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Sacrifice & Service

       It’s a paradox. Jumbo shrimp. Bitter sweet. Boneless ribs. Loud silence. Paradox seems to defy logic, is absurd, unusual or seems self-contradictory. But in the end it may prove to be something of value, well-founded or true. Like the concept of sacrifice.

Sacrifice is something we often avoid. It’s…

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Added by FUMC on October 19, 2018 at 11:44am — No Comments

Partners in the Gospel

Partnership is necessary in every successful venture, even when it’s

just for fun. I spent a couple of days at the beach last week with family. One morning My brother-in-law, Jack, got his kite to fly very high in the sky. But how do you keep a kite flying when it’s just you and you need to go do…

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Added by FUMC on October 12, 2018 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Communion & Community

  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…

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Added by FUMC on October 4, 2018 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Living with the Ache of Loss

These words, sung by our choirs today, are set to music by United Methodist composer Mark Miller. One story is that…

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Added by FUMC on September 27, 2018 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Opening Doors

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…

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Added by FUMC on September 20, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

New Beginnings

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…

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Added by FUMC on September 14, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

An Opportunity for You to Serve Our Children

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,…

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Added by FUMC on September 4, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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

 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

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

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

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Sacrifice & Service

Posted by FUMC on October 19, 2018 at 11:44am 0 Comments

       It’s a paradox. Jumbo shrimp. Bitter sweet. Boneless ribs. Loud silence. Paradox seems to defy logic, is absurd, unusual or seems self-contradictory. But in the end it may prove to be something of value, well-founded or true. Like the concept of sacrifice.

Sacrifice is something we often avoid. It’s hard. It takes away from our own pleasure and requires us to deny ourselves. Yet it leads to life. To sacrifice is to give up something that is valuable to you in order to help another person. In the economy of our life in community, helping others turns out to be worth more than simply helping yourself. In fact, it’s what makes life together possible. Sacrifice is always hard but it gives life. A paradox. Where have you found sacrifice hard but life-giving?…

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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 markuselder@gmail.com.

 

 

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, 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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