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Fairmont Presbyterian Church THOUGHTS FROM BRIAN What is your legacy? What do you hand down to the generations which come after you that shares your values, your passions, and your hopes? These were some of the questions that confronted me this summer as I finally (I am embarrassed to say this as an attorney) wrote up my will. It is one of those things that we do knowing it is important but dearly hoping will be far from urgent. There is always something more pressing to do that provides a ready excuse from composing one’s last will and testament. But the important cannot always be held hostage by the urgent. When my sense of guilt-tinged duty finally overcame my sloth, I found writing my will to be both revelatory and hopeful. I encourage every adult to have a will because if you do not, then the state will speak and make decisions for you and I rarely like what the state says or does. Writing a will can be a process of self-revelation because it forces you to consider your values and express them in clear, hard prose. A will reveals far more about your life, your commitments, loves, and passions, than perhaps anything else you will ever write because it is free of all our pretenses and polite confusions. A will is a map to your heart for, “where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21). So, what does your map say about your heart? And, if you do not have such a map, what does that say? It all comes down to values: what do I find of value and meaning in my life? For most people there will not be a single answer to this question because we are all assortments of affections and loves. For some, it will be family, full stop and that is a good and honorable answer. But is family your only love? What about arts, education, healing, caring, community development, and our civic institutions? What about your church and its ongoing work on behalf of generations yet unborn? Does your will express the breadth of your heart’s commitments? Does your will express you and carry your legacy into the future? I encourage you all to ask these questions and compose a will and other necessary testamentary papers this summer. It will save your loved ones immeasurable time, stress, and cost in the future. But far more important, it gives you a chance to let your life speak about what you believe and love.

August 2018 Volume 73, Issue 6

NOTES FROM KELLEY “Sabbath Summertime” If I have said it once, I have said it a hundred times, “I am so grateful to have begun my time at Fairmont in the summertime!” There is grace in finding my way in the slower days of summer when the program year of the church takes a rest and God’s people find renewal in the lessscheduled days of June, July, and August. Sabbath Summertime has granted me, now in my third month as your Associate Pastor, time to build relationships with staff and church family, find my way around the nooks and crannies of the church building, and begin to have a sense of the mission, vision, worship, and service of Fairmont Presbyterian Church. What a wonderful calling we share together in this time and this place! I am still learning names and faces, so remember to wear your name tags – for me and for our visitors! And even though I am looking forward to joining in the energy and excitement of the church program year beginning in September, I will hold on to the last of the Summer Sabbath in August and focus on new relationships, pastoral care, strengthening staff ties, and worshiping together as God’s people. My office is always open to members and visitors alike. I love hearing your stories of faith and life, and am here for you anytime.

Blessings in Christ, Kelley


Sacrament of Communion Lesson: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a Sermon: “One Little Ewe Lamb”

August 12

First Lesson: Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Second Lesson: 2 Samuel 18:5-9 Sermon: “Absalom, Absalom!”

August 19

First Lesson: Ephesians 5:15-20 Second Lesson: 1 Kings 3:10-14 Sermon: “A Good Start but a Lousy Follow Through”

August 26

First Lesson: Ephesians 6:10-20 Second Lesson: 1 Kings 8:10-13, 22-30 Sermon: “Dedication”

Handbell Refurbishment: Our 5 octave set of Schulmerich handbells were sent away to be refurbished by Cincinnati Collaborative Ringing Project earlier this year. The Cincinnati Collaborative Ringing Project (CCRP) is a unique handbell ensemble based in Cincinnati, Ohio. CCRP was formed as an experimental project which is reliant on member participation at many different levels. CCRP refurbishes handbells as one of their major sources of fundraising. Our handbells needed a complete refurbishment including tuning check, disassembling of handbells, inspection of parts, replacement of parts (handbells are made up of 34 parts!!), polishing, treatment and repair of cases, optimizing tension adjustment, and voice blending. After all of that, our bells are finally ready to be delivered back into the care of Fairmont. Many thanks to all who helped organize our refurbishment!

