The Mid-Atlantic Messenger: August 9, 2012 (Issue 23)

Bishop's Calendar

August 17-19, 2012
Anglican Church of the Valley
Staunton, VA

August 25, 2012
Consecration of The Rev’d Steve Wood 
Charleston, SC

Sept 2, 2012
Christ Church
Emporia, VA
and Grace Church
Purdy, VA

Sept 8, 2012
Conduct Stewardship Workshop
Anglican Diocese of Fort Worth, TX

Sept 9, 2012
Holy Cross Anglican Church
Richmond, VA

Sept 12, 2012
Diocesan Standing Committee

Sept 15, 2012
DOMA Wardens Meeting
All Saints’ Church
Woodbridge, VA

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Church: Church of the Apostles, Oakton, VA
Event: Retirement of The Rev'd David Harper, Rector
Date: September 30, 2012

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August 9, 2012 
Dear Friends,
One of the joys of my vacation this summer was having extended blocks of time to read. My stack of to-be-read books had grown past the point of toppling over and I was looking forward to digging in. I ended up reading thirteen of them, from theology (such as Gerald McDermott’s Understanding Jonathan Edwards) to religious freedom (Timothy Shah’s Religious Freedom: Why Now? Defending an Embattled Human Right), from preaching (including Matt Chandler’s The Explicit Gospel) to marriage ministry (Mike and Harriet McManus’ Living Together: Myths, Risk & Answers) to dealing with conflict in the church (Lloyd Rediger’s Clergy Killers among others). (I even worked in a couple of mysteries, including John Grisham’s The Litigators!) I also got to listen to a number of sermons and addresses online. I am particularly blessed by reading and listening to what the extraordinary clergy and laity of our Diocese are producing!
It was a fruitful time and it underscored for me how important it is for us always to be learning and growing in our relationship with the Lord and in how we extend the Kingdom by engaging our culture with the claims of Christ.
In this and our two previous Messenger newsletters (found here and here), you’ll see the vitality of our congregations as you read wonderful accounts of our churches in mission. This summer, teams have gone out to Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Rwanda, Nicaragua, Israel, Tanzania, Haiti, Ghana, Sudan and Bolivia; to Appalachia and Indian reservations and the inner city. I hope you’ll take time to follow some of the links in these newsletters to see how the Lord is stretching us and using us for His glory across the globe.
Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. John A. M. Guernsey

Find Bishop Guernsey's pdf version of his letter online here. 

All Nations DC prepares for launch

A brand new church plant is preparing to launch in Washington, D.C.  

Starting this Sunday, August 12 at 10:00 a.m., All Nations DC, a church plant from The Falls Church Anglican, will begin to prepare for weekly Sunday worship leading to their official launch on Sunday, September 9.  A full list of their meetings may be found here.

The Rev'd Wright Wall (M.Div Gordon-Conwell) leads this latest church plant from The Falls Church Anglican.  For the last three years he has served as an Assistant Rector and church-planter in training at The Falls Church Anglican.  He met his wife Beth at Truro Church and they have been married for eighteen years and have four children.

Worship location:
Capital Memorial Church - Fellowship Hall 
3150 Chesapeake St., NW 
Washington, DC 20008

To enter the Fellowship Hall at Capital Memorial Church, use the lower-level entrance located on the side of the building nearest to the city baseball field.  Click here for directions.  Learn more about All Nations DC here.

All Nations DC Prayer team meets in January 2012 to pray for the birth of a new Anglican church in Washington, D.C.

Anglican Congregations step out in mission!

Summer is breaking out all over the diocese and congregations are actively reaching out in mission!  Please drop us a note and let us know highlights of your summer mission outreaches (and include photos too!). Here are some highlights on summer ministries around our diocese:

Potomac Falls Anglican ministered to children in Tanzania this summer.

