COVID-19
November 28, 2020


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

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


November 25, 2020

Grace Family,

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

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

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


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

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

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


November 21, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

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


November 14, 2020

Grace Family,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


November 7,2020

Grace Family,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October31, 2020

Grace Family,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 24, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for taking the time to read this UPDATE!

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


October 17, 2020

Grace Family,


I hope this message finds all of you well!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Wattles

October 11, 2020 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Wattles


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
September 26, 202

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 19, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Silent Auction is open for bidding now! 

Registration is free!  Click here to register.

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

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

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

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

 
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September 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

August 28, 2020

   

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

August 22, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


August 16, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


August 13, 2020

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

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

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

One tap mobile
+16465588656,,84739460830#
Meeting ID: 847 3946 0830

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

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

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


August 8, 2020

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

Holy Communion will be celebrated at the 7:30 p.m. Monday service.
 
Grace will also continue to live stream worship tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.

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

TOMORROW, after the 11:15 a.m. service (so about 12:00 noon), Grace will hold a Farewell Reception for Vicar Tim & Ruth Walsh, and their children--Eliana and Henry. You are invited! Later next week the Walshes will depart for Vicar Tim's last year at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.

On account of the ramifications of COVID-19, this farewell reception will be different than previous vicar farewell receptions. Instead of meeting in the Fellowship Room, we'll gather outside on the parking lot (for social distancing reasons). And unfortunately we won't be able to share in any reception cake or beverages. However, we will be able to say our "good byes" and "God's blessings" to the Walshes. Additionally, Grace is giving you the opportunity to share any thank-you cards, notes, monetary gifts (or otherwise) with the Walshes. You may bring these items to the farewell, or if you will not be attending in person, you can mail any cards, notes, gifts, etc. to Grace. Please address them in the following way:

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
3233 Annandale Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22042

Any cards, notes, gifts, etc. will be passed on to the Walshes.

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

A Memorial Service for Jim Beckmann, whose soul the Lord called to heaven on Friday, June 19, will be held at Grace this Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m.

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

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

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


August 5, 2020

This Sunday, August 9, after the 11:15 a.m. service (so about 12:00 noon), Grace will hold a Farewell Reception for Vicar Tim & Ruth Walsh, and their children--Eliana and Henry. You are invited! Later next week the Walshes will depart for Vicar Tim's last year at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.

On account of the ramifications of COVID-19, this farewell reception will be different than previous vicar farewell receptions. Instead of meeting in the Fellowship Room, we'll gather outside on the parking lot (for social distancing reasons). And unfortunately we won't be able to share in any reception cake or beverages. However, we will be able to say our "good byes" and "God's blessings" to the Walshes. Additionally, Grace is giving you the opportunity to share any thank-you cards, notes, monetary gifts (or otherwise) with the Walshes. You may bring these items to the farewell, or if you will not be attending in person, you can mail any cards, notes, gifts, etc. to Grace. Please address them in the following way:

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
3233 Annandale Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22042

At the reception, any cards, notes, gifts, etc. will be passed on to the Walshes.

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

Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!

Both Pastor Satorius and I will be out of town tomorrow - Saturday. If you need immediate pastoral assistance, please contact us on our cell phones (Pastor Satorius - 703-677-7269; Pastor Wattles - 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---


August 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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


July 29, 2020

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

Tonight the last session of the virtual Bible study, "The Very First Christian Sermons," meets via Zoom, 7:00-8:15 p.m. Login and study guide information can be here. You're invited to join tonight's study!

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

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


July 26, 2020

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

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

A brand new edition of Sunday Morning LIVE (online Summer Sunday School--with puppets!) will be available tomorrow at Grace's website (gracefallschurch.org/live)!
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. This will be the first session of a brand new study on the New Testament Book of First Corinthians! Andy Miller will lead the study. You can reach him here for more information.