CHRISTIAN FORMATION Children’s Ministry VBS Recap: Vacation Bible School was a wonderful success this year! We had over 60 children on our five-day island adventure here at Fairmont, where we sang songs, played fun games, enjoyed tasty treats, made cool science projects, and learned all about how Jesus rescues us! A huge thank you to all of our loving and willing volunteers who gave their time to teach the kids about God’s love and to make the week so wonderful for the children in our community. Well done, good and faithful servants! The VBS volunteer appreciation luncheon will take place on Sunday, August 19 at 12:30pm at Brio (The Greene). Classes for Kids: We will be offering two classes for our children this month in preparation for a new program year: First Communion Class: Saturday, August 4, 10am-11am This class is for children who are entering third grade and up and their parents. We will meet in the sanctuary where Pastor Kelley will give an overview of the communion elements and their significance in our Presbyterian faith. We will then move to the kitchen where the children will learn to bake their very own communion bread. Please let Rachel know by August 3 if your family will attend. New to the Pew: Sunday, August 26, 1pm-2pm This class is for children entering third grade and up and their parents. The children will be taught about our worship bulletin, the parts of our service, and be given resources to use during worship as they learn how to be in “big church.” The parents will also be given resources to help guide their children in learning to worship. Please let Rachel know by August 19 if your family will attend. Kick-off Sunday: September 9th! All children’s programming begins on Sunday, September 9th. In addition to Children’s Music and Sunday School, this includes the following evening programs: Kids Connections: Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:30pm Bible Stories: For children only; first Friday of each month, 2 on the Zoom mobile app from 8-8:30pm.

Youth Ministry

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.

Some photos from the PYC mission trip to Houston, Texas

THANK YOU! A huge thank you to everyone who has financially supported Fairmont this year. At the end of June we reached the half way point in our financial year and giving so far is running at 101% of pledges which is great news! Thank you to everyone who has faithfully and generously supported our ministries and missions. It is your giving that made our huge Vacation Bible School possible. It is your giving that allowed our youth to spend a life-changing week doing mission work in Texas. It is your giving that is refurbishing our church facilities for the future. It is your giving that allows us to praise God with such beautiful music. Everything we do depends on you. Thank you for your faithfulness to Fairmont! 3

Aug Sunday



Wedn 9am: House of site)

6:30pm: Scout M 6:30pm: Praise

7pm: Quartet P

7:30pm: AA (01

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



8:30am: Casual Service (fh) 9:30am: Fellowship (fh) 9:30am: Acoustic Grace (fh) 10:30am: Traditional Service (sanctuary) 11:30am: Fellowship (fh)


8:30am: Casual Service (fh) 9:30am: Fellowship (fh) 9:30am: 3rd Sunday Mission 10:30am: Traditional Service (sanctuary) 11:30am: Fellowship (fh) 12:30pm: VBS lunch (off site)

Office Closed 7pm: Kettering Civic Band (fh)

Office Closed

7pm: Kettering Civic Band (fh)



11am: Fit 4 You (fh) 12pm: AA (C)


5:30pm: GIFT 6:30pm: Praise

12pm: OA (rc)

7pm: Quartet P

7pm: Team Meetings

7pm: AA (012)

11am: Fit 4 You (fh)

12pm: AA (C)


8am: Men's Bre site)

12pm: OA (rc)

6:30pm: Praise

7pm: Trustees

7pm: Quartet P 7pm: AA (012)


Office Closed Preschool Starts

Call Articles Due

11am: Fit 4 You (fh) 12pm: AA (C)


12pm: OA (rc)

6:30pm: Praise

7pm: Quartet P

7pm: AA (012)

7pm: Session (109)


8:30am: Casual Service Office Closed 9:30am: Fellowship (fh) 6:30pm: WOF Coord. 9:45am: Kelley’s GA Team Meeting (UR) Presentation (chapel) 10:30am: Traditional Service 11:30am: Fellowship (fh) 1pm: New to the Pew Class (fh) 4


