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The Third Sunday after Pentecost
Communication at The Falls Church

I have been with you all at The Falls Church for almost 8 months now – and gosh has it flown by. I’ve jumped into the daily life of TFC through producing the weekly bulletin and enews, alongside being a part of IWC and supporting lots of other ministries.

I wanted to give an update on where things are heading in the coming months, as well as a review of some of the behind the scenes tasks I’ve been working on.

First, the big one, the website. I have been reviewing the website, researching platforms and other Episcopal church websites and garnering the opinions of other Episcopal communicators in order to update our current website. This has led me to a complete overhaul of our website, which is going on behind the scenes in order to keep our web presence active until the new site is ready. I anticipate the switch to the new website sometime in the summer.

Another thing I’ve been focusing on is our presence on social media, ensuring we are constantly sharing what’s going on in church to enable us to have the most reach, meaning people are clear on what events are happening and how they can access them. We’ve also worked to educate and highlight church seasons and saints by focusing on Black saints during Black History Month, and this month, highlighting queer saints of the church. We also share a weekly sermon quote to encourage people to interact with the message throughout the week and to watch the online service. If you don’t already follow us on Facebook and Instagram, please do.

Print materials have been another focus. Despite the world being heavily digital these days, people still want physical things to take away from a new place. I redesigned the welcome leaflet ahead of our stall at the Falls Church Memorial Day celebration so we could give them out to interested citizens. This meant bringing the content up to date with our ministries and updating some of the images to include current members etc. You can pick up a leaflet in church if you’d like to see one, and even share it with friends and family.

In the coming weeks I will launch a campaign to encourage members and worshippers to update their Realm profile, to let us know of any changes in personal details, and to let us know of any previously unrecorded sacraments. You can expect to hear more about this in a couple of weeks.

There are lots of other tasks I’ve been doing across all areas of church life, too many to list and talk about here. As we look ahead I will continue to grow our communication and bring The Falls Church into the midst of the people of this city and this area in whatever ways I can, as well as continuing to serve you, the people of The Falls Church.

Ellie
The 10:00 a.m. service premieres on YouTube at 9:45 a.m. and remains available afterwards. If you are worshiping virtually, you may follow along with the service bulletin. See the Week-at-a-Glance below for the complete Sunday schedule.

Preaching on Sunday 26th June: The Rector
We are delighted to announce that registration is open for our annual parish retreat at Shrine Mont, October 7-9, 2022. 
To register, sign up via Realm, or by downloading and returning this completed form, along with a deposit check for $100.
More details are available here and if you have any questions please reach out to Robin Gardener at shrinemont@thefallschurch.org
The deadline for registration is July 7th.
Planning for the July 4th weekend? Include a docent-led tour of the Historic Church.
Docent Joe Ewbank will be available to lead a tour after the 10:00 a.m. service on July 3. If you're interested, come to the History Room (next door to the Parlor) after you've had a chance to stop by coffee hour.
On July 10th, we will take some of the youth to the AFAC center in Arlington to pack produce and tour the center. We will leave The Falls Church at 1:30 p.m. arriving at the AFAC center at 2:00 p.m. We will spend about 90 minutes packing, and then walk to get some ice cream. Our return to the church will be between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. Both middle and high school students are welcome (including rising 6th graders). We need an accurate number so that AFAC can plan for us properly so if you are planning on attending, please RSVP here.
LAST WEEK TO REGISTER -
SIGN UP BEFORE THE END OF JUNE
Ways to Serve
To sign up to help at the drive or to take the donations to FCS, please use the Sign-Up Genius.If you have any questions, please contact Dave Raglin at darags@ymail.com or 703-835-1198.
TFCE Week-at-a-Glance
For activities June 26 - July 4, click here
Parish Prayer List
Please use the Prayer List in your prayers for each other and the world. 

Praying for each other and the needs of the world is a powerful way to love our neighbors as ourselves! THIS WEEK’S PRAYER LIST
Ways to Give
Please mail your check to:
115 E. Fairfax Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
Donate safely and securely through our website. 
Text “TFCE” and the amount to 73256. 

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