"The First Christian Sermons" online Bible study will take place Wednesday, 7:00-8:15 p.m. You can find out more information about this Bible study and how to participate in it, by clicking here.

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

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

 
July 22, 2020

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

Tonight the online Bible study, "The Very First Christian Sermons," meets via Zoom, 7:00-8:15 p.m. Login and study guide information can be here. You're invited to join tonight's study!

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

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


July 18, 2020

Grace Family,
 
Good afternoon! I think this afternoon's weather is an example of "the dog days of summer"--those hot, humid days that come in July and August. Wherever this message finds you on this "dog day," I hope it finds you well!

Today's UPDATE is a short one. These things:

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

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

"The First Christian Sermons" online Bible study will take place Wednesday, 7:00-8:15 p.m. You can find out more information about this Bible study and how to participate in it, by clicking here.

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

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


July 15, 2020


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

Why is there a picture of a storage container at the top of this UPDATE? And the next time you are at Grace, why will you see this storage container on Grace's parking lot? Grace Christian Academy is beginning classes on August 26! Although August 26th is more than a month away, Grace Christian Academy is preparing to welcome students back to campus on that date. Part of those preparations include removing as many non-essential items as possible from GCA's classrooms so that as many students as possible can be seated in the classrooms in a healthy and safe way. Now you know why the storage container is on Grace's parking lot (so that the extra classroom items can be stored in the container). Please pray for God's blessings of good health and safety for all as GCA prepares for classes to resume!

"The Very First Christian Sermons" Bible study takes place tonight, 7:00-8:15 p.m. via Zoom. You're invited to participate! Zoom login information and tonight's study guide can be found here.

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

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

July 11, 2020

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

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

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Monday Evening Worship on July 13. The start time for that service is 7:30 p.m.
 
Grace will also continue to live stream worship tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.
 
Tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. is Grace's 4th Annual Ministry Celebration Event! On account of COVID-19, this event will be conducted differently than in previous years. This year all attendees are invited to bring their own food, beverages, eating utensils, chairs, blankets, etc. for a picnic-style event on the parking lot and green space at Grace. We'll appropriately socially distance ourselves, but still enjoy each other's company and the great outdoors on a beautiful summer afternoon.

Grace will also hold a Voters Meeting TOMORROW, 7:30-9:00 p.m. You're invited to participate! There will be two ways that you can participate--in person in the sanctuary, or online via Zoom. Watch your email tomorrow for Zoom login information, as well as an electronic "meeting information packet."

"The First Christian Sermons" online Bible study will take place Wednesday, 7:00-8:15 p.m. You can find out more information about this Bible study and how to participate in it, by clicking here.

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

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


July 8, 2020

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

This week's edition of the online Bible study, "The Very First Christian Sermons," takes on a different look (Vicar Tim is out of town). Information for this week's edition of "The Very First Christian Sermons" can be found here. You're invited to be involved!

You are invited to the 4th Annual Ministry Celebration Event this Sunday, July 12, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Grace. On account of COVID-19, this event will be conducted differently than in previous years. This year all attendees are invited to bring their own food, beverages, eating utensils, chairs, blankets, etc. for a picnic-style event on the parking lot and green space at Grace. We'll appropriately socially distance ourselves, but still enjoy each other's company and the great outdoors on a beautiful summer afternoon.

Following the Ministry Celebration Event, Grace will have its mid-year Voters Meeting, 7:30-9:00 p.m. There will be two ways you can participate in this event. If you are still on Grace's campus and want to participate in the sanctuary (the location from which the meeting will be Zoomed), you are welcome to do that. If you prefer to participate from home, that option will be available as well since the meeting will take place via Zoom.

A Memorial Service for Jim Beckmann, whose soul the Lord called to heaven on Friday, June 19, will be held on Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Grace.

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

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


 
July 4, 2020 

Grace Family,
 
Happy 4th of July! 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 9:30 a.m. For the specifics of in-person worship at Grace during Phase 3 of Virginia's Reopening, please click here.
 
