving! I’m behaving better.” “Before we went over Session 7 in class, I had read the content, so reinforcement in class was wonderful! Because of a conflict situation I have been in (and have been praying about) for over a year, I had become increasingly angry and frustrated. Reading about the two-stage process of forgiveness (forgiveness and reconciliation) was very enlightening to me—I had heard about this but never fully understood it. I went to bed one evening quite angry about this person and what had been going on. Typically, under such circumstances, I wake

up angry. However, the next morning I woke up at peace. My anger had dissipated, and my attitude had changed to one of forgiveness. I know that reconciliation with this person may take a while, but it is not necessary at this point to calm my heart. Truly, this change was the Holy Spirit in action. And, yes, I do need to move toward reconciliation.” The course teaches the principle of “going to higher ground.” Here’s how one person has experienced that: “I was having a conflict with a non-believer, and one day everything that could tick me off was going off. I quickly went to a quiet place. I put on some worship music and soaked. As I prayed, amazing peace came over me, and God led me to see my part in the conflict clearly. I was able to see the log in my own eye and pray for God’s guidance. When I went back to my friend to talk about the issue, I started by acknowledging my own fault and asked for her help in dealing with the conflict we were having. (Our conflict was about child discipline.) She was so happy that she gave me a hug and was very grateful that I had reached out.”

Other Opportunities to Learn

Participants in the class suggested that it would be wonderful if the course could be offered again 1) for people in our community who have not yet had the opportunity to participate and 2) for people who would like to take it again. We are happy to announce that the course will be held again, at 10:45 am, beginning Sunday, April 26, in Room 115 for 8 weeks. We hope to see you there! TFCA also offers conflict coaching to help you in situations where you want to respond in ways that better glorify God. Contact The Rev. Dr. Rick Wright if you would like to learn more ( The class is led by Gregory Strong and Robert Nielsen, Peacemaker Class Teachers. †

The Current • July/August 2015


WOMEN COMMUNING Women for All Seasons by Karla Petty


aturday, May 3, marked the inaugural gathering of a new initiative at TFCA aimed at creating opportunities for women in different seasons of life to know and share with one another. Proverbs 8 is an open call to seek and be blessed by wisdom, and this was the spirit behind our gathering. The hope is to create space around an activity, to get to know women you might not otherwise meet and to see how God speaks and blesses us in community, knitting together our stories. While there are such opportunities in Women’s Ministry Bible studies, or in service through TFCA ministries, there seemed to be space for something a little different too. So a group of women got together and started praying and planning for just that—something a little different, accessible to the non-believer as well as the lifetime pursuer. God’s answer unfurled just a little bit, like a new spring bud, on a Spring morning at the River Farm near Mount Vernon in Alexandria. Mary Jennings, artist and Master Gardener, led us in a garden walk and time of reflection based on the theme “Signals for Each Season.” She handed out sketchbooks with all kinds of drawing tools and empowered even those without any professed artistic ability to try to “see” what God might be showing us through our drawing our surroundings. Some of the attendees shared their thoughts on the day.

Bethany Powell

It was just literally the best day. God hugged my heart through the good fellowship, beautiful skies, fresh breezes, and incredible beauty of creation, and I hugged him back in trying to express it all on paper in one puny little watercolor, but He loved it.


The Current • July/August 2015

Debbie Glaser

I am still basking in the sweet memories of our time. I feel like I made lovely new friends from TFCA that I might never have met outside of attending this event! This has encouraged me to identify new and long-time neglected areas of interest in my life where God can be glorified. I loved the multigenerational aspect of this group. Since I have all sons, it was so nice to be around young women and experience the nurturing that happens when women of different ages get together. The week leading up to this event was over-the-top busy and hectic for me, so getting together and enjoying the garden, painting, and slowing down long enough to actually experience and enjoy God’s beautiful creation was a bigger gift than you can even imagine.

Jenn Forney

Saturday morning was a time of rejuvenation and joy for me. I didn’t exactly know what to expect and after a long week was not feeling the most social. But sometimes the Spirit ministers in ways we don’t expect. I was encouraged by just being in the presence of other women: by being known in that small group and getting to know the names and just a small bit about a few more faces at church. It was a few seeds of friendship planted, and who knows what will happen to them over time. Mary’s passion for flowers and art was such a blessing to me. What a gift to be able to sit outside with art tools and to appreciate God’s creation in a different way. It stretched me to actually make me do something I usually am self-conscious about, but I would have never guessed I enjoyed creating those pictures as much as I did. Mary’s talk and analogies were also applicable and pertinent to my daily life right now. So, while

WOMEN COMMUNING So a group of women got together and started praying and planning for just that— something a little different, accessible to the non-believer as well as the lifetime pursuer. God’s answer unfurled just a little bit, like a new spring bud, on a Spring morning at the River Farm near Mount Vernon in Alexandria.

the busyness of life and its burdens didn’t disappear, those hours together enjoying Creation and each other lightened my spirit and encouraged me.

Rachel Williams

It was such a delightful Saturday! There was such beauty all around us to reflect the Lord’s abundant provision. Mary Jennings shared so many practical tips coupled with deep Biblical insights. I loved the analogies used on the garden tour to illustrate how the Lord prunes us to help us bear more fruit and how plants flourish differently according to the company they keep. So many rich insights, lovely ladies, and tangible examples of life well lived.

