Articles from January 2012
Yesterday I was able to join in the March for Life in Washington, a public witness to the sanctity of life, held annually to mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion. It was a joy to go on the bus from Truro Church, joining with their chapter of Anglicans for Life and folks from a number of our churches. I was heartened to see both in our group and throughout the Mall that more and more young people—young adults, teens and families with young children—are standing for life.
We wanted to share with you an important statement signed by Archbishop Duncan and other religious leaders: “Marriage and Religious Freedom: Fundamental Goods That Stand or Fall Together.”
On a hot summer day in 2009, Nar Taing, Local Outreach Coordinator at the Falls Church (TFC), pumped gas into her car at a Culmore area gas station, watching as a day laborer approached the man at the pump next to hers. To Nar’s surprise, the two men bowed their heads and started to pray together. After a few moments, the spontaneous prayer session ended and the day laborer went back to his post on the corner of the intersection. Moved, Nar asked the man at the pump how the day laborer had known to come to him for prayer? The man at the pump explained that at one time he had been on the streets too and was known to be a Christian. “Life on the street is very hard. That man is in a desperate time and just wanted someone to pray with him; He knew I would pray if he asked me.”
You are invited to participate with us in bearing witness to our conviction that all human life is created in God's own image and, as such, ought to be protected. The thirty-ninth March for Life will be held on January 23, 2012, from noon until 3:00 pm; this annual event commemorates the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade which legalized abortion, the destruction of unborn children, throughout all fifty states and throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Since January 1973, at least 52 million children have lost their lives before they could even be born.
Each year in January, the outreach ministry at The Falls Church hosts an annual Week for the World event. As the outreach programs have grown in the past decade, so has this event! We are growing new ways for the church to learn about sharing Christ’s love with our neighbors. This annual event started off as a Sunday for the World program, then grew to a Weekend for the World event, and now is an annual full week of activities for the whole family focused on learning how we can reach out to our neighbors locally, nationally, and internationally.