COVID-19
February 20, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

Good afternoon! I pray this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. worship tomorrow.
Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary) and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be found here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at all the epistles in the New Testament. You are welcome to join the study/discussion at anytime! Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

Tomorrow Grace will hold a GCA Principal Call Meeting at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place via Zoom. Zoom login information will be sent tomorrow afternoon. Please plan to participate in this important meeting!

On Wednesday, February 24 Grace will offer its second midweek Lenten service. The service will held in-person and live streamed. The service is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. Please join in!

Community Support during the Lenten Season: During this year’s Lenten season, Grace is collecting clothes and food to help those in our community in need.  Lent is a season in which many believers sacrifice or fast as a way to prepare for the Resurrection event. God’s Word through Isaiah 58:6-7 reminds us that caring for those in need is a kind of fasting God values. During Lent,  Grace is collecting new or gently used clothes and non-perishable food items which will be donated to a local non-profit clothing store and the Food for Others food bank. There are two large boxes in the Fellowship Room where you can place your donations. Items will be collected on Mondays and Thursdays. We thank you for your contributions as we seek to live out Christ in our community. If you have any questions, please contact Bill and Jennifer Hatzfeld by email or 410-861-7554.

Opportunities to sponsor flowers on the altar at Grace are available! If you have a special event in 2021 for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles

February 13, 2021


Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Monday Evening Worship (February 515 at 7:30 p.m.).
Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary) and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be found here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at all the epistles in the New Testament. You are welcome to join the study/discussion at anytime! Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

Middle Schoolers Bowling Event: Monday, February 15!!! From Grace's Youth Minister--Kyle Heise: "Due to the pandemic, many 7th & 8th grade youth group events have had to be put on hold, but as things are moving to getting more back to normal, we wanted to try getting together. We want to be able to provide an opportunity for the middle schoolers (7th & 8th graders) to get together in a safe environment and have Christian fellowship with others their own age. We will be going bowling, enjoying pizza and discussing a message from God's Word. I hope you can come!"
  • Where: Bowl America--Falls Church (140 S Maple Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046)
  • When: Monday, February 15, 4:00 - 6:15 p.m. (ish)
  • Cost: FREE!
  • For more information, or to let Kyle know your 7th or 8th grader will be participating, please text Kyle at 920-264-7538
The season of the Christian Church Year called Lent begins this Wednesday (Ash Wednesday, February 17). Grace will offer Lenten services on Wednesdays starting February 17 and continuing through March 24. Lenten services will be in-person and live streamed. The start times for the Lenten services will be 7:00 p.m. Please join in!

Community Support during the Lenten Season: During this year’s Lenten season, Grace will be collecting clothes and food to help those in our community in need.  Lent is a season in which many believers sacrifice or fast as a way to prepare for the Resurrection event. God’s Word through Isaiah 58:6-7 reminds us that caring for those in need is a kind of fasting God values. Beginning Wednesday, February 17th Grace will be collecting new or gently used clothes and non-perishable food items which will be donated to a local non-profit clothing store and the Food for Others food bank.  There will be two large boxes placed in the Fellowship Room where you can place your donations. Items will be collected on Mondays and Thursdays. We thank you for your contributions as we seek to live out Christ in our community. If you have any questions, please contact Bill and Jennifer Hatzfeld at hatzfeld@hotmail.com or 410-861-7554.

A Call Meeting is planned for Sunday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of calling a principal for Grace Christian Academy. Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in this Call Meeting. It will take place via Zoom.

Opportunities to sponsor flowers on the altar at Grace are available! If you have a special event in 2021 for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles


February 6, 2021
 
Dear Grace Family,

Good afternoon! I pray this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.

If you've seen/heard the forecast for snow starting overnight and continuing through the morning hours tomorrow and are wondering if Grace will still hold in-person worship--the answer is yes, Grace will still hold in-person worship tomorrow.
Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary) and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be found here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at all the epistles in the New Testament. You are welcome to join the study/discussion at anytime! Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

The season of the Christian Church Year called Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 17). Grace will offer Lenten services on Wednesdays starting February 17 and continuing through March 24. Lenten services will be in-person and live streamed. The start times for the Lenten services will be 7:00 p.m.

A Call Meeting is planned for Sunday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of calling a principal for Grace Christian Academy.
 Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in this Call Meeting. It will take place via Zoom.

Opportunities to sponsor flowers on the altar at Grace are available! If you have a special event in 2021 for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Finally, I will be out of town Tuesday and Wednesday. As a part of the group (Board for Home Missions) in our denomination (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) that helps to plant new churches in the United States, I will be doing such work in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. If a situation arises in which you are in need of immediate pastoral assistance, please reach out to Pastor Satorius (703-677-7269).

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles

 

January 30, 2021


Dear Grace Family,

Good evening! I pray this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.

If you've seen/heard the forecast for snow/sleet for tomorrow and are wondering if Grace will still hold in-person worship--yes, Grace will still hold in-person worship. In the history of Grace (since 1963), the congregation has only called off public worship on one occasion on account of snow/ice. While tomorrow's forecast does call for inclement weather, its impact won't warrant cancellation #2.
Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary) and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be found here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at all the epistles in the New Testament. You are welcome to join the study/discussion at anytime! Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

Zach Seeger has RETURNED the Call to serve as Grace Christian Academy's next principal. Please watch for information on the next Call Meeting to extend a Call to fill that ministry position.

Opportunities to sponsor flowers on the altar at Grace are available! If you have a special event in 2021 for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Grace's staff and called workers have begun to receive vaccinations for COVID-19. The Fairfax County Health Department has included vaccinations to staff and teachers of private schools along with vaccinations to staff and teachers of public schools within the county. Therefore Grace's staff and called workers have begun to receive vaccinations. Our prayer is that this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic! And we thank God for the vaccine...those who developed and produce it...and those who administer it!

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Finally, I will be out of town Monday and Tuesday participating in a meeting of the WELS Board for Home Missions. If a situation arises in which you are in need of immediate pastoral assistance, please reach out to Pastor Satorius (703-677-7269).

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles

January 23, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

Good evening! I pray this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. worship tomorrow.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary) and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be found here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of Second Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

The installation of Grace's new church officers took place on Tuesday, January 19 via Zoom. We pray God's blessings on those installed during Tuesday's Zoom meeting:

Ted Brown, Chairman of the Congregation
Scott Meyer, Secretary of the Congregation
Peter Kiesel, Treasurer of the Congregation
Bob Wilson, Financial Secretary of the Congregation
Reese Hartmann, Assistant Financial Secretary of the Congregation
Ben Menges, Member, Board of Elders
Gary Schultz, Member & Chair, Board of Christian Education
Bill Hatzfeld, Member, Board of Trustees
Tyler Satorius, Member, Board of Trustees
Peter Tangen, Member, Board of Trustees
Gustavo Valdivia, Member, Board of Trustees

We also give a hearty thanks to the outgoing church officers: Todd Bottorf, Bob Harrison, Russ May, Jim Mueller, Steve Petroff.