Grace will also continue to live stream worship tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams at gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here. Regarding the live streams, I want to let you know that we are aware of the trouble with last Sunday's 9:30 a.m. live stream. We have been working with Grace's technology service provider and Grace's internet provider to resolve the issue. While I believe we are making headway, we may not have yet reached the point of complete resolution. Without going into all the details, I'll just say, "It's a tricky issue." And with that, I'm also asking for your patience as we continue to work to resolve the issue. This certainly isn't our desire that this trouble would be occurring. In terms of when might be this trouble be fixed once and for all, my hope is that by Sunday, July 12 this issue is behind us. In the meantime, if there is trouble viewing the 9:30 a.m. live stream tomorrow, here are some options:
--View the 9:30 a.m. service at a later time. One of the interesting things about the problem with the 9:30 a.m. live stream is that it only affects the 9:30 a.m. live stream while it is actually live streaming. The recording of the service, which can be viewed at any time later, does not have the issue. Additionally, the 9:30 a.m. live stream is the only live streamed event affected. The 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. live streams are fine, as are the Monday-Saturday Psalms devotionals.
--View the 11:15 a.m. live stream instead of the 9:30 a.m. live stream.

A brand new edition of Sunday Morning LIVE (online Summer Sunday School--with puppets!) will be available tomorrow at Grace's website (gracefallschurch.org/live)!
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Andy Miller will lead the study. You can reach him here for more information.

"The First Christian Sermons" online Bible study will take place again this week. However, this week the format for the Bible study will be different. Please watch your email for more details.

Please keep in mind that you are invited to Grace's 4th Annual Ministry Celebration Event next Sunday, July 12, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Grace. On account of COVID-19, this event will be conducted differently than in previous years. This year all attendees are invited to bring their own food, beverages, eating utensils, chairs, blankets, etc. for a picnic-style event on the parking lot and green space at Grace. We'll appropriately socially distance ourselves, but still enjoy each other's company and the great outdoors on a beautiful summer afternoon.

Grace will also hold a Voters Meeting next Sunday, 7:30-9:00 p.m. You're invited to participate! There will be two ways that you can participate--in person in the sanctuary, or online via Zoom. Watch your email for more details as next Sunday's Voters Meeting draws closer.
 
Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

Finally, given that today is a national holiday to recognize our nation's independence and the freedoms and blessings associated with that, I close this UPDATE with a prayer.

Gracious and Almighty God, as our country celebrates the anniversary of its Independence Day, the words of a hymn come to mind: “O God, our help in ages past, our Hope for years to come.” We give you thanks for the many freedoms that we enjoy in this nation. Stir within us the understanding that along with freedom comes responsibility. To that end, make each of us willing to serve one another in love and to obey the laws of the United States. Bless and guide all who hold positions of leadership in our government at the local, state, and national levels. May their governance be in line with your will. Restore to good health those who are suffering from COVID-19 and other ailments. Grant that an effective vaccine for "the virus" be brought to the citizenry of this country and others--quickly! May our financial institutions remain secure. Strengthen our economy. Bless our fields that they may produce abundant harvests. Guard us from the calamities of nature. Grant the blessing of peace to our country so that your gospel may continue to be proclaimed without hindrance in order that hearts can be turned from the captivity of sin to the joy of the freedom that Jesus has earned and freely gives. We ask for all these things in Jesus' name. Amen.

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


July 1, 2020

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

TONIGHT, from 7:00 - 8:15 p.m., the Zoom Bible study, "The Very First Christian Sermons" meets. You are invited to participate! Zoom login information for this study, as well as the guide for the study, can be found here.

You are invited to the 4th Annual Ministry Celebration Event on Sunday, July 12, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Grace. On account of COVID-19, this event will be conducted differently than in previous years. This year all attendees are invited to bring their own food, beverages, eating utensils, chairs, blankets, etc. for a picnic-style event on the parking lot and green space at Grace. We'll appropriately socially distance ourselves, but still enjoy each other's company and the great outdoors on a beautiful summer afternoon.

