Weekly Updates
September 18, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

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

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m. (using full Service of Word & Sacrament), 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. worship.

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.

Grace's Sunday Bible Studies, Sunday School, Bible Cafe and Youth Confirmation Classes will resume soon! Please watch for more details about these!

The Grace Choir is currently making plans for its return! Watch for more information coming soon!

Tricia Visscher is putting together the after-service refreshment providers' list for fall soon! If you're interested in serving in this way, please reach out to Tricia at churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org / 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 Kevin


September 11, 2021

They're back! What's back?

Truck and Toss. Truck and Toss is going on right now at Grace until 8:00 p.m.! Come on over and join the fun...while supporting a great ministry (Grace Christian Academy)!

Rally Day. A special Rally Day service will take place tomorrow at 11:15 a.m., followed by a free-of-charge catered meal (box lunches from Boston Market with all COVID food safety measures in place)! All of this will take place under a BIG TENT on the back lawn at Grace. You're invited!

Grace's Sunday Bible Studies, Sunday School, Bible Cafe and Youth Confirmation Classes will resume soon! Please watch for more details about these!

The Grace Choir is currently making plans for its return! Watch for more information coming soon!

Tricia Visscher is putting together the after-service refreshment providers' list for fall soon! If you're interested in serving in this way, please reach out to Tricia at churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org / 703-534-1719.

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:15 a.m.

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

Tomorrow Grace will ONLY LIVE STREAM THE 9:30 A.M. service (English Traditional). That live stream can be found at gracefallschurch.org/stream. Neither the 11:15 a.m. service or the 12:30 p.m. service will be live streamed tomorrow--on account of Rally Day.

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.

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.

Lastly, I'll be out of town Wednesday - Friday, September 15 - 17. I'll be participating in a Board for Home Missions Meeting at Grace's denominational headquarters in Wisconsin. If a situation arises in which you are in need of immediate in-person pastoral assistance, please contact Pastor Satorius at 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 Kevin


September 4, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

Good afternoon! I hope this message finds all of you well and enjoying this Labor Day holiday 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.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. worship.

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.

Next Sunday, September 12, is RALLY DAY!!! Rally Day is a decades-long tradition at Grace! Unfortunately, Rally Day had to take a pause in 2020 on account of COVID, but Rally Day is back!

If you've never attended Rally Day, you might be wondering, "What is Rally Day?" Rally Day is a time for us rally around our Savior Jesus and rally around one another! We'll do this through special Rally Day-themed worship at 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. And, we'll have a special Rally Day Service under a tent on Grace's back lawn at 11:15 a.m. That service will be bilingual (English, Spanish) and also offer the voices of the students of Grace Christian Academy! Following the special service, there will be a catered meal and a moon bounce for kids!

There's nothing you need to do to sign up for Rally Day, simply come to one of the special services and enjoy time with your fellows brothers and sisters in the faith...rallying around Jesus and rallying around one another!

Next Saturday, September 11, is Truck & Toss!!! Truck & Toss is a food truck festival with craft beer tasting, a craft market, children’s activities, and a corn hole tournament. All proceeds from Truck & Toss benefit Grace Christian Academy.

Truck & Toss gives us a great opportunity to fulfill our mission “to reach out with loving Christian witness to all with whom we come into contact, especially those residing in the immediate neighborhood of our church.”  To that end, we are looking for volunteers to staff short shifts during the event for things like checking guests in, serving beverages, selling raffle tickets, set up, and clean up. If you’d like to help or want to learn more, please contact Julie Crain: jcrain@graceva.org | o703-534-5517 | c703-909-2070.  We are also looking for a few crafters to fill up our craft market, as well as a potential volunteer to staff a Thai Village table.

And don’t forget to buy your tickets! Use promo code “gracefamily” to get 25% off regular or VIP admission at www.truckandtoss.com.

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 Kevin

 
August 28, 2021
 
 


Dear Grace Family,

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

This past Wednesday, Grace Christian Academy (GCA) began its 48th year of ministry. The picture above shows the school year's opening chapel service. Thank you, Grace congregation, for everything you have done to so lovingly and generously to support the cause of GCA. Your continuing prayers for the ministry of the school and good health of all involved in the school (particularly during these COVID times) are greatly appreciated!

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.

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.

After a pandemic pause in 2020, the 5th annual Truck & Toss festival will be held on the grounds of Grace on September 11, 2021. If you’re unfamiliar with Truck & Toss, it’s a food truck festival with craft beer tasting, a craft market, children’s activities, and a corn hole tournament. All proceeds from Truck & Toss benefit Grace Christian Academy.

Truck & Toss gives us a great opportunity to fulfill our mission “to reach out with loving Christian witness to all with whom we come into contact, especially those residing in the immediate neighborhood of our church.”  To that end, we are looking for volunteers to staff short shifts during the event for things like checking guests in, serving beverages, selling raffle tickets, set up, and clean up. If you’d like to help or want to learn more, please contact Julie Crain: jcrain@graceva.org | o703-534-5517 | c703-909-2070.  We are also looking for a few crafters to fill up our craft market, as well as a potential volunteer to staff a Thai Village table.

And don’t forget to buy your tickets! Use promo code “gracefamily” to get 25% off regular or VIP admission at www.truckandtoss.com.

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.

Lastly, I am out of town through tomorrow, Sunday, August 29. My wife Jill and I are attending a wedding in California. If a situation arises in which you are in need of immediate pastoral assistance, please contact Pastor Tim Satorius at 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 Kevin

August 21, 2021

Dear 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.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. worship.

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.

Welcome Pantry Shower for Vicar Josh Koelpin: As a way of welcoming Vicar Josh to Grace and the Washington metro area, Grace is collecting non-perishable household goods (cleaning supplies, paper goods, canned and boxed foods, etc.) for him. This collection will take place through Monday, August 23rd. 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, please place your item(s) on the table in the Fellowship Room marked "Welcome Vicar Josh!"

Grace Christian Academy begins classes!!! Grace Christian Academy will begin its 48th year this Wednesday, August 25. As GCA gets underway, your prayers are appreciated--for the health and safety of all involved in the ministry of GCA, and that God does once again through the ministry of GCA what he has done since the school's inception: teach children what they need to know about life with Jesus in his world...and about eternal life with him in heaven. Thanks for all of your support of GCA!

After a pandemic pause in 2020, the 5th annual Truck & Toss festival will be held here on the grounds of Grace on September 11, 2021. If you’re unfamiliar with Truck & Toss, it’s a food truck festival with craft beer tasting, a craft market, children’s activities, and a corn hole tournament. All proceeds from Truck & Toss benefit Grace Christian Academy.

Truck & Toss gives us a great opportunity to fulfill our mission “to reach out with loving Christian witness to all with whom we come into contact, especially those residing in the immediate neighborhood of our church.”  To that end, we are looking for volunteers to staff short shifts during the event for things like checking guests in, serving beverages, selling raffle tickets, set up, and clean up. If you’d like to help or want to learn more, please contact Julie Crain: jcrain@graceva.org | o703-534-5517 | c703-909-2070.  We are also looking for a few crafters to fill up our craft market, as well as a potential volunteer to staff a Thai Village table.

And don’t forget to buy your tickets! Use promo code “gracefamily” to get 25% off regular or VIP admission at www.truckandtoss.com.

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.

Lastly, I'll be out of town from Friday, August 27 - Sunday, August 29. My wife Jill and I will be attending a wedding in California. If a situation arises in which you are in need of immediate pastoral assistance, please contact Pastor Tim Satorius at 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 Kevin


August 14, 2021

Dear 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.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. worship.

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: Josh Koelpin Installed as Vicar: Josh Koelpin will be installed as vicar at 9:30 a.m. worship tomorrow. A welcome reception for Vicar Josh will follow in the Fellowship Room. You are invited!

