Next Level Inovation NLI

What is NLI? It stands for Next Level Innovations: a program that helps congregations like ours take next steps in effectiveness. Together we will celebrate where we are today and share our hopes for the future as we welcome, nurture and serve.


Friday, October 27~~Saturday, October 28~~Sunday, October 29

(childcare provided ~ contact 


Friday, October 27:

Group Interviews for YOUTH (Youth Room 306) from 7:15 to 8:15pm and NEW MEMBERS & NEWCOMERS (Fellowship Hall) 7:15-8:45pm. 

Free supper will be provided from 6:30 to 7:15pm. Youth, we need to hear your voice! Also, if you are new to Fairlington UMC in the last few years, we want to hear from you. Come to participate in a group interview about what brought you here and where you hope our church is headed.

To arrange for childcare contact


Saturday, October 28, from 9:30am until 3:30 pm: CHURCH-WIDE RETREAT in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited!

The District NLI team will share the results of the “mystery worshiper” reviews and the Real Discipleship Survey.* There will be opportunities to grow in faith, share faith stories and learn more about the changing demographics of our neighborhood. We will share church strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT).

*It’s Not Too Late to Take the Real Discipleship Survey. CLICK HERE 


Sunday, October 29 ~ 10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary (our only worship service that day).  

  • Join us beforehand at 9:15 for a continental breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Our church will gather to hear our guest speaker, the Rev. Brian K. Brown. Click Here for Dr. Brown's Bio.. The service will conclude with a presentation by the District NLI Team. After a weekend of careful listening to us and to God, the team will present the innovations we may choose to fulfill God’s vision for us at FUMC.  The Nursery and Children’s Church will be available; however, we won’t have any Sunday School.


Blog Posts

9 Ways to Embrace Gratitude and Joy

Posted by FUMC on July 5, 2018 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

  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…

Reconciling Notes

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,


Follow this link 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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