The Mid-Atlantic Messenger: September 17, 2015  (Issue 92)

Bishop's Calendar

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

Oct. 3-4, 2015
Church of the Redeemer
Camden, NC

Oct. 1, 2015
Center for Pregnancy Concerns
Baltimore, MD

Oct. 6, 2015
The Lamb Center
Fairfax, VA

Oct. 7, 2015
Anglican Relief and Development Fund Board
Arlington, VA

Click here for the Bishop's Calendar online.


Sept. 6, 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

Oct. 22, 2015
Jesse Blaine

Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate
Restoration Anglican Church
Arlington, VA
September 17, 2015
Dear Friends,

By this time you ought to be teachers…” (Hebrews 5:12)

The author of the Letter to the Hebrews is chiding his readers to learn and grow as disciples of Christ. He says that they’ve been Christians long enough that they shouldn’t need to be taught all over again the basics of the faith. They still need spiritual “milk” because they’re not ready for the “solid food” that’s for those who are mature in the faith, those “have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (verse 14).

As many of our churches are gearing up their fall education programs, I hope that you are looking for opportunities to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus and in your understanding of the faith. Too often, we start off the fall with a bang. But then, despite our best intentions, we—and our children—skip a few Sundays, we drift away from the class, we drop out of the small group, we flag in our daily study of Scripture.

I remember the time our parish offered a particular course on discipleship and we had an incredibly high drop-out rate. Now, if you think about it, dropping out of discipleship class is as ironic as always being late for time management class or never getting around to enrolling in a procrastinator’s class.

Growing to maturity in Jesus takes time, it takes perseverance, and all too many fall out along the way and miss out on the depth of joy and intimacy that Jesus offers us.

Years ago, the adult education team at All Saints’ Church (Woodbridge, VA) created a self-diagnostic tool by which those who were serious about growing in Christ could assess their discipleship in a dozen areas of Christian life and ministry through some 70 questions. It was also a real help to disciplers and spiritual directors in identifying both strengths and areas for growth. We need to be honest with ourselves about where we are in our growth in Christ and where we, too, need to move on from milk to solid food.

Discipleship, though, is not just about me. In biology, one of the defining aspects of maturity is the ability to reproduce. A mature Christian disciple is one who is able to make more disciples, to bring others to Christ and help them learn and grow. 

A great resource to help us become the evangelizing believers and churches we long to be is our Great Commission Committee’s Pre-Synod Workshop on Evangelism on Friday, November 13, 3:00-6:30 p.m. It’s open to all, not just Synod delegates. It’s free and dinner is provided; it leads into the opening Eucharist of Synod, which is also open to all. Details are below.

As Hebrews goes on to say (in the delightfully vivid language of The Message version), “So come on, let’s leave the preschool finger-painting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ.”

Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. John A. M. Guernsey


Click here for Bishop Guernsey's article in PDF format.


Summit 2016:
Mobilizing the Church for Life

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Summit 2016: Mobilizing the Church for Life
Thursday, January 21, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Falls Church Anglican
6565 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church, VA 22042

Anglicans will gather together to strategize, motivate, and mobilize our Church for life-based outreach. The Summit will have great teaching, testimonies, and opportunities to network around both beginning and end-of-life issues. There will also be time for you and your team to meet and discuss how to mobilize your folks at home!

Guest Speakers: John Stonestreet, President, Chuck Colson Center, and other pro-life ministry leaders

Click here to register

Pre-March Anglican Prayer & Worship Service
Friday, January 22, 2016 • 9:00 a.m.
Archbishop Foley Beach, preacher

Columbia Baptist Church
103 W Columbia St.
Falls Church, VA 22046

Followed by chartered buses to and from the March for Life Washington, DC

Click here to purchase a bus ticket.

For more information click here or call Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic at 703-590-5470.

Sponsored by Anglicans For Life & The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.

A statement from Archbishop Foley Beach

A statement from Archbishop Beach on the proposed Primates Gathering:

Many of you have heard the news that I have been invited to attend a gathering of the Primates of the Anglican Communion this coming January. 

I did indeed receive a personal call from Archbishop Justin Welby inviting me to attend and participate.

If my fellow GAFCON Primates accept the invitation, and I am expecting that they will, then I have also pledged to attend. The challenges facing the Anglican Communion over the last couple of decades are no secret, and it is time to face them. Previous meetings of the Communion, from the 1998 Lambeth Conference to the 2007 Primates Meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, gave clear direction for maintaining and restoring order within the Communion. Unfortunately, these resolutions were not followed which further divided the Communion. The resulting situation is one in which the fabric of the Communion continues to be torn.

