News & Upcoming Events
GIFT—Wednesday, December 11th, at 6:00 PM in Fellowship Hall: plan to join your church family for dinner! GIFT is an intergenerational potluck for our church friends and families. No RSVP is necessary, but plan to bring a dish to share. For information, contact Julie Boden.
"Christmas Gifts That Won't Break" is the title of our Advent study which will be held at 9:30 am in the Upper Room the four Sundays of Advent. Christmas gifts that won't break are those gifts that never go out of style, cannot be lost and are independent of the chances and changes of life. They are the gifts that have been graciously given by God. Join Pastor Denise and others as we focus on four of those gifts: hope, love, joy and peace. Books will be available Sunday in the Fellowship Hall.
Jeremiah's Letter—Think about adopting a family for Christmas. The Christmas trees are on the stage in Fellowship Hall. There will be one tree per family and the trees will have gift tags on them for items that the family has requested. We will be supporting six (6) families and our Fairmont Pre-School. Please consider taking a tag and bringing back a wrapped present to Fellowship Hall by December 15. Your presents and groceries for a Christmas meal will be delivered to the families in time for the Holidays. Thank you for your support of this worthwhile mission project. Questions? Contact Dave Youngerman.
Christmas Cantata 10:30 AM Sunday Worship, December 15, 2012 "Tapestry of Light: A Celtic Christmas Cantata" by Joseph M. Martin including Fairmont Chancel Choir and Hank Dahlman, Conductor.
The Mitten Tree in the Black & White Narthex would love to receive decorations of mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves. The children at JFK Elementary will be pleased to have nice warm accessories, as many of them walk to school. Let's fill the tree this year.
The Christmas Joy Offering will be December 22nd.
Christmas Eve Services—The 4:30 service will be an intergenerational service with the intent of experience God through all senses. Christmas is a time when we celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ. However, all too often we get wrapped up in the 'manger scene,' and forget the rest of the story. We focus so much on celebrating the birth of our savior that we forget to celebrate Jesus' life, too! This Christmas Eve, the children and youth have prepared a special service to remind us all that God is with us always, and not just as a baby in the stable. Join us at 4:30pm on Christmas Eve in Fellowship Hall for videos, scripture, singing, and special talents that the children and youth have chosen to share with you all. Come celebrate God's presence with us! The 7:30 service will be a traditional service.
Christmas Cantata 10:30 AM
"A Celtic Christmas Cantata" by Joseph M. Martin
Including Fairmont Chancel Choir and
Hank Dahlman, Conductor
General Events and Announcements
Poinsettias—The last Sunday to submit requests in for poinsettias will be December 15th.
The South Dayton Food Pantry is in need of the following items: bags of rice, Rice A Roni, canned beans, dried beans, beef stew, jelly, cereal, bath and laundry soap, soda crackers, canned fruit and soups, and your paper grocery bags. The Pantry barrels are located near the first floor elevator, in the first-floor coat room near the church office, and in the black and white narthex. Your monetary gifts may be sent to the church office and marked for the Food Pantry.
Giving Envelopes—Please pick up your 2014 giving envelopes outside Fellowship Hall.
Vital Signs will be performing at Westminster Presbyterian Church on December 13th at 11:15am. For more information, contact Sarah Bugden.
The 2014 Chancel Flower Calendar is available for those who wish to sign up. Currently January and February need to be filled, please consider signing up. Prior to the date you selected, a Deacon will contact you to express your selection of flowers and the memorial verbiage you want in Sunday's bulletin. After Sunday worship the donor may take the arrangements or the Deacons will deliver them to shut-ins. You will be billed by the florist.
Our 2014 pledge campaign has received $418,491 through Sunday, 12/1, which is 74% of our pledge goal of $566,489. Thank you if you have already pledged. If you have not yet made your pledge for 2014, please do so as soon as possible. The 2014 budget includes a one time expense for calling and relocating our new senior pastor and requires a 7.5% increase in pledges to fully fund it. The financial support of every Fairmont member is more important this year than ever. Pledge cards are in the pews and may be placed in the collection plate or mailed or delivered to the church office.
Transient Veterans Donations—The scouts are doing a service project and are collecting clothing and personal items for veterans. A collection bin is located at the bottom of the stairs near the elevator. Please contribute to this worthwhile cause.