The Mid-Atlantic Messenger:  September 10, 2019

Bishop's Calendar

September 11
Standing Committee
Woodbridge, VA

September 14
Wardens Gathering
All Saints’ Church
Woodbridge, VA

September 15
Incarnation Anglican
Williamsburg, VA

September 17
Clergy Day
All Saints’ Church
Woodbridge, VA

September 20-22
Christ Anglican Fellowship
Orange, VA

September 26-29
New Wineskins
Ridgecrest Conference Center
Ridgecrest, NC

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September 10, 2019

Dear Friends,

“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man.” (Acts 17:24)

Yesterday a page was turned in the story of The Falls Church Anglican as their beautiful new church was opened for the first time on Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church. With the occupancy permit being granted only on Friday, construction workers, staff and volunteers were working around the clock to make everything ready for the day. And then on Sunday, over 2,100 gathered in two glorious services to consecrate the building and celebrate the ministry of new rector Sam Ferguson. 

(Photo credit: Craig Thoburn)

After moving out of their historic home in 2012, the congregation has been in a seven-year season they’ve called “tabernacling” to echo the Israelite’s mobile worship in the wilderness. During that time, the congregation held Sunday services in ten different locations, had offices in three places, and offered church activities in more than a dozen schools and churches (including numerous weddings and funerals at Truro Anglican Church). 

Photos and a video of Sam Ferguson’s sermon are on The Falls Church’s website. Jeff Walton of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (and member of our Standing Committee) has written about the service here.

(Photo credit: Craig Thoburn)

Also on Sunday, New Creation Church, our mission church in Hagerstown, MD, held its public launch at their new downtown location, drawing over 130 into worship. Photos and a report from church planter Justin Clemente are on the church’s Facebook page.

Two other churches of our diocese have new facilities under construction: Church of the Apostles, Fairfax, expects to move into their new church on Route 29 in Fairfax in the coming weeks, and the new building of Church of the Resurrection, Lutherville (Baltimore), MD should be completed next March.

The loss of property experienced by a number of our churches has cured us from taking church buildings for granted. Rented facilities are the norm in our diocese for church plants and established churches alike, and many of our churches depend on the commitment and perseverance of those who faithfully set up and take down each week. 

While we know that walls made by hands cannot contain the Eternal God, as Anglicans we also know that sacred space for the worship of our Lord is tremendously important—whether it is set apart week by week or consecrated for permanent use as was done on Sunday at The Falls Church. 

(Photo credit: Craig Thoburn)

I praise God for our people who sacrificially work and pray and give so that God would be worshiped in reverence and beauty and joy, in spaces small and large, borrowed and rented and owned. 

 Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. John A. M. Guernsey

Celebrating the Ordination of Mario Sandoval into the Priesthood

The Rev. Mario Sandoval (center) with (from left-right) the Rev. Julie Tilton, the Rev. Jedd Trenum, the Rev. Scott Bailey, the Rev. George Beaven, the Rev. Andy Terry, the Rt. Rev. John A. M. Guernsey, the Rev. Meg Phillips, the Rev. Dr. Tom Herrick, the Rev. Jessica Hughes.

News from a Church Plant!

By Amy Rowe 

Worship, welcome, and wonder...beyond our walls

From our very earliest prayers and daydreams about this little project called Incarnation Anglican, one thing was certain: this would be a church that looked outward. Those first daydreams were taking place at a time when our nation was enacting travel bans, drastically limiting refugees, and grappling with racial violence. Amidst this climate, how could Incarnation be a place of welcome? This question was always in the back of our minds as we prayed and listened and did the work of church planting. 

That's why we wanted to be rooted along Columbia Pike, amongst neighbors with a diversity of experiences, languages, and skin colors. It's why we sing in different languages and styles. It's why we are always encouraging people to "do stuff; invite people" and why we have SO many easy, casual events where you can invite friends and neighbors, usually with food (summer soccer, jam sessions, mini-vacation, monthly potlucks, and more). 

