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9 Ways to Embrace Gratitude and Joy

  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…
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Added by FUMC on July 5, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Coming Up at Fairlington

Dear Fairlington Members and Friends,

This Sunday many important things will be happening. In worship, we will focus on finding peace in the midst of storms while we light candles to represent prayers for ourselves and our world. Our three summer mission teams will be commissioned at 9:30 and 11 am, and a reception honoring newly ordained Pastor Devon will be held following each service.

A workday is being organized on Saturday, and again June 30, 8:00-11:30 to help renovate…

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Added by FUMC on June 21, 2018 at 4:42pm — No Comments

 This Sunday is United Methodist Men’s Sunday. The men are excited to be leading worship and we are delighted that member Paul Winfree will be speaking. Paul is an economist and once wrote a paper wh…

  This Sunday is United Methodist Men’s Sunday. The men are excited to be leading worship and we are delighted that member Paul Winfree will be speaking. Paul is an economist and once wrote a paper while in graduate school about church attendance during times of national crisis, economic recessions, and bad weather (FYI, people are less likely to attend when it’s sunny or raining). Prove him…

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Added by FUMC on June 15, 2018 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Confirmation Sunday

Since February, seven of our 8th graders have been exploring the Christian faith together with their mentors. It has been a time to ask questions, discuss beliefs and build relationships. After a time of reflection, they have each decided to say “yes.” They are saying yes to their baptism, a sign of God’s grace in their lives. They are saying yes to following Jesus each day. And they…

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Added by FUMC on June 7, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

My chains are gone  I've been set free  My God, my Savior has ransomed me  And like a flood His mercy reigns  Unending love, amazing grace   I sang these words every Friday night with other camp coun…

My chains are gone

 I've been set free

 My God, my Savior has ransomed me

 And like a flood His mercy reigns

 Unending love, amazing grace

 

I sang these words every Friday night with other camp counselors on the small stage of the pavilion in the…

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Added by FUMC on June 4, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

From Pastor Devon: We Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins

My chains are gone

I've been set free

My God, my Savior has ransomed me

And like a flood His mercy reigns

Unending love, amazing grace

 

I sang these words every Friday night…

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Added by FUMC on June 1, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Pentecost Sunday/Youth Sunday

The church has always been a presence in my life.  Some of my earliest memories are of Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Children’s Church. Then came Confirmation, and serving as an acolyte and coming to worship. In all of this, I came to realize that the Holy Spirit was always with me.

 

As a teenager, I struggle most days to wake up and get out of bed and get going. However, one of my…

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Added by FUMC on May 17, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth: What Do We Believe About Jesus Christ?

  In 2014, the musicians at Hillsong, a megachurch in Australia, were asked by John Dickson to write a song based on the Apostle’s Creed. John said, “I just thought a song that really was reminiscent of the Apostles’ Creed, that covered its main points, would be a beautiful way of calling modern churches to reflect on the foundation of the faith that unifies us.” Months later the music leaders,…

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Added by FUMC on May 10, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

From Pastor Devon: What Do We Believe about God?

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

 

In the beginning, God created.

The moon and dirt, jagged…

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Added by FUMC on May 3, 2018 at 4:01pm — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth: Gather at the Table: The Food’s Better Together

My father-in-law, Bob Blinn, was a man for whom mealtime was important. And while he enjoyed the food, it was more about the company. There were the birthday lunches, one-on-one time eating out with a grandchild. There was breakfast at the deli down the street with friends from the neighborhood. The most special times were when the twenty of us in the family, growing to more…

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Added by FUMC on April 27, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Soul Food: Mindful Eating as a Spiritual Discipline

      Soon after I arrived at Fairlington United Methodist Church, the Przystawiks hosted a dinner at their home so Pastor Mary Beth and I could get to know some of you and others from the church. As soon as I walked into their backyard, I was in awe. Plants budding with produce, chickens laying fresh eggs, and bees buzzing in and out of their hive making honey. The food they prepared was delectable. True…

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Added by FUMC on April 20, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Soul Food: Mindful Eating as a Spiritual Discipline

    

    Soon after I arrived at Fairlington United Methodist Church, the Przystawiks hosted a dinner at their home so Pastor Mary Beth and I could get to know some of you and others from the church. As soon as I walked into their backyard, I was in awe. Plants budding with produce, chickens laying fresh eggs, and bees buzzing in and out of their hive making honey. The food they prepared was delectable. True yard to table, using ingredients grown right where we were…

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Added by Devon Earle on April 19, 2018 at 2:16pm — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth: "There Is Enough"

We think we understand hunger. Little children with bloated stomachs in far away countries appear on our TV screens. Fund raising letters from aid organizations invite us to adopt hungry children who we will never meet. But hunger has many faces and it’s closer than we imagine.

 

Recent…

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Added by FUMC on April 13, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Bread for the Journey

 

We need food to live. Our bodies are nourished by proteins, fats, carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals. Without each of these elements, we get sick. Without food after a period of a few weeks, we die.

There’s that. And then there’s the joy of eating. Not all, but many of us have the privilege of eating a variety of…

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Added by FUMC on April 6, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth Giving Up Death

 

This artwork from c.e.1310 can be found on the ceiling fresco of Kariye Camii in what was the Church of the Holy Savior of Chora in Istanbul Turkey, now a museum. It is a picture of the resurrection, or in Greek, anastasis (up-rising). You can see the risen Christ in the center in white, as…

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Added by FUMC on March 30, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

From Pastor Devon ~ Giving Up Popularity

     Our childhood and teenage years may have been spent chasing a desire to be popular, something we thought we would outgrow as adults. Although we may not say we want to be “popular,” it still is tempting to want to be liked or accepted by groups of people.

 

     On Palm Sunday, it may seem like Jesus was popular, being welcomed into…

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Added by FUMC on March 23, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

From Rev. Christian - Giving Up Enemies

About a week ago, Lindsey and Bill welcomed their 3rd child to the world, Luke Alexander Smith.  Luke has a big brother named Blake, and a big sister named Marlo.  Mom and Luke are doing wonderful.…

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Added by FUMC on March 9, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Weekend Details & Your Monthly SteepleTalk Newsletter

Dear Fairlington Members and Friends:

Here is your March SteepleTalk Newsletter. Its eight pages are full of opportunities to be welcomed, nurtured and to serve through our church. Take a look at the Simplify Retreat coming up next weekend. See details about Holy Week and Easter and think about who you might invite to join you.

On this third…

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Added by FUMC on March 2, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth: "Giving Up Expectations"

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.…

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Added by FUMC on February 22, 2018 at 5:18pm — No Comments

From Pastor Devon ~ Giving Up Control

In sixth grade my parents signed me up for sailing camp. On a sweltering, humid, Virginia summer day, I gathered with the other middle schoolers anxious to get out on the water for our first day of camp. Each of us had been assigned our individual Sunfish sailboats, and the counselors had given us instructions on how to steer…

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Added by FUMC on February 16, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

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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…
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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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