Welcome Pantry Shower for Josh Koelpin: As a way of welcoming Josh to Grace and the Washington metro area, Grace is collecting non-perishable household goods (cleaning supplies, paper goods, canned and boxed foods, etc.) for Josh. This collection will take place through Monday, August 23. 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, please place your item(s) on the table in the Fellowship Room marked "Welcome Vicar Josh!"

Truck & Toss!!! The Grace Christian Academy fundraiser and community event will take place on Saturday, September 11th, and will include food trucks, craft beer, a craft market, children's activities, and the ever-popular cornhole tournament! Here are a few ways you can support Truck & Toss:

1) Pray for a great day to welcome the community to Grace!
2) Volunteer! We need folks to check in attendees, serve beer, sell raffle tickets, etc.
3) Purchase your tickets EARLY! It really helps with the planning if we know how many people are attending. (But last-minute walk-ins are always welcome!) Grace members can get 25% off their admission cost by using the discount code: "gracefamily".

Learn more at www.truckandtoss.com

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 Kevin

August 7, 2021

Dear 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.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Monday Evening Worship (7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 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 found here.

TOMORROW: A FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR VICAR DAVID YOUNG AT 10:30 A.M. Tomorrow Grace will bid "thank you and God's blessings" to Vicar David at a Farewell Reception at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Room. You are invited to the Farewell Reception!

As a part of the farewell, the Church Council would like to give anyone who wishes the opportunity to participate directly in giving a monetary thank you gift. If you would like contribute to this gift, or give him a thank you card, please place your items in the blue box labeled "Vicar Young Farewell" in the Fellowship Room by August 8. If you will be writing a check for this thank you gift, please make it payable to Grace Lutheran Church, and the church will forward all monies received to Vicar David.

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.

Welcome Pantry Shower for Vicar Josh Koelpin: Josh Koelpin will be installed as vicar on SundayAugust 15. From tomorrow through Monday, July 23, Grace will collect non-perishable household goods (cleaning supplies, paper goods, canned and boxed foods, etc.) as a means of welcoming Josh. 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, please place your item(s) on the table in the Fellowship Room marked "Welcome Vicar Josh!"

Truck & Toss!!! The Grace Christian Academy fundraiser and community event will take place on Saturday, September 11th, and will include food trucks, craft beer, a craft market, children's activities, and the ever-popular cornhole tournament! Here are a few ways you can support Truck & Toss:

1) Pray for a great day to welcome the community to Grace!
2) Volunteer! We need folks to check in attendees, serve beer, sell raffle tickets, etc.
3) Purchase your tickets EARLY! It really helps with the planning if we know how many people are attending. (But last-minute walk-ins are always welcome!) Grace members can get 25% off their admission cost by using the discount code: "gracefamily".

Learn more at www.truckandtoss.com

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 Kevin


July 31, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

Good afternoon! I hope this message finds all of you doing 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.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. worship.

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.

TOMORROW IS A FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR EMILY MENGES - GCA's Kindergarten Teacher for the 20-21 school year. On account of a military transfer, Emily and her family will soon be departing the area. In order to bid her thanks for a great job teaching, farewell, and God's blessings, Grace will be holding a Farewell Reception for Emily tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Room. You should have received an email a couple weeks ago that provided detailed information about the event.

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.
THIS WEDNESDAY, August 4th! The last session of this year's Summer Bible Study series - Then They Will Know That I Am the LORD  The study will take place in-person at Grace. An option to participate via Zoom will also be available. The agenda for the evening is:

6:30 p.m. Bring your own dinner/engage in conversation
7:00 p.m. Start time of study
8:00 p.m. Wrap up/clean up

Free child care will be provided by an adult provider during the study time (7:00 - 8:00 p.m.). If you'd like to make use of child care, please register with Vicar David at young@gracefallschurch.org or 262-370-7564.

THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 5:00-8:30 p.m.: Branches of the Vine BASH! This event is open to any rising 5th - 8th grader and will include a professionally run ARCHERY TAG game (basically dodge ball with bows & foam-padded arrows), AMAZING TACOS to eat, and of course, faith-encouraging time spent in God's Word. Rising 5th - 8th graders...see ya Friday!

NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 8: A FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR VICAR DAVID YOUNGOn August 8, Grace will bid farewell to Vicar David. As a part of the farewell, the Church Council would like to give anyone who wishes the opportunity to participate directly in giving a monetary thank you gift. If you would like contribute to this gift, or give him a thank you card, please place your items in the blue box labeled "Vicar Young Farewell" in the Fellowship Room by August 8. If you will be writing a check for this thank you gift, please make it payable to Grace Lutheran Church, and the church will forward all monies received to Vicar David.

Truck & Toss is back! The Grace Christian Academy fundraiser and community event will take place on Saturday, September 11th, and will include food trucks, craft beer, a craft market, children's activities, and the ever-popular cornhole tournament! Here are a few ways you can support Truck & Toss:

1) Pray for a great day to welcome the community to Grace!
2) Volunteer! We need folks to check in attendees, serve beer, sell raffle tickets, etc.
3) Purchase your tickets EARLY! It really helps with the planning if we know how many people are attending. (But last-minute walk-ins are always welcome!) Grace members can get 25% off their admission cost by using the discount code: "gracefamily".

Learn more at www.truckandtoss.com

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 Kevin



July 24, 2021


Dear Grace Family,

Good evening! I hope this message finds all of you doing 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.

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 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.
THIS WEDNESDAY, JULY 28th! Summer Bible Study at Grace - Then They Will Know That I Am the LORD
The theme of this Bible study borrows from a motif that runs throughout the book of Ezekiel: God wants his people to KNOW him and experience his goodness. In the Old Testament, Israel learns about who God is in many unique ways. Our study will offer a broad look at how God accomplished his goal with Israel in Old Testament times. There will be ample discussion concerning what we learn about God from this study and how we experience that same goodness from him.
 
The study will take place in-person at Grace on the following Wednesdays:
July 28
August 4
An option to participate via Zoom will also be available!
 
Come as your schedule allows!
6:30 p.m. Bring your own dinner/engage in conversation
7:00 p.m. Start time of study
8:00 p.m. Wrap up/clean up

Free child care will be provided by an adult provider during the study time (7:00 - 8:00 p.m.). If you'd like to make use of child care, please register with Vicar David at young@gracefallschurch.org or 262-370-7564.

NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, IS A FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR EMILY MENGES - GCA's Kindergarten Teacher for the 20-21 school year. On account of a military transfer, Emily and her family will soon be departing the area. In order to bid her thanks for a great job teaching, farewell, and God's blessings, Grace will be holding a Farewell Reception for Emily on Sunday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Room. You should have received an email that provided detailed information about the event.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! A FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR VICAR DAVID YOUNG IS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 8 AT 10:30 A.M. IN THE FELLOWSHIP ROOM. On August 8, Grace will bid farewell to Vicar David. As a part of the farewell, the Church Council would like to give anyone who wishes the opportunity to participate directly in giving a monetary thank you gift. If you would like contribute to this gift, or give him a thank you card, please place your items in the blue box labeled "Vicar Young Farewell" in the Fellowship Room by August 8. If you will be writing a check for this thank you gift, please make it payable to Grace Lutheran Church, and the church will forward all monies received to Vicar David.

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 Kevin

July 17, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

THANK YOU to everyone who attended Lydia Wilde's Installation & Welcome Reception last Sunday! The congregation's Welcome Pantry Shower for Lydia continues through Monday, July 19. If you would like to gift Lydia some non-perishable household goods (cleaning supplies, paper goods, canned and boxed foods, etc.) or a gift card to a local retailer or grocery store as a means of welcoming her, you are welcome to do that. Please place your item(s) on the table in the Fellowship Room marked "Welcome Lydia Wilde!"

THANK YOU to all who participated in last Sunday's Ministry Celebration Event! God provided us a beautiful summer late afternoon/early evening to be outdoors to enjoy a meal and some wonderful Christian fellowship!

And, THANK YOU to all who participated in last Sunday's Voters Meeting. Documents from the meeting were shared via an email that you should have received yesterday.

