News & Upcoming Events

SUNDAY

Rev. Denise Weaver will preach
“Limping Along”
based on 1 Kings 18: 20-39.

Connections Class: Concerning Kings (Wednesday nights 6:30-7:30pm, runs through June 29). The Story of God and the Kingdoms of Israel in the Bible (First and Second Kings) The Books of Kings recounts the curious and ultimately tragic story of the relationship between God and God’s people Israel. Beginning with the glorious reign of Solomon and ending in the destruction of Jerusalem courtesy of Babylon, the books of Kings retell the history of Israel from the point of view of its covenant relationship with God. Along the way we meet heroes and villains, prophets like Elijah and Elisha, and consider timeless questions like the relationship between God and politics and whether God lies? In conjunction with this Connections series, Pastors Brian and Denise will be preaching through the books of Kings. Come, and bring your questions.

Church Office Closed on Mondays in the Summer—Throughout the summer (June, July, and August), the Church office will be closed on Mondays. As always, if you have a pastoral emergency, please contact Pastors Weaver or Maguire at their homes or on their cell phones. The church office will be open during the entire week of VBS (June 13-17).

Thank you for Helping Camp Kirkmont! Kirkmont Center has met its fundraising goal to repair the camp swimming pool before the start of the summer camping season. Thanks to your contributions and those of other friends of Kirkmont, the pool will be up and running for young people. You contributed $4610 of the total repair costs of $80,000. Great work Fairmont!

The Castle is in need of someone to make lunch once per month on the last Monday of each month for approximately 40 people. The Castle serves people with mental health issues. Volunteers are needed from approximately 10:30am to 1:00pm. Anyone who would be willing to take over making a meal monthly (salad, dessert and drink are provided) should contact Joyce Hoffman. Thank you.

Painting the Sanctuary! The Trustees have decided that after 27 years it is time to paint the sanctuary. Starting on or soon after June 20, paint crews will start repairing plaster and moldings and then paint the entire sanctuary. The ceiling will be painted bright white again (it’s a little dirty right now) and the woodwork/trim will remain white. The only question is what color to paint the sanctuary walls. We want to hear what you think. The trustees have consulted with an interior decorator and have selected three options. Please take a look at the three proposed color samples in the North transept (next to the door to the upper room) and share with the trustees your opinion on the comment sheets provided. Thank you for your input!

VBS Volunteer Training — Saturday, June 4 at 4:00pm in fellowship hall.

Honoring Pam Cox — The Fairmont Preschool Committee cordially invites you and your family to join us in fellowship hall on Sunday, June 5, following the 10:30am service to honor preschool teacher, Pam Cox. Pam has taught three and four year olds at Fairmont Preschool for the past 12 years. We appreciate Pam’s long-time commitment to the FPS program where her gentle smile and loving spirit has helped to make all who enter our doors feel welcome, safe, and loved. Pam will continue her work at 10 Wilmington Place where she will supports and interacts with its senior citizen residents. Thank you, Pam. God bless you!

PYC Car Wash — June 5, 11:30am-3:00pm in the upper lot. From 4:00pm-7:00pm there will be a “Send off to England” party to say goodbye to the Lee family, who will move to England in July. All church members are invited to attend, joining PYC in saying goodbye to the Lee’s. Please come and hug them off!

Everyone is welcome to come to the annual Fairmont Family Picnic. It will be held on June 12 following the 10:30am single service in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a side dish to share. The Deacons will provide Dessert. Grilled Hotdogs and Hamburgers will be served, so come hungry! Enjoy good fellowship and good food.

VBS, June 13-17! Cave Quest is filled with unforgettable Bible-learning experiences kids will see, hear, touch, and even taste! KidVid Cinema shares real stories of real kids who are shining God’s light in everyday life! Plus, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats keep everyone on the move. It takes an unbelievable amount of labor to make VBS a wonderful reality, and we can’t do it without YOU!  See Rachel for volunteer information, or email rboden@fairmontchurch.org.

