News & Upcoming Events
Updated October 20, 2014
Next Sunday At Fairmont
Rev. Joe Hookey will preach
“The Way Lies Ahead”
based on Matthew 22:34-40.
Upcoming Events and Announcements
CONSECRATION SUNDAY will be the last Sunday of this month — October 26th. Session has approved a proposed budget of $591,086 for 2015 which is 5.2% more than the 2014 budget. Please give prayerful consideration of your financial support of Fairmont Presbyterian Church next year and join the congregation on Consecration Sunday when we present our pledge cards during the casual and traditional worship services.
Making Sense of the Bible—Denominations from evangelical to mainline continue to experience deep divisions over universal social issues. The underlying debate is not about a particular social issue, but about how we understand the nature of scripture and how we should interpret it. The world’s bestselling, most–read, most–loved book is also one of the most confusing. In Making Sense of the Bible, author Adam Hamilton addresses hot–button issues that plague the church and cultural debate and answers many of the questions frequently asked by Christians and non–Christians alike. Hamilton addresses often misunderstood biblical themes inviting readers to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life–changing and life–giving. Pastor Denise will lead this class following the 10:30 worship service in the Upper Room on September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, (no class November 2) and November 9. The book will be $12.00.
Interested in learning more about Presbyterian history? Where our denomination has been, where we are now, and what the future may have in store? Then join us this fall on Monday evenings as John Weaver leads a study of an important new book, Presbyterians and American Culture: A History, by Dr. Bradley J. Longfield. Dr. Longfield is a distinguished church historian and Dean of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, a PCUSA school. His book traces the Presbyterian heritage in America from the earliest colonial churches and presbyteries, how Presbyterians both shaped, and were shaped by, the great events and movements of American history, to the changes and challenges of the present. Join us for discussion as we share perceptions and experiences of what it means to be a Christian in the Presbyterian tradition. DATES: Monday evenings, September 15, 22, 29, October 6 and 20 (no class on October 13) from 7:00–8:30 pm in the Upper Room. Books may be purchased in the church office for $20.00.
WINE & CHEESE PARTY—There will be an adult wine and cheese party October 25th at 6:30p.m. Please join us at A Taste of Wine, 90 South Main St., Miamisburg (in downtown Miamisburg). Your cost for the evening will depend on the wine you select, the number of wines you try, and the food you order. This will be the perfect way to sit and relax, to talk to your friends, to make new friends, and to try different wines. Every adult is invited. Please call Cindy & Dave Youngerman for more information.
Join the children and youth on Wednesday, October 29th from 4-6pm in the lower parking lot for our first annual TRUNK or TREAT! Bring your car, truck, or SUV and park it in the lower lot, and bring a bag of treats to hand out to the trunk-or-treaters from all over the neighborhood! We also ask that you bring non-perishable breakfast items to fill our pick-up truck for Kettering City Schools. Feel free to decorate your trunk and dress in costume for this safe spin on Beggar's Night. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and best trunk, and hot drinks and goodies will be provided. Contact Rachel or Ashley with any questions! Happy Halloween!
Join us on Sunday, November 2nd for a reception for Rev. Joe Hookey. There will be a reception after the 8:30 service and a cake reception after the 10:30 service. Plan on joining us to say thank you for spending the last year with us at Fairmont.
Veterans’ Day Plans—A luncheon to honor our veterans is being planned for Tuesday, November 11th in Fellowship Hall. All veterans of Fairmont Church and their spouses and guests will be invited.
Rev. Brian Maguire will officially start at Fairmont on Thursday, November 6th. His installation will be Sunday, November 16th at 3:00p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Weekend Mission Opportunity in Appalachian Ohio! November 14–16. Our Mission Team is sponsoring an exciting weekend mission retreat to Good Works in Athens, Ohio on November 14–16. This trip is for any Adult or Youth over 12–years–old interested in working and growing together with our Fairmont Family. Good Works, Inc. is an organization we have supported financially for several years. The vision of Good Works is to create a COMMUNITY OF HOPE with and for people who are struggling with poverty and homelessness in rural Appalachia. People in need can experience biblical hospitality, access practical assistance, and share their gifts with others. This trip will facilitate ways for people from all walks of life to build relationships of love and service with their neighbors. Last year, 25 of us worked in various ways to either perform practical labor–intensive projects or spent time with residents and shut–ins. We will again be sleeping in a dorm–like setting and preparing our own meals. More details will be shared later. This is a great opportunity to put your Love into Action! We are limited to 26 folks. For a closer look at Good Works and the services they provide, take a look at their website: www.good-works.net. Contact Mission Team member Dave Diller for more information.
Fine Art, Antiques & Crafts Show — Be a part of the third annual show to be held on Saturday, November 22nd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fairmont. Again 100% of profits go to local food missions. We are accepting applications for 8 x 10 booths for only $40. If you make nice hand–made crafts or food (or know someone who does), or have antiques to sell, please pick up an application in the office. In addition to the silent auction items which you can donate, we will be having a “member boutique” booth that will sell your nice vintage or antique collectibles with proceeds also going to our charities. Be thinking of things in your house that can be sold for this worthy effort. A place for drop off will be announced in early October. Questions... ask Carolyn Wimer, Ann Diller or Callie Johnson.
Fine Art, Antiques & Craft Show — Have you been wondering what to do with that wonderful vintage item that you have been keeping for years and never used? Well wonder no more, as we have the answer. At our Nov. 22nd Art, Antiques and Crafts Show we will have a booth to sell Fairmont’s treasures with proceeds going to our local food missions. Drop off your vintage jewelry, small furniture, collectibles, etc. starting Tuesday October 7th to the second closet door in the hallway going back to the choir room. Drop off times will be Tuesday–Friday from 9 to noon. For larger items, check in the office for help. A tax-deductible form will be available in the office. For questions, call Callie Johnson. Some items may be used for our silent auction. We also have booth space available for your own items.
WOF is collecting pull tabs from cans. Proceeds from the tabs will go to the Ronald McDonald House. Please save your tabs and place them in the closet near the choir room. Thank you.
We will begin collecting Box Tops for Education for JFK Elementary. Our box tops will be given to the school and they can redeem each box top for 10 cents. Simply cut out the box top from the normal foods and household products you purchase. Participating products include Ziploc baggies, General Mills cereals, Progresso soups, Betty Crocker baking products, Land o Lake butter and many more. There is a collection jar on the Welcome Desk in the Black and White Narthex.
A message from the Trustees concerning the ongoing work on the patio in front of the church. As you may know, over the course of many years, we have been having problems with water leaking into the choir room due to leaks coming from the patio area. The foundation for the brick fence on the street side of the patio is the back choir room wall and the cause of the leaks emanates from leaks in the masonry of the brick fence. There have been many approaches taken to leave the wall in place while attempting to keep out the water, but ultimately, we will not be able to keep water out of the choir room without removal of the fence wall. The current repair involves removing the brick wall, reworking the foundation wall, extending the waterproof membrane past the foundation wall and down the exterior wall to the existing below grade waterproofing. This will allow us to repair the wall in the choir room, which was damaged by water, making the space useable again for choir practice.