Highlights of this issue include:

  • FarewelI Activities for Reverend Kelly
  • In-person, outdoor service with Holy Communion, Sunday @ 11:15
  • A Word from Andy+
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Please join us for our in-person, outdoor worship service on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. as we bid farewell and Godspeed to our beloved Associate Rector, Kelly Moughty. There is a limit of 150 people for this service so register early!

You may also continue to watch our pre-recorded service from the convenience of your own home and on your schedule.

We are holding our outdoor, in-person worship service this Sunday (weather permitting) on the South Lawn of the Historic Church at 11:15 a.m. In order to meet diocesan guidelines, we need you to pre-register at rsvp@thefallschurch.org if you plan to attend. Please include the date of the service in the subject line, your full name, email address, phone number and number of persons attending in the body of the message. Please bring your own chair or blanket. Should it rain, we will have to cancel the service. Note there is no Coffee Hour this Sunday.

You may access our pre-recorded worship service on our YouTube page Sunday at 9:00 a.m. or our Facebook Page as well at 9:00 a.m. We are making the move to livestreaming at 9:00 a.m.! Of course, the service will be available anytime after that, too, again for your scheduling convenience! To get notifications of our services and other posts to our YouTube platform, go to our page and click the red Subscribe button.
In-Person Outdoor Evening Prayer on Tuesdays
Tuesday Outdoor Evening Prayer at 6:00 pm. In lieu of Centering Prayer, join Father Andy+ on the South Lawn of the Historic Church for in-person Evening Prayer. Following Evening Prayer, the Historic Church Nave is open until 7:00 pm for quiet prayer and reflection. Please read here for important information regarding the service.
TFCE Week-at-a-Glance
Sunday, October 18 - Saturday, October 24

Sunday, October 18:
  • 9:00 a.m. – Pre-recorded Service of the Word & Spiritual Communion (www.thefallschurch.org/e-services)
  • 10:20 a.m. – Children’s Formation (email Lauren for more information)
  • 11:15 a.m. – Outdoor In-Person Holy Communion and Farewell Service for Rev. Kelly– South Lawn of the Historic Church (register at rsvp@thefallschurch.org – RSVP early – 150 person limit)
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Drive-by Farewell Salute for Kelly

Monday, October 19:

Tuesday, October 20:
  • 6:00 p.m. – Evening Prayer LIVE on the South Lawn (also live streamed at www.facebook.com/thefallschurch) If it rains, worship will happen on Facebook but not in person. Historic Church will be open for Quiet Prayer until 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 21:

Thursday, October 22:
  • 7:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer (www.facebook.com/thefallschurch)
  • 8:30 a.m. – Thursday Morning Fellowship (email Cleve for more information)
  • *Quiet Prayer in the Main Sanctuary is suspended due to low attendance. We are exploring alternate times.

Friday, October 23:
  • 5:00 p.m. – Silent Witness Against Racial Injustice.

Saturday, October 24:
  • 9:00-11:00 a.m. – Historic Church open for quiet prayer
  • 10:00 a.m. – Foyer Group meeting (email Casie for more information)
A Word from Andy+
A Word About Stewardship

Dear Falls Church Family,

None of us could have known what this year would be like. In the midst of all the disruptions, losses, and anxiety that this year has brought, I can say, however, that although the coronavirus pandemic has tested our resolve, it has not tested our faith. We are stronger, more resilient, and more prayerful. Thank you. Thanks to each one of you doing your part in your homes, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, families, and here in our church family.  My heart is full of gratitude for you!

It is so good to begin re-gathering outdoors for worship and meetings. Yet, even when we could not gather in person, we began gathering on-line during the week, taking more time to pray for each other's needs and the needs of the world. We continued and strengthened our service to others, particularly through our food ministries at Bailey's Crossroads Shelter and by beginning bi-monthly food drives for the Falls Church Service Council's pantry. Small group gatherings like Foyer Groups have helped us stay connected. Our ministries have kept on serving and are strong!

I am proud that TFCE has remained a steady presence of healing and love throughout these challenging days, grounded in our baptismal covenant to seek the face of Christ in all people and to honor the dignity of every human being. At all times we have continued to answer the call to be a place of grace and resilience, which is a phrase that I believe defines our church. This is why new members have sought us out on-line and are joining our family!  More

This week's Youth Forum activity is available here

Youth Group is now meeting in small groups, masked and outdoors. If you would like to make sure your youth get registered for youth groups, please contact John Wunderlich at jwunderlich@thefallschurch.org
Children's Formation
This week we are saying goodbye to Rev'd Kelly.

