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Fall Kick-Off Issue Volume 68, Issue 6



Dear Members and Friends of Fairmont: With this issue of The Call we are anticipating Kick-Off Sunday, sometimes known as Rally Day, on September 8. Church School classes will resume, teachers will be recognized and commissioned, and the Chancel Choir will return to the 10:30 service. I hope that you will be able to attend worship on this festive day, as we begin a new program year in the life of Fairmont Church. Once again I want to thank everyone who participated in the transition Rev. David Hoffelt discussions during May and June. The document that those meetings Interim Pastor produced was well received by members of the presbytery’s Committee on Ministry and our executive presbyter Dennis Piermont. By the time you read this, the transition team will have met with Dennis and a member of the Committee, and will have begun work on what should be the final step leading to your election of a Pastor Nominating Committee. That final step will be a much shorter statement than the transition report distributed to you at the end of June, but it will be drawn largely from the report. Its purpose will be to guide the Pastor Nominating Committee as they prepare their Mission Information Form describing Fairmont, which will be posted online through our national vocational offices in Louisville. The PNC’s MIF (don’t you love acronyms?) will be available to potential candidates nationwide, and will also be used for “match-ups” through Louisville. The Mission Study Report, as the final “transition” document is typically called, will summarize the history, character, and demographics of Fairmont. It will describe the congregation’s leadership structure, worship, ongoing and special programs, and Fairmont’s mission to the greater Dayton community and in the world. The Pastor Nominating Committee will not be obligated to reproduce this report, but it should expedite their work, so that they can “hit the ground running” as soon as they are elected. I think we all realize that the procedure for a Presbyterian congregation to identify and call a new pastor can be frustrating in its complexity and extended time line. But I hope we also recognize the importance of doing this process faithfully and well, for the health and future of the whole church. Once the Committee on Ministry receives the final Mission Study Report, we look for their early approval of it and their “green light” for the election of the Pastor Nominating Committee. The transition team and I will keep you informed, and we ask your continuing prayers. Faithfully yours,

3705 Far Hills Avenue • Dayton, OH 45429-2599 • (937) 299-3539 “Where FAITH Takes Flight!”

Worship and Music at Fair mont

September 22 Rev. David Hoffelt will preach on “The Untamed Power of Prayer” from I Kings 18:20-39 and I Timothy 2:1-17. The Chancel Choir will sing Somebody’s Prayin’.

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September 29: Fifth Sunday Mission Offering The Fifth Sunday mission offering will be received. Rev. David Hoffelt will preach on “What Is Calvinism?” from Job 40:1-14, 42:1-4 and Luke 17:5-10. The Chancel Choir will sing Psalm 100.

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.

Mark Your Calendar Heritage Sunday - Oct. 13

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

Heritage Sunday, saluting our Scottish roots as Presbyterians, will be celebrated at the 10:30 service on October 13 with bagpipes and liturgy from the Church of Scotland. Watch the next issue of The Call for more details.

10:30 Traditional Worship Music led by Judy Bede at the organ and vocal soloists in the Sanctuary One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:4, 14

Fairmont Chancel Choir Wants YOU!! Come one, come all! All you need is the desire to have a great time singing, serving and sharing! Rehearsals start Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.. Sunday, September 8th the choir resumes singing in worship. For more information, contact Hank Dahlman.

September 1: Services of Holy Communion Rev. Denise Weaver will officiate in celebrating Holy Communion and will preach on “The Tension between our ‘Best’ and ‘Worst’ Self”, based on Psalm 81:1, 10-16. The other scripture reading will be Luke 14:1, 7-14.

Per sonnel News Open Position: CHILDREN’S MINISTRY COORDINATOR (Approx. 20 hours/week)

September 8: Kick-Off Sunday Church School classes will resume, teachers will be commissioned in the services, and the Chancel Choir will return at 10:30 with the anthem Bless This House. Rev. David Hoffelt will preach on “A New Strategy for Living” from Judges 7:1-23 and Luke 14:25-35.

