A Report from the 2018 Virginia Annual Conference

A Report from the 2018 Virginia Annual Conference

By our lay conference attendees: Mark Elder, Roma Sexson and Wray Sexson


​Our clergy,  Mary Beth, Devon and Christian, were reappointed to Fairlington UMC for another year effective July 1!  Devon was ordained a full elder in the United Methodist Church during a moving service on Saturday night.  In addition, there was a service to recognize retiring pastors, including Drema McAllister Wilson, our church’s former senior pastor.  On Saturday afternoon, fulfilling Bishop Sharma Lewis’ vision, 1,637 conference attendees (over half) participated in a Great Day of Service.  There were three opportunities:  an outdoor mission activity in the City of Hampton, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) kit building in the convention center, and presentations on social justice issues (immigration, racism, and stewardship of the earth); Fairlington’s own Anne Wilson presented on God’s creation at the latter service opportunity. 


Annual Conference members brought 44,774 disaster relief kits for UMCOR to Annual Conference (a record of 200 from Fairlington alone!). Kits included: 29,409 Hygiene kits; 13,367 School kits; 703 Birthing kits; 334 Layette kits; 840 Cleaning kits; 16 Bedding kits; 102 Sewing kits; and 3 miscellaneous kits; this includes 100 Hygiene kits  and 100 School kits collected by FUMW.  Virginia Reconciling United Methodists gathered for dinner to hear Jan Lawrence, Director of the Reconciling Ministry Network, discuss planning and strategy for the February 2019 called General Conference where delegates will deliberate the future structure of the United Methodist Church, particularly as it relates to issues of human sexuality and welcoming of LGBTQ persons in the church.  Rev. Tom Berlin, a pastor of Floris UMC in Herndon and a member of the Commission on a Way Forward – a group of 32 clergy and lay members from across the world who have spent the last 18 months discerning the future of the UMC – presented a summary of three possible options for a future structure of the denomination. 


Delegates passed a resolution to send from our Annual Conference to General Conference advocating that a solution to the future of the UMC be sought that maintains unity and avoids schism.  Also, on the last morning of Conference, delegates passed a motion opposing the policy of separating children from the parents at the border, accentuating that “love is the fulfilling of the law,” asking federal agencies to find ways to reunite separated families and pass immigration reform, and requesting a copy of the motion be sent to the U.S. Attorney General.  See https://livestream.com/VAUMC/AC2018 for an archives of all the events that occurred at Annual Conference.


Blog Posts

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…


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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