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THE FALLS CHURCH ANGLICAN September/October 2015

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

Message from The Rector I am looking out my office window at Fairview Park on a most beautiful canopy of leaves—trees dappled in sunlight. For 3 years most of our staff has been housed in offices that are as beautiful and comfortable as any to be found in Northern Virginia. But as you read this I trust that we will have moved our entire staff to our new property on Arlington Boulevard, only 2 or 3 miles away physically, but a world away in setting. Now we look out at pavement, a hectic thoroughfare with cars carrying commuters to work and people walking or standing at the bus stop. We look out at hotels, businesses, gas stations. We share space now with many medical practices as well as training organizations and businesses. It’s not as peaceful or lovely but we’d on page rather be here, byContinued far. In our new home2 we are not secluded but surrounded by on-the-go, moving people, and more and more as time passes. This is where we want to be, not in leafy seclusion but out in the thoroughfares of life. We want to be a thoughtful, caring community in the midst of the great throng of diverse humanity that inhabits that busy thoroughfare. This is where we will plant our new church home, and it’s a good place. In the family, The Rev. Dr. John W. Yates II Rector, The Falls Church Anglican

Growing In Christ at TFCA: A New Season by The Rev. Bill Haley, Associate Rector and Interim Director for Spiritual Formation and Discipleship


ate last year, John Yates and Karen Strong asked a really insightful and important question. “With this move into our new home, do you think we could see that as occasion for all of us to really move forward toward spiritual growth and Christian maturity?” The answer to that was a sober, deep, quiet yet convicted, “Yes, I think we can,” and the Spiritual Formation and Discipleship Team got to work along with the rest of the staff. In this season when God is leading us to a new home, it’s also a time when God is calling us to grow in Christ, because He’s calling us to that in every season! The motto of the Forward initiative has been “In Christ at TFCA,” and the name of this new initiative to help us all deepen is “Growing In Christ at TFCA.” Here are some of the key things I want to draw your attention to in this new season for us.

1. The Growth Matrix: By now I hope you’ve heard me talk about how we’re arranging our offerings for adults with a matrix combining Head, Heart, and Hands in Community and a simple arrangement of 101/201/301 designations to give a sense of differing levels. We’re trying to designate our various programs and classes along these lines so that we can have a sense of what we each might do to help us grow to the next level in the important areas of our lives. By now you should have received on a recent Sunday with us a little booklet—a tool to help us know where we are in our spiritual lives and what sorts of things we can use to help us grow. If you didn’t get one, they’re available at the church office. continued on page 2 G R O w i N G to the N E x T S T A G E 101


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.


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


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


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

H i G H l i G H T T H E p H R A S E S T H AT D E S c R i b E yO u



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.

I know beyond doubt that God loves me and is involved regardless of external circumstances, and 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 believe in Jesus, but I’m not sure I know what all the basic Christian doctrines are, and 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

My relationships are intentional, regular, committed to the other’s growth, and are safe places for me to share anything actually. I may have a spiritual director.

GROWING IN CHRIST AT TFCA Table of Contents Rector’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Feature: A New Season to Grow. . . . . 1 New Crop of Adult Classes. . . . . . . . . 3 Being Men. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Being Women. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Being a Newcomer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Growing New Grads. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Summer BLAST Reviewed. . . . . . . . 10 TFCA on the Move. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Art and Perspective. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Reaching Our Neighbors ESOL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Lamb Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Healing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-25 Poetry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Preparing for Worship. . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Powell Series. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Veterans Day Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Life Transitions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Jobs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Stars in the Crown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 New Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Milestones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Financial Update. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Current Submissions. . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Vestry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 TFCA Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-39 Worship Schedule . . . . . . . . Back cover 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 Leslie Hackman Nathan Mitchell Ron Planting Craig Thoburn Jennifer Tricarico Additional photo credits by photos


Growing In Christ at TFCA: A New Season continued from cover 2. Adult Education: This is a big deal, taking a big step while still being at the early stages of development. We’ve introduced a quarter system for Adult Ed (see Dan Marotta’s piece in this issue of the Current), as well as keying the various class offerings in all our departments with that 101/201/301 framework for guidance about the level of each class. This gives us the ability to better organize what we’ve offered for a while, and also to identify what we need to be offering going forward. I’m very excited about Dianne Martin’s class that will walk through the whole Bible, and hope many folks will take it and benefit from it. By now you should have received a card in the mail listing all the Adult Ed classes being offered in the 1st Quarter and some in the 2nd as well. This effort is being led by a great team including Dianne, Rich Dean, David Gustafson, Greg Strong, and Dan Marotta. So, here’s the simple encouragement on this one: Take a class! 3. Seminars: Related to the above, over the coming months we’ll be introducing and offering seminars for our whole church led by top notch thinkers from within our own family on themes and issues that are critical for our substantive engagement. This year we’ll be exploring the topic of Christian engagement in a shifted culture. Watch for more information about that. 4. Men’s Ministries: The leaders of the various men’s ministries connected

to our church have been meeting together so that we can better coordinate our efforts and let men know about these resources and groups. We’re working to communicate better, so that if you’re a man at the church and want to get connected to other men and keep growing with brothers in Christ, it’ll be easier to do that.

5. Women’s Ministries: Under the great leadership of Libby Cannizzaro

and a great team, this has been one of our strongest ministries. As Libby moves into a new career area, we welcome Laura Hill, who comes to us from the C.S. Lewis Institute with mature faith and leadership skills that ensure continuity for our program. So would you do this with me? Ask the question deeply and prayerfully, “In what area of my life is God inviting me to grow?” And then put yourself in a place where God can grow you. I’m so glad TFCA is offering so many places that can help do that! †

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GROWING IN CHRIST AT TFCA New Adult Classes Coming This Fall! by The Rev. Dan Marotta, Timothy Program


ne of the common struggles we all experience in our spiritual lives is the tension between our desire to grow and the very normal feeling of sameness or stagnation. We would love to be more mature, wiser, kinder, stronger, and more resilient. We would love to have a deeper relationship with God. But how to get there? Throughout history, Christians have engaged in all sorts of spiritual disciplines, studies, retreats, fellowships, and acts of service in order to continue to grow in their faith. Continuing education for adults has been, and is, a crucial ingredient for ongoing spiritual growth. Just as we must know and understand our friends better if our relationships are to grow, so we must know and understand God and His Word better if our spiritual lives are to grow. This Fall, as a part of TFCA’s fresh approach to adult spiritual formation and discipleship, we have some great new classes rolling out! The academic year has been divided up into five 6-week sessions comprising 4 Quarters + 1 Spring Term (see below). During each of these 6-week sessions, a variety of adult classes will be offered throughout the week for people of all different levels of spiritual maturity. No matter what your Christian background, whether you’re brand new to the faith and to TFCA, or have been here for 60 years, you are encouraged to pick a class offered in the first quarter and try it out for 6 weeks. We’re excited by all these adult classes that start September 13! God has got good things in store for us. Stay tuned for more information!

1st Quarter 2015 2nd Quarter 2015 3rd Quarter 2016 4th Quarter 2016 Spring Term

Sunday 9 am

• Verse by Verse Through the Bible • Newcomers Class • Men’s Fraternity • Discipleship Essentials • Living the Joyful Life • Outreach 101

Sunday 11 am

• In the Word • Origins: The World, Humanity, and The People of God • Family Project • How To Manage Debt Successfully and Reduce Financial Stress

Tuesday Evening

• Worship 101: Why Worship?

Wednesday Morning • Senior’s Bible Study

Wednesday Evening • Parenting Class • Healing Prayer Class

Thursday Morning and Evening • Women’s Bible Study

September 13 - October 18 November 1 - December 13 January 10 - February 14 February 28 - April 3 April 10 - May 15

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BEING MEN AT TFCA Greetings, brothers! As we move into the autumn season I wanted to make you aware of some great opportunities for spiritual growth that are just for the guys at TFCA. There are great options for deeper fellowship and growth for you, and I hope you’ll be able to find one that matches your schedule and your needs. As always, there’s more to say, but I want to make sure most simply that you were aware of what’s out there already. —The Rev. Bill Haley, Associate Rector

Monday Night Men’s Study: Meet with other men in

Falls Church on Mondays at 7:15 pm, for in-depth, verse-byverse examination of God’s Word, one chapter per meeting. Contact Gam Rose (

Men’s Fraternity: Meets most Sunday mornings at 9 am.

All are welcome, contact Steve Pittman (pittmanst@yahoo. com) or Ken Pittman ( ) for details.

Men’s First Mondays: Meeting the first Monday of

every month to hear teaching by men about God’s purposes for them in today’s market. Join other men who gather for fellowship, worship, song, food, small group discussion, and prayer, 6:30 – 9 pm at First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302, Room 342. Contact Ian Lancaster ( or Marco Johnson (

Base Camp: Weekly meeting for fellowship and Bible

study with an emphasis on applications of God’s Word for life issues facing men. Mondays from 7 – 8:30 pm at First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 Room 342. Contact Fred Clapp ( or Marco Johnson (

New Canaan Society: NCS is a network of men joined by a common desire for a deep and abiding friendship with Jesus, and lasting and transparent friendships with each other. We hope this leads to a positive and powerful impact on our families, our communities and the marketplace. To attend a monthly breakfast, contact Steffen Johnson (sjohnson@ †

Do you have the gift of music? Do you play an instrument? On The City, in a group named “Psalm 150 – Praise with Music,” you will find TFCA instrumentalists gathering to form a new classical ensemble. This new group seeks to praise God, as Psalm 150 says, with the trumpet, harp, lyre, pipes, and any other instrument you might be able to play. Join in to help us discern a vision for this ministry. Contact Bob Kachur at for more information.


