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The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
The Falls Church Parishioner Realm and membership update

The Falls Church is a vibrant parish which has grown exponentially in the years since its return to the building. One challenge of the quick growth, and of a large amount of staff turnover, is that our records are often out of date, not complete or lost completely. We have both paper records of membership, and digital records on our parish database, Realm. We will continue to keep both, however Realm is the avenue we use most often to locate and contact members, and to share news and updates, so keeping parishioners' information up to date is essential.

In an attempt to remedy the situation we are launching 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.

On a basic level, capturing this information helps us to know just how many members and worshippers we have. But it also helps us to have details such as whether a person has been baptized, and/or confirmed and this information directly relates to the number of delegates we are allowed at the Diocese of Virginia convention. Currently we have one per the amount of people we have officially listed as confirmed, but suspect we may be allowed another and possibly more.

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.

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 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.

A final word on Realm: not all of our parishioners actively use Realm - it is possible to be a member and listed on Realm, and to not have a ‘log in’ - and this is ok, as we are aware not everyone is comfortable with online platforms, etc. If however you do not have a log in but would like to use Realm to update your own profile, and to see notices and posts from other parishioners, the form has a question which will allow you to note this, and an invitation will be emailed to you. Those parishioners who do have access to their Realm profile, I’d like to encourage to review their settings, specifically their notification settings (which you can access by logging in and clicking the arrow next to your name in the top right, and selecting ‘notification settings’ from the drop down) to make sure they reflect your feelings on receiving email updates and contact from other parishioners.

I realize this is a lot of information and may result in many questions and requests for help. 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
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 17th July: The Rev'd. Matthew Dumont-Machowski

Following the 10:00 a.m. service this Sunday, join us for fun and fellowship at our annual summer party!
You can listen to Father Burl's sermon on the St. Paul's Cathedral website here, or on their Facebook page here, or on their YouTube channel here.
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
Limited financial assistance is available this year, so don't hesitate to contact Father Matthew: 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 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 17 - July 24, 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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