I am thankful for the way in which GAFCON has proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ, and has been seeking the renewal and restoration of the Communion.

I ask your prayers for myself, as well as the other GAFCON and Global South Primates, as we continue to seek to evangelize, proclaim the Gospel, and work for the restoration of the Anglican Communion’s life and witness.

In Christ,

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach

Junior and Senior Wardens gather for annual day retreat

Bishop John Guernsey opens the Wardens' Day with Bible Study and prayer.

Tammy Singleton of St. Michael’s Anglican Church (Haymarket, VA).

Ed Speare of All Saints' Church (Woodbridge, VA) and Patrick Cunningham from Church of the Resurrection (Lutherville, MD).

Whit Jordan of the The Falls Church Anglican (Falls Church, VA), John Miller and Phil Westcott of Immanuel Anglican Church (Woodbridge, VA).

Vibeke Ober of Christ Anglican Fellowship (Orange, VA) and Dianna Burcaw of the Anglican Church of the Valley (Staunton, VA).

David Nees of Truro Anglican Church (Fairfax, VA) with Bishop John Guernsey.

Diocesan Chancellor Scott Ward addresses the Junior and Senior Wardens during the day.

Prayer Ministry Training offered from The Falls Church

The Falls Church Anglican and Christian Healing Institute present two trainings. The main focus of these events is to provide training for individuals who currently are, or hope to be, participating in prayer ministry. Sessions will include both teaching by the presenters and practice opportunities. 

Entry-Level Prayer Ministry Training (aka "Prayer at the Rail") 
Basic training in how to pray for individuals at church services, or any other setting.

Saturday, October 3, 9:00 am -1:00 pm OPEN TO ALL
Columbia Baptist Church, Stevenson Hall: 103 W. Columbia St, Falls Church, VA 22046
Early bird registration:  $25 per person (Aug 28-Sept 25)
Advance registration:   $30 per person (Sept 26-Sep 30)
At the Door:                  $35

Specialized Training for Healing Prayer Ministry
All sessions will include teaching by the presenters and opportunities to practice.  The main focus of these events is to provide training for individuals who currently are, or hope to be, participating in prayer ministry. Pre-requisite: Entry-Level Training or equivalent previous training in prayer ministry

Saturday, November 7, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
6565 Arlington Boulevard, Concourse level, Falls Church, VA 22040
Early bird registration:  $40 per person (Aug 28-Oct 23)
Advance registration:   $45 per person (Oct 24-Nov 4)
At the Door:                 $50


  • Praying Conception-Birth
  • “Practical Deliverance” Training
  • Praying for Physical Healing
  • Offering a Father’s / Mother's Blessing  

Click here to register

For more information or if you are in need of financial assistance in order to attend this training, please contact Lynn Nelson, Program Coordinator, The Falls Church Anglican and Christian Healing Institute,at, 571-282-0223 before registering.

The Rev. David Reed ordained to the priesthood

The Rev. David Reed was ordained to the priesthood on September 6, 2015, at the Anglican Church of the Valley in Staunton, VA. See more photos here.

What is courage?

By Susan Yates

The Relationship of Courage and Fear

There is one common factor that each of us must also deal with: fear. Is fear the opposite of courage? Not at all. Is fear necessary for courage? Absolutely. Too often, a person who is afraid is thought to be lacking in courage or in guts. Instead, when we look fear in the face and press on, courage takes hold.

Fear is a natural human emotion, but God does not want it to control us. I believe He wants us to accept the reality of this emotion in our lives, and He wants to use it to help us grow. “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee.” (Psalm 56:3)

“Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John 14:27) Scripture could be viewed as a biography of fearful people. Fear is not new: it has been a problem since the Garden of Eden. God knows our fears, and He understands. When we recognize our fear and consciously give it to God, he will give us the courage to enable us to burst through the barriers that cause us to fear.

There are three foundational elements that we must develop if we are to burst through fear barriers and become people of courage. Personal security, clear convictions, and a sense of destiny are foundational elements that will stimulate the development of courage in our families.

Personal Security

Knowing that God loves me no matter what I do is fundamental to a sense of security. Only His love never fails. Personal security means knowing who you are, feeling that you are accepted, and having the assurance that someone believes in you. This type of security gives us the ability to attempt difficult things, to overcome bad habits, to hang in there when everything goes wrong. That’s courage.