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BEING WOMEN AT TFCA Theme verse for TFCA Women’s Ministry: “I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.” Jeremiah 24:7 Encounter God. Experience community. Be transformed. This is our hope for every woman who becomes involved in Women’s Ministries at The Falls Church Anglican. At the heart of our ministry is our mission to know Him. Our vision is promoting an authentic community of women who know God intimately, who love Him and each other well, and who are transformed into His likeness. We accomplish this by providing opportunities for women to study God’s Word, be strengthened as disciples, connect with each other, and feel cared for and encouraged as they move out into their world— whether to their family, neighborhood, workplace, or community—with the love and good news of Jesus Christ. We hope you’ll join us!

Fall Bible Study Offerings—Mornings

Our morning Bible study program is on Thursday mornings and begins Thursday, September 17, from 9:30 – 11:45am. We’ll meet in our new “church home” location: 6565 Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church! We are excited to offer the following Bible studies: • “Living-in-Line with the Truth of the Gospel,” using Tim Keller’s workbook study, Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. Team taught by Esther Powell, Elizabeth Rice, and Rachel Temple. • The Book of Ezekiel, led by Madelin Barratt and Virginia Watson. • The Gospel of John (chapters 19-21) and The Letters of John, an inductive study led by Melissa Fichthorn. • Galatians and Spiritual Formation Group, led by Laurel Martin. This group will participate in the Galatians study but also practice spiritual disciplines using Adele Ahlberg Calhoun’s Spiritual Disciplines Handbook. • Babes with Babes (mothers with infants), led by Allison Gaskins, Angie George, Erin O’Keefe, and Caryn Dixon. This group will study Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood by Melissa Kruger.

Fall Bible Study Offerings—Evenings

Our evening Bible study program is Thursday evenings from 7:30 – 9:15 pm and will also meet in our new location, 6565 Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church. Our fall semester begins Thursday evening, September 24. This fall we will study: The Book of II Corinthians, using Kay Arthur’s book Lord, Give Me a Heart for You, a devotional study on having a passion for God. Led (and team taught) by Lisa Lampman and others. The evening study format is similar to our Thursday morning program—large group gathering for worship, fellowship, and teaching, with small group Bible study and discussion.

Save the date for the 2016 Spring Women’s Ministry Annual Retreat! March 11-13, 2016 The Westin Hotel in Annapolis, MD

Look for more details and register for our Bible Studies at beginning August 21, or contact Wendy Boning at for more information. We look forward to seeing you this fall! †

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f you are new to our area or our church, we welcome you and hope you will become involved as soon as possible. Come to an adult class or try out a small group—we want for you to feel at home with us. If you have young children, look into our Children and Family Ministry. If you have middle school or high school age children, connect them with our Youth Ministry. If you are interested in ministering to those in need either locally or globally, explore our Outreach Ministries. If you are interested in meeting other members of the church, a good way to develop relationships is through volunteering for Sunday morning set-up and take-down. If you are musically inclined, you may be interested in joining our adult choirs (we also have children and youth choirs), our contemporary music teams, or the newly formed classical ensemble. You may want to try the Men’s Ministry, the Women’s Ministry, or Young Adults. We have a very active Congregational Care department with multiple ministries and resources (such as Marriage Mentors, GriefShare, and the Care Team) serving our members—you may need help or be able to offer help to others. A great way to begin feeling at home is to choose a ministry and start to volunteer. †

Any questions about TFCA? Contact me!

I look forward to meeting you. Erin O’Keefe Connections and Community Coordinator (571) 282-0700

Consider taking the Newcomers Class starting September 13, at 9 am, in the Library. Meet new people, learn about our church and the Anglican way we follow Jesus! Go to to pre-register, or just walk in.


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NEW GRADS GROWING IN CHRIST Welcome the Fellows—Class of 2016! Michelle Bendit was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Some of her favorite pastimes are coffee-shop-hoppin’ and thrift-storeshoppin’. Having graduated from Marymount University with a degree in Interior Design and minors in Business and Studio Arts, she is excited to be participating in the Falls Church Fellows Program this year. During her semester abroad in Florence, Italy, her sophomore year, Michelle’s passion for art, beauty, and culture grew. As she got involved in a variety of leadership positions at Marymount, her heart for people, planning, and collaboration grew. Through her summer spent in Chicago on mission with the collegiate ministry, Cru, her desire for the Lord, Christian community, and city living grew. Michelle is so ready for another year of growth—a year where she can discover how to use all of these passions to glorify God each day. Kayla Burgess was born and raised in Roswell, Georgia, and graduated this summer from the University of Georgia with Honors, earning a degree in Public Relations with a minor in Religion. She spent much of her time at UGA serving as a Wyld Life leader with middle school girls. Some of Kayla’s favorite things are cooking, reading, dancing, staying active, and coffee. Music has also been one her biggest passions since she was a young girl, and she spent much of her time in college singing at church and campus ministry events and jamming out in her living room with her friends. Kayla also has a love for travel and adventure—she was fortunate to spend one of her summers in college working at a camp in Colorado and another summer interning in Nashville for a small music management company. She is confident that this is where the Lord wants her, and she is extremely excited to see what He has in store for her throughout the next 9 months of the Fellows program! Jordan Carmichael was born

and raised in West Milford, New Jersey. He is a 2015 graduate of Grove City College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Communications. Jordan played for the Grove City College men’s soccer team all 4 years of his college career, serving as co-captain his senior year. He was also blessed by

the opportunity to serve on an Inner City Outreach missions team that served Christ in an orphanage in Guatemala. Jordan co-led the trip his junior and senior years and hopes that God will lead him back there some day. In the summer of 2015, Jordan worked as a camp counselor at Summer’s Best Two Weeks, a Christian sports camp south of Pittsburgh. He has always had a heart for kids and sharing the Gospel with them. He’s excited for what God has planned for him next.

Sara Kathryn Cole, or “SK” as most of her friends know her, is from Winder, Georgia. She recently graduated from Covenant College with a major in Sociology and a concentration in Family and Social Work. During her senior year, she traveled to London and ministered to the Southeast Asian Community there. Sara Kathryn was also heavily involved in Covenant College athletics—playing on the Covenant volleyball team and helping to run the Intramural department. In her free time, she loves to cook, run, read, watch Disney movies, play games, and go adventuring. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in social work or counseling. She looks forward to the new adventure of moving to Falls Church and feels blessed by the opportunity to join the fellows at TFCA! Katherine Francis is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she majored in Human and Organizational Development, and English. She loves live music, chubby golden retriever puppies, meaningful conversations, strong coffee, yoga, and captivating books. Her claim to fame is when she wore a hot dog costume and danced in front of 500 people for her Tri Delta sorority’s philanthropy event. She is so excited to see what God has in store for her in Falls Church, Virginia. She loves everyone at The Falls Church Anglican already, and cannot wait to meet you! Josh Harstine graduated this past May from Grove City College with a degree in Biblical and Religious Studies. He comes from a family of four, including a twin brother, Jon. He grew up in Wisconsin, though his parents recently moved to northern Michigan. His plan is to teach Bible studies in continued on page 8

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NEW GRADS GROWING IN CHRIST Welcome the Fellows! continued from page 7 either a private Christian high school or a college setting, and his seminary courses through the Fellows program will give him a head start in that direction. This year Josh will be serving in TFCA’s youth ministry office as his work placement, as well as leading a Cornerstone small group, and he is looking forward to the growth this experience will bring!

Tim Hilliard was born and raised

in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated in the spring from the University of Virginia, completing a 5-year, dual Bachelor and Master degree program in English and Secondary Education. He is very close to his family and considers his two older brothers to be his best friends. In his fourth year at UVA, he served as the President of Greek Intervarsity, a position that allowed him to advocate for and witness to Christ’s presence in the Greek community, especially in the midst of recent, challenging times at the university. A year from now he hopes to teach high school English, and he is excited to begin the personal and spiritual formation of the Fellows Program. Tim identifies strongly as a Kentucky basketball fan and spends much of his free time watching movies and reading.

Thomas Kent

(Tommy) grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As a boy, he and his friends explored in canoes or rafts, boots or bare feet, the eastern branch of the Elizabeth River, which was in their backyards, and had a Huckleberry Finn-esque childhood. Tommy recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Chinese Language and Literature, and Economics. During college, he was involved in Chinese Christian Fellowship, a small group of believers, and lived in the basement of the Center for Christian Study during his senior year. Tommy spent two summers living in Taiwan studying Chinese, and two summers ocean lifeguarding in Duck, North Carolina, in Outer Banks. Tommy is very excited to join the Falls Church Fellows Program and to continue to learn how to follow Christ in all areas of life.

Katelyn Kuck

was born and raised in Gonzales, Texas. She recently graduated from Texas A&M University with a major in Biology and a minor in Genetics. During school, she spent time working in labs and tutoring through the university. She participated in a campus organization that helped students find


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internships abroad, and she welcomed international students to the community by teaching conversational English classes through a campus ministry. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, reading, babysitting, and cooking. She couldn’t be more excited to experience the community of the Fellows Program and seek God in new ways.



is from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and graduated this spring from Vanderbilt University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with a major in Biomedical Engineering. He was an active leader in Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) and was a member of the Honor Council. He also co-founded a campus organization called CURE, which raises financial support to sponsor reconstructive surgeries for disabled children in the emerging world. Houston plans on entering medical school following his year with the Falls Church Fellows Program. Along with his passion for the science of medicine, he enjoys traveling, kayaking, and adventuring through the outdoors. Houston is excited to enter the church community and anticipates learning more of God’s will for him in the field of medicine.



was raised in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Eric graduated in May from Grove City College with a degree in History and Economics. While in college, Eric participated in a variety of extracurricular activities including a ministry for troubled teenagers and the Chinese club. He was awarded third prize for his economics paper at the Austrian Student Scholars Conference in February 2015. Eric’s numerous interests include reading, biking, learning Chinese, theology, politics, and culture. Last summer, he was a public policy intern at FreedomWorks, a conservative political organization headquartered in D.C. Eric is excited to return to the area as a Fellow, where he hopes to better understand God’s will for his life and how he can be used to advance God’s Kingdom in all aspects of his life. He looks forward to making new, lifelong friends and to serving the community at the Falls Church Anglican.

