Winter Weather Reminder
Fairmont Presbyterian Church programs, including preschool, will be cancelled and the church office will be closed on days when the Kettering City Schools are closed (not delayed) for weather reasons. As always, please use common sense and do not drive if you feel the conditions are unsafe.
Lenten Study: “Making Sense of the Cross” by David Lose Throughout Lent we will be considering the meaning, importance, and function of the cross. Christianity has always been a curious religion in that our central symbol is a means of torture and execution. The cross has confused, confounded, mystified, inspired, uplifted, and transformed generations. In this year’s Lenten study we will consider some of the multiple dimensions of meaning of the cross and some multiple directions of transformation. We will be using as our guide, David Lose’s Making Sense of the Cross. Copies are available for purchase from the church office for $13.00 and it is available through online booksellers. Choose one of three time offerings fit your schedule to meet and discuss this important book each week in conversation with friends.
Sunday Mornings – 11:45 a.m. Chapel
Wednesday Nights – Connections 6:30 p.m. Chapel
Friday Afternoons – Noon in the Chapel
Connections: Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel. We will be discussing our Lenten Study book Making Sense of the Cross.
Bible Study: Pastor’s Bible Study is on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Upper Room. This week we will be examining the Scripture passage from Luke 13:1-9. Everyone is welcome!
Fourth Friday Family Pizza Dinner will be this Friday, March 22nd, at 5:30pm at Marion’s Pizza in Oakwood on Shroyer/Patterson Road (711 Shroyer Road). All are welcome!
What is Per Capita and why is it $48.20? The Presbyterian Church is a connectional church. That means that we share in mutual ministry and accountability with 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 2019 the per capita assessment of the General Assembly is $8.95 per member and that of the Synod of the Covenant $3.25 per member. The remaining $36 goes to Connectional Support for the Presbytery of the Miami Valley.
Special Minute for Mission: March 24…Help youth in our community! Fairmont member and Executive Director of “College Promise” Patrick Gill will be speaking at both services about this valuable program to support underprivileged youth with good academic and personal potential. He will be available to chat in Fellowship Hall afterwards. Be sure to hear how this program is making a difference in our neighborhood and how you might be involved.
Dinners for 8 sign-ups will be this Sunday in Fellowship Hall! Sign up with a friend, a spouse or by yourself and you will be put in groups of 8 or 9 to meet each month for a meal together. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to get to know your church family better! Questions? Call Kelly Coan (937) 470-3427.
The Board of Deacons offers an annual scholarship to those graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated active involvement in leadership and worship during their high school years, as well as to Fairmont members pursuing Seminary education. This scholarship is a one-time gift intended to celebrate and support the student in education for costs of tuition, books, and room and board. This is not a competitive award; all applicants who meet the criteria will receive an award. The amount of the award may vary and is dependent upon available funds. Applications must be submitted no later than April 30. Contact Kelly Coan at (937) 470-3427 or Kelly_Sitar@yahoo.com for application criteria and details!
5th Sunday Special Donation for Brigid’s Path on March 31: Be sure to hear the Minute for Mission! Brigid’s Path provides inpatient medical care for drug-exposed newborns and non-judgmental support and advocacy to improve family outcomes. Our speaker will be available in Fellowship Hall after each service for further information. You may provide a donation in the collection plate for the following week and also online.
The church office is in the process of creating an updated directory for 2019. If you have email or phone number changes, please make sure you email them to email@example.com by April 1. Additionally, please let us know if you are NOT okay with having your cell phone number published in the directory. Thank you!
Bell Choir Returns to Fairmont! Fairmont will have a joyful noise ringing in worship once again. The hand bells have been restored and are ready for performance. Practices are held on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm–6:45pm. Previous experience playing hand bells is helpful, but not necessary. A basic understanding of reading music notation is helpful. Contact Vicki Ramga if you have any questions. Vicki can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Contemplative Prayer in the Chapel: Are you yearning for a time of silent, contemplative prayer on Sunday mornings? Each Sunday there will be a self-guided time of silent prayer from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. 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.
Food Pantry: The food pantry is in need of egg noodles, canned peas, toothbrushes and toothpaste, laundry and dish detergent. Please place items in the bins in the coat room by the office and next to the elevator. Thank you.
Fit 4 You—Please join us every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00am in Fellowship Hall. Come and be a part of this great wellness program to help you become more fit and healthy. All fitness and ability levels welcome.
From the Building and Grounds Team: Now that winter weather is here, please be careful when walking in the parking lots—they do get slick when wet!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have trouble hearing? Fairmont has a loop hearing system on the main floor that can broadcast directly to your hearing aid. All you need to do is activate the T Coil or Telephone Coil antenna in your hearing aid to receive the signal.