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Pastoral Letter

Pastoral Letter

Contemplative worship survey, listening session, and communication covenant: July 15, 2022

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, July 15 2022

Hope your summer is going well, including some time for relaxation with family and friends. Last Sunday was marked by two fun community-building FPC events: ART SHOW honoring God’s beautiful creation. Elder Scott Krysztofiak writes: “What a great first annual art show at FPC this morning! It was so nice to see the talent that our members have. I am...

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Summer updates and Associate Pastor Nom. Com. candidates: May 31, 2022

Henry Brinton, May 31 2022

Summer is here, but the mission and ministry of the church continues. Some highlights: GLEBE SUNDAY is Sunday, June 5, 9:30 am. Worship will be in-person, out-of-doors, and available online as well. This annual worship in the beauty of God's creation will include the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper and recognition of high school graduates.

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Pastoral Letter: April 14, 2022

Henry Brinton, April 14 2022

I was thrilled to watch the children process in worship on Palm Sunday, waving their palm branches as we sang “All Glory, Laud and Honor.” First time since 2019! Then the Sanctuary Choir offered a beautiful Sermon in Music called “The Springtime of Our Souls.” Near the end of the service, we dedicated many pledges to the church, in support of FPC’s...

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Celebrating Yena: February 25, 2022

Henry Brinton, February 25 2022

You learned in a Pastoral Letter earlier this month about the decision of the Rev. Yena Hwang to resign as our Associate Pastor for Christian Formation, effective March 20, 2022. This news came as a shock to many of you, and we are all still processing this huge transition in the life of our church. Yena has been an amazing colleague to me for nine...

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A personal update: February 2, 2022

Yena Hwang, February 2 2022

For the past nine years, I have served you faithfully to reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ and uphold the values of FPC as expressed in the FPC’s Vision and Mission Statement. In my primary call to teach, preach, and care for the congregation, I have incorporated “joy, and imagination” into our worship services, specifically through designing a...

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Schedule update: January 2, 2022

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, January 2 2022

January 9th was to mark the return to two worship services, at 8:45 and 11:15 AM, with a Christian Formation Education Hour at 10:00 AM between the two services. However, due to the fact that Covid cases are rising exponentially in Fairfax County and rising steadily in Fairfax City, the Session has authorized the following changes to the Sunday wor...

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Fall schedule and Annual Congregational Meeting: September 10, 2021

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, September 10 2021

In June, I wrote you a pastoral letter about the resignation of our organist Grace Cho, and the arrival of Dr. Mickey Terry. Many of you have had an opportunity to hear Mickey, either through in-person worship or through our live-streamed services on YouTube. You have discovered his talents and skills, and I know you are enjoying his work on the pi...

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COVID worship updates and staff transitions: June 18, 2021

Henry Brinton, June 18 2021

Dear FPC Members and Friends, NIH Director Francis Collins, a scientist and a Christian, recently said, “We asked God for help with COVID-19, and vaccines are the answer to that prayer.” He is absolutely right! In response to the progress we are making as a nation and as a congregation, the session voted on Tuesday to take a step forward in relaxin...

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2021–22 Stewardship Campaign: May 21, 2021

Henry G. Brinton and Yena K. Hwang, May 21 2021

Dear FPC Members and Friends, Over 2,500 years ago, Ezra the prophet led the exiled Israelites back to Israel. They rebuilt the temple, rekindled their religious fervor, and renewed their community. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus died on a cross. Three days later, the despairing disciples met a resurrected Jesus. Motivated by his resurrection, they ga...

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Many transitions: May 7, 2021

Henry Brinton, May 7 2021

Dear FPC Members and Friends, The month of May has been full of transitions at FPC, as we emerge from the pandemic together. The first was our return to worship in the Sanctuary on May 2, with a Service of Remembrance and Lamentation. We were masked and socially distanced as we reflected on the losses of the past year, and gave thanks for the faith...

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