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Fairmont Presbyterian Church THOUGHTS FROM BRIAN

April 2018 Volume 73, Issue 3

We will look at the ways that Jesus creatively appropriates and reinterprets the Exodus story to make it immediately relevant to all of us. Please bring your preferred study bible and join us for the journey.

Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has been raised from APNC Update: The Associate Pastor Nominating the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; Committee (APNC) extends its appreciation to the there you will see him.” Matthew 28: 6-7 members of Fairmont for their prayers throughout this

search process. Following the first round of interviews that took place during the first week of March, three candidates were invited for full-day in-person interviews. Sometimes I wonder if we stop to realize what that Those in-person interviews consisted of meetings with means. The death-dealing forces of chaos, fear, and evil the APNC, a meeting with Pastor Brian, additional are now exhausted and cannot win. Death itself has been conversation over meals, and a tour of the church. The broken and now works in reverse. That place furthest in-person interviews have now been completed. At the from God and God’s intention, a place we summarily end of March, the APNC felt called by the Holy Spirit to call Hell, has had its front door bashed in. There is now one particular candidate. A formal invitation to a Call nowhere, no time, no situation, no condition, and no was extended to that candidate, who accepted with person who is outside of God’s saving power and excitement and anticipation for their future work and possibility. And that means for the first time we are service at Fairmont. The APNC continues to ask for finally and truly free. Free to be you and me, not as we your prayers in the coming weeks as the candidate is have been subject to fear and alienation, but as we were announced, introduced to the congregation, and a meant to be: free, creative, and loving beings participating transition plan is implemented for the new Associate with our creator. Easter confuses our time line and sense Pastor of Fairmont Presbyterian Church. of narrative because it centers on one morning some 2000 years ago, but it is actually about our future. Indeed, Jesus’ resurrection is a moment of humanity’s CONGREGATIONAL MEETING future cast into our past, a marker in history showing Immediately following our single service worship at God’s intention and design. He was the first, but the new 10:30am on Sunday April 15, 2018 in our sanctuary, the life we celebrate on Easter is not just Jesus’, it is your new Session has called a congregational meeting for two life as well. He is risen! And so shall we! important purposes: 1. To receive the report of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee Connections: Exodus 2. To act upon the recommendation of the Join us Wednesday evenings starting on April 11 at Associate Pastor Nominating Committee to call 6:30pm in the chapel as we explore the Book of Exodus an Associate Pastor to Fairmont . as scripture, narrative, and history. Exodus recounts the 40 year wanderings of the Hebrews as God slowly The Associate Pastor nominee will be preaching that transforms them from a mob of former slaves into a new Sunday. More information will be sent to you about the and distinct nation: Israel. Come and join us as we nominee as soon as we are permitted to do so by reflect on the scriptural text, consider its context in the Presbytery. There will be an opportunity for you to meet ancient Near East, and examine the influence of the with the nominee at a reception in the fellowship hall on Exodus on the story of God and God’s people. Saturday April 14 from 1:00 to 3:00pm. He is risen! He is risen indeed! So goes the Easter proclamation.

BUDGET AND STEWARDSHIP What is Per Capita and why is it $45.98? The Presbyterian Church is a connectional church. That means that we share in mutual ministry and accountability with and for each other. One of the ways we do that is by sharing in the cost of the denomination. This is done through individual assessments based on the number of members in each church. These assessments, called “per capita,” are mandatory and are still used to support the work of the General Assembly and the Synod. For 2018 the per capita assessment of the General Assembly is $7.73 per member and that of the Synod of the Covenant $3.25 per member. If you divide the entire Presbytery’s budget by all the members of all the churches within the Presbytery, you arrive at a per member share of $35.00 per person. Those funds are obtained either from our general Fairmont revenues or from special offerings of individuals who wish to pay their share individually. The total per member assessment for is $45.98 (the sum of $35.00 + $3.25 + $7.73). That is the cost of being a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denomination as opposed to the local congregation. If you would like to directly pay your share of our commitment to the greater church, the amount per member is $45.98.

