Join us this coming Sunday for worship! Our fall schedule continues this week, with services at 7:45 AM (in the chapel) and 10 AM (in the sanctuary and online).

Readings: Exodus 32:1,7-14 / Psalm 51:1-12 / 1 Timothy 1:12-17 / Luke 15:1-10

Livestream link (10:00 AM and on-demand any time after): HERE 

Children:  Kids programs return this Sunday at 10 AM. Truro Kids (K-4th) and Club 56 (5th & 6th grade) check-in at the Family Ministry Tent. Truro Kids meet in the Undercroft and Club 56 meets in Gunnell House. The Nest (3 month to 5 years/Pre-K) meets on the ground floor of the education wing. 

Connection Center: Stay after the 10 AM service for coffee, treats, and fellowship on the brick patio. Be sure to look for the new Truro Welcome Guide and all the upcoming events for September and October.

Dear friends,

I just love baptisms! What a blessing it was this past Sunday to baptize four adult converts from China into the way of Jesus! 

I had the privilege to meet with each of them the week prior to talk about baptism. I asked each of them why they wanted to be baptized, and all four of them had pretty similar answers. What struck me most, however, was that 100% of them talked about how important reading and learning the Bible (and reading and learning the Bible in community!) was in their journey towards Jesus. For each of them, the Scripture was a central piece of their story. 

It reminded me (and encouraged me!) to make sure that the Bible – reading it, studying it, learning it, knowing it, applying it, getting caught up in it – has a preeminent place in my personal life with God, that I’m getting into the Bible every day, and that the Bible is getting into me every day.

I had a mentor who used to say that Christian discipleship is really pretty straightforward: “read the Bible and do what it says.” While that may be a bit of an oversimplification, I’m not sure that it’s really very far off the mark. After all, the Bible is the primary way God speaks to us today!

Friends, it will be awfully hard for you to grow in Christ-likeness without getting into the Bible and getting the Bible into you. After all: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (1 Tim. 3:16-17).

If you’re not sure where to start, email me – I LOVE talking about the Bible. If you don’t have one, bring one home with you from the back of a pew on Sunday morning, write your name in it, start reading, and find someone to talk to about it. The Holy Spirit does something in us when making the Bible a priority. Don’t miss it!

Your brother in Christ,

Mike+ Seawright

Some of you have asked about donating a gift for Mary as she departs. She has asked that in lieu of a gift, a donation be made to Truro designated to help fund a leadership team level position for Mission and Outreach. To that end we have created the Mary Hays Mission & Outreach Staff Fund. You can donate online here, or if you are sending in a check, you can put the fund name in the memo line. Thank you in advance for your understanding and generosity! 

Jim Osterhaus, Senior Warden

Coffee and Conversation: The Rev. Mary Hays will host her final “Coffee and Conversation” this Sunday, September 11 at 9 AM in Common Grounds. Childcare (age 0-5) will be provided during this time in The Nest.

Giocoso Children’s Choir and Truro’s Dance Program start this week! Our first rehearsal is Tuesday, September 13 from 5-7 PM.

  • Giocoso: 4th-8th Grade will meet at 5:00 to 5:45 PM, and K-3rd Grade will meet from 5:55 to 6:50 PM. To sign up for Giococo, register here.
  • Dance: K-3rd Grade will meet at 5:00 to 5:45 PM, and 4th-8th Grade will meet from 5:55 to 6:50 PM. To sign up for Dance register here.

Questions? Contact Odori Pendleton (Giocoso) or Bekah Johnson (Dance).

Seniors Lunch this Wednesday, September 14 at 12 PM in the Undercroft. We’ll eat together ($5) and then watch and discuss Season 2, Episode 2 of The Chosen, a television show exploring the life of Jesus. Each episode is written to stand alone, so don’t let unfamiliarity deter you from joining!  Register here. If you would like to be included in weekly Seniors emails, contact Rev. Mike Seawright.

TIPS ESOL classes kick off this week! We’ll be online September 14 and in person September 15. If you know of any internationals interested in learning English and more about our culture, please share this information with them. They can register here

Truro Men's Ministry Breakfasts continue on Saturday, September 17 from 9-11 AM in the Truro Undercroft. Join us for a warm breakfast, a time of fellowship, and an informative and encouraging speaker. Please register here. Questions? Contact Tony Zipfel at or Will Rowe.

New Members Class: Truro’s New Members Class will begin on Sunday, September 18 at 9 AM, and will continue weekly into October. You can register here. Childcare (0-5) and Kids' Program (K-5th) will be available during this time.

Boy Scout Troop 918 has a 30-year history with Truro Church and has a vision to "employ a Christ-centered leadership program focused on preparing young men for the future through scouting." If your son is between the ages of 11-17 years, please consider Troop 918 as a place for him to learn outdoor skills, leadership and have fun at the same time, all in a Christian environment. We will be holding a Spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, September 20 in the Undercroft from 6:30-8:30 PM for all families interested in scouting. For more information, please contact Troop Committee Chair Craig Cole at 571.474.5140.  

