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The church has always been a presence in my life. Some of my earliest memories are of Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Children’s Church. Then came Confirmation, and serving as an acolyte and coming to worship. In all of this, I came to realize that the Holy Spirit was always with me.
As a teenager, I struggle most days to wake up and get out of bed and get going. However, one of my…Continue
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In 2014, the musicians at Hillsong, a megachurch in Australia, were asked by John Dickson to write a song based on the Apostle’s Creed. John said, “I just thought a song that really was reminiscent of the Apostles’ Creed, that covered its main points, would be a beautiful way of calling modern churches to reflect on the foundation of the faith that unifies us.” Months later the music leaders,…Continue
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creator of heaven and earth.
In the beginning, God created.
The moon and dirt, jagged…Continue
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My father-in-law, Bob Blinn, was a man for whom mealtime was important. And while he enjoyed the food, it was more about the company. There were the birthday lunches, one-on-one time eating out with a grandchild. There was breakfast at the deli down the street with friends from the neighborhood. The most special times were when the twenty of us in the family, growing to more…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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We think we understand hunger. Little children with bloated stomachs in far away countries appear on our TV screens. Fund raising letters from aid organizations invite us to adopt hungry children who we will never meet. But hunger has many faces and it’s closer than we imagine.
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We need food to live. Our bodies are nourished by proteins, fats, carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals. Without each of these elements, we get sick. Without food after a period of a few weeks, we die.
There’s that. And then there’s the joy of eating. Not all, but many of us have the privilege of eating a variety of…Continue
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This artwork from c.e.1310 can be found on the ceiling fresco of Kariye Camii in what was the Church of the Holy Savior of Chora in Istanbul Turkey, now a museum. It is a picture of the resurrection, or in Greek, anastasis (up-rising). You can see the risen Christ in the center in white, as…Continue
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Our childhood and teenage years may have been spent chasing a desire to be popular, something we thought we would outgrow as adults. Although we may not say we want to be “popular,” it still is tempting to want to be liked or accepted by groups of people.
On Palm Sunday, it may seem like Jesus was popular, being welcomed into…Continue
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Dear Fairlington Members and Friends:
Here is your March SteepleTalk Newsletter. Its eight pages are full of opportunities to be welcomed, nurtured and to serve through our church. Take a look at the Simplify Retreat coming up next weekend. See details about Holy Week and Easter and think about who you might invite to join you.
On this third…Continue
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What expectations do you have for your life? To be healthy and have no major illnesses? To have your children outlive you? To be in a meaningful long-term relationship until “death do us part?” To never lose your job? To be happy? It is obvious that many of our expectations through life are not fulfilled.…Continue
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In sixth grade my parents signed me up for sailing camp. On a sweltering, humid, Virginia summer day, I gathered with the other middle schoolers anxious to get out on the water for our first day of camp. Each of us had been assigned our individual Sunfish sailboats, and the counselors had given us instructions on how to steer…Continue
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Amy Oden, in God’s Welcome, tells a story from the ancient desert mothers and fathers of the 3rd century. A novice asked the teacher, “Holy one, is there anything I can do to make myself closer to God?” The elder replied, “As little as you can do to make the sun rise in…Continue
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One day this fall, when people were doing projects at the church, I came across Mary and Barbara. They were working together sorting through costumes and making plans for the upcoming pageant. I often notice these two getting things done, partnering to create worship visuals, banners,…Continue
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Devon, Devon! I will admit that growing up there were times that I pretended that I couldn’t hear my parents calling me from downstairs in our family home. I knew what would come next, could you please unload the dishwasher? Could you take out the trash or vacuum the family room? I hoped that if I stayed quiet…Continue
Added by Devon Earle on January 18, 2018 at 2:04pm — No Comments
Fifty-years after his death, we are still eagerly listening for Dr. King’s voice. People are remembering and sharing their favorite MLK quotes. A friend posted a photograph from the walls of the MLK memorial as his Facebook cover photo. And my husband bought a turn-table so we can listen to one of his favorite old…Continue
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Bible study is very essential to building our faith. Through God’s Word, we gain an understanding that God is the one who gives the gift of knowledge for us to live productive lives as believers. I would like to invite you this year to read the Bible chronologically (in the order of events). The readings will be…Continue
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I can’t count the number of times I have marveled at trees. A tree clinging with its roots to the small amount of soil sprinkled on a rocky mountain top. A large baobab tree thriving in the arid landscapes of Western Africa. The resilient tree in my childhood front yard that withstood many windy storms including…Continue
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