The Mid-Atlantic Messenger: September 3, 2015  (Issue 91)

Bishop's Calendar

Sept. 4-6, 2015
Anglican Church of the Valley
Staunton, VA

Sept. 9, 2015
Standing Committee
All Saints' Church
Woodbridge, VA

Sept. 12, 2015
Wardens' Gathering
All Saints' Church
Woodbridge, VA

Sept. 13, 2015
Immanuel Anglican Church
Woodbridge, VA

Sept. 18-20, 2015
New Creation Church
Hagerstown, MD

Sept. 22, 2015
Clergy Day
Truro Anglican Church
Fairfax, VA

Sept. 25-27, 2015
Christ Anglican Fellowship
Orange, VA

Click here for the Bishop's Calendar online.


Sept. 7, 2015
The Rev. David Reed

Ordination to the Priesthood
Anglican Church of the Valley
Staunton, VA

September 2015
The Rev. Carlos Pellot
Youth Pastor
Church of the Apostles
Fairfax, VA

September 2015
The Rev. Pamela Meeks
Interim Associate Minister
Church of the Epiphany
Herndon, VA

September 3, 2015
Dear Friends,

“Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…’”  (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

For the past two months, many of us have been horrified, grieved and angered by the videos of Planned Parenthood’s selling of baby body parts, apparently in violation of federal laws. (I might add that others, who watch or read only mainstream news outlets which have suppressed the story, know little or nothing about the controversy.)

With the release of a ninth video this week, the ghastly practices are still coming to light. The callousness with which prices are discussed for livers and hearts and heads is beyond description. 

One of the most clarifying comments came from Matt O’Reilly, writing on the blog of the Institute on Religion and Democracy here: “It’s worse than we thought. Let’s begin with a reminder that selling preborn baby bodies is not the worst thing that Planned Parenthood does. The worst thing they do is kill preborn babies.”

In fact, it’s becoming clear that those engaging in these practices—even leaders of Planned Parenthood itself—know that. Dr. Savita Ginde, Vice President and Medical Director, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, says in the fourth video, “It’s a baby.” (Screen shot here, full-length video here, transcript here).

In the same video, a woman named Jess, Medical Assistant at the same Planned Parenthood facility, looks through baby parts and announces, “Another boy.”  

As the British blogger “Archbishop Cranmer” noted, “they all but admit complicity to murder. It isn’t just a fetus without identity; it isn’t merely ‘a bunch of cells’ with no humanity. It’s a boy.”

Former Obama campaign official and White House staffer Michael Wear tweeted: “It should bother us as a society that we have use for aborted human organs but not the baby that provides them.”

The most encouraging consequence of these revelations is the way it has moved the hearts and minds of many who have not spoken out about abortion in the past. Noted evangelical pastor John Piper issued a call to join in standing for life across the nation on August 22. At the rally in St. Paul, MN, thousands gathered and, when asked, a huge number raised their hands to say it was the very first time they had ever joined in such a pro-life event. 

That same day, Meg and I went to the gathering in Falls Church outside the Planned Parenthood clinic there. As with the annual March for Life in January, I was so encouraged to see the number of young adults joining in. 

With 58 million abortions since 1973, everyone born in the U.S. in the last 50 years has known only widespread abortion. It is so easy to become desensitized and even complacent about the practice.

Albert Mohler, Dean of Southern Seminary, wrote powerfully about the conscience of our nation, 

“When the Allied forces liberated the concentration camps of the Nazi regime, General Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the ordinary German citizens of nearby towns and villages to walk through the camps and to see what they had allowed and facilitated. Eisenhower’s point was all too clear — you allowed this to happen, and you share the guilt.”

John Piper cites Proverbs 24:11-12: “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Behold, we did not know this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?”