Scott Phillips was raised in Spotsylvania, Virginia. He recently graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His degree is in Geography with an emphasis in Community and Development. He also holds a Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Scott was a member of club sports (soccer and boxing) during

NEW GRADS GROWING IN CHRIST some of his time at UMW. He devoted much of his time in college to serving as a volunteer Young Life leader at King George High School, where he found that giving your life away is how you truly find it. In his free time he enjoys both playing and watching sports, adventuring, traveling, and watching the TV show, Parks and Recreation. Scott is excited to be in the nation’s capital, to learn what God has in store for him, to enable his faith to grow, and to learn how to be a man of Christ.

Madelyn Pierce is from Knoxville, Tennessee, and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she received a degree in Music Education (K-12) with a vocal emphasis. During college, she used her musical gifts with campus

ministry Cru, her sorority Alpha Delta Pi, a cappella group “ReVolution,” and a nonprofit organization providing free music lessons for underprivileged children. Madelyn loves to sing, play piano, and make music with others but most of all desires to glorify God and draw people into authentic worship. She also has an interest in helping to better the state of education in America and around the world, believing whole-heartedly in the importance of the arts in school. Madelyn is looking forward to building relationships with the other Class of 2016 Fellows and the Falls Church congregation, and to learning more about living in community and in mission. You may see her toting a fancy DSLR camera, wearing the southern staple chacos, and pretending to be a red-head.

TFCA families gather on the lawn in the courtyard at Bishop O’Connell for a special Summer Family Service.

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SUMMER B.L.A.S.T. 2015 Letters of Thanks for TFCA’s Children and Family Ministry Vacation Bible School/Summer B.L.A.S.T.

... In December we moved away from the Northern Virginia area [but] we planned a trip back up just to attend [B.L.A.S.T.]. With a newborn baby, this was not the easiest trip, however we are thrilled we came. My daughter, Ella, and son, Luke, attended Summer BLAST last week … and they had a BLAST!! They absolutely loved it and came home every day filled with excitement for the Lord. I want to sincerely thank you ALL for everything you did to make it such an incredibly positive experience for the children. I know just how much work goes into organizing an event like this. Thank you for loving our children and truly showing them what it means to BE Jesus. You have each made quite an impact on them. Blessings to you and the entire VBS team! Jennifer Prevette


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Greetings! My son (Carson) and daughter (Jade) had a BLAST this week! Jade came home today and said that she LOVES that place, do they have another camp before next summer? We found out about the camp from a friend whose kiddos attend Rivendale. We have been to many VBS camps and this one has trumped them all! Thank you so much for ALL that you did to make this camp possible. All the prep, your time, the many special gifts each day, the encouragement, the love, instruction, your patience, your prayers and most importantly pointing them to Jesus through it all! So very grateful for you! Looking forward to next summer! Jenni Smith

SUMMER B.L.A.S.T. 2015 I wonder if you’ve had a minute to catch your breath after last week! Well done!!! It was clear that the campers and counselors alike were blessed by last week’s fun. We wanted to thank you personally and share how impactful the week was for our son. He’d gone back and forth in the spring/ early summer about volunteering. When he finally decided yes, in part because he liked the idea of working with Caleb, he was fully committed but nervous. Then when he found he’d been assigned to help with science, he was so excited. He loves science and right now is dreaming of becoming a chemist/ lawyer (like father/like son) one day. The science team was the perfect fit for him. He came home the first day and said it was awesome, the time flew by, he wished he was helping in the afternoons too, etc. These were his comments every day. He really enjoyed his team mate, another perfect fit. And to our great delight, he loved the kids. He would say each day that they were adorable, cute, full of wonder, too talkative, etc.—all the typical experiences of working with kids. Then the icing on the cake was getting an award! He was proud and pleased. If you are looking for volunteers for next year, he will be the first to sign up! Thanks for being God’s hands in the life of our son as well as all those who participated in BLAST. (anonymous)

Message to the ORANGE THUNDER Families: Hello! Well, I miss your kids. They were so great! I was taking pictures for our church throughout the week and, of course, they were mostly of our amazing squad. I created a Flickr album of my favorite shots. You will see from all the smiles how much fun we had! Feel free to download and use these photos however you wish. com/gp/jenniferthepixchick/suu41f I was so proud of their LOUD cheer on Friday afternoon and for how beautifully they participated throughout the week. They really did learn those verses—your kids are quick and eager learners!! Last Friday morning was special for another reason. Our story of the day, when the women found Jesus’ tomb empty and then SHARED the good news of his resurrection, gave us an opportunity to talk about what it means to receive Jesus as our Savior. When little ones hear that they can “invite Jesus into their hearts” it can sound a little weird to their concretethinking minds! During small group time I asked them what they thought of the day’s story and we had everything from “I know that one like a million times” to some puzzled shrugs. I assured them during small group that when we prayed for Jesus to come into our hearts, Pastor Dan wasn’t saying that Jesus would be stomping around on their hearts or lungs or internal organs! That’s silly! (The kids smiled at that.) What it means is that our sin separates us from God— without Jesus’ paying the punishment for the bad things we’ve continued on page 12

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SUMMER B.L.A.S.T. 2015 Letters of Thanks continued from page 12 done and the bad things we keep doing, we’d stay enemies with God! But because Jesus died on the cross instead of us and ROSE AGAIN (only God can raise Himself from the dead), we can invite Jesus to wipe away our sins and be our Lord and King. I shared, “We can say, ‘I want you in charge of me, Jesus. I love you and I trust you to be King of me.’” I told them that the Bible says that just by saying and really and truly believing that Jesus is Lord and that Father God raised Him from the dead, they get to be part of His forever family! (That’s from Romans 10:9.) They are friends with God again thanks to the Risen Jesus! And, by a mystery even grown-ups can’t totally understand, He is with us—right inside—and He guides us, just because we believed! Then, since a couple of the girls were EAGER to tell me they are part of His forever family, I shook hands with one of the girls and told everyone that it means I’m not just their Orange Thunder leader and a grown-up, but (shaking her hand at this point) I’m also her sister-in-Christ! “Nice to be in your Christian family!” The kids were responsive, especially with my own daughter who understands that I’m still MOM, but in God’s family, I’m her sister-in-Christ. Every single child said either vocally or with enthusiastic nods and thumbs up that they believed Jesus is Lord, that He died for their own sins, and that God raised Him from the dead. Lots and lots of “hello, brother/sister-in-Christ” handshakes were exchanged. It was a brief and adorable, joy-filled small group time. Thank you again for sharing your children with us! Have a safe and blessed rest-of-your-summer! Jennifer Tricarico


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Good afternoon! My name is Emily Pedersen. My boys Asher and Connor attended VBS last week and were a part of the Red Rover group in the morning session. While we do not attend TFCA, I was told by some friends about your VBS. I just wanted y’all to know what a great time my boys had at VBS and how they are still talking about it. Your CD is the only thing they request now when we are in the car! In fact, I loaded the music from the CD onto their iPod’s and they have been listening nonstop! In fact, Connor has been telling me truths he’s learning from the music: “Mom, did you know...?” It has brought joy to my heart hearing him repeat these truths and knowing they are planted in his heart and mind. I know tons of hard work went into putting on the week, and I just wanted y’all to know how much I appreciate all that hard work and how fun y’all made VBS for our kids! As a mom with four little ones, I desire nothing more than for my kids to know and trust God’s love and His truths. Thank you for assisting us in teaching them and showing them God’s love! Emily

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(reprinted from an earlier edition of The Falls Church Anglican Weekly)

Message from the Vestry

John asked us to update you on what is going on with the property. We have been working closely with our architects and are very pleased about the progress they have made toward preparing a conceptual design. The architects have met with TFCA’s staff and also have heard ideas from nearly 300 parishioners in parish meetings and postings on The City in Forward Central. For those who provided comments, thank you! If you haven’t commented yet and want to share your ideas about the property with the architects, you can post them on The City (tfcanglican. or e-mail The architects also have met for many hours with TFCA’s new Building Steering Committee: David Andrukonis - Chair Bill Deiss Harold Dobbs Daniel Harlan Julia Mitchell


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Over the next 3 years, they will guide this project through programming, budgeting, design, and construction processes. Please pray for them as they are entrusted with a very important responsibility. Currently, the architects and the Building Steering Committee are considering various conceptual designs that could meet TFCA’s most critical needs with the resources made possible by your generous pledges. They will be carefully estimating the costs for those designs. When conceptual designs and budget estimates are ready, they will be presented to the Vestry. After the Vestry approves, the designs will be presented to the church. We expect this to occur in late September. In the meantime, we ask for your continued prayers for the architects, the Building Steering Committee, and the Vestry. May the Holy Spirit inspire and inform this whole process so that the outcome will align with God’s plans for our worship and ministry in the years to come. In Christ at TFCA, Whit Jordan, Senior Warden Ginger Koloszyc, Junior Warden