PURPOSE: Develop, promote and direct a vibrant Christian Education Ministry for infants to 5th Grade. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Recruit, train and equip teachers and leaders in children’s faith ministry; teach as needed; direct Vacation Bible School. Direct the acquisition, maintenance and use of curricula, supplies and equipment for Christian Education. Perform related administrative duties, serve as staff resource, be involved in worship services as necessary,

September 15 Rev. David Hoffelt will preach on “How to Tell Right from Wrong” based on Psalm 14:1-7 and John 9:1-41. The Chancel Choir will sing O Lord, You Are My God and King.


provide guidance and support where appropriate and perform other duties as assigned.

All the new air handlers are in place, even the one in the fellowship hall attic. That unit was craned into place about two weeks ago without any problem. The roof has been repaired and reinstalled. We are hoping to have some chilled water flowing in about two weeks, which means we can get some air conditioning flowing. The work on the first floor, and office areas have started, so the office has been moved to temporary headquarters in the Preschool. This should only be about three weeks.

REQUIRES: Strong Christian faith; prefer college degree and experience in working with children; strong communication and organizational skills and leadership experience; ability to work collaboratively and collegially with staff and volunteers; strong Biblical knowledge and familiarity with Presbyterian polity and doctrine; a deep passion and joy for working with children and their families; and ability to relate well with all age groups. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Associate Pastor, Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Ave., Kettering, OH 45429, Tel: 299-3539, e-mail:

DP&L finally showed up on Monday Aug. 5 to replace the main service to the church. We will be out of 3 phase electric for 10 days, which means no elevator and organ. We will lose single phase electric for one day. Hopefully this does not affect too many of us. Finally, our goal is to be totally completed with this project by the second week of October. We want to thank all of you for your patience and understanding during this project, and I sure hope we see a big difference starting with this year’s heating season.

B o a r d o f Tr u s t e e s

~ Paul Fiden

Evangelism & M e m b e r C a r e Te a m Holiday at Home 2013 -Water Bottle Donation Request Donations of bottles of water are needed for the Holiday at Home festivities on Labor Day. Since we put Fairmont labels on them, 16.9 oz. (1/2 liter) bottles that don't curve in are the best. Here's a quote from a letter sent to us from Noreen Long, Holiday at Home Concession Chairman, 2013: "We have always been very fortunate for many years to have Fairmont Church to kindly donate anywhere from 30 - 50 cases of bottled water which I passed out to the elderly in general, children's area, the 5K runners, and the entertainment groups. And this was given to them compliments of your wonderful church members... This has been a huge hit with the community. I hope this can happen again this year." We also keep some of the water here to pass out to people by the church that morning. Any leftover is used at various church activities like the Blood Drives, G.I.F.T., P.Y.C., etc. Please leave the cases on the stage in Fellowship Hall. For more information, contact Karen Sensel.

Piping Project Update As most of you have seen, the project is proceeding as planned, and going very well.


from the death of someone important. They can communicate with their peers about the experience and can develop inner strength for healthy living through guidance and support. Oak Tree Corner was established in 1996 and has served more than 1000 children and their families. Meetings are available at locations in Greene, Montgomery and Warren counties. The program is free and available year round. Oak Tree Corner is not affiliated with any religious denomination and is funded solely from private donations from the community. We will hear from a member of that organization in church September 22nd.

Opportunities to Serve and Grow Each month we will share ideas to help you serve others as you grow as a Christian. ◊ Continue to pray for Fairmont during this period of

transition. ◊ Pray for the needs of specific members. Use the

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weekly bulletin or the Caring Ministry pages at the end of the Call. Greet someone new in Fellowship Hall. Volunteer to help with Holiday at Home activities on Labor Day. Call Barb Miller for more information. Do a random act of kindness anonymously. Tell someone how much you appreciate something they do.

House of Bread Future work dates for the House of Bread are Thursday, September 12, and Tuesday, November 12. Work times are 9:00 – 2:00. We have supported this group for several years. Those who have helped serve lunch come back enthusiastic about the work that is being done there.

Bulletin Board Information

Contact Sally Kaskocsak if you would like to participate.