April 8 Second Sunday of Easter/Communion Guest Preacher: Garth Adams April 15

Third Sunday of Easter

10:30am Single Service to welcome Associate Pastor Nominee. Immediately following the service there will be a Congregational Meeting. We will also have a reception of new members. April 22 Fourth Sunday of Easter First Lesson: 1 John 1:1 – 2:2 Second Lesson: Acts 3: 12-19 Sermon: Insider Edition April 29 Fifth Sunday of Easter First Lesson: I John 4: 7-21 Second Lesson: John 10: 11-18 Sermon: Getting lost and Getting Found

Hello, my name is Megan Rehberg (or dragon, if you ask Kate Barnett’s kids). I sing soprano. I work at the Air Force Museum Foundation, where I am a professional fundraiser. I came to choir because I wanted to hire a live band for my wedding reception, so I planned to stay through Easter. That was two and a half years ago. I stayed because the choir is good. My favorite Dove Giving to Fairmont from Retirement Accounts—Another chocolate is the mint. My favorite piece we’ve sung is way to save on taxes! Taxpayers over 70 ½ years of age “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Mac Wilberg with an IRA or 401K/403B accounts may transfer because I get to sing as loud as I want! It was a joy to withdrawals (up to $100,000 per year) directly to a teach Kate the descant. I appreciate it when the congreFairmont Presbyterian Church or other “qualified gation tell us how much they liked the music. charitable organization” and not pay tax on the distribution. Retirement savings accounts of various sorts CHRISTIAN FORMATION require individuals over 70 ½ to annually make required minimum distributions or face significant tax penalties. A huge thanks to everyone who attended and Those distributions are then added to your taxable volunteered at our annual Easter Egg Hunt! It was income, often boosting your tax bracket. But, if you another huge success, with over 150 kids. We direct those distributions in whole or in part to couldn’t have done it without your help! The kids and Fairmont or other charity those funds do not count as volunteers all had a blast, and we look forward to taxable income. This transfer method can save you sharing our green space with the community children significant tax dollars. As always, you should consult with again next year. Happy Easter! qualified advisors to help with tax planning, but using qualified charitable distributions may be an Vacation Bible School—It's almost time! Join us this year efficient way for you to support Fairmont! for VBS 2018, Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus! The fun takes place June 11-15, and registration for Fairmont families begins online April 1st! Spots fill fast once WORSHIP AND MUSIC registration opens to the public, so make sure to take April 1 Easter advantage of this "early bird" time! We are, of course, Lesson: Mark 16: 1-8 also seeking volunteers for VBS. If you feel called to Sermon: be continued! hang out with some awesome kiddos from 9am-12pm that week, please let me know! :) Thanks in advance! 2

Kirkmont Information This summer, Kirkmont Summer Camp is once again offering multiple options for elementary-age children. These are listed below. For full descriptions and registration information, you can visit Kirkmont’s website at Remember that Fairmont will pay half of your child’s tuition! We encourage you to visit their website and sign your child up for one or more of these excellent opportunities. Happy camping! You and Me Camp – Ages 3-10 with an adult – June 9-10 – $65 per person Adventure Camp – Completed 3-8 – June 10-15 – $420 per person Beginners Camp – Completed K-3rd – June 17-20 – $260 per person

The PYC has planned and scheduled their 2018 summer mission trip! The youth will be traveling to Corpus Christi, Texas to work with the PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance) on hurricane Harvey relief. The students will be serving their time with the organization Coastal Bend Recovery, whose mission is to coordinate, collaborate, and communicate to bring hope to disaster survivors. The trip is scheduled for June 1-8, if you have any interest in more information or about being involved with the PYC and their upcoming mission trip, please contact Ashley Ross. MISSION BEYOND THE CONGREGATION

