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 the morning.” The novice responded, “Then of what use are these spiritual disciplines of prayer?” The teachers answered, “To make sure that you are awake when the sun rises.”

 There are many good reasons to pay attention to life around us. It creates a space where we can experience God, and where we can be prepared for the future as it comes. Look up. Look around. Look down. It’s a precious life.

 I look forward to seeing you Sunday at 9:30 am and 11:00 am as we explore this theme.  We will also welcome our scouts, their leaders and families for Scouting Sunday!

~Pastor Mary Beth

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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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