Grace has called Zach Seeger to serve as GCA's next principal. Zach is currently serving as principal and teacher of grades 4-5 at Abiding Peace Academy in Simpsonville, SC. Zach is married to Becky. They have three children ages 10, 8, 6. Let's keep the Seeger family in our prayers as they deliberate where God would have them continue in his service (in Simpsonville or in Falls Church).

Grace is offering Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University Course (virtually). For more information about the course and registration for the course, please click here.

2021 Offering Envelopes are available at Grace. If you'll be at Grace for in-person worship or another reason, please pick up your offering envelopes. If you won't be returning to Grace for some time, and would like your offering envelopes mailed to you, please contact Tricia Visscher (email: churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org / office phone: 703-534-1719).

Opportunities to sponsor flowers on the altar at Grace are available! If you have a special event in 2021 for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles

 
January 16, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

Good afternoon! I pray this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. worship tomorrow.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary) and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be found here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of Second Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

Installation of the Church Officers Elected at the January 6th Voters Meeting:  How does a congregation install church officers during a global pandemic? Hmm? Grace hasn't had to tackle this question until now.

The approach will be to install the church officers during a brief Zoom meeting on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. This meeting will be open to all Grace members. A link to the meeting will be emailed on Tuesday afternoon.

Grace has called Zach Seeger to serve as GCA's next principal. Zach is currently serving as principal and teacher of grades 4-5 at Abiding Peace Academy in Simpsonville, SC. Zach is married to Becky. They have three children ages 10, 8, 6. Let's keep the Seeger family in our prayers as they deliberate where God would have them continue in his service (in Simpsonville or in Falls Church).

Grace is offering Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University Course (virtually). For more information about the course and registration for the course, please click here.

2021 Offering Envelopes are available at Grace. If you'll be at Grace for in-person worship or another reason, please pick up your offering envelopes. If you won't be returning to Grace for some time, and would like your offering envelopes mailed to you, please contact Tricia Visscher (email: churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org / office phone: 703-534-1719).

Opportunities to sponsor flowers on the altar at Grace are available! If you have a special event in 2021 for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Do you have a room to rent? A 28 year-old male member of Grace is looking to rent a room in the Falls Church area. If you would like more information about this opportunity to rent a room to someone, please contact Pastor Satorius.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles



January 9, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

Good afternoon! I pray this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at Monday Evening Worship (7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 11).

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary) and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be found here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of Second Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

At the Principal Call Meeting on Wednesday night, Zach Seeger was called to serve as GCA's next principal. Zach is currently serving as principal and teacher of grades 4-5 at Abiding Peace Academy in Simpsonville, SC. Zach is married to Becky. They have three children ages 10, 8, 6. Let's keep the Seeger family in our prayers as they deliberate where God would have them continue in his service (in Simpsonville or in Falls Church).

And speaking of Wednesday night's meeting...the information that was seen on the Zoom meeting can be found HERE if you'd like to review the many reports that were offered, Grace's end-of-year financial statement, and the Financial Plan for 2021.

2021 Offering Envelopes are available at Grace. If you'll be at Grace for in-person worship or another reason, please pick up your offering envelopes. If you won't be returning to Grace for some time, and would like your offering envelopes mailed to you, please contact Tricia Visscher (email: churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org / office phone: 703-534-1719).

Opportunities to sponsor flowers on the altar at Grace are available! If you have a special event in 2021 for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles


January 2, 2021

Good afternoon! I pray this message finds all of you well on this second day of 2021!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. worship.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional) and 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be found here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of Second Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

Wednesday Night: Voters Meeting & Principal Call Meeting at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom  (login information to be emailed on Wednesday). You're invited to participate! In addition to the regular reports offered at the Voters Meeting, the following items are on the agenda:
-Adoption of a Financial Plan for 2021
-A vote on what to do with the financial surplus from 2020. The Church Council is recommending using that money to pay off the mortgage debt on Grace's properties at 3300 and 3314 Beechtree Lane.
-Election of Church Officers for 2021 & Beyond. The following is the list of nominees:
Chairman – Ted Brown
Secretary – Scott Meyer
Financial Secretary  - Bob Wilson
Assistant Financial Secretary – Reese Hartman
Treasurer – Peter Kiesel
Board of Elders – Ben Menges
Board of Christian Education – Gary Schultz
Board of Trustees  (need 4) – Bill Hatzfeld
                                                 -fulfilling Bob Harrison’s 2nd full term: 20, 21, 22
                                                Tyler Satorius
                                                 -fulfilling John Baumgart’s 1st full term:19, 20, 21
                                                Peter Tangen (first full term: 21, 22, 23)
                                                Gustavo Valdivia (second full term: 21, 22, 23)
-Call a Principal for Grace Christian Academy

2021 Offering Envelopes are available at Grace. If you'll be at Grace for in-person worship or another reason, please pick up your offering envelopes. If you won't be returning to Grace for some time, and would like your offering envelopes mailed to you, please contact Tricia Visscher (email: churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org / office phone: 703-534-1719).

Opportunities to sponsor flowers on the altar at Grace are available! If you have a special event in 2021 for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles

December 26, 2020


Dear Grace Family,

Good morning! I pray this message finds all of you well on this day after Christmas!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. worship.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional) and 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be found here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of Second Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

No New Year's Eve Service this year. A reminder that Grace will not offer a New Year's Eve service this year. An emphasis on the new year will be the theme of Sunday/Monday services on January 3 and 4.

2021 Offering Envelopes are available at Grace. If you'll be at Grace for in-person worship or another reason, please pick up your offering envelopes. If you won't be returning to Grace for some time, and would like your offering envelopes mailed to you, please contact Tricia Visscher (email: churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org / office phone: 703-534-1719).

Opportunities to sponsor flowers on the altar at Grace are available! If you have a special event in 2021 for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Finally, I will be out of town through Monday, December 28. If a situation arises in which you are in need of immediate pastoral assistance, please contact Pastor Satorius (703-677-7269).

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles


December 19, 2020

Dear Grace Family,

Good afternoon! I pray this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. worship.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional) and 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be found here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of Second Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

This week is Christmas! Here's Grace's Christmas worship schedule:

Christmas Eve:

5:00 p.m.: Carols by the Fire Outdoor Christmas Service. 
We'll dress warmly, follow COVID-19 protocols, and gather around the warm fire pits on Grace's back lawn to sing Christmas carols and hear the Christmas gospel. (In the spirit of Caroling for Cans, which was canceled due to the pandemic, we will also be collecting donations of non-perishable food which will be donated to Food for Others.)

