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Updated: May 15, 2020

PASTORAL LETTER #6

Dear FPC Members and Friends,

Thank you for the faith and courage you are showing in this coronavirus pandemic. We hope that you have remained well, and that you have the supplies you need. As of today, we have been online-only as a congregation for two full months.

We are anxious to gather for worship in the Sanctuary once again, but we do not want to come back together in a way that endangers the health and well-being of the congregation and community. Because of the danger of the coronavirus, we have to make safety our top concern. We will not gather until local infection numbers fall for two or three weeks, and then we will announce the change on our church website,  https://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/

Until then, we will continue to offer audio and video online worship, and we will maintain our two-service schedule with worship at 8:45 am and 11:15 am every Sunday (not switching to a single 9:30 am service on Memorial Day Weekend, as is our custom). We are maintaining this schedule because we believe that it will prepare us best for a return to in-person worship. Any gathering for worship over the next year will have to be socially-distanced, and two services will help us to accomplish this goal.

So, what will worship look and feel like when we do gather again? Sadly, it will be different, and we may feel grief over the changes. The Worship Ministry is working on developing a plan for services, but changes will probably include:

  1. Less singing. Since singing is one of the ways that the virus is transmitted, our music will be affected.
  2. Masks. To prevent infecting our neighbors, masks will be worn in worship.
  3. No shaking of hands or hugging. We will have to greet one another and pass the peace without making physical contact.
  4. Social distancing. We will mark the pews in such a way that everyone can gather safely as individuals or in family groups.
  5. Live-stream video worship. Many vulnerable members will want to stay home and watch the services on their computers, so we are working to develop live-stream capabilities. Currently, our services are recorded in advance, but we will want the gathering of our congregation to be broadcast live.

Other plans are being made by the Worship Ministry and session, and we will announce them well in advance of our first gathering, which will be mid-June at the earliest. Until then, please continue to worship every Sunday morning at 8:45 am or 11:15 am at  https://www.fairfaxpresbyterian.org/fpc/sermons  

In spite of the challenges presented by the coronavirus, God is at work in our congregation in powerful ways. Members are connecting with one another, Christian Formation is happening online, and our community is being served through Hot Meals and our Little Free Pantries.

In addition, we want to invite everyone to get out of their house on Saturday, May 30, and drive to the church parking for a parade! The event will not require you to leave your car. So what is it all about?

Youth Director Tempest Brevard writes: Join us on May 30 at 3:00 pm for a CELEBRATORY PARADE for our graduating high school and college seniors. Come offer your support for our grads, in a socially distanced way but with big FPC spirit! Please begin lining up at 2:50 pm on Presbyterian Way; the parade will begin at 3 pm; drive up the circle toward the front of the church; honking, cheering, with signs, or noise makers all for our graduates. As you reach the larger end of the parking lot you can choose to exit by the first row, or choose the second row which will have a table setup for you to drop off a card, balloons, or a gift for a graduating senior.

We also want to share with you the results of the congregational survey prepared by outreach coordinator Susan Wisseman. The results were very encouraging, and show the vitality of our congregation at this difficult time.

In what ways are you engaging the FPC community?

  • Worship - 97.5%
  • Sunday Express - 2.5%
  • Youth - 10.0%
  • The Website - 52.5%
  • Wired Word - 12.5%
  • Presbyterian Women - 27.5%

Do you support FPC through financial giving?

  • Yes, through online giving - 53.8%
  • Yes, by mail - 46.1%
  • No - 5.1%

Are you able to worship online?

  • Yes, by audio - 12.5%
  • Yes, by video - 85.0%
  • No - 2.5%

Have you used the Little Free pantries?

  • I've made a donation - 37.5%
  • I've used the pantries to support my family - 0.0%
  • I have not used the pantries - 45.0%
  • I have let others know about the pantries - 17.5%

The survey clearly reveals that FPC members are active in worship, staying connected through activities, supporting the church financially, and providing food to our hungry neighbors Until we meet face-to-face, keep up the good work and may God bless and keep you!

Please be in touch if we can assist you in any way: henry@fairfaxpresby.com or yena@fairfaxpresby.com.

In hope, health and peace,

Henry G. Brinton & Yena Hwang

 

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

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Updated: April 23, 2020

PASTORAL LETTER #5

Dear FPC Members and Friends,

In this time of coronavirus pandemic, we hope that you are staying well and that you have the supplies you need. The staff and deacons of FPC want to be of whatever assistance we can be. Don't hesitate to reach out by email if you have a need during this time of adherence to the governor's "Stay-at-Home Order." Although we need to stay apart, we are united by God's love, and the worship, ministry and mission of the church continues through online platforms.

