Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
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We invite you to Sunday worship at 9:30 and 11:00am. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30. There is a Nursery available during both services and Children's Church for ages 3-7 during the 11:00 service.
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Beyond the Slot Machine
Early in his book, “Blue Like Jazz,” author Donald Miller confesses that he held a common, yet flawed, understanding of God when he was a child. “To me,” he writes, “God was more of an idea. It was something like a slot machine, a set of spinning images that doled out rewards based on behavior and, perhaps, chance... If something nice happened to me, I thought it was God, and if something nice didn’t, I went back to the slot machine, knelt down in prayer, and pulled the lever a few more times. I liked this God very much because you hardly had to talk to it and it never talked back. But the fun never lasts.”
As they wandered the Sinai Peninsula after the escape from Egypt, the people of Israel did not have slot machines. But they did have a golden calf. When Moses was busy on Mt. Sinai talking to God, the Israelites took their gold and crafted a god that was easy to see, a god that didn’t talk back, a god that didn’t demand a thing.
Somewhere along their journey both Miller and the Israelites realized that a slot-machine-golden-calf god is not enough to satisfy the soul. If we are honest with ourselves (or desperate enough to pay attention), we know it too. Though it is easier to pull a lever for a while, we yearn for true relationship — relationship with give and take, conversation, and love. This Sunday we explore the nature of our relationship with God. How is God present with us? What does relationship look like, and how much of God’s presence do we really want? We may find more questions than answers, but — together — we explore the important questions and leave the lever-pulling behind. ~~Pastor Tonya
Can We Talk?
This year Fairlington celebrates 70 years as a Christian congregation. Given our strong past, now is the time to discuss how our building and facilities can best support our mission for the future. At four upcoming congregational conversations we will gather as a congregation to discuss the relationship between our mission and our building and facilities. We hope you will join your voice to the conversation by attending one of the four sessions. Every person, regardless of age or faith history, has a unique and God-given voice. Let's talk together.
Dates & Times
(all will meet in the Fellowship Hall)
Sunday, October 19, 9:15am-10:45am
Wednesday, October 29, 7pm-8:30pm
Saturday, November 15, 9:30am-11:00am
Sunday, November 16, 12:15pm-1:45pm
Please note: If you miss a sermon, find previous messages on the Audio Player below.
HUNGER RELIEF PROJECTS
Gleaning - On Saturday, October 18, volunteers from Fairlington UMC will meet at the church parlor at 7:00 am and depart by 7:15 a.m. to return mid-afternoon. Location is still TBD. Transportation will be by church bus or private car. Bring a bag lunch or buy food and drinks near the gleaning site. Please contact Marilyn Shedlock at (703) 941-8591,firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. You may also contact Barbara Gomez at (703) 671-7410, email@example.com.
Marilyn has forms that will need to be filled out so let her know ahead of time if you plan to go along on this outing.
Potato Drop - Help with Hunger Relief - On Sunday, October 26 the St. Andrew Club is sponsoring a Potato Drop from 8:30 am-1:00 pm. The purpose is to provide a hands-on opportunity to address hunger in our community. That morning a tractor-trailer carrying hundreds of bags of potatoes will be in the church parking lot. The potatoes will be re-bagged and distributed to area food banks.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs. Children and adults of all ages can find a suitable task.
How do you volunteer?