Following the Ministry Celebration Event, Grace will have its mid-year Voters Meeting, 7:30-9:00 p.m. There will be two ways you can participate in this event. If you are still on Grace's campus and want to participate in the sanctuary (the location from which the meeting will be Zoomed), you are welcome to do that. If you prefer to participate from home, that option will be available as well since the meeting will take place via Zoom.

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

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


June27, 2020

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

Tomorrow, Grace will offer in-person worship. For the current particulars on in-person worship at Grace, please click here.
 
Grace will also continue to live stream worship tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams here gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.

A brand new edition of Sunday Morning LIVE (online Summer Sunday School--with puppets!) will be available tomorrow at Grace's website (gracefallschurch.org/live)!
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Andy Miller will lead the study. You can reach him here for more information.

Wednesday, July 1, 7:00-8:15 p.m., offers another meeting of the multi-session Bible study, "The First Christian Sermons." You're invited to participate! More information can be found here.
 
Please feel free to make use of Grace's pastoral care (private Communion, counseling, etc.). Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to help you however we may be able to. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
 
Thank you for your continuing financial contributions to support Grace's ministries! If you would like to make a financial gift to Grace, you can do so by going to Grace's website gracefallschurch.org/giving. Or you can mail your gift to Grace at 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22042.

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


June 18, 2020

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

I thank God for the many of you--and many others--who continue to worship at Grace via the live streams. I also thank God for the 132 souls who worshiped in-person this past Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. You'll have the opportunity to join your hearts together in faith once again this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday--as well as via the live streams at 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.

This coming Sunday will also offer a farewell for Grace's outgoing principal/development director--Patrick Hurley, and Grace's outgoing K4-K5 teacher, Kari Hurley. About noon we'll gather on the parking lot near the flag pole for some farewell words for the Hurleys and a few other things. You are invited to participate in this farewell event. Social distancing will be observed.

Wednesday, June 24, from 7:00 - 8:15 p.m., will be the first gathering of a multi-week Zoom Bible study titled, "The Very First Christian Sermons." Vicar Tim will guide participants through an exploration of the earliest sermons in Christianity, as God had them recorded in the Book of Acts. Zoom login information for this study will be provided closer to June 24. You are invited to participate in this Zoom Bible study! And to whet your appetite for this, please read the following synopsis of this study:
 

We've all heard plenty of sermons. Sermons on the New Testament, the Gospels, the Old Testament… all pointing us to Jesus and what he has done for us.

But what if the New Testament hadn't been written yet? What if the Gospels weren't yet written down, but were still only the oral testimony of the eyewitnesses? And what if nearly no one you spoke to had ever heard the name "Jesus"? What would preaching look like?

This is exactly the situation of the early church as we find it in the book of Acts. These first Christians have been called by God's grace and given the privilege of sharing that grace found in Jesus with others. As we study their words and their proclamation of Jesus, by the Holy Spirit's powerful work we'll see Jesus in the Old Testament as clearly as they saw him; we'll learn how to introduce Jesus to someone who has never met him; and we'll see how the good news of what he has done continually strengthens and empowers us for our work.

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

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


June 13, 2020

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

Tomorrow, Grace will continue to offer in-person worship. For the current particulars on in-person worship at Grace, please click here.
 
Grace will also continue to live stream worship tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams here gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here. Last Sunday's live streams experienced some audio troubles. We believe that the issue causing that has been remedied.

Tomorrow you'll see some live flowers on Grace's altar for the first time since March 16 (the last in-person service with flowers on the altar before COVID-19 restrictions began). Tomorrow's altar flowers are given by James & Rachel Dankert with thanks to God at the celebration of their 5th wedding anniversary. Happy anniversary, James & Rachel!

