Volume 71, Issue 9
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 One of the many things that I learned while serving as an attorney was that if you want to find out what a person’s real intentions and commitments are, follow the money. It may be a crass way of expressing it, but a person’s finances follow her or his values illuminating what we really believe and hold dear as opposed to those things we only say are important. We are each endowed with two sets of finite resources: time and money. Because they are finite we must make choices how we spend them. Choices force us to rank our options and make priorities. Our calendars and our check books (or nowadays our electronic banking statements) are the records of those choices and those values. So, here is an important spiritual discipline. What does your calendar and your bank statement say about who you are? What do you value? What is important and what is not in your life? Do your choices of how you spend your time and your money reflect those values? There are not right or wrong answers to these questions. The questions simply focus us on who we really are versus who we think we are or who we say we are. Somebody asked me, “How much should I give?” The answer is simple, but you will need to do the math yourself. You need to give such that it makes a difference in your life. Giving changes us. Giving makes us more generous. Giving makes us more grateful. If your giving makes no impact on any choices in your life, you probably do not give enough. If your giving imposes undue stresses and hardship then you probably give too much. The question is not so much one of numbers, but rather a matter for careful self-assessment. Do you value your role as a disciple of Jesus Christ and your part in the chain of witnesses? Do you value this community, Fairmont Presbyterian Church, in our ongoing proclamation of the Gospel and formation of disciples? Generations have committed their time, their labor, and their money so that our ministry may flourish and bring the Good News to you. Now it is your turn. On Sunday November 13, we will be sharing our financial commitments for the ministry of Jesus here in our community of Fairmont. What commitments will you make? What values will you express?
Rev. Brian Maguire
WORSHIP AND MUSIC
Sing the Spirit
November 6— All Saints’ Day, Stewardship Sermon (communion). Pastor Brian will preach “Coming Home” based on Haggai 1: 15-2:9. November 13—Thanks-Giving Sunday—Join us for a special celebration of God’s goodness and bounty as we share what we have received. In worship we will share our financial commitments to the ministry of Fairmont Presbyterian Church. You will be invited to offer up your commitment for 2017 as we give thanks together for all that God has done and will do both for us and through us. Pastor Brian will preach “New Rules” based on Isaiah 65: 17-25 and Luke 20: 27-38. November 20——Come Celebrate Christ the King Sunday (and cheer on OSU vs. Michigan) Single Service at 10:30am followed by a special scarlet and gray coffee hour. Wear your OSU-pride colors in worship! Pastor Brian will preach “How God Became King” based on Jeremiah 23: 1-6 and Colossians 1: 11-20.
Rehearsal Saturday afternoon with Dr. Uzee Brown
November 27—First Sunday in Advent. Pastor Denise will kick-off the Advent season preaching Our Deepest Hopes and Yearnings Fulfilled based on Isaiah 2:1-5. A Win-Win Gift for Everyone Involved! One of the most thoughtful gifts for your family (and pastor) would be to plan your own memorial service! Are your family members aware of the scripture readings and hymns you find most meaningful? Do they know your wishes? Do they know if you like or absolutely detest the idea of a bagpiper playing Amazing Grace?
Concert Sunday afternoon with Dr. Uzee Brown Choir Invite—Even though it was 80 degrees last week, its time again to come join our choir for the Christmas Season! We will be singing the first movement of Handel’s Messiah. Please join us starting Thursday October 27 from 7:00-7:50pm. Childcare is provided.
