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THE CALL Fairmont Presbyterian Church THOUGHTS FROM BRIAN Still Reforming . . .

September 2017 Volume 72, Issue 7

we might become a bit more like Jesus. That is the only reform that matters.

Reformation 500th Anniversary 500 years ago this October, an Augustinian Monk and 500 years ago this fall, Martin Luther started the part-time New Testament professor nailed up a list of Protestant Reformation, a messy process of objections to certain practices of the Catholic Church transformation committed to the idea that the Church of onto the front door of the church in Wittenberg, Jesus Christ must always commit itself to reforming and Germany. That monk intended his editorial to spark a being reformed in every age through the Word of God. debate, instead it started a Reformation whose effects still That foundation still binds and guides everything we do. reverberate. Martin Luther’s objections set fire to a To be reformed and reforming in every age is not powder keg of pent up religious, political, and cultural necessarily a comfortable process. It requires us to pressures that had been building for centuries. The examine our motives, goals, and methods. Does our changes he started, the principles he insisted upon, and congregation, does Fairmont conform to Jesus’ the methods he established shape our denomination and expectations for his church? If not, how could we? Do congregation down to the present day. the decisions and commitments of our lives align our intentions with God’s? How do we incorporate Jesus’ Over the course of September and October we will be own values into the daily decision making in our lives? incorporating some of those important themes in These are some of the hard questions of living an worship. You may notice Reformation confessions in ongoing life of Reformation. worship as well as hymns from that era. We will study the Reformation together in Connections as we seek to Surprisingly, in the past fifty years perhaps the group that understand both its causes and its impact. And then on has best exemplified these Reformation values has been Sunday October 29 we will celebrate our shared heritage the Roman Catholic Church as it has reconsidered as a distinct branch Christianity on the 500th anniversary everything it does in light of God’s Word starting with the of its birth. Second Vatican Council. The congregation of Rome has emerged as a tremendously diverse, self-examining, and Connections: The Protestant Reformation evolving community of Christ followers. (The Catholics Wednesday Nights 6:30pm and Lutherans officially settled the theological fight of the Join us on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm in the Chapel as Reformation in the Joint Declaration on Justification in we explore the Protestant Reformation, its causes, what 1999. Presbyterians signed on to the agreement this year) happened, and its consequences. Our explorations begin on Wednesday September 13 and continue throughout The pressing question for Fairmont is how we too can September and October. All are welcome. reform our practices, commitments, and methods in light of God’s Word? Our Session has boldly charted a new The Circle, Leaning in to the Delicate Arts of Prayer course focusing on the ways in which Fairmont together Together in New Ways nurtures and guides people to live Spirt-centered, In worship we praise God, in our Connections classes we Spirit-Breathed, In-Spirited lives? We believe that life in learn about God and God’s story, but how do we actually the Spirit, the type of life Jesus himself lived, is available experience God? For two thousand years, women and not merely after we die, but here and now. Such Spirit men have shared together in disciplined practices to Life is desperately needed in this world awash in bring us closer into the presence of God. We seek to meaninglessness, despair, addiction, materialism, and share these practices at Fairmont, not only learning about violence. We believe that Jesus became human so that them. Methods like divine reading, contemplative prayer,

the Jesus Prayer, chanting, and Christian Meditation are our common inheritance from 100 generations of seekers. We now seek to learn their methods in another ancient-new form--the circle--with a center in which no one stands, in which spoken word is still event, and in which action serves contemplation. Here we will seek to place our minds in our hearts and in doing so rest in the immediate presence of God. Come and join us as Pastor Brian and Dr. Lisa share with us on Sundays starting on September 10 at 2:30pm in the chapel.

Sunday School Schedule (beginning September 17th) † 9:35am-9:55am – children’s music in room 127 (SS hallway) † 10:00am-10:25am – Sunday school for grades 1-5 in room B (SS hallway) † 10:00am-10:25am – Sunday school for ages 3-K in room A (Noah’s Ark) † 10:30am (after children’s msg) – Sunday school for grades 1-5 in room B † 10:30am (after children’s msg) – Sunday school for ages 3-K in room A


Acolytes Open to children and youth in 3rd-7th grade. Acolytes are responsible for lighting candles and sometimes presenting baptismal water and/or a Bible for the 10:30am service. Contact Acolyte Coordinator Liz Lewis for information.

