THE CALL Fairmont Presbyterian Church
April 2017 Volume 72, Issue 3
Several years ago I was stopped at the university where I Happy Easter, and more importantly, happy worked and asked by a very friendly street evangelist, resurrection for that is where our lives are now headed. “When were you saved?” I told him over the course of a weekend around 33 A.D. He looked at me with some Rev. Brian Maguire confusion and walked on. There are many turning points in a person’s life and many more in the history of a community, nation, or world. All those turning points redirect us to new lives, new possibilities, and new destinies. Of all those turning points since creation the one that matters most, the one that touches the future of every particle and person in this creation, is the curious event that unfolded just outside the city walls of Jerusalem over the course of weekend around the year 33 A.D. That is when everything changed. Jesus of Nazareth, an itinerant rabbi, prophet, and pest to the powers that be was executed by a Roman military tribunal for sedition. Left to die on scaffolding outside the city gate, the Romans intended his death to be a warning to any who would challenge their dominion. What they did not understand, what they could not understand, was that his death would instead serve as a symbol, hope, and sign for everyone that there is a way beyond all the pain, tyranny, suffering, grief, anger, and alienation in this world. This rabbi, unlike countless others, would not stay dead and passed through life to death to life. He broke death’s prison from the inside. Now there is a way out. Sometime between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning the universe reached its turning point. Angels held their breath as the creator finally and decisively committed to not be God without us. Eternity and time, God and creation touched and in doing so set creation and God on a new trajectory towards reunion. Jesus has risen and because he has risen so shall we. Resurrection is not an event we remember. Resurrection is now the unstoppable direction and destiny of this universe. And it all started at the turning point over the course of a weekend around 33 A.D.
WORSHIP AND MUSIC
April 2—Fifth Sunday in Lent Rev. Denise Weaver will preach Sharp Turn Ahead based on John 4:5-42. April 9—Palm Sunday Rev. Brian Maguire will preach Blinded by the Light based on Matthew 21: 1-10 and Acts 9: 1-19. April 13, 6pm—Simple Supper followed by a 7pm Maundy Thursday service Rev. Denise Weaver will preach Death or New Life ? based on Matthew 27:1-10. April 14, 7:00pm—Good Friday The Passion of Our Lord. Together we walk through the gathering shadows of Jesus’ trial, crucifixion, and death on the cross.
April 16—Resurrection of the Lord Rev. Brian Maguire will preach The End of the Beginning based on John 2: 6-9 and John 20: 1-18. April 23—Second Sunday of Easter Rev. Brian Maguire will preach Inspired based on 1 Peter 1: 3-9 and John 20: 19-31. April 30—Third Sunday of Easter Rev. Brian Maguire will preach The Promise is For You based on 1 Peter 1: 17-23 and Acts 2:14, 26-42.
Connections: Living Into the Spirit—The Acts of the Apostles, Wednesday Nights 6:30-7:30 starting April 19.
Join every Wednesday night at 6:30 starting on April 19 as we explore the sequel to the Gospel of Luke, the account of the history of the early church that we call The Acts of the Apostles. Acts is one of the most important and often overlooked texts in scripture. It tells the story of how a small, persecuted band of committed believers recovered their courage after Jesus’ death and resurrection and went on to challenge the most powerful empire in the world. Bring your Bibles as we share in a story stretching from Jerusalem to Rome. And more importantly, bring your own stories of faith, doubt, and discipleship as we share with the saints that have gone before us.
Join us for our annual Easter egg hunt! Saturday, April 8 10:30am Magic show and lunch to follow!
Join us for Vacation Bible School 2017, Rome: Paul and the Underground Church! Rome is filled with unforgettable Bible-learning experiences kids will see, hear, touch, and even taste! Plus, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats keep everyone on the move. Children must be 4 years of age or older.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Sunday April 9, 10am in Fellowship Hall Join us for Bill’s Donuts and a very short congregational meeting on Sunday April 9 at 10am to consider amending one provision of our bylaws. The Session and Trustees would like to be able to start officer terms on a date other than January 1 so that we can have better continuity in planning. In order to do this, we must remove the restriction in our bylaws that requires the congregational elections to be held in the fourth quarter of each year. So, the Session recommends that the congregation approve the following change to our bylaws deleting the words, “during the fourth quarter of the,” and replacing it with the word, “each.” In addition to all this fun, we will have BILL’S DONUTS!