Pastor Denise invites you to a planning time on Sunday, November 6, following the 10:30 worship service. Worship resources and hymnals will be available as she “walks” you through a typical funeral/ STEWARDSHIP memorial service. A light lunch will be served and donations to cover costs gladly received. Sign up on the attendance pad or by calling the church office. We The days are shorter and cooler, Sunday School is will finish no later than 1:30pm. back in session, the youth are meeting Sunday evenings, the choir is full with lots of wonderful voices Connections Classes—November 2, 6:30 – The and we are beginning once again to think about our Companionable Way: Path of Devotion in Conscious annual stewardship campaign. As you contemplate Love. Come and hear Lisa Hess share about her your financial support of Fairmont next year, please newest book and its invitation into sacred abundance give it the priority level that it deserves. Your in a polarized world. This book offers stories and generous financial support is essential to maintain reflections on how to love Jesus and live in faith with church programs and meet mission objectives. those of other traditions or none at all. Please respond to God’s call to keep Fairmont a November 9: History of Advent, strong and viable Christian influence with the church November 16: Diversity of Worship in Christian membership, the community and beyond. Watch for Traditions, your stewardship letter with your pledge card. November 23: No Connections Class, Consecration Sunday is November 13. November 29: So, what exactly is a messiah? What if Everyone Tithed? Somebody asked me a good question, what would happen if everyone at Fairmont tithed? Tithing is the Biblical practice of 2 using one tenth of your income for the work of
ministry. If every current Fairmont member did that we would share (and this is based on some extrapolations from Kettering census data) approximately 2.3 million dollars for ministry every year (that is more than four times what is currently given). With those resources we could be transforming the lives of children and young people in our community, glorify God in worship through new commissioned music and artwork, provide free or subsidized child care for parents in need, offer community concerts and workshops, expand our outreach to college campuses and young people, add additional worship services at times other than Sunday morning, hold regular retreats, provide weekly community meals and learning opportunities for people of all ages, deepen our support for local schools, partner with community health ministries, and provide new care and support for older adults both at Fairmont and at local care centers. These are just some of the possibilities if we all tithed together. It may sound like a dream, but all it would take to become a reality is a choice and a commitment.
Men's Group A luncheon to honor our Veterans is being planned for 12:00 noon on Friday, November 11 in the Fellowship Hall. The event will include an Introduction by Ken Ginader, the playing of the five service songs: U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard, and a brief talk by one of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force docents on what displays are included in the fourth hangar, the newest addition, which was officially opened in June 2016. All Veterans of Fairmont Presbyterian Church and their spouses and guests are invited to attend. There is no cost to attend the Luncheon. The meal will be prepared by Karen Bowden, Jenny Fiden, and Martha Keil; and the Women of Fairmont have graciously agreed to fund the cost of the meal. Mark the date on your calendar and please join us to learn about the new addition to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Reservations will be needed so call the office by Tuesday noon, November 8th, so we will know how many to plan for.
The Men's Group will still meet in November on Wednesday November 16 at Bob Evans at 8am. This in addition to the Veterans Day program.
Children’s Ministry Thanks to everyone who came out for our third annual Trunk or Treat! The event was safe, fun, and a huge success with children from all over the community and their families enjoying Fairmont. We look forward to seeing everyone next fall!
PYC PYC schedule November 6—M.I.A. / 29:11 November 13—PYC (Advent calendar workshop) November 20—PYC (Carol Bussey bible study) November 27—NO PYC
A Parents’ Morning Out is planned for Saturday, December 3 from 9:00am-1:00pm. Think of the Christmas preparations you could accomplish in four hours without your children in tow. Yes, you love them dearly but they slow down the process. Or perhaps you prefer a leisurely brunch with your spouse/ significant other. All Fairmont children from birth up to fifth graders are invited to a fun-filled time of age appropriate play, crafts, decorating cookies, lunch and a Veggie Tales movie for school age children while babies/toddlers have naptime. Please contact Pastor Denise or Miss Rachel to reserve a spot for your child(ren) or if you have any questions.
Sunday School: 9:45am-10:15am November 6—John Weaver (Looking for a buddy to help teach) November 13—Kerri Miles and Katherine Gonzalez November 20—Deb Wright (Looking for a buddy to help teach)
Kids Connections: Join us every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm for Kids Connections, where children can explore the Bible and their faith together through art, music, movies, and play! Childcare is provided. Children's Choir (age 4-5th grade) Sundays, 9:30am Sunday School (ages 3-5) Sundays, 10am, Room A Sunday School (grades 1-5) Sundays, 10am, Room B Sunday School (ages 3-5) Sundays, 10:45am, Room A Sunday School (grades 1-5) Sundays, 10:45am, Room B Kids Connections (all ages) Wednesdays, 6:30pm
Table Parents November 6 —(5pm) Wynn and Jeff Adam, Tom and Kim Gunlock November 13—(6pm) Jan and Jerry Brasier November 20—(5pm) Laura Heywood, Chevalier Family The PYC will be hosting an Advent Calendar making party on November 13 from 4pm-7pm. Dinner will be offered, RSVP required. Please RSVP with number of guests to Ashley.