6:30 p.m. Traditional Christmas Eve Service. This service will be live streamed.

8:00 p.m. Traditional Christmas Eve Service.

Christmas Day:

9:30 a.m. Traditional Christmas Day Service. This service will be live streamed.

11:00 a.m. Spanish Christmas Service. This service will be live streamed.

Fire Pits & "Fire Captains" Needed for Christmas Eve Outdoor Service. In order to gather around the fire pits on Christmas Eve, Grace is seeking to borrow a number of portable fire pits from members of the congregation. We'll also need some "Fire Captains" to tend the fires and ensure that attendees stay safe. If you are able to help by either loaning a fire pit and/or tending a fire, please sign up here. Thank you!

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles



December 12, 2020

Grace Family,

Good evening! I pray this message finds all of you well!

At a press conference yesterday, Virginia's Governor announced that COVID-19's infection rate among Virginians, as well as hospitalizations on account of the virus, have risen significantly in recent weeks. On account of those and other trends related to COVID-19, Governor Northam announced new steps that Virginia is taking to combat the spread of the virus. Although the Governor's updated response to the virus does not greatly impact how Grace's ministries currently deal with COVID-19, it does present us, as a congregation, an opportune time to review Grace's current practices related to COVID-19. Those practices follow. By all of us together adhering to these practices, we can do our part, together as a Christian congregation, to limit the spread of the virus and serve those around us as loving and responsible neighbors in the Northern Virginia community.
  • All worshipers are required to enter Grace’s facility through the parking lot glass doors. 
  • All worshipers age 5 and above are required to wear masks in Grace’s facility. This is in accordance with Governor Northam’s requirement for mask-wearing in public buildings, such as houses of worship.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available at the entrance to the building and the sanctuary, as well as at other locations throughout the facility.
  • Upon entering Grace, worshipers should go directly to the sanctuary and be seated.
  • Those entering the sanctuary first will be directed to sit at the front of the sanctuary. The sanctuary will be filled from the front to the back. Worshipers will also be directed to sit in the pews according to social distance guidelines (singles: 6 feet apart from each other; families may sit together in the same pew). Only every-other-pew will be available for seating (for social distancing reasons).
  • If the sanctuary reaches Phase 1 seating capacity, the Fellowship Room will be used for overflow seating (with appropriate social distancing). Audio/video of the live service will be available on the large screen in the Fellowship Room.
  • There will be no worship folders, pens, or Connect Cards available for use during the services. All necessary worship information will be displayed on the screens. Hymnals, songbooks, and Bibles have been removed from the pews.
  • Collection plates will not be passed. Those wishing to offer a financial gift at worship will be able to do so by using the collection plates positioned at the entrance to the sanctuary.
  • The services will be shorter than the “usual” in-person services at Grace. This is to allow enough time for the sanctuary to be disinfected between each service.
  • The sanctuary will be disinfected by Grace’s contracted cleaning company between each service. While the services are being conducted, this company will clean all high touch areas and restrooms throughout the rest of the building. The entire GCA hallway will be blocked off on Sundays. The water fountains will also be blocked from use.
  • There will be no snacks or refreshments served. Sunday School and Bible studies will not meet in-person. There will be no Choir rehearsal. There will be no gathering allowed in the Fellowship Room. For those who wish to talk with others after worship, the parking lot is available for this—with appropriate social distancing being practiced.
  • At the conclusion of each service, worshipers will leave the sanctuary from back-to-front, in order to observe appropriate social distancing.
  • Those who are feeling ill, the elderly, and otherwise at-risk individuals are encouraged to continue worshiping via Grace's live streams.
Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at Monday Evening Worship (7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 14).

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional) and 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be found here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of Second Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

A Midweek Advent service is scheduled for this Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. Grace will offer this service in-person and via live-streaming.

Levi Schriefer, to whom Grace extended a Letter of Intent* to serve as principal of Grace Christian Academy at last Sunday's Call Meeting, has declined Grace's Letter of Intent. A GCA Principal Call Meeting has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, January 6, 2021, to follow the already scheduled Voters Meeting on that evening.

*Because Levi Schriefer has not yet graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College, but is scheduled to in January 2021, procedural requirements necessitated Grace extending Levi a Letter of Intent rather than a Divine Call. If Levi would have accepted Grace's Letter of Intent, a Divine Call would have been extended to him after his graduation.

As was announced at last Sunday's Congregational Meeting, a Christmas Services Survey was emailed to everyone on Grace's email list earlier today. If you did not receive this survey, please check your Spam or Promotions folders for that email (Surveys such as this sometimes end up in those places.). Alternatively, you can access the survey here.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Finally, a bunk bed is available for give-away. You can view one bed of the bunk bed set here. If you have questions about the bunk bed, or would like to acquire it, please contact Pastor Satorius.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles

December 5, 2020

Good afternoon! I pray this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at tomorrow's 9:30 a.m. service.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional) and 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be found here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of Second Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

TOMORROW AT 6:00 P.M. GRACE WILL HAVE A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING FOLLOWED BY A PRINCIPAL CALL MEETING. The Congregational Meeting will include a preview of Grace's 2021 Financial Plan. Both of these meetings will take place via Zoom. Zoom login information will be emailed tomorrow afternoon. Please plan to participate in tomorrow's Congregational and Call Meetings!

A Midweek Advent service is scheduled for this Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. Grace will offer this service in-person and via live-streaming.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR GRACE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY'S ONLINE BOOK FAIR!!! This is GCA's annual Scholastic Book Fair that gives a percentage of the money spent back to GCA! However, during these COVID times, instead of the Book Fair taking place at GCA, it's taking place ONLINE! Click here to participate, buy some books, and support the ministry of Grace Christian Academy!

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

New editions of the Forward In Christ magazine and the Meditations devotional are available at Grace. If you would like one or both of these mailed to you, please reach out to Grace's Administrative Assistant, Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org / 703-534-1719).

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles


November 28, 2020


Good afternoon! I pray this message finds all of you well and having had a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at tomorrow's 9:30 a.m. service.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional) and 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish service can be found here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of Second Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

Story Time with Mr. Matt (a mini-series of Sunday Morning LIVE) will air a new episode tomorrow! Parents! Please have your children check out Story Time with Mr. Matt for the Bible story that Mr. Matt shares with kids tomorrow! You can access Story Time with Mr. Matt here.

Midweek Advent services begin this Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. Grace will offer in-person and live-streamed Midweek Advent services on Wednesdays, December 2, 9, and 16.