September 3 Holy Communion Romans 12: 19-31 Sermon: Church: A User’s Manual September 10 Kick Off/10:30am Single Service Romans 13: 8-15 Matthew 18: 15-20 Sermon: Being Right Isn’t Good Enough September 17 Pastor Denise will preach. Psalm 103: 8-13 Genesis 50:15-21 Sermon: Evil vs. Redemption September 24 Jonah 3: 10-4:5 Jonah 4: 6-4:11 Sermon: Under the Unpredictable Shrub


The Way Cafe Our coffee house has been refreshed and revamped for the new program year! It’s the perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and you’ll find a variety of K-cup pods available for you to use. Feel free to use the space for conversation or private reflection while the kids are in Sunday school in the morning! Mark Your Calendar! Sunday, September 10th: Kick-off BBQ, 5pm. Sunday, October 1st: Fall Festival, 3-5pm. Sunday, October 22nd: Children’s Sabbath during 10:30 worship. Children’s choir performs and Bibles

are presented to children in Kindergarten and 3rd grade. Saturday, October 28th: Trunk or Treat in lower parking lot, 4-5pm (Trunks arrive at 3:30pm) Saturday, December 2nd: Parent’s Day Out, 9am-1pm Saturday, December 9th: Family Advent Event, all ages, 11am-12:30pm Sunday, December 24th: Family Christmas Eve service, 10:30am

Welcome to a new school year! We can't wait for all of the exciting Men’s Group things happening in children's ministry this year. Check the church The Men’s Group will meet at NCR at noon on website periodically for information on special events, September 20. and contact Rachel if you would like to receive the weekly Children's Ministry newsletter, Kidz Korner! PYC PYC and Children’s Ministry Kick Our annual kick-off barbecue with the PYC is set for Off Cookout!! All are invited to Sunday, September 10th at 5pm. We will enjoy hot come and join in fellowship and dogs and hamburgers, and have our parent meeting dinner September 10th at 5pm in while the children play with the youth. Join us for our the fellowship hall. Please RSVP to first big event of the program year! Rachel or Ashley. 2

Young Families


Mom&Me resumes Friday, September 8, after an August hiatus. Join with other moms to share support, encouragement, laughter and parenting challenges while the children play. We meet from 10:30am-12 noon in the PreK Sunday School room. Save the Date! A Fall Festival will be held Sunday, October 1, from 3:00-5:00pm for families of all ages! Face painting, pumpkin decorating, playing on the playground and a hot dog dinner are planned. Preschool families are also invited to attend. Contact Pastor Denise if you have questions or want to rsvp. Join us for a wonderful afternoon of autumnal fun!

A Note of Gratitude: Thank you so much for the water bottle donations and help with labeling and distribution for the Holiday at Home festivities. The Holiday at Home committee was very grateful to receive around 40 cases of water! We also received a donation of water from Dorothy Lane Market to pass out to hot, thirsty people during the parade. It is a blessing to be able to share with our community and meet a need in such a tangible way.

MISSION INTERPRETATION JFK School Supplies Drive—We are collecting school supplies for children at JFK Elementary. A donation drop spot is set up in the black and white narthex. Consider donating: #2 pencils, 24 Crayola crayon box, 12 Crayola colored pencils, glue sticks, dry-erase markers, folders, notebooks, loose leaf paper and binders.

DEACONS Deacons begins meeting the second Tuesday (rather than the fourth) of the month at 7pm in Fellowship Hall. The September meeting will be September 12 at 7:00pm in fellowship hall.

PASTORAL CARE Spiritual Caregivers Training offered this fall by Pastor Denise. If you have a desire to offer emotional support and care to members whose health issues preclude their attending worship please consider becoming a trained Spiritual Caregiver. This training equips one to become a more effective listener and more comfortable conversing with persons dealing with chronic health issues. The training covers topics such as listening skills, guidelines for hospital and home visitation, confidentiality, grief, end of life issues and the use of scripture and prayer in visits. This ministry primarily focuses on members who are homebound or in nursing homes strengthening the connection between them and our congregation as they become unable to attend worship. Spiritual Caregiver visits greatly supplement the visits made by the pastors. An informational meeting will be held Sunday, September 10, at 11:30am in Room 109. The days and times for the training sessions will be determined based upon the participants’ schedules. Contact Pastor Denise is you have questions or are interested.


Back to School! Our partner school, John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Kettering, is back in session and our volunteers are returning to the After-School Day Care Program at 3:00. Join us as we work with delightful kids in sharing unconditional love, joy, and understanding with all your heart, mind, and strength! Our days to attend are 1st and 3rd Tuesday and 2nd and 4th Wednesday. See any Mission Team member for details on how you might be involved. Opioid Epidemic Education & Awareness Event: Please join us on Sunday, September 24th from 3:005:00pm at Fairmont Presbyterian Church as we come together for education, enlightenment, equipping and engagement around the issue of the opioid epidemic in Kettering and in broader Montgomery County. Leaders in the community who are working on this issue will be present to explain the challenges, outline resources for support, and describe how you can help and become a positive change agent. Representatives will be present from Kettering City Schools, local law enforcement and EMTs, and other service organizations. Please join the Mission and Interpretation team in attending this event. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to any Mission team member.

