The Youth will be collecting can goods for “Souper Bowl 2016.” We will have collecting bins in fellowship hall. The deadline for can goods is February 7. If you would like to donate can goods during the week, please drop off items in the “Way Café”. Please help the youth collect food for our community. All goods collected will go to the Dayton Food Pantry.
Picture Directory—If you haven’t had your picture taken for the directory OR if you don’t have a “Family” picture, please plan on having your photo taken in the Chapel Sunday, February 7 after either service. Thank you.
Identity Theft will be presented by the City of Kettering Police Department and Pathways to Wellness on Sunday, February 7 at 11:30am in room 109. Identity theft is a rapidly growing problem. What can we do to protect ourselves? Is there anything we can do that will cut down our chance of having our financial and medical (yes medical) identity stolen? Stop in to find out how ways to be proactive in protecting your private information.
Dinners for 8 sign-ups will be in Fellowship Hall for the next couple of weeks. Sign up if you want to get together with other members of your church family to share a meal once a month in each others homes or at a restaurant. This is a fun way to get to know other members of our family better! Questions? contact Julie Boden.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, February 9 at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall—The Deacons invite you to come for pancakes, sausage, King Cake and huge helpings of fellowship. Shrove Tuesday is also called Fat Tuesday (in French, Mardi means Tuesday; gras means fat) because on that day a thrifty housewife would use up fats she had kept for cooking, but could not use during Lent. The supper is for all ages. