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 yard to table, using ingredients grown right where we were standing.

     This year, although they don't have produce to pick yet, their garden is booming with potential. In this picture, Tom is holding a branch of their Asian Pear tree, one of the fruit trees they hope this year will finally bear fruit. Already present in their garden are nanking cherries, elberberry, serviceberry, spicebush, plums, pears, and apricots, all of which will soon be edible.

     Their commitment to growing food with their own hands and using their hands to creatively prepare dishes served at their table, is a beautiful example of mindful cooking and eating. They don’t have to imagine but can know the food’s journey, where was it grown, what it looked like while growing, who planted, and harvested it. Then with great appreciation they can say thank you to God for that journey.

     How are you mindful of the journey of the food you eat? Can eating connect you deeply with God?

 

~Pastor Devon Earle

 

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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…

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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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