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THE CALL Fairmont Presbyterian Church What exactly is church for? What do we do, why do we do it, and how do we do it? Those are fundamental questions that shape everything we do at Fairmont. They guide our decisions, the use of our resources, and how we evaluate our effectiveness. The problem is that we did not have any clear answers to those questions. Without those answers, we tend to drift. Over the last year, the Session has been praying for, talking about, and exploring answers to those questions. We have sacrificed many trees and much ink in our explorations. We have looked back over what made us strong and vibrant, what we cherish, and what we hope for the future of Fairmont and now we have a working answer to those questions. We have included it for your prayerful consideration in this newsletter. It is not merely a mission statement (i.e. a statement of what we do) rather it is meant to be an integrated guide to our ministry explaining not just what we do but also why and providing a blue print for how.

February 2017 Volume 72, Issue 1 not in say Figi. And we are not in the praise and worship God business because while those are good and important things that we should and must do, they are not ends in themselves, but rather means to a deeper “inspired” way of living in relationship with God and each other. Over the next months you will be hearing a lot more about this map, but remember that like all good maps it is a guide as we continue our refocused journey together. Rev. Brian Maguire THE MINISTRY OF FAIRMONT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH What do we do? (Fairmont’s Mission Statement) Fairmont Presbyterian Church nurtures and guides people to live inspired lives. Matthew 28:19; Luke 4:18; Isaiah 42: 6-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:24

After months of meetings we realized that the work of Fairmont is focused on transforming human lives, Why do we do it? (Fairmont’s Vision Statement) specifically, helping people grow from wherever we are In order to love God and one another. into the women and men God intends us to become. Matthew 22: 37-40; Mark 12: 28-31; Luke 10: 25In scripture, there is a particular description of such 28; Deuteronomy 6:4; Leviticus 19:18 transformed lives. Such people are living life “in the How do we do it? (Fairmont’s Plan for Ministry) Spirit of God.” Starting at the First Pentecost the Holy With all our hearts by sharing Christ’s invitation Spirit is the active, dynamic presence of God at work to belong in community with all people and grow inside our lives and community. We struggled with the into ever deeper relationships with God and one wording until one of our elders realized we already have another. 1 Corinthians 12: 12-13; Matthew 28: 19a great word to describe this kind of life: inspired. 20; 1 Peter 2: 9-11 Inspired has two meanings. Literally, it means “God breathed,” to have the Holy Spirit dwelling and working With all our minds through learning the story of inside you inviting us into union with Christ. Relatedly, God and how the stories of our lives fit into the and more colloquially, it means to be motivated and greater story of God’s people. We share God’s guided to some new and better way of being. Together story with everyone as we seek to learn everythis nicely summarizes the work of Fairmont to guide one’s story. Romans 12:2; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Joshua and nurture you and all people to this new way of living. 1:8; Mark 16:15 We are not in the saving the world business, Jesus already has that covered. We are not in the proclaim the Gospel to the ends of Earth business, because we’re in Kettering and really positioned to share the Gospel here

With all our strength by serving our community together and participating in the practices of Christian discipleship. Matthew 25:40; Luke 10:37; Leviticus 19: 17-18

So, who is in charge around here? . . . God. Okay, how provide you with a better foundation for understanding about who is next in charge? some of the things happening in our world today. February 1: The Flowering of Islam The Presbyterian Church embraces the collective February 8: The Decline and Rise of Islam leadership and decision making of members selected February 15: Islam Today and elected to guide the church. Our leaders for 2017 February 22: Islam Tomorrow are: Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017 7:00pm—Join us as we SESSION begin our journey of Lent exploring how and why we Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019 turn around our lives towards God with our celebration Sally Athmer Jeff Adam Rich Bowden Brench Boden Dave Diller Charlie Chamberlain of Ash Wednesday on March 1 at 7:00 pm. Linda Hammond Jan Runkle Kerri Miles Lenten Study: THE APOSTLES CREED: the faith of Dave Youngerman Lisa Shearer John Schramm our baptism—Starting in March, join us this Lent as we Class of 2017 Julie Boden Jim Harper Jeff Lewis Liz Lewis Pat Rain Jack Yoder

