THE CALL Fairmont Presbyterian Church THOUGHTS FROM BRIAN November is a season for gratitude. Our Thanksgiving holiday reminds us of the gifts we have received: family, friends, freedom, and an overwhelming abundance of food. In my family, Thanksgiving is also tinged with thanks for family members no longer with us. We remember and we are grateful because our griefs have with time ripened into gratitude. While the faces slowly change around the table down through the decades, the family is forever because the family is held together by our bonds of love, commitment, and gratitude. We have so much to be thankful for at Fairmont as we grow into our mission through our people and out into the community. In particular, I give thanks to my colleagues, the staff of Fairmont, and most of all to Rev. Denise Weaver. Denise and I have known each other for a long time and it has been such a blessing to work with her over these past three years. She smoothed over Fairmont’s transitions, gently and graciously nudged Fairmont to new and thriving ministries, and has been a ceaseless good-listener, co-conspirator in the Gospel, trusted counsel, sometime co-commiserator, and most of all a friend. I am thankful for Denise that God continues to call upon her gifts in ministry in new and exciting ways, but also sad because I, and I know you, will miss her.
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Denise and you are invited to bring your own sharing whatever form of recognition you may wish. Blank cards will also be available for you. In worship, Fairmont will be sharing special tokens of thanks both to express our gratitude for Denise’s more than nine years of ministry at Fairmont, and as a reminder of our enduring love and thanks for her. SO, WHAT HAPPENS NOW? Rev. Denise Weaver tendered her resignation effective November 21. We will be celebrating her ministry with our thanks on Sunday November 19. You might be wondering what happens next?
Our Session has already decided that Fairmont should seek a permanent, full-time, associate pastor as soon as practicable. The Session has decided to seek a permanent associate pastor and not an interim because we do not wish interfere with Fairmont’s momentum in ministry with an extended interim search process that can take over a year. An associate pastor search can proceed quickly partly because of Fairmont’s recent pastoral search and our clear plan for ministry. In order for this search to proceed, the Session has already asked the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry (COM) for permission to form an Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC). Once permission has been obtained, we can call a congregational meeting on or after Down through the years the faces change, but the family November 12 to elect an APNC selected by our remains . . . and grows. We are bound together through Nominating Team. The APNC will then have one God’s love to us and through us. Fairmont continues to month to write our Ministry Information Form (our grow in our mission through our members and out into combined church and position description). Once the the community. In due time, God will call new leaders to MIF gets approved by the COM, we will then be free to our community who will further our ministry in ways we post the position and begin interviewing applicants. The cannot even imagine today. All our hopes for God’s final decision on whether to call a new pastor always rests future for Fairmont rest secure upon our foundation of with the congregation. gratitude for all who have helped us on our way. God keeps God’s promises, and God promises to be with us Our optimistic timeline is to call a new pastor before Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. For this to happen so always through his people. quickly we will need everyone’s cooperation and CELEBRATION OF THE MINISTRY OF REV. prayer. Please pray for God to make readily apparent DENISE WEAVER—Come and join us on Sunday God’s intentions and hopes for Fairmont. November 19 at the 9:30 and 11:30 coffee hours for a special celebration of Rev. Denise Weaver’s ministry at Fairmont. We will be collecting cards of thanksgiving for
WORSHIP AND MUSIC November 5/Communion/Daylight Saving Time— Rev. Brian Maguire will preach “Abundance (Part One)” based on 2 Corinthians 8: 1-15. November 12/Consecration Sunday—Rev. Brian Maguire will preach “Abundance (Part Two)” based on 1 Timothy 6: 6-10, 17-19. November 19—Rev. Denise Weaver will conclude her ministry at Fairmont preaching, “Risky Business” based on Matthew 25: 14-30. November 26/Christ the King—Rev. Brian Maguire will preach “Do You Know the King, Does the King Know You?” based on and Matthew 25: 31-46. Cinderella— Warren Martin composed Cinderella in 1955 at the request of the students of Westminster Choir College. The premier at Westminster was performed by 13 graduate students with the composer at the piano. The chimes were added a few years later. In subsequent years Professor Martin presided over ten or more performances, serving at narrator, pianist, or both, and personally choosing and coaching the students, faculty, and alumni for the other parts. He refused all requests to publish or lend the music, maintaining that people underestimated the difficulty of performing the work correctly. In 1984 the Choir College published this comic masterpiece for the first time, reproducing the composer’s own handwritten score. This is a wonderful event for the whole family, you will leave laughing with a new song in your heart! Cast:
Choir spotlight —Hi! I’m Kate Barnett, I follow whatever Megan sings, which is normally soprano 1. I just celebrated 5 years of being married to my husband Jason. We have two kids, Lexie (3yrs) and Quinn (2 yrs) and three cats. I am a busy stay at home mom. I quilt and help plan events for my family with the park program. Our family is so lucky to have both of our families in town, so we spend much of our time with our big family. I have always loved singing, and when Katie Chevalier told me you didn’t have to be good to be in the choir, I came. I stayed because it feels like another family for me. Their comfort and support has been a blessing in my life. My favorite piece of Dove chocolate is the caramel. My favorite song we have sung is “Even when He is Silent” because it helped me through a tough time when my brother was diagnosed with cancer. I appreciate it when I can see the congregation enjoying the music as much as I do while we are singing. I hope everyone will come to Cinderella, Sunday November 5th at 2pm, because I’m in charge of the reception. We will have my mom’s recipe for pumpkin bars (a MUST HAVE!) and glitter pumpkins.
