Worship Sundays at Fairlington -- 9:30 and 11am -- Sunday School at 9:30am

Giving Up Expections

What expectations do you have for your life? To be healthy and have no major illnesses? To have your children outlive you? To be in a meaningful long-term relationship until “death do us part?” To never lose your job? To be happy? It is obvious that many of our expectations through life are not fulfilled. Our deepest disappointments and sadness come when what we expect does not match reality.
But this is not why we are considering the topic, “Giving Up Expectations,” on this second week of Lent. It is not because we want to avoid disappointment, which will always be a part of life. And it is not because we want to give up on these basic human hopes. Instead, let’s consider how we manage them and how we also identify unhealthy expectations. As someone said to me this week, “It’s like finding the message in the mess.”

 I look forward to seeing you Sunday at 9:30 am and 11:00 am as we explore this theme together.                                                                 ~Pastor Mary Beth

Sunday Sermon Series

February 25 ~ Giving Up Expectations

Preacher: Rev. Mary Beth Blinn


March 4 ~ Giving Up Superiority

Preacher: Rev. Mary Beth Blinn


March 11 ~ Giving Up Enemies

Preacher: Rev. Christian White


March 18 ~ Giving Up Our Lives

Preacher: Rev. Mary Beth Blinn


March 25 ~ Palm Sunday ~ Giving Up Popularity

Preacher: Rev. Devon Earle


April 1 ~ Easter Sunday ~ Giving Up Death

Preacher: Rev. Mary Beth Blinn


Lenten Study for Adults: To support your journey through Lent and to help you go deeper with our worship series, we are inviting you to join in a Lenten study called “Give It Up” by Dottie Escobedo-Frank. 

  • Join our Sunday morning class at 9:30 in Room 109 
  • Join our virtual discussion group that allows you the flexibility to reflect and discuss with others when you have the time. Or do your own personal study and reflection on the book, writing your thoughts in a journal.

To join one of these groups or for more details please email Rev. Christian White or give him a call. If you would like to study on your own, he can order you a book. Contact christian@fairlingtonumc.org (703)671-8557 ext. 106.


Lenten Retreat for Youth and Adults
Friday evening, March 9 from 7 to 9:15pm and Saturday, March 10 from 9:30am to 12:45pm here at the church Fellowship Hall.

Join us for a retreat to explore how simplifying can make us happier, open our hearts, and encourage generosity toward others. We will also explore how simplifying allows us to rejuvenate, reduce waste and walk more softly on the planet. Our facilitators are Anne Wilson and Sue Gunter. RSVP christian@fairlingtonumc.org (703)671-8557 ext. 106.

Download Your Creation Care Lenten Calendar

                         CLICK HERE FOR YOUR CALENDAR



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From Pastor Mary Beth: "Giving Up Expectations"

Posted by FUMC on February 22, 2018 at 5:18pm 0 Comments

What expectations do you have for your life? To be healthy…


From Pastor Devon ~ Giving Up Control

Posted by FUMC on February 16, 2018 at 10:30am 0 Comments

In sixth grade my parents signed me up for sailing camp. On a sweltering, humid,…


Reconciling Notes

Download Here: Our 5 Year History as a Reconciling Congregation

We celebrate Fairlington's 5-year anniversary of becoming a Reconciling Congregation, intentionally welcoming all people as beloved children of God.

Our celebratory theme, “Love in All Colors,” reflects the breadth and diversity of God’s human creation as proclaimed in our church’s welcoming statement.

Check out our audio for personal testimonies from FUMC members. They share how being part of a reconciling congregation has personally affected them and shaped their faith journey.

~Mark Elder, markuselder@gmail.com


Follow this link http://bit.ly/5yearReconciling to see the extensive work and accomplishments of this :church and its Reconciling Ministry Team over the last five years, since we became a reconciling congregation in February 2013.  Thank you church!


Fairlington UMC is a 

Reconciling Congregation with open hearts, open minds, and open doors. We proclaim and welcome every person as a beloved child of God regardless of age, race, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, faith history, or life experience.

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