Carrie Lucas

We are rarely still. Life in our metropolis pushes onward—big, tireless machine. Although I’m always driving (usually rather hurriedly) around Northern Virginia, I didn’t even know the

River Farm sat quietly tucked away on the Potomac, waiting to be enjoyed. We met there on a promising spring morning, women needing company, needing space, needing beauty. We wandered down to the water, chatting about busyness and our need to spend time in the serenity of nature. We paused to breathe, paused to delight, and paused to wonder at what we’ve really been doing all week. It’s interesting to me that a mom with two older kids and I, a young professional, are still both learning to find meaningful and peaceful life rhythms. We sat on stone, observing the created order—watching darting bees, swaying branches, and gliding clouds. How is it that a sunny spring day can be so still and peaceful, yet so alive and moving? Nature seems to speak about a God who is always at rest, yet always working. We wondered, is that life possible for us, here in D.C.? Perhaps, if we choose it. As we came away from our walk, we were grateful for the breeze, grateful for the lesson, and grateful that we had been brought together to listen to creation and share the moment with each other. I hope we do it again very soon. The next gathering will be later this summer and we hope that you, your daughters, mothers, neighbors, friends, and coworkers will join us. We’ll be doing different activities on a quarterly basis in tune with the seasons, but the goal is always the same: women connecting, sharing across different experiences and lives lived, and encouraging one another in the Spirit. Please contact Karla Petty ( if you are interested in hearing about the next gathering later this summer. †

The Current • July/August 2015


SENIORS COMMUNING Savoring Springtime at Shrine Mont by Virginia Watson


pringtime in Virginia is beautiful, and this fact was brought home to those of us who enjoyed the annual Seniors’ Retreat in May. Out I-66, then Highway 81, and on the country road to Orkney Springs, and finally Shrine Mont at the end of the road, the beauty made my heart sing praise to our God. Who but God could have produced all of the shades of green? My friend Crystal thinks green is God’s favorite color. She could be right, although the blue sky above and purple wild flowers we saw along the road also bring Him glory. Some of us who are ramblers avoided the interstate and stopped in little towns with wonderful opportunities for browsing and eating as we made our way to the retreat. The Rev. Andrew Morgan, who has a passion for getting theological education into the church, presented us with three great talks. His title was “Spots, Wrinkles, and Blemishes.” In the first talk, he listed six purposes for the church: 1) Show our love for the Lord; 2) Produce mature stable believers; 3) Love and incite good works; 4) Care for the poor; 5) Preach the gospel; 6) Do good in the world. The other talks were about our spots, wrinkles, and blemishes. He gave us a lot to think about as he presented these uglies, comparing them to physical defects that would have barred anyone from being a priest in Levitical priesthood times. It was convicting, interesting, and fun. One blemish that hit home for me was about being double minded. He compared that to the physical defect of a split nose. So now, when I am bumbling around undecided, I can recognize and label myself as having a split nose. Big news item for those who have been at Shrine Mont for many years—there was a menu change. There was no meatloaf, mac and cheese, fabulous tomato zucchini offering, or pecan pie. We did have fabulous chocolate pie, more salads, and their famous hot rolls, fried chicken, apple sauce, world’s best sausage, bacon, and watermelon rind pickles.


The Current • July/August 2015

Simon Dixon led us in great music. As we were singing, “I Exalt Thee, O Lord” I looked out the tall floor-to-ceiling windows at the beauty of blue sky and wonderful trees and my heart was filled with praise for our great God who has created such a beautiful world and has loved us with steadfast, unfailing love. Don’t miss it next year; the retreat at Shrine Mont in the spring is an extraordinary gift, one you don’t have to be a “Senior” to enjoy, as everyone is welcome. †

Photos by Bob Reaves


The Current • July/August 2015


Photos by Bob Reaves



The Current • July/August 2015

ENJOYING GOD’S CREATION The Lord’s Natural Wonders by Betsy Robson


he places I love most are those where I feel closest to God and His creation. There are hundreds more of these than I can count—more even than I have or ever shall see. But there are several closer to home that I have visited, and it is those I celebrate for their beautiful reminders of God’s great gifts to us. I start in my back yard where I am daily reminded of Joyce Kilmer’s famous poem: “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.” My yard is full of them: varieties of Pine, Asian Pear, Birch, Mountain Ash, Sassafras, Walnut, Holly, Oak, Tulip Poplar, Dogwood, Mulberry, and Maple, not to mention Boxwood, Lilac, and a small forest of Bamboo. Especially on summer mornings, if I don’t have to be somewhere early, I love to sit on my deck with a mug of coffee, the newspaper, and the chirping of birds, while I drink in the beauty of a cool morning under blue skies. As each year passes the trees remind me of the cycle of our lives. They have birth in spring and burst into blossom with the arrival of early summer. Like our lives, in autumn they show off in riots of color, then their leaves grow aged, wither, and descend to the death of winter, when all things lie fallow. Then comes their resurrection. Deciduous trees are like human life, but those that remain green through the year mimic the overarching eternity of God’s kingdom. I ponder and marvel at the glory of the Grand Canyon formed over eons and the age-old bristle pines and sequoias of California, the longest-living trees on earth. I wonder at the blazing hot depths of Death Valley right next to the soaring snow-capped Rocky Mountains, mountains birthed along fault lines in orogenies that carried to the surface treasures

