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Volume 67, Issue 9

Dear Members and Friends of Fairmont:



My initial weeks with you have seemed to pass quickly. I have been received so graciously, and I am deeply grateful to so many of you in the congregation for the warmth of your welcome. It has been a privilege for me to begin to join in the important work of several of your leadership teams, as well as the October meetings of the Session and Board of Trustees. As I move further though the necessary “learning curve,” I’ll hope to be a faithful and productive staff resource to your officers.

Rev. David Hoffelt Interim Pastor

Bob Wade’s “farewell letter” in last month’s Call included his assurance that “the entire Fairmont staff works well together, is competent in their areas of expertise, and they are more than willing to serve.” Of course he wouldn’t have said it, if it weren’t true. I learned very quickly how true it is. Your staff members are a wonderful, dedicated team; and it is a joy for me to be a part of such a staff for this interim period. Speaking of interim time, I’ll be engaging in five days of intensive interim pastor training at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, from November 12 - 16. I have high expectations for that week. With the call to Fairmont now being my third interim pastorate, it will be good to find out what theoretical and practical insights the experts have to share.

This issue of The Call will follow the recent stewardship letter and pledge card that most of you will have received. Those of you who have attended worship on the Sundays of October are aware of my concern for the finances of this great church. I think we all share this concern. The fellowship, mission, interpersonal care, and shared vision of Fairmont deserve our prayerful and joyful financial support. And God deserves for Fairmont to be the most effective Christian community that we can humanly be. So I urge your earnest consideration and cheerful participation. If we have not yet met, please know that I will look forward to our doing so. And know that I am thankful for the opportunity to be here in the Fairmont community, as we all serve our Lord Jesus Christ together. Blessings,

3705 Far Hills Avenue • Dayton, OH 45429-2599 “Where FAITH Takes Flight!”

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Worship and Music at Fair mont

╬ ╬ ╬ Worship is the center of the church’s life and our highest calling as God’s people. Each Sunday morning we gather for praise, prayer, fellowship, and renewal in God’s Word. Fairmont’s two styles of worship offer an alternative every week, but both have the same purpose – to glorify God, celebrate the Good News, and seek the Lord’s guidance.

8:30 Casual Worship Music led by Fairmont's Praise Band

10:30 Traditional Worship Music led by Fairmont's Chancel Choir Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells. Psalm 26:8 I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1 Each Sunday in November has a special designation and distinctive opportunities. Worship plans are as follows: November 4: All Saints’ Sunday Service of Holy Communion with Commemoration of the Faithful Departed Rev. David Hoffelt will preach from Psalm 24 and Revelation 21:1-6a for his sermon “A Fresh Grip on Life.”. At 10:30 the choir will offer the anthem “Remember.” November 11: Consecration Sunday Rev. David Hoffelt will preach from Galatians 6:2-10 and Mark 12:38-44 for his sermon, “Attitude Makes the Difference.” Pledges for 2013 will be dedicated. At 10:30 the choir will offer the anthem “I Will Awake the Dawn with Praise,” and Veteran’s Day will be marked with the singing of the Navy Hymn. November 18: Thanksgiving Sunday Rev. Denise Weaver will preach the worship theme, “Giving Back to God” and at 10:30 the choir will present the anthem “A Hymn of Thanksgiving.” Along with giving thanks through prayer and

