Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
If you are searching for someone to believe in and somewhere to call home, you're not alone. Join with others to experience following the way of Christ in this faith community.
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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Called or Sent?
On my first day of work this week I walked to the office. I watched the clouds gather through the day and was a little concerned when I headed home. What would I do if it rained, me on foot with no umbrella? The sprinkles started, and along with others, I took refuge in a park shelter nearby. We were an odd assortment, waiting out the rain on picnic tables, hunched over our cell phones. Then someone said, “Look at the rainbow!” We all looked up with delight, began talking with one another, and made a few connections. As the rain stopped, someone, who had been a stranger just moments before, actually called out to me, “Do you want a ride?”
Christian community is an amazing thing when we focus on the inspiration of what brings us together: the good news of Jesus Christ. Jesus calls us from our separate lives, gives us grace-filled focus, and sends us out to love and serve our neighbors. As your lead pastor, I am honored to be a part of this community of faith, and to explore how God is calling us to be in community with those around us. We are called AND sent. Thanks be to God!
~~Rev. Mary Beth Blinn
On July 1st our new Pastors arrive. Pastor Mary Beth will deliver the sermon at Fairlington on July 5th at the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services. Welcome to Pastors Mary Beth and Devon! We are glad you're here!
Reverend Mary Beth Blinn
One of the joys of ministry is to know and love many different people from a variety of interesting places. Having been in small towns and rural communities, in suburban and urban neighborhoods, I now have the opportunity to serve in the metropolitan Washington area. I come to Fairlington UMC with excitement and anticipation of what God is doing in and through this community of faith. As your lead pastor I will come to know and love each of you as we are in ministry together. In addition, I am thankful for our staff at Fairlington. I have already experienced their competence, passion and compassion.
I have served as a pastor in Virginia, a missionary pastor in the Red Bird Conference (Harlan County, Kentucky), and District Superintendent of the Danville District. Along the way, my husband, Bob, has been a wonderful colleague and companion. He is now retired from the United Methodist ministry and is using his renovation skills finishing up a 120 year old row house project in Richmond. Our son, Christopher, and his wife, Kate, live with their 1 year old, Charles, in Indiana. Kate is a librarian, Christopher is a Special Ed teacher, and Charles, well, he’s just too cute. Our daughter, Anna, will be finishing up seminary in Atlanta, where her husband, Garrett, works. We are celebrating the recent arrival of beautiful baby girl, June Ethel, their first child, on June 2. Bob and I are thankful for the opportunity to live in your lovely parsonage, take walks and bike rides around the community, and explore ways to grow beautiful and tasty things.
What will grow in the fertile soil that has been prepared by those who have gone before us, including Pastors Greg and Tonya? We’ll find out. I look forward to leading Fairlington into its next fruitful season.
Reverend Devon Earle
I am blessed and humbled that God has called me to begin my full time ministry as your associate pastor and I am excited to journey with you in ministry!
I am the oldest of four girls and was born and raised just south of Richmond. My senior year in high school, I began listening to the call God had on my life and that following fall I began my time at Randolph Macon College, as an A. Purnell Bailey Pre-ministerial scholar. After I graduated from college, I entered into Duke Divinity School and graduated this past May with a Master’s of Divinity. As I have explored my call to ministry I have served in various internships in churches, in a hospital, at the Virginia Conference Office, and at a United Methodist Children’s Home.
My husband Robert and I met in youth group in high school and got married this past August. Robert taught high school science as a Teach for America corps member in Jacksonville, Florida, and this past year he served in North Carolina as a special education teacher in a kindergarten through eighth grade school. We have a Cairn Terrier, Myra, who looks like Toto from the Wizard of Oz. We enjoy exploring new places, getting to know new people, and spending time outdoors hiking, sailing, and walking our dog.
We are excited to become a part of your church family and are looking forward to getting to know you and hearing your stories.
July Children’s Sunday School
Sundays, July 12th, 19th, and 26th (9:30-10:30am)
2- 3 year olds Room 210
4 year olds to rising 1st graders: Room 212
Rising 2nd to Rising 6th graders: Room 309
There will be no Sunday School classes during the month of August and Labor Day weekend. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00am for Child Friendly Worship and our Children’s Church program!
On Sunday, September 13th, 2015, all children begin the year in their new Sunday School class. Details will be sent out in August through the mail and posted on the church website. Look for the green postcard!