A brand new edition of Sunday Morning LIVE (online Summer Sunday School--with puppets!) will be available tomorrow at Grace's website (gracefallschurch.org/live)! If you haven't watched an episode yet, please check it out! Kody (a puppet) and Mr. Matt will put a smile on your face and proclaim Jesus into your ears!
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Andy Miller will lead the study. You can reach him here for more information.

Next Sunday, June 21, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Grace will hold a farewell for Patrick & Kari Hurley (Grace's outgoing Principal/Development Director and K4-K5 teacher, respectively). For social distancing reasons, the farewell will take place outside on the parking lot. You are invited to come and say, "Good bye!" and "God's blessings!" to the Hurleys as they depart for teaching ministry in Texas.
 
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


June 6, 2020

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

Tonight, tomorrow, and Monday, Grace returns to in-person worship. For the particulars on Grace's return to in-person worship, please click here.
 
Grace will continue live streamed services tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. (English Traditional), 11:15 a.m. (English Contemporary), and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). You can find the English live streams here gracefallschurch.org/stream. The Spanish live stream can be accessed here.

A brand new edition of Sunday Morning LIVE (online Summer Sunday School--with puppets!) will be available tomorrow at Grace's website (gracefallschurch.org/live)! If you haven't watched an episode yet, please check it out! Kody (a puppet) and Mr. Matt will put a smile on your face and proclaim Jesus into your ears!
 
You're invited to participate in a virtual Bible study tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Andy Miller will lead the study. You can reach him here for more information.

If you happen to be in the neighborhood of Grace tomorrow, between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.--and are feeling hungry--we have a couple take-out food options for you. Two food trucks will be just around the corner from Grace at Beech Tree Elementary School (3401 Beechtree Lane).  Miso Honey (Asian gourmet) and Captain Cookie and the Milk Man (delicious cookies and ice cream treats) will be available to meet your hunger-satisfying needs. For contact free order/payment: Miso Honey - https://gourmettrucks.square.site/s/order#4 (Just the Miso Honey menu, NOT Burgorilla). List pickup location as Beechtree, and indicate the time you'll be picking up under. (Pre-orders are recommended for this truck.) For Captain Cookie, please email your order before 2:00 p.m. on June 7th to: events@captaincookiedc.com Or order at the truck.
 
Please 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


June 3, 2020

Grace Family,
 
Good afternoon! I hope this UPDATE finds you well.
 
In recent UPDATES it has been mentioned that Grace will resume in-person worship on June 6, 7, and 8. The worship schedule will be:
 
            Saturday, June 6 @ 6:00 p.m. Spanish Service
 
            Sunday, June 7 @ 8:00 a.m. English Traditional Service
                                          9:30 a.m. English Traditional Service
                                          11:15 a.m. English Contemporary Service
                                          12:30 p.m. Spanish Service
 
            Monday, June 8 @ 7:30 p.m. English Monday Evening Service
 
Holy Communion will be offered at all the services. Communion will be provided via prepackaged, individual wafer (regular or gluten-free) / wine (or grape juice) units that worshipers will pick up as they enter the sanctuary. There will be no “walking” movement of the worshipers to receive the sacrament. Worshipers will commune in the pews.
 
The 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. services will continue to be live streamed.
 
As Grace resumes in-person worship, we do so following Governor Northam’s mandates and reasonable recommended best practices for houses of worship during Phase 1 of the Governor’s Reopening Plan. In doing so, Grace echoes the Governor’s phrase, “Safer at Home.” While Grace invites all healthy, able-bodied worshipers to ultimately return to in-person worship, at the present time and until the health threats associated with COVID-19 subside, Grace:
  • Directs those who know they are ill or are not feeling well to remain home.
  • Discourages those who are senior citizens or are at high risk from attending worship.
 Please! Please! Please! Do not feel any guilt about not attending church at this time! God understands the present situation! Please continue to enjoy worship at Grace through the live streams.
 