You Can Change the Life of a Local High School Student! On Sunday April 8, we will be PYC Junior Camp – Completed 3rd-6th – June 24hearing from College Promise Executive 30 – $420 per person Director (and Fairmont member) Patrick Gill. Fifty 8th-grade students in Montgomery County have been Camp Rejoice – Completed 3rd-12th – July 8-14 – selected based upon financial need, good grades and $420 per person behavior, and interests to participate in this lifeAdventure Camp – Completed 3-8 – July 15-20 – changing opportunity. As 9th graders, they meet weekly $420 per person (30-45 min.) with a mentor who supports, encourages, Discovery Camp – completed grades 3-8 – July 15and guides them toward college. Upon completion of 20 – $420 per person the program, it is possible to receive full financial Kids Camp – Completed K-3rd with an adult – July support for several local universities. College Promise is currently seeking volunteer mentors for fall 2018, to 19-21 – $150 per person start training in late-April. Local schools have need of Adventure Camp – Completed 3-8 – July 22-27 – mentors (Kettering –12; Oakwood –1; several more at $420 per person W. Carrollton and Centerville). Patrick will provide a Minute for Mission Sunday, April 8 and host a display Sports Camp – Completed 3rd-8th – July 22-27 – in Fellowship Hall after each service. Brochures are $420 per person available at the Mission Beyond the Congregation Family Camp – All ages, with an adult – August 3-5 – bulletin board. $75 per person New Building Project at House of Bread –Hear about it Fairmont’s Men's Group will meet at Bob Evans at 8am April 29 at both services! On Sunday April 29 for our 5th Sunday Special Collection, we are hosting House of on April 18. Bread’s Executive Director Melodie Bennett for our Minute for Mission. She will be sharing exciting plans What’s up? My name is Sam Boden, and for construction of a new family-centered dining room I'm a senior at Fairmont High School where so that guests with children can comfortably dine at I’m involved with the band program and round tables with food served family-style. Restrooms, tennis. (All the bands). My siblings were in tables and chairs will accommodate children. Extra PYC before me, so it just happened that meeting rooms will be available for meetings with comthey took me to PYC when I was old munity resource services. There is great potential to enough. I stay because it’s fun, there’s good food, and I include more support for children. We are excited by like the people here. My favorite Girl Scout cookie is this addition as it better aligns with Fairmont’s Mission the Thin Mint! (Holla!!) My sparkle word for closing focus on Families, Children, and Youth. Melodie will prayer is “raspberry lemonade.” My favorite Bible verse be available in Fellowship Hall after each service to is Jeremiah 29:11. Did you know it’s on the wall of the provide more information. Please consider making a youth room? Please come to PYC so I can get to know generous donation to this exciting project! you better! 3





Easter 8:30am Casual Service 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh)


Easter Monday/Office Closed 7:00pm AA (C) 7:00pm Kettering Civic Band (fh)

Communion WOF Box Lunch 8:30am Casual Service 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:30am Making Music (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir 10:00am Sunday School 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 12:00pm Parent Meeting (chapel) 2:00pm Scouts (109, A) 4:00pm PYC (109, fh)


8:30am Preschool 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 5:00pm Dayton Opera (A, B, C, cr, sanctuary) 7:00pm Circle 1 (chapel) 7:00pm AA (C) 7:00pm Kettering Civic Band (fh)


8:30am Preschool 9:30am Dayton PEO (012) 12:00pm Call Deadline (office) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 5:00pm Dayton Opera (A, B, C, cr, sanctuary) 7:00pm AA (C)



8:30am Preschool 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 5:00pm Dayton Opera (A, B, C, cr, sanctuary) 7:00pm Circle 8 (parlor) 7:00pm AA (C)



8:30am Preschool 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm AA (C)

9:30am Third Sunday Mission Project 10:30am Single Service 11:30am Congregational Meeting (sanctuary) 11:30am Fellowship/Reception (fh) 4:00pm PYC (109, fh) 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) 11:30am Food and Fellowship Coffee Hour (fh) 4:00pm PYC (109, fh) 5th Sunday Mission 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, fh)




8:30am Preschool 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (C) 12:00pm OA (rc) 7:00pm Mission Team Meeting 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal 7:00pm Worship Team 7:00pm Christian Formation 7:00pm Personnel Team Meeting 7:00pm Member Wellness


8:30am Preschool 6:30pm Scout Meet 6:30pm Praise Band 7:00pm Quartet Pra 7:30pm AA (012)


8:30am Preschool 9:00am Dayton PVA 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (rc) 12:00pm AA (C) 7:00pm Building and Grounds 7:00pm Finance Team (rc) 7:30pm Board of Trustees (109)


8:30am Preschool 5:00pm Dayton O (A, B, C, cr, sanctu 5:30pm GIFT (fh) 6:30pm Connectio 6:30pm Praise Ban 7:00pm Quartet P 7:30pm AA (012)

8:30am Preschool 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (C) 12:00pm OA (rc) 7:00pm Session (109)


8:00am Men's Brea 8:30am Preschool 10:00am Circle 3 (o 10:30am Circle 2 (p 6:30pm Connection 6:30pm Praise Band 7:00pm Quartet Pra 7:00pm Circle 6 (pa 7:30pm AA (012)

8:30am Preschool 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (C) 12:00pm OA (rc)


8:30am Preschool 10:00am Call Mailin 6:30pm Praise Band 6:30pm Connection 7:00pm Quartet Pra 7:30pm AA (012)