You're invited to support Grace Christian Academy through the school's ONLINE BOOK FAIR!!! This is GCA's annual Scholastic Book Fair that gives a percentage of the money spent back to GCA! However, during these COVID times, instead of the Book Fair taking place at GCA, it's taking place ONLINE! Click here to participate, buy some books, and support the ministry of Grace Christian Academy!

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

New editions of the Forward In Christ magazine and the Meditations devotional are available at Grace. If you would like one or both of these mailed to you, please reach out to Grace's Administrative Assistant, Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org / 703-534-1719).

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles


November 25, 2020

Grace Family,

Good morning! I pray this message finds all of you well!

TONIGHT Grace will offer an in-person Thanksgiving service at 7:00 p.m.

TOMORROW Grace will offer an in-person English Thanksgiving service at 9:30 a.m., and an in-person Spanish Thanksgiving service at 11:00 a.m.


All these services will be live streamed. You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.

For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
I pray for a blessed Thanksgiving celebration for all of you!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles


November 21, 2020

Good afternoon! I pray this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at tomorrow's 11:15 a.m. service.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of Second Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

Grace Groups (Bible study/community groups) continues this week! To get involved with a Grace Group (either via Zoom or in-person), please reach out to one of these folks:

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Leader: Jeremy Knutson (contact Jeremy at knutsonj@alumni.iastate.edu for Zoom login information)
 
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., IN-PERSON in Alexandria & via Zoom
Leader: Ben Menges (contact Ben at benmenges@hotmail.com for more information, including the Zoom login information).

Tuesdays @ 7:00 p.m. IN-PERSON in Falls Church
Hosts: Ryan & Sarah Weber. Please contact Ryan or Sarah for more information (Ryan - rjweber79@gmail.com / Sarah - runzie413@gmail.com).
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Leader: Carl DeSpiegelaere (contact Carl at cdespieg@gmail.com for Zoom login information)
Thanksgiving Services: Grace will hold a Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25. A Thanksgiving Day Service will be held on Thursday, November 26 at 9:30 a.m. Both of these services will be live-streamed.

You're invited to support Grace Christian Academy through the school's ONLINE BOOK FAIR!!! This is GCA's annual Scholastic Book Fair that gives a percentage of the money spent back to GCA! However, during these COVID times, instead of the Book Fair taking place at GCA, it's taking place ONLINE! Click here to participate, buy some books, and support the ministry of Grace Christian Academy!

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

New editions of the Forward In Christ magazine and the Meditations devotional are available at Grace. If you would like one or both of these mailed to you, please reach out to Grace's Administrative Assistant, Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org / 703-534-1719).

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles


November 14, 2020

Grace Family,

Good afternoon! I pray this message finds all of you well!

BIG "THANK YOU!" to everyone who came out for Grace's annual "Leaf Raking Party" earlier today! A lot of leaves and pine needles were raked off Grace's properties and the properties look great! A round of applause goes to Trustees Bob Harrison and Jim Mueller for leading this morning's efforts!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at tomorrow's 8:00 a.m. service.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of Second Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

Grace Groups (Bible study/community groups) continues this week! To get involved with a Grace Group (either via Zoom or in-person), please reach out to one of these folks:

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Leader: Jeremy Knutson (contact Jeremy at knutsonj@alumni.iastate.edu for Zoom login information)
 
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., IN-PERSON in Alexandria & via Zoom
Leader: Ben Menges (contact Ben at benmenges@hotmail.com for more information, including the Zoom login information).

Tuesdays @ 7:00 p.m. IN-PERSON in Falls Church
Hosts: Ryan & Sarah Weber. Please contact Ryan or Sarah for more information (Ryan - rjweber79@gmail.com / Sarah - runzie413@gmail.com).
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Leader: Carl DeSpiegelaere (contact Carl at cdespieg@gmail.com for Zoom login information)

The next PMPM Family Fellowship meets this Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m. PMPM Family Fellowship is a ministry geared toward building strong family ties, nurturing faith in children and parents/guardians/adults, and strengthening fellowship within the Grace community. Families, couples, and individuals are invited to come together for an evening (PM) of prayer and meditation on God’s Word (PM). PMPM incorporates music (led by Kyle Heise!), devotions, active learning, and focused adult conversations on living as a Christ-follower—and bringing up children—in a society that offers many distractions to the faith and proclaims a variety of false messages.
 
The next PMPM Family Fellowship gathering will be this Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m. "under the heated tent" and "on the green space" at Grace. This Wednesday's dinner opportunity comes from Uno's (a supporter of GCA! https://www.unos.com/menus/ ). If you would like to participate in the food order from Uno's, please reach out to Sarah Weber by Tuesday evening. If you have any questions regarding PMPM, please reach out to Sarah & Ryan Weber at runzie413@gmail.com / 817-307-2976) or Kyle Heise (heise@gracefallschurch.org / 920-264-7538.

Thanksgiving Services: Grace will hold a Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25. A Thanksgiving Day Service will be held on Thursday, November 26 at 9:30 a.m. Both of these services will be live-streamed.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

New editions of the Forward In Christ magazine and the Meditations devotional are available at Grace. If you would like one or both of these mailed to you, please reach out to Grace's Administrative Assistant, Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org / 703-534-1719).

Lastly, I am out of town today and tomorrow. As a member of the WELS Board for Home Missions, I will am in Watertown, NY working with the mission congregation there. If you are in need of immediate pastoral assistance while I am away, please contact Pastor Satorius (703-677-7269).
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles


November 7,2020

Grace Family,

Good afternoon! I pray this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at Monday Evening Worship (7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 9).

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of Second Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

Grace Groups (Bible study/community groups) continues this week! To get involved with a Grace Group (either via Zoom or in-person), please reach out to one of these folks:

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Leader: Jeremy Knutson (contact Jeremy at knutsonj@alumni.iastate.edu for Zoom login information)
 
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., IN-PERSON in Alexandria & via Zoom
Leader: Ben Menges (contact Ben at benmenges@hotmail.com for more information, including the Zoom login information).
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Leader: Carl DeSpiegelaere (contact Carl at cdespieg@gmail.com for Zoom login information)

Thursday, November 12 @ 7:00 p.m. IN-PERSON in Falls Church
Hosts: Ryan & Sarah Weber. Please contact Ryan or Sarah for more information (Ryan - rjweber79@gmail.com / Sarah - runzie413@gmail.com).

Next Saturday, November 14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (noon), will be Grace's annual LEAF RAKING EVENT! Grab a rake and some gloves and enjoy the great outdoors at Grace while helping to clean-up the leaves, pine needles, etc. from Grace's property.
 
