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MARCH 2013

Volume 68, Issue 2



Dear Members and Friends of Fairmont:

To those of you who have not seen the announcement in several recent Sunday bulletins, I am delighted to report that the interim Transition Team has been formed. The Team comprises Jeff Adam, Carol Bussey, Dave Diller, Mel Hohler, and Gary Yagley, all of whom graciously responded to the Session’s call to serve in this important way. The Team has begun the initial phase of its work. We shall be meeting regularly through the coming weeks and months, to design and implement a Rev. David Hoffelt congregation-wide self study, with goals of reviewing Fairmont’s history; Interim Pastor assessing the church’s current life; and envisioning what you, as the family of God in this place, believe God is calling you to be and become. The Team will aim to engage as many members of Fairmont as possible in this process, as the results of the self study will be a significant resource for the search committee who will seek your next pastor. That Pulpit Nominating Committee will be elected following the conclusion of the self study, later on in this calendar year. Please keep the Transition Team and their work in your prayers! We are now well into the season of Lent. Both the weekly Men’s Breakfast (Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall) and the various Lenten book studies (The Law of Happiness by Henry Cloud) are under way. It is not too late to join in one of the study groups, and you can secure a copy of the book in the church office. Likewise, the men of Fairmont extend a warm invitation to the breakfasts, with their series of programs on various observances of Lent. Some of you know my appreciation of the poetry of George Herbert (1593-1633). I share with you two stanzas of his much longer poem “Lent.”

It’s true, we cannot reach Christ’s forti’th day; Yet to go part of that religious way, Is better than to rest: We cannot reach our Saviour’s purity; Yet we are bid, Be holy ev’n as he. In both let’s do our best.

Yet Lord instruct us to improve our fast By starving sin and taking such repast As may our faults control: That ev’ry man may revel at his door, Not in his parlour; banqueting the poor, And among those his soul.

We look forward to the special worship opportunities of Palm Sunday (March 24), Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Day (March 31). Those services are summarized on the following page, and I commend them to you. For us Christians, these next weeks are the most meaningful and defining season of the whole year. Let’s use them well, as we prepare to celebrate the Lord’s festival of resurrection. Faithfully yours,

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

Christ, being raised from the dead, dies no more; death has no more dominion over him. For the death that he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life that he lives, he lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:9-11

March 3: Service of Holy Communion & Congregational Meeting Third Sunday of Lent COMBINED SERVICE at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Scripture readings will be Isaiah 55:1-13 and Acts 9:32-43. Rev. David Hoffelt will preach on “Never Give Up.” Chancel Choir anthem: “Behold the Lamb.”

Following the service, the Women of Fairmont will host a Chili Cook-off in the Fellowship Hall and the Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held.

March 10: The Fourth Sunday of Lent Scripture readings will be Isaiah 43:1-7 and John 11:17-44. Rev. David Hoffelt will preach on “When Your Heart Is Breaking.” Chancel Choir anthem: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.” March 17: The Fifth Sunday of Lent Denise Weaver will be preaching, “Make a Way, God, Make a Way,” based on Isaiah 43:16-21. Chancel Choir anthem: “Create in Me a Clean Heart.” ** HOLY WEEK & EASTER DAY ** March 24: Palm Sunday Scripture readings will be Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 and Luke 19:28-44. Rev. David Hoffelt will preach on “Double-Crossed.” Chancel Choir anthem: “Christ’s Entry.” March 28: Maundy Thursday 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall Maundy Thursday worship will begin with a simple supper served in the Fellowship Hall followed by worship as we remain seated around tables. We will remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples as we partake of communion. Rev. Denise Weaver will be preaching. March 29: Good Friday - Tenebrae Service 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary The Passion account of John 18 and 19 will be read, with the extinguishing of lights. Chancel Choir anthem: “Ah, Holy Jesus.”

March 31: Easter Day The Day of Resurrection Services at 8:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall and 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary Scripture readings will be Isaiah 25:1-9, I Corinthians 15:19-26, 51-58 and John 20:1-18. Rev. David Hoffelt will preach on “What You Make of It.” Chancel Choir anthem: “Resurrection Victory.”

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Session Highlights

The Session was pleased to learn that the Discernment (Transition) Team has been chosen. Jeff Adam, Carol Bussey, David Diller, Mel Hohler, and Gary Yeagly have agreed to be members. They will meet weekly. [For more information about this team, please read Rev. Hoffelt’s letter on the front page of this Call.] The budget for 2013 was approved.

