Volume 71, Issue 8
Covenant: that which binds us to God and to each other. As a Reformed Christian I believe that God has one continuous plan for the rescue of the world and everyone in it and the name of that plan is covenant. Covenant is not merely old fashioned; it is ancient. In a world characterized by temporary commitments and relationships, covenant directs us towards something permanent. It begins with promises, but not like the promises we make that we break when they no longer suit our needs. Covenant is a promise that you enter into knowing that it will change who you are. Covenant is commitment that builds trust and relationship rather than self-satisfaction. Covenant endures over time and generations. Covenant is more important than how we may happen to feel about it on any given day. A long time ago, a wandering Mesopotamian refugee encountered a wild God in the Syrian Desert and struck up a conversation. That conversation led to commitments and a relationship that lasts to this day. The refugee’s name was Abraham and we are all his children through that covenant that he shared. Like all relationships the Covenant went through ups and downs, disappointments, and even betrayals, but it still stands. God has promised to be with and for us and we have promised to be God’s people. Through this exchange of promises and commitments, affections and loves, we are reshaped as something new and alien to this world: a new community—the family of the children of God. Jesus expanded this Covenant invitation beyond the biological offspring of Abraham to all humanity. We claim his promises as ours and his commitments as ours in the drowning and rising of baptism. He shared and showed us what covenantal trust looked like, relying on God even through death. Through that kind of radical covenantal trust he showed us how to defeat fear and in baptism we insult the enemy and all his alleged powers. Covenant does not merely connect us to God. Covenant connects us to each other. Paul reminded the early church as well as the contemporary church that our true identity and purpose is to be together—living, loving, and laboring together—in our shared relationship with God. If we give ourselves over to those covenantal commitments and each other we will change. We will grow. We will become more like Jesus. In a society built upon hyper-individualized, consumer free-choice in which selfexpression is our dearest goal, the church may seem decidedly old fashioned sticking to these ancient promises and the permanent relationships that flow from them. But that is who we are and that is whose we are. We belong to a stubborn and loving God and each other and in that belonging we discover who we were meant to be.
Rev. Brian Maguire
WORSHIP AND MUSIC
Wednesday, October 19: The Work of Worship – Music Wednesday, October 26: The Work of Worship – Calendar
October 2 World Communion Sunday Rev. Brian Maguire will preach a sermon entitled “Do Not Be Ashamed,” based on 2 Timothy 1: 8-14.
Connections Class November 2, 6:30 – The Companionable Way: Path of Devotion in Conscious Love. Come and hear Lisa Hess share about her newest book and its invitation into sacred abundance in a polarized world. This book offers stories and reflections on how to love Jesus and live in faith with those of other traditions or none at all.
October 9 Rev. Denise Weaver will preach a sermon entitled, “The Path to Wellness”, based on Psalm 66:1-12 and Luke 17:11-19. October 16 Rev. Brian Maguire will preach a sermon entitled “Straining at the Oars,” based on Jeremiah 31: 27-34 and Luke 17: 5-10.
Sing the Spirit—Fairmont Presbyterian Church is excited to announce a new event this fall. Sing the Spirit will bring musicians from around the Miami Valley together to learn about the history and performance of spirituals. The workshop will begin on Saturday, October 8 and will be led by Dr. Uzee Brown from Morehouse College. The workshop will conclude with a concert on Sunday, October 9 at the church. The concert will include spirituals performed by the workshop attendees and our featured artists, Cameo Humes and Charles Wesley Evans. The concert will be free to the public and a good will offering will be collected. For more information about attending the workshop or concert, please contact the church office or Ashley Ross.
October 23 Rev. Brian Maguire will preach a sermon entitled “A Work in Progress,” based on Joel 2: 23-32 and Luke 18: 9-14. October 30 Heritage Sunday! (SINGLE SERVICE) Rev. Brian Maguire will preach a sermon entitled “Gaining Perspective,” based on Habakkuk 1: 1-4; 2: 1-4. Sunday, October 30 is Reformation Heritage Sunday! Join us for a single service on Sunday October 30 as we celebrate our heritage in the Scottish Reformation. The Presbyterian Church is the American offspring of the Church of Scotland. Come and join us as we share with our trans-Atlantic cousins in our shared liturgy, music, and prayers. We will be joined in worship by the St. Andrew’s Pipe and Drum Band! Join us after worship for a Scottish tea and celebration. Gentlemen, this is a perfect opportunity to wear your kilts!
