The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Shrine Mont Summer Camps

Summer camp was always something that I looked forward to growing up. It was the signal for me that summer had officially started. There was nothing I loved more than afternoons spent in the swimming pool, dinners spent with fellow campers, staying up way too late in our cabins, and making summer friends. I suspect that many of you have similar experiences of summer camps.

This summer I get to help cultivate that experience for some young campers at Shrine Mont. I have been asked to be a chaplain for a week of camp that spans from June 23 to June 28. Camping Ministry is such as important part of what this diocese is offering and for some, like me when I was younger, such an important part of faith formation. It is a space to encounter the Creator in their creation.

This year at Shrine Mont summer camps, campers will hear every day about how we are all part of the body of Christ and what it means to be a part of that body. It will be an amazing way to experience God this summer as a camper and for me as a chaplain.

To register and for more info visit:

John Wunderlich

Director of Youth Ministries and Liturgical Volunteer Coordinator

*Photo taken at Shrine Mont by one of our own youth, Cameron Gauthier

Pulpit and table swap

We are excited that this Sunday is the pulpit and table swap between The Falls Church and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church!

Seminarian Cory Irwin and I will lead worship at Holy Trinity using The Book of Common Prayer 1979, and The Falls Church will welcome Pastor Mike Gutzman and Vicar Allison Vincent-Beckman, who will lead worship using Evangelical Lutheran Worship, one of the texts the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) uses to plan their worship services. Cory will preach at Holy Trinity, and Allison will preach from our pulpits. Both teams will lead the adult forum at their respective host sites that morning, sharing what it means to live into our individual identities.

The Episcopal Church entered into full communion with the ELCA in 2001,* which means that we fully recognize the orders and sacraments of ELCA member clergy and parishes, a significant theological and ecclesial statement. Cory and Allison, classmates at Virginia Theological Seminary, invited Pastor Mike and me to consider a pulpit and table swap last year, and we were excited by the possibility to live into full communion with one another in this creative way.

Please be sure to join us this Sunday for services that are different but share similarities, and welcome Allison and Pastor Mike with open arms. And at the same time, hold Cory and me in your prayers as Holy Trinity welcomes us to their altar and pulpit.


*In addition to member churches of The Anglican Communion, The Episcopal Church is in full communion with the ELCA, The Moravian Church, Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, India, Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht, Philippine Independent Church, and the Church of Sweden.

The 9:00 a.m. service premieres on YouTube at 8:45 a.m. and remains available afterwards. If you are worshiping virtually, you may follow along with the service bulletin. See the Church Calendar below for the complete Sunday schedule.

Preaching on Sunday April 30: The Rev'd. Mike Gutzler, Pastor, Holy Trinity ELCA

Join us for a special formation hour NEXT SUNDAY, May 7, featuring guest speaker Kirk Graham, Director of Development at Shrine Mont. Registration will open for our 2023 parish retreat at Shrine Mont with a special price for registering on the day.

To sign up via Realm, click here.

Sunday, April 30, Children's Chapel, Nursery, and Children's Formation Classes are back. Check out what the children will be learning about in classes below:

Register For Hogwarts Vacation Bible School 2023

Hogwarts VBS Prefect registration via Realm

In the Community

Come see TFC's own Lilly Cornelius as part of St. Andrews Players' performance of Whistle Down the Wind

This musical, which is suitable for viewers of all ages, is a parable about faith, conviction and the fragile optimism of youth. Shows are April 28 and 29, May 5 and 6 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington VA).

For more information, and to make a reservation to see the show, click here.

The Falls Church Calendar

For events from April 24 to May 7, click here

Parish Prayer List

Please use the Prayer List in your prayers for each other and the world. 

Praying for each other and the needs of the world is a powerful way to love our neighbors as ourselves! This week's Prayer list.

Click here to email Father Matthew and add someone to the prayer list.

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