11am: Fit 4 You (fh) 12pm: AA (C)


8am: Lifeline Sc (chapel, fh)

12pm: OA (rc)

6:30pm: Praise

7pm: Deacons (109)

7pm: Quartet P 7pm: AA (012) Call Mailing


nesday Bread (off



7pm: NA (012)



11am: Fit 4 You (fh) 12pm: OA (rc)




9:45am: Acolyte Training (sanctuary) 10am: 1st Communion Class (fh, sanctuary)

Meeting (109) Band (fh)

Practice (cr)


(fh) Band (fh)


7pm: NA (012)


7pm: NA (012)


11am: Fit 4 You (fh)


11am: Fit 4 You (fh)

12pm: OA (rc)





Practice (cr)

eakfast (off Band (fh)

12pm: OA (rc)

5pm: Theology on Tap (off site)

Practice (cr)

Band (fh)

Practice (cr)


1pm: Rug Hooking Group (fh)


11am: Fit 4 You (fh)


11am: Fit 4 You (fh)

12pm: OA (rc)


7pm: NA (012)



7pm: NA (012)

12pm: OA (rc)

Band (fh)

Practice (cr)






Helping Hands, Helping Hearts August Third-Sunday Mission Project—On August 19, we are writing notes of love and encouragement to all of our school-age students as they begin a new year. Join us in Fellowship Hall after each service in this loving project. School Supplies Drive—Fairmont Presbyterian Church is collecting school supplies for children at JFK Elementary. A donation drop spot is set up in the black and white Narthex. Please consider donating: #2 Pencils; 24 Crayola Crayon Box; 12 Crayola Colored Pencils; Glue Sticks; Dry-erase Markers; Folders; Notebooks; Loose leaf paper; Binders Together, let’s make sure every student who needs help with school supplies is ready for a new year of learning! For two years, Fairmont members have been volunteering at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School After-School Program for one hour at least once a month. We have done crafts, played games, helped with homework, listened to and read books, and otherwise shared our love and care as we strive to nurture, support, and encourage these children. The kids are great fun! If you are interested in this project, you can easily come along to see what goes on; just ask any member of the Mission Team for details.

WOMEN OF FAIRMONT The Coordinating Team will meet August 27 at 6:30 in the Upper Room.

THANK YOU—One of the newest projects that the Mission Team is supporting is Project Rescue, a campaign by Daybreak to provide emergency services to youth ages 10 to 18, as well as educational services such as GED classes and even hands-on training in a business. Daybreak is already the region’s only emergency shelter for youth ages 18 to 24, but Project Rescue focuses on people at even younger ages who find themselves in an unstable housing situation.

Put the September 15th Fall Gathering on your calendar!

BUILDING AND GROUNDS Our ongoing construction projects:

The Mission Team recently received a beautifully written thank-you note from Kayla, a young lady who stayed at Daybreak. Kayla says, “Thank you so much for giving to Daybreak and believing in me. I’m so glad I’m at Daybreak because of the opportunities it has given me to better myself and my situation. You’re giving me a chance at a better life.” What a privilege to be able to help people like Kayla! How Else Can You Serve as a Disciple? We continue to collect assorted items in the Narthex: soda tabs (Ronald McDonald House), BoxTops (J.F. Kennedy Elementary), and peanut butter & men’s belts (House of Bread). Remember to bring non-perishable food for the food pantry!


The construction on the bathrooms has started and will continue for several weeks. The upstairs men’s and women’s restrooms will be finished first and then we will move to the downstairs men’s room.

The stage has been removed and the new wall should be completed this week. It will be a nice storage room for the fellowship hall and kitchen.

The fence on the patio should be installed this month to add safety to that area.

The Building and Grounds committee is always working to upgrade and improve the church building and property—thanks for your patience!