The next PMPM Family Fellowship meets Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m. PMPM Family Fellowship is a ministry geared toward building strong family ties, nurturing faith in children and parents/guardians/adults, and strengthening fellowship within the Grace community. Families, couples, and individuals are invited to come together for an evening (PM) of prayer and meditation on God’s Word (PM). PMPM incorporates music (led by Kyle Heise!), devotions, active learning, and focused adult conversations on living as a Christ-follower—and bringing up children—in a society that offers many distractions to the faith and proclaims a variety of false messages.
 
The next PMPM Family Fellowship gathering will be Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m. "under the heated tent" and "on the green space" at Grace. If you have any questions regarding PMPM, please reach out to Sarah & Ryan Weber at runzie413@gmail.com / 817-307-2976) or Kyle Heise (heise@gracefallschurch.org / 920-264-7538.

Thanksgiving Services: Grace will hold a Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25. A Thanksgiving Day Service will be held on Thursday, November 26 at 9:30 a.m. Both of these services will be live-streamed.

LADIES!!! Advent By Candlelight is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace. Please mark this event on your calendars and plan to attend! More information will be forthcoming.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Jeremiah Schmiege has RETURNED the Call that Grace extended to him to serve as principal of Grace Christian Academy. Please watch for information on when the next Call Meeting will take place to fill the principal vacancy at GCA.

New editions of the Forward In Christ magazine and the Meditations devotional are available at Grace. If you would like one or both of these mailed to you, please reach out to Grace's Administrative Assistant, Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org / 703-534-1719).

Lastly, I will be out of town November 14-15. As a member of the WELS Board for Home Missions, I will be in Watertown, NY working with the mission congregation there. If you are in need of immediate pastoral assistance while I am away, please contact Pastor Satorius (703-677-7269).
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles


October31, 2020

Grace Family,

Happy Reformation Day! Yep, history dates the beginning of the Reformation of the Christian church to this date (October 31) in the year 1517. The event? A then-Catholic monk by the name of Martin Luther posted 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany. I hope this Reformation Day finds all of you well!

Tonight, at 2:00 a.m., Daylight Savings Time ends. That means we are to set our clocks back 1 hour...and perhaps get some extra sleep tonight!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at tomorrow's 9:30 a.m. service.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of First Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

Grace Groups (Bible study/community groups) begin this coming week! (the week of November 1) To get involved with a Grace Group (either via Zoom or in-person), please reach out to one of these folks:

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Leader: Jeremy Knutson (contact Jeremy at knutsonj@alumni.iastate.edu for Zoom login information)

Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Leader: Carl DeSpiegelaere (contact Carl at cdespieg@gmail.com for Zoom login information)
 
Thursday, November 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m. IN-PERSON in Alexandria & via Zoom
Leader: Ben Menges (contact Ben at benmenges@hotmail.com for more information, including the Zoom login information).
Thursday, November 5 @ 7:00 p.m. IN-PERSON in Falls Church
Hosts: Ryan & Sarah Weber. Please contact Ryan or Sarah for more information (Ryan - rjweber79@gmail.com / Sarah - runzie413@gmail.com).
 
PMPM Family Fellowship Meets this Wednesday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. PMPM Family Fellowship is a ministry geared toward building strong family ties, nurturing faith in children and parents/guardians/adults, and strengthening fellowship within the Grace community. Families, couples, and individuals are invited to come together for an evening (PM) of prayer and meditation on God’s Word (PM). PMPM incorporates music (led by Kyle Heise!), devotions, active learning, and focused adult conversations on living as a Christ-follower—and bringing up children—in a society that offers many distractions to the faith and proclaims a variety of false messages.
 
The next PMPM Family Fellowship gathering will be Wednesday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. "under the tent" and "on the green space" at Grace. The meal option this week is from DC Steakholders (a Falls Church favorite just down the road from Grace! https://dcsteakholders.com). If you want to order from DC Steakholders, please get your order to Sarah Weber no later than Tuesday night. If you have any questions regarding PMPM, please reach out to Sarah & Ryan Weber at runzie413@gmail.com / 817-307-2976) or Kyle Heise (heise@gracefallschurch.org / 920-264-7538.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Finally, I continue to ask for your prayers for Jeremiah Schmiege and his family as they deliberate the Call that Grace has extended to Jeremiah to serve as principal of Grace Christian Academy.
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles


October 24, 2020

Good afternoon! I hope this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at tomorrow's 11:15 a.m. service.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of First Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

Grace Groups (Bible study/community groups) will return the week of November 1! Please watch your email for more information on how you can be part of a Grace Group!

PMPM Family Fellowship Meets on Wednesday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. PMPM Family Fellowship is a ministry geared toward building strong family ties, nurturing faith in children and parents/guardians/adults, and strengthening fellowship within the Grace community. Families, couples, and individuals are invited to come together for an evening (PM) of prayer and meditation on God’s Word (PM). PMPM incorporates music (led by Kyle Heise!), devotions, active learning, and focused adult conversations on living as a Christ-follower—and bringing up children—in a society that offers many distractions to the faith and proclaims a variety of false messages.
 
The next PMPM Family Fellowship gathering will be Wednesday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. "under the tent" and "on the green space" at Grace. If you have any questions regarding PMPM, or please reach out to Sarah & Ryan Weber at runzie413@gmail.com / 817-307-2976) or Kyle Heise (heise@gracefallschurch.org / 920-264-7538.

Thank you for your sponsorship of flowers on the altar at Grace! All the available sponsorships have been filled for 2020! Information on the sponsorship of altar flowers in 2021 will become available as the new year draws closer.
Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Finally, I ask for your prayers for Jeremiah Schmiege and his family as they deliberate the Call that Grace extended to Jeremiah last Sunday to serve as principal of Grace Christian Academy. Regarding that, Jeremiah asked me to share the following message with you:
 
Dear Saints at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and Grace Christian Academy,
 
Thank you for extending a Call to me to be your principal. I am excited to learn more about the work that this Call entails. It is a joy to see and hear how the Spirit is at work through the hearts, hands, and voices of Christians in a different corner of our planet. 
 
As I consider the opportunity before me, please add me to your prayers. Pray also for Gretchen, for Geneva, Cy, and August (my wife and three kids). Pray for the Saints at Sola Fide Lutheran Church and Sola Fide Academy. Finally, join me in expressing confidence in Christ. In a year when it seems like east is west and up is down; when you've had to bid farewell to a beloved principal and are waiting for the dust to settle, know that God's Kingdom will advance in the way he ordains. Our salvation and eternity are secure in Christ alone. 
In Christ,
Jeremiah Schmiege

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles


October 17, 2020

Grace Family,


I hope this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at tomorrow's 8:00 a.m. service.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of First Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

TOMORROW, October 18, at 7:00 p.m. is a CONGREGATIONAL MEETING & GRACE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY PRINCIPAL CALL MEETING via Zoom. More information about these meetings will be emailed tomorrow. Please watch your email for that information and plan to participate in tomorrow night's meetings!