song, you are asked to bring an item symbolic of your thankfulness to put on a table in the front of the sanctuary during worship. These items will become our “thank offering” to God. For example, you may want to bring a picture of your family, a loved one or a special event in your life. You may bring an item that symbolizes a time when God and/or the church drew especially near to you. Think about what you specifically want to thank God for and bring an item that reminds you of that. The item need only make sense to you. The items can be reclaimed immediately following worship. November 25: The Festival of Christ the King Rev. David Hoffelt will preach from Genesis 1:26-2:3 and from Colossians 1:11-20 for his sermon, “Life on Another Planet”. At 10:30 the choir will sing “You Alone Are God.” Christ the King Sunday has the sound and feel of an ancient festival, but it is less than 100 years old. It was established in Europe in 1925, while the continent was still recovering from the World War and economic uncertainty was becoming global. During this turbulent time, both Protestant and Catholic church leaders voiced concern over people “bending the knee” to political parties and figures who promised to rescue them; often a temptation in times of trouble. At the same time, religion was increasingly pressured to stay in the private sphere by the forces that were seeking social power and control. So an annual day was established in order to lift up the “Kingship of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” It proclaims that no earthly ruler is lord, and that Jesus is King not only of our private lives and personal salvation, but also of all time and space. Choir Practice—Rehearsals for the Cantata will begin next Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. Everyone is invited to attend. The Cantata is scheduled for December 16th. For more information, contact Hank Dahlman.

Session Highlights There were no session notes to report from the October meeting. ~ Jean Webster Clerk of Session

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B u d g e t & S t e wa r d s h i p Enjoy the Convenience of Online Giving Please consider Online Giving as a way to automate your regular weekly or monthly offering. Online Giving offers convenience for individuals and provides much-needed donation consistency for the church. Online Giving appeals to many church members – from longtime worshippers who will appreciate an alternative to frequent check writing to younger members and others who prefer to pay or donate by electronic means whenever possible. There are two types: •

Direct Debit Giving is used to automatically transfer funds from your checking or savings account to the church bank account. This is the cheapest method for the church since there are no credit card fees involved.

Get Prepared for the Next Chapter in the History of Fairmont Presbyterian Church As the Finance and Stewardship Team, with the support of Session, works to set the 2013 Budget, each of us must prayerfully consider what we can do to make it a strong package. Many wonderful programs are supported which help define Fairmont as the caring and loving church it is. As you consider your pledge for the coming year, think of where you fit in Fairmont’s vibrant life and how you would like to see it continue to grow. CONSECRATION SUNDAY IS NOVEMBER 11! You should have already received our stewardship letter. It included a pledge card. Use this to help prepare your commitment to the next chapter in Fairmont’s history. There are many programs that represent many people, but we are all of one spirit - to see God’s work done through Fairmont. ~ Your Stewardship Team

Credit/Debit Card Giving lets you make offerings automatically on a pre-determined schedule using a credit or debit card. Today, many families use debit cards as a convenient alternative to checks or use credit cards in a responsible manner to mange a range of obligation.

You access Online Giving by going to the church website and selecting the Online Giving link on the right side of the screen under QUICK LINKS. You can make one-time donations or set up a schedule of automatic donations. You can set up a password-protected profile so that you can log in at any time to make donations, change a recurring donation plan, or view your person giving history. As you contemplate future contributions, please consider Online Giving.


E va n g e l i s m & M e m b e r C a r e Te a m

Turning Pages... Have you visited our church library lately? We have wonderful resources for Bible study, personal growth, and spiritual growth. We have books and games, and we subscribe to several magazines, including The Christian Century and Presbyterian Outlook. These items are just a few examples of what’s available: • The History of the Church in Art • Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, by Kathleen Norris • Ten Amazing People and How They Changed the World, by Maura Shaw (for young adults) • Light, retold by Sarah Waldman (for children) • Noah’s Rainbow Race game • Apples to Apples Bible Edition (find out how much you know!)

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To check out a book, game, or DVD, just sign the card that you'll find in the back, and leave it in the wood box on the desk. Return items within three weeks. Magazines can be borrowed without signing out - just remember to return so that others can enjoy them. Let me know if there is a book or resource that you think we should have on the shelf! Next Sunday, stop by the Fairmont library and go home with something challenging, fun, relaxing, or inspirational!