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.

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.
THIS WEDNESDAY, JULY 21st! Summer Bible Study at Grace - Then They Will Know That I Am the LORD
The theme of this Bible study borrows from a motif that runs throughout the book of Ezekiel: God wants his people to KNOW him and experience his goodness. In the Old Testament, Israel learns about who God is in many unique ways. Our study will offer a broad look at how God accomplished his goal with Israel in Old Testament times. There will be ample discussion concerning what we learn about God from this study and how we experience that same goodness from him.
 
The study will take place in-person at Grace on the following Wednesdays:
July 21, 28
August 4
An option to participate via Zoom will also be available!
 
Come as your schedule allows!
6:30 p.m. Bring your own dinner/engage in conversation
7:00 p.m. Start time of study
8:00 p.m. Wrap up/clean up

Free child care will be provided by an adult provider during the study time (7:00 - 8:00 p.m.). If you'd like to make use of child care, please register with Vicar David at young@gracefallschurch.org or 262-370-7564.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR & PLAN TO ATTEND: a Farewell Reception for Emily Menges - GCA's Kindergarten Teacher for the 20-21 school year. On account of a military transfer, Emily and her family will soon be departing the area. In order to bid her thanks for a great job teaching, farewell, and God's blessings, Grace will be holding a Farewell Reception for Emily on Sunday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Room. Yesterday you should have received an email that provided detailed information about the event.

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.

Lastly, I will be out of town until Tuesday. I will be at Grace of God Lutheran Church, Dix Hills, NY (Long Island) helping to install into the pastoral ministry one of Grace's former vicars--Tim Walsh. While I am away, if you are in need of immediate pastoral assistance, please reach out to me on my cell phone (703-839-2489) or contact Pastor Tim 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 Kevin


July 10, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

Tomorrow Lydia Wilde will be installed as Kindergarten Teacher at the 9:30 a.m. service. Following that service, a welcome reception will be held for Lydia in the Fellowship Room. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend!

Tomorrow begins the Welcome Pantry Shower for Lydia Wilde. From tomorrow through Monday, July 19, Grace will collect non-perishable household goods (cleaning supplies, paper goods, canned and boxed foods, etc.) as a means of welcoming Lydia. 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, please place your item(s) on the table in the Fellowship Room marked "Welcome Lydia Wilde!"

Tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. is Grace's Annual Ministry Celebration Event! This will include a meal (grilled burgers and hot dogs provided by Grace; please bring a food item to share; beverages, plates, eating utensils, etc. will be provided by Grace) and a brief time of giving thanks to God for his amazing goodness to us as a congregation at the halfway point in 2021. At this event, Grace will also offer HUGE THANKS to Julie Crain for serving as Grace's Summer Bible Camp Coordinator for 15+ years! Please come out Sunday afternoon, enjoy the barbecue, spend some time with your brothers and sisters in the faith, and give thanks to God for his many blessings to us!

Tomorrow will be a regularly scheduled Voters Meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. We'll gather together for the meeting in the Fellowship Room and provide a Zoom option. Zoom login information will be sent tomorrow. In addition to ministry reports and updates, a significant agenda item is the need for Grace to refinance one of its loans. Please participate in tomorrow night's meeting in order to get caught up on all that's happening at Grace, as well as to receive information about Grace refinancing a loan.

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.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Monday Evening Worship (July 12 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.
THIS WEDNESDAY, JULY 14TH! Summer Bible Study at Grace - Then They Will Know That I Am the LORD
The theme of this Bible study borrows from a motif that runs throughout the book of Ezekiel: God wants his people to KNOW him and experience his goodness. In the Old Testament, Israel learns about who God is in many unique ways. Our study will offer a broad look at how God accomplished his goal with Israel in Old Testament times. There will be ample discussion concerning what we learn about God from this study and how we experience that same goodness from him.
 
The study will take place in-person at Grace on the following Wednesdays:
July 14, 21, 28
August 4
An option to participate via Zoom will also be available!
 
Come as your schedule allows!
6:30 p.m. Bring your own dinner/engage in conversation
7:00 p.m. Start time of study
8:00 p.m. Wrap up/clean up

Free child care will be provided by an adult provider during the study time (7:00 - 8:00 p.m.). If you'd like to make use of child care, please register with Vicar David at young@gracefallschurch.org or 262-370-7564.

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 Kevin

July 3, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

Happy 4th of July Eve! I pray this message finds all of you well as we prepare to celebrate our nation's Independence Day tomorrow!

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.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9:30 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.

To view Grace's updated Reopening Guidance and Plans, please click 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.

THIS WEDNESDAY, JULY 7TH! Summer Bible Study at Grace - Then They Will Know That I Am the LORD
The theme of this Bible study borrows from a motif that runs throughout the book of Ezekiel: God wants his people to KNOW him and experience his goodness. In the Old Testament, Israel learns about who God is in many unique ways. Our study will offer a broad look at how God accomplished his goal with Israel in Old Testament times. There will be ample discussion concerning what we learn about God from this study and how we experience that same goodness from him.
 
The study will take place in-person at Grace on the following Wednesdays:
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 8
An option to participate via Zoom will also be available!
 
Come as your schedule allows!
6:30 p.m. Bring your own dinner/engage in conversation
7:00 p.m. Start time of study
8:00 p.m. Wrap up/clean up

Free child care will be provided by an adult provider during the study time (7:00 - 8:00 p.m.). If you'd like to make use of child care, please register with Vicar David at young@gracefallschurch.org or 262-370-7564.

NEXT SUNDAY:

Installation & Welcome of Lydia Wilde as GCA Kindergarten Teacher: Lydia will be installed as Kindergarten Teacher at the 9:30 a.m. service next Sunday, July 11. Following that service, a welcome reception will be held for Lydia in the Fellowship Room. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend!

Welcome Pantry Shower for Lydia Wilde: Grace will collect non-perishable household goods (cleaning supplies, paper goods, canned and boxed foods, etc.) as a means of welcoming Lydia. 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 starting Sunday, July 11 and going through Monday, July 19. Place them on the table in the Fellowship Room marked "Welcome Lydia Wilde!"

Ministry Celebration Event & Voters Meeting: Next Sunday, starting at 5:00 p.m., Grace will host a Ministry Celebration Event. This will include a meal (grilled burgers and hot dogs provided by Grace; please bring a food item to share; beverages, plates, eating utensils, etc. will be provided by Grace) and a brief time of giving thanks to God for his amazing goodness to us as a congregation at the halfway point in 2021. At this event, Grace will also offer HUGE THANKS to Julie Crain for serving as Grace's Summer Bible Camp Coordinator for nearly 20 years! This year's SBC was Julie's last serving as the conductor of the SBC train ride (if you were at SBC, you get the analogy--there was a railway theme to the event). Please come out Sunday afternoon, enjoy the barbecue, spend some time with your brothers and sisters in the faith (We didn't get to do that too much the last 15 months on account of COVID), and give thanks to God for his many blessings to us! And then....

....stick around for the regularly scheduled Voters Meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. We'll gather together for the meeting in the Fellowship Room and provide a Zoom option.

Mark Your Calendar: Sunday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m.: Farewell Reception for Emily Menges (K4-K5 Teacher at GCA during the 2020-2021 school year): We'll say thanks, goodbye, and God's blessings to Emily as she departs the GCA faculty and her family transitions to an overseas military assignment. Please watch for more details regarding this farewell event.

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.

Lastly, I will be at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI (just north of Milwaukee) this Tuesday-Wednesday attending a Vicar Supervisor Training Seminar. If you are in need of pastoral assistance while I am away, please reach out to me on my cell phone (call or text): 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 Kevin
 

June 26, 2021 

Dear Grace Family,

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

Yep, it happened! A near-the-end-of-the-COVID-pandemic Summer Bible Camp (SBC) with ~100 young souls from the community! What can one write other than, "Praise God! And thank you for your volunteerism of all kinds, financial support, and prayers!" Please continue to pray for God's blessings on the gospel that was shared at SBC! Thanks!