ART OFFERS PERSPECTIVE Reflecting on a New Phase of Our Journey Through Art Editor’s Note: The Falls Church Anglican is blessed to have among our many talented and skilled volunteers a number of artists who often give of their time and giftedness to serve the church. Below are paintings by two of these artists, who offered these when asked to consider portraying this stage in our ongoing journey. “View in Giverny” Artist: Nancy Ziegler Oil on Canvas, 2010 This painting was inspired by a trip to the home of the famed French Impressionist, Claude Monet, in Giverny, France. It’s taken from the back garden of a hotel nearby, where steps into a garden do not reveal the destination. As in the painting, we get to see only “so far” in life. As The Falls Church Anglican goes forward with our new building and worship center, we know from past experience that God lets us see only how much we need to know for our next step. And so, as we enter another season where it might seem that the future is becoming clear, we are reminded that He calls us to walk by faith, not by sight. —Nancy Ziegler, artist

“Thriving” Artist: Joyce McCarten 7 ft x 5 ft, Oil on Canvas My painting “Thriving” was part of my “bones” show this summer. The painting was influenced by Jeremiah 11:16: The Lord called you thriving olive tree with fruit beautiful in form. I meant it personally for me (my hip replacement is failing and there is no good news for me; still, I am thriving because of the Lord!), and everyone got that, but I think it would apply for TFCA also. In spite of losing our property and traveling from place to place, WE ARE THRIVING. —Joyce McCarten, artist Excerpt from Washington Post review of the show, “My Beautiful Bones,” in which this painting was exhibited: The Studio Gallery show consists mostly of large oils in shades of gray and calcium-white, with several variations. Some pictures are more realistic than others, and a few feature a symbolic twist. In ‘Thriving,’ for instance, the branches of a budding sapling grow through a bony matrix….Even when the skeletal rhythm and symmetry are disrupted by the appearance of harsh metal appliances, there is no sense of violence here. Whatever McCarten’s inspiration, her intent is beauty.

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REACHING OUT FROM TFCA Getting to Know Our Neighbors by Christine Jones


orking with the ESOL ministry, I get a lot of unique messages. For example, one volunteer texted me: “[Some students] invited me to join them at Jerusalem restaurant for Fator. I’ve never celebrated Ramadan. What happens at Fator and what should I wear?” Later, this volunteer wrote, “It was a fascinating experience with a lot of food!! [One student from Yemen] explained Fator to me while [another] told jokes. I’m glad I went.” As we move our offices and our ministries to our new building, we will only have more opportunities to get to know people from all over the world. The ESOL ministry is a great way to start real conversations with people to whom we might normally only say a casual “Hi!” For example, each semester, we give out a DVD of the Jesus film to all new students. We explain that we are curious about them and we hope that they are curious about us. Students often return with questions after watching the film. Most students are familiar with Jesus. But we have had fascinating conversations with our Muslim students comparing what the Bible and what the Koran both say about Jesus. It can be awkward to have conversations like these with our immigrant neighbors. But ESOL offers the opportunity to know these people as more than casual neighbors. While not all students become friends, they do become more than a statistic or a face in the crowd. If these opportunities sound interesting to you, consider being a volunteer with the ESOL ministry. We have a lot of volunteer opportunities—from hospitality to teaching to one-on-one tutoring. You can learn about our ministry on the TFCA website, but also by contacting me, Christine Jones at (571) 282-0808 or cjones@tfcanglican. org. I would welcome hearing from you.†


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REACHING OUT FROM TFCA God Sighting at The Lamb Center by Jeannie Thrall, Volunteer at The Lamb Center


hat is it with people showing us their wounds?” This question came up at our weekly case managers’ meeting as Pablo and Charles and I shared stories about our recent interactions with Lamb Center guests. Pablo had been stunned when a woman recovering from a double mastectomy unexpectedly exposed her scarred chest to him. And both Pablo and I were still reeling from an intake with a new guest who showed us dozens of marks on his body created when schizophrenic delusions led him to deliberately burn, The Rev. Robert stab, and mutilate himself. Watkin visits The Over my 3 years on staff at The Lamb Lamb Center. Center I have been a somewhat reluctant witness to burns, infected cuts, stab wounds, open sores, tick bites, and countless scars. Our guests are quick to tell us about any injuries they suffer, and are often insistent on displaying them to us. I am definitely squeamish by nature, so this aspect of my job has been extremely challenging for me. As Pablo, Charles, and I shared our experiences, a new understanding began to dawn on me. Our guests show us their wounds because they have no one else to show them to. Most of us have family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and coworkers who are concerned about our well-being and insist on seeing our bruises, scabs, stitches, or scars when we get hurt. But many of our guests have profoundly broken relationships with other people, and may not have a living soul outside The Lamb Center who cares enough to examine their injuries. Living our faith is not always easy, and witnessing our guests’ wounds can be extremely painful. We want to turn our faces away from the ugliness and pain that exist in the world. But God asks us not to turn away. As we considered this idea, Charles had an inspired thought. He said, “Remember in Scripture, Jesus showed his wounds to the disciples.” We

all got chills as the significance of this idea sank in. In Scripture, Jesus showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! (John 20:20) The disciples recognized Jesus by his wounds. Perhaps by showing us their wounds, our guests are asking us to recognize their identity and their suffering. And maybe they are reminding us that Jesus lives within them. Please pray for our guests as they struggle to survive in this wounded world. And pray for all of us at the Lamb Center as we struggle alongside them. For more info about The Lamb Center and its ministry to the homeless and working poor, go to Editor’s Note: Our Local Outreach Ministry at TFCA has many partner ministries that welcome volunteers. If you are interested in helping TFCA reach out, contact Nar Coleman at or visit our webpage at http:// †

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SEEKING GOD’S HEALING Relational and Sexual Brokenness What is Living Waters?

This is an in-depth, confidential, Christcentered program for men and women seeking restoration in areas of relational and sexual brokenness. Using an established curriculum that includes worship, teaching with ministry, and small group discussion, this worldwide program has been offered by Regeneration NoVA since 1993. September 24, 2015 – May 12, 2016.

Who should apply?

Living Waters is particularly relevant to those struggling with broken relational patterns, impurity, codependency, abuse, promiscuity, addictive behaviors, unwanted same-sex attractions, infidelity, self-hatred, and the inability to love others well. Through the power of the Cross, Jesus can restore deep places of shame and brokenness regardless of our specific area of struggle. It is for those yearning for a deeper relationship with Jesus and a desire to become more the man or woman God created us to be.

What have people said about Living Waters?

“I have never felt the Spirit of the Lord more palpably in a room, nor seen Him change lives more powerfully. It took me from despair to hope.” (Male participant) “When you are seeking to leave behind life-long patterns of thoughts and desires, you need help from people who will stick with you for the long haul, with patience, kindness, firmness, and an unshakeable truth. This is what I found in the good folks in Living Waters.” (Female participant)

How do I apply?

Download The Living Waters application at Click on “Programs,” then select the Northern VA Living Waters program. You may also contact the Regeneration office for an application. Often there is a waiting list, so early application is advised. We hope you will prayerfully consider joining us for our next Living Waters program. Regeneration NoVA, P.O. Box 1034, Fairfax, VA 22038. Telephone: (703) 591-HOPE (4673)


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LIVING WATERS Redeeming God’s Design for Relational and Sexual Wholeness

SEEKING GOD’S HEALING Oh, To Be Healed by Debbie Aderton


laid down with nothing but an unfamiliar hospital gown separating the cold hard operating table and me. Before my eyes was my mom with a blue bouffant cap smiling. She was waving a pink bear back and forth as my world became fuzzy, slow, and then black… This was not my first surgery, but it was the first that I remember. I was born with a birth defect called craniosynostosis. This is a condition where a child’s skull stops growing—the brain is expanding but has no space to grow. The solution is surgery, lots of them. I had multiple skull reconstructions to progressively expand my skull. I had superior surgeons. They were the best of the best. And a host of prayer warriors stood behind me. This particular surgery was interesting. I had come to my mom complaining about a headache. “It hurts here, Mommy.” What I was feeling were metal plates pressing out of my head. Yeah, that is pretty unsettling. Not your average first grade experience. But I took it with pride and stride. I brought in my staples for Show and Tell to share with my classmates about my many operations. Yes, they resealed my head with staples, stitches, and tons of gauze wrapped around. I looked like a mummy. Or, in the words of my little brother, “You look like a bowling pin!” In many ways, during my recovery I felt like a bowling pin, a vulnerable target of social stigma. The 8-pound bowling balls came in the form of stares expressing horror, pity, and judgment. My young 7-year-old eyes were being opened to the unsettling truths of being a social outcast. And I knew this feeling all too well. It was but a gesture to my other operations. Because of my stunted skull development, I had

tiny ears and lots of problems that came with them. I received my first ear tubes at age 2 and had seven more sets till age 18. Ear tubes are small cylinders placed into a slit in the eardrum to reduce middle ear infections and to restore hearing loss caused by middle ear fluid. It is typical for children to have them and they will eventually fall out within 6 months. So for me to have a total of eight sets was uncommon. I frequented the ear doctor too much and always left in tears. My extensive childhood sticker collection started because of the sticker basket at the reception desk of my otolaryngologist. As I built up an impressive stack of stickers, the doctor’s office collected a monumentally thick file for me that spoke of the history of my social isolation. To explain more thoroughly my social isolation, I have to share with you my fear of water. Yes, water. I’m not scared of water from the tap, but rather water from the ocean, sprinkler, pool, water gun, or water balloons. What’s the difference? I knew the difference too well: proximity to ears. Having ear tubes means that, to prevent bacteria from entering the middle ear through the tube and causing an infection, you cannot get water in the ears. And I did not want an ear infection. I had so many growing up as a child that I feared and dreaded eardrops with a deep passion. My mom or dad would have to hold me down and put in the eardrops while I cried. So, I adapted. I developed a subconscious reflex of pulling my head back if I got anywhere near water. My family and close friends also quickly adopted a defensive reaction to protect me. I was sidelined at every pool party, beach vacation, and water balloon fight. It led to a lot of exclusion and isolation, with my ears a barrier between the world and me. continued on page 22

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SEEKING GOD’S HEALING Oh, To Be Healed continued from page 21 One time, I was given the okay for swim lessons. I was so afraid but so excited. It took so much time and patience to just get me to put my head under the water. I remember the swimming instructor working one on one with me. She would take her finger and lower it into the water and have me follow it with my head. Many times I failed, but I eventually put my head under water! Sure enough, the following week I developed a bad ear infection, which confirmed it was best for me to not get my ears wet. We tried everything from custom ear plugs to ear putty to head bands to swimming caps. Nothing worked. I felt I would always be disconnected from the world.