Church Publicity….Getting the Word Out We want everyone to know what Fairmont has to offer! Our electronic sign enables us to “advertise” daily to the thousands of people passing by our building; both our website and our Facebook page also enable us to spread the word about events. As a member at large of the Evangelism and Member Care team, I handle print publicity for the church. The budget allows for print advertising in the local papers for our Easter Services, Advent, and Christmas services, as well as special events throughout the year. I submit lots of other information also, and if the stars align just right, much of it gets published. (Recently the Dayton Daily News interviewed Bob about his retirement, and the story was published in the Thursday Neighbors section.) The upcoming Antique, Fine Arts, and Crafts Festival, and the Alternative Gift Market will be included in the DDN annual bazaar list, and the Dayton City Paper. Let me know if your team or group needs to get the word out about an event!

with booths. However, shoppers may support any of the 30 causes. Catalogs and shopping lists will be available at the market and we plan on being able to accept credit card purchases on November 17th only. There will be (3) mini-market dates after both church services to accommodate shoppers unable to attend the market. The minimarkets will be on Sunday, November 18th and 25th, and December 2nd. You’re all welcome and invited to come. For more information, please check the website for our Dayton area affiliates. We hope to see you there. ~ Your Mission Team

Jeremiah’s Letter It's that time of year for us to be thinking about adopting our families for Christmas from Jeremiah's Letter. The Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 25, we will be putting up Christmas trees on the stage in Fellowship Hall. There will be one tree per family and the trees will have gift tags on them for items that the family has requested. We will be supporting eight (8) families and our Fairmont Pre-School. Please consider taking a tag and bringing back a wrapped present to Fellowship Hall by December 15. Your presents and a Christmas meal and groceries will be delivered to the families in time for the Holidays. Thank you for your support of this worthwhile mission project. Questions? Contact Dave Youngerman.

Thanks, Sally Athmer

Fa i r m o n t M i s s i o n s

C h r i s t i a n Fo r m a t i o n Te a m

Alternative Gift Market is Coming November 17th

Fall Sunday Schedule for Children

Fairmont will be participating with Alternative Gifts International (AGI) once again by holding a marketplace at our church this year. The event will be held in the Chapel from 9-4pm on Saturday, November 17, 2012. The format will be similar to what we have done in the past-only smaller. We plan to represent just a handful of the 30 projects found in this year’s catalog

9:30 – 10:00

Children’s Choir with Peggy Van Deursen, Room 127 (in the Sunday School Wing)


Multi-Age Class with Carol Bussey, Room 134 (across from Children’s Choir)

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What You Can Do to Nurture Your Child’s Religious Education? To a large extend, your child’s formal religious education depends on you, the parent(s) and what you do at home. Your child(ren) spends more time under your influence than the hourly Sunday morning session at church. The parent(s) are the foremost teachers and example in nurturing the faith of their children. Within the home, the child receives the foundations for the life of faith: a sense of trust, freedom and joy. Don’t worry that you must teach your children Christian doctrine that was forgotten in the eighth grade. Share with your child and consider faith in two ways: • A loving, lifelong personal relationship with God and Jesus • The meaning of the Christian message: the gospels, social justice teachings etc. The first aspect of faith leads to the second: love which one person has for another cause that person to wish to know more. This is most clearly nourished at home, beginning in early childhood. The way a parent touches a child, speaks to a child, holds, baths and diapers a child conveys the tender concern of God for this child. While it may not always be apparent, your child is modeling your attitudes, behaviors and beliefs. If you treasure your relationship with Christ, pray and follow the gospel, you are communicating the most powerful message. We at Fairmont are here to support you and the family to know and feel the love of God. We look forward to seeing you at our Sunday morning sessions for infants to 5th grade. We have options of times: 9:30 choir; 10:00 multi age class; Classes after Children’s talk at 10:30 worship.

Fairmont Young (and Young at Heart) Adults Group To encourage fellowship for our young adults (ages 18 to 35) or those who behave like they are young adults (age 36 to infinity), Fairmont has a new group that has been meeting monthly. The varied activities have included a Chinese carry-in luncheon, an elegant homecooked dinner where we were able to get acquainted with Rev. David, and a trip to Tom's Corn Maze. In honor of professional bowler, Katherine Cox, our next adventure will be November 17 to discover our bowling skills!

