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THE CALL

Fairmont Presbyterian Church

September 2018 Volume 73, Issue 7

THOUGHTS FROM BRIAN

NOTES FROM KELLEY

“Religion” seems to be getting a bad rap these days. Religion is often deemed judgmental, dogmatic, bureaucratic, and disconnected from people’s lives. “Spirituality,” on the other hand, is all the rage with its emphasis on individual experiences of the infinite. Popular media casts religion and spirituality as polar opposites vying for the minds and souls of modern people. Talking heads on TV proudly assert that they are spiritual, but not religious, as if they could choose between the two.

The Autumnal Equinox, when the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator and day and night are of equal length, will occur late evening on September 22nd. The word “equinox” comes from the Latin aequus meaning “equal” and nox meaning “night.”

Spirituality comes from the Latin word spiritus, which refers to the ineffable, intangible, constant presence of God in our lives and our world (it is also the root of “respiration”). At Fairmont our goal is to help each other lived “inspired” lives, literally lives filled and transformed by and through the Spirit of God. Religion comes from the Latin word religare, which means to bind back together again. Religion is about what we do to reconnect us both to each other and to God. Spirituality provides the dynamic for transformational change. Religion provides the structure and form through which such energy is directed to connect and build up. If you want to grow up to become a human being fully alive, you need both. Sailing ships have two kind of ropes: standing rigging and running rigging. Running rigging are all the ropes that raise and lower sails and adjust the angles of masts so the boat can use the energy of the wind. Standing rigging are all the taut ropes that stabilize the masts and keep them from snapping under the force of the sails. A sail boat without running rigging cannot move. A sailboat without standing rigging will rip itself apart. In order for the boat to move anywhere, you need both. Spirituality is like that running rigging, responding to the subtle, invisible motions of the spirt. Religion is like the standing rigging, keeping us centered, integrated, and pointed in the right direction in our identity, our purpose, and our ultimate goal.

At Fairmont, we seek to be both religious and spiritual knowing that as mortal creatures we need both in order to grow into the women and men that God intends us to become.

Already these lingering days of summer are hinting of cooler evenings and changing seasons. We are a people of seasons. Parents and families are experiencing a new season as their children begin school. September brings a new season for our church family as we celebrate the beginning of our church year on September 9th. Nature around us – cooler days, earlier sunsets, changing colors - reminds us that our sun, moon, and planets continue in their courses, marking our days through the steady movement of the heavens. The Psalmist declares God’s glory in the seasons and the heavens in Psalm 8:1 –

O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Methodist writer and pastor, Thomas Chisholm, penned the familiar words from the beloved hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” –

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest; sun, moon, and stars in their courses above; join with all nature in manifold witness; to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. Join us in welcoming the changing seasons of our lives as we celebrate the new church year on September 9th with an allchurch picnic and new programs for children, youth, and adults. I am grateful to be on this journey with you. Blessings in Christ, Kelley


WORSHIP AND MUSIC

CHRISTIAN FORMATION

September 2: Sacrament of Communion

Kidz Korner

Lesson: Song of Songs 2:8-13

2018-2019 Sunday School Schedule

Sermon: “Love Songs”

9:30am: Cherub Choir (children’s music room)

September 9: Kickoff—single service

10am: Mini Missionaries (PreK), Room A

Lesson: Mark 8: 27-38

10am: Junior Apostles (grades K-5), Room B

Sermon: “So, What Do You Say?”

Following Time with Children: Mini Missionaries (PreK), Room A

September 16 First Lesson: Proverbs 22: 1-9

Following Time with Children: Junior Apostles (grades K-2), Room B

Second Lesson: Mark 7: 1-8, 14-23

Nursery Care: 8am-12pm for children birth-2 years

Sermon: “Hygiene for the Heart” September 23 First Lesson: James 3: 13-18 Second Lesson: Mark 9: 30-37

Sermon: “Servant of All” September 30 First Lesson: James 3: 5-10

Kick-off Sunday: September 9th!

Second Lesson: Mark 9: 38-48 Sermon: “How the Gospel Dies”

We are currently seeking a new part-time choir director! We have several leads already and will keep you up to date as we ensure that the music program of Fairmont is in good hands heading into the program year. If you or anyone you know is interested in the position, please visit our website to view the job posting. In the meantime, Judy Bede will be serving as an interim choir director. Thank you for your patience during this time of transition at Fairmont!

