My chains are gone  I've been set free  My God, my Savior has ransomed me  And like a flood His mercy reigns  Unending love, amazing grace   I sang these words every Friday night with other camp coun…

My chains are gone
 I've been set free
 My God, my Savior has ransomed me
 And like a flood His mercy reigns
 Unending love, amazing grace


I sang these words every Friday night with other camp counselors on the small stage of the pavilion in the middle of the United Methodist Summer Camp, Westview on the James. These words were part of the song we chose as a counselor song for the summer of 2005, Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) by Chris Tomlin. We sang them at the end of each camp week surrounded by campers and their parents who had come to pick up their children and watch them perform skits and songs.

In the years since that summer, I have come to understand these words more fully. I have seen how our own mistakes, our burden from sin and guilt, can feel like chains weighing us down. I have also experienced that we can feel weighed down as if heavy chains are around our shoulders, if we hold onto pain and resentment from what others have done. God offers us forgiveness and invites us to forgive others. This allows us to be set free from guilt and resentment! What are you holding onto that you could release by seeking forgiveness from God or by offering forgiveness to someone? Where do you need God’s unending love and amazing grace?

Remember: We believe in the forgiveness of sins.


~ Pastor Devon Earle 


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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



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,


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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