If you will be attending worship at Grace on June 6, 7, 8, some things to know about your return to Grace:
 
  • All worshipers will be required to enter Grace’s facility through the parking lot glass doors. Those doors will be open for worshipers to enter at 5 minutes prior to each service.
  • All worshipers age 10 and above are required to wear masks in Grace’s facility. This is in accordance with Governor Northam’s requirement for mask-wearing in public buildings, such as houses of worship.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available at the entrance to the building and the sanctuary, as well as at other locations throughout the facility.
  • Upon entering Grace, worshipers should go directly to the sanctuary and be seated.
  • Those entering the sanctuary first will be directed to sit at the front of the sanctuary. The sanctuary will be filled from the front to the back. Worshipers will also be directed to sit in the pews according to social distance guidelines (singles: 6 feet apart from each other; families may sit together in the same pew). Only every-other-pew will be available for seating (for social distancing reasons).
  • If the sanctuary reaches Phase 1 seating capacity, the Fellowship Room will be used for overflow seating (with appropriate social distancing). Audio/video of the live service will be available on the large screen in the Fellowship Room.
  • There will be no worship folders, pens, or Connect Cards available for use during the services. All necessary worship information will be displayed on the screens. Hymnals, songbooks, and Bibles have been removed from the pews.
  • Collection plates will not be passed. Those wishing to offer a financial gift at worship will be able to do so by using the collection plates positioned at the entrance to the sanctuary.
  • The services will be shorter than the “usual” in-person services at Grace. This is to allow enough time for the sanctuary to be disinfected between each service.
  • The sanctuary will be disinfected by Grace’s contracted cleaning company between each service. While the services are being conducted, this company will clean all high touch areas and restrooms throughout the rest of the building. The entire GCA hallway will be blocked off on Sundays. The water fountains will also be blocked from use.
  • There will be no snacks or refreshments served. Sunday School and Bible studies will not meet in-person. There will be no Choir rehearsal. There will be no fellowshipping allowed in the Fellowship Room. For those who wish to talk with others after worship, the parking lot is available for this—with appropriate social distancing being practiced.
  • At the conclusion of each service, worshipers will be directed to exit the facility through the glass doors at the sanctuary entrance. Those who need to use the elevator to exit will be allowed to do so. Worshipers will leave the sanctuary from back-to-front, in order to observe appropriate social distancing.
 
We recognize that what you just read through may seem like a lot of “rules” to go to church. May all of us recognize that “church in this way” will be just for a short time considering the length of our lives—and certainly from the perspective of eternity. Additionally, we do these things out of an abundance of caution and for the good of the health of all of us. Jesus said, “Above all, love each other deeply” (1 Peter 4:8). Worshiping in this way, at this time, is giving practical application to those words. God had Paul put it this way in Philippians 2:3-4, “In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
 
May God continue to bless you with good health and hope in Jesus---
 
Pastors Wattles & Satorius


May 23, 2020

Grace Family,
 
Good afternoon! I hope this message finds all of you well on this Saturday of Memorial Day weekend!
 
We'll continue rejoicing in our Risen and Living Savior with live streamed worship tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. You can join in at gracefallschurch.org/stream.

Children of Grace! A brand new edition of Sunday Morning LIVE will be available tomorrow at Grace's website (gracefallschurch.org/live), on YouTube (Grace Falls Church), and at Facebook (GraceFallsChurchVA).
 
Grace currently has a couple virtual Bible studies in which you are invited to participate. One is the God's Word for God's People Bible Study.  That group meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. If you're interested in participating, you can reach out to the leader (Andy Miller) here. The group is currently examining the excellent confession of the Christian faith called "The Apostles' Creed."
 