~ Jean Webster Clerk of Session

Building & Grounds Committee Piping Project Update The bid for this major HVAC project has been approved by the Trustees, and the Session at recent meetings of each group. We are entering into contract with Starco Mechanical Contractors this coming week. There is a pre-construction meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 26, and at that time we should get a schedule for this project. It is Starco’s goal to start in April and complete it in October.

B u d g e t & S t e wa r d s h i p

I will do my best to inform everyone of our progress during the next six months. Since this is a large dollar project for Fairmont, we are still asking for your support and patience during construction.

2012 & 2013 Charitable IRA Rollovers

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or anyone on the construction committee. ~ Paul Fiden Chairman, Building & Grounds Committee

President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act January 2, 2013, which permits direct charitable IRA rollovers for 2012 and 2013 of up to $100,000 to qualified charities such as a church. The act was retroactive to January 1, 2012, and extends the provisions of the law to December 31, 2013 for those 70 ½ or older. Such contributions are exempted from Federal income taxes but should be paid directly to the charity from the IRA by your financial institution or brokerage. Please direct any questions to Becky Hegwood, Church Financial Bookeeper (299-3539), or Dick Ludwig, Budget & Stewardship Team. ~ Your Stewardship Team

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

HELP. THANKS. WOW. “There’s something to be said about keeping prayer simple,” author Anne Lamott discusses these three essential prayers in her new book. Help, Thanks, Wow is available now in the Fairmont Library. Other new books are listed here. Visit soon – you’ll find lots of books, magazines, movies, and games to cozy up with this winter.

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• Choosing Gratitude: Learning to Love the Life

You Have by James A. Autry • Small Things With Great Love: Adventures in •

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loving your neighbor by Margot Starbuck Understanding World Christianity: The vision and work of Andrew F. Falls by William Burrows Parallel Lives of Jesus: A guide to the four gospels by Edward Adams Always Being Reformed: Faith for a fragmented world edited by Shirley Guthrie Jr. What Does the Lord Require? Doing justice, loving kindness, walking humbly by James C. Howel The Gospel of John, photographed by David Kevin Weaver College Adventure Handbook: Ultimate guide for surviving college, building a strong faith and getting a hot date by Rob Stennett The New American Bible in 66 audio CDs (Sign out just a few if you’d like!)

• NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS • At Your Baptism by Carrie Steenwyk • A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (Caldecott

others on various outreach activities on Saturday. We had a meal and fellowship Saturday night. We left after breakfast on Sunday. The trip was so satisfying that we plan to repeat the experience this year. Dave Diller, who will head the effort again, has reserved Nov 8-10 for Fairmont to return to Good Works. Put it on your calendars now!

Peacekeeping The committee is contributing some money to support a peacekeeping trip to Ireland by Marvella Lambright of College Hill Presbyterian Church. Look forward to a visit by Marvella to our church sometime in the future. 5th Sunday Mission Offering Because our first 5th Sunday falls on Easter (how often does that happen?!), we will not be taking a special offering. Instead, we urge you all to bring a food item to donate to the Food Pantry.

Award for illustration) • Grandpa Green by Lane Smith (A Caldecott

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Honor book, which “explores aging, memory, and the bonds of family love) These Hands by Margaret Mason (a story of overcoming racial discrimination) The Christmas Tugboat by George Matteson The Birds of Bethlehem by Tomie dePaola Little Treasures: Endearments from around the world by Jacqueline Ogburn (from America: “honey, pumpkin, sunshine, baby-cakes,” from Hindi-speaking families: “my ruby, my princess, my sweet little moon,” from Russianspeaking families: “precious, golden one, dumpling”).

Fa i r m o n t M i s s i o n s Return to Good Works! Last year several of us had an enjoyable and meaningful time spending a weekend on a mission trip to the Good Works ministry near Athens, Ohio. We arrived Friday night and participated in a community dinner. We joined staff members and

“Go Green for the Mission Team” Recycling of aluminum cans continues at Fairmont. Place clean, dry cans in the Go Green canisters located at the double door entrance. Proceeds from the cans support the Honduras Education fund providing books and school uniforms to students in need.

C h r i s t i a n Fo r m a t i o n Te a m Easter Egg Hunt—March 16th at Fairmont! Beginning at 9:30, there will be three age groups including babies/toddles, preschool and elementary children. Immediately after the egg hunt a puppet show will be held in Fellowship Hall followed by cookies and juice. All children, grandchildren and friends are invited. Bring a basket for all your goodies. For more information, contact Carol Bussey.