SEPTE Sunday


Communion 8:30am Casual Service (fh) 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 10:30am Traditional Service (sanctuary) 11:30am Fellowship (fh)


Labor Day/Office Closed




8:30am Preschool 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (C) 7:00pm Worship Team 7:00pm Personnel Team 7:00pm Christian Formation 7:00pm Mission Team Meeting 7:00pm Member/Community Wellness (109) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr)


8:30am Presch 6:30pm Praise 6:30pm Scout 7:30pm AA (0


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


8:30am Presch 12:00pm Men 6:30pm Conne 6:30pm Praise 7:30pm AA (0


8:30am Presch 10:00am Call M 6:30pm Praise 6:30pm Conne 7:30pm AA (0

WOF Box Lunch 9:30am Making Music (fh) 10:30am Single Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 11:30am Sunday School Teacher Orientation 2:00pm Scouts (109, A) 2:30pm The Circle (chapel) 5:00pm Children/Youth Cookout


8:30am Preschool 12:00pm OA (C) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm AA (C)


8:30am Preschool 9:00am Dayton PVA (012) 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (C) 6:00pm Girl Scouts Parent Mtg 7:00pm Building and Grounds 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr) 7:00pm Board of Deacons (fh) 7:00pm Finance Team (rc) 7:30pm Board of Trustees (109)


8:30am Preschool 9:30am Dayton PEO 12:00pm OA (C) 12:00pm Call Deadline 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm AA (C)


8:30am Preschool 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA 5:30pm Lisa Hess (chapel) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr) 7:00pm Session (109)


8:30am Preschool 12:00pm OA (C) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm AA (C)


8:30am Preschool 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (C) 5:30pm Dayton Opera Auditions (parlor, sanctuary) 5:30pm Lisa Hess (chapel) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr)

8:30am Casual Service 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:30am Third Sunday Mission 9:35am Children's Choir 10:00am Sunday School 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 2:30pm The Circle (chapel) 4:00pm PYC (109, fh) 8:30am Casual Service 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir 10:00am Sunday School 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 11:30am Food and Fellowship 1:00pm Golf Outing (off site) 2:30pm The Circle (chapel) 3:00pm Opioid Epidemic Event 4:00pm PYC (109, fh)






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1:00pm Craft Group (012) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr) 7:00pm NA (012)




8:30am Preschool (preschool) 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (C) 5:00pm Theology on Tap (off site)


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



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


8:30am Preschool 10:30am Mom and Me 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (C) 5:00pm Theology on Tap (off site)


1:00pm Craft Group 7:00pm NA (012) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr)


8:30am Preschool 10:30am Mom and Me 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (C) 6:30pm Scouts (fh, outside)


1:00pm Rug Hooking Group (fh) 7:00pm NA (012) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr)


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

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10:00am Dayton Opera (cr, sanctuary)



Private Hand Bell Workshop (fh)



9:30am Dayton Opera Auditions (parlor, sanctuary) 12:00pm WOF Fall Gathering


9:00am Committee on Ministry Training (fh)



Out of the Darkness Dayton Walk: This past Spring, Fairmont Presbyterian Church collected a 5th Sunday Special Offering to help sponsor this Fall's Out of the Darkness Walk to support Suicide Prevention. We now invite you to consider attending and/or walking for the event, which takes place on Sunday, October 22nd at 2:00pm. The 1-mile and 3-mile walk options will begin at Oakwood High School on 1200 Far Hills Ave. The mission team will be working with Sallie Luther to coordinate a registration opportunity after our Sunday services in early October. If you have any questions about this event, please contact any Mission team member or Sallie Luther. 3rd Sunday Mission Project - September: For the 3rd Sunday Mission Project in September, the Mission team will be hosting a sock drive for the House of Bread. Please donate new packaged socks (adult and child size) to the Black and White Narthex in early September. On the 3rd Sunday of September (17th), join the mission team in attaching encouraging notes to the socks before distribution.

WOMEN OF FAIRMONT The annual Fall Gathering will kick off our program year on Saturday, September 23 in Fellowship Hall at noon. All women of the church are invited to the Fall Gathering. Consider joining a circle to enjoy the fellowship, support, and Bible Study that comes with being part of a small group. Find a time that works for you on the listing displayed on the WOF bulletin board near the church library. Regular monthly meetings begin in October.