Calling all spelunkers! VBS is in need of materials for this year’s adventure, Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World. If you have any climbing or outdoor gear, such as helmets, ropes, climbing harnesses, lanterns, and headlamps, we would love to borrow them! Just make sure you have your name on each item you want returned, and leave them in Rachel’s office. All materials will be returned following the week of June 13th. Thanks, Fairmont family, and see you at VBS!

The Preschool Committee is beginning a search for a new Preschool Teacher. The application can be found on the church website. If you have any questions regarding the position, please see Jenny Fiden or Deb Wright.

Summer Camp at Kirkmont! One of the most important ways that we nurture our children in faith is through the ministry of the Kirkmont Center. Kirkmont is the Presbyterian camp facility located approximately one hour away outside Zanesfield, Ohio that has helped generations of children and families grow, learn, and explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Throughout June and July, Kirkmont hosts multi-day and week-long summer camps each focusing on a theme or special interest including music, sports, robotics, service, and adventure.  All the camps are designed and led by pastors from throughout Ohio as opportunities for school-age children to explore and grow more deeply in faith and in fellowship with each other. If you have or know a K-12 young person, please encourage them to consider one of the many splendid summer camps at Kirkmont.  If you have not already received a catalog and application you can obtain one from the church office or from kirkmontcenter.com. Thanks to the generosity of the members of Fairmont, we are pleased to provide a 50% scholarship on the tuition prices for all summer camps.  In order to receive the scholarship, please bring your completed camp application and medical form to the church office. We believe that all children who seek a Christian summer camp experience should have the opportunity regardless of family finances, so if additional assistance is needed, please contact Pastors Brian or Denise.

4 Paws for AbilityThank you to everyone who donated shoes for Ashton and to give an update on the number of shoes collected. They have gotten over 650 pairs so far and that’s not counting my latest car load to be delivered this week! I will continue to collect them until they tell me to stop so if you still want to bring some in that would be wonderful. There is a box in the closet by the choir room. The family has been very touched by the outpouring of support from people in the community who don’t even know them. If you have any questions feel free to email or call Sallie, visit www.4pawsforability.com or check out Ashton’s Army/4 Paws for Ashton Facebook page. Also, several of you have asked about the foster service dog I had, Rooty. He is in advanced training at 4 Paws now and doing well. The hope is to have him paired with a family in the June class and graduate in July. Thanks again for everything!  Sallie Luther

Registration for Preschool for the 2016-2017 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 Coleen Petrello at 299-3539 or cpetrello@fairmontchurch.org.

Food Pantry — The food pantry is in need of non-perishable food items in addition to tooth paste, tooth brushes and laundry and dish detergent.

Ushers Needed — Fairmont Church could use additional ushers at the 10:30am services. This is an easy way for men and women to serve the mission of Fairmont Church. To usher, you just need to come a little early to hand out bulletins, help pass the collection plates, and then stay for a few minutes after church to pick up the attendance sheets and bulletins left in the pews. That is all there is to this task. Usher teams usually work two weekends in a row, four or five times a year. If you can answer this call for assistance, please contact the church office or David Hammond.

Every Presbyterian Church pays a Per Capita Apportionment each year to help cover administrative and missional costs of Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly. This year, the Per Member apportionment is $43.51. Every member is encouraged to cover their apportionment. Envelopes are located in your envelope box and in the pew pockets, simply mark your check Per Capita and place it in the offering plate or send it to the office. Thank you for this additional gift!

Equal Exchange fair trade coffee will now be sold after church in fellowship hall each Sunday. This is NOT a money maker for the church. Purchasing this coffee will help small farmers in Nicaragua. This is the coffee you have been drinking at church for the last month, so if you like it, consider purchasing some! Coffee will be $7.00 a bag, and there will be several to choose from! You can pay with cash or check.  Make checks payable to Fairmont and put “coffee” in the memo line. There will be a basket next to the coffee, so you can just put your payment in there when you get your coffee. Delicious as well as making a difference…win-win!!