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Sunday Schedule for Children 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)

PYC CORNER In February, the “29:11” high school group participated in a 30-hour fast. They made lunch for a local fire house and spent time together. They broke their fast with a global potluck on Sunday after worship. Many thanks to everyone who brought a dish to share! In March, confirmation will begin. Please be praying for our students as they start to dive deeper into their faith.

PYC Fundraiser - St. Paddy’s Day Luncheon Sunday, March 17 The youth will be having a lunch fundraiser March 17 to raise money for their trips this summer. Come enjoy a St. Patrick's Day feast!!!

If you will be bringing chili, please let us know so that we can plan well. Call the church office, 299-3539, or Karan Bowden.

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 March. Circle 1 – March 11, 7 p.m. in the Church Parlor Hostesses: Sally Athmer and Helen Kanis Circle 2 – March 20, 9:30 a.m. Hostess: Marilyn Edwards

Circles 3 & 4 – March 20, 9:30 a.m. Hostess: Joan Thompson

Circle 5 - March 20, 1 p.m. in the Church Parlor Circle 6 – March 20, 7 p.m. in the Church Parlor Hostess: Jackie Vickroy Circle 7 – March 16, 9:30 a.m. Hostess: Marian Owens

Wo m e n o f Fa i r m o n t N e w s Chili Cook-Off Sunday, March 3 Warm (or hot and spicy!) chili tastes great on a cold winter Sunday! The Women of Fairmont will host a Chili Cook-Off Sunday, March 3. On that day, we will have a single service at 10:00 a.m., followed by the Chili Cook-Off, and the Annual Congregational Meeting.

The next WOF Coordinating Team meeting is Monday, March 4, at 6:15 p.m. in the Upper Room

Cook your favorite chili recipe to share! Circles will provide salads and desserts. Be sure to join us – chili cooks may walk away with a winning gift certificate! 5 PDF created with pdfFactory trial version

SAVE THE DATE! Plans are being made for a Spring Gathering on May 11.

Wo r s h i p Te a m

Upcoming Events

Visual Arts Team Update

Generations In Fellowship Together (GIFT) Feb. 13, 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Members who wish to have flower arrangements for special occasions in the church can now do so. This year we are also adding new Christmas candles and holders for the window ledges in the sanctuary. If you have any questions related to added aesthetics in the church, you may call Joan Thompson.

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 1012 people. For more information, you may contact Julie Boden.

Expressions of Gratitude Maundy Thursday Simple Supper March 28, 6 p.m. We would like to thank the ministers for their phone calls, and David for his many visits to the hospital. We would like also to thank the congregation for their cards and prayers. Because of all your efforts, Dick has made a fine recovery. ~ Jean and Dick Sherwood

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

Address, Phone & E-mail Changes:

Maundy Thursday worship will begin with a “Simple Supper” served in the Fellowship Hall followed by worship as we remain seated around tables. Fairmont Men’s Lenten Series The Men’s Lenten Series continues to meet Wednesday mornings at 8:00 a.m.. We started the series, “How Lent is Observed in Various Denominations,” with an informative session by Rev. Denise Weaver on the history of Lent and how the Presbyterian Faith observes various traditions. Rev. David Hoffelt and Professor Larry Welborn will lead the final two sessions. Representatives of the Catholic and Lutheran Faiths and the Military will present some of the ways they observe Lent in the coming weeks. All the men of the church are invited and are encouraged to bring their friends.

BURNETT, Richard All the men of Fairmont and their guests are cordially invited to attend. Breakfast and Christian fellowship will continue to be a vital part of each program. Reservations will be taken by signing the attendance pads or calling the church office.

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Wine & Cheese Party at A Taste of Wine Friday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.

~ Romans 6:4 HE A VE N LY F A THE R , F O R THE SE I PR A Y ‌ .

A wine and cheese party will be held Friday, April 26, 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. Watch for more details for this very popular event. You may contact Cindy & Dave Youngerman, if you have any questions. Cheers!

Daylight Savings begins Sunday, March 10! Set your clocks AHEAD one hour!

MEMORY VERSE for the month: We are therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

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Fairmont Call

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Fairmont Presbyterian Church 3705 Far Hills Avenue Dayton, OH 45429-2599 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED

Interim Pastor: David Hoffelt Associate Pastor: Denise Weaver Youth Ministry Coordinator: Ashley Ross 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: Facebook: Fairmont Presbyterian Church - Kettering,

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

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**DEADLINE FOR THE NEXT CALL** Deadline for the next issue of the CALL will be Monday, March 18. 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.

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