of crustacean fossils and bones of dinosaurs. Species once populated the inland seas that became the sweep of the Great Plains, now underlain by the ancient steaming swamps of that dinosaur epoch. I wonder at the existence of the inland salt lake and the salt flats that stretch so far to the horizon that one can actually see the curve of the earth. There is the wasteland of the Mohave Desert, seemingly creatureless but in fact teeming with life: the ominous and mysterious Everglades, five Great Lakes, glaciers, and long flowing rivers. What a glorious abundance in juxtaposition, the creations of His third day When I go to the ocean beaches, I see God’s imagination. He must have had a fantastic day when He created the panoply of life forms of the shore and the sea. Some of His underwater creatures humans have never seen. He made large and small, from microscopic amoebae to great White Sharks and Blue Whales. What fun He must have had on the fifth and sixth days: Hummingbirds and Eagles, Flamingoes and garish Parrots, Garter Snakes and Pythons, Mastodons and Bunnies, Krill and Alligators, babies and Methuselah. His greatest marvel is the Word that spoke the Universe into being: the bright sun, the full moon, and countless heavenly bodies. The stars reach so far into infinity that, while we can speculate on and enjoy them, their extent can only be seen by the eyes of their Maker His wonders are so many, so varied, so numberless. What a Master, what a Creator, what an artist, what a God, what joy the work of His hands gives me, beginning in the little universe of my own backyard. †

Graduating Fellows Class of 2015 TFCA said farewells to The Fellows Class of 2105 when they graduated at the end of May. Fellow Andy Theobald bears the distinction of being our 250th TFCA Fellow! TFCA Fellows Coordinator Morna Comeau is moving to a national role with The Fellows Program that grew out of and was modeled on the program started at TFCA more than 20 years ago. Suby Wildman will move into the Fellows Coordinator role at TFCA this fall.

The Current • July/August 2015


PLANTING CHURCHES FROM TFCA Making Christ’s Love Known and Visible in Williamsburg, VA by James, Anna, and Alder Swynford


ello, friends! It has been quite a while since you have heard from us and we are sorry for not sending you more updates. We write you now to give you a sense of all that has gone on with Incarnation Church since our public “launch”. About nine months ago, on September 14, we opened our doors at the Williamsburg Public Library for our first “official”, public worship service. As you may remember, for the previous 12 months, Anna and I had been building a launch team of families and individuals – people who sensed God was calling them to be part of our new mission church. That year of building proved critical. Through small group studies, potluck meals, and regular worship and prayer, God developed us into a real church family. By the time we launched last September, visitors could engage with an Children singing on Easter obvious community, a mission family who they could join. In the last nine months, we have moved from meeting as a launch team to worshipping as a fullfledged church family on Sundays and growing together mid-week also. We’ve broken our upWorship on launch Sunday at date into a few important the Williamsburg Public Library categories: Passionate, unified worship - People often ask me, “how’s the church coming?” and what first comes to my mind is how we are building, week after week, in our passion and desire to meet God in worship. Our Easter morning family picture voices are growing louder, joy is being released in singing, and we’re getting past any of our particular “tastes” in style, etc and coming to appreciate the unity in an Anglican service. Out of those in our family


The Current • July/August 2015

with previous church experience, about half have no familiarity with the Anglican Church before now. Members are working in a variety of roles on Sundays. Since the fall, we have built teams for welcome and hospitality, ushers, people leading prayers during the service, scripture readers, Communion servers, a strong music team, and prayer ministers to pray for anyone who wants prayer during Communion. Logistics & location – Just a few weeks before our public launch in mid-September, we found an incredible place to call our sanctuary, the Williamsburg Public Library. Known to just about everyone, it’s within walking distance to William & Mary and downtown. The auditorium where we meet is a cultural hub, where many concerts, film viewings, and lectures take place during the week. The lobAlder being her adorable self on by where we eat and talk her 7 month birthday after worship is adorned with rotating displays of local artists’ work. It’s an inviting space with ample room for our children. We are a town-focused church and we frankly couldn’t have asked for a better space in which to begin our public worPentecost baptisms at our ship. We’ve attracted a local pool fair amount of foot traffic in our short time being there, both from folks seeing our signs outside and visiting, and from materially poor who come to the library for services and are interested in who we are. Growth since launch – Palm Sunday Leading into September, we had about 25 people on the launch team, an assortment of toddlers and parents, college students, a few single individuals, and every decade represented into the 80s. There’s the

PLANTING CHURCHES FROM TFCA expression in church planting that you tend to “attract who you are” and thanks be to God this has happened. We were a fairly diverse launch team in age, experience, and socioeconomic background, and that has amplified. 9 months after public launch, we have about 75 in our regular Sunday community (when William and Mary is in session). We are currently in the midst of our third session of midweek small groups. Small group participation has been strong, with about 50 parishioners in 4 groups. The house groups have proved invaluable for deepening relationships and furthering spiritual formation. Conversions and reinvigorated faith – Based on what dozens of people have shared, and on baptisms at Pentecost a few weeks ago, God is using Incarnation to grow appetites for Him. Since launch, two men in their 30s have come to faith, by friendship with people in the church and through participating with the larger church on Sundays and small groups. Quite literally, they “belonged before they believed”. One of the common traits that visitors and longer-term members have commented on is that we’re a generally humble, transparent people, ready to share about our need for God’s grace. I thank God for that. It’s one of the values we have tried to focus on from the beginning. You can quickly see our values here: In addition to people trusting Christ for the first time, we have many lifelong Christians whose zeal for Christ has been

