Volume 68, Issue 8
Dear Members and Friends of Fairmont:
The month of November always brings at least three special occasions – All Saints’ Sunday, Consecration Sunday, and Thanksgiving Day. All Saints’ will be celebrated on November 3, with services of Holy Communion and remembrance of those members who have entered eternal life since the last All Saints’ Day. Fewer names will be read this year than last, but every one of them will bring its own memories and thanksgivings. And of course, all of us will be thinking of many others in our family and friendship circles as well. I hope you will be able to attend worship on this significant day.
Rev. David Hoffelt Interim Pastor
The following week, November 10, is Consecration Sunday. As in the past, pledge cards will be brought forward and dedicated in both services. The Session has approved a financial goal for the 2014 budget of $566,489. Elsewhere in this issue, please read the Finance Team’s summary article. It is important to note that most of the 3.5% overall increase from this year will be a “one-time” expense of the pastoral search and call, and then the moving costs of bringing your new pastor to Dayton. Along with the Session, I would ask that you prayerfully consider increasing your new pledge, especially in view of the pastoral search. Your interim Transition Team has continued to meet since my last letter to you, as Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry [COM] requested some further elaboration of the mission study report that was submitted in October. As we discovered, this is not an unusual request for a church of Fairmont’s size. The COM emphasized that their concern is that the report be as descriptive of Fairmont as possible, with a view toward an optimal match between the congregation and your next pastor. The Transition Team found COM’s comments reasonable, and they have added a number of statements and explanations to the first version of their report. This expanded document will be received by COM at their meeting on October 29. In the meantime, your Session is contacting their nominees to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee. They will present a slate for election at a congregational meeting, which Session will call as soon as possible. Please continue to “stay tuned.” Finally, as Thanksgiving approaches, I wish each of you and your family God’s every blessing. While Fairmont does not hold a special service, we shall celebrate Thanksgiving Sunday on November 24. I hope you will be looking forward to that day along with me. Faithfully yours,
3705 Far Hills Avenue • Dayton, OH 45429-2599 • (937) 299-3539 “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.
November 17 Rev. Denise Weaver will preach on “The Source of Thanksgiving,” based on Isaiah 12:1-6. At 10:30, Vital Signs will share in worship. The Chancel Choir will sing “God Be Praised.” November 24: Thank Offering The annual Thank Offering will be received at both services. Rev. David Hoffelt will preach on “Give and Take,” based on Malachi 3:6-12 and Ephesians 3:1-12.
The Church Office will be closed November 28 & 29, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
8:30 Casual Worship Music led by Fairmont's Praise Band in Fellowship Hall
Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour on Sunday, Nov. 3!
10:30 Traditional Worship Music led by Fairmont's Chancel Choir in the Sanctuary Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name. He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee great things, which thine eyes have seen. Deuteronomy 10:20-21 November 3: All Saints’ Sunday The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services, and the names of members who have entered eternal life since last All Saints’ Day will be read. At 10:30, our Presbyterian Youth Connection will help lead in worship, and the Chancel Choir will sing “Remember.” Rev. David Hoffelt will preach on “Define Your Destiny,” based on Psalm 107:1-9 and Revelation 7:9-17. November 10: Consecration Sunday Pledge cards for 2014 will be brought forward and dedicated at both services. Rev. David Hoffelt will preach on “What Kind of Church Is This?”, based on Haggai 2:1-9 and II Corinthians 2:14-3:3. At 10:30, the Chancel Choir will sing “I Will Awake the Dawn with Praise.”
B u d g e t & S t e wa r d s h i p Session Approved Budget Goal for 2014 The Session has approved a financial goal for the 2014 Church Budget of $566,489 which is an increase of $18,907 or 3.5% over the 2013 budget of $547,582. Most of this increase ($12,000) has been set aside for recruiting and relocating the new senior pastor to the Dayton area. This is a onetime estimated expenditure required to call a new pastor. An additional $2,000 has been added to the Mission Outreach budget – the first increase since 2010. To fully fund the 2014 budget with pledged income will require a 7.5% increase in pledging over the amount pledged for 2013. Consecration Sunday is November 10. Please prayerfully consider increasing your pledge for the coming year to help our church in carrying out its mission.
