The Mid-Atlantic Messenger: July 12, 2012 (Issue 21)

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August 8, 2012
Diocesan Standing Committee
Woodbridge, VA
August 10-12, 2012
Church of the Outer Banks
Nags Head, NC
August 17-19, 2012
Anglican Church of the Valley
Staunton, VA
August 25, 2012
Consecration of the Rev’d Steve Wood 
Charleston, SC


Church: Church of the Reedemer, Camden, NC
Ordination to the Priesthood:
The Rev'd Jessica Fulton

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July 12, 2012 
Anglican Relief and Development reaches out to care for refugees in war-torn Sudan

Bishop Guernsey is on vacation. His column will resume with the August 8th issue.

The Republic of South Sudan officially declared its independence on July 9, 2011 to become the United Nations 193rd member country. South Sudan's independence was the final stage of a six year peace agreement ending decades of civil war. 

In January 2011, nearly 99% of South Sudan voters approved a split from northern Sudan in an internationally backed referendum. 

However, peace has still not been achieved.  There still remain crucial issues such as border demarcation, sharing of debt and oil revenues and the use of the North's pipeline that have not been resolved.  Fighting, especially along the proposed border areas still is intense and violence continues.

Tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the fighting in Sudan are struggling to find enough water for drinking and cooking leading to the deaths of an unknown number from dehydration and diarrhea.  The UN Refugee agency estimated on June 20, 2012 there were more than 150,000 refugees in Sudan. 

More than 35,000 people have fled Sudan's Blue Nile State in the past month.  The refugees have fled bombing and ground fighting between Sudan's military and a rebel group historically associated with South Sudan. Many of the refugees have walked two to three weeks to reach the border with South Sudan.

The majority of the new arrivals are women, the elderly and children, an indication that men stayed behind to participate in the fighting or to tend their fields.

At the Provincial Assembly, Baroness Caroline Cox, Honorary Chair of ARDF, provided information about the Humanitarian crisis in Sudan and requested our prayers and financial partnership to assist with water, food and medical supplies.

ARDF is partnering with the Humanitarian Aid Relief Fund, inspired by the vision and mission of Baroness Cox, to provide relief funds for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Sudan. 

Any funds received in excess of needs for immediate relief will be restricted for development work in Sudan.
Click here to make your donation
 or mail your checks (memo line: Sudan Relief) to ARDF, PO Box 3830, Pittsburgh, PA 15230-3830. 
All gifts to The Anglican Relief and Development Fund are tax deductible and will be acknowledged promptly with a receipt.   

Anglican Congregations step out in mission this summer

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:

Members of The Falls Church Anglican participate in a short-term mission

Mission to Green Leaf Orphanage,Tanzania
June 20-July 5, 2012
Potomac Falls Anglican Church
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

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
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
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
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

St. Margaret's Woodbridge prepares for Bolivia Mission

By Tien Colbert

St. Margaret's, Woodbridge is preparing for a summer mission outreach to Bolivia.  Dave & Mary Ellen Bena, Rich & Karen Garon, and Paul & Kathleen Giannini from St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Woodbridge, Va. will be traveling to Bolivia from July 24th through August 6th to visit the Rev'd Walter Barrientos and the mission churches that St. Margaret’s supports in Boliva.  

Please pray for safe travel and for their work sharing the love of Jesus and His Good News while the team is on mission.

Photo: 2011 classroom picture at the Santa Cruz Church in Tarija 

Christ Church finds creative way to deal with power-loss

Last week many in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic suffered the after-effects of a massive storm that knocked out power in several of our churches across the region, some for a week.  Here is what Bishop Guernsey wrote in his special message to the Diocese last week:

Friday night the Mid-Atlantic region experienced the unexpected effects of a massive storm called a Derecho.  Described as a “straight-line windstorm” with thunderstorms, a derecho storm can come along suddenly and cause damage comparable to that of a level one hurricane. There have been massive power outages at the same time we have been experiencing temperatures that are topping 100 degrees. 

Many in our diocese are still without power and communication lines. Some of our churches this past weekend were not able to hold Sunday services due to the loss of power and road closures.

Even as we are recovering from this unexpected storm, I am also hearing stories of how members of our church communities are coming to the aid of one another, especially those who are most vulnerable to the heat: the elderly, the very young and those that are ill. Many are taking in families who have lost power and air conditioning or are reaching out with food and supplies to their neighbors.

Indeed, there are many stories on how congregations found other ways to reach out and do ministry during the power outage.  One was Christ Church Vienna.

With the power out and unable to access their worship space at a local school, Christ Church Vienna got creative - they went to the ballfield!  They picked up where they were and headed to the school ballfield where they worshiped in the sunny outdoors, celebrating communion and hearing a message on Romans from their guest speaker, Aaron Damiani.  The power may have been out in the County, but not at Christ Church!

Nominations open for elected diocesan offices

Click here for Candidate Questionnaire for Diocesan positions.

Youth Delegates:  
Four at-large youth delegates to the diocesan synod are needed from four different congregations or missions of the diocese.  Delegates will be appointed by the Standing Committee to serve a one-year term.