Connections—Join us every Wednesday night at 6:30pm for Connections, a time to connect to God, our traditions, and each other. Adults and children begin the evening in prayer together in our chapel. Adults then engage in interactive, engaging and thought-provoking adult education led by Pastors Brian and Denise while our children share in faith formation, storytelling, and music education led by our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Rachel Boden. Nursery care is available for our youngest attendees. We conclude around 7:30pm each night. This class CHRISTIAN FORMATION will explore the foundations for our worship practices and the history and theology that shapes them. We will particularly consider why we do what we do at Fairmont as a Presbyterian congregation. Along the Children’s Ministry way we will explore scripture, baptism, communion, Happy October, church family! Thank you for all your church music, art, and architecture. help kicking off another school year. We can't wait for Wednesday, October 5: what's in store this year, starting with our 3rd annual The Work of Worship – Space Wednesday, October 12: The Work of Worship – Feast
Young Couples/Young Families
Trunk or Treat!
All Young Adults & Young Families are invited to an afternoon of pumpkin picking at Hidden Valley Fruit Farm at 5474 North State Route 48 in Lebanon (5 miles south of Centerville) on Sunday, October 15 at 3:30pm. Join in the fun of a hayride with a stop to pick your own pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, barnyard of animals, children’s bounce house and playground and peruse their country store. Let Pastor Denise know if you will attend.
Come join us for a fun, fall, family-friendly event!
Saturday, October 29, 2016 4:00pm-5:30pm Two ways to participate: Decorate your car and join us in the lower church parking lot! Park your decorated vehicle and pass out treats (candy or small toys) to all the trunk-ortreaters! Dress in costume if you wish (nothing too scary, please!) and plan to compete for best car decorations! ***If you plan on handing out treats, please park on the far side of the lower parking lot near the fence (where the basketball hoop is).
EVANGELISM PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE-TWO HELPFUL CLASSES Pathways to Wellness will host two October classes. The first class is Estate Planning on October 2 followed by Advanced Directives on October 16. Member Julie Cohen will lead both classes. The classes are open to adults of all ages to help you plan for the future. Both classes begin at 11:45 am (time to get coffee and a snack). We will provide water and some munchies since these are serious topics and that time of day we are all a bit hungry. Feel free to bring your own drink and munchies if you prefer. We will be in room 109. Materials will be provided.
AND/OR Bring your little ones in costume to participate in our costume contest and trick or treat from car to car in this safe spin on traditional Beggar’s Night! Event will be held in the lower church parking lot. Plenty of hot apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee, and goodies will be available for snacking! ***If you do not plan on handing out treats from your trunk, please park in the upper parking lot or on the side of the lower parking lot near the street (Foxridge Drive). Sign-ups for trunks with treats will begin the first Sunday of October in Fellowship Hall and on the bulletin board in the Sunday school hallway. Last year we had over 100 children from the community come to visit our church and trunk or treat with us, so we definitely need your help! Contact Rachel with any questions. See you there!
MISSION Third Sunday Mission – September 18 – Over 200 snack packs were prepared for Artemis Center for the women and children receiving counseling for domestic violence. We also included short notes of love, support, and encouragement.
The Men’s Group will meet at Bob Evans for Breakfast Kettering Supplies/Partners for a Healthy Youth – at 8:00am on Wednesday, October 19. This is a new mission project and Fairmont is getting in on the ground floor. Partners for a Healthy Youth PYC are a group of Fairmont High School students who want to make a difference in their community. They Fall Schedule for PYC want to supply non-food items to families in need. M.I.A (6th-8th grade) 4pm-6pm This will start small with ten families to be identified by 29:11 (9th-12th grade) 5pm-7pm guidance counselors at JFK Elementary school. Four PYC (6th-12th) 4pm-7pm times a year these families will receive a Sept. 18—PYC delivery of window cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, Sept. 25—PYC dish soap, disinfecting wipes, laundry detergent, Oct. 2—M.I.A./29:11 fabric softener, sponges/scrubbers, toilet paper, and Oct. 9—PYC (Pass out candy to the community) paper towels. Oct. 16—M.I.A./29:11 Fairmont will be the “Paper Products” church and we Oct. 23—PYC (Movie) will be collecting 12-packs of toilet paper and 6-packs Oct. 29—Trunk or Treat 4-5:30pm of paper towels September 25-October 16. There will Oct. 30—PYC (Corn Maze) Please stop by the bulletin board by Ashley's office to be a dolly set up in the Black and White Narthex for donations. On Sunday, October 9, Addie Weaver, Diread about how you can get involved with PYC! There are so many ways to connect with our students, rector of Youth Development and Sports for City of Kettering, will give a Minute for Mission for this all it takes is a willing heart. In the words of Pastor Kettering Supplies initiative. The special offering will Denise's sermon," we only have seeds." Come help help their new program get off to a good start. (This grow the seeds of our students at Fairmont!