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B o a r d o f Tr u s t e e s Piping Project Update The project is complete! The heat is on and working. We will be scheduling a training session with the control contractor so we can operate the system from a computer. The final walk thru with the contractor and engineer is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30, to make sure all is final. I want to thank the congregation and staff for their patience and understanding during the summer. I also want to thank all those people who donated their money, time and efforts to make this project go as smoothly as it did. We have a few small items to complete that were not part of the project, such as a new wall around the pipes near the Fellowship Hall, and the fence by the chiller. These items are scheduled and will be done soon. I also want to especially thank Glenn Stevens and Louis Weyrauch for their help and Paul Lamberger for his assistance during this project. Again, thank you all and if you have any questions, or would like a tour of the new equipment, please contact me or anyone on the construction committee.
members are encouraged to warmly welcome them. Gift bags will continue to be located on the small table right inside the main entrance to Fellowship Hall. If they are not there, please take one from the Welcome Desk ledge. Anyone is welcome to help us with this activity. Contact Barb Miller if you would be willing to donate some time. Thank you!
Opportunities to Serve and Grow Each month we will share ideas to help you serve others as you grow as a Christian. • Pray for the Congregational Nominating Team and prayerfully consider serving if called. • Share your time by visiting a shut-in. Use the Caring Ministry pages at the end of the Call for suggestions. • Bring a friend or neighbor to church. • Send a birthday card to someone who is having a birthday this month. See the end of the Caring Ministry list. • Be there for someone. • Volunteer your time and talents. Need some suggestions?
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♦ Good Works Mission Trip – Nov. 8-10:
Call Dave Diller at 433-4427 or donate items for them to take. (See the list in the Call or current bulletin.) ♦ Volunteer to help at House of Bread: Tues., Nov.12, from 9:00 to 2:00 – Call Sally Kaskosak at 426-3878. ♦ Fine Art, Antiques & Craft Show – Nov. 23 from 9-4: Help is needed for set up, during and close of the event . Contact Carol Lamberger at 298-8567 or Callie Johnson at 296-1104. ♦ Fill a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child – due at church no later than Nov. 24.
Please Help Us Staff Our Welcome Desk!! It is time to start manning our Welcome Desk again. For too long it has sat vacant in the black and white narthex. Now the Evangelism/Member Care Team is bringing it back! The plan is to have someone there shortly before and after the 10:30 service. Any guests can be ushered to the desk to pick up a visitor gift bag, ask questions, or even ask for a church tour. Current members can also ask questions or give suggestions. We certainly don’t mean to slight the 8:30 service worshipers, but most of the people who attend that service don’t pass that desk. Also, any visitors to the early service tend to stand out, so attending
Life Line Screening Returns! On March 11, 2014 Life Line Screening returns to Fairmont Church. They are offering us a special
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opportunity. If you choose certain tests, Life Line Screening will make a $10 donation to the church and will take $10 off your testing cost. However in order to get this discount, you must use a special phone number to register. Only the number in the Fairmont version of the Life Line Flyer will give you this discount. You must have certain tests at Fairmont church, register using the special phone number and then have the tests done to receive the discount. We will let you know as soon as the fliers arrive. Our testing slots fill quickly and we want you all to have the opportunity to have these life-saving tests done.
Blood Drive: Final Blood Drive of 2013 On November 21 we will have the final blood drive of 2013. As has been our custom in past years, we will have an ice cream sundae bar and celebrate all of the dedicated donors and volunteers. Please consider donating blood or being a volunteer at this event. The holiday season is the time of year when blood is desperately needed for accidents and illness. The event runs from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. To volunteer please call Gail Richardson or Barb Miller. For questions on blood donations, please call the blood center at (800) 388-4483. To schedule a donation time, call the blood center or register online at givingblood.org.
2014 Blood Drives The dates for the 2014 Blood Drives are now available. Please put them on your calendar and think about donating or volunteering or both. They are: January 16 July 24 March 27 September 18 May 22 November 13 Your help and donations are so very important. There are lots of little jobs so we are sure to find something for anyone who wants to help. Thank you for all your past help.