Registration opens at 9am on April 17th, but volunteer sign-ups are happening NOW! See Rachel Boden to find your VBS niche - there is something for everyone. See you in Rome! Salve vāde mecum!
Men’s Group The Men's group will meet at Bob Evans at 8am for breakfast on Wednesday, April 19. All the men of the church and their guests are welcome.
PYC April 2nd PYC April 9th NO PYC-Palm Sunday April 16th NO PYC-Easter Sunday April 23rd PYC April 30th PYC
Here is the proposed change: BYLAWS ARTICLE V: MEETINGS Section 2. Election Meeting. The congregation shall hold a meeting during the fourth quarter of the each year for the purpose of electing members to the session, board of deacons, and board of trustees, and members-at-large for the nominating committee, and for the transaction of any business properly coming before such a meeting.
Sunday School Schedule April 2nd Patrick Chevalier April 9th NO SUNDAY SCHOOL-Palm Sunday April 16th NO SUNDAY SCHOOL-Easter April 23rd NO ONE HAS SIGNED UP...Help! April 30th The Shafers 2
Table Parents April 2nd Lois Thomas and Betty Brown-5pm April 9th NO PYC-Palm Sunday April 16th NO PYC-Easter April 23rd The Harverys-5pm April 30th The Dillers and the Shafers-5pm
people to stand at a particular entrance door, which has been a difficult task in the past, we're asking you to take it upon yourself to fill this need. If you arrive early, rather than sitting in a pew and catching up with friends, please consider choosing a door to sit or stand by to welcome friends and guests when they first enter the building. Imagine how lovely it would be for a Please continue praying for our confirmands Abby Tay- visitor to be greeted by a family, a couple of friends, or lor, Cassie Shearer, and Max Borneman as they journey a long-time member who could answer a question! You together in their faith. might even make a new friend in the process. Thank
you for helping show others what a loving community Fairmont really is. A friendly smile and a warm
Young Family Event
handshake will never make a negative first impression!! Lisa Shearer and Member and Community Wellness Team
The young families dinner and fellowship will be Saturday, April 29 at 5:30 pm, at Marionâ€™s Pizza at Town & Country. Please rsvp to Pastor Denise so a reservation can be made.
MISSION INTERPRETATION MEMBER & COMMUNITY WELLNESS What has happened to the Evangelism team?? Fairmont no longer has an "Evangelism, Membership, and Health Ministry" Team. We have not disbanded the team. Instead, we have chosen a new name which better reflects our purposes of facilitating members to care for one another, recognizing visitors and guests, and offering welcome and wellness opportunities for our community. We have heard many wonderful sermons recently reminding us that evangelism, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and inviting others to "come and see" what Fairmont is about, is the call for all of us, not just one small team. If you have any questions, or you'd like to learn more and join us, please contact Lisa Shearer, chair of the newly renamed Member and Community Wellness Team
3rd Sunday Mission Project for April...EASTER!
You will have an opportunity to be a Turning Point in someone's life! After the worship celebration on Easter Sunday, we are distributing beautiful Daisies. Each will be tagged with Fairmont's name and a brief message to pass the flower to someone else as a sign of Joy, Love, and Hope. Your mission is to give your daisy to someone outside the church. Hand it to a store cashier. How about extending it to someone in a parking lot? Maybe a neighbor. A waiter? It may not be something you are comfortable with, but have Courage. Follow the footsteps of the Risen Lord and extend a symbol of Joy as we show the world a better way. This flower may be the only Joy someone receives this day; who knows how it will transform their heart...and yours!
