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Soul Food: Mindful Eating as a Spiritual Discipline

      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…

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Added by FUMC on April 20, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth: "There Is Enough"

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.

 

Recent…

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Added by FUMC on April 13, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Bread for the Journey

 

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…

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Added by FUMC on April 6, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth Giving Up Death

 

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…

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Added by FUMC on March 30, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

From Pastor Devon ~ Giving Up Popularity

     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…

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Added by FUMC on March 23, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth: "Giving Up Expectations"

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.…

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Added by FUMC on February 22, 2018 at 5:18pm — No Comments

From Pastor Devon ~ Giving Up Control

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…

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Added by FUMC on February 16, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth ~ "Paying Attention"

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…

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Added by FUMC on February 9, 2018 at 11:24am — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth: "Always Better Together"

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,…

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Added by FUMC on January 25, 2018 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Responding with Reluctance

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…

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Added by Devon Earle on January 18, 2018 at 2:04pm — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth

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…

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Added by FUMC on January 12, 2018 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Bishop Sharma Lewis' Bible Reading Challenge

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…

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Added by FUMC on January 5, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What's New in the New Testament?

      By Pastor Devon -- Last Sunday during worship, I asked some of you to share your favorite Bible verses. One of you shared that you treasure Psalm 23, a Psalm your grandmother paid you five dollars to memorize that has now become an important part of your faith. Early in my elementary school years, I remember…

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Added by FUMC on September 28, 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

The Bible:What It Is and What It Isn't

I own quite a few Bibles. It's helpful to have a variety of translations for sermon preparation and Bible study. But I have also been given Bibles over the years by family members and inherited a few. The one I’ve had the longest is very small and is the New Testament portion of the Bible. It’s bound…

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Added by FUMC on September 8, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

From Pastor Devon: New Year's Resolution

When the ball drops to mark the beginning of a new year, many people make new or renewed commitments.  We make resolutions to live better healthier lives. There is another tradition that is practiced at Methodist Churches throughout the world; Covenant services are held on New Year’s Day. The…

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Added by FUMC on December 28, 2016 at 4:59pm — No Comments

From Rev. Christian White: Doxology

Doxology: Christ the King Sunday, November 20th

Luke 1:68-79 & Colossians 1:11-20

Car accidents can be an emotionally traumatic experience- it can also be fatal. Even the smallest of fender benders…

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Added by FUMC on November 18, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Giving with Gratitude

Luke 17:11-19; Psalm 66

            In some cultures, it is customary to bring a gift when you visit someone’s home. This is a way of saying thank you for their hospitality. When I was in eighth grade, I had a student from the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC, come and stay at my house for a few days and attend school with me.…

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Added by Devon Earle on October 21, 2016 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Christians Give

Christians give.  Just as we worship, pray, read the Bible, and practice other ways to go deeper,  Christians also give.  Some have the spiritual gift of generosity and giving generously comes easily.  Others have to learn and then practice giving.…

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Added by Mary Beth Blinn on October 13, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Gift of Holy Friendship

There’s a bulletin board in Room 111  covered with photos.  These photos depict individual members of a Sunday School…

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Added by Mary Beth Blinn on September 29, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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Soul Food: Mindful Eating as a Spiritual Discipline

Posted by FUMC on April 20, 2018 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

      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…

Continue

From Pastor Mary Beth: "There Is Enough"

Posted by FUMC on April 13, 2018 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

We think we understand hunger. Little children with bloated stomachs in far away countries appear on our TV screens. Fund raising…

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Bread for the Journey

Posted by FUMC on April 6, 2018 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

 

We need food to live. Our bodies are nourished by proteins, fats, carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals. Without…

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From Pastor Mary Beth Giving Up Death

Posted by FUMC on March 30, 2018 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

 

This artwork from c.e.1310 can be found on…

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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, 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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