Want to see some cool pictures and videos of Summer Bible Camp (particularly last night's Closing Event!)? Please check them out at Grace's Facebook page!

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.

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.

To view Grace's updated Reopening Guidance and Plans, please click 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.

THIS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30TH! Summer Bible Study at Grace - Then They Will Know That I Am the LORD
The theme of this Bible study borrows from a motif that runs throughout the book of Ezekiel: God wants his people to KNOW him and experience his goodness. In the Old Testament, Israel learns about who God is in many unique ways. Our study will offer a broad look at how God accomplished his goal with Israel in Old Testament times. There will be ample discussion concerning what we learn about God from this study and how we experience that same goodness from him.
 
The study will take place in-person at Grace on the following Wednesdays:
June 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4
An option to participate via Zoom will also be available!
 
Come as your schedule allows!
6:30 p.m. Bring your own dinner/engage in conversation
7:00 p.m. Start time of study
8:00 p.m. Wrap up/clean up

Free child care will be provided by an adult provider during the study time (7:00 - 8:00 p.m.). If you'd like to make use of child care, please register with Vicar David at young@gracefallschurch.org or 262-370-7564.

Hank Hoenecke has RETURNED Grace's Call to serve as full-time Principal of Grace Christian Academy. Please stay tuned for future information and action on Grace's efforts to fill this ministry position.

Pastor Tim Satorius has RETURNED the Call to serve as pastor of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Santa Clarita, CA. We are thankful that Pastor Tim will be continuing in the public ministry at Grace and pray for God's continuing blessings on his ministry and family.

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 Kevin



June 19, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

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

This coming week Grace welcomes ~100 young souls from the community to Summer Bible Camp! Thank you for everything you've done so far to enable this camp to happen (e.g., volunteerism of all kinds, financial support, prayer that God fills the camp with young souls [which he did!])! Would you continue to pray for God's blessings on the camp (e.g., safety and health of all involved, that the gospel is shared and believed, etc.)? Thanks!

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. 
Holy Communion will be celebrated at the 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 found here.

To view Grace's updated Reopening Guidance and Plans, please click 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.

You're Invited to a Summer Bible Study at Grace - Then They Will Know That I Am the LORD
The theme of this Bible study borrows from a motif that runs throughout the book of Ezekiel: God wants his people to KNOW him and experience his goodness. In the Old Testament, Israel learns about who God is in many unique ways. Our study will offer a broad look at how God accomplished his goal with Israel in Old Testament times. There will be ample discussion concerning what we learn about God from this study and how we experience that same goodness from him.
 
The study will take place in-person at Grace on the following Wednesdays:
June 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 8
An option to participate via Zoom will also be available!
 
Come as your schedule allows!
6:30 p.m. Bring your own dinner/engage in conversation
7:00 p.m. Start time of study
8:00 p.m. Wrap up/clean up

Free child care will be provided by an adult provider during the study time (7:00 - 8:00 p.m.). If you'd like to make use of child care, please register with Vicar David at young@gracefallschurch.org or 262-370-7564.

Hank Hoenecke Called to Serve as Principal of Grace Christian Academy - Mr. Hank Hoenecke has been called to serve as the next principal of Grace Christian Academy. Hank has served as a school leader in Lutheran schools in Virginia, Wisconsin and Florida. As Hank and his wife Rachel consider the Call that Grace has extended, they invite Grace to keep them in prayer. Therefore let us ask that God bless the Hoeneckes with discernment, clarity, and peace as they give thought and prayer to serving alongside us.

Pastor Tim Satorius Receives Call - Pastor Satorius has received a Call to serve as pastor of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Santa Clarita, CA (north of Los Angeles). As Pastor Tim and his family consider the two Calls he is now holding (one to Grace; the other to Calvary) and seek to discern where to continue to serve in the public ministry (Northern Virginia or Santa Clarita), please remember the Satorius' in your prayers. Pray that God bless them with discernment, clarity and peace as they move through the Call deliberation process. Pastor Tim is open to receiving any thoughts or comments you wish to share with him about this, so don't hesitate to reach out to him.

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 Kevin


June 13, 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.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Monday Evening Worship (Monday, June 14).

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.

To view Grace's updated Reopening Guidance and Plans, please click 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.

Hank Hoenecke Called to Serve as Principal of Grace Christian Academy - At Wednesday evening's Special Voters Meeting, Grace called Hank Hoenecke to serve as the next principal of Grace Christian Academy. Hank has served as a school leader in Lutheran schools in Virginia, Wisconsin and Florida. As Hank and his wife Rachel consider the Call that Grace has extended, they invite Grace to keep them in prayer. Therefore let us ask that God bless the Hoeneckes with discernment, clarity, and peace as they give thought and prayer to serving alongside us.

Pastor Tim Satorius Receives Call - Pastor Satorius has received a Call to serve as pastor of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Santa Clarita, CA (north of Los Angeles). As Pastor Tim and his family consider the two Calls he is now holding (one to Grace; the other to Calvary) and seek to discern where to continue to serve in the public ministry (Northern Virginia or Santa Clarita), please remember the Satorius' in your prayers. Pray that God bless them with discernment, clarity and peace as they move through the Call deliberation process. Pastor Tim is open to receiving any thoughts or comments you wish to share with him about this, so don't hesitate to reach out to him.

Summer After-Service Refreshment Providers Needed With COVID restrictions easing, and the return to in-person worship becoming possible for more individuals, both members and guests, we hope to soon begin offering refreshments (coffee and snacks) after the worship services at 8:00 a.m.. 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. In order for this to happen, we need volunteers who are willing to provide and serve after each service. 

 

What would you need to do if you volunteered?
 

Coffee and paper products are provided by the church. Individuals are asked to provide pre-packaged snacks. Whoever does 8:00 a.m. worship would make coffee prior to the service and set out snacks for those who attend 8:00 a.m. worship. This pot of coffee normally last for all services. Those who volunteer for 9:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. services will need to provide snacks for their respective services.  The individual on 11:15 a.m. will need to perform some basic clean-up at the end of fellowship.

 

If you (and/or your family) would be interested in serving in this way, or if you have any questions, please contact Tricia Visscher at churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org or 703-798-5078.


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 Kevin


June 5, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

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

Tomorrow is Youth Confirmation at Grace! The Public Examination and Confirmation of this year's youth confirmands will take place at 3:00 p.m. at Grace. If you're not able to attend the service, you can watch it here. Please pray for our youth confirmands as they confess the Christian faith tomorrow--and as they go forward in their lives as Jesus-followers.

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.

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 found here.

To view Grace's updated Reopening Guidance and Plans, please click 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.

Pastor Tim Satorius Receives Call - Pastor Satorius has received a Call to serve as pastor of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Santa Clarita, CA (north of Los Angeles). As Pastor Tim and his family consider the two Calls he is now holding (one to Grace; the other to Calvary) and seek to discern where to continue to serve in the public ministry (Northern Virginia or Santa Clarita), please remember the Satorius' in your prayers. Pray that God bless them with discernment, clarity and peace as they move through the Call deliberation process. Pastor Tim is open to receiving any thoughts or comments you wish to share with him about this, so don't esitate to reach out to him.

SUMMER BIBLE CAMP!!! MEAL PROVIDERS NEEDED!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your support of the upcoming Summer Bible Camp has been great! At this point, the camp is ready to go in many ways. However, there is one BIG NEED; that is--providing meals for the Summer Bible Camp volunteers. If you would be moved to provide a meal, you could prepare something and bring it to Grace. Or, you could make a monetary donation to sponsor the purchase of a meal. If you'd like more information, or want to sign up to sponsor a meal, please contact Julie Crain at jcrain@graceva.org or 703-534-1719.
 

Summer After-Service Refreshment Providers Needed With COVID restrictions easing, and the return to in-person worship becoming possible for more individuals, both members and guests, we hope to soon begin offering refreshments (coffee and snacks) after the worship services at 8:00 a.m.. 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. In order for this to happen, we need volunteers who are willing to provide and serve after each service. 