ANNOUNCEMENTS Contemplative Worship in the Chapel—Are you yearning for a time of silent, contemplative worship on Sunday mornings? Beginning on Sunday, September 2, 2018 there will be a self-guided time of silent worship from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the Chapel. We will provide spiritual readings and tools to guide your time of silence. You may also use this time for quiet prayer and reflection/preparation for our worship together as God’s people.

Making Music with Acoustic Grace—We continue our monthly gathering to play and sing for about 50 minutes starting at 9:30am on Sunday, August 12. Song/chord sheets are provided. All skill levels are welcome. There’s always room for you at our hootenanny!

PC(USA) 223rd General Assembly Wrap Up Come ask Kelley!

Attention Golfers - Prepare your game! Fairmont Presbyterian's Golf Outing is scheduled to occur on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at the Pipestone Golf Club in Miamisburg. Tee-off time is slated for 1:00pm. Men and women are welcome to play. Golf cart is included, as well as a buffet dinner. Prizes will be awarded. Please contact Daryll Sakada, Mike Rothenberger, or Dave Youngerman for details.

Join Pastor Kelley in the Chapel on Sunday, August 26, 2018 from 9:45am–10:15am for a conversation about all that happened at the 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis this summer. All are welcome! Connections Preview —Starting on Wednesday September 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel, Connections returns with a new nine week class: The Crusades and Violence in the Christian Tradition. Pastor Brian will be teaching.

Card Ministry—Hand-made cards are available in the Narthex for anyone that wants to send a note of encouragement, appreciation, or celebration to a Fairmont member, a member of staff or a participant in the worship service. These special cards, lovingly created by the FPC Craft Group, will be sent out from the office after the Deacons address them. Just select a card, write your message making sure to include the first and last name of the recipient, sign it and drop it either in the offering basket, or outside the office! There will be no charge for the cards and the Deacons will cover the cost of materials and postage.

Art, Antique, and Craft Show—The Art, Antique, and Craft show will be here before we know it. We have been working for months but there are still things we need to make this show successful. Our tree for this year will be glittery and gorgeous. We needs prisms like the kind hanging from lamps (not plastic), and any other silver or glass things to hang on a tree. Jewelry was a big seller last year so any donations would be appreciated. Also, vintage items excluding clothing would be great.


Mel Hohler is going to be doing the raffle baskets again this year, and we are trying to make fewer but larger baskets. If you are able to get a gift card from a business, for things such as oil changes, restaurants, gyms, or movie passes, that would be great. Last year we did quite well and would like to do it again. Please contact Marilyn Dickey or Mel Hohler.

Finally, please consider volunteering the day of the show: November 17, 2018. It makes it so much easier if the signup list is filled with names. Our checks last year to The House of Bread, The Backpack Program and the local Food Bank reflected the generosity of so many of you. With thanks, Carolyn Wimer

Preschool Information: Congratulations to Tracy Landgren on her new role as director and lead teacher of the 4 -year-old class, and to Amber Reshad on being hired as our new 3-year-old teacher! Liz Lewis will remain on staff as the teacher’s aide in the 4-year-old class.


Registration for Preschool for the 2018-2019 school year is open. Registration forms may be found under the Preschool tab on the church website. A nonrefundable $50 registration fee is due at the time of registration Contact Tracy Landgren at 299-3539 or with questions.

Fairmont Presbyterian Church 3705 Far Hills Avennue Dayton, OH 45429 Church Office: 937-299-3539 Twitter: @FairmontChurch Facebook: Fairmont Presbyterian Church - Kettering, OH Instagram: fairmontpresbyterianchurch STAFF

Pastor/Head of Staff: Brian Maguire Preschool Director: Tracy Landgren Associate Pastor: Kelley Wehmeyer Shin Preschool Teacher: Amber Reshad 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: Jennifer Mason Praise & Worship Leader: Jerry Mahn Custodians: Glenn Stevens and Louis Weyrauch

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The Call - Volume 73, Issue 6  

The newsletter of Fairmont Presbyterian Church

The Call - Volume 73, Issue 6  

The newsletter of Fairmont Presbyterian Church