Mission to Green Leaf,Tanzania
June 20-July 5, 2012
Potomac Falls Anglican Church, Potomac Falls, VA
Click here for info

Vacation Bible School
June 25-29, 2012
All Saints Church, Woodbridge, VA
Click here for info

Genesis! Arts Camp
June 25-29, 2012
Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax, VA
Click here for info

Global Engagement Trips 2012
July 1-August 9, 2012
The Falls Church Anglican, Falls Church, VA
Click here for info
  • Kenya (16 yrs and up) - July 1 - 14
  • Dominican Republic (family friendly, ages 13 and up) - July 21 - 28
  • Rwanda (anyone 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent) - July 7 - 21
  • West Virginia (family friendly, kids ages 7 and up) - July 8 - 14
  • Nicaragua (family friendly, ages 15 and up) - July 28 - Aug 4
  • Israel (current high school seniors and college students only) - July 31 - Aug 9
Feeding the Lifeguards
Duck and Southern Shores
July 5, 2012
Church of the Good Shepherd Nags Head
Click here for info

Restoration AFAC Farmers' Market Runs

Sundays, July 8-August 19
Restoration Anglican Church
Arlington, VA
Click here for info

Vacation Bible School
Thursdays, July 12-August 9, 2012
Church of the Redeemer, Camden, NC
Click here for info or call 252-337-7177

Outside the Office
Mill Mountain Coffee Shop
Thursdays 3:00-5:00 pm. 
Church of St. Peter and Paul, Roanoke, VA
Click here for info
What's the Point?
Summer study for all rising 6th-12th grade students
Wednesdays, July-August 2012
Christ Church Vienna, VA
Click here for info

Feria para la Familia (Family Fest)
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax, VA
Click here for info

Vacation Bible School
July 16-20, 2012
Church of the Apostles, Oakton, VA
Click here for info

Vacation Bible School
July 16-20, 2012
St. Paul's Church Anglican, Haymarket, VA
Click here for info

Vacation Bible School
July 23-27, 2012
Potomac Falls Anglican Church, Potomac Falls, VA
Click here for more info

Mission to St. Nicholas Orphanage, Kenya
Summer 2012
Church of the Apostles, Oakton, VA
Click here for info

Mission to Bolivia
July 24-August 6, 2012
St. Margaret's, Woodbridge, VA
Click here for info

Vacation Bible School
July 30-August 3, 2012
Christ the King, Alexandria, VA
Click here for info

Vacation Bible School
Just 30-August 3, 2012
Church of the Messiah, Chesapeake, VA
Click here for info

Resident Camp
Camp Highroad, Middleburg
4th-Rising 9th grade
August 5-10, 2012
Church of the Apostles, Oakton, VA
Click here for info
Vacation Bible School
August 6-10, 2012
Church of the Holy Spirit, Leesburg, VA
Click here for info

Ghana Reading Camp
August 8, 2012
The Rev. Becki Neumann+
South Riding Anglican Church
South Riding, VA

Mission to Petion-Ville, Haiti
August 13-20, 2012
Truro Anglican Church & La Comunidad Hispana
Fairfax, VA
Click here for info

Send us a note and let us know highlights of your summer mission outreaches (and include photos too!).

Christ Our Lord Church finds mission right next door

By Michelle Chase

Many people only think of the mission field as something that we do overseas. And though those missions are very important and Christ Our Lord supports quite a few of its very own missionaries in various parts of the world, God gave us a vision for a mission field right next door to our church. We have a Mobile Home Park literally next door.  This community has absolutely no place for children to play, even the streets are torn up and right now full of very deep ditches because of work they are doing to replace water pipes. We decided to do a VBS for them. We approached the manager and she was very excited about the idea. She informed us that this community is forgotten about and no one reaches out to them. Christ Our Lord has decided to change that! 

The week of July 30-Aug 3 we went out each morning and set up tables, canopies, sound equipment and stations with games, songs, crafts and snacks in a field under the power lines. The first morning we had about 8 children from our own church and two little girls from the community. Our teen helpers decided to go into the community to find kids to bring. They came back with four little boys. So, our first day we went on as planned with 14 children. We had a great day and were blown away by God’s goodness and feeling very blessed to be His instruments to reach these few. These few from the community formed fast friendships with our teens and were excited to come back the next day. We reminded them to invite their friends.

