On vacation this year I explored my roots. In Wilmore, Kentucky, my family visited the homeplace where my grandmother was born and where she raised her family. I held my granddaughter’s hand as she walked on the stone wall in front, like I love to do. The drug store and the cemetery, both started by my great-grandfather, are still there. I worshipped in the sanctuary where my father was brought as a newborn, and where he answered the call to follow Jesus as a 17-year-old.

This month at Fairlington we are exploring our roots as United Methodists. Unfortunately, we have no trips planned to England! But we begin with one of the key tenets of John Wesley’s theology: God’s grace.

In 18th century English, Wesley describes grace as “God’s bounty or favor; God’s free-undeserved favor.”

Our Book of Discipline defines grace as "The undeserved, unmerited, and loving action of God in human existence through the ever-present Holy Spirit."

It’s all around us and in us. Where do you see grace in your life today?

~Pastor Mary Beth


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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!


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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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