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The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Musical opportunities at The Falls Church

Dear Friends, 

For those involved in our program year ministries, summer is a season to take the foot off the gas pedal and cruise for a bit, to recover from a more demanding pace and to regenerate creativity for the next cycle. While choir members often still opt to sit together in the choir loft to help lead worship, they don’t have any formal weekly rehearsals and don’t perform the offertory anthem. Instead, soloists and instrumentalists from their ranks, as well as from the congregation at large, are encouraged to exercise their individual musical talents to help fill the gaps. It’s a wonderful way to serve the church and puts a special touch on our services.

As we ramp up for the beginning of the program year, I invite you to consider joining our music ministry. Not only would we welcome instrumentalists and singers, we could also use help in an administrative capacity (organizing the music library; choir robes; and so forth.). If you play an instrument, you can play a solo, collaborate in a small group ensemble, or help accompany voices. If you sing, Gideon’s Trumpet requires minimal experience and commitment in a more “come y’all” format at the 9:00 a.m. service, while the Historic Church Choir offers a place for the more advanced singer who can invest the time and effort to lead worship at the 11:15 a.m. service. You can also arrange to sing in a solo or small group. All ages and experience levels are welcome, as long as you have the interest and inclination, we will find a place just for you!

I hope to hear from you about being part of of our music-making community at the Falls Church.

Julie Huang Tucker
Director of Music
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 24th July: The Rev'd. Matthew Dumont-Machowski
This Summer we are running a ‘Realm and membership update’ campaign, with the hopes of collecting information on all current worshippers and members of the parish that is up to date and relevant.

We would love for everyone to fill out THIS FORM for their household, it has room for 2 adults and 3 children, if you have more than 3,
please fill out the child sections of a second form and submit both together, and return it printed and filled in to the office, or digitally filled in (it’s a fillable PDF) to ebangay@thefallschurch.org ASAP but ultimately by September 1st. We will also have copies to pick up at church if you do not have the ability to print or fill in digitally. Please be sure to complete information on your baptism and confirmation, if applicable. The number of delegates representing TFC at Diocesan Convention is determined by our confirmed member total.

As well as information, we would also love to have an up-to-date photo of all members, including and particularly children, a word from Lauren on why this is important:

Updated children's photos are an important part of our safety protocols at The Falls Church. These photos help us have a current picture of your child(ren). Current photos ensure that if a child were to go missing, our security team would have an accurate description of your child(ren). Thank you.

You can email a photo along with the form, or upload one yourself if you have a Realm log in. We will also be hosting a photo booth one Sunday in September to take photos of those who do not have them or who are unable to upload or provide a digital photo.

I am more than happy to help anyone who needs it, via email, phone call, video call or even a visit to the office, please just let me know.

Thank you in advance for your help,
Ellie and the staff of The Falls Church
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 Gardner at shrinemont@thefallschurch.org
Limited financial assistance is available this year, so don't hesitate to contact Father Matthew: mmachowski@thefallschurch.org for details.

If you have not yet registered or are unable to register at this time for whatever reason but intend to come, please let us know with a quick email to shrinemont@thefallschurch.org so we can submit our numbers to Shrine Mont, and you can register when you are able.
Looking to explore your faith in a new and deeper way?

The parish’s Education for Ministry (EfM) study group has openings and would welcome new members when it resumes in the fall. Designed for laity, EfM is a nation-wide program that combines Bible study and other “book learning” with the practice of theological reflection to help participants lead faith-filled lives in their own contexts. The full EfM program is four years but members need only commit to a year at a time. Details about the program and readings are available at the EfM website. The cost for next year is $325 and scholarships are available as needed. The parish group will meet from September to June on Tuesday evenings, primarily on Zoom but with occasional in-person sessions at the church. Group mentor Mary Cushing is available to answer questions; for anyone who has a standing conflict with the parish group, she can also help identify another. Contact Mary for more information.
Ways to Serve
TFCE Week-at-a-Glance
For activities July 24 - July 31, 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. 

If you have questions about Realm or eGiving, please contact
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