STEWARDSHIP Commitment Sunday, November 12— Join us on Sunday November 12 for a special celebration of God’s goodness and bounty as we share what we have received. In worship we will share our financial commitments to the ministry of Fairmont Presbyterian Church. You will be invited to offer up your commitment for 2018 as we give thanks together for all that God has done and will do both for us and through us.
On Pledging, from Pastor Brian I pledge my financial support to Fairmont and I want you to pledge too. God came to us in Jesus Christ not merely to forgive us, but also to involve us in God’s work in the world. We are not mere passive recipients of God’s grace. We are active participants with the Holy Spirit in God’s great work of healing creation. And that work requires our commitment of prayer, love, labor, and money. Our world seems awash in cynicism, anger, Queen: Vicki Ramga Fairy godmother: and despair. Our culture grows ever more hostile to the King: Claude Cassion Kaoru Nora Gospel and the human virtues it seeks to cultivate like Herald: Johans Nora Prince: Cameo Humes love, patience, gratitude, and courage. Fairmont stands Stepmother: First hermit: Devlan Taylor against that tide of materialism and consumerism Sharon Kohnle Second hermit: Josh Hakala offering an alternative--God’s alternative, a life lived in First stepsister: Amber Voss Third hermit: and through God. Our whole ministry at Fairmont Second stepsister: David McKibben focuses on helping women and men from the baptismal Megan Rehberg Narrator: Rachel Boden font to the grave live into a new way of living and loving Cinderella: Ashley Ross through the Spirit. We do this through our community, 2 and all the ways we express welcome. We do it through
our stories, sharing the stories of God’s people and discovering that our stories are a part of God’s. And we do it through sharing together in our service and disciplines of faith, walking the walk of faith together. All of that work, all the formation, nurture, teaching, service, worship, caring, and hospitality takes money. How we use our time and our money demonstrates to ourselves, others, and God where our true commitments lie. Our ministries are flourishing at Fairmont. The Spirit is at work in and through us. We are reaching both new members and out into our community in new and different ways. While so many churches are dying, we are growing both quantitatively and qualitatively ever deeper into the Spirit. We are participating in the exciting work of the Gospel here and now and I want you to be a part of it!
Christmas Eve 2017—Join us for our Family Christmas Eve worship service on Sunday, December 24th at 10:30am in Fellowship Hall. We will be having the Family Christmas Eve service in place of the regular 10:30am worship service. There will be a light brunch at 10am in Fellowship Hall followed by the Family Christmas Eve service at 10:30am. Feel free to come in your pj's and worship in a casual and family-friendly environment as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. See you there! Men’s Group A luncheon to honor our Veterans is being planned for 12:00 noon on Friday, November 10, 2017 in the Fellowship Hall. The event will include an introduction by Ken Ginader, playing of the service songs, and a talk by a board member of the National Veterans Memorial & Museum. There are almost 22 million living Veterans throughout the United States, from our Greatest Generation to our recent heroes coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq. And yet, there is no single monument or museum dedicated to the Veterans' experience. There has not been a place for us all to join together to celebrate and honor the sacrifice of all of our Veterans, past and present…until now. The National Veterans Memorial & Museum is currently under construction in Columbus, Ohio, with an anticipated grand opening in Summer 2018. All Veterans of Fairmont Presbyterian Church, their spouses and guests are invited to attend. There is no cost to attend the luncheon. Mark your calendar and please join us. This event is in lieu of the Men’s Breakfast.