This year's Horizons Bible study is "Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews," by Melissa Bane Sevier. In nine lessons, the author invites us to explore major themes found in Hebrews, relate these themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and tie them together with the overarching motif of community. Sunday Box Meals! Order a delicious Sunday Box Meal by filling out the order form found in the bulletin on the first Sunday 6

of the month. Pick up your order after church on the Lads and Lassies—Please join us for a Scottish High second Sunday. Meals are $8. If you can deliver a meal Tea following the 10:30am service (single service) on to a shut-in, please mark that on your form and WOF Reformation Sunday, October 29. All are welcome. will cover the cost. Fine Art, Antique and Craft Show, November 18. Greetings from the Craft Show Committee. We have September's menu for pick-up September 10: Ham and Broccoli Bow Tie Pasta, Tomato/Cucumber been hard at work already getting prepared for the show. At the moment all the spaces are filled and that Boat, and Zucchini Chocolate Cake! To help plan is adding 2 spaces from last year. The word is getting future menus, this month's form has space for you to out. We are looking for canning jars, pint, quart and list your favorite Box Meal items. jelly jars. All donations can be left in the closet to left as you head down hall to choir room. We will really We appreciate Karan Bowden, Jenny Fiden, and appreciate help week of show. There is a lot of STUFF Martha Keil for developing and continuing this in our work area which needs to be carted up to the successful WOF program! choir room. We can start early in the week, this per Ashley.

PRESCHOOL CORNER We’re still looking for nice items for our vintage room. These could include seasonal things like Christmas decorations, Easter, Halloween etc. Does anyone have any nice red, white and blue ribbon or some such thing that could be draped thru a Christmas tree. We are considering decorating a tree in a patriotic theme. So anything you have that might be appropriate let us know. Also looking for weekend getaways, dinner packages, etc. for our auction. We did quite well last year with this. Thanks for helping us as we strive for nice checks to help feed the hungry in our area. Thanks from The Committee. For any questions, please call Carolyn Wimer or Callie Johnson.

Fairmont Presbyterian Preschool is happy to welcome Tracy Landgren to the preschool team. Tracy is taking the job vacated by Vicki Ramga, teaching our 3 year olds. Tracy was born and raised in Kettering and continues to call Kettering home. She has been married for almost 11 years to Tom, an insurance agent and they have one son, Zachary who is in the 2nd grade. Tracy is a recent graduate of Sinclair where she earned her degree in Early Childhood Education. She brings great warmth and enthusiasm to the classroom and we are looking forward to a wonderful year with her.


The LOOP System—The inductive loop assistive hearing system is in the sanctuary. In order to tune in, Golf outing: Sunday, September 24 at Pipestone with a simply turn your hearing aid on to the T-Coil or shotgun start and best ball scramble at 1:00 pm. Telephone mode. Your audiologist can help you. Dinner will follow with prizes and gifts awarded. The Information is available on the welcome desk. cost is approximately $55. The deadline to sign up is September 18. Contact Daryll Sakada for more inforRev. Denise Weaver will be on vacation September 18mation. 24. Food and Fellowship is returning in September. If you enjoyed 4th Sunday Food and Fellowship last year, consider signing up for a month this year. It does not need to be anything big, just some fruit, bagels, or chips and dip. You can sign up with some friends and decide what you would like to bring. It can be as elaborate as you desire, and after whichever service works better for you. September is already taken, but other months are available. The sign-up sheet will be posted in mid-September.

Getting Ready for a New Year! Thank you for your faithful giving and support of Fairmont throughout the summer! August tends to be a quieter month for Fairmont so we have taken advantage of that time to do some much needed repairs to our front façade and steeple. We will have a fresh coat of paint for the new year and all the new metal doors are being painted (finally!). Less obvious, but no less important, we continue to make drainage improvements to prevent water intrusions. All this important work is happening because of your faithful support. Thank you for making Fairmont a great place to grow in faith together! 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 Children’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

September Birthdays Martha Keil 09/01 Tracy Landgren 09/03 *Judith Porter 09/06 *Martha Hibbs 09/08 Andrew Ludwig 09/08 Evi Fromm 09/09 Bryan Mann 09/10 Allison Ludwig 09/11 Jorge Gonzalez 09/12 William Ross 09/12 Amy Fish 09/16 *Lillie Harris 09/16 *Helen Madole 09/16 Bryan Akers 09/17 *Marilyn George 09/17 Elizabeth Specht 09/17 *Dorothy Harner 09/18 Donna Ginader 09/19 Cassandra Shearer 09/19 *Lois Turnbull 09/19 Emily Weaner 09/20 *Betty Brown 09/21

David Cohen 09/21/ Robert Kaskocsak 09/21 Sally Kaskocsak 09/21 Lynn Shepard 09/21 Col Thomas Kelly 09/22 Isabel Glueckert 09/23 Amy Jordan 09/23 Abigail Lewis 09/23 Tom Gunlock 09/24 *Virene MacCagno 09/24 *Kit MacKenzie 09/24 *William Haffner 09/25 *Ken MacKenzie 09/25 Cindy Youngerman 09/25 *Anne Johnson 09/27 Emma King 09/27 Margaret Bergstresser 09/28 *Paul Lamberger 09/28 *Robert Williams 09/28 Carol Bussey 09/29 Jan Franklin 09/29 Bonnie Grieco 09/30

*Those celebrating birthdays of 80+ years.

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