All children’s programming begins on Sunday, September 9th. In addition to the Cherub Choir and Sunday School, this includes the following evening programs for children of all ages: Kids Connections: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm Bible Stories: First Friday of each month, on the Zoom app from 8-8:30pm (beginning Oct. 5)

Following the church picnic on September 9th, there will be a brief parent meeting in the chapel for anyone with a child in Fairmont’s programs. 2


PYC Welcome our new youth director! The Presbyterian Youth Connection (PYC) is an important part of Fairmont, nurturing our youth in a safe, affirming environment and helping them grow in Christian discipleship. Rachel Boden has been chosen by the Session to lead the PYC starting on September 1. Rachel brings a wealth of experience working with high school and junior high youth from her work teaching in the public schools as well as her passion for sharing the faith with young people demonstrated through her work coordinating our children’s ministry. Assuming leadership for all our Christian formation programs for both children and youth, Rachel’s job title will now change to Director of Christian Education for Children and Youth. Next Sunday we will commission Rachel for this new role at Fairmont as she begins this important ministry. PYC begins on September 16th for all students in grades 612! PYC will meet on Sunday evenings during the program year from 5-7pm at the church. The Sunday evening schedule will look something like this: 5-5:30pm: Games on the green space (or Fellowship Hall) 5:30-6:30pm: Dinner in Fellowship Hall 6:30-7pm: Bible/book study in Room 109

Coins 4 Kids—Fairmont family, we need your help! Over the past several years, all coins collected during the offering have gone into our Coins4Kids fund, a special fund to help offset the cost of Kirkmont camp for our children and youth who attend. From this fund, Fairmont is able to pay half of the camp cost for each attendee, helping our parents and encouraging them to send their kids to Kirkmont. From Kirkmont’s website: “Kirkmont Center, an independent non-profit organization, was founded by the Presbyterian Church USA in 1963. Today we are a camp and retreat center serving public and private school groups, non-profit organizations, youth groups, sports teams, music and art associations, churches and faith based groups of all denominations, families, businesses, and individuals. Our goal is to provide you with a renewing camp, outdoor education, or retreat experience.” Our numbers at Fairmont are growing, and we have more children and youth attending summer camp at Kirkmont. As a result, our Coins4Kids fund is shrinking faster than it is being replenished. It is a good problem to have, but we need your help to keep the fund growing for our children and youth. Please remember to bring your coins to put in the Sunday morning offering plate. You can also write a check with “Coins4Kids” in the memo line. Thank you for your help in encouraging our growing young Christians!

Following the church picnic on September 9th, there will be a brief parent meeting in the chapel for anyone with a student in PYC at Fairmont.

Connections: The Crusades and Violence in the Christian Tradition—Wednesday evenings starting September 12, 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel Why do Christians occasionally murder lots of people in the name of the Prince of Peace? About nine hundred years ago, several thousand Europeans walked across two continents to “liberate” the holy land from the Muslim domination. Why? Was it a crime or an act of faith or something else? These are some of the questions we will examine as we consider the Crusades and violence in the Christian tradition. All are welcome and child care will be provided.

MISSION BEYOND THE CONGREGATION Helping Hands, Helping Hearts 3rd Sunday Mission Project – On September 16, we are writing notes of Love and Encouragement to all of our schoolage children as they begin a new school year. Join us in Fellowship Hall after each service in this loving project. Many 3 loving hands are needed to write MANY notes.


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Communion 8:30am: Casual Service

Labor Day Office closes at noon

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11am: Fit 4 You (fh) 12pm: AA (C)

6:30pm: Dayton 6:30pm: Praise

9:45am: Contemplative Worship (chapel)

12pm: OA (rc)

7pm: Quartet P

10:30am: Traditional Service

6:30pm: Scout meeting (109)

7:30pm: AA (01

7pm: Team Meetings

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9:45am: Contemplative Worship (chapel)

Office closes at noon

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10:30am: Single Service Church Picnic 2pm: Scout Meeting (109)

8:30am: Casual Service 9:45am: Contemplative Worship (chapel)

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Office closes at noon 9:30am: Dayton PEO (012)

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11am: Fit 4 You (fh) 12pm: AA (C)

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5:30pm: GIFT 6:30pm: Praise

12pm: OA (rc)

6:30pm: Conne

5pm: Women Writing (chapel)

7pm: Quartet P

7pm: Trustees, B&G, Finance

7pm: AA (012)

11am: Fit 4 You (fh) 12pm: AA (C)

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8am: Men's Bre 6:30pm: Praise

12pm: OA (rc)

6:30pm: Conne

9:30am: 3rd Sunday Mission

5pm: Women Writing (chapel)

7pm: Quartet P

5pm: PYC

7pm: Session (109)

7pm: AA (012)

10:30am: Traditional Service

8:30am: Casual Service 9:45am: Contemplative Worship (chapel)

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Office closes at noon

12pm: AA (C)

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6pm: CPR train 6:30pm: Praise

6:30pm: Conne

7pm: Quartet P

12pm: Lunch and CPR training

7pm: AA (012)

