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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: Amos 8:4-12 / Psalm 138 / 1 Timothy 2:1-7 / Luke 16:1-13

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.

Truro Directory:  We're creating a new church directory! Please provide the information you would like to appear in the directory by clicking this link. We will also be taking pictures and collecting information on October 2 at the parish picnic. Please help us connect as a community!  

Dear friends,

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:3-6

These words of Paul keep ringing in my mind and heart. Paul’s thanksgiving echoes my own thoughts and prayers at the end of my time with you – first as your consultant and then as your priest-in-charge.

I am thankful to God. I have a deep sense that God is the one who called me here for this season, not just for your good, but also for mine. I have grown immeasurably as I have listened, worshiped, prayed, grieved, cried, celebrated and laughed with you. I have had such a profound sense of God’s presence throughout these months. I leave knowing that God has blessed us, and I am so very thankful to Him.

Your partnership in the gospel. From the very beginning, we have been partners at Truro. Truro’s wardens, vestry, staff, community group leaders, ministry volunteers (if I name them all, I’ll run out of space and forget someone important!) and worshipers have been engaged, seeking God, listening to one another, noticing what’s working and what’s not, and most of all praying. Your partnership has nourished and blessed me. And God has honored our partnership; He has heard our corporate prayers and honored our corporate service, bringing life and healing to Truro as a congregation.

He who began a good work…will bring it to completion… One of the oddest things about being a priest-in-charge is the temporary nature of the job. I was given a specific task: to come alongside of Truro in a time of crisis and heartbreak and “to right the ship.” I knew my time with you would be short. I hoped and prayed that I would leave Truro healthy enough that your new rector could lead you into a new, fruitful season. A few weeks ago, I had a strong sense that my work here is done. But even if my work is done, God’s work is not! God has wonderful plans for you, and we can trust Him to bring His good work in you to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

So, thank you, thank you, for welcoming me into your hearts – individually and as a congregation. You have blessed me beyond belief, and I leave with gratitude and joy – along with a little sadness, because I know how much I will miss you!

Faithfully,

Dear Truro Family,

As Mary’s ministry among us comes to an end, I’m so sorry that I won’t be with you this coming Sunday to help celebrate her. I give thanks to God for Mary and Whis, and for all the ways God has used them in our life together. Personally, I have truly benefitted from Mary’s wisdom, counsel, and friendship. I have witnessed firsthand her sacrificial ministry, and her love for Jesus and for the Church, and in particular, this church. She has been a blessing to me and to Truro, during a season of pain, transition, and healing. This past week I made sure she won’t ever change her cell phone number! Join me in thanking God for Mary and Whis, and praying God’s richest blessings upon them in this next season of their life.

+++
Jamie

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

Truro Men's Ministry Breakfasts continue this Saturday, September 17 from 9-11 AM in the Truro Undercroft. Please join us! We will enjoy a warm breakfast, a time of fellowship, and hear from an informative and encouraging speaker, Mary Hays. She will be transitioning soon and will share some of her thoughts on how we might continue to build up the Body of Christ.  Please register here. Questions? Contact Tony Zipfel or Will Rowe.

New Members Class: Truro’s New Members Class will begin this 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.

Giocoso Children’s Choir and Truro’s Dance Program started this week! Join us every Tuesday from 5-7 PM. It’s not too late to sign-up!

  • 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.

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).

Seniors Lunch continues to meet at 12pm on Wednesdays for a provided lunch ($5), fellowship, and to watch an episode of The Chosen, a television show exploring the life of Jesus and his disciples. Contact the Rev. Mike Seawright for more info, or to be added to the mailing list.

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.

Join the Choir! If you are 18 years or older you are cordially invited to join the Truro choir. Our rehearsals are every Thursday from 7-9 PM in the choir room. Sign up here.

Young Adults: Truro’s young adults are attending Rock the Block together next 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.

Fairfax City Community Group: Interested in joining a Fairfax City Community Group for all ages and stages? Come to the playground on September 25 after the 10 AM service for a potluck lunch and interest meeting. 

It’s Parish Picnic Time! Join us on the lawn after the 10 AM service on October 2 for our Fall Parish Picnic. Sign up here to bring a side dish or to help set up/serve/clean up. Bring a blanket for the grass, or a fold-up chair. We will have some tables and chairs available. Oh, and loads of fun activities for kids of all ages! Invite a friend or neighbor! 