reignited through being part of a church plant. We have many Christians from nondenominational backgrounds who are growing in faith through their experience of more liturgical worship, the church year, the sacraments, and our emphasis on the Holy Spirit’s work in worship. Some Christians who have been burned by the church in the past are finding Incarnation to be a place of healing and rebuilding. Obviously we are very young, but thanks be to God we are finding traction and increasing stability from a personnel (volunteer base) and financial perspective. Anna continues to work 15 hours for the church, planning worship and rehearsing with the team and handling much of our admin work. We are currently hiring for a 12 hr/wk part-time admin to meet increasing needs and take this load off her. Those of you who have been praying, you’ve been invaluable to this little growing sapling of a church. Those of you who have given financially to this mission, you have been a lifeline as we build a self-sustaining financial base here. In my opinion, you could not be giving funds to a more important cause – building new, healthy local churches to reach our secular American culture. We’re very thankful you’re in our lives and that you value the work we are doing. If you want to follow us more closely, “like” our Facebook page and listen to our weekly sermons ( †

A Short Reflection by The Rev. Patrick Ware, Rector of TFCA Daughter Church Winchester Anglican Acts 4: 32-35 Psalm 133 Matthew 8: 18-27

Why are you afraid?

Well, that’s a complicated question, Jesus. To start, I’m afraid that the wind and the rain are going to capsize this boat and that I won’t be able to swim my way to shore. I’m afraid of what will happen if we don’t get across this sea in time. Honestly, I’m afraid of dying, Jesus.

This seems like an honest answer to Jesus’ question that any of the disciples could have given as their boat was listing back and forth in the midst of a huge storm threatening to sink them.

But before they could respond, Jesus spoke to the storm and it subsided. Fear will make experienced fishermen ask a carpenter for help in a storm at sea. Fear takes hold and causes us to ignore everything we know because of the danger we see in front of us. Fear clears truth from our minds because it convinces us that what we fear is more true than what we already know to be true. Fear blinds, lies to, and challenges our fortitude. One of the most central messages from God to his people in all of the Scriptures is do not fear. Life with Jesus breeds courage, and although it can’t rid us of danger, it can give us what we need to face and overcome it.†

The Current • July/August 2015


CONTEMPLATING The Victorious Christian Life Second in a three-part series by Esther Powell

Walking in the Spirit

One of the things I say to my students is that “words matter.” reading my Bible, praying, and trying to convince others of the This is true for how we speak to one another and also in what we truth of Christianity. While these remain a vital part of living write. So, before getting into what I discovered about walking the Christian life, now they have a whole new meaning and in the Spirit, some clarification is necessary. What do I mean purpose, for they have to do with a relationship with Christ by “The Victorious Christian Life,” someone asked recently. Himself, a relationship that begins now and extends into What is not meant is the “get rich, have no problems” teaching eternity. For the first time I understood that eternal life is not a of some preachers and teachers past and present. In fact, the condition or a place where Christ might at last be seen; eternal Biblical understanding of victorious Christian living is clearly is a relationship with Christ here and now. The first change I noticed, after asking Christ to take control one that includes trials, sickness, human failings and much more. Victorious Christian living is best understood as that of my life day-by-day, was that the Bible became a living text. life which we live, no matter our circumstances, in the power Familiar words and phrases jumped off the pages, and I of the Holy Spirit, which gives us a different perspective on all realized that I had never really taken them seriously as part of my daily experience. For of life’s events and conditions. example, when Paul tells us to Another phrase that I used “pray without ceasing,” I had was that it was not “my ability Victorious Christian living is best read this but not understood, but my availability” that made and certainly not practiced it. the difference in experiencing understood as that life which we live, no In fact I had dismissed it as victory in Christ. This too matter our circumstances, in the power of something for very religious could be misunderstood as a people who held mid-week passive view of the Christian the Holy Spirit, which gives us a different prayer meetings. Suddenly I life. But it was after I began began to ask questions, such perspective on all of life’s events and to understand “Christ living as “How can we really pray in me” that Christian life conditions. without ceasing?” For me, became action, much learning, prayer was something you did and the true joy of living. I at specific times and places. began to see the difference Although specific times and between legalism and Christ’s fulfillment of the law. I began to see that in the Holy Spirit’s places are good, with Christ living in me, I realized that I can power I am able to do God’s commands from the Bible. I talk to Him at all times in every circumstance, and know that did not need to be under the control of sin, or its demands. He was and is working, even if I cannot see it. My prayer life (Romans 6:14) In Christ I had a choice, because I had been set began to grow and change. But even more importantly, I began to experience the true joy of relationship with Christ in this free to live. Prior to this time I already believed in Jesus as my Savior. I present moment. Another correction of my sight was related to my view of sin knew that I had not earned hisSalvation, that it was a free gift. Coming from a home grounded in reformation theology, how and our human nature. Whenever I failed to “live the Christian could I not know and believe this? However, what I thought life” as I understood it before this time, I prayed a cursory “I’m I knew and did not was how to live presently in this world sorry” and hoped I wouldn’t fail again. But mostly I dismissed where mental illness, violence, drunkenness, the daily grind, the sin as a weakness of our human nature. I had heard many and more were present all around me. You may have seen the a fine doctrinally correct believer say of our sins and failures poster of the cat, hanging by its claws to a bar, its hair standing that in this life we could expect to fail because we are “only on end, with the title, “Hang in there baby!” It could have been human.” As I read the Bible with new eyes, I was struck with a backdrop to my understanding of how to get through this life the reality that Christ also was human, and yet He did not sin. (I will say more about His humanity and what it means for us with my faith intact. I did not understand that God’s work in me through Christ in another article.) Jesus said radical things about His humanity and how extends beyond simply getting us to Heaven someday—it is more than keeping certain moral codes, going to church, He lived it. Over and over He told his followers that He did