PMPM Family Fellowship Meets on Wednesday, October 21. PMPM Family Fellowship is a ministry geared toward building strong family ties, nurturing faith in children and parents/guardians/adults, and strengthening fellowship within the Grace community. Families, couples, and individuals are invited to come together for an evening (PM) of prayer and meditation on God’s Word (PM). PMPM incorporates music (led by Kyle Heise!), devotions, active learning, and focused adult conversations on living as a Christ-follower—and bringing up children—in a society that offers many distractions to the faith and proclaims a variety of false messages.
 
The next PMPM Family Fellowship gathering will be Wednesday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m. "under the tent" and "on the green space" at Grace. If you would like to order food for the event, please contact Sarah Weber no later than Tuesday evening. This week's food will be ordered from Moe's (the home of a few successful GCA fundraisers!) (https://www.moes.com/menu). If you have any questions regarding PMPM, or please reach out to Sarah & Ryan Weber at runzie413@gmail.com / 817-307-2976) or Kyle Heise (heise@gracefallschurch.org / 920-264-7538.

Sponsorship spots are available to place flowers on the altar at Grace. If you have a special event for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.
Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

The return of Grace Groups starts the week of November 1! Watch for more information on Grace Groups and how to participate!

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

Pastor Wattles

October 11, 2020 
 

Welcome to the family, Sofia! Last Sunday, at the 12:30 p.m. service, this young gal was baptized! Yep, a global pandemic can't stop the power of the gospel and the work of God's Spirit! We pray the blessings of baptism are with Sofia always!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Monday Evening Worship (7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 12).

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of First Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

A brand new edition of Sunday Morning LIVE (online Sunday School--with puppets!) will be available tomorrow at Grace's website (gracefallschurch.org/live)!

Have Monday off work for Indigenous Peoples' Day (Virginia holiday) / Columbus Day (Federal holiday)? Consider a shopping trip to support Grace Christian Academy at Altar'd State at Fair Oaks Mall! Altar'd State at Fair Oaks Mall has chosen Grace Christian Academy as their Mission Monday partner. What does this mean? Ten percent of the store's sales on Monday, October 12 will be donated to GCA! 

PMPM Family Fellowship Meets on Wednesday, October 21. PMPM Family Fellowship is a ministry geared toward building strong family ties, nurturing faith in children and parents/guardians/adults, and strengthening fellowship within the Grace community. Families, couples, and individuals are invited to come together for an evening (PM) of prayer and meditation on God’s Word (PM). PMPM incorporates music (led by Kyle Heise!), devotions, active learning, and focused adult conversations on living as a Christ-follower—and bringing up children—in a society that offers many distractions to the faith and proclaims a variety of false messages.
 
The next PMPM Family Fellowship gathering will be Wednesday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m. "under the tent" and "on the green space" at Grace. If you have any questions regarding PMPM, or please reach out to Sarah & Ryan Weber at runzie413@gmail.com / 817-307-2976) or Kyle Heise (heise@gracefallschurch.org / 920-264-7538.

NEXT SUNDAY, October 18, is Grace's Congregational Meeting & Principal Call Meeting via Zoom. Toward the end of next week, please watch your email for more information about this.

Sponsorship spots are available to place flowers on the altar at Grace. If you have a special event for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.
Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Finally, this Tuesday and Wednesday, serving as the chairman of the North Atlantic Mission District Board, I'll be in North Carolina working with some of our mission congregations there. If you are in need of immediate pastoral assistance while I am away, please contact Pastor Satorius (cell: 703-677-7269).

May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

Pastor Wattles


October 3, 2020
 
Grace Family,
 
Happy Saturday! I hope this message finds all of you well on this beautiful day weather-wise with which the Lord has blessed us!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at tomorrow's 9:30 a.m. service.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.

You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of First Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

A brand new edition of Sunday Morning LIVE (online Sunday School--with puppets!) will be available tomorrow at Grace's website (gracefallschurch.org/live)!

PMPM Family Fellowship Meets this Wednesday, October 7. PMPM Family Fellowship is a ministry geared toward building strong family ties, nurturing faith in children and parents/guardians/adults, and strengthening fellowship within the Grace community. Families, couples, and individuals are invited to come together for an evening (PM) of prayer and meditation on God’s Word (PM). PMPM incorporates music (led by Kyle Heise!), devotions, active learning, and focused adult conversations on living as a Christ-follower—and bringing up children—in a society that offers many distractions to the faith and proclaims a variety of false messages.
 
The next PMPM Family Fellowship gathering will be this Wednesday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. "under the tent" and "on the green space" at Grace. If you're interested in participating in the "order out" dinner from Celebrity Deli (a pre-COVID favorite of a number of Grace parishioners! https://www.celebritydeliva.com/menus), please contact Sarah Weber. If you have any questions regarding PMPM, or please reach out to Sarah & Ryan Weber at runzie413@gmail.com / 817-307-2976) or Kyle Heise (heise@gracefallschurch.org / 920-264-7538.

Mark your calendars and plan to participate in Grace's Congregational Meeting & Principal Call Meeting on Sunday, October 18 @ 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Sponsorship spots are available to place flowers on the altar at Grace. If you have a special event for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!
 
May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles

 
September 26, 202

Grace Family,
 
Happy Saturday! I hope this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at tomorrow's 11:00 a.m. service.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.

You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of First Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

A brand new edition of Sunday Morning LIVE (online Sunday School--with puppets!) will be available tomorrow at Grace's website (gracefallschurch.org/live)!

Ladies of Grace! You're invited to participate in this coming Saturday's Lutheran Women's Missionary Society's (LWMS) Virtual Fall Rally! By participating in the Fall Rally you'll be able to find out about--and participate in--all the great mission work that LWMS does! You'll also be able to enjoy some wonderful "online fellowship" with your sisters in Christ. In order to find out more, and how to log into Saturday morning's Rally, please click here. All the excitement begins Saturday, October 3, at 9:00 a.m.!

THANK YOU for your generous support of Grace Christian Academy through last Sunday's Virtual Gala! Together many supporters of GCA raised over $100,000 in financial support for GCA's mission! Thank you so much for your part in that!