The Lamb Center 30th Anniversary Banquet: Make plans to attend Thursday, October 6 at the Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park. Martyn Minns will be a featured speaker and will be honored at the banquet as the founder of this important ministry that was birthed here at Truro. There is no cost to attend so please register here. We would love to see many of our congregation attend!

King Jesus and His Unlikely Kingdom: Join the Rev. Mike Seawright for a mid-week Bible study on Wednesday evenings on Zoom from 7:30-8:45 PM starting October 12. Over the course of six weeks, we’ll explore selected readings from the Gospels, taking a look at the ways Jesus saw (and sees) the world differently than we do in His unlikely kingdom. Register here.

Volunteer Highlight: Diane Braaten

You have probably seen Diane Braaten all around church because, at one time or another, she has volunteered in several ministries at Truro. Diane and her husband Obie came to Truro in 1981 and jumped right in volunteering in local outreach and leading a home group. As Diane tells it, they “did everything” that the Lord called them into, making prayer their central focus.

As home group leaders they welcomed many people into their home and began to teach the group how to pray and minister to each other. Their group included couples and singles and is a model for building community and lifting each other up as they also grew in their faith. Their strategy was to have coffee, go deep in the Word, and pray for the needs of individuals as they brought forth their petitions. Marriages were saved and when divorce or death occurred, the group was there as a support system for those unsettling times.

Diane has served as a LEM and is a great prayer warrior who shared that “to hear from the Lord is to spend time in the Bible and to sit quietly and wait to hear from him.” She firmly believes that everyone needs prayer and never hesitates to offer a prayer or a word of knowledge, as the Holy Spirit leads her.

Obie passed away in 2016 and Diane continued to pray and ask God where he wanted her to serve. She remains active at Truro. On Monday and Wednesday, hers is the voice you will hear when calling the church. She is always happy to pray with anyone calling the church. She is part of the leadership team for the Seniors Lunch on Wednesday, setting up tables, serving food, and greeting newcomers and old friends alike. She also serves as part of the Altar Guild, the Beautification Team, and helps with special events. All these years later, she is still jumping in and helping and encouraging us to listen to the Lord and ask him where he wants you to serve.

Diane sees the Truro community as part of her extended family. You might also know her son, Brad who is one of the hard-working sextons at Truro. Her daughter-in-law Mary Jane works at TPK. She remains a devoted mom, grandmother, and friend to many. Ask Diane to tell you more about the way the Holy Spirit led the family to Truro and the amazing way in which he continues to walk with her today.

Thank you Diane for all your love and dedication to Truro!

The Lamb Center also has some urgent needs.

Please drop off the following items on Sunday and we will them deliver for you.  

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dinner plates
  • Hot cups
  • Coffee Stirrers
  • Ketchup packets
  • Hot sauce packets
  • Mayonnaise packets

Kids' Ministry

There’s a point in our baptismal liturgy that goes like this: 

The Celebrant then addresses the Congregation, first inviting them to stand.  
Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?  

The Congregation responds  
We will.  

It’s a serious promise. It’s also a promise we quickly forget. The truth is it takes a church to raise a Christian. We know not everyone is gifted to work with kids but raising the next generation of Christians is a non-negotiable for every adult follower of Jesus. And while opportunities abound for people to serve and love the kids at Truro in all sorts of ways, below are the four simplest and most straightforward ways an adult at Truro can follow through on the promise made at baptism. We’re looking for: 

  • Consistent Leaders 
  • Monthly Helpers 

  • Winsome Greeters 

  • Persistent Prayers 

Consistent Leaders commit to serving regularly (at least 3-4 times a month) with a particular kids small group during the 10 AM service (9:45-10:45ish). They commit to learning the names of the kids in their group and creating a fun and safe space for kids to grow up in Christ. All curriculum and activities are provided (in other words, no prep is necessary). 

Monthly Helpers commit to helping in a particular kids small group at the 10 AM service for one month/year, serving alongside the consistent leaders. 

Winsome Greeters commit to welcoming kids and their families on Sunday mornings with a smile, either outside the church at the Welcome Tent, or in the Undercroft. The time commitment is from 9:45-10:15 AM on Sunday mornings. 

Persistent Prayers are committed to praying for the children of the parish, their parents, and those who disciple kids at Truro, and are willing to receive regular prayer requests from Anne (our Director of Kids Ministry) and pray for those requests. The power of persistently praying adults in the lives of kids is not to be underestimated! 

If you are interested or willing to serve in one of these capacities, please contact Anne Bronaugh, Truro’s Director of Kids Ministry for next steps.  

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

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