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The Second Sunday after Christmas
AMAZON-SMILE - AMAZON MAKES THE SPIRIT OF GIVING EASIER THAN EVER!

Beloved friends,

Our Christmastide is in full swing now, and many of us have been truly blessed by celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with fabulous festivities at both our church spaces. Be it the Christmas Play written by the children, or the music offered to us by our choir and instrumentalists, or our beautifully decorated Historic Church; they all pointed us to this abiding mystery of our Lord’s incarnation among us. It was also such a joy to celebrate this season together in person.

I’m sure that we all spent much time ahead of Christmas buying gifts and presents for our friends and loved ones. We often spend more money than we probably should! Many of my Christmas gifts were bought on Amazon, and I was happy that at least some portion of my spending went back to support our church.  AmazonSmile is a simple way to support either our church or your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. Should you choose the Falls Church as an organization of your choice, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to us each time you shop.

We are delighted that as of December 2021, we received over $1,260 in donations from Amazon. But I believe that we could do even better than that. In this simple way, we can continue to be the good stewards of our resources. I’d love to invite you to log onto smile.amazon.com today and select an organization you would like to support in the New Year! This could perhaps be the most straightforward New Year resolution yet. Let us continue giving generously in thanksgiving for all God’s riches we continue to experience in our lives.

Yours with much love for the upcoming Year 2022,
Matthew+
Due to unforeseen circumstances we regret that the 9:00 a.m. service will not be live streamed this week.

See the Week-at-a-Glance below for the complete Sunday schedule.

Preaching on Sunday 2nd January: The Rector
A note from the Rector

Dear siblings in Christ, 

In recent days we have become increasingly aware of the severity and increased transmissibility of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. While we believe that we have the space to continue worshiping safely, we ask that each of us remembers to distance safely while at services and activities of The Falls Church, maintaining a mask over both nose and mouth, and refraining from—as hard as it is—hugs and other contact. The air filtration systems in both our worship spaces and in parish hall are in place to provide protection as well. Our concern is always for the most vulnerable among us, and these practices are in place to care for those within our community. If you are uncomfortable being at services on a Sunday, we respect your decision not to be at church and look forward to the time when we can be together again with less anxiety and more safely. Thank you for caring for yourself and for each other. 

Burl+
Parish Visioning Exercise
 
As we look forward to where God is calling The Falls Church, the vestry has begun a visioning process for the church’s ministry and direction during next five and ten years. The next step in this process is to ask the very same of the parish as a whole. During adult formation (between the morning services) on 12 December and 2 January, Fr. Burl will lead visioning exercises as we discern where God is calling us to be and what God is calling us to do in this very specific time and place. Please begin to pray about these questions and join us for these exercises in December and January. 
 
For those unable to attend between services, Fr. Burl will host a single, longer session after the 11:15 service on 2 January as well. For those unable to attend any session in person, Fr. Burl will host a Zoom session at 7:00PM on
4 January.
There is no youth formation until January 9th

Youth confirmation class is beginning on January 9th. Anyone in or above 8th grade is welcome to participate in the class that will take place weekly from 4:30-5:30 pm in Nicolson Hall. You can find a registration form here. If you are in need of more information, please contact John Wunderlich
Children's Formation
TFCE Week-at-a-Glance
For activities January 2 - January 9, 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
Parish News & Updates
Organ Repair Upate

We have raised $47,235 to date, which includes the $10,000 match from an anonymous donor. We are closing in on our goal of $55,000! While the organ can be played during worship, there are still additonal repairs needed. If you have any further questions, contact me at jtucker@thefallschurch.org.

Julie Huang Tucker, Music Director
Ways to Serve
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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. 

If you have questions about Realm or eGiving, please contact
Are you shopping more online these days? If you’re buying more items from Amazon, please consider adding The Falls Church Episcopal to your AmazonSmile account. With every purchase you make, the church earns a small percentage. Simply click here to
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