11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 6:30pm Scout Meeting (133) 7:00pm Christian Formation (134) 7:00pm Worship Team (chapel) 7:00pm Mission Team Meeting (rc) 7:00pm Evangelism (109) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr) 7:00pm Personnel Team Meeting (UR)
8:30am Preschool 6:30pm Praise Ban 6:30pm Connectio (chapel) 7:30pm AA (012)
Election Day 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 7:00pm Finance Team (rc) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr) 7:00pm Building and Grounds (109) 7:30pm Board of Trustees (109)
8:30am Preschool Conferences 5:30pm GIFT (fh) 6:30pm Connectio Calendar Event (ch 6:30pm Praise Ban 7:30pm AA (012)
11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 7:00pm Session (109) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr)
8:00am Men's Bre 8:30am Preschool Conferences 10:00am Circle 2 ( 10:00am Circle 3/4 1:00pm Circle 5 (p 6:30pm Praise Ban 6:30pm Connectio 7:00pm Circle 6 (p 7:30pm AA (012)
All Saintsâ€™ Day/Communion/ Daylight Saving Time Ends 8:30am Casual Service (fh) 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:30am Single Service (sanct.) 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 11:45am Funeral Planning (chapel) 2:00pm Scouts (109, 133) 4:00pm PYC (109)
8:30am Preschool Conferences 9:30am Dayton PEO (012) 12:00pm OA (133) 6:30pm WOF Coord. Team Meeting (UR) 7:00pm AA (012)
Stewardship Sunday WOF Box Lunch 8:30am Casual Service (fh) 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 4:00pm PYC-Advent Calendar Event (109)
8:30am Preschool Conferences 12:00pm OA (133) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm AA (012) 7:00pm Circle 1 (chapel)
Christ the King 9:30am Third Sunday Mission Project 10:30am Single Service (sanctuary) 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 2:00pm Greening of Church 2:00pm Scouts (109, 133) 4:00pm PYC (109)
8:30am No Preschool 12:00pm OA (133) 12:00pm Call Deadline (office) 7:00pm Kettering Civic Band (fh) 7:00pm AA (012)
11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr) 7:00pm Board of Deacons (109)
8:30am No Presch 6:30pm No Conne (chapel) 6:30pm P Band (fh) 7:30pm AA (012)
8:30am Preschool 12:00pm OA (133) 12:00pm Castle Lunch (off site) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm AA (012)
11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr)
8:30am Preschool 10:00am Call Maili (133) 6:30pm Connectio 6:30pm Praise Ban 7:30pm AA (012)
1st Sunday of Advent 8:30am Casual Service (fh) 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:30am Single Service (sanctuary) 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 4:00pm PYC-cancelled (109)
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7:00pm Choir Practice (cr) 7:00pm NA (012)
7:00pm Choir Practice (cr) 7:00pm NA (012) 7:00pm La Leche Meeting (109)
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8:30am Preschool 10:30am Mom and Me (nursery) 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (133) 5:00pm Theology on Tap (off site)
Veterans Day Luncheon 8:30am Preschool Conferences 10:30am Mom and Me (nursery) 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (133)
12:00am Fine Art, Antique and Craft Fair Set-Up (building wide) 1:00pm Rug Hooking Group (109) 6:30pm Scouts Bobcat Ceremony (fh) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr) 7:00pm NA (012)
8:30am Preschool Conferences/Party 10:30am Mom and Me (nursery) 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (133) 5:00pm Theology on Tap (off site)
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9:00am Fine Art, Antique and Craft Fair (building wide) 9:30am Circle 7 (off site)
MISSION Third Sunday Mission – October 16 – Kettering Supplies/Partners for a Healthy Youth –We wrote short notes of friendship and love on labels which were attached to all the packs of toilet paper and paper towels that were collected. These were given to Addie Weaver with City of Kettering and will be distributed to families. This will start small with ten families to be identified by guidance counselors at JFK Elementary school. Four times a year these families will receive a delivery of window cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, dish soap, disinfecting wipes, laundry detergent, fabric softener, sponges/ scrubbers, toilet paper, and paper towels. Fairmont is the “Paper Products” church. We will have another collection sometime in 2017. Thanks to Addie and Lydia, a Fairmont high school student, who gave the Minute for Mission on October 9. This replaced the regularly scheduled Fifth Sunday Offering which would have been October 30. Thanks to those of you who donated. Over $500 was raised to help this new community outreach program get started.