I wrestled with God. I asked why. I asked for healing prayer over and over again. Yet, I still ended up heartbroken, with more questions and a deeper skepticism of the Lord’s healing power. Even more dangerous, I developed this theology built around “God can certainly heal you, just not me.” This struggle carried into high school. Let’s forward to my junior year. This was the year I developed a chronic ear infection. I basically had a permanent ear infection that got better or worse but not well. The problem moved from just pain and pressure to rapid hearing loss. I could tell—I was trapped in silence. I avoided conversations I


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couldn’t follow and developed a new way of communicating. I had to intensely listen, always thinking ahead so I could ask questions that sounded like I knew what someone had said. I got good at faking it, but I missed more than I would admit. My history classroom senior year epitomized this struggle. I sat staring at my teacher who had just asked me the same question for the second time in a row. All eyes were fixed on me. I leaned in further and asked my teacher to repeat the question one last time. He spoke softly and gently. All I heard was the kindness in his voice. I heard no words. I shrugged my shoulders and told him I didn’t know. But that wasn’t the truth. And the discomfort in the room assured me that everyone either knew I couldn’t hear him or was thinking I just didn’t want to answer the question. I left with red cheeks and watery eyes that no one noticed. Eventually, my friends got tired of me saying, “Pardon?” “What?” “Could you repeat that?” and “Hmm?” Their frustration led to impatience and then to just leaving me out of the conversations. I remember once sitting at lunch, yet again invisible amongst my friends, and I noticed a boy sitting alone. I had seen him many times, but right then I understood him.

SEEKING GOD’S HEALING Beachcombing by Susan Fertig-Dykes Bare feet relishing the grainy sand. Toes tickled by a teasing tide. Detritus ejected from the sea, quick treasures in a child’s hand, Easily seen as small gifts given by God.

He is alone and so am I. We are surrounded by people who do not see us. But I see him. And maybe, just maybe, he will see me. I got up. It felt like a slow-motion movie. As I stood no one seemed to notice at first. The further I walked, the more I could feel heads turning. I did not look back. I simply walked toward this boy. “Hello,” I said. He looked up surprised. His eyes were scared, a combination of fear, surprise, and discomfort. “Do you mind if I sit here?” I said. Linus and I started talking and a conversation starting rolling. We spoke to each other in broken sentences and strange pauses and unintended and poorly timed interruptions. The bell rang. He stood up. I stood up. I said, “See you next lunch period.” He said, “Okay.” I walked away feeling a little different. A little less invisible. In seeing another person, I became seen.

Delicate hues inside a broken shell, seen only by the inhabitant and hidden from the outside world until the shell is shed. So softly appealing, so simply symbolic. Muted tones of beach glass, something so ordinary before now made a thing of beauty in becoming abraded and worn. So softly appealing, so simply symbolic. Is this how God sees us, once He’s worn away our shiny pride and tumbled us in adversity toward a humble patina?

Editor’s Note: Deborah Aderton and her family are members of TFCA. Her aunt, Peggy Aderton, brought Debbie’s blog to our attention, and Debbie agreed for us to serialize it in the Current. This is the first article in the series outlining her journey through adversity. Don’t miss the November/ December issue of the Current, where you will find the second installment. Here is the opening paragraph: Amidst my own isolation, I could see more and more how God was using my failing physical ears to strengthen my spiritual ears. I grew in my frustration but I also grew in my dependence on God. My wrestle with God was more focused on my physical circumstances and less with the question of why. I felt an increasing awareness of how different my world was becoming.†

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SEEKING GOD’S HEALING Healing for the World: An Economic and Personal Model A Pentecost Testimony from Switzerland and Israel by Jay Jakub


was recently invited to Switzerland and Israel, where I experienced the Holy Spirit moving powerfully in a way unlike any other time in my life. I have been co-leading a project with Bruno, the Chief Economist of a large U.S. multi-national food company, which has culminated in a new business model based on Jubilee principles set forth in Leviticus 25. We sense it will transform the way companies operate in the new Knowledge Economy that the world is rapidly entering. We were invited by a British pastor, Andrew Baker, to keynote “The Goshen Factor” conference during Pentecost in Switzerland, which was convened around the topic of God’s economy. Separately, we were invited by a Singaporean pastor, George Annadorai (Shalom Israel Asia Ministries), to keynote a conference on the same topic in Jerusalem starting the day after Pentecost called Tikkun Olam (Hebrew for “Repairing/Healing the World”). The year prior, someone who prayed for us felt like the Lord would send us in our Jubilee Economics work through Switzerland, Jerusalem, and then Babylon, and so we sensed the Lord’s hand at work when we received these invitations for this extraordinary adventure with God. was a Tikkun Olam calling to help heal not only the economy but also the body, mind, and spirit. On Pentecost Sunday, Pastor Andrew, sensing that the Holy Spirit had a different plan, dispensed with his prepared teaching and summoned the speakers to form prayer teams, inviting the delegates to come forward for hands-on prayer. The next 3 hours were spent praying for healing, deliverance, and the release of anointing on each delegate. The Holy Spirit was clearly present. Many experienced the touch of the Holy Spirit, and persons were demonstrably delivered and healed. We were overwhelmed by the response of the room as the Holy Spirit brought conviction, repentance, and grace on all.

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The Swiss conference was attended by 70 Christian Europeans in business, who heard the call to help bring God’s plan for the economy into fruition in advance of big changes anticipated for the global financial system. The Lord prompted us first to share supporting Scripture and our own spiritual journeys, including our roles in healing ministry. It


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In Jerusalem, we were unexpectedly assigned to lead every session throughout the 3-day conference, amounting to 12 hours of presentations. Just as in Switzerland, 70 Christians in business attended, this time from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, and Australia. We were reminded of Jesus’ commissioning of the 70 (sometimes counted as 72). Pastor George felt moved by the Lord to locate the conference in Jerusalem around our Jubilee model, sensing God’s plan to have the first full expression of this approach come from the Holy Land via a Kibbutz! The plan is to create a Kibbutz to benefit the poorest and most disenfranchised of all


Jews, Ethiopian Falashas, so that this Biblical Jubilee model will go out from the Jews to bless the world. The attendees were there to decide whether or not to invest in the Falasha Kibbutz that will be run on the Jubilee model. We were so privileged to be among truly on-fire Asian believers. Listening to these Christians from the business world sing to the Lord in Hebrew made for a precious moment in which we sensed God was laying a foundation stone for His Jubilee. During that first session, after powerful praise and worship, we shared with those present the spiritual underpinnings of the model and our own journey to this point. The next day we sensed that, before presenting the economic model, the Holy Spirit wanted to begin by bringing healing to His people—Tikkun Ishi (personal wholeness)—that their hearts might be open to receive His Jubilee model, ushering in Tikkun Olam (wholeness for the world). In faith, we “stepped out of the boat,” asking the organizer if we could modify the sessions, and he willingly agreed. Taylor and Kathi Smith from Christian Healing Ministries were there (Kathi also serves on the Board of TFCA’s Christian Healing Institute; see editor’s note) with their two adult children (also part of the team). The Smiths provided an overview teaching on healing prayer and shared their testimonies. We called up Bruno’s wife, Marianne, who leads the Belgium chapter of an international healing ministry (AIMG), to testify about her own healing from generational afflictions. The subsequent hours brought all the delegates forward for hands-on prayer, with many healed, delivered, and resting in the Spirit. It was truly a moment orchestrated by Jesus, with Tikkun Ishi as the outcome. It was only after this impromptu healing service that Bruno and I felt led by the Holy Spirit to teach the business mechanics of the Jubilee model, which we did over the next two sessions. As the conference ended, all were anointed with blessed oil, after which the Malaysian

delegation came forward with the first large contribution for the Falashas’ Kibbutz . This donation was literally laid at Pastor George’s feet and was a foundational spiritual act representing the launch of the Jubilee blessing to the world.