It's why our first season of small groups were Common Tables--intentionally outward-facing groups designed to welcome neighbors to our tables. And why our second small groups were Dinner & Dialogues--a way to invite those neighbors to a non-threatening conversation about faith using the Alpha course. 

It's why we preach about sowing seeds, about always "going," about extending a wide-open welcome to all who are on the margins. It's why we prayer-walk our neighborhoods and clean our local stream and host conversations about hard topics. It's why, not even a year into our life together, we sent a team across the ocean to do the same kinds of things with friends in West Asia. 

And it's why we give away 10% of our offering each year to work outside our four walls.

As we approach the end of our first year together, the time has come to make decisions about where that money would go (some was already spent on the Alpha course and the West Asia trip). Through prayer and planning and discussion, we've decided to focus our outreach spending on four core areas that reflect the interests and convictions of our congregation: Justice & Mercy; Evangelism & Church Planting; Refreshing the Workers; and Creation & Beauty. Want to know more about these areas? Email me (!

And so, we've decided to give from your generous offerings this year toward the following ministries, who are extending the mission of worship, welcome, and wonder far beyond the walls of Incarnation.


  • Restoration Immigration Legal Aid, providing free legal aid to asylum seekers. We've already supported RILA with meals and transportation and a winter coat drive.   
  • Anglican Immigrant Initiative, providing emergency relief for adult and child migrants in detention centers at the Texas-Mexico border.
  • L’Arche, family-like communities of people with and without intellectual disabilities (two of which are our neighbors in South Arlington).  
  • The Matthew 25 Initiative, a fund that helps churches reach the most vulnerable in their communities.  
  • Great Commission Committee, the church-planting body of our diocese, which helps new churches (like ours!) grow and reach people who feel far from God. 
  • Anglican Relief and Development, which provides funds to relief and development projects around the world. We've already supported them this year through our Shrove Tuesday offering and our Lent offering.  
We love supporting friends doing good work here in Arlington and around the world. We love that our little church cares and prays and pays attention. And we love your generosity that makes it all possible.

Amy Rowe is the Executive Pastor at Incarnation Anglican in Arlington, VA.

God's Presence in Our Pain

Sept. 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Falls Church, VA

By Lori Smith

“Jesus is here and He is loving you,” Bill said to me as I began my retreat out at Corhaven several years back. It was a message I couldn’t fully embrace yet. I knew God loved me, I’d known that for as long as I could remember.  BUT … there had been so much pain and so much loss over more than a decade of chronic illness.

And even though I’d seen God show up in the midst of my journey in remarkable ways, I wondered, “Really?  Is He really here loving me? And what exactly has He been doing all these years?” Mostly, I was grieving and in pain.

If you’ve ever been there, if you’ve ever felt abandoned by God, I hope you’ll come join us for a day-long retreat, “God’s Presence in Our Pain,” on September 14 at The Falls Church Anglican.

Read more about this opportunity and register here.

Coracle exists to inspire and enable people to be the presence of God in the world by offering spiritual formation and Kingdom action. 

Coracle Fellowship Program

God made you beautifully and radically unique. God did this so that you could joyfully thrive in this world for the sake of the world through your unique experience and expression of deeper union with Jesus. The Coracle Fellowship leads you through a year long process of discovery and deepening in community with others who are also seeking more in their relationship with God and in their redemptive engagement in the brokenness that surrounds us all. It is a program of “Spiritual Formation For Kingdom Action.” We offer it for your joy and freedom, and because the world needs more people who are alive and strong in God to powerfully be his presence wherever you go and wherever God leads you.

Read the full description, ask questions, and apply here.

"Save One"

Have you been impacted by your own abortion or that of a loved one? A 12-week “SaveOne” post-abortion healing Bible study is being offered this Fall for men, women and teens seeking healing from an abortion, whether it occurred recently or long ago.  