PMPM Family Fellowship's next meeting is Wednesday, October 7 @ 5:30 p.m. PMPM Family Fellowship is a ministry geared toward building strong family ties, nurturing faith in children and parents/guardians/adults, and strengthening fellowship within the Grace community. Families, couples, and individuals are invited to come together for an evening (PM) of prayer and meditation on God’s Word (PM). PMPM incorporates music (led by Kyle Heise!), devotions, active learning, and focused adult conversations on living as a Christ-follower—and bringing up children—in a society that offers many distractions to the faith and proclaims a variety of false messages. To find out more about participating in PMPM, please reach out to Sarah & Ryan Weber at runzie413@gmail.com / 817-307-2976) or Kyle Heise (heise@gracefallschurch.org / 920-264-7538.

Sponsorship spots are available to place flowers on the altar at Grace. If you have a special event for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!
 
May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles

September 19, 2020

 
Happy Saturday! I hope this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at tomorrow's 8:00 a.m. service.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.

You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of First Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

A brand new edition of Sunday Morning LIVE (online Sunday School--with puppets!) will be available tomorrow at Grace's website (gracefallschurch.org/live)!

You are invited to attend the 4th annual Grace Christian Academy Gala TOMORROW NIGHT, September 20th at 7:00 p.m.  This year's event will be virtual and will feature a video snapshot of our school year thus far, remarks about our school, entertainment, and an exciting live auction. The emcee for the evening is a graduate of Grace Christian Academy! Hmm? I wonder who it is? (Hint: His initials are ZS and he preached at Grace this summer!)

The Silent Auction is open for bidding now! 

Registration is free!  Click here to register.

PMPM Family Fellowship Meets this Wednesday, September 23. PMPM Family Fellowship is a ministry geared toward building strong family ties, nurturing faith in children and parents/guardians/adults, and strengthening fellowship within the Grace community. Families, couples, and individuals are invited to come together for an evening (PM) of prayer and meditation on God’s Word (PM). PMPM incorporates music (led by Kyle Heise!), devotions, active learning, and focused adult conversations on living as a Christ-follower—and bringing up children—in a society that offers many distractions to the faith and proclaims a variety of false messages.
 
The next PMPM Family Fellowship gathering will be Wednesday, September 23 at 5:30 p.m. "under the tent" and "on the green space" at Grace. If you're interested in participating in the "order out" dinner from Anthony's Restaurant (a local favorite!), please contact Sarah Weber. If you have any questions regarding PMPM, or please reach out to Sarah & Ryan Weber at runzie413@gmail.com / 817-307-2976) or Kyle Heise (heise@gracefallschurch.org / 920-264-7538.

Sponsorship spots are available to place flowers on the altar at Grace. If you have a special event for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!
 
May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles

 
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September 12, 2020

Happy Saturday! I hope this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.

You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of First Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

The Grace Christian Academy Gala is taking place VIRTUALLY NEXT SUNDAY, September 20th at 7:00 p.m. It’s free to “attend” and promises to be an exciting event! This is GCA's most critical fundraiser of the year as it allows GCA to provide tuition assistance to families for whom a Christian education might be out of reach. Grace's practice has been that no child should be denied a Christian education due to financial hardship. Register for the Gala now!

The popular silent auction is taking place online and the THE BIDDING IS OPEN NOW! Take a look at some of the unique prizes being offered this year! All the details and a link to register can be found online: www.gracechristianacademy.org/gala. You can see a list of items by texting "grace family" to 843.606.5995.

PMPM Family Fellowship
 
PMPM Family Fellowship is a ministry geared toward building strong family ties, nurturing faith in children and parents/guardians/adults, and strengthening fellowship within the Grace community. Families, couples, and individuals are invited to come together for an evening (PM) of prayer and meditation on God’s Word (PM). PMPM incorporates music (led by Kyle Heise!), devotions, active learning, and focused adult conversations on living as a Christ-follower—and bringing up children—in a society that offers many distractions to the faith and proclaims a variety of false messages.
 
The next PMPM Family Fellowship gathering will be Wednesday, September 23 at 5:30 p.m. "under the tent" and "on the green space" at Grace. If you have any questions regarding PMPM, please reach out to Sarah & Ryan Weber at runzie413@gmail.com / 817-307-2976) or Kyle Heise (heise@gracefallschurch.org / 920-264-7538.

Sponsorship spots are available to place flowers on the altar at Grace. If you have a special event for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!
 
May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles

September 6, 2020
 
Grace Family,
 
Good afternoon! I hope this message finds all of you well on this Saturday of Labor Day weekend!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.

Grace will also live stream tomorrow's worship at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.

You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of First Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

The Grace Christian Academy Gala is taking place VIRTUALLY on September 20th at 7:00 p.m. It’s free to “attend” and promises to be an exciting event! This is GCA's most critical fundraiser of the year as it allows GCA to provide tuition assistance to families for whom a Christian education might be out of reach. We believe that no child should be denied a Christian education due to financial hardship. We encourage you to register for the Gala now

The popular silent auction is taking place online and the bidding opens TOMORROW, September 6th! We encourage you to take a look at some of the unique prizes being offered this year! All the details and a link to register can be found online: www.gracechristianacademy.org/gala. You can see a list of items by texting "grace family" to  843.606.5995.

PMPM Family Fellowship
 
This Wednesday, September 9th, Grace is kicking off a new family ministry geared toward building strong family ties, nurturing faith in children and parents/guardians/adults, and strengthening fellowship within the Grace community. Families, couples, and individuals are invited to come together for an evening (PM) of prayer and meditation on God’s Word (PM). PMPM will incorporate music (led by Kyle Heise!), devotions, active learning, and focused adult conversations on living as a Christ-follower—and bringing up children—in a society that offers many distractions to the faith and proclaims a variety of false messages.
 
PMPM will meet every-other-Wednesday outdoors at Grace. Participants are asked to bring their own seating for the evening.
 
PMPM will begin with some social time starting at 5:30 p.m. Dinner, singing, discussion, etc. will start at 6:00 p.m. Everything will be finished by 7:30 p.m.
 
PMPM Dinner: Participants can choose to bring their own food or participate in a group order from a nearby restaurant. This Wednesday’s restaurant is Dice Burger. Dice Burger is an Annandale favorite (and provides great support to Grace Christian Academy!). Orders from Dice Burger need to be placed with Sarah Weber by Tuesday evening. Please contact Sarah regarding “food/price options” and with any general questions about the PMPM dinner. Sarah’s contact information: runzie413@gmail.com / 817-307-2976. Participants should also bring their own beverages.
 
The PMPM study/discussion for adults will utilize the book Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do about It by David Zahl. It is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or a few copies will be available to purchase at PMPM.
 
If you have any questions regarding PMPM, please reach out to Sarah & Ryan Weber at runzie413@gmail.com / 817-307-2976) or Kyle Heise (heise@gracefallschurch.org / 920-264-7538.