A Final Holy Encounter

An unanticipated meeting occurred on our last day. A hugely influential Israeli (a retired leader known as “Mr. Social Justice”) traveled from Tel Aviv to meet with us. Our time together was truly God-led. He sensed a calling to work with us and even visited us a few weeks later in Oxford, where we are partnering with the business school to bring the Jubilee model into the MBA curriculum in a secular way. As the Lord already knew, this Israeli has been prominent in Israel’s finance and economic committees and is credited with opening up the Negev region to development: the very place where the Kibbutz for the Falashas from Ethiopia will be built and run on Jubilee principles. It is with a humble heart that I testify to God’s goodness and His presence and direction in every step of these two conferences. We look forward to seeing much fruit from all that took place. Editor’s Note: Jay Jakub, a businessman and member of our congregation, was elected to the Vestry of The Falls Church Anglican in March. He is also the Chairman of the Board of a new non-profit organization, The Christian Healing Institute (CHI), founded by TFCA, which is engaged in healing ministry beyond our church. †

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Preparing Space for Sacred Use by Gail Thompson


ine years ago I was privileged to be on the Vestry (lay leadership board) of our church as we were debating the merits of leaving the Episcopal Church. I was convinced that we had to go in order to be faithful to the Lord and His Word—and I advocated for the same—though I understood that it could cost us our lovely, stable property. I had spent years setting up for another church in a school cafeteria previously, so I had a sense of what we were getting into. I can remember sitting in a Vestry meeting thinking that I had better show up to do the work if we ever had to be “homeless.” I expected that the Lord would use our exodus for good, because that’s the sort of thing He does. That expectation was built on my personal experience in a church plant, where I saw what it can do for a church to have less. We needed each other and we needed the Lord. All that essential teamwork built us spiritually and relationally, helping us grow to be appropriately interdependent. It reminded us that we are all The Church, the Lord’s “called


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out ones,” who are just as responsible for the functioning of His Church as are the clergy. In the last several years I have seen a similar emerging dynamic in our TFCA community, especially among the weekend volunteers. As a 60-something-year-old woman with no discernable technical and electrical aptitude, I was an unlikely candidate for our weekend Worship Set-up Team, to which I was assigned when I volunteered to help our church on the move. Three years later I still ask questions and need occasional correction. I was, and remain, so grateful for the kindness and patience of the people who lead us each weekend and who really know what they’re doing. The technical expertise of the set-up team leaders is remarkable and vast. Andrew, Jonathan, Nathan, Daniel, Sarah, John, and Craig graciously facilitate the humble contributions of the rest of us. Steve Cannizzaro, our Tabernacling facilitator, and his support team faithfully, prayerfully, and lovingly nourish us physically (free coffee,

PREPARING FOR WORSHIP Did you know? To set up and take down the site for our 9 am and 11 am Services it requires approximately: • Paid Staff 24 Hours • Volunteers 34 Hours • Total 58 Hours …every weekend! Small Groups: Of the Bible Studies and Small Groups at TFCA, currently 7 help with set-up or take-down regularly. water and snacks!) and spiritually. Steve tends and cares for his teams of helpers with a remarkable pastor’s heart, straight from Jesus. He is never too busy to stop, listen, care, and pray— and he remembers and checks back. As one whose day job is somewhat solitary, the 1.5 hours on Saturday (typically) mornings has afforded me some much appreciated affiliation with a rotating group of folks filled with good will, eagerness to help, and the love of the Lord— folks whom I now call friends. As a professional counselor I’ve spent innumerable hours with lonely folks who could really use this kind of team experience—not just for themselves, but for the benefits of investing in others while serving the Lord. It is a gift to work alongside other volunteers, from teens to oldsters like myself, with varying gifts but a common desire to serve. The team allows for those who like to chat while they work and those who are chatted out by the end of the week. Also, as a strong “J” on the Myers-Briggs personality test, I appreciate the satisfaction of engaging in an activity like this that has a beginning, middle and perceivable end—closure (not something I get a lot of in my work!). When the day comes that we set up for the first time in our new worship space (down the road) I will be thoroughly delighted to arrive at our new home yet authentically disappointed to lose this vital opportunity for regular cocreation with our wonderful set-up crew. In fact, I pray that we, as a church, find a way to keep so many of us meaningfully engaged, functioning interdependently as The Church, after we arrive at our “promised land.” Meanwhile, we still need more help and heartily invite you to join our party. The only prerequisites are willingness to help and showing up. To get started, visit and click on one of the links to sign up for Children’s Ministry Set-Up or Take-Down or Worship Set-Up or Take-Down. †

Percent of Sunday Volunteers: • Men 46.5 • Women 39.0 • Children and Teens 14.5 • Total 100.0 Average monthly attendance at the 9 am and 11 am Services is 5,277. Of those approximately 109 (many of them serving more than once per month) volunteer to set-up or take-down where we meet. Though we are excited about moving into 6565, we will continue to meet for worship at Bishop O’Connell and for some of our fellowship, prayer, preaching, and study at other locations. Won’t you join the growing community of men, women, and children who provide the place for us to meet? You can choose where and when you want to serve. Set-up times are at 8 am Saturdays or 7:30 am Sundays. Take-down times are at 12:30 pm Sundays. Set-up or take-down activities are as short as 30 or as long as 90 minutes. Commitment is just once per month. Contact Steve Cannizzaro at scannizzaro@ or (571) 282-0107, and he’ll provide you the information you need to pick a place and time to serve!

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PREPARING FOR WORSHIP Sing to the Lord a New Song! by Kris Iverson


hen I was an 8-year-old, many years ago, I was eligible to join our church’s children’s choir. I learned how to sing in a group, some basic musicianship, and, best of all, some great hymns and songs that I remember to this day. I loved singing, and except for a few years before I found a church home at The Falls Church Anglican, I have been singing in church choirs ever since.

When I began attending TFCA, I did not join the choir so much as it joined me. The wonderful Christian brothers and sisters in the choir sort of sucked me in to their fellowship, which has been amazingly strong over the years. Comprising singers young and old, married and single, it is an easy group to fit in to, which was a blessing for me when I was new in a church with such a large congregation. The choir is not just a collection of singers, it is a fellowship of believers who laugh, support, and pray for one another. Like other ministries at our church, the choir is enduring despite staff changes and the challenges of our Tabernacling season. To me, this steadfastness shows that the choir is not focused on personalities or locations—it is focused on Jesus Christ. The choir has a strong sense of its purpose, which is to glorify God and lead others in worship. Yes, we strive for excellence in our presentations on Sunday mornings, but as Simon Dixon, our director, reminds us almost weekly, the main thing is to worship. We pray that this enthusiasm for singing God’s praises comes through to everyone in the pews (or auditorium seats) on Sundays. We hope that the Holy Spirit will use the music we sing, regardless of the genre, to inspire parishioners


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in their worship as it does for us. The music helps us to praise God for His blessings and to enter into quiet contemplation of His word. Ours is a choir that takes its role in worship seriously, but does not take itself too seriously. Simon tries hard to find anthems in a variety of styles that complement the liturgy, Scripture readings, and sermon topics. We have sung music spanning 500 years, from

the Renaissance to contemporary Christian composers. We have sung choral masterpieces, such as Handel’s Messiah and Durufle’s Requiem, American spirituals, and works by beloved composers, such as Dwight Gustafson and John Rutter. We have sung the texts of familiar liturgies, Psalms, and Bible verses in English, Latin, French, and Swahili. We’ve been accompanied by organ, piano, chamber orchestra, brass, flutes, and guitars. Yet, every note and every word is intended to show the truth and universality of the Gospel message. This combination of fellowship and service has been particularly meaningful to me as a choir member as I am sure it is for others in the TFCA choir. Perhaps it is something you would like to be a part of as well. The choir is open to all adults, high school age and older, who love to sing and are willing to commit to regular attendance at Thursday evening rehearsals and the 9 am Worship Service on Sunday mornings. September is a great time to join. The only requirements are that you love the Lord and can carry a tune. Reading music (at least a bit) would be helpful. So, if you sang in your school chorus or children’s choir way back when, if you are new to TFCA, or if you would like to engage in worship in a new way, come and join us! We have fun together, and we learn lots of new songs. If you are interested, contact Simon Dixon, sdixon@, or Lindi Jenkins, †

FOCUSING ON JESUS The Victorious Christian Life Third Article in a Series by Esther Powell

Christ Son of Man

In my first article I mentioned that over the course of my life as a believer in Jesus, there have been “points of light” when certain truths of the Christian faith took on meaning, or were reshaped to begin to show their true meaning. One of these truths is a central doctrine of the faith: Jesus is both God and man. He is Son of God and Son of Man—not divided, but one person in every way, mysterious as that may be to us. I believed this doctrine from the time I can remember, but I didn’t realize how little of it I understood or applied to my life, on a day-to-day basis. One day as I drove home from a school where I was teaching, I was listening to a lecture by Dallas Willard, to a group of university professors. He began his talk by asking them who they would name as the smartest person who had ever lived. During the pause, I, too, began thinking through who I would name: Einstein came to mind immediately, and perhaps Madame Currie, daVinci, and so on. But then, Dallas asked the group of university intellectuals how many of them named Jesus as the smartest person who had ever lived. A few indicated that they had. I was not among the few, and I was shaken into alertness—why not? Why would I not think of Jesus as the smartest person who ever lived and now lives? Willard had a lot to say about this. As for myself, although I believed that Jesus is both man and God, I really thought of His humanity as a vehicle for His Deity. I did not think of Him as a fully human person like us. Perhaps out of fear of misrepresenting Him, I always kept the truth of His Deity at the forefront. After all, many will say He was a man, but they question or deny His Deity. I also equated being human with being automatically sinful. I felt we are sinful and Jesus was not, so therefore He could not have lived as a true human. At least my thoughts ran something like this in an unconscious way. How did this affect my reading of the Bible and even my sense of a personal relationship with Jesus?

When reading the Bible I focused on what He did: His miracles, His words about following Him, about His coming death and resurrection, His claims to Deity. But when it came to other things He said about Himself, I became a skeptic. As I wrote in the second article on walking in the Holy Spirit: Jesus said radical things about His humanity and how He lived it. Over and over He told His followers that He did 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?

