News & Upcoming Events
Updated December 15, 2014
Next Sunday At Fairmont
Fourth Sunday of Advent – Love
Single Service at 10:00 a.m.
A Service of Lessons and Carols
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Christmas Eve Services — Family Service at 4:30 p.m. and a Traditional Service at 7:30 p.m.
There will be a Single Service at 10:00 a.m. on December 21st for Lessons and Carols and a Single Service at 10:00 a.m. on December 28th.
We now have an emergency pastoral care phone number: (937) 305-2177. Please use this number to contact the Pastor on call when the office is closed.
The Men’s Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, December 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.
Circle 2 Correction — Please note that the meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. on December 17th at Jean Webster’s home.
December 21st – 3rd Sunday Mission Project — In this time of “plenty” for most of us, with shopping galore, join us in reaching out to the “widow, the orphan, and the poor.” (Sound familiar?) After the single service on Dec. 21, we will begin a project to benefit St. Vincent’s, the VA hospital, and House of Bread. Take a break from the shopping, cooking, and scurrying around to provide for those truly in need. Your hands are needed as we would like to begin 300 kits. If we truly love our neighbor, what would love do?
The mitten tree has been placed in the Narthex. Please donate hats and mittens for JFK Elementary School.
Your 2014 pledge payment must be in the church office by December 31st or postmarked by December 31st. Thanks for your support of Fairmont Presbyterian Church!
The 2015 Chancel Flower Calendar is available for those who wish to sign 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.
Please keep the Advent postcards coming into church! Take a moment to write about how you see/find Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and Christ and mail them to the church or put them in the offering plate.
Vital Signs will perform at Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley on Monday, December 15th at 12:00 p.m. and at Centerville Civic Women’s Club on Wednesday, December 17th at 12:15 p.m. For more information, contact Sarah Bugden.
Our 2015 stewardship campaign has received $456,418 as of Sunday, December 7th, which is 77% of our pledging goal of $591,086. Thank you if you have already pledged. If you have not yet made your pledge for 2015, please do so as soon as possible and increase it this year if you possibly can. The financial support of every Fairmont member and church family is essential for the success of our church programs and mission outreach. Pledge cards are in the pews and may be placed in the collection plate or mailed to the church office.
The giving envelopes are available upstairs outside the Parlor.
The food pantry is in need of donations of laundry soap, pasta, soup, canned vegetables and fruit and beans. This is an critical time for those in need. Please place food in the barrels. Thank you.
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.
New at Fairmont
Worship Talk Back Time — As soon as the receiving line is done following the 10:30 service, join Pastor Brian in the Sanctuary for Worship Talk, an opportunity for you to share your perceptions, stories, questions, and inspirations from worship. This is a casual and unstructured time for you to share what you heard and perceived in worship as well as to respond to the texts, sermon, prayers, and hymns that we shared. We will share for about 10–15 minutes. All are invited to come and share.
The Pastors’ Lectionary Study — Starting on December 2, join us every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the Library for the Pastors’ Bible Study. Each week we will look at the Bible passages for the following Sunday as we reflect on God’s story and the ways it connects with the story of our lives. Please bring your study Bible. This Bible study will be led by whichever pastor is preaching on the following Sunday. All are invited to come and share, and find out all those things that never make it into a sermon.
Pastor’s Coffee Shop Hours — Do you want to talk to Pastor Brian, but don’t want to stop by the office? Stop by the Panera in the Town and Country Shopping Center from 8:15 to 9:30 every Tuesday morning beginning December 2nd, and you will find him there sipping coffee, waiting for someone from Fairmont to talk to. All are welcome.
An Advent Adult Education class focusing on the themes of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy will be held each Sunday in Advent at 11:40 am in Room 109. Pastor Brian will lead the discussions.