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Missions, Groups, and
Community Connections

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There are many ways to get involved at FPC! Scroll through some of our mission activities and social groups, and choose a few that interest you. By joining a new group, you'll have the opportunity to grow in your faith, serve your neighbors, and make friends along the way.

Missions

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Girls in Guatemala (GIGs)

Through Presbyterian Women, GIGs has supported the women of Guatamala for over 14 years and seven mission trips. The current Faith Stories Project was born out of the stories of the Guatemalan women. The main purpose of our trip to Guatemala in June 2019 was to finalize a formal agreement between the five parties participating in this project. We intend to continue the support for each other, which has existed informally for a number of years.

Annual mission trip. Check bulletin for GIGs meeting dates.

Men y Mujeres on a Mission (MMM)

In 2018, after 14 years, Midlife Men on a Mission became a co-ed mission opportunity at Fairfax Presbyterian Church. In doing so the mission group changed it name to reflect this decision: it is now Men y Mujeras on a Mission.

Our mission is to:

  • Support the Youth For Christ Camp in their mission work, through construction and maintenance of the facility,
  • Provide medicines and medical supplies to Blessings International and Manos Amigas Clinic, and
  • Collect donations of schools uniforms for the children of Honduras; children are not allowed to attend school unless they have a uniform.

Everyone is welcome to support us in this important work. Contact Pastor Henry Brinton for more information about joining us on our mission trip or making other contributions.

Annual mission trip in late Fall. Check bulletin for MMM meeting dates.

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Social and Study Groups

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Basic Bible and Midday Prayer

Throughout 2020, we will study an important passage of scripture from each book of the Bible. No experience necessary! We will transition to the Sanctuary at noon for Midday Prayer.

Fridays, 11:00 am, Parlor (224)

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Men's Breakfast

Our Presbyterian Men's meeting occurs each month with breakfast and a guest speaker. Check the bulletin for details about each month's offerings. Coffee and juice will be ready a little past 7:00, with breakfast ready for all at 8:00. Come early to meet (or help) our kitchen crew—many hands make work light. There's a nominal charge to cover the cost of our morning meals. The men host, but all are invited; bring a friend and join us!

Our primary mission outreach is in supporting the Lamb Center in Fairfax, VA, both financially and through volunteering at the center. We also perform special repair projects at FPC and at the homes of members needing our service.

1st Saturday of the month, 8:00 am, Multi-Purpose Room

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Parlor Book Club

Anyone who loves to read is encouraged to attend these monthly discussions! We generally read novels; check the bulletin board in the Library for monthly book choices.

2nd Thursday of the month, 1:00 pm, Parlor (224)

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Presbyterian Women

All women who attend FPC are Presbyterian Women! Please join us for social time and Bible study. The PW Horizon Bible study this year is “Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments”. Each of the four active circles is open to new members, who can come as they are able. There are also many events outside of regular circle meetings that are open to all.

Mary Circle meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm for social time, with Bible Study beginning at 7:30 pm. Twice a year we have a special gathering at a member’s home. Circle representative is Kristen Hart at (703) 969-9938 (text or call) and email Netsirk713@gmail.com.

Sarah Circle meets the first Thursday of each month in the Gathering Room at church, from Noon until 2:00 pm. Twice a year there is a special Pot-Luck Salad Lunch at a member’s home. Circle representative is Heidi Whitesel at (703)-743-1277 or heidikw@comcast.com.

Martha Circle meets the third Wednesday of each month in the Gathering Room at church, from noon until 2:00 pm. Circle representatives are Mary Yee at (703) 378-0297 or tuliptreemom@verizon.net and Ann Koch at (703) 493-8033 or 5kochs@cox.net.

Esther Circle meets the third Thursday of each month in the Parlor at church, at 9:30 am for social time, and Bible Study beginning at 10:00 am. Circle representative is Ednamae Trevey at (703) 293-2904 or ednamae@hers.com.

Thursday Morning Book Group

We typically read nonfiction. Check the bulletin for upcoming books and dates.

September through June, except January; 9:00 am, Conference Rom 110

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Young Adults

If you consider yourself a young adult, join us and make some new friends. We meet twice a month for social time and a devotional. Come as you are able, and bring a friend!

1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of the month, 7:00 pm, Gathering Room (233)

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Service Groups

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Affordable Housing Implementation Team

The Mission Outreach Ministry formed this team to plan and implement the initiative to build affordable housing here on FPC’s property. All FPC members are invited to participate in this exciting neighborhood mission project. We are especially in need of people talented in the art of communication—all communication! Facebook, website, Twitter, face-to-face, print, etc.

3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:30 pm, Multi-Purpose Room

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Green Team

Our newest group will meet to learn about issues impacting God’s creation and discuss how our church can be more environmentally friendly. We typically meet on a Sunday in the Gathering Room after the 11:15 service.

Check the bulletin for upcoming dates

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Hot Meals

The FACETS Hot Meals program serves hot food to the Fairfax community every night; our church provides meals twice a month. We meet in the afternoon to cook our Thyme Beef Veggie Stew and assemble bags of bread, fruit leather, fig newtons, and some soul-refreshing dark chocolate. The meals are picked up later in the day to be distributed.

1st and 3rd Mondays, 2:30–3:30 pm, kitchen

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Operation First Response (OFR)

Operation First Response is a nonprofit charity that delivers backpacks full of supplies to combat hospitals or remote bases. FPC has been involved with OFR since 2005—meeting every month to pack hygiene kits for our military overseas. Everyone is welcome to join us for an hour of mission, fellowship, and laughter as we pack these kits. If you are unable to join us, consider taking a card from the red OFR basket in the Narthex and writing a note of support to be included in a kit. In addition, unused travel-sized items are always needed, and may be left in the OFR basket.