Please make sure you regularly check all our bulletin boards to keep current on all our church activities. The ones with pictures of our members on session, deacons and trustees are there to remind you of who to go to when you have questions and/or suggestions about any church matter. Don't forget to also check out our new member board across from the office of Ashley Ross before going up the steps or catching the elevator. It has pictures and short biographies of our four newest members. Be sure to seek them out and make them feel welcome.

Good Works We will be returning to Athens, Ohio, to work with Good Works, a multifaceted service group. Last year we helped fix houses, build a hiking trail, clean sites and otherwise work with local people doing good works. Those of us who went last year enjoyed ourselves and learned much from that group and the people we worked with. The trip will be Nov 8 -10. Look for sign-ups in the near future.

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

Alternative Gifts International (AGI) We will try something different this year with AGI. A standing display will be in Fellowship Hall in early November. Church members are encouraged to join us in making posters for some of the worthy organizations supported by that group.

Donations We thank the church for their support of the Artemis Center. The church has sent them $500 to help them in their mission. Fifth Sunday Giving Our Fifth Sunday offering for September will go to the Oak Tree Corner. The Oak Tree Corner provides a safe and caring community where children and teens from the greater Dayton area can learn to deal with the grief


A “Thank You” from Daybreak


Never doubt that our financial gifts also make a positive impact on the Miami Valley and elsewhere. Here is one note that we have received. From Daybreak: “Thank you very much for your generous donation that make Daybreak possible. Without Daybreak, many youth like me would be forced to live on the streets, or worse. I am grateful to live in a place with all of the elements of a home, and I am quite positive that the other youth here are too. Thank you again for giving me a safe place to live!”

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

Nights of Well-Being Series Begins September 16 The “Nights of Wellbeing” series resumes on Monday nights beginning Monday, September 16th. A light dinner will be served at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by a 7pm presentation. The focus of “wellbeing” are as follows:

New Jersey Mission Trip Update

September 16 – Emotional Wellbeing. Gordon Callihan will teach how to bake bread, a great stress reliever with delicious outcomes! Ann Diller will teach how to draw Zentangles by following a pattern. This type of drawing is calming, therapeutic and can become meditative.

On Sunday, July 21, a group of our youth set off on a mission trip to the Jersey Shore. We stayed at Morning Star Presbyterian Church in Toms River, New Jersey. We worked through the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program, Monday through Friday. We worked from 9:30-3:30 helping victims of Hurricane Sandy. We had a wonderful trip. Thank you for all your prayers and support!

September 23 – Spiritual Wellbeing. Come walk a floor labyrinth, an ancient form of pilgrimage, while meditating and praying.

~ Ashley Ross

September 30 – Financial Wellbeing. Jan Runkle will discuss “How to Improve your Financial Wellbeing.” Jan is an investor with Edward Jones. On Monday nights in October, Physical Wellbeing will be addressed with a yoga class and a Parenting workshop will be offered by a Parents Tool Shop presenter.


Mark Your Calendars!

With input from the Ombudsman’s Office and Social Services, the Sycamore Glen Health Center where Judy Waltz resides agreed to take over scheduling her Project Mobility bus so Judy can attend church on Sunday mornings. They will send one of their staff with her. There is no charge for a caretaker to accompany her. Fairmont will still provide the bus tickets.

September 28 - Fall Gathering October - regular Circle meetings begin November 23 - Fine Art, Antiques, and Craft Show (we will have a food booth once again) December 8 - Cookie Walk

Wo m e n o f Fa i r m o n t N e w s

Judy really appreciates this opportunity to get out to see people, some of whom she has known most of her life.

Women of Fairmont Fall Gathering Sept. 28, 10:00 a.m.

Over the years, a number of our members have been involved with helping transport Judy to the church for services then getting her a snack in Fellowship Hall.

The Women of Fairmont Fall Gathering will be Saturday, September 28, at 10 a.m. We will have brunch and cover Lesson 1 of this year's Horizons Bible Study, "An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy." Study books will be available at the Gathering for $8. Please RSVP to your Circle leader by September 21.

