Highlights of this issue include:
  • A Word from Andy+ on Shrine Mont Parish Weekend
  • In-Person Outdoor Evening Prayer Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
  • TFCE Open for Silent Prayer Thursdays & Saturdays
  • Silent Witness against Racial Injustice Friday, August 14th
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Please join us for our e-service on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. A Zoom or Facebook account is not required to view the service.

If you are missing a sense of community while participating in our online worship, we invite you to try out the Facebook Watch Party for our Sunday Services. The Watch Party can be found on our Facebook Page on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. (though folks begin gathering and chatting around 9:50 a.m.). There you can watch the service with others in real time, greet each other and exchange the Peace, and know that though we are in different places, the Body of Christ continues to gather as The Falls Church Episcopal.

During the summer season, we will continue to gather for an informal digital coffee hour. We'll have gathering time as a large group, and then split up into smaller groups for conversations on where we saw God this past week, and how we are cultivating practices of sabbath rest and renewal during these strange times. Join us on Zoom at 11am.
TFCE Week-at-a-Glance
Sunday, August 16 - Saturday, August 22
 
Sunday, August 16:

Monday, August 17:
 
Tuesday, August 18:
 
Wednesday, August 19:
 
Thursday, August 20:
  • 7:30 am -- Morning Prayer (www.facebook.com/thefallschurch)
  • 8:30 am -- Thursday Morning Fellowship (email Cleve for more information)
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm -- Main Sanctuary open for quiet prayer
  • 8:00 pm -- Mom’s bible Study (email Kelly for more information)
 
Friday, August 21:
 
Saturday, August 22:  
  • 9:00 – 11:00 am -- Historic Church open for quiet prayer
Youth Groups

The Youth Forum activity is available here

Our Youth Groups meet this Sunday, August 16th:

High School Youth Group @ 1pm: click here

Middle School Youth Group @ 6:30 pm: click here
We are taking a break from Children's Formation Lessons for the summer to have time to pray, plan and begin implementing programming for the Fall.
A Word from Andy+
COVID-19 Causes Disruptions, Brings New Opportunities: Shrine Mont Parish Weekend

Dear Falls Church Family: The pandemic and our need to be safe and protect the most vulnerable as we know has called for changes in the way we do things for a season. This is not easy, especially when things we love and count on cannot be done. Yet, we respond with creativity and with hope knowing that we will get through this season of wilderness wanderings. So, although we are not gathering on Sundays in person, we gather creatively on-line. And we can gather for worship outdoors as we did on Tuesday evening and will continue doing on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (weather permitting). I’m thrilled that there were 18 of us on the South Churchyard lawn this past Tuesday, all wearing our masks and keeping socially distanced. On Thursdays and Saturdays people are gathering safely in our holy spaces to pray and reflect. Although there are things we can’t do, we can creatively fill the gap.

This is true for us in our personal lives as it is our life together as God’s people.
And as in our personal lives where we are careful about social gatherings, and even must cancel some, we have to make decisions for the welfare and health of our church family. We have made the difficult and painful decision that we cannot have our Annual Shrine Mont Parish Weekend and Retreat this fall. This was not an easy decision. We held on to the possibility of somehow holding it safely, but for the sake and safety of all, and after much consultation, we have decided it best not to happen this year. This was especially hard for me because I love parish weekends and have started them in the three parishes I served after ordination before serving as your Interim Rector. I was really looking forward to being at Shrine Mont with you all. But I have learned that I can get to Shrine Mont on an individual family retreat and I plan on doing that!  And you can do the same thing if you’d like because Shrine Mont is hosting individual family groups safely. Several of our families have already done this. Take a look at the testimonials and stories about what a renewing, refreshing time they had at our beloved and beautiful camp.

And know that we WILL get back to Shrine Mont as a parish family when it is safe to gather in larger groups again. So, take hope, and perhaps be creative in designing your own family retreat at camp this fall. These are family decisions we are all making in so many ways. In my own family, our daughter Sally is to be married, and we have decided to have an immediate, family-only “micro” wedding. But we will do a large celebration when it is safe. One of my sisters celebrates her 75th birthday in September and the big bash we have planned for her will be put off until it is safe to do so. Her children and grandchildren will gather with her to celebrate and the rest of us will Zoom in. I know you are making these same kinds of decisions in your own families. We celebrate life and God’s blessings in new ways for a season. 

This season of pandemic wandering is a bit like Lent. We give up things, old ways of doing things, but we take on new things that help us remain connected to God’s life and peace and joy. And to each other. And like the Children of Israel wandering in the desert, they did reach the Promised Land. And like our Lenten season, we know that Easter and Resurrection Life will come!
Pax, Andy+

For the latest info from Shrine Mont, click here
What's New

TFCE Naves Open for Private Prayer Thursdays & Saturdays
The Historic Church is open for silent prayer each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Main Sanctuary is open on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We ask everyone to maintain six feet distance, wear a mask, and use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the sanctuary. Please click here for rules and expectations. Questions?
E-mail Parish Administrator D'O Dillard.
Flowers on the Altar: An Episcopal Tradition Worshiping in the Beauty of Holiness
In the Episcopal Church, we seek to worship “in the beauty of holiness,” through our senses by perceiving beauty in many forms, especially with flowers from creation placed on the altar. This also provides a way for parishioners to participate in our worship ministries by arranging flowers and by offering dedications, usually in memory of or in honor of someone. Now that we are recording more and more of our services in the church, flowers have been placed on the altar. Recently, the flowers were given to the Glory of God and in memory of parishioner Pam Spofford, by friends on the Altar Guild, and in thanksgiving for our staff and assisting clergy, by the Andersons. Look for information in later
E-News editions on how you can get involved!
TFCE Shares Stories of Hope
During these difficult times, it's uplifting to hear stories about parishioners taking action to improve the lives of people in this community, this nation, and the world. Click here to visit the Stories of Hope web page. E-mail Andy, Kelly, or Casie with stories that you'd like to share.
Ways to Worship
Go to www.facebook.com/thefallschurch to connect live, or click here to learn how to connect via Facebook Live without signing up for Facebook. If you are having trouble accessing Facebook, please go to www.thefallschurch.org/liveprayer to watch.
In-Person Outdoor Evening Prayer on Tuesdays