The Current • July/August 2015

CONTEMPLATING The work of the Holy Spirit is to show us more of Christ and to give us the power to live like He lived. As we do, we mature in faith and in fruitfulness.

nothing on His own initiative, but only what He saw the Father doing. (John 5:19, 30; 8:28) In John 14:10 he says, “The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing His work.” Did He really mean this? I had always passed over these statements with the unconscious belief that He, being God and man, simply “pushed His God button” to do the things He did, or say the things He said. Suddenly I knew that He was serious, especially when He said to his disciples in John 14 that they and we would also do the things that He did, and even greater things than He did. How would this be possible? Enter the Holy Spirit. When Jesus spoke to a crowd at the Passover festival, He told them that whoever believed in Him, “...from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38) What a wonderful metaphor, but what does it mean? Scripture goes on to say “This he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:39) It dawned on me that the Holy Spirit Who empowered Christ in His humanity is the same Holy Spirit Who is given to us when we become believers. Jesus was not just trying to be humble when He claimed not to say or do anything except as He was told or shown by the Father. He was showing us what it means to live in the power of the Holy Spirit. He, we are told in John 3:34, “had the Spirit without measure.” It was for this reason that He told His disciples that it was necessary for Him to go away, or else the Spirit would not come. We, individually,

do not have the Spirit without measure, but we each have as much of the Spirit as we need to live the Christian life. From our innermost being, we each have the potential for rivers of living water, because each of us has been given the down payment of our inheritance Who is the Holy Spirit. Each of us has been sealed into Christ by the Holy Spirit. And each of us is able to live the Christ-like life when filled with the Holy Spirit. How do we do this? By faith. As Paul told the Galatians, we are not only saved by faith, but we are made holy-sanctified by faith. This is not faith in our knowledge about Christ, or our many Christian activities, but by our faith in the Christ Who is both Savior and Sanctifier. Faith begins by believing that Christ died and arose again for our sins, but it grows into maturity as we believe that he lives in us by the Holy Spirit. This is a moment-by-moment walk of faith. I learned to rise in the morning saying thanks to God that the Holy Spirit lives in me. Since God is one, this means that God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit live in us. As I face today’s decisions, or recall yesterday’s joys or sorrows, or if the Holy Spirit convicts me of sin, I thank Him that He lives in me and is causing me to grow up in Christ. I confess sin, not to become a better Christian, but in obedience to the Father, and to claim the righteousness of Christ as my covering before the throne of God. We are not “good” or “bad” Christians, since as Christians we are already washed in Christ’s blood and have been clothed with His righteousness. But we are either growing into maturity or remaining baby Christians. The work of the Holy Spirit is to show us more of Christ and to give us the power to live like He lived. As we do, we mature in faith and in fruitfulness. Someone has described walking in the Spirit as spiritual breathing. We don’t take one gulp of air in the morning and expect it to last the day, but we breathe moment-by-moment. So too, our walk in the Spirit is moment by moment, believing what the Bible tells us. It is no longer we who live, but Christ lives in us. The life that we now live we live by faith in the Son of God. (Galatians 2:20) This is true victorious Christian living. †

The Current • July/August 2015


BUILDING OUR YOUTH Now That’s A Spicy Meatball! by Preston Hansen


or the past decade, the Youth Ministry had been rolling out the hoses and grabbing squeegees in May for The Falls Church Anglican annual free car wash. The goal was to wash about 500 cars in 8 hours to raise money for our Youth Ministry mission work. The car wash was a success because everyone expected it and it was something in which both Crossroads and Cornerstone, as well as the Youth Family leaders could take part. However, as the ol’ saying goes, “all good things must come to an end.”

God has kept this ministry grounded and the number of the young people’s lives that have been changed has been an amazing sight to see. The Youth Ministry staff was caught off guard when they heard that car washes were banned in Falls Church City and Arlington County. Apparently all the soap that was deposited into the sewer washed into the bay, harming the environment. Time was not our friend as we belatedly learned this startling news. Youth Staff tried to brainstorm an event that could be big enough to raise money for our ministry and finally decided that we would whip out the pots and pans and cook a mega spaghetti dinner for 500 people! The Youth Ministry held their first annual spaghetti fundraiser on May 3 at Cherrydale Baptist Church. The idea was to incorporate the youth—Crossroads and Cornerstone— into the program, so friends and families could see and hear what this year in Youth Ministry looked like. We wanted to launch this new tradition in a big way, so we invited Melodime, a band that has been playing at Breakaway for the past 5 years, to lend excitement with some of their favorite songs.


The Current • July/August 2015

With countless volunteers and the engineering that went into preparing for the night, we were able to raise more than enough money to support our mission’s fund. We heavily publicized the event, asking families to sign up online or pay at the door. We promised they could indulge in allyou-can-eat spaghetti with a supply of 2,000 meatballs. We offered two seating options with the program in between. Cornerstone veterans Sam Powers and Libby Boda provided a beautiful violin duet, and Katya Saxon played a guitar solo. Families and friends got to see some video testimonies of how Crossroads and Cornerstone had influenced their kids’ lives, and Jim Byrne spoke on the importance of ministering to this age group. We want to give a big shout out to all the volunteer families who helped make the spaghetti dinner a success. We couldn’t have done this without you! The Youth Ministry is now in full swing with their summer programs, and we all are excited to see how the ministry will continue to grow as we minister to Crossroads and Cornerstone in the final months before moving to our new location. God has kept this ministry grounded and the number of the young people’s lives that have been changed has been an amazing sight to see. Keep an eye out for upcoming Youth Ministry opportunities as we continue to pursue reaching students every day. †

PRAISING IN POETRY Eden Made the Mountains by Zach Kincaid That afternoon walk changed everything. God saw, in the brush, two people exposed to their guilt.