1:00pm Craft Group 7:00pm NA (012)



7:00pm NA (012) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr)


8:30am Preschool 10:30am Mom and Me 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (rc)


1:00pm Craft Group (012) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr) 7:00pm NA (012)


8:30am Preschool 10:30am Mom and Me 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (rc) 5:00pm Theology on Tap (off site)

1:00pm Rug Hooking Group (fh) 7:00pm NA (012) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr)


8:30am Preschool 10:30am Mom and Me 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (rc)

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8:30am Preschool 10:30am Mom and Me 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (rc) 5:00pm Theology on Tap (off site)





1:00-3:00pm Reception (fh)

8:00am Dayton Opera (A, B, C, cr, sanctuary) 9:30am Circle 7 (off site) 2:00pm Musica (cr)




3rd Sunday Mission Project – April 15. Join us after each service in Fellowship Hall to write love notes of care, encouragement, and support to our high school seniors and young adult members as they end this school year. These young folks always cherish your notes! FISH/South Dayton Food Pantry – Needs HELP! This local mission, begun in 1979, partners with the Dayton FoodBank to provide emergency food assistance to those in need. They typically provide over 20,000 meals annually. Fairmont provides financial assistance as well as non-perishable foods collected year-round. There is great need for part-time volunteers. Two immediate needs are for (1) drivers to deliver food to various locations in the Kettering/ Centerville area, and (2) phone callers to contact clients, collect information, and communicate information to drivers; this can be done from your home! For details about drivers, ask two Fairmont members who currently do this: Paul Lamberger or Ken McKenzie. If you can HELP, see a Mission Team member.

diploma or GED, credentials in the construction or medical fields, and even employment at Lindy’s Bakery, a gourmet dog treat bakery which is housed at the new center. Project Rescue also added a wing to its emergency youth shelter, which is now making it possible for eight more young people aged 10-18 to stay at Daybreak per night. Daybreak wrote to us in a letter that the, “additional beds are occupied most nights, which means you’re making it possible, every day of the year, for eight more kids to stay at Daybreak. Instead of trying to grab a little sleep in places you don’t even want to imagine, they’re safe and sound with us.” We’re happy to help Dayton’s at-risk youth!

JFK Elementary School After-School Program -Our team of folks have been having a wonderful time with the kids. If you are interested in participating from 3:00 -4:00pm any day of your choice, you can easily come along to see what goes on; just ask any member of the Mission Team for details on how you might be involved and inspire our neighbor children. House of Bread - Mark your calendar for 2018! We are working May 29, August 1, and November 1. On these days, we are sending a team to slice, dice, mix, and serve lunch for more than 200 hungry folks. There are jobs that can be completed while sitting. Join us from 9:00-2:00pm for this valuable service to the hungry in our community. We can carpool if you would like! Sign up on the Mission Team bulletin board.

WOMEN OF FAIRMONT WOF There will be no WOF Coordinating Team Meeting in April. April Circle Meetings Circle 1 Monday, April 9, 7pm, chapel, Hostesses: Annette Sakada, Diane Weyrauch & Helen Kanis Circle 2 Wednesday, April 18, 10:30am (note new time), parlor

How Else Can You Serve as a Disciple? - We continue to collect assorted items in the Black & White Narthex: Circle 3 Wednesday, April 18, Check with leader soda can pull-tabs (Ronald McDonald House), BoxCircle 6 Wednesday, April 18, 7pm, parlor Tops for Education (J.F. Kennedy Elementary), and men’s belts (House of Bread). Circle 7 Saturday, April 21 - 9:30am - the home of Cindy Youngerman THANK YOU from Daybreak: The Mission Team made a three-year monetary pledge to Daybreak’s new Circle 8 Monday, April 23, 7pm, parlor program called Project Rescue, which involved Sunday Box Meal renovating the building next door to Daybreak to April's Sunday Box Meal form will be in the bulletin create an employment and education center that is on on Easter, with pickup on April 8. As always, we hope target to serve over 200 young people in its first year. you will deliver a free meal to a member or friend that The center partners with several youth programs to you know would enjoy it. WOF will cover the cost. offer opportunities such as earning a high school 6

April's meal? Take Me Out to the Ball Game! Jumbo Frank, homemade baked beans, chips, and strawberry dessert!