 

What would you need to do if you volunteered?
 

Coffee and paper products are provided by the church. Individuals are asked to provide pre-packaged snacks. Whoever does 8:00 a.m. worship would make coffee prior to the service and set out snacks for those who attend 8:00 a.m. worship. This pot of coffee normally last for all services. Those who volunteer for 9:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. services will need to provide snacks for their respective services.  The individual on 11:15 a.m. will need to perform some basic clean-up at the end of fellowship.

 

If you (and/or your family) would be interested in serving in this way, or if you have any questions, please contact Tricia Visscher at churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org or 703-798-5078.


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

 
May 29, 2021


Dear Grace Family,

Good morning! Happy Saturday of Memorial Day weekend! 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.

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.

To view Grace's updated Reopening Guidance and Plans, please click 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.

This Thursday, June 3, at 7:00 p.m., Grace Christian Academy will graduate seven 8th graders. You are invited to the graduation service (held in the sanctuary). The service will be be live streamed. Congratulations to GCA's graduating class!

On Sunday, June 6, at 3:00 p.m., Grace will publicly exam and confirm nine young people. You are invited to this Public Examination & Youth Confirmation service (held in the sanctuary). The service will be live streamed. God's blessings to Grace's youth confirmands!

Pastor Tim Satorius Receives Call - Pastor Satorius has received a Call to serve as pastor of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, Santa Clarita, CA (north of Los Angeles). As Pastor Tim and his family consider the two Calls he is now holding (one to Grace; the other to Calvary) and seek to discern where to continue to serve in the public ministry (Northern Virginia or Santa Clarita), please remember the Satorius' in your prayers. Pray that God bless them with discernment, clarity and peace as they move through the Call deliberation process. Pastor Tim is open to receiving any thoughts or comments you wish to share with him about this, so don't hesitate to reach out to him.

SUMMER BIBLE CAMP!!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! Grace is planning to hold a limited capacity, in-person Summer Bible Camp the week of June 21-25th for children ages 3 through rising-6th-grade. (Rising 7th and 8th graders may register to help this year.) Holding an event of any size, especially during a pandemic, requires a lot of support. Please visit the volunteer registration site to see some of the jobs and donations we are looking to fill. www.gracefallschurch.org/sbc

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. While I am away, if 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


May 22, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

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

In last Saturday's UPDATE, I mentioned Virginia Governor Northam's easing of some face mask wearing requirements and easing some COVID restrictions beginning on May 28. I also wrote that Grace's Board of Elders would be meeting this week to discuss these items and their possible impact at Grace. In this week's UPDATE, I'm noting that the Board of Elders did discuss these matters this week. One decision that they made is that Grace will continue its current face mask wearing practice for tomorrow and until May 28 (all souls above age 5 wearing face coverings while inside Grace's facility--unless doing so would cause a health risk to someone). Starting on May 28, Grace will begin to implement the Governor's new COVID guidance. However, before then, the Board of Elders will communicate to Grace members how the new guidance will be implemented at Grace. The Board of Elders appreciates the congregation's understanding and patience as the Board works through these matters, seeking to serve all who worship at Grace and participate in the activities of the congregation.

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.

Tomorrow, Holy Communion will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. worship.

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.

SUMMER BIBLE CAMP!!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! Grace is planning to hold a limited capacity, in-person Summer Bible Camp the week of June 21-25th for children ages 3 through rising-6th-grade. (Rising 7th and 8th graders may register to help this year.) Holding an event of any size, especially during a pandemic, requires a lot of support. Please visit the volunteer registration site to see some of the jobs and donations we are looking to fill. www.gracefallschurch.org/sbc

This past Wednesday evening, seminary student Josh Koelpin was assigned to serve as Grace's next vicar. Josh is from New Ulm, MN (where our denomination's college of ministry [Martin Luther College] is located; Josh's dad is a professor there). Josh will arrive in Falls Church in mid-August to begin his vicar year. Please give God thanks for the blessing of another vicar that he has kindly given to Grace! Please also ask for God's blessings upon Josh and Grace as he carries out gospel ministry alongside us.

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.

In my service with the WELS Board for Home Missions, I will be in Huntersville, North Carolina on Wednesday and Thursday of this coming week, working with the mission congregation there. While I am away, if 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


May 15, 2021


Dear Grace Family,

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

Yesterday Virginia Governor Northam announced the easing of some face mask wearing requirements, beginning this morning at 12:00 a.m.; and the easing of some COVID restrictions beginning on May 28. This coming week (the week of May 16), Grace's Board of Elders is planning to discuss these items. There are a number of points to consider regarding the Governor's most recent COVID announcements and their possible implementation at Grace. Following the Board of Elder's discussion, the Board will announce guidance for Grace congregation as we come together at Grace for worship and activities. For tomorrow, Grace is maintaining its current practice of all souls above age 5 wearing face coverings while inside Grace's facility (unless doing so would cause a health risk to someone). The Board of Elders appreciates the congregation's understanding and patience as the Board works through this matter seeking to serve all who worship at Grace and participate in the activities of the congregation.

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.

Tomorrow, Holy Communion will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. worship.

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.

Grace Groups (Bible study/community groups) are going on right now! To get involved with a Grace Group (either via Zoom or in-person), please reach out to one of these Groups:

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom and In-Person in the District
Leader: Reese Hartmann (contact Reese at hartmannreese@gmail.com for more information)

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Leader: Carl DeSpiegelaere (contact Carl at cdespieg@gmail.com for more information)
 
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. via Zoom and in-person in Alexandria
Leader: Ben Menges (contact Ben at benmenges@hotmail.com for more information, including the Zoom login information).
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in-person at Grace (Outdoors under the tent! Remember PMPM in the fall? This Grace Group is very similar to that!)
Host: Ryan Weber Please contact Ryan for more information (Ryan - rjweber79@gmail.com).
 
SUMMER BIBLE CAMP!!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! Grace is planning to hold a limited capacity, in-person Summer Bible Camp the week of June 21-25th for children ages 3 through rising-6th-grade. (Rising 7th and 8th graders may register to help this year.) Holding an event of any size, especially during a pandemic, requires a lot of support. Please visit the volunteer registration site to see some of the jobs and donations we are looking to fill. www.gracefallschurch.org/sbc

Earlier today, Lydia Wilde was assigned to serve as Grace Christian Academy's kindergarten teacher, beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. Miss Wilde graduated from Martin Luther College this morning! She is from near Wausau, WI. Sometime in July she will arrive in Falls Church to begin serving alongside us in the ministry of GCA. Please give God thanks for the blessing of this kindergarten teacher that he has kindly given to GCA! Please also ask for God's blessings upon her and GCA as she begins her teaching ministry.

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

May 8, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

Good afternoon! I pray this message finds all of you well on "GCA Gala Day"! And speaking of the gala, it starts at 5:30 p.m.--and there's still time to register to participate! To do so, please click here. If you're unable to participate in the Gala, prayers are always appreciated! In this case, that this gala continues the tradition of the galas being uplifting and wonderful-financial-support-raising events for Grace Christian Academy!

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.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Monday Evening Worship (this Monday, May 10, starting 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.

Grace Groups (Bible study/community groups) are going on right now! To get involved with a Grace Group (either via Zoom or in-person), please reach out to one of these Groups:

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom and In-Person in the District
Leader: Reese Hartmann (contact Reese at hartmannreese@gmail.com for more information)

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Leader: Carl DeSpiegelaere (contact Carl at cdespieg@gmail.com for more information)
 
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. via Zoom and in-person in Alexandria
Leader: Ben Menges (contact Ben at benmenges@hotmail.com for more information, including the Zoom login information).
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in-person at Grace (Outdoors under the tent! Remember PMPM in the fall? This Grace Group is very similar to that!)
Hosts: Ryan & Sarah Weber Please contact Ryan or Sarah for more information (Ryan - rjweber79@gmail.com / Sarah - runzie413@gmail.com).
 
