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Henry G. Brinton and Yena K. Hwang, April 23 2021

April and May events and updates: April 23, 2021

Dear FPC Members and Friends,

Easter is always a celebration of the resurrection and a season of new life, but this year we are feeling these gifts of God in a powerful and personal way. So many good things are happening as we emerge from the pandemic!

On Easter Sunday, we began to gather for worship again! Thanks to the Worship Ministry and all of the volunteers that have made worship under the tent possible. Great joy is being felt by all who have been able to attend, as we begin to rebuild our relationships. Live-streaming of services continues to be offered for those who do not feel that it is safe for them to gather. Worship Ministry would also like to invite anyone who wants to worship in person, but prefers to remain in their car near the tent, to do so. You can roll down your window or listen to the service on your smartphone.

Earth Day Worship will be held under the tent at 8:45 and 11:15 am on April 25, and we will say Godspeed to Yena as she begins her sabbatical. Erin Sanzero will cover a number of Yena’s duties as temporary Director of Christian Formation. Guest preachers during the 3-month sabbatical period will include Ako Cromwell (May 30), Gary Sowers (Jun 20), Tara Spuhler McCabe (Jul 11) and Susan Wisseman (Aug 8).

On May 1, we will reopen the church building to groups both inside and outside FPC who would like to meet in the building. Social-distancing and mask-wearing will be required. You can make arrangements through the FPC website: https://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/fpc/building-use

On Sunday, May 2, at 9:30 am, we will return to the Sanctuary for worship. A Service of Remembrance and Lamentation will be held for those lost to Covid-19. This will be the first of our single 9:30 services, which will continue through Labor Day. This early start to the summer schedule is Covid-related, and is not a permanent change to our annual schedule. The 9:30 service allows for full musical support, a manageable live-streaming schedule for the tech team, and a cleaner environment than would be possible with two services on Sunday morning.

We have also launched our 2021–2022 Stewardship Campaign around the Scripture verse, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together… but encouraging one another” (Hebrews 10:24–25). Tied to this time of renewal in Easter and to the start of our transition to in-person worship, our 2021–2022 Stewardship Campaign is themed “Rebuilding Relationships.” Please prayerfully consider the importance of FPC’s worship, ministries, and mission to you over the last year of coronavirus and into the new year, as we reconnect with each other, our church building, and our community. You can make your pledge by submitting an online form at fairfaxpresby.breezechms.com/form/2021-2022-pledge, by calling the church office, or by filling out a pledge card and placing it in the offering box at worship.

On May 9 at 9:30 am, we will have a dedication of the Children’s Worship Area called “The Prayground.” The beautiful furniture for this area was created by Brandon Cage and his fellow Boy Scouts as his Eagle Scout Service Project. Thank you, Brandon! We will also give Bibles to 3rd graders.

And on May 16, we will participate in the Fairfax Interfaith Friendship Walk, 2 pm to 5 pm, from Fairfax Methodist Church to Christ Lutheran Church. The theme will be “Renewed Hope.”Please participate as you are able in this season of new life and renewed hope.

In the new life of the resurrection,

Henry G. Brinton & Yena K. Hwang

Written by

Henry G. Brinton and Yena K. Hwang


Previous Easter 2021 in person: March 19, 2021
Next Many transitions: May 7, 2021