I used to think that the Bible was dictated by God, and the authors wrote down exactly what God said.  I was pretty young when I thought this.  As I grew up, three things influenced my understanding.   One was my father’s preaching.  He encouraged me to think about the scriptures as not literal but inspired.  Another was the teaching of Dr. Ed Bauman.  A 16 mm projector used in a class meant for adults introduced me to this engaging and life-changing Bible teacher.  And then I went to college where Drs. Fred Kellogg and Maurice Luker taught me how the Bible came to be.


To learn about  the amazing process of stories told and retold, of letters written and passed along, of poetry put to music in worship, of history recorded over the years through the eyes of faith amazed me more than the concept of Godly dictation.  And then to hear about faithful leaders who came together to prayerfully decide which of all these writings would become the Bible is fascinating.   This is what I believe now:  God inspired this very human process to bring us the Word that transforms our lives.  It is the Holy Bible.   This is our theme Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00 am.  Join us!


Pastor Mary Beth 



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9 Ways to Embrace Gratitude and Joy

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  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 day: the barista, clerk, banker, trash collector, etc.
  5. Write a letter of gratitude to a teacher, coach, old friend or mentor, or former pastor.
  6. Find a gratitude partner and share together daily or weekly.
  7. Tell someone how much they mean to you.
  8. Put a positive spin on your negative thoughts (You’re home with a sprained ankle but you get to read the book you’ve had by your chair for months.)
  9. Go on a gratitude walk, carefully observing and saying thank…

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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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