Good things are happening at FPC despite the pandemic. We want to share some highlights and ask for your response to a survey.

  1. A new and improved FPC website has been introduced, thanks to Member Connections Ministry, Kim Hart, Tom MacDonald, and Abby Carlson. Check it out: https://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/
  2. Worship continues online every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., so that you can worship at home via your computer or smartphone. You can listen to audio or watch YouTube video through the FPC website: https://www.fairfaxpresbyterian.org/fpc/sermons  
  3. The mission, ministry and needs of the church continue, and you can continue to support FPC's ministry and mission by mailing your gift to the church or through secure online giving: https://fairfaxpresby.breezechms.com/give/online.  If you need assistance setting up the worship live-stream or using online giving, please contact Boyd Harrison at boyd@fairfaxpresby.com or Kim Hart at kimberly@fairfaxpresby.com. One "silver lining" of the shut-down is that work is progressing on our 2020 VISION Capital Campaign heating and air conditioning project, so thank you for your gifts!
  4. The session has been working hard to address the financial strain of this pandemic, and you will receive a letter soon with details of the steps that have been taken to maintain our financial viability. Also, a commitment is being made to fund our mission outreach efforts at the highest possible levels, so that we can continue to help our suffering neighbors.
  5. A full range of Christian Formation opportunities, for children through adults, is being offered online. Please consult the announcements in the Sunday bulletin on the website. The "Faith and Science in the 21st Century" class for adults and youths will return online, for two Sundays at 10 am, beginning May 3.
  6. We want to hear from you! Please fill out the following short survey as soon as possible: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CN8XJ6V
  7. If you would like to talk with a pastor, please contact Henry Brinton at henry@fairfaxpresby.com or Yena Hwang at yena@fairfaxpresby.com. Also, you can submit your “joys and concerns” at our website at  https://www.fairfaxpresbyterian.org/fpc/sermons then scroll down to the Prayer Request section. Fill out the form and Tom MacDonald will share them during our worship services.

Thank you for continuing to be members of the Body of Christ during this stressful time. As our elders noted in their session meeting on Tuesday night, "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit … For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ." (1 Corinthians 12:4, 12). We could not do ministry and mission without you, the many members of the Body of Christ at FPC.

In hope, health and peace,

Henry G. Brinton & Yena Hwang

 

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COVID-19 UPDATE

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Updated: April 10, 2020

PASTORAL LETTER #4

Dear FPC Members and Friends,

Easter is coming, regardless of COVID-19! Although the governor's "Stay-at-Home Order" means we cannot gather as a community, FPC will continue to provide worship, ministry, and mission opportunities through available online platforms.

1. Worship on Easter, the Day of Resurrection, April 12, will be available online only through live-stream at 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., so that you can worship at home via your computer or smartphone. You can listen to audio or watch YouTube video through the FPC website: http://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/listen-live/.  

2. Although our worship will have to be online only until the "Stay-at-Home Order" is lifted, we will celebrate the resurrection in glorious fashion on the first Sunday we are allowed to gather in the Sanctuary. Remember, in our Christian tradition, every Sunday is a "little Easter"!  

3. In the meantime, please continue to support FPC's ministry and mission by mailing your gift to the church or through secure online giving: https://fairfaxpresby.breezechms.com/give/online.  If you need assistance setting up the worship live-stream or using online giving, please contact Boyd Harrison at boyd@fairfaxpresby.com or Kim Hart at kimberly@fairfaxpresby.com.

4. In compliance with the governor's order, the FPC building continues to be closed until further notice. You can watch the FPC website for updates: http://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/.

5. Updates on ministry and mission are found on the FPC website: https://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/. Please consult it regularly and be aware that we will roll out a NEW website on April 15. Although it will look different, do not be alarmed and think that you have gone to the wrong site. It will reside at the same web address and be much more attractive and functional than our current site.

6. A full range of Christian Formation opportunities, for children through adults, is being offered online. Please consult the announcements in the Sunday bulletin on the website.

7. If you would like to talk with a pastor, please contact Henry Brinton at henry@fairfaxpresby.com or Yena Hwang at yena@fairfaxpresby.com. Also, you can submit your “joys and concerns” at our website in the http://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/listen-live/ section. Fill out the form and Tom MacDonald will share them during our worship services.

