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The Waiting Game
September 27th, 2022
Pastor Eric SchneiderhanGrowing up, my grandmother and mother had a saying they would say every time I was struggling to be patient and wait. It went something like, “If a string is in a knot, patience will untie it. Patience can do many things, have you ever tried it?” I remember thinking to myself that hearing them say this didn’t make it better at all. In fact, it only made my impatience and fr...
Why Relationships Matter - Part 1
September 21st, 2022
Pastor Reed BernickOur church talks a lot about relationships – and for good reason. It’s not just that we feel they’re important, but we know that – given the pace of an area like Northern Virginia, especially – they’re in alarmingly short supply. Very few of us grew up here for one thing, but the vast majority of us who moved to town did so not to make friends, but to work in certain fields or a...
Every Minute We Are in It!
September 13th, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II, on her twenty-first birthday, in 1947, made the following vow to her people, “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service….” With a chuckle and a grin, I pick up particularly on the “long or short” part of the Queen’s pledge.The news and blogs have been saturated with stories about Queen Elizabeth II. When I hear the ...
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
September 6th, 2022
Pastor Kim Eskridge Exciting things are happening in our church family now! Eric Schneiderhan will be starting in a few days as our Youth Pastor. I can’t wait for Eric and his family to join our team! He and I were in seminary together, and I look forward to serving families at FBCA together. We also had a strong start to our new church year in our Sunday morning groups for Promotion Sunday and wi...
Sisters, Sisters
August 30th, 2022
By Pastor Carolyn JenkinsMy favorite song in the Christmas Class White Christmas is "Sisters, Sisters," sung by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen (actually, Vera didn't sing, Rosemary Clooney or Shirley Stephens sung for her).  This song is ringing in my ears as I have two sisters from Georgia with us for 11 days!  We are having a blast!  I know everyone doesn't have a sister; some have no siblings;...
Hallelujah!
August 23rd, 2022
Pastor Jesse McCainLet me tell you a story: Back in May of 2020, I was finishing my master’s degree online while serving as Pastor Wayne’s Associate in Missions. I relocated up to Alexandria in April, was getting acclimated as I finished 4 classes, and then graduated virtually. It was an interesting time. Oh, and a pandemic was happening. Good grief.One morning I’m in the midst of getting a cup of...
We Need More Groups!
August 16th, 2022
By Pastor Reed BernickWe had a great turnout for the Groups Kickoff Lunch on July 31. Leaders, members, families, and all those interested gathered in the FAC for lunch. They heard from me about my hopes and dreams for discipleship ministry and left with a challenge to figure out how they might become more involved in making disciples at FBCA. Let me share some of the things we talked about – espe...
An Escalator Experience
August 9th, 2022
By Pastor Shonica DavidThis past weekend, I found myself joining many Northern Virginians taking part in some tax-free weekend shopping at the mall. I was on a mission to search for a backpack, so I ventured into one particular store. As I looked through the backpacks, I happened to notice that there were two young girls at the escalator. The oldest girl, who was probably 13 or 14, was literally f...
Choosing the Light
August 2nd, 2022
By Pastor Wayne Jenkins“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. 17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. 18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does...
God is My Refuge
July 27th, 2022
By Pastor Bob RhoadsKeep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge.  Psalm 16:1 NLTMy family and I began our travels to the south on July 14th.  I was thrilled to get out of town for a change so I can relax and enjoy the vacation time.  We arrived at the Children’s Harbor by Lake Martin in Alabama where the DEAFQUAKE camp took place.  It is the Christian camp for deaf children and hearing ...

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