Dear Fairlington Community:
What comes to mind when you think about the cross? Crucifixion? Suffering? A burden? Let’s talk about it, since it is obviously an important theme in the Gospels. Continuing in Mark’s account this week we will try to understand how Jesus’ directive to “take up the cross” can be an answer to suffering.
As Lent continues, your worship leaders are making plans for
Holy Week and Easter. Put a few days on your calendars.
Holy Thursday (April 1st) We hope to offer an early evening Communion Gathering in the Van Dorn Wilderness at 5:30pm, and a brief service of readings and music at 7:30pm.
Good Friday (April 2nd) We will provide an outdoor Stations of the Cross experience from Noon until about 3:00pm.
Easter Morning (April 4th) will feature a Sunrise Service in the Van Dorn Wilderness (time TBA), with a Livestream Service from the Sanctuary at 11:00am. The Sanctuary service features a brass ensemble and special music.
Of special interest to our congregation is the recent announcement about a further delay of General Conference. The Reconciling Ministries Network has released a statement. CLICK HERE. Our member who serves as a delegate to General Conference, Mark Elder, will be receiving information as details become available.
Peace and health,
TUESDAY EVENINGS AT 7:30PM
When living hurts, there is hope. How do I find help in enduring injustice, pain, and illness in my life? In the face of suffering, how can I really believe that God cares about me?
Suffering: God cares, period.
With thanks to Our Caring for Creation Team
Lent is seeded with resurrection. It’s in that spirit that you are invited to download this Lenten devotional calendar. Each day on the calendar calls on us to take a different action, and each of these actions will help to preserve God’s great gift of Creation. May this season serve as both a wake-up call to better care for our common home, and a time seeded with resurrection.
THIS WEEK WE INVITE YOU TO PURCHASE LAUNDRY DETERGENT PODS AND LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT (SMALL BOTTLES, 40 OZ)
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You are also welcome to do your own shopping. Please take the items to
Back Door Entrance/Trinity UMC/ 2911 Cameron Mills Rd, Alexandria, VA 22302.
A video series designed to engage clergy and laity
in authentic conversations about race and reconciliation.
Watch the video Native Americans: Old World/New World Roots anytime https://vimeo.com/485629844.
And then join in a zoom discussion Wednesday, March 3 from 7:30 to 8:15pm. Contact Karlene Masters for the zoom invitation email@example.com. This discussion series is sponsored by Fairlington United Methodist Women and all are welcome.
We will be reading the book: “Submitting to be More Vile: The Illustrated Adventures of John & Charles Wesley” by Charlie Baber from now through June. There will also be a bi-monthly social gathering, beginning in March. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much for your support to Fairlington! The Stewardship Committee is very grateful to those who have pledged to the 2021 budget and all who give of their gifts, tithes, and offerings to support Fairlington’s ministries and missions. Under our Celebrating Connections campaign, we received 131 pledges for a total of $636,040.12. Your gifts this year will enable Fairlington to continue to minister to our church family and community virtually and in-person and serve those who have been adversely impacted by the pandemic.
Although we do not accept individual houseware drop offs at church, ALIVE! has started to schedule Saturday Drive In Drop Off Days throughout the city. On Feb. 6 we collected dozens of boxes of new and gently used housewares during a drive-by donation day at FUMC (see photo). People were so generous that we are NOT ACCEPTING ANYMORE until we process this batch.
Show your love! donate to the av/tech fund!
Conditions related to Covid19 have brought about a sharpened focus on our technological needs in the sanctuary. To improve and sustain our online experience and future in-church experience, Fairlington UMC is asking for much needed additional financial gifts. Improvements will cost in the vicinity of $65,000 (includes installation). These items are not in the 2021 budget. For more information, please contact the Integrated AV-IT Task Force:
(email@example.com ). Thank you for your consideration.
Click Here for online giving. Please list your online donation on Other: AV/Tech. If mailing a check indicate AVTech on the check memo line.