Tuesday Outdoor Evening Prayer at 6 p.m. In lieu of Centering Prayer, join Father Andy+ on the South Lawn of the Historic Church for in-person Evening Prayer. Please read here for important information regarding the service.
Parish News & Updates
Interested in a TFCE-sponsored EfM seminar this Fall?
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a premier lay theological education class offered through The University of the South at Sewanee. This four-year class provides a solid understanding and grounding in scripture, history, and the theology of the church through small group learning. As of this week we have seven TFCE members and friends who have expressed interest in an evening seminar sponsored by our church this fall. Please e-mail Casie Disantis if you are interested in the Falls Church evening EfM class! For information about EfM (or if you would like to take the seminar on Tuesday mornings at St. Michael’s, Arlington) click here
 
Ways to Connect
LGBTQ+ Virtual Retreat on Saturday, August 22 The Diocese is hosting its first-ever LGBTQ+ Diocesan Retreat. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Elizabeth Edman, Episcopal priest and author of Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity and will focus on an introduction to Queer Theology. The program of prayer, conversation, and reflection will run from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, with a time for virtual lunch and sharing until about 2:00 pm. It's a chance to gather and share your whole self with God and the Church without pretenses, start new friendships with people across our Diocese, deepen existing relationships, be at peace in the presence of God and your fellow siblings. Register here. Questions? Contact lgbtqministrydiova@gmail.com.
Thursday Morning Fellowship Via Zoom! The Men’s Monthly Bible Study has morphed into a weekly fellowship group gathering via Zoom on Thursday mornings at 8:30 am. This group is open to all, men and women, we are gender inclusive! Go to Realm for more information or contact Cleve Johnson. Hope you’ll join the group!

PASTORAL CARE EMERGENCY NUMBER: 703-585-4410
Leave a message and the priest on call will respond to pastoral emergencies

Parish Prayer List: Prayers & Transitions
Please use the Prayer List below 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! CLICK HERE FOR THIS WEEK’S PRAYER LIST.
Ways to Give
Are you doing any online shopping these days? If you’re buying more items from Amazon, please consider adding The Falls Church Episcopal to your AmazonSmile account. With every purchase you make, the church earns a small percentage. Simply click here to add us to your account! 
We ask that during this time you please continue to make an effort to contribute to the Church as you normally would. Although we are not having in-person services, the work of our parish, staff, and clergy continues. Fulfilling our mission and our vision to be an enduring beacon of faith, hope, and love is crucial during these days.
There are 3 easy ways to give to the church:
We are still checking the mail and depositing checks! 
Please mail your check to:
115 E. Fairfax Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
Donate safely and securely through our website. 
Text “TFCE” and the amount to 73256. 
If you have any questions about Realm or eGiving, please reach out to Casie Disantis at cdisantis@thefallschurch.org or Joy Sperry-Stamenic at accounting@thefallschurch.org.
Ways to Serve


Silent Witness Against Racial Injustice
Friday, August 14th,
5-6 p.m.

Members and friends of The Falls Church Episcopal are invited to join Falls Church Presbyterian
Church for the next Silent Witness protest. Participants are asked to wear masks and maintain social distancing. The protests are held every other Friday,rain or shine.

Our ministry partners at FCS have seen a significant increase in their requests for grocery drop-offs at people’s homes. They are looking for drivers to pick-up groceries from their food bank and no-contact drop them off at people’s doors. If you are interested, please email fcswecare@aol.com  
Make sandwiches for those in need
Make sandwiches or bag lunches for drop-off at the Bailey's Crossroads Shelter or New Hope Housing's Eleanor Kennedy Shelter near Fort Belvoir. Please see the attached flyer and contact Sami Smyth at 703-799-2293 x11 or ssmyth@newhopehousing.org for more information. Meals prepared by Spin Pollo were delivered to the Bailey's Crossroads Shelter on Sunday, August 9th.
The Little Free Food Pantry
On Fairfax Street near the church’s Thrift Shop is a small “take some food, leave some food” pantry (like the “little libraries” where people can take or leave a book). We are definitely seeing people use that pantry to supplement their groceries, and you can drop off non-perishable food items there at any time.
Worship and Reflection
Our regular corporate worship opportunities have been suspended until further notice. But there are still lots of ways you can worship or reflect on God. Here are some suggestions of resources that might help.
Weekly meditations by our Bishops. This week's mediation is by Bishop Jennifer: For the Beauty of the Earth
St. Phoebe's Virtual Chapel is a great resource to explore with musical resources, sermons and reflections, and digital opportunities to pray the Daily Office.
This Sunday, livestream the worship service from the National Cathedral at 11:15 am - more info here.
Here are some ways to enhance your spiritual journey at home as suggested by the Washington National Cathedral.