veterans to be recognized and honored. Also, December 5—Third Grade Holiday Party; and December 22—Holiday Sing. Specific times will be provided later. These activities will create a wonderful bond with our members and the school staff and students. House of Bread Volunteer Dates – Our last volunteer day for this year is Saturday, November 5. Saturday is great for those of you who work or are in school. Sign-up on the sheet posted on the Mission Team bulletin board in the Black and White Narthex. The volunteer day is 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. It is always a wonderful day of service and fellowship. Operation Christmas Child – Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes have delighted children and opened doors for the Gospel in impoverished locations around the world. After receiving their Christmas shoebox filled with small gifts, children are invited to learn more about Jesus through a discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. Look for bulletin inserts and also a display in Fellowship Hall on November 6 on “How to Pack Your Shoebox.” Wrapped shoe boxes will need to be returned to the church by November 13.
JFK Elementary School—This is a new mission project for us. We have previously collected school supplies in August and mittens for the Mitten Tree at Christmas to donate to JFK and we will continue this. Our new plan includes donating $300 to the school to help pay field trip fees for students whose families cannot afford it. Often times, teachers pay out of their own pockets.
Jeremiah’s Letter – This program matches needy families in the Dayton area with donors providing gifts, clothing, and food during Christmas. An application process done through the caseworker of the family allows the family to be matched with a donor who will help for the Christmas holiday. This outreach brings a loving and caring Christ into the homes of those in need. Fairmont supports several of these families. Look for trees in Fellowship Hall on On Thursday, November 3, the teachers have a very, Sunday, November 27. Trees will be decorated long day. After teaching a normal school day they with ornaments with family members’ names and gift then stay after school for evening parent conferences. ideas for each person. You can help by purchasing a The Mission Team will provide beverages, gift ($20 or less) for these family members. sandwiches, chips, and dessert after school in the The 3rd Sunday Mission Project on November 20 Faculty Lounge so faculty and staff can enjoy will be an outreach to those who have had loved ones refreshments during their break between sessions. die during the past year. Our project will be writing We will also purchase additional school supplies to be notes and cards to the family members of those we delivered in 2017. The consumable supplies are gone recognize on All Saints' Day Sunday November 6. by January and need to be replenished. Please join us in this act of love, caring, and support. We are starting a volunteer program to help with students who stay after school from 2:30-5:30 and wait for parents to pick them up after work. We plan on taking a small group one day a month. We can help with homework, drill with flash cards, have a small arts and craft project, and/or play board games. A short application form will need to be filled out by volunteers. Volunteer forms and also some additional information are located in the Mission Team mail box. See Dave Diller or Sally Kaskocsak for information. The school is inviting our members to some of their special programs: November 11—Veterans Day Program; from 1:15 to 2:20. If interested in attending, call the school or Dave Diller. The school would like any of our
The Food Pantry Needs Help! We support the FISH food pantry located at Southminster with our dollars and some of our members’ time. They are very grateful for this. They also need more people to deliver food or to answer messages left on the phone line. The telephone work can be done from home. If you are interested, call Paul Lamberger. Thank you.
ART, ANTIQUE and CRAFT SHOW Art, Antique and Craft Show, Saturday, November 19, 9:00-3:00pm—Remember all proceeds from this show benefit hungry Daytonians. Come enjoy the 6 returning favorites of a delicious lunch, great vendors,
antiques, raffle baskets and bake sale PLUS new features this year; “bring your own” antique for appraisal, an auction at 11:30am and a fabulous doll house for sale. How can you help? --Volunteer your time to help with set up, the day of the show or with take down at 3pm. Sign up in Fellowship Hall or see Carol Lamberger to volunteer. --Donate the following candy making ingredients: peanut butter, powdered sugar, Toll House semisweet chocolate, Eagle brand milk and cans of peanuts. Please donate these by Sunday, November 13 in the Narthex.