We are working to keep our congregation connected and spiritually supported as we go through this crisis together.  May you find inspiration in the Scriptures that will be at the heart of our Easter worship:

"While it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb" (John 20:1). Yes, these are dark times, but the tomb is empty!

"Mary stood weeping outside the tomb" (v. 11). Like Mary, we are filled with grief and anxiety, but God is working for new life.

"Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, 'I have seen the Lord!'" (v. 18). Our hope is that you will see the resurrected Christ as well -- maybe in some surprising places!

Know that we miss you and look forward to the day when we can gather in person!  

In hope, health and peace,

Henry G. Brinton & Yena Hwang

 

Updated: April 2, 2020

PASTORAL LETTER #3

Dear FPC Members and Friends,

We send you our love and support as we continue to face this COVID-19 threat together. As you know, the Virginia Governor’s “Temporary Stay-at-Home Order” was put into effect on March 30, and it will be in effect until June 10, 2020.  Because we express our love of God through loving our neighbors, we will continue to do our part to promote public health by being in compliance with the Executive Order.

Although we cannot gather as a community, FPC will continue to provide worship, ministry, and mission opportunities through available online platforms.

1. Worship.  FPC services will be available only online through live-stream at 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on Sundays, so that you can worship at home via your computer or smartphone. If you have not already done so, please locate the live-stream option on the FPC website:  http://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/listen-live/.  

2. In addition, we will have live-stream Holy Week worship on Maundy Thursday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. and on Good Friday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. For Maundy Thursday, please prepare a cup of juice (any kind) and a piece of bread, so that you can celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper at home during the service.

3. Although our Easter Service on April 12 will have to be online, we will celebrate the resurrection in glorious fashion on the first Sunday we are allowed to gather in the Sanctuary.  For now, Sunday, June 14 may be that first Sunday, but stay tuned for future updates. Remember, in our Christian tradition, every Sunday is a "little Easter"!  

4. In the meanwhile, we ask that you continue to support FPC's ministry and mission by mailing your gift to the church or through a secure online giving:  https://fairfaxpresby.breezechms.com/give/online.  If you need assistance setting up the worship live- stream or online giving, please contact Boyd Harrison at boyd@fairfaxpresy.com or Kim Hart at kimberly@fairfaxpresby.com.

5. Building Closure. In compliance with the Executive Order, the FPC building continues to be closed until further notice. You can watch the FPC website for updates: http://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/.

6. Continuity of ministry. Although we are in a quarantine situation with limited contact with others, you should not be isolated.  It is important to stay connected with people. Please know that the pastors and elected leaders are reaching out to fellow members and neighbors through phone calls, texts, emails and video chats.  Also, the following Christian Formation (CF) opportunities are available via video conferences like Google Meet or Zoom:

  • For Adult CF:  Sunday’s Wired Word @ 10 a.m. with Henry Brinton and Yena Hwang.
  • For Children:  Sunday Express Musical Rehearsal @ 11:30a.m. with Erin Sanzero and Bill Reidway.
  • For Youth:  GRACE Youth Sunday Night Fellowship @ 5 p.m. with Tempest Brevard;  and Monday Movie Night @ 7 p.m. through Netflix Party.
  • For Youths and Adults:  Weekly Wednesday Bible Study “Hope During Time of Crisis” @ 1 p.m. with Tempest.
  • Coming Soon:  After worship conversation on various topics @ 12:30 p.m. with Ako Cromwell
  • If you would like to participate in any of these live virtual studies, please contact Yena at yena@fairfaxpresby.com and she will send you the information needed to participate.  
  • In addition to these, Henry is posting daily Bible Studies on our website and on our FPC Facebook.  You can leave a comment and interact with others on these study threads.

7. Mission to the community. "Little Free Pantries," installed on the front patio of the church, outside the building, are being used by our neighbors as needed. Thank you to all who have replenished the pantries with non-perishable food items.  Please wipe down your donated items with disinfectant before placing them in the pantry. For larger food needs, our food closet can be available by appointments only at this time. Please email the pastors at the addresses below.