I would ask three things of each you:

  1. Pray. Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life who herself had an abortion as a teenager, has put out a very helpful short video in which she issues a sensitive call to prayer for all those involved in abortion, including the mothers and fathers who have had abortions.
  2. Send a team from your church to our first-ever “Mobilizing the Church for Life” Summit, to be held at The Falls Church Anglican’s new office building on January 21, 2016, the day before the March for Life. Bishops and teams from dioceses all across the Anglican Church in North America will be there. The Summit will equip local church leaders for more effective pastoral ministries. We’ll spend the morning on beginning of life concerns and the afternoon on end of life ones. Click here for details and to be notified when registration opens.
  3. Plan to attend the annual March for Life in Washington on January 22, 2016. For the first time in many years, we’ll have a morning Anglican worship service, to be held at Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, then we’ll go together in chartered buses to and from the National Mall. The Rally and March is a joyful, uplifting experience—600,000 people, 75% of them under age 25! It’s a youth rally and such an encouraging event. More details will be coming soon here. Please click here to purchase a seat on the bus. Tickets are $15.00. 

Let’s pray and work together for life.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. John A. M. Guernsey


A Tale of Two Churches

By Jeff Cerar and Ward LeHardy


First Baptist Church, Heathsville, VA: Temporary home for Light of Christ Anglican Church for the past 3 1/2 years. (Photo by Judy LeHardy)

Future home for Light of Christ Anglican Church: 1/2 mile east of the Northumberland Schools on Route 360...first Services in the new church expected in late October. (Photo by Judy LeHardy)

The Rev. Jeff Cerar (Light of Christ Anglican Church) and Pastor John Fountaine (First Baptist Church) sharing the pulpit at a recent outreach service. (Photo by Joy Gwaltney)

On the Northern Neck of Virginia God continues to work in glorious ways!  He is always there for us, going beyond what our prayers ask for, and even delivering solutions for our most challenging situations.

An unfolding miracle has been the blending of two diverse churches into one over a period of more than three and a half years. Those years have brought joy, companionship, comfort and spiritual growth to two Heathsville churches: First Baptist Church and St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (recently renamed Light of Christ Anglican Church). 

It began when St. Stephen’s lost a legal battle to keep our church building, and needed to find a home while the dust settled and we waited for future direction from the Lord. We had the feelings the Jews must have had in their 40-year experience in the desert. Several churches offered to share space and, after much prayer and discernment, it was clear that First Baptist was the right place to go. Our two churches had already partnered in many activities and events—most notably sharing “Brotherhood Sundays” once a year, alternating the host facility—and so, in many ways it was like going home.

On April 1, 2012, the congregation of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church moved into the Parish Hall (O.A. Brinkley Hall) of First Baptist Church and conducted our first Service there. The men of First Baptist even rushed to complete the basement of the Parish Hall to provide wonderful office space, classrooms and a choir room.

In the years that followed the two congregations would often join together for breakfasts, Bible Studies, outdoor picnics, Veterans’ Day ceremonies, and even an occasional combined Church Service, as we have done on Thanksgiving Eve for the last three years.  Both churches worship at the same hour on Sundays, in two rooms under the same roof, about 30-yards apart.  Members often come into each other’s services to issue invitations to upcoming events. For the past few months, representatives of the two congregations have been meeting at 8:30 a.m. to pray for each other before a larger 9:00 a.m. Bible Study and worship.  Through all of this, we shared the kitchen—and even there, the timing of services allowed for use of the kitchen by each church without major conflicts.  Pastor John Fountaine (First Baptist) and Pastor Jeff Cerar (Light of Christ) brought the love of Christ right into the middle of this arrangement. 

Light of Christ Anglican Church will soon open the doors of our new church building, one half-mile east of the Northumberland Schools on Route 360.  We know the love and support from First Baptist Church will be there on opening day and in the years to come.  God is so good, and the bond between these two churches can never be broken.

And the message in all of this is clear: Accept the roadblocks of life as “challenges” which can best be solved by Faith.  

The Rev. Jeff Cerar is rector of Light of Christ Anglican Church (formerly St. Stephen's Anglican Church) in Heathsville, VA.  Ward LeHardy is a member of Light of Christ Anglican Church.

Special "Pre-Synod" Workshop on Evangelism offered

By Tom Herrick

Five Ways to Love and Reach Your Community
Pre-Synod Workshop on Evangelism
Friday, November 13, 2015
3:00-6:30 p.m. • Dinner included

The missions and congregations of our diocese are wonderfully creative when it comes to building bridges into the communities in which they are located.

