March 31, 2020
Message from Congressman Don Beyer
Local Area Resources for Food and Other Needs
Download the PDF: MessageFromDonBeyer.PDF
March 21, 2020
Fairfax County COVID-19 Updates and Information
Assistance from a Distance
From the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, how to access DFS Services remotely during the COVID-1
9 pandemic: click here.
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency continues to evolve, we understand that individuals and families in our communities may have food assistance needs. For more information, click here.
Videos on social distaning, how to protect yourself and in-depth testing information. Plus a checklist with the latest on TESTING: click here.
If you or your congregants are have congregants are facing difficulties including:
- financial assistance
- and other needs
please call Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) 703-222-0880 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Residents can also visit the Human Services Resource Guide (HSRG) at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hsrg/ , an online, searchable guide to available health and human services resources in Fairfax County.
Stay in Touch
In an effort to ensure you are receiving accurate and timely information, Fairfax County has created a webpage that includes updated information and community resources at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/covid19.
You can also view the Emergency Blog, The Emergency Blog can be translated into different languages.
The Health Department has a dedicated phone line that residents can call if they have questions:
- 703-267-3511 (9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends)
Stay in touch using the County’s social media platforms and through text messaging
- Text FFXCOVID to 888777 to receive updates
Ramona S. Carroll, MSW
Community Interfaith Coordinator
County of Fairfax
Department of Neighborhood and Community Services
12011 Government Center Parkway #408
Fairfax, VA 22035
March 18, 2020
Fairfax County Coronavirus Updates and Information
The County of Fairfax has issued updates and information specifically addressed to faith communities. Download the PDF Fairfax County Coronavirus Updates and Information.
March 17, 2020
Wednesday Prayer-Meditation Service Live-Streamed
The Wednesday Prayer-Meditation Service held at noontime will be live-streamed beginning March 18th. as well as the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Services. And don't forget the Donate Now button on the streaming page.
from Rev. Russell Heiland
March 12, 2020
An Important Note
Rev. Kevin S. Fleming, Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville, Indiana posted this meme recently on his Facebook page. I couldn’t resist sharing it since it truly captures my thoughts about the experience of Covid-19.
Notice of Suspension of Activities
Out of a commitment to promote public health and an abundance of caution, I have made the decision to suspend in-person activities at Unity of Fairfax beginning Friday, March 13.
This possibility was discussed with our Board of Trustees last night, and after much dialog with staff, local clergy leaders, and congregants, I arrived at this course of action. I can’t say how long the suspension will last; it all depends on the guidance provided by public health officials.
Programs and activities will be rescheduled as soon as it becomes feasible to do so. This includes:
- The Mystical Movie Night: Tyrus (originally scheduled for March 13)
- The Better Angels program (originally scheduled for March 14)
- The Celebration of Life Service for Unity member Jane McDowell (originally scheduled for March 21)
No decision has been made yet concerning the Carrie Newcomer concert scheduled for April 18. My affirmation is that we will be back in full swing well before that date.
Unity of Fairfax will use the weekly email newsletters, video blogs, website, and exterior sign to update the community and provide inspiration.
Please stay up-to-date with the latest recommendations from the following:
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is the topmost U.S. authority on disease control and prevention
- The World Health Organization (WHO) is the global authority on macroscopic health issues (including disease control and prevention)
A Silver Lining Behind “The Cloud”
There is good news! The 11 a.m. Sunday livestream will continue. You can join the congregation online. (A few service leaders and volunteers will be on-site to inspire you!)
Click on the livestream link to watch. Also, our dedicated staff will continue to maintain office hours, as it is easy for them to maintain recommended social distancing.
In this time, I encourage you to maintain your financial support of Unity of Fairfax. You can donate now on our website or use the Txt2Give option (by texting “Give” to 703-935-4525) to support our ministry. As always, you can also mail your gifts to Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA 22124.
An Affirmation for Health
Let us hold this affirmation together:
Centered in the awareness of the omnipresence of Spirit, we affirm healing and wholeness for all.
May those working on behalf of the common good be receptive to divine wisdom in the fulfillment of their call to service as this challenging experience is brought to a speedy resolution.
So it is, and so we let it be.
Yours In Unity,
—Rev. Russell Heiland