Meetings will be held Monday nights, Sept. 16-Dec. 9, from 7-9 p.m. on the third floor of The Falls Church Anglican offices, (6565 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA). Confidentiality is a respected priority.  

While no registration is required, the class will close after the Sept. 23 session. A study book will be available for $10 at the first class.

For questions, please leave a voice mail or email: Emily Giacomini at 571-282-0210 or by email

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

By The Rev. Dean Schultz

"I was glad when they said to me,
"Let us go to the house of the Lord!"
Our feet are standing.
Within your gates, O Jerusalem."
(Psalm 122:1-2)

Throughout Judeo-Christian history, pilgrimages have provided God's people with extended times for spiritual refreshment, growth, and direction. The Jewish people made three pilgrimages per year to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. Likewise, Christians over the centuries have journeyed "home" to the Holy Land to connect with the ancient roots of our faith.

The opportunity to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land unfolded for my wife (Glorianne) and me seven years ago when we were invited to join an Anglican pilgrimage group. As we walked in the footsteps of Jesus (not to mention the Old and New Testament saints), the Bible came alive in technicolor before our very eyes. The experience was so impactful that we began to offer a pilgrimage through our ministry with Worship Equippers for Christ so that we could share this life-transforming experience with Christian friends! 

This coming January, we will lead our sixth pilgrimage group to The Holy Land. If you have desired to visit the Holy Land but were waiting for the right opportunity, I would like to invite you join me and our Faith Pilgrimages team for an 11-Day Pilgrimage to “Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus", January 20-30, 2020. This unique worship encounter is designed to help make the Bible "come alive" through insights shared by our experienced Israeli-based Christian guides, life-transforming times of biblical teaching, prayer, praise and ancient liturgies from the newly released Book of Common Prayer accompanied by the Davidic instruments of the Psalms, delicious Israeli cuisine, and first-class accommodations! 

To download our introductory brochure and other information, please go to It's essential that you register at your earliest convenience to reserve your place on the pilgrimage given that we need to finalize our travel arrangements by the beginning of October. After reviewing our introductory materials, please feel free to contact me at or call our office at 703-297-8139 if you have any questions.  

May our Good Shepherd give you wisdom as you prayerfully consider joining us for this pilgrimage of a lifetime! +

The Rev. Dean Schultz is the Associate Rector of Church of the Holy Spirit, in Leesburg, VA; and serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Worship Equippers for Christ.


College and High School Students and Jesus’ Great Commission

Rock the World’s REMIX/PREmix Student Missions Conference

“I was afraid REMIX would be ‘missions dumbed down’ for high schoolers. Boy, was I wrong!”   
– High School Junior

This year's REMIX conference is September 27-29, 2019 at Ridgecrest NC, dovetailing with the New Wineskins conference and their extraordinary speakers & workshops. One new feature: The day before REMIX we have a 24-hour event for Missionary Kids and other “Third Culture Kids” called “PREmix.” We plan to serve these MK/TCK students in ways suited to their particular interests and needs. Also, this year’s event is co-sponsored by ANCA’s Young Anglicans network.

God consistently honors us with His powerful presence at REMIX. Students in college and high school are equipped to experience and express the Kingdom, and many experience a new or fresh sense of God's calling on their lives. In a world that desperately needs Jesus, REMIX offers an emphasis on those people groups who still remain "uninvited." Globally speaking, most of those who don’t know Him live in the 2/3rds world (developing nations); they live in cities; they are poor — and overwhelmingly, they are young. Even in our own country each succeeding generation knows less and less about Jesus. Reaching the nations and the generations are both vitally important.

The Rev. Whis Hays, Rock the World’s Executive Director says “That’s why we focus on loving God and taking Jesus both to the nations and to younger generations. God’s heart of love propels us to share His love with the young, the poor, the oppressed, and the lost, here and to the ends of the Earth.” Please join Rock the World on the adventure this year as Deep calls to Deep at REMIX!

Please find out more about our extraordinary speakers, our gifted 21-year old MK/TCK worship leader, and more. Please register ASAP at Ridgecrest is running out of rooms!

