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 and pull in the sail to catch the wind, as well as gone over safety precautions. We put our boats in the water, helped each other rig them, and then our counselors headed upwind in their boats.

I was determined to impress our counselors and get to them first, so I pointed my little sailboat right towards them, hoping the tiny vessel would take off in the wind. Instead, the sail flapped back and forth and my boat was at a standstill, even moving backwards a bit. Frustrated, I pulled in the lines of my sail hoping to gain some control over the boat and make it move faster, but I was still heading backwards towards the shore. Eventually, the wind pushed me sideways and I was able to move again. I followed some fellow campers in their boats and zig zagged back and forth, finally making it to my destination, not first but second-to-last.

Are you holding on tight to the lines of the sails of your life trying to have full control of where you are and where you are going? Are there places you aren’t willing to let go and let the wind of the Holy Spirit guide you? As we begin Lent, are you willing to give up control?


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For All the Saints

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We give you thanks, O God,

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:

Manicured hands and hands stained with grease or soil,

Strong hands and those gnarled with age

Holy hands

Used as wave offerings across the land.


We thank you, God, for hardworking saints;

Whether hard-hatted or steel-booted,

Head ragged or aproned,

Blue-collared or three-piece-suited

They left their mark on the earth for you, for us, for our children to come.


Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices

made by those who…


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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