Giving to Fairmont from Retirement Accounts— Another way to save on taxes! Taxpayers over 70 ½ years of age with an IRA or 401K/403B accounts may transfer withdrawals (up to $100,000 per year) directly to a Fairmont Presbyterian Church or other “qualified charitable organization” and not pay tax on the distribution. Retirement savings accounts of various sorts require individuals over 70 ½ to annually make required minimum distributions or face significant tax penalties. Those distributions are then added to your taxable income, often boosting your tax bracket. But, if you direct those distributions in whole or in part to Fairmont or other charity those funds do not count as taxable income. This transfer method can save you significant tax dollars. As always, you should consult with qualified advisors to help with tax planning, but using qualified charitable distributions may be an efficient way for you to support Fairmont!
PYC PYC Spotlight —Hi! I’m Gabby Schalm. I am a junior at Oakwood High school were I participate in marching band, rocket team, and CHRISTIAN FORMATION robotics. I was kidnapped by Natalie Gut my Children’s Ministry sophomore year of high school, and I have Trunk-or-Treat—A big THANK YOU to everyone who been coming to PYC ever since. I really enjoy PYC came and participated in our annual Trunk-or-Treat! because it’s a close knit group of people, where you can Thanks to our Deacons for serving up some be yourself while having fun meeting new people. refreshments to excited kiddos and exhausted parents! I stayed because I got a good vibe from the people. My It was definitely appreciated. Check out our website for favorite Girl Scout Cooke is tagalongs ALL THE photos from the event, and plan to join in next year! WAY! My sparkle for PYC prayer is, “Shakata.” Ben totally stole that from me, it was mine first! It’s a band Upcoming Events: joke. My favorite Bible story is the Prodigal Son, Parents' Morning Out: Saturday, because the dad is willing to embrace his son even after December 2, 9am-1pm he comes back from doing bad things, his dad was happy to see him. Please come to PYC so we can build Advent Festival: Saturday, December 9, gumdrop sculptures together to work on 11am-12:30pm communication and our community. 3
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8:30am Preschool 9:30am Dayton PEO (012) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 6:30pm WOF Coord. Team Meeting (UR) 7:00pm AA 7:00pm Kettering Civic Band (fh)
Consecration Sunday WOF Box Lunch 8:30am Casual Service 9:30am Making Music (fh) 9:30am Fellowship 9:35am Children's Choir 10:00am Sunday School 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship 11:30am AED Training (chapel) 4:00pm PYC (109, fh)
8:30am Preschool 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm Kettering Civic Band (fh) 7:00pm AA 7:00pm Circle 1 (chapel)
8:30am Casual Service 9:30am Fellowship 9:30am Third Sunday Mission Project 9:35am Children's Choir 10:00am Sunday School 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship/Deniseâ€™s farewell 2:00pm Scouts (109, A)
8:30am Preschool 12:00pm Call Deadline 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm AA (C) 7:00pm Kettering Civic Band (fh)
Christ the King 8:30am Casual Service 9:30am Fellowship 9:35am Children's Choir 10:00am Sunday School 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship 11:30am Food and Fellowship Coffee Hour (fh) 4:00pm PYC (109, fh)
8:30am Preschool 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm Circle 8 (parlor) 7:00pm AA (C)
Communion/All Saints' Day Daylight Saving Time 8:30am Casual Service 9:30am Fellowship 9:35am Children's Choir 10:00am Sunday School 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship 2:00pm Scouts (109, A) 2:00pm Cinderella (sanctuary) 4:00pm PYC (109, fh)
8:30am Preschool 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (rc) 12:00pm AA (C) 7:00pm Mission Team Meeting (rc) 7:00pm Personnel Team Meeting 7:00pm Member/Community Wellness 7:00pm Christian Formation (B) 7:00pm Worship Team (chapel) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr)
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8:30am Preschool 9:00am Dayton PVA 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (rc) 12:00pm AA (C) 7:00pm Building and Grounds 7:00pm Board of Deacons (fh) 7:00pm Finance Team (rc) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr)
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9:00am Art, Antique and Craft Show (building wide)
DEACONS Deacons—Usher teams are looking for new members to join. Each team serves for two weeks several times a year. We are also looking for anyone who is available to help usher during funerals and memorial services. If you are interested in helping out or have questions please contact either David Hammond or Liz Lewis.
