Monthly Archives: December 2016


Bingo with JOY and GRACE!

On Sunday, January 8, JOY! members and friends will be guests of FPC’s GRACE Youth Group for lunch and Bingo. We will meet at 12:30 in the Multipurpose Room immediately following the worship service. We invite you to sign up in the Narthex and come join us for this annual event that we all enjoy. It’s a wonderful way to get to know some amazing young people!


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De-decorating the church

On January 7 at 10:00, please join the Worship Ministry to take down the Christmas decorations from the sanctuary and narthex. We’ll have donuts and coffee. This is an excellent opportunity for students needing service hours and for families that want to pitch in and help around the church. The more the merrier and the quicker we’ll be done. If you have questions, contact Sara Bowden at sara.bowden@yahoo.com.


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Defying Gravity

Escaping the Pull of Consumerism:  A Conversation with Tom Berlin, Author of Defying Gravity: Break Free from the Culture of More.   Fairfax Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, Sunday, February 5, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Event is without charge, followed by book-signing.   Do you feel the pull of consumerism? If so, Tom Berlin invites you to break free from the culture of more and become a more generous follower of Jesus. “In Tom Berlin’s accessible and engaging style, you will find freedom to think about your finances and stewardship in a way that lifts burdens and pulls you toward Jesus.” — Jacob Armstrong, author of Treasure  “Defying Gravity is for people who want to follow Jesus but find it hard because of the powerful hold money has on our lives.” — David McAllister-Wilson, President, Wesley Theological Seminary “This book challenges us to pause our busy life, take a deep breath, and discern as disciples of Jesus Christ whether we will live a life conforming to the world or a life transformed in Christ.” —Young Jin Cho, Bishop, Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church In addition to this book talk, all are invited to a discussion of Defying Gravity, led by FPC pastor Henry Brinton on Sunday mornings, Jan 22, 29, and Feb 5 at 10 a.m.  The book is available at the book talk or on amazon.com


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Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together

National Rebuilding Day is the signature event of Rebuilding Together, the leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable home ownership. Every year on the last Saturday of April, volunteers with 166 Rebuilding Together affiliates repair and restore homes and non-profit facilities. They also bring national attention to the plight of America’s low-income homeowners and the communities in which they live. Each year, FPC staffs and sponsors a team to work on numerous projects with a local family. www.rebuildingtogether-aff.org FPC Program Leads: Mac Mercer, Sal Sparacino, Kevin Strickler


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Sewing Group

For 19 years,  the FPC Sewing Group has been a fellowship and service small group that helps others in our church, community and internationally by using our sewing talents to aid special groups with unique needs.  Non-sewers contribute invaluable aid in pressing, cutting out, pinning, etc. We would love to have you join our group which generally meets on the first and third Mondays from 10 AM to 3 PM in the Multipurpose Room. We do easy projects suitable for beginners to learn to sew, such as tote bags, pillowcases and blankets! We have also added a 5th Monday this year for personal sewing, knitting, crocheting and crafts. All are invited to participate. Sew Much Comfort: To look more normal while recovering or going back to duty or to other careers, wounded warriors who have lost limbs are asking for and we adapted uniforms or other clothing like jeans, shirts, jackets, shorts or slacks. Boulder Crest Retreat at Bluemont, Virginia: A newer outreach which provides, free of charge, a country setting retreat experience for seriously wounded warriors and their families to reconnect and recover. We have provided tote bags, blank banners for art therapy workshops, lap quilts, plus toiletry kits for female soldier retreats. See brochure on MPR bulletin board or go to website at www.bouldercrestretreat.org The Lullaby Project –We have been making blankets or small receiving blankets which are being used by The Lullaby Project and Brother to Brother Foundation to provide birthing kits to groups going on mission trips where they are needed. The birthing kits include baby caps, a receiving blanket, a blanket and medical supplies for a safer delivery. Http://lullabyproject1.wix.com/lullabyproject Ryan’s Case for Smiles – Pillowcases are made to cheer and delight young cancer patients. We are also providing maternity tops for the Gabriel Project. Women contribute their time and… Continue Reading Sewing Group


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Race Matters, Part II

Paul Denmon and Rochon Bumgardner will continue the important conversation on racism in America.  We will take a closer look at what racism is and how it is manifested in our society, using a curriculum published by the Thoughtful Christians.  We will review and dig deeper into topics such as  “Racism 101,” “A History of Racism in America,” “The Bible and Racism,” and “White Privilege.”  (Dates: Nov. 27-January 15; with breaks on 12/25 and 1/1 in MPR)


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Basic Bible

Basic Bible is an in- depth study to dig deeper into the Scripture passage that is used in the Sunday sermon, led by Pastor Henry Brinton. No previous experience necessary, just your willingness to participate and learn! (Meets weekly in Room 137)


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