In addition, a total of 16 positions on Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic governing bodies and committees are slated to be filled at the diocesan synod October 12-13.  But before the first vote is cast, candidates must step forward to be considered for these important roles. 
Nominations are now open for:
Standing Committee:  Two clergy and two lay three-year terms are open on the Standing Committee.  This body serves as the primary governing board for the diocese when the synod is not in session.
Committee on Constitution and Canons:  A total of three positions open to clergy and laity are to be filled.  Those elected will serve a three year term on this body responsible for recommending amendments to the diocese’s Constitution and Canons to the Synod.
Committee on Nominations for Bishops:  Three clergy and four laity are to serve a one-year term.  This “stand-by” body has no regular business except when the diocese is selecting a bishop.
Click here for Candidate Questionnaire for Diocesan positions.  To be considered, nominations must be returned to Heather Adams ( by July 30.

Are you hungry for God?

What: Hungry for God is a month-long communal immersion into time with God.  Those who take part commit to meeting with God for 30 minutes, five times a week for a month, coming to our weekly meetings where we share what we have been learning in our time with God and to receive deeper teaching on a particular theme, passage, or person. 
For July 2012 we’ll be looking at four different kinds of prayer together: Simple, Adoration, Confession, and Intercession.  The goal of our time is to be transformed, to grow in our own prayer lives and intimacy with God.  This is not an academic exercise.  No matter where you are in your relationship to Jesus, if you are hungry for more of God then you should join us!
When: Kick-off night is Sunday, July 8 at 7:30pm.  We’ll meet Thursday nights: July 12, 9, 26 and August 2 from 7:30-9:30pm.
Where: Little Falls Presbyterian Church: 6025 Little Falls Road, Arlington VA 22207.  
Registration: ($15.00 per person).  Register at
Questions: Brian Klotz, at The Falls Church.

Potomac Falls Anglican leads mission to Tanzania

By The Rev'd Jack Grubb

Nine members from Potomac Falls Anglican Church returned from Tanzania on July 5 after spending two weeks serving at Green Leaf Orphanage in Shinyanga. Founded and operated by Father Yohana Mazuguni, an Anglican priest, Green Leaf serves sixty children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. Potomac Falls Anglican has partnered with Father Yohana and Green Leaf since 2011 to provide education, Bible teaching, meals, health care, clothes, school supplies and recreation for the children.
People of all ages made up the Potomac Falls mission team led by Rev. Jack Grubbs. The team included a high school student, a college student, a mother and daughter, a father and daughter, and a married couple who are retirement age. They brought skills in teaching, music, dance, sign language, construction, science, sports and administration. For several it was their first short term mission trip and for others, their first time traveling outside the United States.
Marla Vargas-Mundey, Children’s Ministry Coordinator at Potomac Falls, planned and led Vacation Bible School, no small task given the distance and cross cultural challenges! The sixty Green Leaf orphans along with forty other children from a Baptist church spent five fun filled days learning Bible stories, singing and dancing, doing science experiments, playing games and talking about “God Sightings” where they saw God at work around them.
The mission team also worked with a local construction crew to break ground and lay the foundation for the new Green Leaf building. The orphanage program has outgrown its rented facilities and looks forward to the day when this building will be finished.
In their “spare time” the Potomac Falls team preached and taught at churches and home groups, shared testimonies, met with a widows group at the Anglican Cathedral and took part in an outdoor showing of the Jesus Film. They also had the opportunity to stay with host families and experience the warm Tanzanian hospitality and share fellowship with African brothers and sisters in Christ. The team capped off the trip with a visit to see the exotic animals of the Serengeti.

 “God stretched us, and He blessed us tremendously,” said Rev. Jack Grubbs. “It was a wonderful privilege to share in ministry with the devoted staff at Green Leaf and to say to the children, ‘God loves you and we love you.’ These kids are close to God’s heart and now they are close to our hearts.”
The Rev'd Jack Grubb is rector of the Potomac Falls Anglican Church. Green Leaf Orphanage is looking for more ministry partners so it can care for more HIV/AIDS orphans. If you would like to learn more about the ministry of Green Leaf, or make a contribution, please email the Rev. Jack Grubbs at or call the church office (703) 404-0900.

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.

You may also download directly by episode here.

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.

ACNA Assembly 2012 teachings now online

Videos of the inspiring teachings presented at the ACNA Assembly 2012 meeting in Ridgecrest, North Carolina are now online and free for viewing.  You may also access the video teachings at the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic website here.

 Ed Stetzer on Community Transformation

 Bible Study One with Bishop Rennis Ponniah of Singapore

 Baroness Caroline Cox on Gospel-Centered Relief and Development

 Ed Stetzer on the Local Congregation, Our Engine for Church Planting

 Bible Study Two with Bishop Rennis Ponniah of Singapore

 Assembly 2012 Opening Eucharist

  Alan Hawkins Called to be Vicar for Anglican 1000

 Bishop Todd Hunter Shares Lessons from Church Planting

 Ed Stetzer on the Local Congregation, Our Engine of Discipleship

 Bible Study Three with Bishop Rennis Ponniah of Singapore


 Archbishop Duncan’s State of the Church Address to Provincial Council

 Assembly 2012 Closing Eucharist, including Bishop Guernsey's sermon

Upcoming Events

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Truro Church
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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, Jack Grubb.
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Save the Dates!

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

2012 Diocesan Synod
October 12-13, 2012
Deadline for churches to submit names of their delegates is THIS FRIDAY 7.13.2012
Woodbridge, VA
More info

"Standing in the Gap"
Intercession Training

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

Christ Church Vienna prepares for outdoor communion.

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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.