When you look closely at what they are doing, it’s obvious that there is not a “one size fits all” approach.  

We have almost as many ways of reaching out to our neighbors with the Gospel as we have churches.

When I hear about initiatives churches are trying, it excites and motivates me to help others incorporate them into their own ministries.

Granted, just because an approach works for one congregation is no guarantee that it will work for another. Our churches and their communities are all unique. But, there is so much to be learned in the process of sharing, not to mention how it helps inspire others to try new things. 

For instance, there is the relational, or pastoral, approach to evangelism so prevalent at Truro (Fairfax), Resurrection (Baltimore), Restoration (Arlington), and Christ the Saviour (Mt. Vernon). Truro is perfecting the fine art of reaching unbelievers through their many Alpha courses and Alpha-related programs, such as the Alpha Marriage course and the Alpha Parenting course.

The Falls Church Anglican has focused for years on reaching people in the market place by training their folks through their Fellows program and other ministries. Apostles in the City (Baltimore City) has developed a unique style of “power evangelism” by praying for total strangers who receive all sorts of healing, ranging from physical ailments to the healing of addictions and spiritual bondages.

Service or mercy evangelism is the trademark of other congregations like Epiphany (Herndon) who many years ago birthed and developed Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to help families in need with food, furniture, and clothing. Truro likewise began and developed the Lamb’s Center to minister to the area’s homeless population. Members of Restoration (Arlington) also gave rise to Casa Chirilagua to focus on the needs of Spanish-speaking immigrants. All three of these efforts blossomed into multi-church partnerships that have brought stability over many years to the communities they are serving.

A fifth focus has been on staging come-one, come-all outreach events like the live nativity Christmas outreaches in the park hosted by Christ Church (South Riding) and Church of the Apostles (Fairfax). Church of the Holy Spirit (Leesburg) has long hosted outreach events among senior citizens at Ashby Ponds, college students at Patrick Henry College, and the Pakistani Muslim and Indian Hindu populations in Loudoun County. Crossroads, a new church plant in Charlottesville, just completed a series of six Music-in-the-Park events in two of their community’s public parks (Check out the local news report on this here). 

These various initiatives are all wonderful examples of how a congregation can love and reach the people in their communities with the Good News of the Gospel.

Pre-Synod Workshop on Evangelism
On Friday, November 13, 2015 (3:00-6:30 p.m.), the Great Commission Committee is excited to offer a pre-Synod workshop to share more about what various congregations are doing and how they are doing it.  We are offering it in conjunction with our annual Synod to allow as many folks as possible from all over the diocese to attend. You do not have to be a Synod delegate to attend this workshop.

Come with a team from your congregation, enjoy a great dinner (free of charge) and stay for the Opening Eucharist of Synod 2015. We will take an in-depth look at five different approaches to evangelism, focusing on various strategies for using each style, hear stories of how this style has been employed by churches in our diocese, learn practical tools for applying each style in your local context, and learn how to build an evangelistic culture in your church.  We will share a light dinner following the sessions, during which leaders will group according to the mode or style of evangelism they are most interested in for their own context. Table fellowship over the meal will promote follow up connections for encouragement and further learning among leaders.

Pre-Synod Workshop Registration
In order to join us for this special time of sharing and learning, please register here for the Pre-Synod Workshop on Evangelism. This registration is free, but it is different than registering for Synod, and will insure a place in the workshop and reserve a dinner for each registrant.

The Rev. Canon Tom Herrick, D.Min., is Canon for Church Planting for the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic and chair of the Great Commission Committee.  He also serves as Executive Director of the Titus Institute and is a member of the Adjunct Clergy at Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, VA.

Countdown: Only 70 days until Synod 2015!

By Heather Adams

Planning is well underway for Synod 2015 (November 13-14, 2015) at All Saints’ Church!

Check out the Timeline to Synod here.

If you would like attend Synod as a guest or observer and stay for lunch on Saturday please register so we have an accurate count for lunch. There is no charge for this event.  Everyone who registers will receive a nametag and packet. Clergy and delegates must register so that ballots can be prepared for them. 

Click here to register.