As a little boy, my husband remembers his mother telling him often how special he was. She also told him stories of family members from long ago. In her positive way, she would point out unique, admirable qualities in different family members. Unconsciously he came to believe that he was part of a very special family. This added to his security.

Clear Convictions

There are so many “negotiables” in a believer’s life. Do we homeschool our kids, or do we send them to Christian schools or to public schools? There is not one right answer. The answer depends on the needs of the child and the available resources. God’s Word is full of “non-negotiables” for family living: the Ten Commandments, commitment to Christ as our first priority, the sanctity of marriage, among others.

For many things in life there is not one best way. But there are also many things about which God is very clear. These clear values must form the basis of our families’ convictions.

A Sense of Destiny

We need to know that God has created each of us for a very special purpose. Our task cannot be done by anyone else in the whole world. Many people walk about depressed because they have no hope. Young children give up on their schoolwork or with trying to make a friend or even on pleasing their parents. Failure has become such a companion that hope has been lost. What our world needs is a new generation of people with hope – hope that springs from personal security, that is rooted in conviction, and that is driven by a sense of destiny.

A sense of security, clear convictions, and a sense of destiny enables us to burst through whatever challenges are in front of us. Fear paralyzes; courage energizes. Courage is expressed every time we overcome fear and burst through the barrier facing us. Each step of courage further strengthens us for the challenges ahead. May our courage grow and become a contagious trait in the lives of those around us and a stimulus to the next generation.

Read the full article here.

Susan Yates is the author of thirteen books and speaks both nationally and internationally on the subjects of marriage, parenting, and women’s issues. Her books include Raising Kids with Character That Lasts, co-authored with her husband, the Rev. Dr. John Yates, rector of The Falls Church Anglican. Be sure to read her blog here.

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. Photo: New Creation Church, a church plant mission of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic in Hagerstown, MD, held a "Community Cook-out" on a Friday evening in August 2015.

Register today for 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 to visit the exhibits.

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. 

Join 40 Days for Life and make a difference!

By Mary Ellen McElfresh

Sept. 23 – Nov. 1, 2015

Christians everywhere are encouraged to take part in the 40 Days for Life campaign to save unborn babies from the tragedy of abortion and to save their mothers from a lifetime of regret. This campaign is an international effort of prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigils, seeking God's power to bring an end to abortion.  Everyone can help in some way.  The campaign includes three components:

1.  Prayer and fasting (as the Lord leads) for an end to abortion;

2.  A peaceful prayer vigil at the site where abortions are taking place; and

3.  An educational outreach to the community.

The focus of the campaign is a 40-day prayer vigil outside of abortion facilities.  This is a peaceful presence designed to save lives and to raise awareness about alternatives to abortion.  Participants are encouraged to devote one hour or more each week to this activity, but any time that you can offer is greatly appreciated. 

For more information, or to volunteer to help, please visit  to find information on the campaign nearest to you.

Mary Ellen McElfresh is the 40 Days for Life Vigil Coordinator in Alexandria, VA.

Working texts for church rites released for public review

By Mary Ailes

The College of Bishops has officially authorized the use of four new working liturgical texts for the province at their June 2015 meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada. 

The new working texts are rites for Holy Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation.

“We are trying to get all the working texts put together, approved by the College, and in circulation,” the Most Rev. Bob Duncan, chair of the Task Force, told the Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America during their annual meeting on June 24, 2015 in Vancouver. More working texts are in preparation and will come before the College of Bishops in the next year.  Integration of feedback will be the focus in 2017 and 2018 with a goal of having a new Prayer Book by 2019.

The Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force recommended in their provincial report that all adult members of the Anglican Church in North America make a profession of faith with the laying-on-of-hands by their bishops.  This approach was adopted by the College of Bishops in the Preface to Confirmation.

The working texts for the rites of both Holy Baptism and Confirmation open with short exhortations and dialogues that allow for the clear teaching of each rite, the Task Force noted. In addition, the Nicene Creed is used in the Confirmation rite, but not in the combined rite.

Links to the new working texts are below:

The Task Force is looking for feedback on the working texts now in circulation. In addition to the Baptism and Confirmation working texts, the Task Force continues to receive feedback on the working texts for Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and the Holy Eucharist, published in 2013. To send feedback, please email

The members of the Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force are:

  • The Most Rev. Robert Duncan, Chair
  • The Rt. Rev. Keith Ackerman, Vice Chair
  • The Rev. Dr. J.I. Packer, Senior Reader
  • The Ven. Darrell Critch
  • The Rev. Jonathan Kanary
  • The Rev. Dr. Arnold Klukas
  • The Rev. Can. Ron Moock
  • The Rev. Can. Andrea Mueller
  • The Rev. Chip Edgar

Watch Archbishop Duncan’s full report from the Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force to Provincial Council 2015 here. The written report from the Task Force is available online here.

