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CLERGY NOTE

Dear Truro Family,

This coming Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Advent. I hope you’ll join us in-person or online! And if you’re able to be with us in person, remember to keep an eye out for someone you don’t know, and make an effort at starting a conversation. In a church of our size, it’s easy for people – especially new people – to slip through the cracks. Let’s remember Paul’s admonition in 1 Corinthians 12:27: “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

Last week I encouraged us all to be thinking and praying about making time in our schedules next year for daily Bible reading. It will transform our life – slowly but surely – as the Word of God works its way into our mind, soul, and memory. There are tons of great resources out there, so for the sake of space, let me share only five:

Friends, I’m so grateful for you all, and I’m truly excited about everything that God has for us as a church in the new year. See you on Sunday!

Jamie

COMING UP
Fourth Sunday in Advent
7:45 AM (Chapel) | 10:00 AM (Sanctuary & Online) 
Sunday's Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 10:7-17 | Matthew 1:18-25



LIVESTREAM LINK
Children’s Ministry Sunday Programs
 
Sundays @ 10 AM 
Check-in at the Family Ministry Tent
Truro Kids (K-4th)
In the Undercroft
Club 56 (5th & 6th grade)
In the Gunnell House
The Nest (3 month-5 years)
9:45-11:45 AM
Ground Floor Education Wing

The Nest will offer childcare for children five and under during the 3 PM and 5 PM services on Christmas Eve. Truro Kids, The Nest, and Youth Group will take a break on December 25 and January 1. 

Kids K-4, come to the Undercroft at 9 AM this week to get ready for a Christmas party honoring our volunteers!  

CLUB 56 come early at 9 AM for a Christmas party! Sign up HERE to bring something to share.

Churro the Truro Burro has had several stops on his way to Bethlehem, including some time at Carols by Glowstick and a stint imagining what it would be like to be a shepherd!
Final Advent Vespers Service
Join us this coming Wednesday at 7:30 PM in the Chapel for our final Advent Vespers service.

Youth Christmas Party
Friday, December 16 @ 6:30-8:30 PM
Middle and high school students are welcome to celebrate Christmas together tonight in a “Tropical Christmas vs. Winter Christmas” themed party. Here’s the link to the potluck signup. Youth are welcome to bring a $5 - $10 value gift for a gift swap and wear a tropical shirt OR Christmas PJs. We will also be collecting swaddling blankets for the local crisis pregnancy center Truro supports. Contact Summer Fariñas with questions.

Men's Breakfast
Saturday, December 17 @ 9 AM
Join us for tomorrow's Men’s Ministry breakfast in the Undercroft! After a hot breakfast and fellowship, we will hear from Robbie Pruitt, priest at Sheperd's Heart Anglican Church in Fairfax. He will share ways we can partner together on his regional bike ministry and will encourage us in our walk. Bring a friend and enjoy time together! Questions? Contact Tony Zipfel or Will Rowe. Please register HERE

Save the Date!
February 3-5, 2023
Jamie Brown and Mike Seawright will be leading the teaching for our Men's Retreat at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, VA. Our theme will be: "Men After God's Own Heart: Formed by the Psalms of David." Save the date on your calendars!

Seniors Lunch
Seniors Lunch will be on break until Wednesday, January 4th. For questions, email Mike Seawright.
TIPS
TIPS ended the Fall semester with three joy- and fun-filled events! The online students enjoyed a Christmas hat contest and online party. The in-person students and volunteers feasted during our Holiday International Potluck, complete with a cute performance by TPK and a meaningful presentation by Jamie. We ended the week with our Second Annual Cookies, Cocoa, & Carol party last Sunday, flowing right into the Carols by Glowstick service. God has blessed us incredibly this semester, and we are looking forward to seeing what he will do in the next!
MISSIONS

International Community Gift Giving Program
Many thanks to an everyone who chose an ornament for our International Community Gift Giving Program. The ornaments flew off the tree! Please bring your gifts to Truro this Sunday or deliver them to the family or to the TIPS office by Tuesday, December 20. If you have any questions, contact Myra Hinote.