DEACONS Class of 2018 Brenda Anderson Carol Bussey David Hammond Jeff Stewart

TRUSTEES Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Jerry Draut Terry Akers Tom Hohler Mark Anderson Will Lewis Paul Lamberger Richard Weyrauch Martha Taylor

Class of 2019 Betty Brown Kelly Coan Pat Goss Helen Kanis Deb Wright

Class of 2019 Wynn Adam Bill Lowry Bill Stager Lois Thomas


explore the ancient foundations of our faith, what we believe and why we believe it, through our most ancient baptismal statement, the Apostle’s Creed. As a resource we will be using the brand new book, Creed: What Christians Believe and Why by Adam Hamilton (Abingdon, 2016) Copies of the book can be ordered from the church office for $14.63. Choir News The choir welcomed William Mattison to lead their January retreat. William is receiving his doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Arizona. It was a wonderful weekend to learn music and share in fellowship.


A Note on Fairmont’s Finances Communion—Rev. Brian Maguire will As we reported at the Annual Meeting, Fairmont’s preach “Why ‘Righteousness’ is a Good ended 2016 well in the black with an overall financial Thing”, based on Matthew 5:13-20. surplus of approximately $140,000. Moreover, our expenses were below budget for the year. That is all February 12 Rev. Brian Maguire will preach very good news. “Discipleship is a Team Sport” based On Deuteronomy 30: 15-20 and But, we do face challenges in the future. Despite 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9. receiving 14 new pledges for 2017 the total number of pledges continues to decline slightly each year. The February 19 Rev. Denise Weaver will preach total amount of pledge revenue declined by about “Life Foundations” based on $34,000 for 2017. Currently the leadership of Fairmont Psalm 119: 33-40 and 1 Corinthians 3: is making up that shortfall by both cutting the budgeted 10-11, 16-23. expenses and by using certain designated funds and February 26 Rev. Brian Maguire will preach “Last savings. However, that approach can only last a short Things First” based on Isaiah 49: 8-16 while because those designated funds are finite. In the and Matthew 6: 24-34. future, unless giving increases, we will need to make some hard decisions about the size and scope of our Connections for February: Islam and the Islamic ministries and missions. World—Some of the most frequent questions we hear in church are about Islam and the Muslim world, What is Per Capita and why is it $46.26? The Presbywhere do they come from, what do they believe, and terian Church is a connectional church. That means how do they relate to Christianity. In February we that we share in mutual ministry and accountability with continue to explore these questions and hopefully 2 February 5

and for each other. One of the ways we do that is by sharing in the cost of the denomination. This is done through individual assessments based on the number of members in each church. These assessments, called “per capita,” are mandatory and are still used to support the work of the General Assembly and the Synod. For 2017 the per capita assessment of the General Assembly is $7.50 per member and that of the Synod of the Covenant $3.25 per member. If you divide the entire Presbytery’s budget by all the members of all the churches within the Presbytery, you arrive at a per member share of $35.51 per person. Those funds are obtained either from our general Fairmont revenues or from special offerings of individuals who wish to pay their share individually.

February 5: Kerri Miles and Kelly Coan February 12: Rich and Karen Bowden February 19: John Weaver February 26: We are still looking for a teacher for our PYC students. If you are interested, please speak to Ashley PYC Calendar January 29: PYC 4-7 February 5: PYC 4-7 February 12: PYC 4-7 February 19: Lock-In 7pm- Monday AM February 25: Hands Against Hunger 8:00am-1:00pm Registration forms are outside Ashley’s office. The PYC will be collecting non-perishable food items for the “Souper Bowl” of caring, January 29-February 5.

The total per member assessment for 2017 is $46.26 (the sum of $35.51 + $3.25 + $7.50). That is the cost of being a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denomination as opposed to the local congregation. If you would like to directly pay your share of our commitment to the greater church, the amount per member is $46.26.