JFK Elementary School After-School Program—We need you for one hour, one day a month! Eleven of our members help with homework, do craft projects, play board/card games, build with Legos, color together, chat, and otherwise share our love and care with kids in our community. These kids are great fun! We have members who go 1st or 3rd Tuesdays or 2nd or 4th Wednesdays but you could go any day. If you are interested in participating, you can easily come along to see what goes on; just ask any member of the Mission Team for details on how you might be involved.
MEMBER & COMMUNITY WELLNESS
Fairmont’s next House of Bread volunteer day is Thursday, November 16. We want to send a team of eight volunteers. The volunteer day is 9:00am-2:00pm. Can you spell AED? (Automatic External We will help prepare and serve a hot, nutritious lunch Defibrillator.) An informational session about Fairmont's AED will be given after the 10:30am service to grateful guests. It is a wonderful day of service and fellowship. Consider helping in this mission project. on November 12 in the Chapel. In addition, you will Sign-up sheet is on the Mission bulletin board. have the opportunity to practice attaching a training AED to a mannequin along with performing CPR. How Else Can You Serve as a Disciple? We continue Expect this session to last approximately 1 hour. This session is put on by Ann Diller, RN and Wally Taylor, to collect assorted items in the Black & White Narthex: soda can pull-tabs (Ronald McDonald House), EMT and Red Cross CPR/AED Instructor. BoxTops for Education (J.F. Kennedy Elementary), and men’s belts (House of Bread). Remember to bring Fit 4 You classes will be cancelled on Fridays for the non-perishable food for the FISH/South Dayton Food month of November only. Tuesday classes will Pantry! continue as regularly scheduled at 11:00am. Life Line Screening will be at our church on December 1. These are not tests just for seniors, they are tests that catch life-threatening illnesses before the symptoms appear. Call 800-718-0961. MISSION BEYOND THE CONGREGATION Helping Hands, Helping Hearts
Christmas is around the corner! Jeremiah’s Letter! The Mission Team is focusing our Christmas giving efforts on one project this year: Jeremiah’s Letter. As in the past, this project provides local families with the ingredients for a nice Christmas dinner with additional groceries along with gifts for the family. We will be posting the color-coded trees with requested gift items for you to purchase and wrap. More details will be coming! With this local focus of our time and treasure, we will not be collecting Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child or the Christmas Joy Offering.
November 19…3rd Sunday Mission Project– Caring for Families of Loved-ones—After each worship service on November 19 we will write notes of love and support to families of those In support of global outreach, you could consider a gift members who died within the past year. These members were recognized during the All-Saints Sunday through Presbyterian Mission’s Giving Catalogue. You may donate to any of 40 different projects worldwide. worship service. Catalogs are available on the Mission information table th 4 Annual Dayton Out of The Darkness Walk under the bulletin board near the Narthex. Follow up. On Sunday, October 22 at Oakwood High Mission Bulletin Board! – Updates and changes School a team of walkers from Fairmont walked to raise awareness and money for the fight against suicide. happen regularly so check often for events and For our April 5th Sunday donation, congregational gifts opportunities to nurture and inspire each other and those in our community! of $1300 qualified us as official sponsors to have our Fairmont logo on the walk t-shirts. Walkers included Michael Rothenberger, Danielle Rhubart, Jorge and Katherine Gonzales, & Sarah and Howard Bugden. 6
Your Helping Hands and Helping Hearts: Making an IMPACT with Families, Children, and Youth in our community! For over a year, we have partnered with John F. Kennedy Elementary School, providing many donated items, money, and volunteers. We chose this school since it has the students with the greatest economic needs in our community. Our partnership has included donating school supplies, hats/mittens, and dinner for staff on parent-teacher conference days. We received a thank you note describing what our financial donation has provided: coats, field trip fees, purchase of lice shampoo, registration fees, emergency food for families, emergency day-care fees, lunch fees for new students, shoes, alarm clocks, replacement library books, and incentives to increase parent involvement. In addition to our financial support, we have a team of Fairmont members who help in the After-School Daycare Program and we would love to have you join us!