Details for our exploits can always be found on our Facebook page: fairmontyoungadults. Please note that EVERYONE is invited to all our activities. This is a great opportunity to invite people who might be fresh out of college or new to the area who are looking for a totally fun and cool social group with a spiritual core.

PYC CORNER PYC Sponsors a child from Compassion named Dativa, who is 10 years old and lives in Rwanda. In her last letter she wrote the following, (which was translated into English): “Dativa is greeting you in the name of Jesus Christ. Dativa is well fine together with her family. She always prays for you. She is in choir. Dativa is now in primary two and she is performing well. Dativa was very happy to receive a letter from you. She realized that you are a good sponsor! They read the Bible and they had a happy Christmas and happy New Year. Dativa likes the yellow color.” She also wrote: “Dativa would like to be a teacher of language. She likes to eat rice and Irish potatoes. She would like to have your photo and would like to know about your studies. May God help you in all your studies and pass well. May our heavenly God bless you abundantly.”

Open Mic Night with Spaghetti Dinner The youth will be hosting a spaghetti dinner Sunday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. The youth will be providing entertainment. We will be taking up a donation to help play for the upcoming trip to Windy Gap for the high schoolers this December. Please RSVP to Ashley Ross.

Inter-generational Trip The youth will be going on an inter-generational trip to Athens, Ohio, November 9-11. Please pray for our safe travel and the work we will be doing.

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Wo m e n o f Fa i r m o n t N e w s Fine Art, Antiques, & Crafts Show To Benefit the Hungry in Our Area Saturday, Nov. 17 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fairmont Presbyterian Church During the Fine Art ,Craft and Antique Show we will be running a silent auction. If you have an item that you have made and you would like to donate for this event, please bring that item to the church office during the week of the show. Several vendors have also offered to donate something for this event with all proceeds going to feed the hungry in our area. Please let us know if you are available to help set-up on Thursday or Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. or tear down at 4:00 pm Saturday afternoon. For more information , please contact Carolyn Wimer or Ann Diller.

Make Your Dollars Count! Plan ahead, and make your shopping dollars work for Women of Fairmont! Community Days at ElderBeerman are Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10. Buy a coupon booklet in the Fellowship Hall after church for just $5, or ask a Circle member for a booklet. The $5 goes straight to Women of Fairmont mission work. The booklet includes a coupon worth $10 off an item that costs $10 or more, plus a savings pass for 20% (30% on Saturday before 10 a.m.) and many more individual coupons.

A Busy November and December! Women of Fairmont members are reminded that we will sell breakfast and lunch items at the Antique, Fine Arts, and Craft Festival November 17. We will also have a booth at the Alternative Gift Market the same day. Let your Circle leader know how you can help! Also, planning is underway for the Cookie Walk, and your leader needs to know whether you will bake, help set up, or help clean up. Many hands make quick work. Help continue a Fairmont tradition and make sure there are plenty of cookies this year!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS CIRCLE MEETINGS – Women of Fairmont circles provide friendship, caring and sharing as well as Bible Study and Mission projects. All Fairmont women are encouraged to attend a circle meeting and find out what you are missing! All Circles will meet in October.


Circle 1 – Nov. 12 7 p.m. in the Church Parlor Hostesses: Chris Harper & Kathy Shafer

Wi t h i n t h e Fe l l o w s h i p

Circle 2 – Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m. Hostess: Anne Johnson,

Circles 3 & 4 – Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m. Hostess: Mary Davis

Address, Phone & E-mail Changes: BUDGEN, Howard and Sarah

Circle 5 - Nov. 14, 1 p.m. in the Church Parlor Circle 6 – No meeting in November

LUTHER, Sallie

Circle 7 – Nov. 10, at 9:30 a.m. Hostess: Barb Shinn

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MATZKO, David M.