SUMMER BIBLE CAMP!!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! Grace is planning to hold a limited capacity, in-person Summer Bible Camp the week of June 21-25th for children ages 3 through rising-6th-grade. (Rising 7th and 8th graders may register to help this year.) Holding an event of any size, especially during a pandemic, requires a lot of support. Please visit the volunteer registration site to see some of the jobs and donations we are looking to fill. www.gracefallschurch.org/sbc

Call News: Mikayla Botts has accepted the Letter of Intent that Grace extended to her on April 25. To review what this means, it means that Mikayla has let Grace know that she is willing to consider a Call from Grace. For Grace, the Letter of Intent conveys to Mikayla the congregation's intent to extend a Call to her to teach K4 at GCA upon her graduation from college and approval for Virginia teacher licensure.
 
Eric and Janell Brown have returned the Calls that Grace extended to them to serve as Principal and Kindergarten Teacher, respectively. The Browns asked for our prayers for their continuing ministries in Palm Coast, FL and upon the Academy there. Let's include those things in our prayers!
 
Also for our prayers, let's thank God for Mikayla Botts' continuing commitment to GCA, her presence in the Academy for the upcoming school year, and ask God's blessings upon her as she completes her teaching degree.
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


May 1, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

Happy first day of May! 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.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9:30 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.

Grace Groups (Bible study/community groups) are going on right now! To get involved with a Grace Group (either via Zoom or in-person), please reach out to one of these Groups:

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom and In-Person in the District
Leader: Reese Hartmann (contact Reese at hartmannreese@gmail.com for more information)

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Leader: Carl DeSpiegelaere (contact Carl at cdespieg@gmail.com for more information)
 
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. via Zoom and in-person in Alexandria
Leader: Ben Menges (contact Ben at benmenges@hotmail.com for more information, including the Zoom login information).
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in-person at Grace (Outdoors under the tent! Remember PMPM in the fall? This Grace Group is very similar to that!)
Hosts: Ryan & Sarah Weber Please contact Ryan or Sarah for more information (Ryan - rjweber79@gmail.com / Sarah - runzie413@gmail.com).
 
You are invited to participate in the upcoming Bible Information Class (in English). Bible Information Class provides an overview of the basic teachings of the Christian faith and practices of the Lutheran church. This class is beneficial for those interested in joining Grace, as well as current members of Grace who may desire a "refresher" on the teachings of the class. If you would like more information about Bible Information Class, or to register, please contact me at wattles@gracefallschurch.org or 703-839-2489. The first meeting of this class will be this Tuesday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom.

SUMMER BIBLE CAMP!!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! Grace is planning to hold a limited capacity, in-person Summer Bible Camp the week of June 21-25th for children ages 3 through rising-6th-grade. (Rising 7th and 8th graders may register to help this year.) Holding an event of any size, especially during a pandemic, requires a lot of support. Please visit the volunteer registration site to see some of the jobs and donations we are looking to fill. www.gracefallschurch.org/sbc

Grace Christian Academy's VIRTUAL Gala is next Saturday, May 8th! GCA's annual gala is the school's biggest fundraiser of the year. The funds raised help to defray the costs of tuition assistance, COVID mitigation supplies, classroom technology, and more. Though virtual, this year's event will be quite unique, featuring a guided cheese tasting, games, raffles, and the opportunity to financially support the school. The last day to register for the cheese-tasting portion of the event is tomorrow (Sunday, May 2nd).  All the details and registration information can be found at: www.gcagala.com.

News from Last Sunday's Special Voters Meeting: Last Sunday, Grace called Janell Brown to serve as Kindergarten Teacher of Grace Christian Academy. Janell currently serves as a First Grade Teacher at Christ the King Academy in Palm Coast, Florida. Janell is married to Eric, whom Grace has called to serve as Principal of GCA. The Browns have three grown children.

Janell has responded to Grace's Call with the following letter:

Dear Members of the Grace Lutheran Church,

I am writing to acknowledge that I have received the Divine Call you extended to me on Sunday, April 25 to serve as Kindergarten teacher at Grace Christian Academy in Falls Church, VA. It is truly a blessing to consider this call to serve Jesus’ little lambs, their families, and Grace Lutheran Church.

Eric and I will continue to pray for clarity as we consider the calls to Grace Christian Academy and the calls we currently have at Christ the King Academy in Palm Coast, FL. We ask that you keep both ministries and us in your prayers during this time of deliberation. What a comfort it is to know that our Lord guides, directs, and provides for his Church in just the
right way, all the time.

Serving our Savior,
Janell Brown


At last Sunday's meeting, the Voters also unanimously voted to offer a Letter of Intent to Mikayla Botts to call her to serve as K4 Teacher upon her graduation from college in 2022. Mikayla is a graduate of GCA and currently in a teacher education program at a Virginia university. She also currently serves as an Educational Assistant at GCA, working primarily with the Kindergarten students.

I encourage all of us to keep the Browns, Mikayla Botts, and the ministries of Christ the King in Palm Coast, FL and Grace in our prayers...that God would provide human resources to both these locations to carry out gospel ministry through the schools.

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


April 24, 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.

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 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.

Grace Groups (Bible study/community groups) are going on right now! To get involved with a Grace Group (either via Zoom or in-person), please reach out to one of these Groups:


Mondays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom and In-Person in the District
Leader: Reese Hartmanm (contact Reese for more information)

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Leader: Carl DeSpiegelaere (contact Carl for more information)
 
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. via Zoom and in-person in Alexandria
Leader: Ben Menges (contact Ben for more information, including the Zoom login information).

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in-person at Grace
(Remember PMPM in the fall? This Grace Group is very similar to that! Outdoors under the tent!)
Hosts: Ryan & Sarah Weber Please contact Ryan or Sarah for more information. 

 
TOMORROW (Sunday, April 25): You are invited to participate in a Special Voters Meeting (and a potential Call Meeting for Grace Christian Academy) at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information on this Special Voters Meeting (and a potential Call Meeting), please reference the email you received about this from Grace on Monday, April 19.

You are invited to participate in the upcoming Bible Information Class (in English). Bible Information Class provides an overview of the basic teachings of the Christian faith and practices of the Lutheran church. This class is beneficial for those interested in joining Grace, as well as current members of Grace who may desire a "refresher" on the teachings of the class. If you would like more information about Bible Information Class, or to register, please contact me at wattles@gracefallschurch.org or 703-839-2489.

SUMMER BIBLE CAMP!!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! Grace is planning to hold a limited capacity, in-person Summer Bible Camp the week of June 21-25th for children ages 3 through rising-6th-grade. (Rising 7th and 8th graders may register to help this year.) Holding an event of any size, especially during a pandemic, requires a lot of support. Please visit the volunteer registration site to see some of the jobs and donations we are looking to fill. www.gracefallschurch.org/sbc

Come to the best (and hopefully last ??Grace Christian Academy VIRTUAL Gala on Saturday, May 8th! The format will be quite different from last year’s online event and will include a professionally guided cheese class, games, prizes, raffles, and the opportunity to raise your virtual paddle in support of Christian education in our community. All the details and registration information can be found at: www.gcagala.com.

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---

PastorWattles


April 17, 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.

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.

Grace Groups (Bible study/community groups) begin this coming week! (the week of April 18) 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 and In-Person in the District
Leader: Reese Hartmanm (contact Reese for more information)

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Leader: Carl DeSpiegelaere (contact Carl for more information)
 
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. via Zoom and in-person in Alexandria
Leader: Ben Menges (contact Ben for more information, including the Zoom login information).

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in-person at Grace (outdoors under the tent!)
Hosts: Ryan & Sarah Weber Please contact Ryan or Sarah for more information. 

Call News from Last Sunday's Call Meeting: Last Sunday, Grace called Eric Brown to serve as Principal of Grace Christian Academy. Eric currently serves as Principal of Christ the King Academy in Palm Coast, Florida. Eric is married to Janell. Eric & Janell have three grown children.

