Next Level Inovation NLI

What is NLI? It stands for Next Level Innovations: a program that helps congregations like ours take next steps in effectiveness. Together we will celebrate where we are today and share our hopes for the future as we welcome, nurture and serve.


Friday, October 27~~Saturday, October 28~~Sunday, October 29

(childcare provided ~ contact 


Friday, October 27:

Group Interviews for YOUTH (Youth Room 306) from 7:15 to 8:15pm and NEW MEMBERS & NEWCOMERS (Fellowship Hall) 7:15-8:45pm. 

Free supper will be provided from 6:30 to 7:15pm. Youth, we need to hear your voice! Also, if you are new to Fairlington UMC in the last few years, we want to hear from you. Come to participate in a group interview about what brought you here and where you hope our church is headed.

To arrange for childcare contact


Saturday, October 28, from 9:30am until 3:30 pm: CHURCH-WIDE RETREAT in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited!

The District NLI team will share the results of the “mystery worshiper” reviews and the Real Discipleship Survey.* There will be opportunities to grow in faith, share faith stories and learn more about the changing demographics of our neighborhood. We will share church strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT).

*It’s Not Too Late to Take the Real Discipleship Survey. CLICK HERE 


Sunday, October 29 ~ 10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary (our only worship service that day).  

  • Join us beforehand at 9:15 for a continental breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Our church will gather to hear our guest speaker, the Rev. Brian K. Brown. Click Here for Dr. Brown's Bio.. The service will conclude with a presentation by the District NLI Team. After a weekend of careful listening to us and to God, the team will present the innovations we may choose to fulfill God’s vision for us at FUMC.  The Nursery and Children’s Church will be available; however, we won’t have any Sunday School.


Blog Posts

Overcoming Worry

Posted by FUMC on November 16, 2018 at 12:48pm 0 Comments

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had these dolls in my collection. Somewhere along the way I learned that they were from Guatemala and called worry dolls. According to Wikipedia, they were given to “brooding and sorrowful” children who would share their worries with the doll, then hide it under their pillow at night.  By the next morning, all the concerns would have been taken away by the worry doll.    


Matthew 6:15 says, “Do not worry about your life. . .” 

Is it as easy as all that?  Life is learning, over time, to put things in perspective.  It’s having ways to share and then let go of the anxieties that most paralyze us. What are you worried about today?  Who can you share it with?  What new perspective helps you see things differently?  


~Pastor Mary Beth



Reconciling Notes

Immigration 101: 

 Sunday, September 23, in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the 11:00AM service. Light lunch to be served.

An Overview of U.S. Immigration Law

Do you ever wonder about immigration laws?

What’s a visa, a green card, DACA?

Why immigrants don’t just apply for citizenship?

Would you like to have a better understanding of immigration rules in a non-political format?


Lunch will be followed by Just Neighbors presenting an easy to understand overview of the ins and outs of our country’s very complex immigration system.


Regardless of your political views, this presentation will focus on facts about who is eligible for the various types of legal status in the U.S. and what the various types mean. There will be time for Q&A. 


No RSVP necessary, just come! For more information contact Mark Elder



Co-hosted by FUMC’s Reconciling Ministry Team

and the Church in Society Team.


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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