We will send out a Constant Contact to all those who are registered for Children's Formation on Sunday Oct. 18th, at 10 am, with the Zoom Links!
We will split all of the children into two groups.
Preschool-1st Grade will be with Ms. Kate. They will read a book about saying goodbye, and then Rev'd Kelly will join them for a special time of goodbyes.
2nd-5th Grade will be with Ms. Lauren. We will also be joined by Rev'd Kelly for a special goodbye.
Annual Giving Campaign 2021
Resilience and Gratitude: The Path to Generosity is the theme of the 2021 Annual Giving Campaign.

Danielle Rampton gives us this week's stewardship testimonial here.

Check the weekly eNews, TFCE social media and your mailbox for the latest information!

Parish News & Updates
Farewell to Reverend Kelly on Sunday, October 18

Please join the celebration for the ministry of Rev. Kelly as she leaves to become Priest-in-Charge at The Church of the Holy Cross in Dunn Loring, VA.

If you would like to make a gift to Kelly's purse, give here

For information on the Farewell Worship Service, Farewell Drive-Through and additional ways to contribute, click here

TFCE Nave Open for Private Prayer Saturdays;
Thursday prayer time suspended
The Historic Church is open for silent prayer each Saturday from 9:00 - 11:00 am. (Due to low attendance, Thursday prayer in the Main Sanctuary is suspended; we are exploring an alternate time.) 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.
Ways to Connect
Adult Christian Formation 2020-2021 
This year we will focus on simple and purposeful Adult Christian Formation opportunities that will hopefully provide a place of grounding and connection to The Falls Church Episcopal during these socially distant times. Our options are: 
  1. Foyer Groups: a small group gathering for fellowship, book study or Bible study. You may join a Foyer Group any time; registration form here
  2. Adult Forum and Coffee Hour: large group instruction and discussion on Sunday mornings.
 
Our Sacred Ground program is closed for the current cycle.

We look forward to joining you on your spiritual journey, no matter where you are. We're leaving the light on for you at The Falls Church Episcopal and we hope you'll join us in whatever way you can. For additional information, contact Ministry Coordinator Casie Disantis at cdisantis@thefallschurch.org
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 a.m. 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!
Parish Prayer List: Prayers & Transitions
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.
Ways to Serve


Silent Witness Against Racial Injustice
Friday, October 23rd,
5:00 - 6:00 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. Protests are held every other Friday, rain or shine.
TFCE Members Volunteer at AFAC
TFCE members Barb Mantegani and Dave Raglin volunteer every Friday at the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Local station Fox5 recently spoke with Barb, other volunteers and staff about the great need for assistance during the pandemic. Watch the story here.

No-Contact Food Drive Saturday, October 31
After very successful food drives for the Falls Church Community Service Council in June and August, we are doing a spooky Halloween no-contact food drive on October 31 from 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. Put the food in disposable bags in your trunk, pull into the upper parking lot, pop the trunk, and a volunteer will unload them for you. You can even come in Halloween costume! Please share this with your non-TFCE neighbors and friends.
 
FCS is in urgent need of the following items:
·        Apple sauce
·        Canned & dried legumes: garbanzos, lentils & pintos are in shortest supply
·        Canned chicken & tuna
·        Canned tomatoes & sauce (no spaghetti sauces at this time)
·        Diapers, sizes 5 & 6 (no adult diapers, please)
·        Feminine hygiene items
·        Fruit jam
·        Household cleaning supplies: disinfecting cleaners, cleansers, dish liquid & laundry detergent
·        Instant coffee 10 oz. cans
·        Meals in a can: stews and hearty soups
·        Pancake syrup
·        Paper towels (small packages & single rolls preferred)
·        Sugar 4# bags or smaller
·        Toilet tissue (small packages & single rolls preferred)
·        Tea (small packages)
·        Toiletries (no travel or hotel sizes, please): bar & liquid hand soaps, hand sanitizer, shampoo, toothpaste & toothbrushes
·        Tomato soups
·        UHT (shelf-stable) milk: low fat and whole
·        Please note: Low-sodium and no-sugar added canned items of any kind are also appreciated but no green beans or pears at this time, please.

We are also looking for volunteers to help staff the food drive. We have one hour shifts from 9 to 10, 10 to 11, and 11 to 12, plus a shift at 12 to take the food to FCS on Rt. 50. To sign up to help, please go to:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084EAEAA2CAAF85-nocontact1
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 Ft. Belvoir.. Please see the attached flyer and contact Sami Smyth at 703-799-2293 x11 or ssmyth@newhopehousing.org for more information.
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.
Ways to Give
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.
Are you shopping more online 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 
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Worship and Reflection
Weekly meditations by our Bishops. This week's mediation is by Bishop Jennifer: Pinecones and Mushrooms
Here are some ways to enhance your spiritual journey at home as suggested by the Washington National Cathedral.