1st Friday of the month, 9:45 am, Conference Room 137

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A simple gift of love and support to our military

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Purly Gators

The Purly Gators have knitted over 40 prayer shawls over the past seven years, blessed them, and given them with love to FPC members and friends.

We welcome experienced knitters, and we will also teach beginners! We knit and crochet for many projects, including: making prayer shawls and lap robes for people experiencing a rough time in their life, making hats and scarves for our hypothermia guests, making Cancer Kickin’ Critters for children, and making lap blankets for Kelly’s Angels.

2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 10:00 am, Library (106)

As you undertake your journey, may you be blessed through the wearing of your shawl, and deeply blessed by your God who loves you so.

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This is the blessing that goes with each prayer shawl or lap robe that our Purly Gators make.

Sewing Group

We are a fellowship and service group that helps others in our church, community, and internationally by using our sewing talents to aid special groups with unique needs. We do easy projects suitable for beginners, such as tote bags, pillowcases, and blankets. Non-sewers are welcome and contribute immensely by taking apart, pressing, cutting out, pinning, etc.

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 also provide maternity tops for the Gabriel Project.

1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 10:00 am–3:00 pm, Multi-Purpose Room

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Social Justice Group

We have two major goals. The first is to lead FPC in assisting the family that our congregation has connected with through Homestretch Sacred Homes. The second is to learn more about national immigration issues and engage in activities to influence the public policy of local governments concerning the treatment of undocumented immigrants.

2nd Wednesday of the month, 7:00–9:00 pm, Conference Room 110

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Community Connections

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Arise is a Christian ministry at George Mason University that encourages students to explore faith and discover grace.  Rooted in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Episcopal, Presbyterian (USA), United Church of Christ, United Methodist traditions, and coming together to journey in their faith with individuals of many other backgrounds as well.  Led by Rev. Andrew Ensz and Emilee Williams, the students ask questions about faith, connect with others, and find ways to live out of God’s unconditional love. Arise is a ministry of United College Ministries of Northern Virginia.  FPC supports the program with an annual donation and volunteer support as well as hosting college students who attend worship on Sundays.

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The Burke Walk is one of over 1,400 CROP Hunger Walks held each year as part of a nationwide effort to raise money and awareness for hunger relief, sponsored by Church World Service. Walkers and their sponsors help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs—from seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans. Each local CROP Hunger Walk also supports its own community by giving back 25 percent of the funds raised to local hunger-fighting programs.

In the past 24 years, more than 5,900 Burke CROP Walkers raised over $450,000 to relieve hunger globally through Church World Service, and over $102,200 to help hungry people in our own community. In November 2016, 280 walkers braved the wind chill and joined together, along with their generous sponsors, to raise over $42,000—a record total!

The Burke walk ends at Fairfax Presbyterian Church, and we help host a celebration for the walkers and provide refreshments. A team of youth and adults participate in the walk each year.

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Annual program in the Fall. Check bulletin for meeting dates

Fairfax FISH is a volunteer, non-profit ecumenical outreach organization founded in 1967, with 16 churches located in Fairfax County in the vicinity of the City of Fairfax involved. Fairfax FISH provides funds and volunteers who work with the Office of Coordinated Services Planning, part of Fairfax County Department of Human Services, to serve the needy and elderly in and surrounding Fairfax—fulfilling requests for food, clothing, transportation to medical or social service appointments, and financial assistance with rent, mortgage, utility bills, prescriptions, and gasoline.

FPC provides financial support and untold donated hours and goods. We continue to need substitutes and volunteers to replace captains and drivers who are leaving the area or otherwise unable to serve regularly. Each volunteer serves 4 hours per month. Please contact us if you can serve in this capacity.

FPC also houses the FISH clothing closet and one of the FISH food pantries . The clothing closet hours are every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am to 12 noon and the first Saturday of each month from 9:30 am to 12 noon. 

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In early December, FPC participates in this FACETS program to provide a warm place to sleep, nutritious meals, and hospitality to homeless adults in our community for one week. This is an annual church-wide mission event, which relies on the active participation of many members to ensure its success. Thank you to all who have volunteered and/or donated, in any way, over the years!

Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program (HPRP)

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Week-long annual program in December. Check bulletin for meeting dates

The Lamb Center is a daytime drop‐in homeless shelter for individuals who are homeless in Fairfax, Virginia. They provide breakfast, lunch, showers, laundry service, Bible studies, employment opportunities, housing, and job counseling, AA meetings, a nurse practitioner clinic, a dental clinic, and much more. Their emphasis is on providing a community of fellowship, support, empowerment, and learning together. FPC holds supply-drives for the Lamb Center each year.

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Check the bulletin for upcoming supply-drive information

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.

In addition to participating in this event, FPC also hosts our local chapter of Rebuilding Together—providing office space so that RT can help our neighbors.

 

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Annual program in the Spring. Check the bulletin for meeting dates

The Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 that helps older adults continue to live independently in their own homes. A variety of support services and enrichment programs are provided by older adult volunteers, who use the knowledge and skills acquired over their lifetimes to offer assistance to their peers. Programs are conducted at various faith communities in the Fairfax-Burke area. FPC is a sponsoring organization who publicizes SCFB’s programs and services, provides volunteers and clients, and appoints a member to the SCFB Council of Representatives.

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Check the bulletin for upcoming event information