No registration is needed if you plan to come only to the Friday night Eucharist or the Saturday breakout sessions. You also do not need to register if you plan to just drop by visit the exhibits.

Please note: Sept. 4, 2015 is the deadline for nominations for the diocesan committees: If you are interested in serving on the Standing Committee or Constitution and Canons Committee please complete the candidate questionnaire.  For a description of the committee, see page six of the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic (Articles 8 and 9) here.

Five Ways to Love and Serve Your Community: This year we are adding a special Pre-Synod Session called "5 Ways to Love and Serve Your Community," which will be on Friday, November 13 (3:00 pm to 6:30 p.m.) and includes dinner.

See Canon Tom Herrick’s article in this issue of the Mid-Atlantic Messenger for more information.

Please note: The registration for the special Pre-Synod Session and Synod 2015 are two separate registrations. 


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Comfort Suites (formerly Wytestone Suites) at 14525 Gideon Drive, Woodbridge, VA. The cost is $85/night plus tax and includes breakfast. Please call 703-490-4100 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 23, 2015.

Some people have offered to open their homes to out of town travelers as well. If you would like to take advantage of that offering please contact Heather Adams (

Synod 2015 is a major event in the life of our diocese and we need lots of volunteers to make everything run smoothly. If you would like to become more involved and volunteer please contact Heather Adams at or click here to volunteer online.

We look forward to seeing you at Synod 2015!

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

Church of the Epiphany names interim Associate Minister

By Peter Frank

I am glad to announce that beginning Sept. 14, 2015, the Rev. Pamela Meeks will join Church of the Epiphany's staff as the interim associate minister.
In this position, Pamela will make sure that children and youth ministries continue to disciple kids and their families, and assist in preaching, Sunday worship, and pastoral care at Epiphany.  
Pamela lives in Leesburg with her husband David, her teenage son Jonathan and high school senior daughter, Tara.  The Meeks also have a daughter, Brianna, a sophomore at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.  A graduate of Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pamela was ordained to the priesthood in 2010.  She is currently serving part-time as a church planting team member with Church of the Apostles at George Mason University and served in the past as the Director of Outreach at Potomac Falls Anglican Church. She also serves on two diocesan committees.
Before attending seminary, the Meeks family served as missionaries with Interserve in Turkey from 1994-2005.  Pamela also worked as a staff member with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.
I am grateful to Pamela for her willingness to put her gifts to work at Epiphany over the next few months.  

The Rev. Peter Frank is rector of Church of the Epiphany Anglican (Herndon, VA).

Prayer at the Pole: A Community-Wide Event in Fairfax

Come join Church of the Apostles and Fairfax Young Life leaders, students, and community members as they meet together for prayer for the coming school year on Monday, September 7, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Fairfax High School in Fairfax, VA.

All are welcome!

Please consider joining in as we pray that God will reveal Himself and call many to know Him and encourage those who know Him to love and share boldly. If you would like more information about this opportunity, you may contact

All Nations DC Anglican celebrates third annual Fall Festival

Sunday, September 13, 2015
12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Capital Memorial Church 
3150 Chesapeake St., NW 
Washington, DC 20008

All Nations DC Anglican Church (Washington, D.C.) will celebrates their third annual Fall Festival with a picnic lunch, moonbounce, and much more fun on the grounds of Capital Memorial Church and the Forest Hills Playground next door. Newcomers are welcome—bring a friend!

For more information, click here or call 202-628-4667.

Immanuel Anglican hosts Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Please join us on Tuesday mornings this fall as we study, Faithful, Abundant, and True, a 6-week video series led by Priscilla Shirer, Kay Arthur and Beth Moore in two week teachings. All are welcome

This study will begin on Sept 1st. The cost is expected to be $18 per person, which pays for your workbook and includes a $5 contribution for us to purchase the videos. Make checks out to Immanuel Anglican Church. T

here’s a place for you in this Bible Study that meets at 10 AM in All Saints’ multipurpose room. Childcare is available upon request. For more information or to request childcare, contact 

Do you have a heart for the poor and homeless?

