Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
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We invite you to Sunday worship this week. During August we will have one worship service at 10:00 a.m. with fellowship time, including ice cream and lemonade, following the service. There is no Sunday school during August. Sunday school and our two-worship service schedule will resume on Sept. 7.
In the meantime this website can offer other help. Contact the church office or call 703.671.8557 for further assistance.
August Message Series
Compass Points: Christian Choices in Complex Times
Experience: Christ-Centered Living
Alexandra Petri uses a well-known story in an editorial titled “What exactly are we seeing in Ferguson?” In the story three blind persons grope at an elephant. One of them grips the elephant’s leg and says it’s like a tree. A second touches the elephant’s ear and declares he’s encountered a fan. As the third holds the elephant’s trunk he says, “It’s a snake”. It's the case that Individual experiences often frame our interpretations in ways that can blind us to the truth.
The temptation is to hold tightly to our individual spirituality. The danger is that we can, without more objective help, call an elephant a snake. Sunday’s message explores the Methodist teachings on the balance of individual faith with the faith community. It's not enough to say “I prayed about this or that” without vetting our conclusions and practices with the more objective criteria found among the more objective criteria found in Scripture and a living Tradition.
My experiences as a sixty plus year old white guy is not the same as that of a twenty year old black man living in Ferguson. So what does Christianity, and particularly Methodism, say about our diversity of experiences? Is it possible that the future of Christ’s church, and even a civil society, turns on embracing the diversity of individual experiences formed around Christ's ethic of love. The elephant in the room is to acknowledge that we are not the same! But the message of the church is that we are held together by Christ the center. ~~ Dr. Gregory Adkins
To learn more or delve deeper, read: “Wesley and the Quadrilateral: Renewing the Conversation”, Abingdon Press, 1997. A copy is available in the church Library. This week you might want to read chapter 5 on "The Enriching Role of Experience".
August Sermon Schedule
Aug. 3 – Scripture – “Scripture Rules”
Aug. 10 – Tradition – “Says Who?”
Aug. 17 – Social Holiness
Aug. 24 - Experience – Christ-Centered Living
Aug. 31 – Reason – “Religion Isn’t for Fanatics”
Fairlington United Methodist Church
Saturday, September 6th
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
All are welcome! FREE event!
Join us on the Fairlington UMC Playground!
Enjoy a moon bounce, crafts, games, music, and playground.
There will even be a visit by Alexandria Fire Trucks!!
Bring your own picnic or purchase and enjoy your chicken
from the Fairlington United Methodist Men’s Chicken BBQ.
Ice cream and popcorn available for sale.
Questions? Call the church at 703.671.8557.
Chicken BBQ and Yard Sale
Chickens will be available from 10:30 a.m. until they sell out.
Yard sale (8 am-4 pm) space is available for $10.
(Pay the cashier - Bring your own table).
All proceeds support FUMM Missions.
For more information or to reserve your yard sale space,
contact Dave Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.