The mountain bush housed God’s fire, and marked out the misery of his people. There …I am that I am.

The perfect sky dripped blue. The full moon cut itself to shavings. The tempered ocean crashed its shores.

As a hen gathers her chicks, Mount Sinai invited – her freedom replaced Egypt’s bondage and Olympus’ fear There, the law leveled ignorance and readied the soul’s renewal.

The relentless refrain began, where are you, where are you, where are you? The reply revealed their disobedience. Cast out onto a bewildered world, Eden lay abandoned, a stripped down utopia. God watched them leave. After they had gone some distance, he bundled the garden and tossed it to the ends of the earth. Eden made the mountains. Caught between floor and ceiling, they offer a crippled communion. Heaven’s halls mopped up that dying generation, and a floating box came to rest on Mount Ararat. There, God promised. Early in the morning, Abraham and his son followed an upward path to a lonely peak. There, obedience met provision. Hidden in the thicket a prepared ram clothed their offering with desperate atonement. There, God reconciled both Pelion and Ossa.

In a mad sprint, Elijah escaped to the mountains only to have them move when God’s back leaned in. There, God whispered. Up on a mountainside Jesus went to pray, to dine with God in the devil’s temptations and in transfigured glory. There, God gave faith to move with love, see with hope, and know with certainty. The mountains melt like wax; they smoke from your touch. You water them from your upper chambers. There, you drip wine; it runs down the hills on the feet of good news. Your righteousness is a mighty mountain that shakes to offer confidence in your unfailing love. There, your song of joy and redemption rings true. Promises, provision, fulfillment, truth, words of life, a soft answer, songs of joy, heaven’s wine, the praying Son of God… “Fall down and hide us,” they will say, at last, to the mountains, but God has weighed them. They will not assist a repeat of Eden. Instead, here, at the end of all things, God brings eternity.

The Current • July/August 2015


WELCOMING NEW STAFF Stephanie Subu IT Support Specialist Stephanie Subu is returning to work for The Falls Church Anglican! Stephanie was formerly the Administrative Assistant to the Director of The Falls Church Day School (200711). Stephanie will be assisting Patricia Balzer parttime beginning June 15. Stephanie, a native of the northern woods of Michigan, attended Western Michigan University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Teaching for Kindergarten through Grade 12, with a minor in Art History and Comparative Religion. The Comparative Religion department is where she met her husband of 18 years, The Rev. Father David Subu. Father David and Stephanie have been serving the faithful of St. Mary Orthodox Church in Falls Church, Virginia, for almost 10 years, previously serving a parish in Pennsylvania for 5 years. By nature of her position within her church community, Stephanie has learned to wear many hats, ranging from publications manager to administrative/IT support to parish event guru! Stephanie is most proud of helping establish DOXCON, “Where Faith and Truth Meet Science Fiction and Fantasy,” a Christian convention for sci-fi/fantasy genre lovers held in Washington, DC, and Seattle, Washington. She has 3 children: Stephen, 14; Grace, 13; and Juliana, 9.


The Current • July/August 2015

Elizabeth Drake Administrative Assistant Children and Family Ministry Elizabeth was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She spent most of her young life following her passion for theater and performance. After graduating from a theatrical conservatory in Chattanooga, she ventured out to experience the spectacular microcosm of New York City. During her time in New York, she had the opportunity to experience being an administrative assistant at a family-owned podiatry clinic. She found that she flourished in that role, loving the structure, excitement, and creativity of organizing and planning. She moved home to Memphis to continue her education, and during this time she also took on roles in stage managing, teaching theater workshops, and once again working as an administrative assistant—this time for a marketing company. In 2013, life events brought her to the D.C. area, where she worked as a nanny for various families. The past two years have been extremely educational and defining. With the guidance and support of wonderful individuals within the church Elizabeth has learned to embrace God’s love and to trust in His plans, along with many more spiritual life lessons than would fit in her bio page. She has loved getting involved with the church—with her Small Group Bible study, planning social functions, going to Young Adult events, helping out with Operation Christmas Child, and teaching 2nd grade with the Children and Family Ministry on Sunday mornings. Elizabeth looks forward to continuing to grow with the church, especially in her new position as Administrative Assistant for Children and Family Ministry. She feels that this is an exciting time for the church and that she is blessed to be able not only to witness but to contribute and experience being part of this transition and growth as we move forward to our new home. †

WELCOMING OUR ARCHBISHOP TO TFCA The Most Rev’d Foley Beach, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) visited TFCA and gave the sermon on May 10, 2015.

The Current • July/August 2015



Confirmands at 9 am, May 3, 2015

Confirmands at 11 am, May 3, 2015 The Rt. Rev. John Guernsey, Bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic (DOMA), comes to our parish to Confirm about 100 new TFCA members each year.


The Current • July/August 2015


To view more photos, visit our Facebook page.

The Current • July/August 2015


Photo by Ron Planting


Cynthia Baker receives TFCA 2015 Senior Servant Award for more than 30 years of service to our church.