Mary Ailes is Director of Communications for the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.

Join study of Tim Keller's book, Jesus the King

Come join the as we read and discuss together Tim Keller’s book, Jesus the King: Understanding the Life and Death of the Son of God. The study is sponsored by the Women's Ministry at Truro.

We will meet in the Conference Room (2nd Floor of the Education Building), on Thursday mornings, Sept. 24 - Dec. 10, 2015 (9:30 - 1130 a.m.)  at Truro Anglican Church (10520 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030). 

Cost of the book is $14 and childcare is provided. All are welcome.

For more information or to get a copy of the book, contact Anna Hornbuckle at or call 703.273-1300 x314.

Are you looking for financial peace?

Financial Peace University is a practical way to approach handling money.  We’ll cover topics like budgeting, saving and spending!  This is a DVD led course facilitated by Jeff & Katie Davidson and Andrew & Marsha Foos.  We’ll meet for 2 hours each week to listen to a very entertaining topic presented by Dave Ramsey and then follow up with large and small group discussion, activities and sharing.  (Share only as much as you want!)  This is a group where we state up front that anything shared here is to be kept within the group.  Come and learn how to manage you money!  It’s never too late to start—and its fun!

We meet starting Friday, September 18, 2015 (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) at Truro Anglican Church (10520 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030).

Cost: $103 for materials (lifetime membership – you can repeat the course as many times as you want!) Childcare is provided. 

Click here for more information and to register.  Questions? Contact Jeff Davidson here.

Trinity School for Ministry hosts Ancient Scrolls Project

On October 7, 2015, Trinity School for Ministry (Ambridge, PA) and CMJ-USA will be co-hosting an exhibit featuring the Ancient Scrolls Project. The scrolls will be open for viewing from 1:00-7:00 p.m. with a lecture about the scrolls at 7:00 p.m.

Biblical Hebrew manuscripts are the Holy Scripture- received, recorded, and preserved by the Jewish people. They have been carefully copied from the originals throughout the millennia.

The scrolls in the display are unique and most of them are 250 years old or older. These ancient scrolls were written in countries all over the world: Israel, Poland, Iraq, Morocco, and Russia to name a few; however, each scroll, at different times and in its own history, made its way to Jerusalem and from there was discovered and purchased by this project. Each scroll has a look and a story of its own.

These Ancient Hebrew Scrolls make up the only complete set of the TANAKH (Hebrew Scriptures, or what some refer to as the Old Testament) in the world that you can see. Sixteen scrolls make up an entire TANAKH. However, this traveling Ancient Hebrew Scroll display contains all 16 scrolls plus duplicates making this collection a total of 40 scrolls. Six of the scrolls in the collection were commissioned by this project to be written in Jerusalem by a scribe (sofer) when a worldwide search failed to discover those needed to complete the set. 

For more information, call 724-266-3838.

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. 

Symposium speakers include the Rev. Canon David H. Roseberry, ACNA Canon for Mission; the Rev. Dr. Jack Gabig, Affiliate Professor of Practical Theology, Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Nashotah, WI; Dr. Leslie F. Thyberg, Learning Skills Coordinator, Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA; the Rev. Dr. Tory Baucum, Rector, Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax, VA; the Rev. Dr. Steven Tighe, Chair, ACNA Young Anglicans Project; the Rev. Tripp Prince, Director of Family Ministry, Christ Church, Plano, TX; and the Rev. Christopher Klukas, Director of Communications and Whitchurch Publishing at Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA.

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.

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.

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. Space is limited so apply early!   
Feel free to share this information with others who may have an interest in attending our program.

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.

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:
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.

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

Financial Peace University
Truro Anglican Church
Fairfax, VA

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

Forming Course
Healing Center International
Truro Anglican Church
Fairfax, VA

40 Days for Life

Jesus the King Study
Truro Anglican Church
Fairfax, VA

Living Waters
Fairfax, VA

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

Entry-Level Prayer Ministry Training
The Falls Church Anglican
Falls Church, VA

Family Catechesis in Contemporary Society
Church Church Plano
Plano, TX

Specialized Training for Healing Prayer Ministry
The Falls Church Anglican
Falls Church, VA

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

To the top of the mountain!

Members of The Falls Church Anglican (Falls Church, VA) head to the mountain top. More photos here.
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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.