On Day 2, we tripled our numbers! Kids were coming from every corner of the community. Kids from ages 3-12 coming, fitting right in and having a great time! At the end of Day 2 a few of the kids begged our teen helpers (there were five of them) to stay and play with them.  So they did - they stayed for the afternoon and hung out in the community playing with these kids. The teens were on a mission trip and didn’t even have to leave their town! We are so blessed to see God at work in them.

For the rest of the week we had new children every day. Mothers from the community would come out with their babies and sit under the trees and fellowship and watch their kids having a great time learning about God’s love for them. By the end of the week these children were so excited to sing songs about Jesus, to dance and share with us. We gave them each a Bible and were able to give most of the mothers Bibles as well. They were so thankful. The mothers even cooked up some wonderful food and brought it out to us on the last day!

It is a beautiful thing to see the church in action. God’s goodness was just smeared all over all that we did that week. He provided in ways we couldn’t even imagine. The great blessing in all of this is it is just the beginning of a beautiful relationship between us and the community. We already have our next event on the calendar. On August 26th we will have a free back to school yard sale and school supply drive. We are so excited to see what else God has in store!

Michelle Chase is the Director of Children's Ministry at Christ Our Lord, Lakeridge.

Register for Synod 2012 today!

By Heather Adams

Synod 2012
October 12-13, 2012
All Saints Church Woodbridge

The online registration for the Annual Synod of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic is now open!  
Delegates and Clergy and guests may register for Synod 2012 online here

Registration is free!

Please register as soon as possible because we need your input. This year breakout sessions on various topics of interest will be offered as part of our Synod program. The Activity section of the registration asks you to choose one interest group only from among the following: Church Planting, World Mission, Healing Prayer, Personal Evangelism, Religious Freedom, Discipling New Believers, Prayer and Intercession, Social Media and Children's Ministries.

You may also suggest another topic as well, but remember to choose only one interest group. The response we get from you and other delegates will determine which of these groups will be offered at Synod.  Thank you!

A final list of the breakout groups will be sent in September along with the agenda. It will not be necessary for you to register again, nor are you obligated to attend the session you indicate now. This will simply help us determine what topics to offer and have an approximate idea of numbers for room allocations.

This year we will again open with the Eucharist on Friday evening. This Eucharist is open to everyone, as is the Synod session on Saturday. There will be child care offered for children under 5 on Friday evening only. If you require child care, please use the separate registration specifically for child care found online at the Synod 2012 Registration page here.

We appreciate that many of you travel quite a distance to attend and we wish to encourage as much participation as possible. There will be a Welcome Reception following the Eucharist on Friday evening and lunch will be provided on Saturday, so your registration will also help us with planning for adequate refreshments.

Finally, for those who will require overnight accommodations, a block of rooms has been reserved at Wytestone Suites. The cost is $88/night which includes breakfast. Please call 703-497-4100 or 1-888-747-8100 to reserve your room. Indicate that you are with the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. Rooms at the reduced rate will be held until October 1.

Note to the Clergy: If you are unable to attend the Synod, please contact Bishop Guernsey at or me at All canonically resident, active clergy are expected to attend Synod. Retired clergy and clergy who are canonically resident in another jurisdiction and licensed in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic are welcome and encouraged to attend, but are not required to do so.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Look forward to seeing you at Synod 2012!

Heather Adams is the registrar and events coordinator for the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. You may email her at or call her at the diocesan office at 703-590-5470 x120.

Music Focus: A Thousand Amens released

By Jamie Brown

"This may well be the only Anglican modern worship album on the market. It’s a good one. The Falls Church Anglican is one of those faithful congregations that refused to compromise the gospel and was forced out of its building. This album was recorded before they had to vacate their property. They sing a variety of songs, including several Sovereign Grace tunes, some hymns, and a few originals. I have especially enjoyed their cover of “Behold Our God” along with “Praise My Soul the King of Heaven” (and the amazing transition between the two)." -Tim Challies

How can a congregation lose nearly everything – its buildings, its property, and most of its money – but worship God with more unity and joy than ever before?

