Articles from April 2012
One of the movies I love to watch again and again is “It’s a Wonderful Life”, in which Jimmy Stewart plays an executive in a Building and Loan company who is beset by financial woes, only to find at the end of the story that the most important things in his life are friends and family. It is played endlessly every Christmas, but the story always seems fresh, and I always enjoy it. I’m reminded of that story when I hear the updates on our congregations who are coming out from under the shadow of five years worth of litigation. A casual observer might expect the story to be that in the wake of our devastating loss in court, we are in disarray, and trying to put a brave face on a bad situation in order to try to survive. That casual observer would be dead wrong! Yes, we lost a legal case, but we have gained so much more!
Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. marks what will be our last service in the building at 3301 Hidden Meadow Drive. We will commemorate what God has done with us in this special place with a service of worship, thankfulness, prayer and JOY! The Lord gave us the gift of this building for a season and want to celebrate His love.
My wife Brenda and I began attending Truro in 1981. Like many of you, we were not cradle Episcopalians, but we were drawn here by the combination of the liturgy and the clear presence of the Holy Spirit. Truro had been drawn into the charismatic renewal while Raymond Davis was rector, and we flourished under the ministry of his successor, now Episcopal Bishop, John Howe. We knew the life of the Spirit, the light of Christ, the love of the Father. We knew it – we know it – because Scripture teaches that Jesus came to give us life in all its abundance, and because we have experienced that life. We wanted others to experience it too, so we became an inviting church.
As the sun streamed through the large stained glass windows of First Baptist Church in Heathsville, the congregations of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church and First Baptist Church celebrated a joint Palm Sunday worship service this past weekend. The service was the first for the Anglicans in their new church home at 3585 Courthouse Road. Nearly 200 members attended the 9 a.m. service, held in O.A. Brinkley Fellowship Hall inside First Baptist. As palms were waved, the pastors of both congregations expressed their gratitude to each other’s members for the efforts that went into making the collaboration possible.
In conjunction with the City of Fairfax's Spotlight on the Arts, Truro Church of Fairfax will be hosting its Third Annual Spring Arts Festival April 27-28, 2012.