Dear Fairlington Community:
We are approaching the one year anniversary since our community last gathered for public worship. It has been a challenging year for all of us—emotionally, physically, mentally, relationally, spiritually. Yet God has been with us as we’ve navigated new ways of connecting as a faith community. How have we found the strength to persevere in these daunting times? Well, the apostle Paul gives us an answer in his first letter to the church at Corinth. I hope you will join us this Sunday as we continue our Lenten sermon series on suffering and God’s presence with us.
We are midway through the Lenten journey, so please mark your calendars and be mindful of the upcoming Holy Week and Easter worship opportunities:
I hope you’ll take time to enjoy some outdoor activities with this weekend’s forecast. I look forward to being with you on the Lord’s Day!
Holy Week and Easter
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 Sunday (April 4)
Of Special Interest to our Reconciling 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.
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
Toilet Paper & Paper Towels
You can make your purchases and delivery through their Amazon wish list by clicking on the smile logo or click on https://amzn.to/3b0diH8.
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. This week watch Call and Response: New World Slavery (https://vimeo.com/485626114). And then join in a zoom discussion Wednesday, March10 from 7:30 to 8:15pm. . Contact Karlene Masters for the zoom invitation firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
Fairlington UMC has been a strong supporting church for ALIVE! Programs are continuing to try to meet the growing community needs. Currently, ALIVE! Food Program is providing food to 4000 local families per month, beyond the goal of 3000 for this year, and 180,000 lbs of food are delivered each month directly and through non profit partners and churches. At the March meeting, we gained details about the efforts of food for West End through St. James Mission House, the Community in Schools food delivery to a majority of Hammond MS students,
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:
(firstname.lastname@example.org ). 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.
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