When that congregation knows that it has everything it could ever need in the precious cornerstone and sure foundation of Jesus Christ.

These songs are a taste of the vibrant, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled worship that has become a hallmark of The Falls Church Anglican. They were recorded in the Main Sanctuary over two evenings in early March, just two months before we vacated our property. This was the end of over 275 years on that campus but not the end of our church.

This recording captures the cry of a congregation that has learned and clung to the reality that Jesus is worthy of costly worship. And if that means we lose everything to gain Christ, then we say a resounding “amen”. So be it, Lord. We believe you’re all to us.

On Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd at 8:00pm in the Main Sanctuary at The Falls Church 1,000 people gathered to lift their voices in praise to God, to celebrate his faithfulness, and to capture a sense of vibrant, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled worship. Musicians from The Falls Church and sister churches were joined by professional musicians from Nashville and L.A. to record a live worship CD.
Nine microphones were spread throughout the Sanctuary to help us capture the congregation's voices loud and strong. Our worship team, choir, and organ were all a part of all 14 songs and we were thrilled with how it all turned out.

Click here to purchase your copy.  To hear samples of the songs, click here.

Jamie Brown is Associate Director of Worship and Music at The Falls Church Anglican.

Fresh Expressions and Guinea Pig Hospitality

By Pamela Meeks

“Mom, all your stories are about you talking to strangers. How embarrassing,”my ten-year-old son said as we talked about our day around the dinner table. I laughed because it was true and it seems better than saying, “My mom walks the streets!”

I do that too, but not in the way you might think. I am praying as I walk the streets. I’m thinking and reflecting on what the Gospel might look like here in my neighborhood. I have mosquito bites from sitting out in the grass with the neighborhood children as they pet my guinea pigs. Sometimes my 8 year old neighbor even asks to see the rat or the turtle. I get grass stains on my knees as they tell me stories about their lives, little stories, but I am listening hard for the wind of the Spirit blowing in their hearts and in their lives.

I might normally want to collapse on the couch after dinner, but I am learning to get outside on my front porch or parking lot. My neighborhood is a walking neighborhood. Some people pass by on their way to work as cleaning staff at the hotels close by. Others wait at the local shuttle that will take them to the store.

Not everyone likes it, but Walmart is walking distance for us. And everyone knows Walmart hosts the people of the nations on any given day. So, it was natural for me to strike up a conversation there with the Vietnam veteran the day after Memorial Day. It’s natural for me to walk a few extra steps to meet the guy walking his dog or walking with his toddler son on a tricycle. It’s natural for me to think up fun games to play with the kids in someone else’s front yard while the adults look on and get to know me, building trust, building bridges one bit at a time. And we are always asking, what’s next and how can we go deeper.

My husband and I sensed our strategy would be simple. “Live life in the open, and practice simple hospitality.”

Slowly, we are putting the pieces together as we discern who’s social and who wants to be left alone. And it is not uncommon for me to say to myself, “I really need to learn Spanish, already!”  For the moments in my life when I want a multi-point strategy with time lines, I have to tell myself to be patient. We just moved in mid-February and we are still getting ideas. My husband and I sensed our strategy would be simple. “Live life in the open, and practice simple hospitality.” This is more like, “bring out the foosball table, bring out the lemonade, and be ready to hang out with whoever comes by.” Meanwhile, we ask the Lord in prayer, “Is this a person of peace?”

So, as we get to know our new neighbors I try to strike a balance, taking my cues from them. I often have to remind myself that there is a difference between being a nosy neighbor and a concerned one. Hopefully I am able to strike the right balance and communicate what I want. If the young people hanging out on the sidewalk close to my house are not doing something illegal, I can encourage it. Either way, I am going to know their face and speak to them. In an effort to be careful, I make sure that the friendship I have with the kids is out in the open, in my yard or on the street. And all the while, I am listening with my heart and my spirit for God’s spirit to tell me how he might want to touch this child or this family. This is slow work. Building trust always is. But our family is called to develop a worshiping community right here in our neighborhood.

