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When God Shows Up for Dinner

 Hospitality is different in Northern Virginia from rural Southwestern Virginia. In the mountains, someone might invite you over to sit a spell on their front porch, offering a glass of “sweet tea.” In Alexandria, in part because we don’t often have front porches, we are more likely to say, “Meet me…

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Added by FUMC on August 10, 2017 at 10:53am — No Comments

As Good as Dead

This week we begin a sermon series on the life and faith of Abraham, an early figure in our religious history who shows up not too far into the book of Genesis. Abraham had quite a life, and a calling. He is considered a leading figure in three of the world’s major religions (Islam, Judaism,…

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Added by FUMC on August 3, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Mental Health - Psalm 23

In my four years at Emory & Henry College, my major morphed into an interdisciplinary combination of music, psychology and religion. It became an illustration of how my life changed from high school to graduate school. And how God began calling me into ministry. I had always loved piano,…

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Added by Mary Beth Blinn on July 24, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Last Thing You Won't Find in the Bible: Forgive and Forget

 

Things You Won’t Find in the Bible:  Forgive and Forget.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Ephesians 4:25-32

 

At Dillon Roof’s court hearing, Nadine Collier said, “I forgive you.” It was just nine days after her 70 year-old mother, Ethel Lance, had been killed along with eight others at a…

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Added by Mary Beth Blinn on July 20, 2017 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Another Saying That You Won't Find in the Bible

From Pastor Devon: 

“I'm that little bit of hope. When my back's against the ropes.”

                                                           ~ R. Kelly “The World’s Famous”

 I love the song “The World’s Famous.” Many of us have had a time when it feels like our back is against the…

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Added by FUMC on July 14, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

What You Won't Find in the Bible--Week 2

 

I'm just now “finding” songs in our almost 30 year old United Methodist Hymnal.  I’d seen this one before, on page 120, but I had not really absorbed the words until this week:

   Your love, O God, is broad like beach and meadow,

   Wide as the wind, and our eternal home.

   You…

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Added by Mary Beth Blinn on July 6, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth: Things You Won’t Find in the Bible: “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”

We often throw words around to prove a point or to bolster our position. There’s an extra punch when we say, “But it’s in the Bible!” This month we consider popular phrases that you won’t find in the Bible. We are on a search for the truths we will find there.

And so we begin this week…

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Added by FUMC on June 30, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth: When the Kingdom of Heaven Comes Near

Ask anybody who’s been on a mission trip, and they will say, “It was a blessing. I’ll never be the same.” Talk with them long enough and you may hear about the hard work, the heat, the snoring in the room, the early hours, the disappointments and the difficulties. But for most, this is not the main thing.…

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Added by FUMC on June 22, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

From Pastor Devon

Taking time to walk in the woods, to hike a mountain, or to walk along a riverbank is something I…

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Added by FUMC on June 8, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

You are Invited to Participate in Next Level Innovations

 

Save the Date October…

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Added by Devon Earle on May 30, 2017 at 3:17pm — No Comments

What Now?

On Good Friday, we mourned Jesus death. On Easter, we rejoiced in Jesus’ resurrection. This Sunday, Ascension Sunday, we celebrate…

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Added by FUMC on May 24, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Who Is God?

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:…

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Added by FUMC on May 19, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

John 14:1-14

For some, Mother’s Day is difficult. It can make all too poignant the recent death of a mother, or the deep sadness of not being able to have children, or the reality of a mother whose parenting has left scars and pain. Because of this, some…

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Added by FUMC on May 11, 2017 at 4:31pm — No Comments

On Mental Health -- Psalm 23

In my four years at Emory & Henry College, my major morphed into an interdisciplinary combination of music, psychology and religion. It became an illustration of how my life changed from high school to graduate school.  And how God began calling me into ministry.  I had always loved piano, but…

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Added by FUMC on May 5, 2017 at 11:22am — No Comments

Jesus Revealed

 

Less than three weeks ago, we gathered for Easter Sunday. The pews were packed, flowers decorated the sanctuary, incredible music filled the air, and we proclaimed Christ is Risen! Now, as the…

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Added by FUMC on April 27, 2017 at 10:45am — No Comments

13 Ways to Care for Creation

Added by FUMC on April 24, 2017 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Martha: When Jesus Comes Too Late

Death and other forms of loss seem to be the antithesis of life.  Some of us have had more than our share of death and loss.  We ask, “Why?”  “Where were you, God?”  “Will I have hope again?”  Grief is the deep sorrow that accompanies this kind of loss but it is also the process that gets us through it. …

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Added by FUMC on March 30, 2017 at 3:53pm — No Comments

The Blind Man: Beginning to See

About a month ago I attended a seminar on Leadership and Emotional Intelligence. Lynne Alley-Grant, the presenter at the workshop, explained how we have different versions of ourselves. We have our open self which is information about ourselves that we know and others know. We have our hidden self which is…

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Added by FUMC on March 22, 2017 at 6:06pm — No Comments

The Samaritan Woman: Truth Telling and Truth Hearing

 If you’ve tried to get a drink of cold water in the church Fellowship Hall lately, you have run into a problem. The water fountain does not work. I don’t know how long it’s been broken, but I suspect some people have gone away thirsty. The good news is that our hard-working Trustees have a plan to…

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Added by FUMC on March 16, 2017 at 4:23pm — No Comments

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When God Shows Up for Dinner

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 Hospitality is different in Northern Virginia from…

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13 Ways to Care for Creation

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Reconciling News

Pizza and a Movie! On Sunday night, July 16 at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall, we will show the documentary film “An Act of Love.” This 90-minute award winning film tells the story of the Rev. Frank Schaefer’s fight for LGBTQ inclusion in the United Methodist Church. Rev. Schaefer had his ministerial credentials revoked in December 2013 after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding; they were later reinstated upon appeal.  See  http://www.anactoflovefilm.com for more information about the film.  Contact: Mark Elder markuselder@gmail.com. This event is free and no RSVP is required, please come!

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.

 

Conversations on a Way Forward  Sunday, April 9 from 3:00 to 4:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.You are invited for conversation and an update on the Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward, facilitated by Dave Nuckols, a Commission member. The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference (our denomination’s legislative body). It is tasked --to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the UMC’s Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality; -- as well as explore options that will help maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. Tthe Commission’s work is tentatively scheduled to result in a called General Conference in 2019, that will determine the way forward and structure of our denomination. For more information, see the Commision website: http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/commission-on-a-wayforward. For other questions about this event, contact Mark Elder at markuselder@gmail.com.

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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