By Patti Brown
Do you sense a call to reach out to the homeless and suffering in your local community and church family? Join us on Saturday, October 3, 2015 (9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) at Shepherd's Heart Anglican Church (meeting at Fairfax Christian Church at 10185 Main St. Fairfax, VA).  Please bring your lunch.

For more information, contact the Rev. Patti Brown at
The Rev. Patti Brown is a Vocational Deacon in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic and is the Assistant Director and Employment Counselor at the LAMB Center in Fairfax, VA.

Attention all Junior and Senior Wardens in the Diocese!

The Junior and Senior Wardens of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic will meet for their annual gathering on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at All Saints' Church in Woodbridge, VA. If you serve as a Junior or Senior Warden in your church, please click here to register. For more information, contact Lynn Milograno at

Regeneration's Living Waters program begins Sept. 24

Regeneration NoVA is now accepting applications for our Living Waters program which begins September 24, 2015. Living Waters is an in-depth, Christ-centered program for men and women seeking restoration in areas of sexual and relational brokenness. Click here for the application e. Space is limited so apply early!   
Feel free to share this information with others who may have an interest in attending our program.

Symposium: Family Catechesis in Contemporary Society

The Domestic Church: Family Catechesis in Contemporary Society
October 15-17, 2015
Christ Church, Plano, TX

It has been broadly estimated that the average person has roughly one hundred hours per week of discretionary time. In the church, our clergy, staff, and lay leaders often spend the vast majority of their time focusing on the two or three hours someone spends with them in a worship service or bible study, while at the same time putting little to no thought into how they can support these same people in the meaningful and intentional use of the other hundred hours. 

For the church to thrive in the 21st century, we must boldly embrace the wholehearted pursuit of Christ in every area of our lives, and we as church leaders must take seriously our role in equipping and encouraging meaningful spiritual formation outside the walls of the church. 

Join us for a focused conversation on how this formation can flourish within the family, which the early Fathers commonly called “the domestic church.” We firmly believe that the renewal of our churches must begin with the renewal of families as the primary means of discipleship, spiritual formation, and growth.

Click here to read more.

All Saints' Church offers Foundations for Ministry course

By Dan Morgan

How many times have you plumbed the depth of Scripture only to find that there is still so much more to know?  I have found that you cannot understand parts of Scripture without grasping the whole of its purpose, themes, meaning and its call on us for action. 

Foundations for Ministry is a course that each of us should take again and again as we get this grounded infrastructure into place. This kind of study will inform and solidify your biblical “backbone” so that your reading of God’s word will be balanced and informed, based on the entire context of Scripture rather than just choice, isolated texts. 

If we are a church on mission to LOVE, GROW and SERVE, then we must be biblically grounded.Foundations for Ministry offers just that. There is no better way to be equipped for the Christian life than to be immersed in God’s word. Consider joining Foundations as a commitment that will serve your life and faith as you grow into the full stature of Christ; you will be blessed.

Foundations registration for the 2015-2016 academic year is now open.  Classes start on Sept. 13. 
  • Register for Year 1 (Old Testament) here.
  • Register for Year II (New Testament) here.

Students must complete Year I before taking Year II.

If you would like further information or have questions, please contact Desiree Barker at or any member of the Adult Education leadership team.

Read testimonies from alumni here. For more details, click here

The Rev. Dan Morgan is rector of All Saints Church in Woodbridge, VA.

Betsey Mulloy is the featured speaker at Women's Retreat

The All Saints' Church (Woodbridge, VA) Women’s Council is very excited about this year’s Women’s Retreat, Sept. 18-20, 2015, at White Sulphur Springs in Manns Choice, PA. We are excited to have Betsey Mulloy as our speaker drawing from her book Divine Love Song about the Song of Solomon.

Many Christians who live in a sterile, duty-bound relationship with God long to experience His love. They are surprised to find what precious truths abound in the Song of Solomon. And they are amazed to realize that its theme of bridal love is appropriately applied to the relationship of the Lord to each one of us, male or female, single or married. 

Betsey Mulloy is a respected Bible teacher who leads retreats and seminars in the United States and abroad. She has an M.A. in English literature and enjoys teaching on topics such as creativity and joy. Mulloy and her husband live in Reston, Virginia.

Click here to learn more and to register.