Circle 3, Wednesday, November 15, 10am Circle 6, Wednesday, November 15, 7pm, Parlor Circle 7, will not meet in November Circle 8, Monday, November 27, 7pm, Parlor November Sunday Box Meal Menu —Homemade Meatloaf, Cheesy Potatoes, Southern Style Green Beans, and a yummy dessert! Pick up your Box Meals on November 12. Can you deliver a meal to a person who can't get to church? Order it and WOF will cover the cost. Cookie Walk—The annual Women of Fairmont Cookie Walk is fast approaching! Save the date to bake and buy: Sunday, December 10, after the single service. Everyone is invited to bake and donate cookies and candy for the Cookie Walk. Please sign up on the Fellowship Pad if you can contribute homemade items. Cookies/candies can be delivered to Fellowship Hall on Friday, December 8 between 9:00am-3:00pm or Saturday, December 9 between 9:00-11:00am.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Making Music Together – We continue our monthly gathering to play and sing for about 50 minutes starting at 9:30am on Sunday November 12. On every 2nd Sunday, join us in Fellowship Hall to play your acoustic instrument, sing along, or simply listen in as we make fun music together. Song/chord sheets are provided. All skill levels are welcome. Please join in!
WOMEN OF FAIRMONT
The Art, Antique and Craft Show —We have been diligently working on getting things together. There is a sign-up list for volunteers and we will be happy to accept your help. Clean up afterwards is crucial and also getting all the vintage items up to choir room the week of the sale. Encourage your friends to bring items for the antique appraisal. The prices are 1 item for $6 and 2 for $10. We only have 5 things for the auction including an airplane ride, quilt and a weekend at Rocky Fork Lake. We continue to work on this. We also have an auctioneer in place. Call Carolyn Wimer or Callie Johnson. All profits go to ease the hunger in our area. Thank you.
The Coordinating Team will meet Monday, November It’s Bake Sale Time!!! It’s time to get baking again for 6, at 6:30pm in the Upper Room. the Art, Antique and Craft Show. We need cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, assorted breads, fudge or any Circle Meetings item you would like to make. Please bring your baked Circle 1, Monday, November 13, 7pm, chapel items to the library on Friday, November 17 from 9:00 Hostesses: Kimberly Gunlock, Pam Lowry, & Sara -4:00pm or 5:00-8:00pm. If you can’t bake but would Grillot like to donate toward boxes & packaging, please see Circle 2, Wednesday, November 15, 10am, Linda Hammond or Barb Miller. Thank you. Hostess: Jean Sherwood 7
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Pastor/Head of Staff: Brian Maguire Preschool Director: Coleen Petrello Associate Pastor: Denise Weaver Preschool Teacher: Tracy Landgren Director of Youth & Music Ministries: Ashley Ross Preschool Aide: Liz Lewis Director of Childrenâ€™s Ministry & Outreach: Rachel Boden Bookkeeper: Martha Keil Organist: Judy Bede Administrative Assistant: Donna Schoonmaker Praise & Worship Leader: Jerry Mahn Custodians: Glenn Stevens and Louis Weyrauch
November Birthdays Stuart Schramm 11/01 *John Root 11/02 Janine Borneman 11/03 Ann Diller 11/03 Betty Lou Ludwig 11/05 Joyce Hoffman 11/07 Eric Sitar 11/08 Sarah Hamilton 11/08 *Joe Hood 11/10 Debra Wright 11/10 Alexandra Barnett 11/11 Brian Diller 11/12 Jennifer Fiden 11/12 Nicole Hohler 11/15 *Dale Nash 11/17 Jim Grillot 11/19
Rebecca Lamb 11/19 *Wayne Morse 11/19 Henry Bergstresser 11/20 Ryan Grieco 11/20 Eric Diller 11/21 Don Goss 11/21 Roman Thieben 11/22 *Marjorie Sando 11/26 *David Hammond 11/28 Strater Poindexter 11/28
*Those celebrating birthdays of 80+ years.
The office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24 for Thanksgiving.
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