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 first people who shared said the big things that many of us are thankful for, like family and friends. Yet, as we made our way around the table it became clear that we have plenty to give thanks for both big and small.

 

It made me realize that out of the 365 days a year, we only have one that is dedicated to gratitude, Thanksgiving. Yet on all those other days, whether they are days that will become important memories, days that are tough to get through, or mundane days, we can think of something that causes us to whisper or shout “Thank you.”

 

Anne Lammott, one of my favorite authors, shares in her book, Traveling Mercies, “Here are the two best prayers I know: “Help me, help me, help me” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

 

What are you thankful for today? Have you whispered to God

 “Thank you?”

~Devon Earle

 

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For All the Saints

Posted by FUMC on October 31, 2018 at 4:52pm 0 Comments

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…

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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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