As I looked again at the Bible, I realized anew that Jesus lived a truly human life in every aspect. He grew tired. Sleeping on the boat while the waves rose, and the disciples panicked, was not put on for show or to teach them the lesson that continued on page 30

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FOCUSING ON JESUS The Victorious Christian Life continued from page 29 followed. He was truly tired. He hungered and He thirsted. He loved social gatherings and developed close friendships. He had true human compassion for widows and orphans, for fallen women, and for those who were demon possessed. He had deep insight into human beings and wept out of real human compassion. He didn’t just heal people but wanted to know their names. When I first read the story (Luke 8:43-48) of the woman healed of a 12-year blood flow by touching His garment and how He turned to find out who it was, it seemed He might be just pretending not to know—at least that was how I treated the story. But, He says, “I felt power go out from me” and He wanted to know what had occurred. The Holy Spirit sometimes worked beyond Jesus’ immediate awareness, it seemed. The Scriptures tell us that Jesus was “tempted in all things just as we are, yet without sin.” Is this really true? I could hardly believe that His temptations were as difficult as mine, until I began to believe that He was fully human, and then began to see that His temptations were even more terrible. He was constantly doubted by others and when Satan tempted Him to prove that He was more than He appeared to be—to prove that He was the Son of God, Jesus could have done this. But He would have been proving to be the Son of God in disobedience. God the Father would prove Him to be the Son of God by raising Him from the dead. This was to me a vivid example of how Jesus did not use His divinity to do what He did. But He was constantly tempted to do so. Although I wanted to resist temptations, I had to admit that I was more comfortable with my sins than I cared to admit. It is only as I mature in the faith that I can really hate sin in me and in the world. Jesus hated sin and saw its consequences without veiled eyes of imperfection. His resistance to sin was part of His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane when He sweat drops of blood in His resistance to the fear that was working to keep Him from doing the Father’s will. This was not Deity putting on a show, but true humanity in right relationship to the Father, resisting evil in order to obey out of love for us. When Jesus was tempted by the Devil right after His Baptism, having been led there by the Holy Spirit, it was Jesus-the-man who used Scripture to stand against the Devil’s deceit. This was the Man Christ Jesus taking up the “sword of the Spirit” to resist. He did not suddenly use His Deity to hold off the Devil, but stood firm in the power of the Holy Spirit. I read with new understanding what Paul wrote in Philippians 2:5-11: …who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men, and being found in human form, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross…


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It was the Man Christ Jesus who became obedient to the point of dying on the cross. It was a man who hung there and took our sins upon Himself; not a super man, but a human being, made of our flesh and blood, whose whole life was committed to doing the will of the Father, in dependence on the Holy Spirit to give Him the strength to do it. This man not only died for us, and then was raised by God the Father, but the Man Christ Jesus is in Heaven now, interceding for us. In I Timothy 2:5 we are told, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” I had never realized until this time, that there is a human being in Heaven interceding for us. One who knows all our weaknesses, has lived our lives, has been tempted as we are, but is able to deliver us because He never gave in to temptation and did fully obey the Father. He is, according to the writer of Hebrews, “our elder Brother”. A fully human elder brother.

And He is our Teacher, because He is the smartest human being who lives today and always. Dallas Willard challenged the room full of professors with the consideration that if Jesus were speaker at their retreat, what might He say to them? Dallas answered his own consideration by saying that he thought Jesus might say, “Why don’t you respect me in your various fields of study and expertise? Why don’t you recognize me as master of research and knowledge in your fields?” As a teacher, as a woman, as a parent and wife, I realized that I too did not really respect Jesus-the-man as an expert in my life. I thought I wanted Him to be the Lord of my life, but as Dallas Willard said, “Saying Jesus is Lord can mean little in practice for anyone who has to hesitate in saying Jesus is smart.”

FOCUSING ON JESUS I did not recognize Him as “Master” in so many areas of my life, from my intellectual life to the practical questions about family and home, friends and relatives, problems of life in general. To be sure, I prayed—after a fashion—about all these areas, but I prayed without confidence that Jesus, by His Spirit was more expert than what others said. I prayed, and then I went to find the “experts” to build my confidence. Experts in the human sense are not wrong, but my true reliance was too often on them, and not on Jesus. I did not believe that He could be fully the Lord and Master of every area of life. Much of my unbelief came from my lack of belief in His true humanity and how He lived his life. You see, if Jesus is fully human, and he has conquered sin, death, and hell, and is now living in Heaven interceding for

us, how can He not be the expert and master in all things? How can He not know fully how the universe works, since He was there at Creation, and sustains the whole universe right now? He is Lord of history and “the ruler of kings on earth” (Revelation 1:5) The Jesus who rises from the pages of the Bible is coming again in human form. We will see the nail prints on His hands, the scar on His side. He is preparing the universe for its future role. He is preparing us for our place in it even now. (John 14:2) Yes, Jesus is God, and He is Man. We worship Him as the God/Man—one person. But, He is truly human, a brilliant human who is our Savior, our friend, our brother. One day we will see Him face-to-face. Next time I’ll share what this means for our own humanity both now and in the future. †

Come to The Fall Church Anglican’s Veterans Day Service by Garry Sauner (Lt Col, USAF, Retired)


he origin of Veterans Day is noteworthy. In 1926 Congress declared November 11th “Armistice Day” to commemorate the day in 1918 when Germany formally surrendered and when all nations agreed to stop fighting while the terms of peace were negotiated for World War I. Later, in 1938, this day became a national holiday. Then in 1954, President Eisenhower signed the law that changed the name of the holiday to “Veterans Day,” a day to honor American veterans of all wars. This November 11, please come to worship God and pray for those past and present veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom and the way of life we cherish. The Falls Church Anglican’s sixth annual Veterans Day Service will be held on November 11 at 7:30 pm. At press time the location is not confirmed, so please watch for announcements in the Weekly or on The City. A homily will be delivered, prayers offered, and hymns sung with musical accompaniment. This is a time when those traumatized by war in body, mind, or spirit can come and experience the healing power of our Lord Jesus Christ. Reverend Wright Wall, Rector of All Nations DC and an Army veteran who saw combat duty in Somalia, will participate, as well as other veterans. After the service, individuals are welcome to come forward for additional, confidential prayer and to receive a blessing. If you are unable to attend this worship service but wish to seek prayer, please know The Fall Church Anglican has a 24/7 confidential prayer line for military, their families, and for Department of Defense civilians and contractors stationed

abroad. Simply dial (571) 282-0221, leave a prayer request, and one of our four intercessory prayer teams will gladly pray for you or someone else that you love. This November 11, 2015, take action and come to TFCA’s Veterans Day Service. Honor our heroes by your presence and continue to remember them in prayer. †

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LEANING INTO THE LORD Embracing Transitions by Sandy Conran


ife is a series of transitions; from a newborn babe entering was in the shadow of God’s throne. I had the precious gift of this world to those who exit this one and move towards the assurance. next. We often pause to reflect on these moments. Such was the So, was the connection on June 13-14 this year wishful case for me on Saturday, June 13. My grandfather, a man I loved thinking or something more? The Holy Spirit had brought to deeply and who had a tremendous impact on my spiritual for- mind that day, on the eve of my father’s passing, the one person mation, came strongly to mind that morning. That sense of his I knew beyond a shadow of doubt was in Heaven. Through essence and the many memories I had of him were so power- the promise of a vision received decades ago, God had reached ful that they would not abate. While out and about later that down to provide assurance, once again, of His mercies and day, I made a point to stop at the cemetery to pay respects at grace. Definitely Something More. † the graves of my uncles and grandparents. Peacefully, I moved on. The next morning came the call notifying me of my father’s death. Bereft, I stumbled off to Sunday services. As the day passed, I began to wonder: Were these two events somehow connected? I had been praying intensely for my dad the last few years. I had prayed that the hurt he experienced at my The Falls Church Anglican brother’s death would somehow abate. I had JOBS! Ministry presents prayed that the pride that was injured at his more numerous falls would be swallowed up by Love. I had prayed that he would experience filial love from the nursing staff. Was my desire to see a connection between the two events of the weekend wishful thinking or something more? Travel back to June 1988. It was my grandfather’s funeral. At the viewing the night before, the organist had asked about specific hymns to use in the service. My The JOBS! Ministry presents an intensive, seven-week career transition program grandfather’s favorite song was a Countrydesigned to re-energize the job search. Workshops are interactive and focus on the professional, personal and spiritual issues of the job search. Gospel hit rather than a hymn so I left all Distinguished faculty includes: Dr. Jim Collins, Lindsay Hutter, Christian Stallsmith and the choices to her. As I settled into bed that Jack Dunlap, who together have taught, counseled, coached and encouraged thousands of individuals through successful job searches. evening I closed my eyes and immediately saw a picture: dim and difficult to make out When: Saturday mornings, 9:00am – 12:30pm from September 19 – October 31, 2015 but a strong impression nevertheless of the front legs of a chair and the edge of a seat in Where: Hosted by Vienna Presbyterian Church Bridgepoint Connections Ministry a dull bronze color. It was so startlingly real 124 Park Street NE Vienna VA 22180 that I opened my eyes and partially sat up in bed. Shaking my head, I lay back down, Sponsored by: The Falls Church Anglican JOBS! Ministry Vienna Presbyterian Church Bridgepoint Connections Ministry closed my eyes, and saw the vision briefly McLean Bible Church Career Networking Ministry again before it faded away. Calvary Christian Church, Burke Virginia Fairfax Presbyterian Church The next day at the funeral service, we began with the hymn “O God, Our Help Interested? Questions or application – call or email, Jack Dunlap, 703.536.9068 or in Ages Past.” When we got to the second Class sizes are limited. verse, my eyes teared up as I sang “Under the shadow of Thy throne, still may we dwell secure.” That was my vision! My grandfather

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LOVING ONE ANOTHER STARS IN THE CROWN Please send your stories of people in our congregation serving each other and their neighbor to in hopes of inspiring others to be a blessing to someone. Each morning when I first wake up I thank God for the new and holy day. I believe there are no ordinary days; each is an unrepeatable miracle. The happenings of some days remind me of a quote from C.S. Lewis, “Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.”