Submissions to the bimonthly TFCA magazine, Current This magazine is published six times each year under the following schedule: January issue submission deadline November 1 of previous year (early because of holidays) March issue

submission deadline January 10

May issue

submission deadline March 10

July issue

submission deadline May 10

September issue

submission deadline July 10

November issue

submission deadline September 10

Submission Guidelines

The intent of Current is to offer encouraging or inspiring stories of ways in which the Holy Spirit is moving among us, how the Living Water, the Word, forms a current of spiritual life within this congregation. The congregation is invited to submit articles, personal stories, poetry, photography, and art. Please do not submit material


The Current • July/August 2015

that has already been published elsewhere. In rare cases we may reprint something that has been published electronically and is of particular relevance to TFCA. Submit to as an attachment in Microsoft Word. If converted from a Mac, please so indicate in your cover email as there are known spacing issues with this conversion. Do not submit as a pdf. 500-900 words; longer if necessary but we reserve the right to edit. Use Times Roman 12 pt font, flush left, single spaced, one line between paragraphs. Use the simplest formatting, and especially avoid headers, footers, and page numbering. Send photos and graphics as separate attachments—do not embed in the document. Photos should be high resolution; we may choose not to use your photos. If you have questions, call Susan Fertig-Dykes at (571) 2820505 during business hours.



W John Ezra Simmons, son of Lindsay & Josh Simmons (Mar 23)

W Maya Iyengar to William Philip Brasher (Apr 4)

W F elicity Grace Hanlon, daughter of Laurel & Ryan Hanlon (Mar 26)

WC  iara Whitney Thornhill to David Stephen Morgan (Apr 11)

WO  tto Emery Shirey, grandson of Ann & Jim Shirey (Mar 28)

W Julie Eckert to Patrick Kilcur (May 15)

W Talley Cross to Michael Philpy (Apr 11)

WG  ordon Stewart & Oliver Robert Gillis, twin sons of Emily & Brian Gillis, grandsons of Sue & David Green (Mar 30) WG  enevieve Marie Roberts, daughter of Elizabeth & Tom Roberts (Apr 2) WM  ari Sophia Serebrov, daughter of Lili & Tom Serebrov (Apr 28) WA  lexander Graham Bayr, son of Laura & Martin Bayr (Apr 28) WG  race Elizabeth Varcoe, daughter of Joon & Andy Varcoe (May 6)

BAPTISMS W Isabella Margaret Barnes, daughter of Johnny & Reagan Barnes WP  aul Wilson Kamano Chaves, son of David & Lucy Kamano W L uke Andrew Denby son of Phillip & Kristin Denby WD  aniel John Johnson, son of Steffen & Christine Johnson W S teffen David Johnson, son of Steffen & Christine Johnson W F elicity Grace Hanlon, daughter of Ryan & Laurel Hanlon WD  eborah Kiessling, daughter of Matt & Rebecca Payton

DEATHS WG  retchen Sue Hoffman, sister of Blain Simmons & Constance Phelps (Mar 25); WN  ancy Louise Shiroma (Mar 28) WB  ill Nurse, father of Adrian Nurse (Apr 16) W S aroja Rudraswamy, mother of Vani Lancaster (Apr 29) WM  ary Margaret Bazzurro Bryan, grandmother of Erin Bradbury & Elissa Bradbury (Apr 29) WD  uane Kelliher, father of Susan Kelliher Golden, grandfather of Allie, Jossie, & Becky Golden (May 1) WM  ary Jo Stephenson, sister of Jane Webb (May 8)

Please notify of births, adoptions, weddings, or deaths in your family, or call (571) 282-0100. If you need to make changes to your membership records, send the relevant information or transfer request to

W E llyson Donley Miller, daughter of Scott & Amber Miller WT  yler McClelland Seals, son of George & Laura Seals

The Current • July/August 2015


FINANCIAL UPDATE As of April 30, 2015 (8th Month Fiscal 2015) 2015 Operating Revenue & Expenses Notes from Stewardship and Finance Committees

Operating Ministries

Fiscal Year 2015

Fiscal Year 2014

Incr/(Decr) ($)

Incr/(Decr) (%)

Total Operating Revenue for the month ending Revenue $4,438,679 $4,826,571 $(387,892) (8)% April 30, 2015 (the eighth month of the fiscal year), Expenses $4,236,741 $4,428,246 $(191,505) (4)% is $4,438,679. This is 8 percent lower than that of last year, a decrease of $387,892. Pledged Offerings Surplus/ $201,938 $398,325 for the year are slightly above last year’s, by about 2 (Deficit) percent, but Non-Pledged Offerings are lower than last year’s by almost 29 percent. Operating Expenses year-to-date are 4 percent lower than last year’s, a decrease of $191,505. The eighth month of the fiscal year ended with a surplus of $201,938, 49% lower than the surplus last year at this point.

 ratefully, G Finance and Stewardship Committees


Term Expires January 2016

Term Expires January 2017

Term Expires January 2018

Bill Buckingham, Register Kevin Gentry Christine Katcher George Korte Kristen Short Judy Stokes

Henry Barratt Ken Brown Sharon Fast Gustafson Whit Jordan, Senior Warden George Quillin Brian Waidmann

Kate Harris George Hooper Jay Jakub Ginger Koloszyc, Junior Warden Chris Roth Bassem Youssef

Vestry Appointments Scott Ward, Chancellor • Tom Yates, Vice Chancellor • George Connors, Treasurer


The Current • July/August 2015


Have you joined The City at TFCA? Request your invite now!

