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For All the Saints

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:…

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Growing in Gratitude

       Every year as my family and “framily” gather around the table for Thanksgiving dinner, before we indulge in our plates piled with food, we take turns sharing one thing we have been thankful for during the past year. Last year, we put a new twist on our family tradition, making a rule that you could not say the same thing that someone else had already shared at the table. This meant that the…

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Added by FUMC on October 26, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Sacrifice & Service

       It’s a paradox. Jumbo shrimp. Bitter sweet. Boneless ribs. Loud silence. Paradox seems to defy logic, is absurd, unusual or seems self-contradictory. But in the end it may prove to be something of value, well-founded or true. Like the concept of sacrifice.

Sacrifice is something we often avoid. It’s…

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Added by FUMC on October 19, 2018 at 11:44am — No Comments

Partners in the Gospel

Partnership is necessary in every successful venture, even when it’s

just for fun. I spent a couple of days at the beach last week with family. One morning My brother-in-law, Jack, got his kite to fly very high in the sky. But how do you keep a kite flying when it’s just you and you need to go do…

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Added by FUMC on October 12, 2018 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Communion & Community

  Did you know that there are United Methodist churches, not just in the United States but also throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe? We are a worldwide church! I found this map, with the dark-colored countries showing that over 12 million United Methodists worship there. United Methodists are also in mission in…

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Added by FUMC on October 4, 2018 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Living with the Ache of Loss

These words, sung by our choirs today, are set to music by United Methodist composer Mark Miller. One story is…

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Obituary for Harold Moore

Click here for Hal Moore's Obituary

Added by FUMC on September 21, 2018 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Opening Doors

Immigration is a much debated issue in our country, and world, today.   It is not a new issue, but the tone of the debate now requires us to equip ourselves with tools for a faithful and civil response.  The United Methodist Church has articulated a position, though not considered doctrine, that gives us a place…

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Added by FUMC on September 20, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

New Beginnings

Soon after I moved to Alexandria, one of our neighbors introduced me to the book The Art of Neighboring. In the book, there is a diagram like the one above. The book invites you to do this: Imagine the center house is your home, apartment, or condominium and the other homes are your eight closest neighbors. How many of these neighbors do you know by name? How many could you write down an…

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Added by FUMC on September 14, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

An Opportunity for You to Serve Our Children

Our Sunday School for children will be starting up on September 9th, and I wanted to share with you the numerous opportunities that we have for you to participate in our program as a volunteer Shepherd or Teacher.  There are lots of different ways and time frames that you can…

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Added by FUMC on September 4, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What's in Your Closet?

We are all God's chosen ones. We are all, both long-term and newly arrived, part of a community with a closet full of just the right kind of clothing. It includes compassion and kindness, humility and meekness, patience and forgiveness. Love is what binds

 us together.

Our church has…

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Getting Along

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August 12 Fire Drill Report

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Doing Good by Pastor Devon

Doing Good

 

God in the Spirit revealed in Jesus Christ, calls us by grace

        to be renewed in the image of our Creator,

        that we may be one in divine love for the world.

 

Today is the day

God…

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Doing Good by Pastor Devon

Doing Good…

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Singing Faith by Pastor Mary Beth

     We Shall Overcome is a song that, since the 1940’s, has inspired generations of social activists to rally for justice. It was added to our United Methodist hymnal in 1988 as an expression of our faith in times of trial. Music has that kind of power and influence.

     Music also touches our…

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Added by FUMC on August 10, 2018 at 11:33am — No Comments

Knowing Grace

On vacation this year I explored my roots. In Wilmore, Kentucky, my family visited the homeplace where my grandmother was born and where she raised her family. I held my granddaughter’s hand as she walked on the stone wall in front, like I love to do. The drug store and the cemetery, both started by my…

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Added by FUMC on August 2, 2018 at 3:45pm — No Comments

God As Missionary: Ephesians 4.25-5.2 - from Pastor Christian

The Global Ministries Board of the United Methodist Church supports mission activity all over the world.  Its purpose is to equip and transform people and places for God's mission.  It has written what it calls a “Theology of Mission” that explains how it lives out Mission Dei (or ‘the sending of God’). …

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Added by FUMC on July 26, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Embracing Laughter, Song and Dance

                                                     

A little over a month ago,

we were grabbing dinner with some friends from our apartment building when one of them shared that she had been thinking about what makes her happy. She asked us what are the “happy moments” in your…

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Added by FUMC on July 19, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

9 Ways to Embrace Gratitude and Joy

  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…
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Added by FUMC on July 5, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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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…

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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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