WOMEN OF FAIRMONT
November Circle Meetings Circle 1—Monday, November 14, 7pm, Chapel; Hostesses: Kimberly Gunlock, Pam Lowry, and Barb Miller Circle 2—Wednesday, November 16, 10am, Hostess: Jean Sherwood Circle 3/4—Wednesday, November 16, 10am, Hostess: Joan Thompson Circle 5—Wednesday, November 16, 1pm, Parlor We heard from many people that Fairmont's show Circle 6—Wednesday, November 16, 7pm, Parlor was their favorite, so if we all chip in to help, it should Circle 7—Saturday, November 12, 9:30, be better than ever! Hostess: Marilyn Dickey (Note we meet a week early Themed Basket Donations Last year we had many since the Art, Antiques, and Crafts Show is November 19). lovely baskets for raffle. This year we are asking members to donate themed items that we will then Sunday Box Lunch—This month's menu: Swedish assemble into a beautifully-displayed basket. Your Meatballs and Noodles; Broccoli Cauliflower Salad; name will be noted on the basket description tag and Cherry Crisp! Look for the order form in the bullethusly—“Donated by the Doe Family.” If you want to tin on November 6, and pick up your Box Lunches on make an ‘Italian Pasta Dinner Basket’—you could donate a box of pasta, a jar of sauce, a bottle of wine, November 13. Can you deliver a meal to a person perhaps a couple cute napkins or wine bottle opener, who can't get to church? Order it and WOF will cover dipping herbs for bread and—Voila! You have a bas- the cost. ket! OR, maybe you have tickets to a UD Flyers Bas- Cookie Walk—The annual Women of Fairmont Cookie Walk is fast approaching! Save the date to ketball Game—you could donate those, along with a gift certificate toward pizza at a local restaurant and— bake and buy: Sunday, December 11 after the single Voila! You have a basket! If you have attended other service. Everyone is invited to bake and donate cookies and candy for the Cookie Walk. Please sign fundraisers, you have seen similar family-basket doup on the Fellowship Pad if you can contribute homenations—these are what we are looking for. Guidemade items. Cookies/candies can be delivered to lines: please try to keep the basket monetary value Fellowship Hall on Friday, December 9 between 9AM between $25 - $55, please do not donate any used -3PM or Saturday, December 10 between 9-11AM. items, even gently-used ones, to the basket raffle (Vintage items can be donated to the Vintage Mart— see Carolyn Wimer or Callie Johnson) Be creative! deadline for donations is Sunday, November 6. EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Theme Suggestions: Gardening Lover, Sports, Children’s basket, Infant/Toddler items, Movie Night, The LOOP System is operational! After several false starts, the new inductive loop assistive hearing Car Lover (auto detail/oil changes), Date Night (restaurant gift certificates/coupons), Housewarming/ system is fully operational in the sanctuary. In order First Apartment, New Mom Basket—you get the idea! to tune in, simply turn your hearing aid on to the TCoil or Telephone mode. Your audiologist can help When you are ready to drop off your items, contact you. Information is available on the welcome desk. Melissa Hohler to make arrangements. Auction Donations A new feature this year is having an auction of choice/premium items with a real live auctioneer. We already have one very nice donation of a night’s stay at the historic Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs. We need member’s help in securing choice, premium items for the auction. Perhaps you have a very nice personal item such as box seats to a Bengal’s game OR know the owner of a very fine gourmet restaurant who would be willing to donate dinner for two OR…..another great auction item. If so please contact Melissa Hohler. The deadline for donating these items is Sunday, November 6. The Coordinating Team will meet Monday, November 7, at 6:30 in the Upper Room.
Fairmont Call Newsletter Fairmont Presbyterian Church Church Office: 937-299-3539 3705 Far Hills Avenue Fax: 937-299-5974 Dayton, OH 45429 www.fairmontchurch.org Twitter: @fairmontchurch Facebook: Fairmont Presbyterian Church - Kettering, OH Instagram: fairmontpresbyterianchurch ______________________________________________________________________________ STAFF Pastor/Head of Staff: Brian Maguire Praise & Worship Leader: Jerry Mahn Associate Pastor: Denise Weaver Preschool Director: Coleen Petrello Director of Youth & Music Ministries: Ashley Ross Preschool Teacher: Vicki Ramga Director of Childrenâ€™s Ministry & Outreach: Rachel Boden Preschool Aide: Liz Lewis Organist: Judy Bede Administrative Assistant: Donna Schoonmaker Bookkeeper: Becky Hegwood Custodians: Glenn Stevens and Louis Weyrauch
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