Highlights of this issue include:
  • In-person, Outdoor worship Sunday, September 13
  • Three-part Newcomers' Class starts this Sunday (Ways to Connect)
  • New Diocesan discussion group (What's New)
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Please join us for our in-person, outdoor worship service Sunday morning at 9:00

We are excited to hold an outdoor, in-person worship service this Sunday morning, beginning at 9:00 a.m. In order to meet diocesan guidelines, we need you to pre-register at rsvp@thefallschurch.org if you plan to attend the service. Please include the date of the service in the subject line, and your full name, email address and phone number in the message. This will help us keep track of attendees for contact tracing purposes.

If you are not able to join us for in-person worship, you may access our pre-recorded worship service on our YouTube Page Saturday at 5:00 p.m, or our Facebook Page Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m (though folks begin gathering and chatting around 9:50 am).

We are contining 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 11:00 am
TFCE Week-at-a-Glance
Sunday, September 13 - Saturday, September 19
 
Sunday, September 13:
  • 9:00 am – In-person worship on the South Lawn
  • 10:00 am – Pre-recorded service available through the website
  • 11:00 am – Coffee Hour
  • 5:00 pm – Newcomer Class – Please join us if you are new, interested in membership or baptism. Email Casie Disantis with any questions or to register. 
 
Monday, September 14:
  • 4:30 pm – Finance Committee Meeting
  • 6:00 pm – Regathering Task Force Meeting
  • 7:00 pm - Youth Leadership Committee Meeting
  • 8:00 pm – Compline (www.facebook.com/thefallschurch)
 
Tuesday, September 15:
 
Wednesday, September 16:
 
Thursday, September 17:
  • 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
  • 7:00 pm – Outreach Committee Meeting
  • 8:00 pm – Mom’s Bible Study (email Kelly for more information)
 
Friday, September 18:
 
Saturday, September 19:        
  • 9:00 – 11:00 am – Historic Church open for quiet prayer
Youth Groups

This week's Youth Forum activity is available here
Children's Formation
Wondering what Children's Formation has been dreaming about this summer? Check out their Children's Ministry 2020 Update Newsletter. You can discover what the vision is for this year, register for Sunday Children Formation, and learn more about upcoming teaching volunteer needs. Children's Ministry 2020 Update Newsletter
Parish News & Updates
Get Souls to the Polls in November
As American citizens, it is our privilege and a duty to vote. As Christians, it is our privilege and duty to ensure that all citizens may exercise their right to vote. In the words of our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, "it is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the Church's responsibility to help get souls to the polls." This fall, examine your faith and choose the candidates whom you feel best represent the values of the Church and the teachings of our Lord. And if you are comfortable, follow all CDC guidelines, and help others get to the polls so that they, too, may exercise their faith. Bishop Goff's message 
What's New
Diocese of Virginia sponsoring online discussion group on The Church and Race

A note from Bishop Porter: one of the few gifts COVID-19 may have given some of us is a little more time and space to read and think. I am suggesting we use that gift collectively to learn about our Church and our faith as well as connect with one another. Attached is a proposal for a virtual discussion group.If you are interested in joining, please notify Anita Lisk at alisk@thediocese.net.

An Online Discussion Group for Clergy and Laity

TFCE Naves Open for Private Prayer Thursdays & Saturdays
The Historic Church is open for silent prayer each Saturday from 9:00 - 11:00 am. The Main Sanctuary is open on Thursdays from 11:00 am -
1:00 pm. 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.
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.

This week's Story of Hope provides an update to our very first Story of Hope...the Allvin Family's Let's Breathe campaign...
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 6:00 pm. 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.
Ways to Connect
Are you new to The Falls Church Episcopal and interested in learning more? Our three-part Newcomers' Class begins this Sunday! We hope you can join us on September 13th, 20th and 27th at 5 pm. During this time, you will meet with clergy, vestry members, and staff to learn more about the history of the church, the history of TFCE, and how to get connected to a group or ministry. We hope you can join us! Please email Casie Disantis for more information or to register.  
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!
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 Serve


Silent Witness Against Racial Injustice
Friday, September 11th,
5:00 - 6:00 pm

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.
Fall Gleaning for AFAC
The Outreach and Annual Giving Campaign committees are sponsoring two opportunities to travel to a farm near Winchester to pick leftover produce for our partners at Arlington Food Assistance Center. The events are Saturday, September 19th and Saturday, October 17th from 9am to 12pm and you can register to participate here. Gleaning will take place outside, masked, and physically distanced. Households need to arrange for their own transportation to and from Winchester. If you are willing to deliver food to AFAC from the farm, please note so in the option comments section of the sign-up. Those who register will receive further instructions a few days before the trip. Questions? Contact outreach@thefallschurch.org.

Drivers for Meal Delivery Needed
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 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
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.
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 Porter: Our Need to Be Holy
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.