A Time for Renewal: Marriage Course begins September 18

By Anna Hornbuckle

September 18 – October 30, 2015
Fridays • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Truro Anglican Church
10520 Main Street • Fairfax, VA 22030

The Marriage Course is a seven-week course which covers important topics like Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Shared Values.  Each week, you come for dinner, at a table for two, and watch a DVD segment with time for personal discussion.  

There is no group discussion. Instead, this is time for just the two of you to focus on your relationship and enjoy some date time together.

Childcare is available with a reservation.

Cost for the course is $140, which includes dinner each week and all materials.

Click here to register.

Anna Hornbuckle is the the Marriage Programs and Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, VA.

Light of Christ Anglican Church hosts life issues gathering

Light of Christ Anglican Church will host a one-day "Quasar Conference" on September 12, 2015, at O.A. Brinkley Hall (at First Baptist Church 3585 Courthouse Road, Heathsville, VA).

The Quasar Conference is presented by the Rev. Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life, and addresses abortion, end of life issues, and ministry ideas and outreach opportunities related to life.

Georgette is in her 18th year as President of Anglicans for Life, the only global Anglican ministry dedicated to inspiring the Anglican Church to fulfill Scripture’s mandate to protect the vulnerable, defend the fatherless and plead for the widow. She is also the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, an effort to raise awareness about the physical, spiritual and emotional harm abortion does to women and to let those who are hurting from abortion know help is available. She lives in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, with her husband of over 30 years.

Register by calling the church office at 804-580-4555 or email

Formerly St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Light of Christ Anglican Church is located in Heathsville, VA.  Click here to learn more.

Live the Joyful Life!

By Sara Allen
Do you want to live a more joyful life?  A more balanced life?  A life characterized by community, compassion, maturity, and secure attachment to God and others?  Check out the offerings of Healing Center International (HCI), a nonprofit that has grown out of the healing ministry of one of our Anglican parishes, Church of the Apostles in Fairfax/Oakton, VA.
What does HCI provide?
  • a framework for identifying what is missing in the way we connect to others
  • tools for moving forward in healthier relationships with God and others
  • ways to build joy so that we can handle life’s challenges
  • ways to extend grace and empathy to others
  • movement from a spiritual life of “should” and “ought” to experiencing God’s transforming love
HCI offers classes at many churches in the DC metro area, including The Falls Church Anglican (Falls Church, VA), Christ the King Anglican Church (Alexandria, VA), and Truro Anglican Church (Fairfax, VA).  Below are classes you can register for today (some prices increase Sept. 1).  If you’d like to learn more, or register for a class, we invite you to visit or email HCI Associate, Sara Allen.

Here is a sample of upcoming courses:

Thursday Evenings
September 10 - December 3, 2015 • 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Truro Anglican Church
10520 Main Street  
Fairfax, VA 22030
Monday Evenings
September 14 - December 7, 2015 • 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Christ the King Anglican Church
Location: Convergence Creative Community of Faith
1801 North Quaker Lane​, Alexandria, VA 22302 ​
Monday Mornings
Starting September 21, 2015 • 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Truro Anglican Church
10520 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030

To learn more about these classes and more or to register, click here.

As a nonprofit ministry, HCI offers classes, prayer, special workshops, Christian leader development and an annual conference to those in the DC metro region and beyond.  HCI facilitates development of healthy, maturing communities where people can experientially encounter God and maintains a vision for every Christian to belong to a community where he or she feels known, accepted and loved by God.  

Sara Allen is an associate with Healing Center International.

Corhaven Retreat: Starting the "New Year" with prayer

The academic year starts at the beginning of September, the Church year starts in December, the New Year starts in January, Chinese New Year starts in February—but we all know that for many of us, the  ‘new year’ begins each fall in early September!   