5pm: PYC

9:45am: Contemplative Worship (chapel)

11am: Fit 4 You (fh)

12pm: OA (rc)

10:30am: Traditional Service (sanctuary)

8:30am: Casual Service

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10:30am: Traditional Service 3pm: Kelley’s Installation Service

5pm: PYC 4


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Band (fh)

Thursday

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1pm: Creative Crafters (fh)

ractice (cr)

7pm: NA (012)

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7pm: Choir Rehearsal

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Band (fh)

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7pm: NA (012) 7pm: Choir Rehearsal

Friday

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Saturday

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11am: Fit 4 You (fh) 12pm: OA (rc)

9:30am: Dayton Opera Chorus

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12:30pm: Dorothy Hangen 5pm: Theology on Tap (off site) Memorial Service (chapel)

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ctions (chapel)

11am: Fit 4 You (fh) 12pm: OA (rc)

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11:30am: WOF Fall Gathering (fh)

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6:30pm: Scout Pack Meeting

ractice (cr)

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Band (fh)

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1pm: Creative Crafters (fh)

ctions (chapel)

7pm: NA (012)

ractice (cr)

7pm: Choir Rehearsal

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Band (fh)

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1pm: Rug Hooking Group (fh)

ctions (chapel)

7pm: NA (012)

ractice (cr)

7pm: Choir Rehearsal

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11am: Fit 4 You (fh) 12pm: OA (rc)

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5pm: Theology on Tap (off site)

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11am: Fit 4 You (fh) 12pm: OA (rc)

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5th Annual Out of the Darkness Walk - The Mission Team is proud to announce that Fairmont will be a sponsor for the 5th Annual Dayton Out of the Darkness Walk which is part of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The Walk will be held Sunday, October 21 at 2pm at Oakwood High School. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the largest private funder of suicide prevention research in the country. The Dayton walk is one of over 400 walks being held across the country.

A Big THANK YOU from Artemis Center: Artemis is one of the organizations that the Mission Team supports every year with a monetary donation, as well as providing support with donations of much-needed items throughout the year. In April, the PYC assembled 23 toiletry bags, which consisted of makeup bags filled with everyday essentials donated by Fairmont members and the Mission Team. In a very nice thank you letter, Executive Director Jane Keiffer says that 4,396 victims of domestic violence and their children were provided services at no cost to them. She goes on to say, “Thank you all for your continued support of Artemis!!” Based on the double exclamation points, our work is much appreciated!

We have several Mission team members walking, coordinated by Sally Kaskocsak. It is free to walk in the event but we do encourage fundraising and require registration for liability purposes. Registration can be done at www.outofthedarkness.org or the day of the walk, but it is easier if done ahead of time. Last year there were over 1100 walkers who raised over $69,000.

How Else Can You Serve as a Disciple? We continue to collect assorted items at the top of the stairs: soda can pull-tabs (Ronald McDonald House), Box Tops (J.F. Kennedy Elementary), jars of peanut butter, and men’s belts (House of Bread). Remember to bring items for the food pantry!

If you can’t walk but still want to donate, you can donate to Sallie Luther, www.afsp.donordrive.com/ participant/1555462 (or my team, Spirit of Susan). Anyone is welcome to join this team. You can be a virtual walker!

WOMEN OF FAIRMONT

JFK After-School Program – We need you one day a month! Our members have done crafts, played games, helped with homework, read books, and otherwise shared our love 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.

The Coordinating Team met in late August, so we will not have a September meeting. WOF Fall Gathering—The Fall Gathering is September 15th at 11:30am. Please join us for food and fellowship! The gatherings are an opportunity for women of all circles and our guests to be together. Rev. Melissa Tidwell will be speaking about “Writers, Readers, and Co-Conspirators: How God is Telling a Story Through Your Life.” Come for fun, support, and friendship.

JFK Elementary School Supplies Drive: We are still collecting school supplies for JFK. Please leave your donations in the Black & White Narthex.

Sunday Box Meals—The Sunday box meals return in September! Order forms will be in the bulletin September 9; pick-up is September 16. Please consider delivering a meal to a shut-in. WOF will cover the cost.

What do you know about The Artemis Center? Artemis Center’s Breaking the Cycle Benefit Breakfast is Thursday Oct. 18 from 8-9am at Sinclair College’s Ponitz Center. Your Fairmont Church pledge already supports Artemis in their work to help those dealing with domestic violence, so no further contribution is expected. We are sponsoring a table so interested members may learn more about Artemis’ work. To attend contact Dave Diller or the office.

MEMBER & COMMUNITY WELLNESS

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Welcome Bags—Just a reminder that the Member and Community Wellness Team has colorful gift bags for visitors on the counter in the Black and White Narthex. When you are greeting a first-time guest, please feel free to present them this token of welcome. Thank you!