We will be gradually moving to The City as a way to consolidate all our parish communications, so please do sign up as soon as possible. NOTE: When you get your invitation, activate right away before expiration.

The Current • July/August 2015


TFCA Staff by Department MAIN NUMBER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0100 Auto Attendant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0101 Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0102 BOOKSTORE Becky Irvine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0110 Tape Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0109 SENIOR LEADERSHIP The Rev. Dr. John W.Yates II, Rector . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-6700 Karen Heetderks Strong, Ph.D. Senior Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0502

RECTOR’S OFFICE Nancy McAlpin, Executive Assistant. . . . . . (571) 282-6700

The Rev. Bill Haley, Associate Rector

Rector’s Study Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-6701

SENIOR DIRECTOR’S OFFICE LeAnne Gormong, Office Manager and Executive Assistant to Senior Director . . . (571) 282-0500


 Susan Fertig-Dykes, Communications Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0505

Geary Morris, Communications Specialist. . . . . . . . . . (off-site/part-time)

CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRY Caroline Crocker, Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0401 Elizabeth Drake, Administrative Assistant. . . . . (571) 282-0400 Nursery Laurie Harmer, Assistant Director. . . . . . . (571) 282-0402 Preschool and Elementary Caleb Burr, Preschool and Elementary Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-6701


The Current • July/August 2015

CONGREGATIONAL CARE The Rev. Dr. Frederick (Rick) Wright. . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0501 Donna Wills, Administrative Assistant. . . . . . . . (571) 282-0207

Pastoral Associate The Rev. Nicholas Lubelfeld. . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0205

Pastoral Care Team Lisa Henderson, Team Manager. . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0204 Glenis Pittman, Administrative Assistant. . . (571) 282-0203

Seniors’ Ministry Jenny Byrne. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0206

Church Receptionist Betty Sue Hines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0100

FELLOWS PROGRAM Suby Wildman, Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 997-00904 HEALING AND PRAYER MINISTRIES The Rev. Kathleen Christopher, Director. . . . . (571) 282-0222 Lynn Nelson, Program Coordinator. . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0223 OUTREACH The Rev. Robert Watkin, Director. . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0801 Kathryn Parker, Administrative Assistant. . . . . (571) 282-0800 The Rev. Mary Amendolia, Curate. . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0804 ESOL Christine Jones, Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0808 Local/Urban Outreach Nar Taing Coleman, Coordinator. . . . . . . . (571) 282-0802

Global Outreach Shireen David, Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0803

TFCA Staff by Department PARISH ADMINISTRATION Karen Chretien, Director of Administration. . . (571) 282-0115

WORSHIP AND MUSIC MINISTRY Simon Dixon, Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-6223

Finance Sandy Long, Comptroller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0116

Ben Doggett, Contemporary Worship Leader . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-6226

Carol Bowman, Accounting Specialist. . . . . (571) 282-0114

Lindi Jenkins, Assistant Director. . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-6222

Liz Connors, Accounts Payable Specialist. . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0118

Andrew Schooley, Associate Director, Worship Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-6224

Information Technology Patricia Balzer, IT Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0123

Children’s Choir Michelle McCarten, Director. . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-6225

Stephanie Subu, IT Support Specialist. . . . . (571) 282-0124

Youth Choir Lindi Jenkins, Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-6222

Membership Records 

Audiovisuals Jonathan Crocker, Audiovisual Manager. . . . (571) 282-0120

YOUTH MINISTRY The Rev. Jim Byrne, Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0303

Events and Facilities Daron Keller, Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0117

Vacancy - Administrative Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0301

Sunday Volunteer Coordinator  Steve Cannizzaro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0107

Cornerstone (High School) Mike Steenhoek, Assistant Director (Boys). (571) 282-0302

Rachel Hansen, Coordinator (Girls). . . . . . (571) 282-0305

SPIRITUAL FORMATION AND DISCIPLESHIP The Rev. Bill Haley, Interim Director. . . . . . . . . (202) 320-3206 or

Crossroads (Middle School) Bekah Valerio, Coordinator (Girls). . . . . . . . (571) 282-0306

Brian Klotz, Administrative Assistant. . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0702

Preston Hansen, Coordinator (Boys). . . . . (571) 282-0305

Connections and Community/Newcomers Erin O’Keefe, Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0700

Men’s Ministry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0702

Women’s Ministry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0701

Vacant (in recruitment). . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0702

Young Adults. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0702

If you do not see listed here the person for whom you are looking, please call the main number and ask the Receptionist for assistance.

Would you like to work at The Falls Church Anglican? Job openings and information on how to apply are listed at

The Current • July/August 2015


Non-Profit Org US POSTAGE


The Falls Church Anglican P.O. Box 690 Falls Church, VA 22040

Merrifield, VA Permit No. 7171

(571) 282-0100

Address Service Requested

Regular Worship Schedule

Sunday 8 am Columbia Baptist Church Eucharist Rite I, Chapel 9 am Bishop O’Connell High School or Falls Church High School Communion 1st/3rd Sunday (Rite II) Morning Prayer other Sundays Blended Music, choir, piano or organ 11 am Bishop O’Connell High School or Falls Church High School Informal Morning Prayer Communion 1st Sunday Contemporary Music Wednesday 12 pm Columbia Baptist Church Healing Eucharist, Chapel 1st Sunday* 7 pm Columbia Baptist Church Healing Service, Main Sanctuary *moves to 2nd Sunday on holiday weekends For worship location schedule, visit

Current2015julaug web  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you