The Rev'd Pamela Meeks is a member of the Fresh Expressions community in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. She lives in Leesburg, Virginia. 

DOMACAST: Inspiring free podcasts now available

The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic now brings insightful podcasts featuring a cross section of speakers from all walks of our Christian life.  Featured speakers include the Rev'd John Yates, rector of The Falls Church, noted author and speaker Dr. Os Guiness, Bishop Michael Nazir Ali, retired bishop of Rochester, Bishop John Guernsey, Bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, and panel discussions on Anglicanism and the future of the Church.
Called "DOMACAST" it is now available for download here (preview) or for free in the iTunes Store here.  You may listen to episodes online, download to your device, or subscribe.

The latest episode is Bishop John Guernsey's sermon from the Closing Eucharist of the ACNA Provincial Assembly in Ridgecrest, North Carolina.  For a direct link click here

Standing in the Gap: Intercessory Prayer Workshop

By Heather Adams

The Anglican Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic is excited to offer this workshop on Saturday, November 10, 2012, (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) at All Saints’ Church, Woodbridge VA.

The workshop is designed specifically for anyone who would like to learn more about intercessory prayer, and will cover such topics as: the Biblical basis for intercession, learning to pray and intercede as a small group, the importance of the intercessor under authority, holiness of life and intercession, and effective intercession in the local church.

The workshop will led by Rose-Marie Edwards-Tasker, lead intercessor and teacher in the Anglican Church in North America, and the Rev. Valarie Whitcomb, retired priest and teacher at All Saints’, Woodbridge. Plenty of opportunity will be provided for praying with others under the direction of experienced intercessors. 

There will be no charge for the event but donations for lunch would be appreciated. Registration will be required, however. To register click here or call Heather Adams 703-590-5470 for more information.

Heather Adams is the Registrar and Event Coordinator for the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.

Reaching out to the most-vulnerable in Haiti

By Carlos Pellot

A group of nine friends from Truro Anglican Church and its Hispanic congregation, La Comunidad Hispana, will be traveling for a week to the town of Petion-Ville in Haiti, east of the capital city Port Au Prince, in August, to volunteer at an orphanage called God's Littlest Angels. The dates are August 13-20.

All nine of us are preparing and awaiting this experience with much excitement. We are praying that the Lord allows us to see what he wants us to see and to do what he wants us to do. Our prayers, time and energy will be devoted to that effect. Although we are a small group of people, we are eager and willing. Although our time will be short, it will be significant.

I want to share this experience with you before it happens because maybe at some point in time you might have it in your heart to be a part of something like this. Maybe you still do. To serve those who are much more vulnerable than we are because of very unfortunate circumstances. That desire is seldom self-serving. It is actually a desire, a longing, that springs forth from a deeper love than human love. Only a divine love will take us out of our daily circumstances and comfort so that we might bear somebody else's cross even if only for a little while.

So while you might not be joining this group of nine people who are going to Haiti, there is actually a very practical way in which you can join us in our mission to serve, care and love God's Littlest Angels in Haiti. We want to give them our full time and energy during that week that we'll spend there, but we also want to bring with us as many items as possible needed by the children of the orphanage.

To this effect, one of our team members has set up an online baby registry at which you can visit, see and purchase the items needed at the orphanage. To access our directory use first name 'Haiti' and last name 'Truro'. All of these items are not readily available in Haiti. There are currently over 150 orphans at God's Littlest Angels, so this is a simple way in which you can bless these precious children along with us. They thrive on massive amounts of love and they also thrive thanks to the generosity of people like you and me. Be it with just one item or as many as you desire, you certainly can make these children's lives better.