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 (sanctuary) 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 11:45am Estate Planning (109, fh) 4:00pm PYC (109)
8:30am Preschool 12:00pm OA (133) 6:30pm WOF Coord. Team Meeting (UR) 7:00pm AA (012)
WOF Box Lunch 8:30am Casual Service (fh) 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:30am Traditional Service (sanctuary) 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 2:00pm Sing the Spirit Concert (sanctuary) 8:30am Casual Service (fh)
10:30am Library Story Hour (134) 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 1:30pm Library Story Hour (134) 5:30pm Women Writing (parlor) 6:30pm Scout Meeting (133) 7:00pm Evangelism (109) 7:00pm Personnel Team Meeting (UR) 7:00pm Worship Team (chapel) 7:00pm Mission Team Meeting (rc) 7:00pm Christian Formation (134) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr) 4
8:30am Presc 10:00am Libra Hour (134) 11:00am Libra (134) 6:30pm Conn 6:30pm Prais 7:30pm AA (0
8:30am Preschool 12:00pm OA (133) 7:00pm Dayton Opera (cr) 7:00pm AA (012) 7:00pm Circle 1 (chapel)
10:30am Library Story Hour (134) 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 1:30pm Library Story Hour (134) 5:30pm Women Writing (parlor) 7:00pm Building and Grounds (109) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr) 7:00pm Finance Team (rc) 7:30pm Board of Trustees
8:30am Presc 10:00am Libra Hour (134) 11:00am Libra (134) 5:30pm GIFT 6:30pm Prais 6:30pm Conn 7:30pm AA (0
8:30am Preschool 12:00pm Call Deadline 12:00pm OA (133) 7:00pm Dayton Opera (cr) 7:00pm AA (012)
11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr) 7:00pm Session (109)
8:00am Men's 8:30am Presc 10:00am Circ site) 10:00am Circ 1:00pm Circle 6:30pm Prais 6:30pm Conn 7:00pm Circle 7:30pm AA (0
8:30am Casual Service (fh) 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:30am Traditional Service (sanctuary) 11:30am Food and Fellowship Coffee Hour (fh) 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 2:00pm Scouts (109, 133) 4:00pm PYC (109
8:30am Preschool 12:00pm OA (133) 7:00pm AA (012)
11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr)
8:30am Presc 10:00am Call (133) 6:30pm Conn 6:30pm Prais 7:30pm AA (0
5th Sunday Offering Heritage Sunday 10:30am Single Service (sanctuary) 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 4:00pm PYC (109)
8:30am Preschool 12:00pm OA (133) 12:00pm Castle Lunch (off site) 7:00pm AA (012)
9:30am Third Sunday Mission Project 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:30am Traditional Service (sanctuary) 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 11:45am Advanced Directives/POA (109, fh) 4:00pm PYC (109)
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10:00am Library Story Hour (134) 11:00am Library Story Hour (134) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr) 7:00pm NA (012) 7:00pm La Leche Meeting (109)
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)
8:00am Singing the Spirit Workshop (cr, fh)
8:30am Preschool 10:30am Mom and Me (nursery) 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (133)
9:00am Rug Hooking Group (fh) 9:30am Circle 7 (off site) 10:00am Dayton Opera (cr) 3:30pm Young Couples/Young Families outing/Hidden Valley
7:00pm Choir Practice (cr) 7:00pm NA (012)
8:30am No 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 Private Event (fh) 10:00am Dayton Opera (cr)
1:00pm Rug Hooking Group (fh) 7:00pm NA (012) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr)
8:30am Preschool Party 10:30am Mom and Me (nursery) 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (133)
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House of Bread Volunteer Dates for 2016 – There is one more volunteer day this year. It is Saturday, November 5. There is a sign-up sheet on the Mission Team bulletin board in the Black and White Narthex. The volunteer day is 9:00am–2:00pm Saturday is great for those of you who work or are in school. It is always a wonderful day of service and fellowship.
Our Third Sunday Mission Project on October 16 will have us decorating labels and writing short notes to attach on all of our toilet paper and paper towels donations.
JFK Elementary School – This is another new mission project for us. We have collected school supplies in August and mittens for the Mitten Tree for years to donate to JFK and we will continue this. Our WOMEN OF FAIRMONT new plan includes donating $300 to the school to help pay the field trip fees for students whose families The Coordinating Team meeting will be Monday, cannot afford it. Often times, teachers pay out of their October 3, at 6:30pm in the Upper Room. own pockets. Circles will continue this year's study at their October On Thursday, November 3, the teachers have a very, meetings. Many groups made plans at the late very long day. They teach a normal school day and September Gathering after the Call deadline; then stay after school for evening parent conferences. information available at the time of printing is listed. The Mission Team will provide beverages, sandwiches, wraps, and cheese tray after school in Circle 1—Monday, October 10, 7pm, Parlor the Faculty Lounge to give the faculty and staff some Circle 2—Wednesday, October 19, 10am refreshments during their break between sessions. Circle 3/4—Wednesday, October 19, 10am Circle 5—Wednesday, October 19, 1pm, Parlor We will also purchase additional school supplies to be Circle 6—Wednesday, October 19, 7pm delivered in 2017. The consumable supplies get Circle 7—Saturday, October 15, 9:30 used quickly and are gone by January and need to be replenished.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 small application form will need to be filled out by volunteers. More information will be coming soon.
