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From Pastor Mary Beth

Fifty-years after his death, we are still eagerly listening for Dr. King’s voice. People are remembering and sharing their favorite MLK quotes. A friend posted a photograph from the walls of the MLK memorial as his Facebook cover photo. And my husband bought a turn-table so we can listen to one of his favorite old…

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Added by FUMC on January 12, 2018 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Bishop Sharma Lewis' Bible Reading Challenge

Bible study is very essential to building our faith. Through God’s Word, we gain an understanding that God is the one who gives the gift of knowledge for us to live productive lives as believers. I would like to invite you this year to read the Bible chronologically (in the order of events). The readings will be…

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Added by FUMC on January 5, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Giving Your Best

I can’t count the number of times I have marveled at trees. A tree clinging with its roots to the small amount of soil sprinkled on a rocky mountain top. A large baobab tree thriving in the arid landscapes of Western Africa. The resilient tree in my childhood front yard that withstood many windy storms including…

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Added by FUMC on October 20, 2017 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Response to Las Vegas

From Pastor Devon and Pastor Mary Beth

A Prayer from the United Methodist Church for Times such as These

Dear Lord,

When all we have left to do is cry out in the midst of the pain, give us hope.

When our tears feel like the only way to quench…

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Added by FUMC on October 2, 2017 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Response to Las Vegas

From Pastor Devon and Pastor Mary Beth

A Prayer from the United Methodist Church for Times such as These

Dear Lord,

When all we have left to do is cry out in the midst of the pain, give us hope.

When our tears feel like the only way to quench…

Continue

Added by FUMC on October 2, 2017 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Response to Las Vegas

From Pastor Devon and Pastor Mary Beth

A Prayer from the United Methodist Church for Times such as These

Dear Lord,

When all we have left to do is cry out in the midst of the pain, give us hope.

When our tears feel like the only way to quench…

Continue

Added by FUMC on October 2, 2017 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Response to Las Vegas

From Pastor Devon and Pastor Mary Beth

A Prayer from the United Methodist Church for Times such as These

Dear Lord,

When all we have left to do is cry out in the midst of the pain, give us hope.

When our tears feel like the only way to quench…

Continue

Added by FUMC on October 2, 2017 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Response to Las Vegas

From Pastor Devon and Pastor Mary Beth

A Prayer from the United Methodist Church for Times such as These

Dear Lord,

When all we have left to do is cry out in the midst of the pain, give us hope.

When our tears feel like the only way to quench…

Continue

Added by FUMC on October 2, 2017 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Response to Las Vegas

From Pastor Devon and Pastor Mary Beth

A Prayer from the United Methodist Church for Times such as These

Dear Lord,

When all we have left to do is cry out in the midst of the pain, give us hope.

When our tears feel like the only way to quench…

Continue

Added by FUMC on October 2, 2017 at 5:09pm — No Comments

What's New in the New Testament?

      By Pastor Devon -- Last Sunday during worship, I asked some of you to share your favorite Bible verses. One of you shared that you treasure Psalm 23, a Psalm your grandmother paid you five dollars to memorize that has now become an important part of your faith. Early in my elementary school years, I remember…

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Added by FUMC on September 28, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Does the Old Testament Really Matter?

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Added by Devon Earle on September 21, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Bible: How Did It Come to Be?

I used to think that the Bible was dictated by God, and the authors wrote down exactly what God said.  I was pretty young when I thought this.  As I grew up, three things influenced my understanding.   One was my father’s preaching.  He encouraged me to think about…

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Added by Mary Beth Blinn on September 14, 2017 at 11:29am — No Comments

The Bible:What It Is and What It Isn't

I own quite a few Bibles. It's helpful to have a variety of translations for sermon preparation and Bible study. But I have also been given Bibles over the years by family members and inherited a few. The one I’ve had the longest is very small and is the New Testament portion of the Bible. It’s bound…

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Added by FUMC on September 8, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Is This A Test?

Genesis 22:1-19

 Even before I arrived at Fairlington in 2015 to be your lead pastor, I heard about Beth El Hebrew Congregation. I learned about how in 1956 we opened our doors for a year to our Jewish neighbors while…

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Added by FUMC on August 24, 2017 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Abraham’s Family: A Promise for Many

When I was in high school, during the “war on terror,” I was troubled by the growing prejudice that I saw against my classmates and others who were Muslim. Muslims, Christians, and Jews all trace our lineage back to Abraham. We have a shared heritage, yet I wondered why we felt divided by our differences…

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Added by FUMC on August 18, 2017 at 2:39pm — No Comments

When God Shows Up for Dinner

 Hospitality is different in Northern Virginia from rural Southwestern Virginia. In the mountains, someone might invite you over to sit a spell on their front porch, offering a glass of “sweet tea.” In Alexandria, in part because we don’t often have front porches, we are more likely to say, “Meet me at…

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Added by FUMC on August 10, 2017 at 10:53am — No Comments

As Good as Dead

This week we begin a sermon series on the life and faith of Abraham, an early figure in our religious history who shows up not too far into the book of Genesis. Abraham had quite a life, and a calling. He is considered a leading figure in three of the world’s major religions (Islam, Judaism,…

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Added by FUMC on August 3, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Mental Health - Psalm 23

In my four years at Emory & Henry College, my major morphed into an interdisciplinary combination of music, psychology and religion. It became an illustration of how my life changed from high school to graduate school. And how God began calling me into ministry. I had always loved piano,…

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Added by Mary Beth Blinn on July 24, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Last Thing You Won't Find in the Bible: Forgive and Forget

 

Things You Won’t Find in the Bible:  Forgive and Forget.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Ephesians 4:25-32

 

At Dillon Roof’s court hearing, Nadine Collier said, “I forgive you.” It was just nine days after her 70 year-old mother, Ethel Lance, had been killed along with eight others at a…

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Added by Mary Beth Blinn on July 20, 2017 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Another Saying That You Won't Find in the Bible

From Pastor Devon: 

“I'm that little bit of hope. When my back's against the ropes.”

                                                           ~ R. Kelly “The World’s Famous”

 I love the song “The World’s Famous.” Many of us have had a time when it feels like our back is against the ropes…

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Added by FUMC on July 14, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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From Pastor Mary Beth

Posted by FUMC on January 12, 2018 at 2:11pm 0 Comments

Fifty-years after his death, we are still eagerly listening for…

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Bishop Sharma Lewis' Bible Reading Challenge

Posted by FUMC on January 5, 2018 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Bible study is very essential to building our faith. Through…

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