Fa i r m o n t M i s s i o n s We are approaching our fall season of giving and fellowship with several opportunities for you all. Good Works Mission On Friday, November 8, a group of Fairmonters of all ages will be going to Athens, Ohio, for a weekend work trip, providing relief for folks in Appalachia through the Good Works agency. Those of us who went last year remember it as a joyous and meaningful time of service and fellowship. If you are interested in joining us or have questions call Dave Diller. If you cannot make the trip but would like to support the project you can supply items for the team to bring with us. Good Works can use a variety of supplies such as liquid laundry detergents, copy paper, work gloves, $10 gas, Wal-Mart or Kroger gift cards, toilet paper, paper towels, spiral bound notebooks, and ink pens. Samaritan’s Purse (Operation Christmas Child) It is Operation Christmas Child again! Time to pack a shoebox or plastic container with a lid with items for children of the world. More information is with the poster in Fellowship Hall or in the church office. These are distributed through Samaritan’s Purse. You can specify the age group and gender. The deadline for collection of these boxes is the week of November 18 but no later than November 24. Bring your filled shoebox to Fellowship Hall, include a check for $7 (payable to Samaritan’s Purse) to cover shipping. Alternate Gifts International Instead of giving stuff for Christmas or as an addition to giving things consider donating to an organization that will appeal to your friend or family member. Alternate Gifts International provides a choice of 30 national and international agencies that do good in the world. We will have a display in Fellowship Hall after church Nov. 3, 10 and 17. Look at the posters put up by church
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members highlighting some of those agencies. Sign up to give donations to the organizations of your choice. If you would like to make a poster please contact Jim Runkle. House of Bread We will have our last outing of the year to the House of Bread on November 12, from 9:00-2:00. This worthy mission represents an enjoyable way to work with and for others locally. If you have questions call Sally Kaskocsak. Third Sunday Mission Project Starting Sunday Nov. 17, the Mission Team will be leading a mission/outreach project right here in Fellowship Hall after each service. We will be having an in-house hands-on project each month in conjunction with the Third Sunday Family Worship service. Everyone, young and old, is invited to participate for the time you have available. Have three minutes or thirty? It all will work. Each month, the projects will vary but will be designed so that folks of ALL ages can contribute. Mark your calendar and linger in Fellowship Hall! See you there! Honduras Outreach We continue to donate money to a group in Honduras that works to educate children and provide some food relief. Honduras is a very poor country that can use our assistance. In the words of Cristina and Dona Lydia, “Thank you so much for continuing to fund raise for Honduras. I am personally very touched that you continue to do so when it is easy to become disconnected and forget the needs of others when we are busy with our own lives.”
and Children will study the same curriculum (geared to be age appropriate) so families can discuss what they learned. The Adult class will meet in the Upper Room at 9:30 a.m., the Youth in The Way Café and Children in the Sunday School Wing. More details will be forthcoming. You are invited to prepare your heart, mind and spirit for Advent with others this December.
PYC CORNER PYC Pie Orders: Help support PYC! Buy a pie for your Thanksgiving gathering! Apple, chocolate, pecan, and pumpkin pies are available for $12.00 each and can be picked up during the Fine Art, Antiques and Craft Show on Saturday, November 23 or on Sunday, November 24. Call Terese Cupp with your order! Your Youth Group thanks you!
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CIRCLE MEETINGS – At November Circle meetings, members will continue this year's Horizons study of Exodus and Deuteronomy, "An Abiding Hope." Circle 1 – Nov. 11, 7 p.m. in the Church Parlor Circle 2 – Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. Hostess: Lois Scranton Circles 3 & 4 – Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. Hostess: Karen Sensel Circle 5 - Nov. 20, 1 p.m. in the Church Parlor
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Circle 6 – Nov. 20, 7 p.m. in the Church Parlor Circle 7 – Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m. Hostess: Martha Taylor
Church-wide Advent Study Plans are underway for a church-wide Advent study the four Sundays of Advent. Adults, Youth
The WOF Coordinating Team will meet on Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Room.