Antique, Art and Craft Fair
Themed Basket Donations—It’s time to start thinking about the annual Antique, Art and Craft Fair being held here at Fairmont on Saturday, November 19. You may recall last year we had many lovely baskets for raffle. This year we are asking members if they would like to donate items to create their very own theme basket. No worries, we will assemble the The school is inviting our members to some of their special programs: November 11, 1:15pm-2:20pm — items into a beautifully-displayed basket for you—all Veterans Day Program; December 5, 1:15pm-2:15pm you need to do is donate the items you wish. Your name will be noted on the basket description tag —Third Grade Holiday Party; and December 22, thusly—“Donated by the Doe Family” You may want 8:30am-9:30am —Holiday Sing. Specific times will to make an ‘Italian Pasta Dinner Basket’—you could be provided later. These activities will create a donate a box of pasta, a jar of sauce, a bottle of wine, wonderful bond with our members and the school perhaps a couple cute napkins or wine bottle opener, staff and students. With our new relationship in dipping herbs for bread and—Voila! You have a bassupport of J. F. Kennedy Elementary School, we are ket! OR, maybe you have tickets to a UD Flyers Basinvited to the following special events. Feel free to gather a couple friends and enjoy some time with our ketball Game—you could donate those, along with a gift certificate toward pizza at a local restaurant and— community's children. Voila! You have a basket! If you have ever attended Operation Christmas Child – Since 1993, Operation other fundraisers, no doubt you’ve seen family-basket Christmas Child shoeboxes have delighted children donations—these are what we are looking for. and opened doors for the Gospel in impoverished Guidelines: *Please try to keep the basket monetary locations around the world. After receiving their value between $25 - $55. *Please do not donate any Christmas shoebox filled with small gifts, children are used items, even gently-used ones, to the basket invited to learn more about Jesus through a raffle (Vintage items can be donated to the Vintage discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. Look for Mart—see Carolyn Wimer or Callie Johnson). Be bulletin inserts and also a display in Fellowship Hall creative! Theme Suggestions: Gardening Lover, on October 23, 30, and November 6 on “How to Pack Sports, Children’s basket, Infant/Toddler items, Movie Your Shoebox.” Wrapped shoe boxes will need to be Night, Car Lover (auto detail/oil changes), Date Night
(restaurant gift certificates/coupons), Housewarming/ First Apartment, New Mom Basket—you get the idea! Deadline for donations is Sunday, November 6. When you are ready to drop your items, please contact Melissa Hohler. Auction Donations—It’s time to start thinking about the annual Antique, Art and Craft Fair here at Fairmont. Something new this year is to have 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 are looking to Fairmont members for their help in securing choice, premium items for the auction. Maybe you have a very nice personal item, such as box seats to a Bengal’s game OR perhaps you know the owner of a very fine gourmet restaurant who would be willing to donate dinner for two OR…..If you have or know of something that may be a great auction item candidate please contact Melissa Hohler. Deadline for donating these items is Sunday, November 6. Is it "Antique, Art and Craft Fair", or "Art, Craft and Antique Show"? That depends on what you are looking for November 19th! We have it all with opportunities to sell your craft or antiques, shop, or volunteer. All proceeds again go to help us feed the hungry in the community. Returning to the show will be the Bake Sale, great vendors (you can still grab a booth of your own), outstanding food, raffle, and the fun Vintage room. We are still taking vintage donations. New this year will be the sale of a large Doll House and our very own Antique Roadshow with Antique Appraisals done by Park Avenue Antiques! So when cleaning out your basement, you can either donate those vintage items to our Vintage Sale or bring them for a professional appraisal (one for $6 or two for $10). Watch for volunteer sign-ups for this event. If you can't help out, we are always accepting monetary donations to help pay for advertising. Special Tax Deduction for IRA owners age 70½ and older. If you currently have an IRA account and you are 70½ years old or older, you are required to withdraw a minimum distribution from your IRA account(s) every year. In December 2015 the IRS permanently passed legislation to approve the payment of IRA funds directly to a qualified charitable organization (like Fairmont) WITHOUT taxation to the IRA owner. This can be a huge tax benefit for those taxpayers that struggle to itemize their deductions each year, and remains beneficial to those taxpayers that can itemize their deduction. To take advantage of this tax savings, you need to contact your IRA custodian and request your required distribution amount, or any other amount up to $100,000 be sent not to you, but directly from your IRA account to Fairmont Church or your preferred charity. We strongly suggest that you request a copy of this transaction or some type of receipt from the IRA 7 custodian.
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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