Confirmation starts February 5. Please pray for our students as they journey through their faith. Men's Group The Men's group will meet at Bob Evans at 8 am for breakfast on Wed. Feb. 15th. all the men of the church and their guests are welcome.



Children’s Ministry Happy winter, Fairmont family! Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate the birth of our savior at our Family Christmas Eve service. We had almost 100 people in attendance, and the service was a great success. We look forward to celebrating with you again next year! Keep an eye out for upcoming children's ministry events, including our annual Easter Egg Hunt and, of course, Vacation Bible School. :) Stay warm, friends!

3rd Sunday Mission Project for February 19: This month, we are serving children and families through Hannah's Treasure Chest. After each service, we will be creating and attaching caring notes to the items donated over the previous weeks. Bring your donations to the Black and White Narthex anytime in February. (See information on the WOF Winter Gathering elsewhere in The Call for more information on items needed.) All ages are welcome to participate as we share our love with young families with limited finances. Thanks to the Women of Fairmont for leading this project!

PYC PYC Corner Table Parents January 29: Jack and Linda Yoder February 5: Marilyn Dickey, Martha Keil, Jim and Jean Webster February 12: Dave and Cindy Youngerman, Rich and Karen Bowden February 19: Tom and Mel Hohler February 26: Tom and Kim Gunlock

On-going Hands-On Mission opportunities: We are always collecting various items to support children and families. Items may be left in the Black and White Narthex: ...Soda can pull tabs....Ronald McDonald House ..."Boxtops for Education"....John F. Kennedy Elementary School ...Men's lightly used belts...House of Bread gets many requests ...Cell phones with chargers....Artemis Center emergency use

Sunday School Teachers January 29: Youth are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting.


FEBRU Sunday




8:30am Presc 6:30pm Conn (chapel) 6:30pm Prais 7:30pm AA (

Communion 8:30am Casual Service 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 2:00pm Scouts (109, 133) 3:00pm Confirmation 4:00pm PYC (109)




11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 6:30pm Scout Meeting 7:00pm Musica (cr) 7:00pm Personnel Team Meeting 7:00pm Christian Formation (134) 7:00pm Mission Team Meeting 7:00pm Evangelism (109) 7:00pm Worship Team (chapel)

8:30am Presch 5:30pm GIFT 6:30pm Conn (chapel) 6:30pm Praise 7:30pm AA (0


8:30am Preschool 13 Party 12:00pm OA (133) 12:00pm Call Deadline 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm Circle 1 (chapel) 7:00pm AA (012)

11:00am Fit 4 You 14 (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 7:00pm Finance Team (rc) 7:00pm Musica (cr) 7:00pm Building and Grounds (109) 7:30pm Board of Trustees (109)

8:00am Men's B 8:30am Prescho 10:00am Circle 3 10:00am Circle 2 1:00pm Circle 5 6:30pm Praise B 6:30pm Connect 7:00pm Circle 6 7:30pm AA (012


8:30am No Preschool 20 12:00pm OA (133) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm Kettering Civic Band (fh) 7:00pm AA (012)

11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 7:00pm Musica (cr) 7:00pm Session (109)


8:30am Presc 10:00am Call 6:30pm Conn (chapel) 6:30pm Prais 7:30pm AA (


8:30am Preschool 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 27 12:00pm Castle 12:00pm AA (133) Lunch (off site) 7:00pm Musica (cr) 12:00pm OA (133) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm Circle 8 (parlor) 7:00pm AA (012)


WOF Box Lunch 8:30am Casual Service 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 3:00pm Confirmation 4:00pm PYC (109) 8:30am Casual Service 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:30am Third Sunday Mission Project 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 2:00pm Scouts (109, 133) 4:00pm PYC Lock In(109) 6:00pm Confirmation

8:30am Preschool 12:00pm OA (133) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 6:30pm WOF Coord. Team Meeting (UR) 7:00pm AA (012)

8:30am Casual Service 9:30am Food and Fellowship Coffee Hour) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh)




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7:00pm NA (012) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr)


7:00pm NA (012) 9 7:00pm La Leche Meeting (109) 7:00pm Colombia Presbytery (fh) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr)