Eric has responded to Grace's Call with the following letter:

Members of the Grace Lutheran Church and Grace Christian Academy Family,
 
I am writing to inform you that on Monday, April 12, I received your divine call to serve as principal at Grace Christian Academy. It is certainly a privilege to serve in the Kingdom and I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to get to consider this opportunity to serve the LORD's people in Falls Church, VA and the surrounding communities. 
 
My wife, Janell, and I look forward to reviewing all of the information about Grace Lutheran Church and Grace Christian Academy and speaking with your leadership in the days ahead. We also ask for your prayers as we consider this new call for me alongside the calls we currently have at Christ the King Academy in Palm Coast, FL. What a comfort to know that the LORD of the Church is firmly in control and he promises to work all things out for the good of those who love him. 
 
Have a great day in the LORD, always!
 
Serving our Savior,
Eric Brown
You are invited to participate in a Special Voters Meeting (and a potential Call Meeting for Grace Christian Academy) on Sunday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. "Wait, what are you talking about? Wasn't that last Sunday? Didn't the previous announcement speak to that?" So.... some new information has come about that necessitates this meeting. Much more detailed information will be coming to your email inboxes on Monday, April 19. Please watch for the email and read it! Until then, please reserve Sunday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. for a Special Voters Meeting (and a potential Call Meeting)--and plan to participate!

You are invited to participate in the upcoming Bible Information Class (in English). Bible Information Class provides an overview of the basic teachings of the Christian faith and practices of the Lutheran church. This class is beneficial for those interested in joining Grace, as well as current members of Grace who may desire a "refresher" on the teachings of the class. If you would like more information about Bible Information Class, or to register, please contact me at wattles@gracefallschurch.org or 703-839-2489.

SUMMER BIBLE CAMP!!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! Grace is planning to hold a limited capacity, in-person Summer Bible Camp the week of June 21-25th for children ages 3 through rising-6th-grade. (Rising 7th and 8th graders may register to help this year.) Holding an event of any size, especially during a pandemic, requires a lot of support. Please visit the volunteer registration site to see some of the jobs and donations we are looking to fill. www.gracefallschurch.org/sbc

Come to the best (and hopefully last ??Grace Christian Academy VIRTUAL Gala on Saturday, May 8th! The format will be quite different from last year’s online event and will include a professionally guided cheese class, games, prizes, raffles, and the opportunity to raise your virtual paddle in support of Christian education in our community. All the details and registration information can be found at: www.gcagala.com.

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



April 10, 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.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. worship tomorrow.

Holy Communion will also be celebrated at Monday Evening Worship (April 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 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.

You are invited to participate in Grace's Congregational Meeting and Call Meeting TOMORROW, Sunday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. This is Grace's regularly scheduled Congregational Meeting at which information will be provided about the ongoing ministries of Grace, as well as future ministry plans. At the conclusion of this Congregational Meeting, there will be a Call Meeting at which two Calls will be extended. One Call will be for the Principal of Grace Christian Academy (GCA). The other Call that will be extended will be for a K4-K5 Teacher for GCA.

You are invited to participate in the upcoming Bible Information Class (in English). Bible Information Class provides an overview of the basic teachings of the Christian faith and practices of the Lutheran church. This class is beneficial for those interested in joining Grace, as well as current members of Grace who may desire a "refresher" on the teachings of the class. If you would like more information about Bible Information Class, or to register, please contact me at wattles@gracefallschurch.org or 703-839-2489.

A New Session of Grace Groups Begins the Week of April 18! Grace Groups are community/Bible study groups that meet weekly at people's homes, at Grace, or via Zoom. The topic for study/discussion is the Biblical text presented in the previous Sunday/Monday sermon. The groups are facilitated by trained lay leaders. The groups have proved to be a great way to connect with other Christians while exploring God's Word together! Please watch for more information coming soon about the start of the next session of Grace Groups!

SUMMER BIBLE CAMP!!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! Grace is planning to hold a limited capacity, in-person Summer Bible Camp the week of June 21-25th for children ages 3 through rising-6th-grade. (Rising 7th and 8th graders may register to help this year.) Holding an event of any size, especially during a pandemic, requires a lot of support. Please visit the volunteer registration site to see some of the jobs and donations we are looking to fill. www.gracefallschurch.org/sbc

SUMMER BIBLE CAMP - REGISTRATION OPENS TOMORROW!!! Summer Bible Camp registration for Grace church and school families will open on Monday, April 12th.  Registration will open to the community on April 19th. Because we will only be able to welcome about half the number of children we usually do, spaces will fill up fast. Church and school families with children can look for an email this coming Monday morning which will include a registration link. Those who miss the cut-off or who do not wish to participate in an in-person event will can request a “Summer Bible Camp in a Bag” by emailing: camp@gracefallschurch.org.

Come to the best (and hopefully last ??Grace Christian Academy VIRTUAL Gala on Saturday, May 8th! The format will be quite different from last year’s online event and will include a professionally guided cheese class, games, prizes, raffles, and the opportunity to raise your virtual paddle in support of Christian education in our community. All the details and registration information can be found at: www.gcagala.com.

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


April 3, 2021

Dear Grace Family,

Good afternoon! I pray this message finds all of you well on this Saturday before Easter!

Tomorrow's Easter worship schedule at Grace will be:

6:30 a.m.
 (English; in-person; outdoors. NOTE: At this point, we are planning to hold the service outside. It's going to be cold [AccuWeather currently forecasts 38-ish degrees Fahrenheit for the start of the service], so if you're coming, please dress appropriately.)

8:00 a.m. (English; Traditional; in-person)
                          
9:30 a.m. (English; Traditional, in-person & live streamed)
                          
11:15 a.m. (English; Contemporary; in-person & live streamed)
                          
12:30 p.m. (Spanish; in-person; outdoors)

There will be no Monday Evening Service on Monday, April 5.

Communion will not be celebrated at tomorrow's 9:30 a.m. service. Instead, Communion will be celebrated at the 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday, April 11.

You're Invited to Place Real Flowers on Grace's Easter Cross - For decades Grace has invited members to place freshly cut flowers on the "Easter Cross" that spends the majority of Easter Sunday on the sidewalk in front of Grace as a testimony to all who pass by about the beautiful spiritual and eternal life we have on account of faith in the Risen Savior.

Grace is continuing this Easter custom this year. You are invited to place a real flower (or flowers) on the Easter Cross. It will be present on the sidewalk in front of Grace from sun-up tomorrow through the remainder of the day.
 
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.

You are invited to participate in Grace's Congregational Meeting and Call Meeting on Sunday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. This is Grace's regularly scheduled Congregational Meeting at which information is provided about the ongoing ministries of Grace, as well as future ministry plans. At the conclusion of this Congregational Meeting, there will be a Call Meeting at which two Calls will be extended. One Call will be for the Principal of Grace Christian Academy (GCA) since Andy Baxter returned Grace's last Call. The other Call that will be extended will be for a K4-K5 Teacher for GCA since Emily Menges will not be returning to teach K4-K5 next school year on account of a family military transfer.

You are invited to participate in the upcoming Bible Information Class (in English). Bible Information Class provides an overview of the basic teachings of the Christian faith and practices of the Lutheran church. This class is beneficial for those interested in joining Grace, as well as current members of Grace who may desire a "refresher" on the teachings of the class. If you would like more information about Bible Information Class, or to register, please contact me at wattles@gracefallschurch.org or 703-839-2489.

A New Session of Grace Groups Begins the Week of April 18! Grace Groups are community/Bible study groups that meet weekly at people's homes, at Grace, or via Zoom. The topic for study/discussion is the Biblical text presented in the previous Sunday/Monday sermon. The groups are facilitated by trained lay leaders. The groups have proved to be a great way to connect with other Christians while exploring God's Word together! Please watch for more information coming soon about the start of the next session of Grace Groups!