There's also the Wednesday Night Virtual Bible Study & Discussion. That will take place this Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom. Login information for the study & discussion, as well as the guide for the study, will be posted at gracefallschurch.org/study.
A recent annual tradition at Grace on Memorial Day weekend has been the Lutheran Military Support Group Ammo Can that has served as a collection point for financial gifts for the important work that Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG) does. To find out about that work, please click on lutheranmilitary.org. Because we're not gathering in person at Grace at this time for worship, the "ammo can tradition" isn't going to work this year. However, there are a couple other ways that one can financially support the work of LMSG. One can make a gift to support LMSG via PayPal or by writing a check directly to LMSG. Information for both these giving avenues is found here.

This past Thursday was Assignment Day at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (the seminary from which Grace receives all of its vicars). Grace was assigned another vicar--David Young. David will begin his vicarship at Grace about mid-August, just after Vicar Walsh and his family return to seminary for Vicar Tim's final year of pastoral training. Former Grace vicar Paul Bourman was assigned to pastor Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Tigard, OR (a suburb of Portland). Chris Royce was assigned to pastor Messiah Lutheran Church, Olympia, WA. We are thankful to God for blessing Grace with another vicar. We also ask for God's blessings upon the Bourman family and the Royce family as they begin their respective ministries.

You might be wondering, "Who is Chris Royce and why are you telling us about him?" Well, if you asked Chris what is something that inspired him to be a pastor, he would place his multi-year participation as a volunteer at Grace's Summer Bible Camp high on the list! BTW, Chris also met his wife while volunteering at SBC!

Next Sunday, May 31, through a virtual Confirmation Service at 4:00 p.m., Grace will celebrate Youth Confirmation! You'll be able to watch! Login information for the Zoom event will be emailed prior to the virtual service.
 
Please keep in mind, and feel free to make use of, the offer to provide help or pastoral care (private Communion, counseling) to anyone who may need these things. Pastor Satorius and I are more than willing to do that. Additionally, we have other volunteers who have stepped forward to offer a variety of kinds of assistance. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Pastor Satorius or myself if you or someone you know needs help. We'll certainly try to help, if possible.
 
Thank you for 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 20, 2020

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

This past Sunday night, Grace called Emily Menges to serve as K4/K5 teacher at Grace Christian Academy for the 2020-2021 school year. Emily is a member of Grace with several years of elementary school teaching experience. Emily has accepted Grace's Call to serve. Welcome to the Grace Christian Academy teaching team, Emily! We pray God's blessings upon your teaching ministry!

TONIGHT (Wednesday, May 20) you are invited to participate in a virtual Bible study and discussion, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (EDT). The study and discussion will be based on this past Sunday's message (the Bible lesson for which was 1 Corinthians 15:7). If you are going to participate in this study and discussion, it will be helpful for you to have viewed Sunday's message, which you can find here. This afternoon the guide for tonight’s study and discussion will be posted at gracefallschurch.org/study.
 
Tonight’s study and discussion will be hosted by Zoom. You can participate via videoconferencing or by telephone. You’ll join the Bible study and discussion at: https://zoom.us/j/94162066859. The meeting i.d. is 941 6206 6859. Or one-tap mobile: +16465588656,,94162066859#

And speaking of Zoom...Zoom is currently pushing out a software update. If you are a Zoom user, you'll want to update Zoom by the end of May. If you don't, your Zoom software won't work appropriately. Regarding Grace, that means you won't be able to participate in any meetings, Bible studies, etc. that use Zoom. To update Zoom is easy. Usually the way it works is when you leave a Zoom meeting, Zoom asks you if you want to run the update. Click "Yes," and in a minute or two the update will be installed. Easy stuff.

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

Finally, in previous UPDATEs I mentioned that Grace is assessing what a return to in-person worship would look like for our congregation. The earliest that Grace will return to in-person worship would be Sunday, June 7. However, that could be pushed back. Much of Grace's return to in-person worship is dependent upon Virginia Governor Northam's order that Northern Virginia must have progressed to Phase 1 re-opening before houses of worship can return to in-person worship (with certain mandates and restrictions). As Grace's potential return to in-person worship becomes clearer and draws closer, more information will be provided to you.
 
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