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Updated September 15, 2014

Next Sunday At Fairmont

Rev. Denise Weaver will preach
“It’s Not Fair”
based on Matthew 20:1-16.

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Congratulations to Ashley Ross and Claude Cassion on their marriage!

Thank you to Brench Boden and Judy Bede for filling in to lead the choir for the next few weeks.

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.

Vital Signs will be performing at Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church on Tuesday, September 16th, at 11:00a.m.  For more information, contact Sarah Bugden.

The Men’s Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, September 17th at 8:00 a.m. at Bob Evan’s Restaurant on Far Hills Avenue in Centerville.  Please join us.  Call the office at 299–3539 by noon on Tuesday if you did not sign up on the friendship pad.

The Wednesday Night Bible Study is studying the Book of Luke this fall.  We meet each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in room 109.  This is an informal study/discussion appropriate for all.

The Women of Fairmont Fall Gathering will be held Saturday, September 20th at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Rev. Denise Weaver will be leading the first lesson of the Bible Study.  Circle Leaders please give their count for attendance to Kimberly Gunlock.  Books will be distributed at this time.

Popcorn Sales—The Scouts will be selling popcorn during Fellowship Hour this Sunday, September 21st.

3rd Sunday Mission Project, September 21st — This month’s 3rd Sunday Mission Project will be to support the children in homes with domestic violence.  The Artemis Center sees children during therapy sessions, crisis visits, and through their food pantry.  The executive director greatly appreciates anything special for the children.  On September 21 after each service, we will be packing healthful snack packs, aiming to create 200.  We will need many hands, young and old, to complete this project!  Additionally, as always, we will have card/note-making materials available should you want to send an encouraging note to any of our members, staff, or anyone else.

The kids want YOU!  Have you talked to a Fairmont boy or girl lately?  We’re all so excited about the upcoming school year, which is bringing some fun changes and more kids in Sunday school!  With the growing numbers, we’ve had to split into an elementary age class and a preschool class both between services and during the 10:30 service!  This new system means we need teachers—and lots of them.  Take some time to pray about whether you feel called to be a Sunday school teacher this year—materials are provided, and you don’t have to give up every Sunday.  You don’t even have to know how to teach!  Just be willing, and the children will do the rest.  Contact Rachel Boden if you feel called.  Look for the kids’ posters around the church, and for a pink bulletin insert!  We want YOU!

Sunday School and Children’s Choir will begin September 21st.  Choir will meet at 9:35 and Sunday School will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Sunday School Wing.  Contact Rachel Boden with any questions.  Thank you.

The Fairmont Presbyterian Golf Outing is scheduled for Sunday, September 28 at 1:00 p.m. at Pipestone Golf Club in Miamisburg.  It will be a shotgun start, best ball.  Please contact Jim Miles or Daryll Sakada with questions and signups.

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.

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.  Details will be announced later and will be in the Call.

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.

The Food Pantry thanks you for your continued donations.  Callie Johnson, Fairmont Food Bank Coordinator


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