Program Staff Vacations April 2-8—Brian April 22-28—Ashley

ANNOUNCEMENTS Dear friends, the committee has been working on pricing things for the Art, Craft, and Antique Show and at present are caught up. We are ready to receive your unwanted collectibles, vintage items, and seasonal decorations including Christmas decorations. This year we are going to decorate another tree for the auction and possibly 2. Would like to do one with silver decorations and glass prisms. If you are ready to part with any of these items please consider donating them to us. As you know, last year we made very healthy donations to the Food Bank, House of Bread, and Kettering Backpack Program, and we would like to continue the tradition. Vendors are being contacted and we now have half of them signed up. Thanks for any help you can give us! The Committee

Fairmont Presbyterian Church Night at the Dragons vs. South Bend Cubs Saturday, June 23rd 2018 7:00 PM

Building and Grounds —Good news. We are in the process of updating the Black and White Narthex in order to provide a more welcoming space for our members and to make better use of the area for member needs, mission team outreach, and Christian formation. Updating the Parlor became an extension of this. We have ordered new furniture, valances, and carpeting. We are working on new lighting, painting the area, a large TV, and a console under the TV for storage. At this point, the tables will remain until we have a little more money in our budget. For years, members have requested upstairs bathroom improvements. We are obtaining proposals for their renovation. Because of the furniture replacement in the parlor, we will now have old furniture, seating and the china cupboard, that will need new homes. Several members have expressed interest in some of these pieces. 1 of the small sofas will go in the Way Café. At the Women of Fairmont meeting, several members requested that the furniture be made available to all church members. We may do this with a silent or live auction but the B and G committee is open to other approaches. The additional funds raised can then go toward completing the renovation of the parlor.

Come out and have a great time with friends and family taking in a Dragons game in our Group Seats! What’s included? • Game ticket for a great stadium seat (section 116) • Your group is announced over our PA system and displayed on our video board • Great entertainment • Private raffle where someone in the group will win some great Dragons merchandise. Forms are available on the welcome desk and in the office. For questions, contact Kelly at Sign up by May 6th. We look forward to seeing you there!


Making Music Together – We continue our monthly gathering to play and sing for about 50 minutes starting at 9:30 on Sunday April 15. Song/chord sheets are provided. All skill levels are welcome. There’s always room for you at our hootenanny! 7

Preschool Information: For six years Coleen Petrello has served The Fairmont Preschool as a teacher and director. These years have been fulfilling and rewarding. She recently informed the Personnel Team that she must seek full time employment to support her third son’s dream of attending the Boston Conservatory. We recognize the excellent leadership she has provided. We are also thankful that Coleen will complete the school year and that she is willing to help us in our search for a new director/ teacher. If you or anyone you know would be interested in this position the job posting for 2018–2019 may be found in the church office and on the church website.

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Pastor/Head of Staff: Brian Maguire

Preschool Director: Coleen Petrello Preschool Teacher: Tracy Landgren Director of Youth & Music Ministries: Ashley Ross Preschool Aide: Liz Lewis Director of Children’s Ministry & Outreach: Rachel Boden Bookkeeper: Martha Keil Organist: Judy Bede Administrative Assistant: Donna Schoonmaker Praise & Worship Leader: Jerry Mahn Custodians: Glenn Stevens and Louis Weyrauch

April Birthdays Jaci Rose 04/01 Theodore Stewart 04/01 Luke Bowden 04/03 Susan Stewart 04/03 Angela Bussey 04/04 Karen Penney 04/04 Ivolue Moore 04/05 Lauren Bergstresser 04/08 Sallie Luther 04/09 Abby Whitesell 04/09 Anne Fenwick 04/10 Joan Gray 04/10 Thomas Hohler 04/12 Julie Wooley 04/12 Terry Akers 04/13 Janet Brasier 04/13 Mason Ellis 04/13 Jane Schwartz 04/13

William Stewart 04/15 Janice Walters 04/16 Mary Murdock 04/19 Chris Shearer 04/21 Kristine Warner 04/22 Quinn Barnett 04/24 Don Venable 04/24 Richard Cost 04/25 Kevin Stewart 4/26 Lilias Harper 04/27 Max Schneider 04/27 Krista Hysinger 04/29 Kelly Coan 04/30 Phyllis Dodson 04/30 Andrew Hohler 04/30 Jena Jordan 04/30 Kerri Miles 04/30

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The Call - Volume 73, Issue 3  

The Newsletter of Fairmont Presbyterian Church

The Call - Volume 73, Issue 3  

The Newsletter of Fairmont Presbyterian Church