The following ladies have shown deep concern for Judy, and she would like to send a well-deserved “thank you” to them all: Sue Hammond, Sally Kaskocsak, , Barbara Miller, Annette Sakada, Shirley Till, Kathy Akers, Kim Gunlock, Jane Hamilton, and Jean R. Webster.

The Horizons study was written by Janice Catron, a leader at the Montreat "Women's Connections" Conference that several members of Circle 1 attended in late May. The PCUSA website states "Janice Catron invites us to explore Exodus and Deuteronomy with her and see together the promise of what our relationship with God can be and the realities of what that relationship often becomes. It is God our Redeemer who, by grace, gives us the power to help ourselves and others live into the fullness God intends for us, and to move forward as people who have been set free."

This is a true case of “outreach beginning at home.” ~ Shirley Till, for Judy Waltz

W i t h i n t h e Fe l l o w s h i p Address, Phone & E-mail Changes: ATHMER, Sally

All women are welcome to attend the Fall Gathering to enjoy food, fellowship, and friendship. If you are not already a member of a Circle, please consider joining us! We have a bulletin board in the lower level near the double doors that lists time and day meeting options.

CALDWELL, Virginia


Expressions of Gratitude Dear Fairmont Church family and staff,

HARNER, Richard

I would like to thank everyone for their visits, gifts, prayers and for staying with me while I tried to sleep. This is a loving and caring church and I am so grateful to be a part of it! I have a way to go yet in my healing but there is hope! Thank you for your support!


God bless, Betty Jean Schwinn



Wine & Cheese Party October 25, 6:30 p.m.


There will be an adult Wine & Cheese Party October 25 at 6:30. Please join us at A Taste of Wine, 90 South Main St., Miamisburg (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. Please call Cindy & Dave Youngerman. See you there!

TRIPP, Warren

Weddings: Casey Stevens and Patrick Gill were married June 8th with Rev. Denise Weaver officiating. Casey is a member and the daughter of Glenn and Robin Stevens.

Fine Art, Craft & Antique Show: Vendors Needed! Saturday, November 23

Upcoming Events

Planning is underway for the next Fine Art, Craft and Antique Show on November 23. We still need good vendors with quality handmade merchandise. If you have any ideas, please contact Carolyn Wimer or Ann Diller. Also, if you are available to help vendors set up on Friday or take down on Saturday, please let us know. This was a huge plus last year, as the vendors were so happy with the help they received. Thanks!

Generations In Fellowship Together (GIFT) September 11, 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 whom we may not have met before. Please bring a dish to share. For more information, you may contact Julie Boden. Fairmont Men’s Group Activities: Picnic at the Braiser’s, Sept. 18 Our men's group will be meeting for a picnic lunch on September 18 at noon at the Brasier’s house. We want to express our thanks to Jerry and Jan for hosting our men's group picnics this summer. Dick Hook continues to be involved and Marilyn's cookies provide a sweet finale to each picnic. Jim Webster's corn on the cob tops off the meal. This will conclude our summer picnics. Any men of the church and their guests are cordially invited to join the Christian fellowship that makes these gatherings a monthly highlight. Remember to sign the attendance pads or call the church office prior to September 18.

WOF Cookie Walk - Sunday, Dec. 8

MEMORY VERSE for the month: “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” ~ I Corinthians 12:4-6

3rd Annual Fairmont Golf Outing The 3rd annual Fairmont Presbyterian Golf Outing will be held either September 22 or 29. Those interested should contact either Daryll Sakada or Jim Miles.


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 Interim Children’s Ministry Coordinator: Rachel Boden 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:

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

**DEADLINE FOR THE NEXT CALL** Deadline for the October issue of the CALL will be Monday, September 16. You may submit articles either by sending them to the office or e-mailing them to Karen Eizenga.

September 2013 October 2013 Call deadline: Monday, September 16

The Call Vol. 68 #6  
The Call Vol. 68 #6  

Fairmont Presbyterian Church's monthly newsletter.