Around the world

...'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'
                                                                                                                     -Matthew 25:37-40  

Fairlington Supported Missionary: Clara Mridula Biswas, Cambodia

In 2007, Fairlington UMC entered into a covenant relationship with Clara Mridula Biswas, a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries serving in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Clara, a native of Bangladesh, works as a community worker to improve the lives of impoverished children, many of whom are homeless and live in the street.   

As a covenant partner of Clara Biswas, Fairlington supports Clara’s work with our prayers and financial gifts. In return Clara shares highlights of her ministry in Cambodia with our congregation and visits our church when she is in the country to share her experiences first hand. Learn more about Clara and her ministry.

Read here Clara's latest message for Easter 2014, along with a drawing from one of the children.


Ms. Clara Mridula Biswas

Team Leader of Street Children Ministries,


Phnom Penh 3, Cambodia                                                           


Connect Locally . . . Reach Globally through the United Methodist Church

As a congregation of the United Methodist Church, we support a variety of global and national outreach projects. Through our worldwide outreach we help address critical health needs of children and adults around the world, provide mission personnel for a variety of outreach projects, and help provide emergency response to both human and natural-made disasters. Learn more about the United Methodist Church’s global outreach.

Blog Posts

9 Ways to Embrace Gratitude and Joy

Posted by FUMC on July 5, 2018 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

  1. Keep a gratitude journal or calendar where you write down one thing each day for which you are thankful.
  2. Make a gratitude jar or box for the same purpose.
  3. At mealtimes say grace and then share around the table one thing for which you are thankful.
  4. Thank the people who serve you each day: the barista, clerk, banker, trash collector, etc.
  5. Write a letter of gratitude to a teacher, coach, old friend or mentor, or former pastor.
  6. Find a gratitude partner and share together daily or weekly.
  7. Tell someone how much they mean to you.
  8. Put a positive spin on your negative thoughts (You’re home with a sprained ankle but you get to read the book you’ve had by your chair for months.)
  9. Go on a gratitude walk, carefully observing and saying thank…

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,


Follow this link 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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