Welcoming. Nurturing. Serving.
July 22, 2016
God is good and so are your questions about our building effort at Fairlington.
Regardless of age or length of time you have been involved at FUMC, please consider using your gifts by serving on a task group. Space is available for any volunteer from the congregation who wishes to share their gifts, time and talents.
To get involved, please email the church office at Office@fairlingtonumc.org or Daphne Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together we are excited about our continued and new opportunities to welcome, nurture and serve.
Please pray for Fairlington UMC - The Spirituality Team has prepared a 13-week prayer guide. Please join in praying for FUMC as we plan for our mission and building renovation needs. A printed copy of the booklet is available in the Church Narthex (foyer) or by clicking the link below.
"Renovation and Renewal: Growing to Meet Our Mission" is the tagline for our building effort and was generated by our congregation. The logo was designed by our very own Will Hensley who an 11 year old sixth grader and active member of the FUMC youth program. A special thanks to Will for sharing his incredible talents with us for an image that will take us through exploratory process and possible building renovation.
As you are probably aware the Exploratory Building Committee was formed last year and tasked with exploring the linkage between our church's mission and our current facility. The committee has reached out to outside organizations to gather information to assist us in a possible building renovation and most importantly gathering input from within the congregation on the strengths and weaknesses of our current facilities.
The report below summarizes the feedback from the congregation that we have gathered to date from congregational conversations and an on-line survey. Thank you to all who took the time to participate in our meetings and respond to the survey. This initial information gathering phase is just one of many times throughout this process that we will be soliciting feedback from the congregation. We hope that you will join us in our future congregational conversations and we hope that you will review our report and share any thoughts that it brings to mind. We want this to be as inclusive and transparent a process as possible.
Jennie Gwin, chair Exploratory Building Committee
(to share this report with others, send them this link: http://goo.gl/WuTTXG)
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 the two remaining 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. Click the link below for our Frequently Asked Questions.
Dates & Times
Saturday, November 15, 9:30am -11:00am
Sunday, November 16, 12:15pm -1:45pm
The congregational family will gather in the FUMC Fellowship Hall on each date.
Childcare will be provided upon request. Please look for details in upcoming bulletins.
Blueprint for Mission to Building Committee
By: Jennie Gwin, Chair
Where We've Been
A little over a year ago I was asked to serve on our Church’s Blueprint for Mission team. This group was formed in order to explore how FUMC can best grow and strengthen its existing missions. Over the course of last year we studied the writings of an expert in church missions, Dr. Kennon Callahan. In our discussions of how Dr. Callahan’s writings applied to FUMC, it became clear to us that our congregation has many existing strengths in the areas of education, service, and worship.
This dynamic congregation has been actively engaged in mission work, worship, Bible studies, community service projects, and music ministry for over 70 years. Our efforts engage individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds both within the congregation and in our larger community.
Through our discussions it became clear to the Blueprint for Mission team that all of FUMC’s missions could be greatly improved through modifications to our existing buildings that would better facilitate the gatherings and events that make FUMC so special. Our building is heavily used by a broad array of groups and we want to be able to continue to serve as place for worship, education, and service. However, we cannot ignore the fact that our building is aging and increasingly cramped for the volume of meetings and activities we host.
Recognizing the need to update aspects of our aging building in order to better carry out our existing missions the Blueprint for Mission team recommended the creation of a Building Exploratory Committee to the Church Council. In January the Council authorized the creation of a Building Committee to lead the congregation in an exploration of what physical changes could be make to our existing buildings to help us improve our worship and outreach.
As Chair of the Building Committee I invite you to participate as much as possible in this exploratory process. We want this to be an inclusive process that considers the needs of all of our members and service organizations. We are in the process of forming task groups within the committee. A description of the task groups and an overview of the organizations will be distributed after Sunday services in May as well as posted on the Connect boards and available through the links here.
If you would like to serve on a task group please contact the Church office or email me at email@example.com. We plan to begin holding meetings for congregational input in the fall and we hope that everyone will participate in this important series of meetings that will inform our next steps. We invite you to join us in this exciting process of planning for the future of FUMC. In this our 70th year let’s look forward to where we can go from here. It is time to start the discussion of how best to celebrate our history, revisit our mission, dream and pray about the future, and more intentionally discern God's will.
Meet our Building Committee Leadership Team
By Jennie Gwin
As you have heard announced during worship services and have read in recent SteepleTalk issues, Fairlington UMC is at the beginning of an exciting process to update our well-used building to match the mission of our dynamic congregation. One of our first steps in this project is complete – we have convened members of our congregation who will serve on the building committee and chair the task groups. It is my honor to serve as chair of the Design task group and of the building committee and work with my fellow congregants serving on the committee, along with Fairlington’s clergy. The rest of the leadership is pictured and listed below.
Building Committee Leadership Team (l - r): Rev. Christian White (Minister of Congregational Family Life), Pam Goodell (Event Planning), Daphne Miller (Group Facilitation), Rev. Greg Adkins (Lead Pastor), Lana Hurdle (Giving), June Stowe (Partnerships), Jennie Gwin, Building Committee Chair (Design), Chris Weathers (Research), Lea Anne Foster (Communications); (inserts): Sue Gunter (Prayer and Spiritual Development), Rev. Tonya Douce (Associate Pastor)
Hopefully, the message has come through loud and clear that this is an inclusive process and there is a place for you to be involved as we work together to build a spiritual house. To learn more about opportunities to serve on a task group, visit FUMC website at http://www.fairlingtonumc.org/page/building-2.
We have a long journey ahead of us which will require faith, cooperation, prayer and teamwork. Please reach out to me, another member of the building committee or one of our pastors if you have questions about how you can serve on a task group or if you simply have questions about the time commitment.
While we have the long view, recognizing that this process will take not only months but likely years, we hope to hear from you soon on your interest to serve on a task group. The work on a number of these groups begins in earnest right away. You will be kept informed on where we are in the process and asked to provide insight whether or not you are able to serve on a task group.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support for the work that lies ahead as we determine what physical changes could be made to our building to improve our worship, service and education.