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8:30am Preschool Funeral 3 1:00pm 10:30am Mom and Service (sanctuary) Me 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (133) 5:00pm Theology on Tap (off site)

8:30am Preschool 10 10:30am Mom and Me 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (133)

12:00pm WOF Winter Gathering

6:30pm Scouts/ 9:30am Circle 7 (off 8:30am Preschool 16 17 Banquet (fh) site) 10:30am Mom and 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr) Me 7:00pm NA (012) 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (133) 5:00pm Theology on Tap (off site)


1:00pm Rug 8:30am Preschool 23 24 Hooking Group 10:30am Mom and (fh) Me 7:00pm NA (012) 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr) 12:00pm OA (133)

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9:00am Co-Moderator 11 Jan Edmiston presents at the Presbytery Meeting at Westminster, Dayton


Breakfast ool 3 (off site) 2 (parlor) 5 (parlor) Band ctions (chapel) 6 (parlor) 2)

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8:00am Hands 25 Against Hunger 5:30pm Young Families dinner at El Toro


Hostess: Cindy Youngerman

The Coordinating Team will meet Monday, February 6 at 6:30 in the Upper Room.

Circle 8 – February 27, 7pm, parlor

Thank you to all who baked and bought cookies at the Cookie Walk, and to those who set up, sold, and cleaned up! We sold $1000 of beautiful sugar confections! The WOF Bake Sale and WOF Luncheon Café at the Art, Antique, and Craft Show was also very successful and added to our funds, which are used for mission work throughout the year. With everyone’s support of our fundraisers, we can continue our mission of helping others.

February’s Sunday Box Meal form will be in the bulletin on the first Sunday of the month, with pickup on February 12. As always, we hope you will deliver a free meal to a member or friend that you know would enjoy it. WOF will cover the cost and appreciate your delivery of the meal.

Winter Gathering for Hannah’s Treasure Chest The WOF Winter Gathering is Saturday, February 11, at noon. We will have lunch, followed by a program by Sarah Williams, Executive Director of Hannah’s Treasure Chest. Please RSVP to your Circle leader by February 8.

Address/Email/Phone Changes Susan Brasier

As explained on their website,, many parents struggle in raising their children with sufficient resources. Hannah’s Treasure Chest responds to these needs by providing social service agencies in Montgomery, Butler, Greene, and Warren Counties with clothing, furniture, toys, books, and other essential items for their clients. The assistance from Hannah’s Treasure Chest greatly enhances programs provided to children in the Miami Valley. Our speaker will set up a crib at Fairmont where we can place donations for babies, toddlers, and children. Bring them the day of the gathering or anytime the month following. See a full Wish List on the bulletin board near the church library or on their website. Here is a short list: baby carriers, bibs, layette items, mobiles, blankets, books, bottles and sippy cups, clothing, diaper bags, diapers (open packages are ok), booster chairs, pajamas, school supplies, sheets, shoes, toys, games, puzzles, wash cloths, towels. February Circle Meetings We are so happy to welcome a new group of women, Circle 8!

Sunday Box Meal


Kelly Coan 937-470-3427 Sue Daley Paul and Jenny Fiden 6873 Greyfield Ct. Centerville, OH 45459

David Hamilton Ray and Betty Johnson 6503 Pond Ridge Drive Centerville, OH 45459 Tom and Jaci Rose 7962 Ivy Ridge Court Springboro, OH 45066 886-5696

Baptisms Tanner Bussey Bereavements Paul Shartle Roy Lively Mary Jane Wise Jim Getty

Circle 1 – February 13, 7pm, Chapel, Hostesses; Helen Kanis, Denise Weaver, and Donna Ginader New Members Circle 2 – February 15, 10am, parlor Angela Bussey Circle 3 – February 15, 10am Stephanie Parcels and Mike Porter Circle 5 – February 15, 1pm, parlor Circle 6 – February 15, 7pm, parlor Circle 7 – February 18, 9:30am. 6

