Ephesians 2:1-10: 

The Ephesians were alive physically but dead spiritually.

 Paul chose this to recognize the idea that, someone who is dead cannot revive himself, as one without God cannot revive his own spirit into new life. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of God’s great love with which God loved us.” Paul presents why we were rescued from this state of spiritual deadness: because God was rich in mercy and had a great love for us. God acted to save us!

Paul completes the discussion of how we were saved by adding that our new spiritual life resulted in us being raised with Christ to be seated in heavenly places. Though we are presently located on earth physically, nevertheless we have been assigned a place spiritually at the right hand of God. Paul's point is that our salvation should not be appreciated as merely a change in status but it is a change of spiritual position before God.

Grace is unmerited favor. Paul clarifies that God's manner of salvation precludes any possibility that our newfound state could be attributed to human works. Since our very faith is itself a gift of God, we must acknowledge that we are God's workmanship. Furthermore, God's work presupposes a purpose, and the purpose for God’s acting is so that we might do good works. In Matthew 5:16, Jesus says: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
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Immigration is a much debated issue in our country, and world, today.   It is not a new issue, but the tone of the debate now requires us to equip ourselves with tools for a faithful and civil response.  The United Methodist Church has articulated a position, though not considered doctrine, that gives us a place to begin.  And invites us to continue the discussion.   Read this, then join us for worship at 9:30 and 11:00 with this topic, and plan to stay for lunch and Immigration 101.  

 

“We recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God.  We affirm the right of all persons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, health care, education, and freedom from social discrimination.  We urge the Church…

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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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