Summer is over, we've had our break, and the coming months coming fast. For many of us, what’s coming inspires a combination of excitement, fear, and challenging.  Many of us feel fall is already overbooked before it’s even begun!
What better way to start this ‘new’ year than in prayer?  What better way to start it than with asking for God’s help, come what may? We might know some of the challenges we face, and we can seek God about those.  We might not know some of them that are coming, and starting the ‘new’ year afresh with God through a day away with him in the company of others can prepare us to meet whatever we’ll meet.
“Praying for Your ‘New’ Year Retreat is Saturday, September 12, 2015, at Corhaven from 9.30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Led by the Rev. Bill Haley, the retreat will create space to be with God, and be with others in God’s company as we bring before him whatever is on on minds when we think of the upcoming months.  We’ll have short reflections in the morning, a delicious lunch, extended time with God in solitude in the afternoon, and conclude with the Eucharist.  
$75 Suggested Donation (Scholarship Available)
$75 Suggested Donation (Scholarship Available)

To register, click here

To learn more about Corhaven, please click here.

Church of the Apostles' Women's Ministry sponsors retreat

The Women's Fall Retreat (sponsored by Church of the Apostles Anglican in Fairfax/Oakton, VA) will be held September 11-13, 2015, at the Blue Mountain Christian Retreat Center in New Ringgold, PA. Gwen Mouliert will be the guest speaker. 

The cost for the weekend is based on how many persons to a room: $138 per person for a triple/quad, $196 for a double, and $245 for a single. Scholarships are available.

The deadline for registration is Sunday, August 16, 2015. You may register online or download a brochure and mail in the registration form.  

For questions, please contact Lucia deSocio at or 703-627-4207. 

Career RE-BOOT: Preparing for Career Transition

Career RE-BOOT: A Comprehensive Career Transition Program will meet Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon from September 19 - October 31, 2015.

This interactive program is sponsored by multiple churches, designed to re-energize your job search, and will focus on the professional, personal, and spiritual issues of a job search.

The distinguished faculty have taught, counseled, coached, and encouraged thousands of individuals through successful job searches. Limited class size.

To apply, contact Jack Dunlap via The Falls Church Anglican's JOBS! Ministry at (703) 536-9068 or

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Upcoming Events

Prayer at the Pole
Church of the Apostles
Fairfax, VA

Restarting Course
Healing Center International
Truro Anglican Church
Fairfax, VA

Women's Fall Retreat
Church of the Apostles
Blue Mountain Christian Retreat Center
New Ringgold, PA

The Quasar Conference with
The Rev. Georgette Forney
Light of Christ Anglican Church
Heathsville, VA

Praying for Your "New" Year Retreat
Quicksburg, VA

Foundations for Ministry
All Saints' Church
Woodbridge, VA

Fall Festival
All Nations DC
Washington, DC

Forming Course
Healing Center International
Truro Anglican Church
Fairfax, VA

Hope and Joy Workshop
The Falls Church Anglican
Falls Church, VA

Family Catechesis in Contemporary Society
Church Church Plano
Plano, TX

All Saints' Women's Retreat
All Saints' Church
White Sulphur Springs, PA

The Marriage Course
Truro Anglican Church
Fairfax, VA

Career RE-BOOT
The Falls Church Anglican
Falls Church, VA

Listening Course
Healing Center International
Truro Anglican Church
Fairfax, VA

Living Waters
Fairfax, VA

Heart for the Poor & Homeless Gathering
Shepherd's Heart Anglican Church
Fairfax, VA

Mission Trip to Israel
Church of the Holy Spirit
Leesburg, VA
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Diocesan Dates

Wardens' Gathering
September 12, 2015
All Saints' Church
Woodbridge, VA
Clergy Day
September 22, 2015
Truro Anglican Church
Fairfax, VA
Clergy Register
Diocesan Synod 2015 
November 13-14, 2015
All Saints' Church
Woodbridge, VA

Summit 2016:
Mobilizing the Church for Life
January 21, 2016 
Falls Church, VA 
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March For Life 2016 
January 22, 2016 
Washington, D.C.
Morning: Anglican Worship Service
Afternoon: March for Life
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2016 Retreat for Clergy and Spouses of Clergy
April 25-27, 2016
Wyndham Virginia Crossings
Glen Allen, VA

Lots of smiles following movie

Members of All Saints' Church (Woodbridge, VA) recently gathered to see the new film "War Room" at their local movie theatre. Afterwards, they joined together in the lobby of the theatre for a group photo—and lots of smiles!

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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.