DEACONS Chancel Flowers—There are still dates available to donate chancel flowers. If you've never participated in this ministry before all you need to do is sign up for a Sunday and the flower team will get in touch with you to ask what flowers you would like and what dedication you would like in the bulletin. The florist will bill you, and it costs about $40 for both arrangements depending on the flowers used. The sign-up sheet is on the wall next to the upstairs coat closet. PICNIC! - The annual church picnic will be on September 9 following the single service. The Deacons will provide the main dish, dessert, and drinks. Bring a side dish to share if you are able. The bounce house will be available for the kids. We look forward to seeing everyone there! Card Ministry—Did some part of the service resonate with you? Did a prayer request make you think about reaching out to someone? Was something really well done and you would like to offer thanks? The Deacons have started a new ministry to allow you to do so. Cards made by our craft group are available on the table under the mission board. You can fill out a card with the recipient’s name and your message, and place it into an offering plate or in the box on the office door. The Deacons will get it to the recipient! Food and Fellowship will be resuming in the fall. It is a time for extended fellowship following either service. We will be looking for groups or individuals to host these times. It can be as simple as bagels and cream cheese, or as elaborate as the Deacons March Madness Pizza party, or somewhere between the two. The sign-up sheet will be available on the new bulletin boards in the Black and White Narthex. Driving Members—We are still looking for members who can help our less mobile members get to appointments. If you are able to help, please fill out our sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall. You will be contacted if your availability matches a member’s need.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Presbytery Installation Service for Rev. Kelley Shin—You are invited to a service of Installation for Rev. Kelley Wehmeyer Shin as Associate Pastor of Fairmont Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the Fairmont sanctuary. This Service of Installation is an act of the Presbytery of Miami Valley and hosted by Fairmont.

Contemplative Worship in Chapel—Are you yearning for a time of silent, contemplative worship on Sunday mornings? Beginning on Sunday, September 2, there will be a selfguided time of silent worship from 9:45am-10:15am in the Chapel. We will provide spiritual readings and tools to guide your time of silence. You may also use this time for quiet prayer, reflection, and preparation for our communal worship together as God’s people. Fairmont Men’s Breakfast– The Fairmont Men’s Group will meet at Bob Evans on Wednesday, September 19th at 8:00am. Please let the church office know if you will attend by Tuesday, September 18th at noon. Creative Crafters will be starting up again in September. We will be meeting in Fellowship Hall on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 1-3pm. All levels of "craftiness" welcome! If you have any questions, please call Brenda Anderson or Barb Miller, or just come to a meeting! Making Music with Acoustic Grace– We continue our monthly gathering in Fellowship Hall to play and sing for about 50 minutes starting at 9:30am on Sunday, September 9. Song/chord sheets are provided. All skill levels welcome! Attention Golfers—Fairmont Presbyterian's Golf Outing is Sunday, September 23 at the Pipestone Golf Club in Miamisburg. Tee-off time is 1pm. Men and women are welcome to play. Golf cart is included, as well as a buffet dinner. Prizes will be awarded. Please contact Daryll Sakada, Mike Rothenberger, or Dave Youngerman.

PRESCHOOL CORNER Registration for Preschool for the 2018-2019 school year is open. Registration forms may be found under the Preschool tab on the church website. A non-refundable $50 registration fee is due at the time of registration. Contact Tracy at 299-3539 or tlandgren@fairmontchurch.org. A Note From the Director: We are so excited for another year of learning! Thank you to Fairmont’s congregation for all of the love and support you have given our preschool over the years and especially during this time of transition. Stop by 7 anytime to visit the preschool! -Tracy


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STAFF Pastor/Head of Staff: Brian Maguire Associate Pastor: Kelley Wehmeyer Shin Director of Christian Education: Rachel Boden Interim Choir Director: Judy Bede Organist: Judy Bede Praise & Worship Leader: Jerry Mahn

Preschool Director: Tracy Landgren Preschool Teacher: Amber Reshad Preschool Aide: Liz Lewis Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Mason Bookkeeper: Martha Keil Custodian: Louis Weyrauch

September Birthdays Martha Keil Tracy Landgren Judith Porter Martha Hibbs Andrew Ludwig Evi Fromm Bryan Mann Allison Ludwig Jorge Gonzalez William Ross Helen Madole Lillie Harris Amy Fish Marilyn George Elizabeth Specht Bryan Akers Dorothy Harner David Peterson Lois Turnbull Donna Ginader Cassandra Shearer Kelley Shin

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The Call - Volume 73, Issue 7  

The Newsletter of Fairmont Presbyterian Church

The Call - Volume 73, Issue 7  

The Newsletter of Fairmont Presbyterian Church

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