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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…Continue
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for all the saints who ever worshiped you
Whether in brush arbors or cathedrals,
Weathered wooden churches or crumbling cement meeting houses
Where your name was lifted and adored.
We give you thanks, O God, for hands lifted in praise:…
Added by FUMC on October 31, 2018 at 4:52pm — No Comments
Every year as my family and “framily” gather around the table for Thanksgiving dinner, before we indulge in our plates piled with food, we take turns sharing one thing we have been thankful for during the past year. Last year, we put a new twist on our family tradition, making a rule that you could not say the same thing that someone else had already shared at the table. This meant that the…Continue
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Did you know that there are United Methodist churches, not just in the United States but also throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe? We are a worldwide church! I found this map, with the dark-colored countries showing that over 12 million United Methodists worship there. United Methodists are also in mission in…Continue
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These words, sung by our choirs today, are set to music by United Methodist composer Mark Miller. One story is that…Continue
Added by FUMC on September 27, 2018 at 2:11pm — No Comments
Immigration is a much debated issue in our country, and world, today. It is not a new issue, but the tone of the debate now requires us to equip ourselves with tools for a faithful and civil response. The United Methodist Church has articulated a position, though not considered doctrine, that gives us a place…Continue
Added by FUMC on September 20, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Soon after I moved to Alexandria, one of our neighbors introduced me to the book The Art of Neighboring. In the book, there is a diagram like the one above. The book invites you to do this: Imagine the center house is your home, apartment, or condominium and the other homes are your eight closest neighbors. How many of these neighbors do you know by name? How many could you write down an…Continue
Added by FUMC on September 14, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Our Sunday School for children will be starting up on September 9th, and I wanted to share with you the numerous opportunities that we have for you to participate in our program as a volunteer Shepherd or Teacher. There are lots of different ways and time frames that you can serve,…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by FUMC on June 15, 2018 at 5:06pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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I sang these words every Friday night with other camp counselors on the small stage of the pavilion in the…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by FUMC on May 17, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
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creator of heaven and earth.
In the beginning, God created.
The moon and dirt, jagged…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by FUMC on April 20, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments
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.
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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…Continue
Added by FUMC on April 6, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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