WATKINS, Daryl Jr. and Helen


Chairman and CEO of the Air Force Museum Foundation. Dick Hook, former chef in the Marines, will again oversee the preparation of the meal. All Fairmont Veterans that have served in the military are cordially invited to attend. There will be a sign up for reservations in the Sunday bulletin, in the church office, or by calling the office to make your reservation.

Kate Lowry and Jason Barnett were married October 13 with Rev. Denise Weaver officiating. Jennifer Dick and Terry Wakefield were married October 20 with Rev. Denise Weaver officiating.

Upcoming Events

Fairmont Men’s Group Breakfast The Fairmont Men's group will meet at the Bob Evans restaurant, 7115 Far Hills Avenue, (just south of Southminster Presbyterian Church) on Wednesday, November 21, at 8:00 a.m. All the men of the church and their guests are invited. Sign "breakfast" on the attendance pads, or call the church office by Tuesday noon, November 20.

Wine & Cheese Party at A Taste of Wine November 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Generations In Fellowship Together (GIFT) November 14, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall GIFT is a monthly potluck where members of all ages gather together to share a meal and our joys and concerns with each other. This fellowship event is held the second Wednesday of every month and offers a great opportunity to get to know other members of the congregation who we may not have met before. Please bring a dish to share that will serve between 10-12 people. For more information, you may contact Julie Boden.

Veterans’ Day Dinner Fairmont will host a Veteran's Recognition Dinner for all Fairmont Veterans on Monday, Nov. 12, 6:00 p.m., at Fairmont Presbyterian Church. For our Recognition dinner this year, we have a distinguished guest who will be our speaker, General Dick Reynolds, USAF (Ret). His topic will be about the National Museum of the USAF. General Reynolds was the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Airlift and Trainers at the Pentagon, commanded the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, commanded the Aeronautical Systems Center and was the Vice Commander of the Air Force Material Command at Wright Paterson Air Force Base. He currently serves as

The two wine & cheese parties that were held last year were very successful. Over 40 adults attended each party, and everyone had a lot of fun. There will be another adult wine and cheese party Friday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m. Please join us at A Taste of Wine, 90 South Main St., in downtown Miamisburg. Your cost for the evening will depend on the wine you select, the number of wines you try, and the food you order. This will be the perfect way to sit and relax, to talk to your friends, to make new friends, and to try different wines. Every adult is invited. We will have a sign-up table in Fellowship Hall on November 4, 11, 18, and 25. Please contact Cindy & Dave Youngerman.

MEMORY VERSE for the month: Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

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~ Psalm 95:2

Fairmont Call

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Interim Pastor: David Hoffelt Associate Pastor: Denise Weaver Youth Ministry Coordinator: Ashley Ross Children’s Ministry Coordinator: Brenda Bene Director of Chancel Choir: Hank Dahlman Praise & Worship Leader: Jerry Mahn Bookkeeper: Becky Hegwood Receptionist/Bulletin: Donna Schoonmaker Information Specialist: Bill Miller, III Preschool Director: Coleen Petrello Organist: Judy Bede Custodian: Glenn Stevens Church Office: (937) 299-3539 Fax: (937) 299-5974 E-mail: Website:

In This Issue: 1 Message from Rev. Hoffelt 2 Worship & Music at Fairmont 2 Session Highlights 3 Budget & Stewardship 3 Evangelism & Member Care Team 4 Fairmont Missions 5 Christian Formation Team 5 PYC Corner 6 Women of Fairmont 6 Within the Fellowship 7 Upcoming Events 7 Memory Verse of the Month

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DEADLINE FOR THE NEXT CALL Submission deadline for the CALL is typically the 3rd Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. You may submit articles either by placing them in the CALL mailbox (located in the coat room next to the church office), sending them to the office, or e-mailing them to the editor, Karen Eizenga. ***************

November 2012 December 2012/January 2013 Call deadline: Friday, November 16

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Fairmont Presbyterian Church's monthly newsletter.

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