July 8 and the arrival of eight beautiful young girls from a summer youth program at TFCA proved to be such a “patch of Godlight.” Thank you to the leaders of the summer program who planned a service day as part of the program. And thank you to Sophie Camus, Cate Farmer, Azalynn Goudy, Kris Hill, Alexis Huggins, Mackenzie Nace, Maddy Oliver, and Sarah Smith, who came to my home to serve by working in my garden. It was a hot and very humid day. The mosquitos drove all of us to using “Off.” One of the girls was on crutches and we gave her a chair to watch while the others worked. It brought

tears to my eyes when, a few minutes later, I saw her down on the grass pulling weeds from the edge of a flower bed with her crutches on the ground beside her. It so happened that I had a gardening friend, 30 years younger than I, who could stay out with the girls and provide some assistance with weed identification. Since I am past 90, I need to shy away from July gardening except in the early morning. We did begin our time together in a prayer circle in my drive while I asked God’s blessing on their work and thanked him for their service. Before they left we had about forty minutes on my back porch sharing about their week and about God’s grace and goodness while we had drinks and cookies. These dear girls deserve stars in their crowns for their service, joy, and sweet conversation with me. It is a rare pleasure, a true “patch of Godlight” for an old lady to have lovely young girls blessing her by their sweet conversation and presence. Dear girls, I thank you. Also thanks and “praise to our LORD, all my inmost being praises His Holy Name.” —Virginia Watson continued on page 34

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WELCOMING NEW STAFF Laura Hill Women’s Ministry Coordinator Laura and her husband Steven have been attending TFCA for more than 10 years along with their children Emma (13), Nora (11) and Nate (9). Laura has served both the Women’s Ministry and the Children and Family Ministry in various roles, including as a VBS leader, Sunday School teacher and as Chairwoman of the TFCA Women’s Retreat for the last five years. Throughout her professional career, Laura has worked in the for-profit and non-profit sectors in a variety of strategic communications roles, specifically in the areas of media relations, donor communications and special events. She is a 1993 graduate of Texas Tech University with a BA in Journalism. Since March 2013, Laura has assisted the C.S. Lewis Institute with special events management and donor communications. Before having children, Laura worked for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a university-based research center in Arlington, Va. She has been attending Women’s Ministry Bible studies and events over the last 10 years and is excited to give back to a ministry that has been so instrumental in her journey to know Christ in a deeper way. “There are lots of women from our Women’s Ministry who have poured into my spiritual growth

over the last decade, who helped me grow into an adult Christian. Many spiritually mature and gifted women at our church have given their lives to teaching, discipling and praying for women, and it will be a privilege to work alongside them.” Laura grew up in a faith-filled home and attended a vibrant Community Bible Church in Houston, Texas. Raised by a single mother who loves the Lord, Laura says she learned very early on the importance of Christian community and friendships. “My mother taught me how to live out Hebrews 10:24: ‘And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together…but encouraging one another…’ She understood well the need for Christian women to walk alongside one another, building each other up in the faith and in their daily lives.” Working for the C.S. Lewis Institute has helped Laura understand God’s call on the lives of His people to “go and make disciples.” She is looking forward to building Bible studies, special events and fellowship opportunities for women of every age, all with the goal of connecting women more deeply with Christ and with one another. Laura and Steven met in Washington, D.C. and married in 2000. Steven was raised in the Episcopal tradition, and the two quickly found a church home after visiting The Falls Church in 2003. Laura loves spending time with her family and friends (especially at the pool during the summer months), cooking for fun, listening to her husband (and now her son) play piano, taking road trips to Florida, and reading books and articles that make her think more deeply about her faith. †

Stars in the Crown continued from page 33 HHHHH In reflecting on a recent Message from the Rector on The City, where his topic was “doing good,” I was reminded of my friend and fellow artist, Carolyn Wright. Carolyn is a “do gooder.” She recently did good to me and I learned a lot from the experience. I hope many of you consider it also. Caroline saw me one Sunday morning between Worship Services and noticed that I looked tired. I confirmed that my heavy teaching schedule this summer was very challenging. Later, Carolyn told me that she went home and asked herself what she could do to help me. She came up with a plan and wrote me about it, and I was thrilled to accept her offer to drive me to my night class (7-10 pm in Old town—not a 5


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minute journey). Each time, Carolyn would arrive, load my teaching supplies, drive, drop me off and carry everything into the classroom, help me set up, find a parking space for me, wait in my class for 3 hours in case I needed something else from the car, and then pack me up, get the car loaded, and drive me home. After taking me to my house, she would not get home herself until about 11:15 pm. Whew! Are you exhausted yet? Carolyn did all that for me, so I was able to save my energy for teaching and was not so exhausted. What a gift from a “do gooder!” We all need to think more about what we can do and not just give our friends a quick pass because we are too busy. —Joyce McCarten



W E mma Taylor McLaughlin, daughter of Ana & Matthew McLaughlin, granddaughter of Alice & Robert Petillo (May 25)

W Elizabeth Yearsley to Robert Hoehn (Feb 28)

W E mily Tucker Grace Skolnitsky, daughter of Jordan & AJ Skolnitsky, granddaughter of Dorothy Skolnitsky (May 30) WG  eorge Llewellyn Fossen, son of Emily & Andrew Fossen (Jun 2) W E mily Callahan Richter, daughter of Susan & Steve Richter, granddaughter of Donna & Bill Forester (Jun 9)

W Carole Zdobysz to Josh Pearson (Jun 6) W Abigail Eisley to Nathan Mitchell (Jun 30) W Colleen Zhang to John Rodriguez (Jul 4)

DEATHS WM  arie “Willis” Winfrey, parishioner (May 21)

W Jasper Gabriel Weiss, son of Kristin & Brenton Weiss, grandson of LeAnne Gormong (Jun 12)

W Arthur Raymond Wise Jr., father of Sandy Wise Conran, (Jun 14)

W Victora Culler Dale, daughter of Rebecca & Rob Dale, granddaughter of Kitty Hayes (Jun 12)

WD  orothy Wolfinger, parishioner, mother of Lisa Wolfinger (Jun 14)

W F inley Grace Baxter, daughter of Karen & Brendan Baxter, granddaughter of Kathleen Christopher (Jun 16)

WC  ol. Andrew Lamar, stepfather of Dixie Rapuano (Jun 20)

W John David Shepherd Prevette, son of Jennifer & David Prevette (Jun 16) WC  oleman Stuart McFarland, son of Catherine & Nate McFarland, grandson of Min & Steve McFarland (Jun 21) W L eah Julianne Bates, daughter of Paul & Amanda Bates, granddaughter of Ricki Bates (Jun 26) WH  enry Conrad Hoehn, son of Jen & Matt Hoehn, grandson of Katherine Dudley Hoehn (Jun 29) WC  arolyn Christie Dean, daughter of Richard & Elizabeth Dean, granddaughter of Richard & Susan Dean (Jul 4)

W Jerry Thomas Hines, husband of Betty Sue Hines (Jul 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

BAPTISMS W F lorence Adams North, daughter of Ellen & Stuart North WG  eorge Haro Papadopoulos, son of Stacy & Mark Papadopoulos WT  essa Malia Papadopoulos, daughter of Stacy & Mark Papadopoulos WH  enry Anthony Papadopoulos, son of Stacy & Mark Papadopoulos W E lle Victoria Rosenbusch, daughter of Corey & Katie Rosenbusch WR  obert Jerome Simcox IV, son of Rob & Emily Rosenbusch

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FINANCIAL UPDATE As of June 30, 2015 (10th Month Fiscal 2015) 2015 Operating Revenue & Expenses Operating Ministries

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Notes from Stewardship and Finance Committees Total Operating Revenue for the month ending June 30, 2015 (the tenth month of the fiscal year), is $5,483,039, a decrease of $337,764, or 6 percent lower than that of last year. Pledged Offerings for the year are above last year’s by about 1 percent, but NonPledged Offerings and Other Offerings are lower than last year’s, by 17 percent and 52 percent, respectively. Operating Expenses year-to-date are lower than last year’s by $266,297, or 5 percent lower. The tenth month of the fiscal year ended with a surplus of $222,326, which is 24 percent lower than the surplus last year at this point.

 ratefully, G Finance and Stewardship Committees

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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

Forward Building Steering Committee The Vestry has appointed a Steering Committee to guide the development of our property. They are working with the architectural firm selected by the Vestry to finalize the designs and budget in preparation for a presentation to the parish anticipated in late September after Vestry approval. David Andrukonis, Chair Bill Deiss Harold Dobbs Daniel Harlan

Julia Mitchell Betsy Robson Chris Roth

Kristen Short Karen Strong

You can continue to share ideas for the property in the Forward Central group on The City. If you wish to communicate by email, you can contact the Steering Committee at

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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)

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

CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRY Caroline Crocker, Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0401

The Rev. Mary Amendolia, Pastoral Associate for Evangelism. . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0804

Elizabeth Drake, Administrative Assistant. . . . . (571) 282-0400

ESOL Christine Jones, Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0808

Nursery Laurie Harmer, Assistant Director. . . . . . . (571) 282-0402 Preschool and Elementary Caleb Burr, Preschool and Elementary Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-6701


CONGREGATIONAL CARE The Rev. Dr. Frederick (Rick) Wright. . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0501

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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 Laura Hill, Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (571) 282-0701

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

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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 2nd Sunday beginning in September 7 pm Columbia Baptist Church Healing Service, Main Sanctuary For worship location schedule, visit

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