Healing Prayer Class: Wholeness in Christ

Wednesdays, Sept. 11 through Mar. 25; 6:50 - 9.20 p.m.
Christian Healing Institute
The Falls Church Anglican
6565 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church VA 22042

Not just for prayer ministers!

This Wednesday Evening Healing Prayer Class now in its 14th year, is a unique opportunity to learn about healing prayer and experience healing through in-person teaching, DVD's and experiential learning. Whether you are a beginner or have some experience, you will find this class beneficial and transformative.

If you have already been blessed by this class, please spread the word to others! 

More information and registration here.

“I found the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to what Jesus wants to do to me, and through me. Each week was a precious "gift" as I discovered what it was I needed to know or experience on that day, or at that time.” ~Class Participant

Path through the Wilderness

Baltimore, MD & Northern Virginia

Regeneration is accepting applications for Path through the Wilderness through the end of September. It is a 26-week Christ-centered program for those seeking wholeness in the areas of sexuality and relationships. To submit a program application or for more information, visit our website or contact us by calling 703-591-4673.

"Being a human can be messy. Each of us is physical, emotional, relational, sexual, and spiritual. We carry past stories and future hopes."

America: A Four-Hundred-Year Experiment on the Black Family

Sept. 21; 7-9 p.m.
Truro Institute
Fairfax, VA

Esteemed Harvard Sociologist Dr. Jacqueline Rivers will deliver a lecture on “America: A Four-Hundred-Year Experiment on the Black Family.” The lecture will take place at Truro Anglican Church, commemorating the launch of the Truro Institute!

Dr. Rivers is a Harvard sociologist and recognized world authority on the black church and family in America. Her address, “America: A Four-Hundred-Year Experiment on the Black Family,” is in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the slave trade in North America, which began in the Anglican Colony of Jamestown. Dr Margaret McCarthy of Catholic University of America and Mr. Brent Orrell of American Enterprise Institute will respond to Dr. Rivers address, modeling the kind of civil discourse and disagreement for which the Institute advocates. This lecture is open to the public and all are welcome to what is going to be a truly inspiring evening.

Read more and reserve your spot today on Truro's website.

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Upcoming Events


Healing Prayer Class: Wholeness in Christ
Christian Healing Institute
God's Presence in Our Pain
Falls Church, VA

"Save One" Post-Abortion Healing
The Falls Church Anglican offices

America: A Four-Hundred-Year Experiment on the Black Family
Truro Anglican

Rock the World’s REMIX/PREmix Student Missions Conference
Ridgecrest Conference Center

New Wineskins 2019
Ridgecrest Conference Center
Black Mountain, NC

Deliver Us from Evil:
A Conference on Deliverance for Pastors and Prayer Ministers
Falls Church, VA

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Diocesan Dates

Wardens’ Gathering

September 14, 2019
9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
All Saints' Church
Woodbridge, VA

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop
September 14, 2019
9:00-11:15 a.m.
Christ Church Vienna
145 Church St NW, Vienna
Contact: The Rev. Corky Eddins
Clergy Day

September 17, 2019
9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
All Saints' Church
Woodbridge, VA
Synod 2019

November 15-16, 2019
All Saints' Church
Woodbridge, VA 
Info and Registration

Clergy Luncheon
December 3, 2019
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Church of the Holy Spirit
Leesburg, VA

REMINDER: Thy Kingdom Come

October 24-26, 2019 Falls Church, VA 

As reported in the previous Messenger:

Are you a pastor or prayer minister interested in utilizing a well-balanced approach to deliverance and spiritual freedom? Come prepared to engage this topic through teaching by well-qualified speakers (including Bp. John Guernsey, the Rev. Kathleen Christopher, and Dr. Nate Verschaetse, Psy.D.), break-out sessions, a special panel discussion for pastors, and a generational healing service with prayer ministry. Details and registration 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 41 congregations in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C. and northeastern North Carolina.