8. Pastoral Concerns. If you have questions or concerns, or if you would like to talk with a pastor, please contact Henry Brinton at henry@fairfaxpresby.com or Yena Hwang at yena@fairfaxpresby.com. Other staff members such as office administrators Boyd and Kim will be available to serve you by appointment.  Also, you can submit your “joys and concerns” at our website under the  http://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/listen-live/ section.  Fill out the form and Tom MacDonald will share those during our worship services.  Although much of our work is being done remotely, we are all happy to respond by email or telephone, and to meet in small groups as needed.

Please know that we are praying for you and we are working to keep our congregation connected and spiritually supported as we go through this crisis together.  We understand that this social distancing and quarantine time bring many challenges like possible isolation of our single/older members, financial insecurities due to job losses, and difficulties of juggling work and taking care of children who are home from school.  We want to provide as much support as we can. We covet your prayers and support as we continue our work. Let us lift each other up with encouragement and prayers. “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). We miss you and we look forward to the day when we can gather in person to worship and fellowship!  

In hope, health and peace,

Henry G. Brinton & Yena Hwang

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

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Updated: March 25, 2020

PASTORAL LETTER #2

Dear FPC Members and Friends,

We send you our love and support as we face this COVID-19 threat together. Please know that we are praying for you and are working to keep our congregation connected and spiritually supported as we go through these challenging days. Know that God continues to be "our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).

FPC is continuing to take steps to ensure the health of our community, to slow the spread of the virus, and to advance our worship, ministry and mission. As of today, our plans are:

1. Worship. We will NOT gather in the Sanctuary for worship through the end of April. This is a response to the statewide ban on gatherings of more than ten people which began on March 24 and will last until April 23. Instead, FPC services will be available by live-stream at 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on Sunday so that you can worship at home via your computer or smartphone. Thanks to the efforts of Tom MacDonald, these services include both audio and video. If you have not already done so, please locate the live-stream option on the FPC website: http://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/listen-live/. In addition, you can continue to support FPC's ministry and mission by mailing your gift to the church or through online giving: https://fairfaxpresby.breezechms.com/give/online. We will reassess and update our information as needed regarding further future services.  Although our Easter Service on April 12 will have to be online, we will celebrate the resurrection in glorious fashion on the first Sunday we are allowed to gather in the Sanctuary. In our Christian tradition, every Sunday is a "little Easter"!

2. Building Closure. Our governor's recent executive order calls for "closure of all public access to recreational and entertainment businesses" for the period March 24 through April 23. While churches are not mentioned specifically, we want to abide by the spirit of this order and promote public health. As a result, the FPC building is now closed to all events and meetings until further notice. You can watch the FPC website for updates: http://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/.

3. Continuity of Ministry. Although you are right to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus, this is not the time to become isolated. Please continue to reach out to fellow members and neighbors through phone calls, texts, emails and video chats. Your deacons are making calls to church members, as are your pastors. Yena has been offering daily Facebook Live messages to Sunday Express families, Tempest has been gathering the youths online, Erin has been using her tech savvy to make it possible for rehearsals for the spring musical to continue every Sunday, FPC's Facebook group has been active with members sending messages, and Henry has been posting daily Bible studies (with a comments section for your thoughts) on http://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/. Trusting that our lives are in God's hands, we will continue to be the body of Christ through all the days to come.

4. Mission to the Community. "Little Free Pantries" have been installed on the front patio of the church, outside the narthex. Hungry neighbors are coming by to pick up canned goods and other non-perishable food, and FPC members are replenishing the pantries as needed (please wipe down your donated items with disinfectant before placing them in the pantry). In addition, our food closet will be available by appointment. Please email the pastors at the addresses below.

5. Pastoral Concerns. If you have questions or concerns, or if you would like to talk with a pastor, please contact Henry Brinton at henry@fairfaxpresby.com or Yena Hwang at yena@fairfaxpresby.com. Other staff members such as office administrators Boyd and Kim will be available to serve you by appointment. Although much of our work will be done remotely, we are all happy to respond by email or telephone, and to meet in small groups as needed.

6. Self-Quarantine Alert. Erin, Gretchen and Grace have continued to do a terrific job with the music of the church, and the last live performance of music was on Sunday, March 15. Yesterday, March 24, Grace learned that she tested positive for the coronavirus. If you last encountered Grace in our service of worship on Sunday, March 8, your 14 day period for self-quarantine has now passed. But if you met with her on Sunday, March 15, you are advised to self-quarantine through Sunday, March 29. Grace is sharing this information with the congregation out of a desire to do anything she can to help minimize the spread of the virus. You'll be happy to know that Grace and her family are recovering and are physically well.