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression." This statement speaks to the importance of making a good impression the first time you meet someone. Unfortunately, Fairmont does not always make a good first impression. We have been told by visitors, that once people make it into the sanctuary or fellowship hall for our worship service, we are an incredibly warm and welcoming bunch of people. However, upon first entering the building on Sunday morning we do not always make a good first impression. It is our noticeable lack of greeters and warm welcome that we are often missing. We'd like to ask for your assistance. Instead of calling and assigning
One Great Hour of Sharing This Lenten season, you are invited to give to the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) special offerings project. Contributions to OGHS this Lenten season will 3
5th Sunday of Lent/ Communion 8:30am Casual Service (fh) 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 11:30am Lent Book Study (chapel) 2:00pm Scouts (109, 133) 4:00pm PYC (109)
Palm Sunday WOF Box Lunch 8:30am Casual Service (fh) 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:00am Congregational Mtg 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh)
11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 6:30pm Scout Meeting (133) 7:00pm Mission Team Meeting 7:00pm Worship Team 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr) 7:00pm Personnel Meeting 7:00pm Evangelism 7:00pm Christian Formation
8:30am Prescho 6:30pm Praise B 6:30pm Connec 7:30pm AA (012
11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 5:30pm Writing for a Change (chapel, fh, parlor) 7:00pm Building and Grounds 7:00pm Finance Team (rc) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr) 7:30pm Board of Trustees (109)
8:30am Prescho 5:30pm GIFT (f 6:30pm Praise B 7:30pm AA (012
11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 5:30pm Writing for a Change (chapel, fh, parlor) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr) 7:00pm Session (109)
8:00am Men's B 8:30am Prescho 10:00am Circle 2 10:00am Circle 3 1:00pm Circle 5 Connections (ch 6:30pm Praise B 7:00pm Circle 6 7:30pm AA (012
9:00am House of Bread (off site) 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr)
8:30am Prescho 10:00am Call M (133) 6:30pm Connec 6:30pm Praise B 7:30pm AA (012
8:30am Preschool 9:30am Dayton PEO 12:00pm OA (133) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 6:30pm WOF Team Meeting 7:00pm AA (012) 7:00pm Lent Book Study (off site) 7:00pm Dayton Opera (cr) 8:30am Preschool 12:00pm OA (133) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 6:00pm Dayton Opera (cr) 7:00pm AA (012) 7:00pm Circle 1 (chapel)
Easter Monday/Office Closed 12:00pm Call Deadline (office) 6:00pm Dayton Opera (cr) 7:00pm AA (012)
8:30am Preschool 12:00pm OA (133) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm Dayton Opera (cr) 7:00pm Circle 8 (parlor) 7:00pm AA (012)
Easter 8:30am Casual Service (fh) 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 10:30am Traditional Service (sanctuary) 11:30am Fellowship (fh)
8:30am Casual Service 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Food n Fellowship 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 2:00pm Scouts (109, 133) 4:00pm PYC (109)
8:30am Casual Service 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir 10:00am Sunday School 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 4:00pm PYC (109)
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1:00pm Craft Group (012) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr) 7:00pm NA (012) 7:00pm Lent Book Study (parlor)
ctions (chapel) Band (fh) 2)
1:00pm Rug Hooking Group (fh) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr) 7:00pm NA (012)
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)
10:00am Dayton Opera (cr) 10:30am Easter Egg Hunt (fh, outside)
8:30am Preschool Party 10:30am Mom and Me (nursery) 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (133) 7:00pm Good Friday (sanctuary)
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)
5:30pm Young Families Lifeline Screening (fh) Dinner at Marionâ€™s Pizza, 8:30am Preschool 10:30am Mom and Me (nursery) Town & Country 11:00am Fit 4 You (chapel) 12:00pm OA (133)
7:00pm La Leche Meeting (109) 6:00pm Simple Supper/ Maundy Thursday (sanctuary) 7:00pm NA (012) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr)
Breakfast 1:00pm Craft Group (012) ool 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr) 2 (off site) 7:00pm NA (012) 3 (off site) 5 (parlor) 6:30pm hapel) Band (fh) 6 (parlor) 2)
9:30am Circle 7 (off site)
9:00am Dayton Opera (cr) 4:00pm Richardson/Yarnall Wedding (chapel)
go to three projects that serve the vulnerable and unheard in communities around the world. These programs are:
WOMEN OF FAIRMONT The Coordinating Team will meet Thursday, May 4, at 6:30pm in the Upper Room.
• The Loose the Bonds of Injustice Self-Development Program that has already helped 7,000 people start new lives after prison.
April Circle Meetings
• The Share the Bread with the Hungry Program which is pursuing sustainable agriculture and water projects to end hunger and poverty for the most vulnerable.
Circle 1 – April 10, 7pm, chapel, Hostesses: Annette Sakada, Bonnie Grieco, Robin Stevens • And The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Circle 2 – April 19, 10am, Anne Johnson's home Program which is working to provide basic necessities Circle 3 – April 19, 10am, Ginny Caldwell’s home to refugees and those affected by the Syrian civil war. Circle 5 – April 19, 1pm, parlor Circle 6 – April 19, 7pm, parlor More information about each of these programs can be Circle 7 – April 15, 9:30am found in the inserts in your weekly bulletins. Please use Circle 8 – April 24, 7pm, parlor the OGHS envelopes in the backs of the pews or your online payment account through the FPC website to make your contribution.
