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The Fifth Sunday of Easter
This week’s second reading in the lectionary is John the Divine’s vision of the new Jerusalem, the dwelling place of mortals and angels in the presence of God after the Great Tribulation. It’s always been a favorite of mine, replete with that gorgeous imagery of streets paved with gold, rivers of crystal, trees of healing, and the constantly illuming presence of God. It’s heaven, literally, and it comes at the end of time.

But we’re not at the end of time! (At least as far as I can tell.)

And since we’re nearing the end of the PROGRAM YEAR and not at the end of TIME, life is rich and vibrant and ongoing at The Falls Church. Until the last Sunday of May, two services continue on Sundays, and formation for children, youth, and adults continues between the services. Youth group continues to come together, Girl Scouts continue to gather, committees keep meeting, choirs keep rehearsing, ministries keep ministering (it’s really a word), and newcomers’ and enquirers classes keep learning. To be clear, life at The Falls Church has not slowed down, and we invite you into the wonderful last days of what has been a strong and varied program year. 

Come the first Sunday in June, which is Pentecost this year, we’ll begin our summer schedule, and the pace of things changes around here. But until then, be sure to check out all the offerings for May that you find below and know that we’re not slowing down. We look forward to seeing you at The Falls Church!

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The 9:00 a.m. service premieres on YouTube at 8:45 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 15th May: The Rev'd Matthew Dumont-Machowski
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No doubt we have all been horrified by the unfolding crisis in Ukraine. While we have prayed, discussed and expressed our concerns and hope for peace and resolution, all of which are important, many of us are still trying to understand what we can do in terms of direct help to the families fleeing the violence and destruction right now.
 
Food, clothing, medical supplies and more are desperately needed, but with borders occupied and ceasefires ignored, how can we help?
Episcopal Relief & Development are working with Episcopal aid agencies from around the world to provide critical assistance to support Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Poland such as food, shelter, water and basic supplies.

Donations to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ukraine Crisis Response Fund will help the organization and its partners continue to provide assistance to people displaced by the crisis in Ukraine.
Hogwarts Preview Sunday,
May 22nd, 2022
9:00 AM Service
Wear your Hogwarts Gear or Costumes to church then after the service join us for a special magical coffee hour before you explore our Hogwarts Open House from 10:15 AM To 11:00 AM. Learn more in our Daily Prophet by clicking the link below!

Registration for Hogwarts Vacation Bible School is open! Registration closes at the end of May. Secure your spot today!
TFCE Week-at-a-Glance
For activities May 15 - May 22, 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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