If you reside in Fairfax, where Truro Anglican Church is located, or in the vicinity of NOVA, we want to encourage you to use the online registry or to go directly to the store (it doesn't have to be Target) to purchase the items you'd like to donate. We are closing the registry on Saturday, August 4. We need your items at Truro by then so that we can start packing and shipping them before our departure. We have provided a huge blue storage bin in the Welcome Glass Covered Walkway at church for you to place the items.

If you reside far from Fairfax and NOVA and would like to donate an item through the online registry, just send a note to Emi Melean at indicating that you've purchased an item through the registry and we'll make sure to pick it up at the local Target.

So whether you're far from us in Fairfax or close enough, you can be a part of this mission trip through your generosity. And even if you can't donate an item to the orphanage, there's another simple, yet powerful, way you can help us, and that is through your prayers. Would you pray for our team of nine members and our missions trip to God's Littlest Angels in Haiti? Please pray for our safety and also pray for the children at the orphanage and all those who care for them on a daily basis. Your prayers are actually the most effective way to join us and help us on this mission trip.

When we come back we will make sure to share the pictures and stories with all of you. Thank you in advance, dear friend, for taking the time to read this invitation to you, for your donation to God's Littlest Angels and, more importantly, for your prayers!

The Rev'd Carlos Pellot is the pastor of La Comunidad Hispana at Truro, Fairfax.

Nominations Deadline extended to Friday, August 17

By Peter Frank

Here is a brief report of the nominations we have received so far.
  • For the Standing Committee, there are two clergy and two lay positions open. So far we have received five lay and two clergy nominations. This is a three-year term.
  • The Constitution and Canons Committee has 4 nominations for three positions, also for a three-year term.
  • No nominations have been received for the Committee on Nominations for Bishops.  In light of this, the Standing Committee decided not to fill this committee. Canon 5, Sec4D states that “ If a Committee on Nominations is not established, its functions shall be performed by the Standing Committee.”
Information on the duties of the various committees is found in our Constitution and Canons. The questionnaires are here.

A vital part of Synod 2012 is our youth delegation. Youth delegates have full voice and vote and are between the ages of 16-25.  Our Constitution and Canons allow for four youth delegates and so far we have received nominations for two delegates.  We would very much like to fill all four positions!  You may nominate youth from your church by completing and sending in the Youth Delegate Questionnaire located here.

We are extending the deadline for nominations until Friday, August 17th.  Send your applications to Heather Adams at, or fax them to 703-590-3269. If you have any questions about any of these positions, please contact me at

The Rev’d Peter Frank, Senior Associate Rector at Church of the Epiphany, Herndon, is a member of the Standing Committee and chair of the Nominating Committee

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The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic
The Rt. Rev. John A. M. Guernsey, Bishop
Editor: Mary Ailes * Editorial Staff: Heather Adams, Lynn Milograno * Contributors: Corrine Anthony, Kirsten Boyd, Jamie Brown, Kristen Colligan, Peter Frank, Bob Ragan, Robin Rauh, Dan Van Ness, Stanton Trotter, Jim Oakes, Clancy Nixon, George Keitt, Andy Morgan, Cherie Harder, Graham Walker, Anna Milograno, Dan Morgan, Andy Terry, Fredric Barrett, Carlos Pellot, Emily Sharpe, Patrick Ware, Michelle Chase, Pamela Meeks.  Published bi-monthly by the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic (ACNA) 14851 Gideon Drive Woodbridge, VA 22192 703.590.5470 (office) 703.590.3296 (fax)

Save the Dates!

Wardens Gathering with Lunch
Saturday, September 15, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Woodbridge, VA
More info

Clergy Day
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Woodbridge, VA
More info

2012 Diocesan Synod
October 12-13, 2012
Woodbridge, VA
Registration is now open!
More info

"Standing in the Gap"
Intercession Training

November 10, 2012
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Woodbridge, VA
More info

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The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic is a regional diocese of the Anglican Church in North America dedicated to reaching North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ. The Diocese consists of 35 member churches in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and northeastern North Carolina.