ANNOUNCEMENTS WITHIN FELLOWSHIP Please help support Fairmont by signing up for Kroger Community Rewards which donates a percentage of your purchases to our church. Call 1-800-576-4377 or follow these instructions: Go to Kroger Community Rewards Click on the link: Enroll now Then click on sign in or create an account. Our organization # is: 87462. Kroger is making updates to their Community Rewards process and software. As of April 1, 2017, you will no longer have to re-enroll their Kroger Plus Card to earn dollars for your organization. Thanks for your support. Thanks for your support.
Life Line Screening, Friday, April 28 at Fairmont Presbyterian Church. Call 1-888-653-6450 to register for the screenings, which include Carotid Artery Screening, Heart Rhythm Screening, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening, Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening and Osteoporosis Risk Screening. The cost is $149.
THE MINISTRY OF FAIRMONT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The precise nature of that work is to help people transform their manner of living in terms of the commitments that we make and to bring people into direct contact with the immediate presence of God. The word “inspired” neatly describes both of these potentials that Jesus opens us for us.
What do we do? (Fairmont’s Mission Statement) Fairmont Presbyterian Church nurtures and guides people to live inspired lives.
Matthew 28:19; Luke 4:18; Isaiah 42: 6-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:24
“Inspired,” in one sense, means to receive a vision or a possibility that directs us beyond our tired assumptions. This is how we use the word inspired in the secular sense: motivated or directed to do something beyond the ordinary. Jesus’ teaching and preaching show us new ways of being human living into new relationships of trust and sharing with God and with other people. Jesus “inspires” us in the sense that Jesus teaches us how to live as new human beings operating according to Jesus’ new ways of living and loving.
Why do we do it? (Fairmont’s Vision Statement) In order to love God and one another.
Matthew 22: 37-40; Mark 12: 28-31; Luke 10: 25-28; Deuteronomy 6:4; Leviticus 19:18 How do we do it? (Fairmont’s Plan for Ministry) With all our hearts by sharing Christ’s invitation to belong in community with all people and grow into ever deeper relationships with God and one another.
1 Corinthians 12: 12-13; Matthew 28: 19-20; 1 Peter 2: 9-11
“Inspired,” has another sacred meaning. “Inspired” literally means God-breathed. You may notice the With all our minds through learning the story of God and how the stories of our lives fit into word “spirit” at the heart of “inspired.” As our mission we seek to nurture and guide people to recognize, the greater story of God’s people. We share practice, embrace, and be shaped by the tangible living God’s story with everyone as we seek to learn presence the Holy Spirit in our lives. This is not meant everyone’s story. to be some vague spiritual metaphor. We believe that Romans 12:2; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Joshua 1:8; the work of the church includes helping every person Mark 16:15 experience and embrace the immediate, actual With all our strength by serving our community presence of the divine dwelling within and participating through us. This is precisely the direct presence of together and participating in the practices of God that Jesus promised and the apostles experienced Christian discipleship. at Pentecost that is available to every disciple. Matthew 25:40; Luke 10:37; Leviticus 19: 17-
18 Fairmont’s mission is therefore one of nurturing and guiding both formation (the construction of values, commitments, and a Christian worldview) and Unpacking Fairmont’s Ministry transformation (embracing, sharing, and being shaped “Fairmont Presbyterian Church nurtures and guides by the presence of the Spirit in our lives). We guide in the sense of sharing our experiences and those of the people to inspired lives.” hundred generations of disciples that gone before us in this work. We nurture in the sense of encouraging and Fairmont’s mission statement describes what we do. caring for each other through this process. And when Our mission is centered on individual human lives, yours and others. We focus on individual lives because we all do this together, we are Christ’s church. that is how we understand Jesus’ ministry works, not on impersonal social systems, but rather on each individual’s choices, values, commitments, minds, and hearts. Through God’s call upon individuals, God seeks to redirect and reprogram human lives in such a way that it impacts the whole world making a more just, equitable, caring, virtuous, and compassionate society 7
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Pastor/Head of Staff: Brian Maguire Preschool Director: Coleen Petrello Associate Pastor: Denise Weaver Preschool Teacher: Vicki Ramga Director of Youth & Music Ministries: Ashley Ross Preschool Aide: Liz Lewis Director of Childrenâ€™s Ministry & Outreach: Rachel Boden Bookkeeper: Becky Hegwood Organist: Judy Bede Administrative Assistant: Donna Schoonmaker Praise & Worship Leader: Jerry Mahn Custodians: Glenn Stevens and Louis Weyrauch
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