We look forward to the day when we can gather together in person to worship and fellowship.  In the meanwhile, know that you are not alone. Our God is the Strong One who sees us -- El Roi.  Our God is the One who provides -- Jehovah Jireh. God is our Stone of Help -- Ebenezer. God is our Healer, Jehovah Rapha.  God Immanuel, the One who is with us, bless you and keep you safe during this time of uncertainty.  I

n hope, health and peace,

Henry G. Brinton & Yena Hwang

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

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Updated: March 17, 2020

PASTORAL LETTER

Dear FPC Members and Friends,

We know that this is a stressful time for all of you, with the threat of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) forcing you to stay home from work and school, and self-quarantine. FPC wants to remain connected to you and provide the spiritual and social support that we all need as we face this crisis together. With God’s help, we will get through this!

FPC is responding by putting plans in place to ensure the health of our community and the continuation of our worship, ministry and mission. We want to care for ourselves and the wider community by taking steps that will slow the spread of the virus. As of today, our plans are:

1. Worship. We will NOT gather in the Sanctuary on the following Sundays: March 22 and March 29. Instead, FPC services will be available by live-stream at 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on Sunday so that you can worship at home via your computer or smartphone. In advance of these services, take a minute to locate the live-stream option on the FPC website: http://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/listen-live/. The live-stream services will include prayers, scripture, sermons and music, since we all need the guidance and reassurance of worship during this stressful time. In addition, you can continue to support the mission and ministry of the church by mailing your gift to the church or through online giving: https://fairfaxpresby.breezechms.com/give/online. We will reassess and update our information as needed regarding future services, and post information online.  For now, the Sermon in Music is moving to May 3 and Youth Sunday to May 17.

2. Building Closure. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have put our emergency health safety plan into place.  Following the decision of Fairfax County Public Schools, FPC is now closed to all events and meetings until further notice. Watch the FPC website for updates: http://fairfaxpresbyterian.org/.

3. Continuity of ministry. A public health crisis such as COVID-19 is an important time to be the church! Although church members are right to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus, this is not the time to become isolated. Please continue to reach out to fellow members and neighbors through phone calls, texts, emails and video chats. Trusting that our lives are in God's hands, we will continue to worship God and serve our neighbors through all the days to come.

4. Mission to the community. We are installing "Little Free Pantries" on the front patio of the church, outside the narthex. Hungry neighbors are welcome to come by at any time and pick up canned goods and other non-perishable food. Thank you, outreach coordinator Susan Wisseman, for establishing these pantries! Church members are encouraged to add contributions to the pantries at any time — a nice “get out of the house” activity! In addition, our food closet will be available by appointment. Please email the pastors at the addresses below.

5. Contacts: If you have questions or concerns, or if you would like to talk with a pastor, please contact Henry Brinton at henry@fairfaxpresby.com or Yena Hwang at yena@fairfaxpresby.com. Other staff members will be available to serve you by appointment. Although much of our work will be done remotely, we are all happy to respond by email or telephone, and to meet in small groups as needed.

We encourage you to take this unprecedented situation as a part of our Lenten journey towards the cross. While this situation brings financial and medical uncertainty and unrest, it is allowing us to experience a different kind of rest, an unexpected time to break from everyday busy-ness for ourselves and for the earth.  The European Space Agency reported a dramatic decrease in nitrogen dioxide over northern Italy, where there has been a nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19. NASA images show similar reduction of pollution in China during their lockdown.  We trust in God who is our Creator, Redeemer, Nurturer, Sustainer, and Provider.  We trust God to guide us through this time with wisdom and grace.

In hope, health and peace,

Henry G. Brinton & Yena Hwang

 

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  • Palm/Passion Sunday – April 5, Dedication of Pledges“Capital Crime” by Henry Brinton, Isaiah 53:3–5; Luke 19:37–40
  • Maundy Thursday – April 9 at 7:30 pm, Foot-Washing Presentation
  • Good Friday – April 10  at 7:30 pm, Readings and Hymns
  • Easter Sunday – April 12
    • 6:30 am – Sunrise Service, Easter Pilgrimage
    • 8:45 & 11:15 am – Traditional Service with Choir and Brass
      "Jesus Is Dead?” by Henry Brinton, Luke 24. 1–12
    • (6:30 and 8:45 only) Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
    • Easter Breakfast 7:30–11:00 am

Easter Schedule

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