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Carolyn’s Coffee Cake 1 Yellow Cake Mix 1 Small Package of Instant Vanilla Pudding 3 Eggs ¾ Cup Water ¾ Cup Oil Filling: ½ Cup Sugar 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon ½ Cup Nuts Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bundt pan well. Sprinkle some of the filling around sides of the pan. Pour half of the batter into the pan and half of the remaining filling. Swirl gently with a knife. Add the rest of the batter, and the remaining filling and swirl again. Bake for one hour and let stand for 15 minutes, then sprinkle top with powdered sugar. Enjoy!
special blessings in their lives. The offering funds projects such as agricultural development, child care, community organization, criminal justice, drug counseling, economic justice, elderly care, employment training, homelessness, literacy, violence and women’s concerns. At least 40 percent of this offering supports health ministries throughout the world. The remaining 60 percent funds new creative ideas for mission. The goal for the 2013 Thank Offering is $900,000. (from pcusa.org)
Wi t h i n t h e Fe l l o w s h i p Address, Phone & E-mail Changes: SHERWOOD, Dick and Jean SPICER, Harold and Ann
Mark Your Calendars! WEBSTER, Jim and Jean D.
The Women of Fairmont will help again this year with the Fine Art, Antiques & Craft Show Saturday, November 23. We will serve food, with the proceeds helping feed people in our community.
WEBSTER, Jean R.
The WOF Cookie Walk is December 8! Please sign up with your Circle to bake cookies or to set up and help with the sale. November Thank Offering Women of Fairmont Circles will collect the Thank Offering at November meetings. Members are asked to "give as you are blessed." The Thank Offering is a PW offering collected in the fall of each year that gives women a tangible way to express their gratitude for the
William “Shawn” Fowler was married to Christina Tonne at Fairmont on October 5 by Rev. Denise Weaver.
Rob Athmer, son of Sally and Michael Athmer, was married to Kaitlin Settle on October 11. The wedding was held in Pittsburgh, where Rob and Kaitlin attended college.
Iris Wright, daughter of Debra and Stephen Wright, was married to Alex Sunshine on October 26. The wedding was held at Hawthorn Hill in Oakwood with Rev. Denise Weaver officiating.
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Here is a list of current college age kids and their addresses in case you would like to send them a card to let them know you are thinking of them and praying for them. If anyone is not on the list and they want to be included, please send their address to Julie Boden.
Upcoming Events Generations In Fellowship Together (GIFT) November 13, 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 Daniel Cone
The Men’s group will host a Veteran’s Day luncheon at Carillon Park on Monday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Veteran’s of all military branches and their spouses, or friends, are invited to attend. We will meet in the IAMS room for lunch and have a presentation on Dayton’s part in solving the secret codes of the enemy during World War II. There will be a $10 fee per person, payable at the event. Reservations will be needed by calling the church office by Wednesday, November 6. The Men’s Group will meet for breakfast on Wednesday, December 18th, at Bob Evans on Far Hills at 8 am for our usual time for Christian Fellowship. All the men of the church and their guests are cordially invited. Reservations will be needed by calling the church office by Tuesday, December 17th. We will also be looking for volunteers to deliver Jeremiah’s Letter gifts.
Fine Art, Antiques and Craft Show Saturday, November 23, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bryan Mann
The date is fast approaching. Please consider what you might donate for the silent auction. Items need to come to church November 22. We will also need volunteers to help vendors with set-up, giving them breaks and helping take down after the show. We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. If you can volunteer in any capacity, please contact Carol Lamberger or Callie Johnson.
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Interim Pastor: David Hoffelt Associate Pastor: Denise Weaver Youth Ministry Coordinator: Ashley Ross Childrenâ€™s Ministry Coordinator: Rachel Boden Director of Chancel Choir: Hank Dahlman Praise & Worship Leader: Jerry Mahn Organist: Judy Bede Bookkeeper: Becky Hegwood Receptionist: Donna Schoonmaker Information Specialist: Bill Miller, III Preschool Director: Coleen Petrello Custodian: Glenn Stevens Church Office: (937) 299-3539 Fax: (937) 299-5974 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.fairmontchurch.org
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In This Issue: 1 Message from Rev. Hoffelt 2 Worship & Music at Fairmont 2 Budget & Stewardship 3 Board of Trustees 3 Evangelism & Member Care Team 4 Fairmont Missions 5 Christian Formation Team 5 PYC Corner 5 Women of Fairmont 6 Within the Fellowship 7 Upcoming Events
**DEADLINE FOR THE NEXT CALL** Due to the holidays, we will combine the December & January issues. Deadline for the next issue of the CALL will be Monday, November 11. You may submit your articles either by sending them to the office or e-mailing them to Karen Eizenga.
November 2013 December 2013/January 2014 Call deadline: Monday, November 11
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Published on Nov 1, 2013