Adult Caregiver Support Group Interest Meeting: If you are in that season of life where you are caring for an older adult/parent and would like to be part of a support group, join us on September 20 at 7:30 PM in Gunnell House, to help figure out what that might look like. For more information, please contact Megan Walnut (703-489-8677) or Tara Frodigh (703-927-5941).

Women’s Bible Study: Join us on Thursday, September 22 from 9:30-11:30 AM in the Undercroft as we begin our fall bible study. We’ll be studying the book of 1 Peter with a Jen Wilkin video session one week followed by discussion the next. We begin each meeting with fellowship and snacks and the study begins promptly at 10 AM. Our meetings are in person and on Zoom and childcare is available for children ages 1-5. For more information contact Georgene Assur.

Young Adults: Truro’s young adults are attending Rock the Block together on Friday, September 23 at 6:30 PM. We’ll park at Truro and walk to Fairfax’s Old Town Square. There will be food vendors and live music—bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

URGENT NEED!  The nations are coming to Truro, and we need more volunteers to minister to them!  TIPS (Truro International Programs & Services) English classes begin next week (September 14 and 15) and we are in desperate need of more class assistants on Wednesday evenings online (6:30-8:45 PM) and Thursday mornings in person (9:15-11:30 AM).  If you are interested, please sign up here or contact Myra Hinote for more information. Other ways to “lend a hand” are available here.  

Truro Cares: A Summer of Giving

Thank you to everyone who gave so generously this summer to help those in our community. Because of you, Truro was able to provide four deliveries of water bottles to The Lamb Center (TLC). You also provided rain gear, tents and sleeping bags, and bug repellent/suntan lotion for those without homes. Each time, TLC expressed their gratitude and God’s perfect timing as we got there just as supplies were running out.

Then there were the backpacks that came in droves. Truro was able to supply nearly 300 bags to three schools in need and another 30 to The Lamb Center to help their guests carry supplies. We received more than we ever imagined and will be sending more bags out to schools as they contact us for help in the new school year.

What’s next for Truro Cares? Our advisory team is developing some ways in which we can move into the community and be helping hands to local ministries. Additionally, we will continue to serve as a collection and distribution area for TLC, Sanctity of Life Ministry, Western Fairfax Christian Ministry (WFCM) and to support Katherine Johnson Middle School and our other local schools. We hope to begin a regular donation for Weekend Meal Bags for families that might go hungry without our help. For now, this is our collection schedule. We will provide more details in the Truro News, in handouts, and on the website.

September 25:  Katherine Johnson MS Hygiene Pantry
October 23:  The Lamb Center in honor of Jamie Brown and his mom, Patti Brown
November:  WFCM and TLC
December:  Fill the Manger for Sanctity of Life

Contact Maggie Marcum if you would like to become more involved in collecting/delivering donations or in moving Truro into serving in our community.

This is another in a series of articles from our Buildings & Grounds Committee intended to keep you apprised of our efforts to begin to restore the physical foundations of our campus. Once again, thank you for your continued giving!

The two chimneys on the education building had deteriorated to the point that their structural integrity was compromised, and they were becoming a safety hazard. Bricks were becoming loose and were in danger of falling on children and teachers using the facility. There was even a small shrub beginning to grow on one of the chimneys. The Vestry approved repair of the chimneys in July and the repair was completed in August. The total cost of the repair was a bit above $13,000. (These are non-functional chimneys; the repair was to address the safety hazard and preserve the architecture of the facility.) Please take a look, the repaired chimneys look quite nice.

Next Up:  In preparation for our Fall Parish Picnic, a Truro Gardens Fall Cleanup is scheduled for October 1 from 9-11 AM. All volunteers are welcome!

Truro has a Beautification Team!

We talk a lot about raising up a volunteer force at Truro. Did you know we have a Beautification Team led by Genna Walnut? They have been working for several months cleaning out years of clutter and disarray in the Undercroft, the kitchen, and the library area. 

Over the Labor Day weekend a team spent three hours cleaning and wrapping up hundreds of dishes and coffee cups and all the serving dishes and utensils. Another team pressed and hung white linens in preparation for funerals and special events at Truro. 

Earlier this summer part of the team cleaned out the old storage room, scrubbing the cabinets and reorganizing the flower arrangements and other assorted event items. A team moved some books to Common Grounds to create a new library area and boxed up several hundred books to offer to the congregation on October 2 at the Parish Picnic. 

Going forward Genna will be leading her team to put the finishing touches on the project. They will finish cleaning the kitchen and establishing best safety practices for use and cleanup. Now, rather than each ministry having their own supplies to use for their events, we will have items stored to share across ministry areas. 

Would you like to be part of a multi-generational team that is dedicated to keeping all the “stuff” at Truro organized and ready for use? Maybe you would like to help with funeral receptions or special events hosted at Truro. Contact Maggie Marcum and she will add you to the team!

Click here to see a short video of their work!

We welcome donations of flowers in memory or in honor of loved ones. Please click HERE if you would like to order flowers for a Sunday Service.

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To give via text: Text the word "Truro" to 703.457.9400. You will receive a reply with a link that you can use to give.

To give via U.S. mail: Send a check to Truro Anglican at 10520 Main St., Fairfax, VA 22030.

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