Support the Infants Drive
Shop to help moms at Sanctity of Life Ministry by filling the manger on Christmas Eve with: 

  • Baby clothes – 0 to 3 months (including onesies)

  • Baby bottles – natural slow flow nipples 

  • Gift cards – Amazon, Walmart, Target 

  • Diapers – All sizes and will be distributed to Fairfax Diapers, a non-profit organization that reaches families across Fairfax County. 

Donations may be left on Sunday if you are out-of-town on Christmas Eve.

VOLUNTEERS

Sign up for the next Truro Safety Awareness Workshop on Sunday, December 18 (11:45 AM-1:45 PM w/lunch) or Monday, January 23 (7-9 PM). This is required training if you volunteer in the following areas: 

  • Family Ministry or any ministry interacting with children.
  • Outreach/Visitation Ministries
  • Prayer Ministry
  • TIPS 
VESTRY

"In all honesty, I was terrified to stand for Vestry. All I had ever known about the Vestry at Truro was not very much at all. I thought it was a group of people that had far more knowledge and understanding about church matters than I did. I have learned that is simply untrue. I told the Lord that I would say yes, as I felt Him calling me, despite the fact that my husband and I were moving further away from Truro towards Manassas and that I was in the middle of seriously considering a complete career switch. But the Lord has a plan, and His will is ever present in our minds. Scared though I was, I “ran” for Vestry, thinking there would be other people that would get more votes than I would. That didn’t happen. There were 5 people running. There were 5 seats to fill. I was in.

Over the course of the last 9 months, I have come to truly appreciate the role the Vestry takes on for Truro. Decisions need to be made; things must be taken care of that others may not understand. This is an opportunity to serve the Lord and the congregation, and I am truly thankful for this opportunity that He has given me."

~Abby Fleming, Vestry Member

A candidate for vestry service must be a baptized and confirmed follower of Jesus, over 18 years old and a member of Truro Anglican Church. Complete eligibility criteria can be found HERE.

We are in a new season at Truro. Please prayerfully consider if you or others you know might serve on vestry. Feel free to speak with any other members of the vestry nominating committee: Teresa Rowe, Holly Desmarias, Don Foy, Mark Epley, or any vestry member. Submit nominations HERE by January 6, 2023. Thank you!
FINANCE
YTD as of the end of November 2022, we are about $21,000 behind our 2022 budgeted revenue. Your continued faithful giving will really help us with upcoming, large capital expenditures associated with our boiler and other needed campus improvements. In the months ahead, we also have some vacant staff positions that we will need to fill.  

I know that many of you have already submitted pledge cards for the coming year and for that, I am so grateful. Over the last two weeks, we received an additional 17 pledge forms. So far, we have received 168 pledges which exceeds last year's total number of 140 pledges, as well as total dollars.
 
For those of you who have not submitted your pledge cards, and even for those who have, please continue to give with grateful hearts, not grudgingly or sparingly, for God loves a cheerful giver.

~Don Foy, Treasurer

Financial Update as of 11/30/2022

Revenue (Restricted and Unrestricted Giving)

Received $2,135,895
Planned $2,157,015
Difference ($21,120)

Expenses
Actual $2,204,445
Planned $2,293,722
Difference ($89,277)

GIVING
Christmas Music & Flowers
We thank God for the generous donations each year from members of Truro Anglican Church who help make the special services, music, and flowers possible. Below, we invite you to consider making a special one-time financial gift, and you may do so in thanksgiving for God's good gifts in your life, or in thanksgiving for a loved one. All contributions received by December 19 will be listed in our Christmas program. Please click HERE to donate.
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.
Click Here To Give Now

Year-End Giving
As you plan your year-end giving, please know that Truro is able to receive gifts of stock and other securities along with gifts from donor-advised funds and Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRAs. First, check with your tax advisor for benefits to your specific situation. Please contact Marsha Foos for broker information or with any questions.

And as you’re doing your holiday shopping, remember that you can select Truro Anglican Church in Amazon Smile. We will receive a percentage of your purchases. 

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