Thank You Notes Dear friends and members, As you might know, we had a very successful Art, Craft and Antique Show this past November. We were able to send out nice checks to the 3 groups we support, those being, House of Bread, Backpack program and FISH. We very much want to continue the tradition and are already planning on the next show. If you have items that we can vend in our vintage room, we are accepting those things now. These things might include jewelry, seasonal items, furniture, collectibles, linens, sporting items like vintage fishing lures old games, etc. This is only a partial list. If you have questions don't hesitate to call Carolyn Wimer at 705-6451 or Callie Johnson at 2961104 Thanking you in advance. The Committee

are invited to attend the presbytery meeting and the subsequent open discussion session, or come to either event. Anyone wishing to have lunch between the presbytery meeting and the discussion session must RSVP to Tom Oxley by Friday, February 3.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Join us February 26 for Food and Fellowship Brunch, sponsored by Circle 6. It will be held at 9:30 instead of 11:30am. Drummer Needed—Praise Band is looking for a drummer for the early service. If you know someone who might be interested, contact Pete Shafer. Colombian Pastor Brings Ideas on Youth Ministries, Colombian Peace Process to Fairmont

2017 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center—Registration is now open for 2017 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield. Camps for all ages are available from June 10 through August 13 and include: You and Me Camp, Quilting Camp, Beginners Camp, PYC Junior Camp, PYC Camp (with Robotics, Sports, Science, Art, and Music tracks) Camp Rejoice, Kids Camp, Adventure/Sports/Discovery Camps, Two Week Camp, and Family Camping Week-end. Camp schedule & registration at

On February 9 at 7:00 p.m. Rev. Angelica Munera Cervera, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Cartagena, Colombia, will offer varied and unique perspectives on faith and service in her church and country during a visit to the Presbytery of the Miami Valley that begins January 26. Rev. Munera Cervera will speak on the involvement and responses of her country’s faith communities to the Colombian peace process and recent accords during a presentation on Thursday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m. at Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Avenue, Kettering 45429. All are invited to this open, public discussion. Come hear about the opportunities and challenges for the Presbyterian Church in Colombia, especially in the wake of the recent peace between the government and the FARC rebels.

registration Co-Moderator of PCUSA visits Miami Presbytery The Presbytery of the Miami Valley is delighted to announce that the Rev. Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will preach at the stated presbytery meeting on Saturday, February 11, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 North Wilkinson Street, Dayton. The meeting begins at 9:00 A.M. in the sanctuary at Westminster, and is expected to conclude by 12:30pm. Following the meeting and lunch, the Co-Moderator will also hold an open discussion session starting at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 11, in the church's fellowship hall. Jan will speak, followed by questions and discussion. All 7

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STAFF Pastor/Head of Staff: Brian Maguire Associate Pastor: Denise Weaver Director of Youth & Music Ministries: Ashley Ross Director of Children’s Ministry & Outreach: Rachel Boden Organist: Judy Bede

Praise & Worship Leader: Jerry Mahn Preschool Director: Coleen Petrello Preschool Teacher: Vicki Ramga Preschool Aide: Liz Lewis Administrative Assistant: Donna Schoonmaker

February Birthdays Deanne Harvey Tyler King Wynn Adam Nancy Berger Virginia Caldwell William Owens Vicki Ramga Timothy Keenan Maeve Harper Jean Hunsaker Christopher Jones Steve Greene Maryann Bausman Joan K. Thompson Linda Yoder Daryl Watkins Jr Mary Davis Amanda Matson Dawn Poindexter Deborah Prichard Richard Fish Sara Grillot

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Westley Peterson Rachel Bright Cameron Shearer Mark Wells Morgan Mantia Earl Walters John Knight Miriam Sims Autum Parcels Ann Spicer Max Borneman Rama Rengan Roger Athmer John Haas Natalie Kanis Gail Richardson Barbara Stager Chelsea Yoder Thomas Klingel Jay Thomas Jr.

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The Call - Volume 72, Issue 1  

The newsletter of Fairmont Presbyterian Church.

The Call - Volume 72, Issue 1  

The newsletter of Fairmont Presbyterian Church.