New editions of Meditations and Forward in Christ are available at Grace. If you'd like one or both of them mailed to you, please reach out to Grace's Administrative Assistant, Tricia Visscher, at churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org or 703-534-1719.

Sponsorship spots are available to place flowers on the altar at Grace. If you have a special event for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to say ¡Feliz cumpleaños! (Happy Birthday!) to my partner in the pastoral ministry at Grace (Tim Satorius) as he celebrates his birthday today! God's blessings to you, my friend!

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!
 
May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles

 

August 28, 2020

   

   

Grace Family,
 
Good afternoon! I hope this message finds all of you well!

As the pictures above indicate, Grace Christian Academy (GCA) has begun its 47th year of service to children and families! In-person school began this past Wednesday with 86 children enrolled. Thank you for all your prayers, volunteerism, and financial support that enables GCA to carry out ministry! Please continue to support GCA by praying that God bless the scholars and staff through faith in Jesus and with physical health and safety.

On Sunday, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.

Grace will also live stream worship on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.

You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of First Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

Grace's annual Rally Day is on vacation in 2020! Ok, saying that Rally Day is on vacation in 2020 isn't correct. The truth is that, like many events in 2020, on account of COVID-19, Rally Day won't be happening this year. Let's look forward to Rally Day 2021!

Grace Christian Academy's VIRTUAL Gala is coming soon!!!  This FREE online event will be held on September 20th at 7:00pm. Bidding for the silent auction will open 2 weeks prior to the event. Registration and bidding instructions will be coming soon! 

New editions of Meditations and Forward in Christ are available at Grace. If you'd like one or both of them mailed to you, please reach out to Grace's Administrative Assistant, Tricia Visscher, at churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org or 703-534-1719.

Sponsorship spots are available to place flowers on the altar at Grace. If you have a special event for which you would like to give thanks to God (wedding anniversary, birthday, etc.) by financially sponsoring the flowers on the altar at Grace, please contact Tricia Visscher (churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719). Flower sponsorships cost $28 per Sunday.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

One last item, I'll be out of town this Saturday and Sunday. As chairman of the North Atlantic Mission District Board, I'll be in New York working with some churches there. If a situation arises in which you are in need of immediate pastoral assistance, please reach out to me on my cell phone (703-839-2489).

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!
 
May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles

 

August 22, 2020

Good afternoon! I hope this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at the 11:15 a.m. service.
 
Grace will also live stream worship tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.

You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of First Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

Grace Christian Academy's VIRTUAL Gala is coming soon!!!  This FREE online event will be held on September 20th at 7:00pm. Bidding for the silent auction will open 2 weeks prior to the event. Registration and bidding instructions will be coming soon! 

Grace is collecting non-perishable household goods (cleaning supplies, paper goods, canned and boxed foods, etc.) as a means of welcoming Grace's new vicar--David Young. If you wish to give a gift card to a local retailer or grocery store instead of actual "goods," you are welcome to do that. If you wish to contribute, items will be collected at Grace from through August 24. Place them on the table in the Fellowship Room marked "Welcome Vicar Young!"

New editions of Meditations and Forward in Christ are available at Grace. If you'd like one or both of them mailed to you, please reach out to Grace's Administrative Assistant, Tricia Visscher, at churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org or 703-534-1719.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!
 
May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles


August 16, 2020

Grace Family,
 
Good afternoon! I hope this message finds all of you well!

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at the 8:00 a.m. service.
 
Grace will also live stream worship tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.

A brand new edition of Sunday Morning LIVE (online Summer Sunday School) will be available tomorrow at Grace's website (gracefallschurch.org/live)! Check it out as Mr. Matt and Kody do some baking...and share a message about Jesus.
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Bible study is taking a look at the New Testament Book of First Corinthians. Andy Miller is leading the study. You can reach him here for Zoom login information, or to ask any questions that you may have about the study.

Tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. worship, Emily Menges will be installed as Grace Christian Academy's K4/K5 teacher and David Young will be installed as Grace's new vicar. We pray God's blessings on Emily and David as they begin their ministries at Grace and in the Northern Virginia community. We also pray that their service through Grace's ministries is a blessing to each of them.

If you happen to be in the neighborhood of Grace on Sunday afternoon, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.--and are feeling hungry--we have a couple take-out food options for you. Two food trucks will be just around the corner from Grace at Beech Tree Elementary School (3401 Beechtree Lane).  Award-winning Rito Loco (street Mex) and Captain Cookie and the Milk Man (delicious cookies and ice cream treats) will be available to meet your hunger-satisfying needs. FYI...Rito Loco accepts only credit card payments. For Captain Cookie, please email your order before 2:00 p.m. on June 7th to: events@captaincookiedc.com Or order at the truck.

Grace is collecting non-perishable household goods (cleaning supplies, paper goods, canned and boxed foods, etc.) as a means of welcoming Grace's new vicar--David Young. If you wish to give a gift card to a local retailer or grocery store instead of actual "goods," you are welcome to do that. If you wish to contribute, items will be collected at Grace from today through August 24. Place them on the table in the Fellowship Room marked "Welcome Vicar Young!"

New editions of Meditations and Forward in Christ are available at Grace. If you'd like one or both of them mailed to you, please reach out to Grace's Administrative Assistant, Tricia Visscher, at churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org or 703-534-1719.

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!
 
May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles


August 13, 2020

Grace Family,
 
Good afternoon! I hope this message finds all of you well!
This past Sunday we said "good bye" and "God's blessings" to the Walsh family (pictured above) as they will soon depart for Vicar Tim's final year at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Thank you so much to the many of you who were on hand at Grace for the Walsh Farewell.

TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. at Grace is a memorial service for life-long Grace member Jim Beckmann. You may attend the service either in-person or via Zoom. Zoom login information is:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84739460830

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+16465588656,,84739460830#
Meeting ID: 847 3946 0830

If you happen to be in the neighborhood of Grace on Sunday afternoon, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.--and are feeling hungry--we have a couple take-out food options for you. Two food trucks will be just around the corner from Grace at Beech Tree Elementary School (3401 Beechtree Lane).  Award-winning Rito Loco (street Mex) and Captain Cookie and the Milk Man (delicious cookies and ice cream treats) will be available to meet your hunger-satisfying needs. FYI...Rito Loco accepts only credit card payments. For Captain Cookie, please email your order before 2:00 p.m. on June 7th to: events@captaincookiedc.com Or order at the truck.

Please keep in mind, and feel free to make use of, the offer to provide help or pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.) to anyone who may need these things. Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to do that. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Pastor Satorius or myself if you or someone you know needs help. We'll certainly try to help, if possible.

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!
 
May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastor Wattles