A Note from GCA Development Manager Julie Crain regarding the Upcoming VIRTUAL GALA: We have been closely monitoring the pandemic with hopes that we would be able to hold an in-person Gala celebrating the Grace Christian Academy ministry. Given the current CDC guidelines regarding events, a gathering of this size will not be possible this spring. While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to gather as in the past, we see glimpses of the light at the end of this long tunnel. In the meantime, we are planning a virtual event which promises to be something out of the ordinary and will offer a chance for supporters of the school to engage with each other.  Please mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, May 8th and look for details soon!

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
 

March 31, 2021

Dear Grace Family,
 
Good afternoon! It's Wednesday of Holy Week....

Wednesday of Holy Week is sometimes called "Silent Wednesday" because the Bible is "silent" about what happened on that day. That day could have been another busy day of teaching and healing for Jesus, or he may have been "hangin' and chillin'" with his dear friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus in Bethany. We don't know because the Bible doesn't tell us. It's "silent" on that.

In the spirit of "Silent Wednesday" of Holy Week, I'm inviting you to observe some "silence" on this Wednesday. Since this email is coming well into the afternoon, perhaps you've already done that--or you've got a plan to later today or tonight. Perhaps this could be setting aside some special quiet time for reading the Bible or prayer. Maybe it could be going on a walk by yourself or with a family member(s) and pondering and discussing some things about Holy Week while you walk (Helpful Hint: Take an umbrella!). Maybe it could be spending some quiet time by yourself at the kitchen table or in your favorite "spot" in your home simply reflecting on God and what God has done for you. These are just some ideas of how you could spend some "silent" time today as you remember the "Silent Wednesday" that Jesus lived for you.

REMINDER: TOMORROW'S NIGHT'S MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE starts at 7:00 p.m. The service will be in-person and live streamed. Holy Communion will be celebrated in the sanctuary. 

May God bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---

Pastor W.



March 30, 2021

Dear Grace Family,
 
Good afternoon! It's Tuesday of Holy Week....

Matthew 21:23-26:2 tells us about Tuesday of the first Holy Week--and the teaching that Jesus offered on that day. Because of the volume of Jesus' teaching that the Bible records for this day, Tuesday of Holy Week is sometimes called "Busy Tuesday." Consider taking some time today or tonight to read the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 21:23-26:2. In order to help apply these words of Jesus to your life, as you read, ask yourself these questions:

1. What is Jesus saying to me here? In other words, what's the "story line" of Jesus' teaching?

2. What, in Jesus' teaching here, convicts me, makes me sad, or gives me a command? Said another way, how is God's Law speaking to me in these words?

3. What, in Jesus' teaching here, tells me about God's love for me? Or about what Jesus has done, is doing, or will do for me? What offers me comfort or gives me joy? Said another way, how is God's Gospel speaking to me in these words?

4. What does Jesus' teaching here lead me to believe?

5. What does Jesus' teaching here lead me to pray about or do?

Tomorrow is the last day to sign up to sponsor flowers on Grace's altar for Easter. If you'd like to do that, please contact Tricia Visscher at (email) churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; (office phone) 703-534-1719.

May God bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---

Pastor W.


March 29, 2021
 
Dear Grace Family,
 
Good afternoon! It's Monday of Holy Week....

Matthew 21:12-13 tells us that on Monday of the first Holy Week, "Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 'It is written,' he said to them, 'My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”

Jesus carried out the actions that he did, and said what he said, because what the religious leaders of Judaism at Jesus' time were permitting to happen in the temple, was getting in the way of people's following of God.

On this Monday of Holy Week, let's take a few moments and ponder what Jesus did long ago to help people in their following of God. Let's also consider what Jesus continually calls on you and me to do to help us in our following of God--clear out from our hearts, minds, and lives what may be getting in the way of that. A word that is often used for this in Christianity is repentance. Repentance is about turning away from something (or some things) that are harmful to our relationship with God, and turning to God in faith, seeking forgiveness, renewal, and a way forward.

So what are those things that are getting in the way of your following of God--and mine? Let us take some time today to consider that. However, as we do, and as we come up with something (or some things), let us not despair. Let us not allow guilt or shame to win out. Let us remember why Jesus was in the temple on Monday of the first Holy Week. He was there because he was on a journey. Jesus was on the journey to the cross on Good Friday. There, at the cross, Jesus paid for each and every one of our sins to make us right with God (justify us). Romans 8:1 tells us that "there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." On account of God's grace to you and to me, and his gift of faith in Jesus to us, the beautiful words of that verse apply to you and me.

On this Monday of Holy Week, as we ponder clearing from our hearts, minds, and lives that thing (or those things) that is (are) in the way of our following of God, I leave you with these words from Psalm 51, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence    or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me" (10-12).

Also on this Monday of Holy Week, if you have been meaning to contact Tricia Visscher to sponsor flowers on Grace's altar at Easter, but haven't yet done so, you have until this Wednesday (March 31) to do that. Tricia's contract information is (email) churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; (office phone) 703-534-1719.

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

March 27, 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 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.

Grace's Holy Week Worship Schedule:

Maundy Thursday, April 1: 
7:00 p.m. (English; in-person & live streamed; Holy Communion celebrated)
Good Friday, April 2: 7:00 p.m. (English; in-person & live streamed)
                                     8:30 p.m. (Spanish; in-person & live streamed)
Easter, April 4: 6:30 a.m. (English; in-person; outdoors, if weather permitting--otherwise in the sanctuary)
                           8:00 a.m. (English; Traditional; in-person)
                           9:30 a.m. (English; Traditional, in-person & live streamed)
                           11:15 a.m. (English; Contemporary; in-person & live streamed)
                           12:30 p.m. (Spanish; in-person & live streamed)
There will be no Monday Evening Service on Monday, April 5.

Place Real Flowers on Grace's Easter Cross - For decades Grace has invited members to place freshly cut flowers on the "Easter Cross" that spends the majority of Easter Sunday on the sidewalk in front of Grace as a testimony to all who pass by about the beautiful spiritual and eternal life we have on account of faith in the Risen Savior.

Grace is continuing this Easter custom this year. You are invited to place a real flower (or flowers) on the Easter Cross. It will be present on the sidewalk in front of Grace from sun-up on Easter through the remainder of the day.

Want to help beautify Grace's altar by sponsoring flowers for Easter Sunday? If interested, please contact Tricia Visscher no later than Wednesday, March 31. Tricia's contact information is churchadmin@gracefallschurch.org; 703-534-1719. Thank you for considering this!

The "40 Days of Giving" Non-perishable Food & Clothing Drive Is Going Very Well! Coordinators Bill & Jennifer Hatzfeld report that the Lenten non-perishable food and clothing drive has been going very well! Substantial amounts of non-perishable food items and clothes have been collected and taken to donation locations. Some items have even been shared directly with those in need! Additionally, the drive has received volunteer support from Grace adult members and children--as well as a friend of one of the young people! (Nathaniel, thanks for bringing your buddy Ethan to help with collections!) Many flyers have been given to donors inviting them to return to Grace for Easter...and the gospel was shared with someone who didn't know much about Jesus--but does now!

Thanks to all who have donated to the food and clothing drive, as well as volunteered! And thanks to God for his tremendous blessings on this event! The non-perishable food drive and clothing drive will continue for one more week and conclude on Easter. If you have more non-perishable food or gently used/new clothing to contribute, please bring them!

A Note from GCA Development Manager Julie Crain regarding the Upcoming VIRTUAL GALA: We have been closely monitoring the pandemic with hopes that we would be able to hold an in-person Gala celebrating the Grace Christian Academy ministry. Given the current CDC guidelines regarding events, a gathering of this size will not be possible this spring. While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to gather as in the past, we see glimpses of the light at the end of this long tunnel. In the meantime, we are planning a virtual event which promises to be something out of the ordinary and will offer a chance for supporters of the school to engage with each other.  Please mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, May 8th and look for details soon!

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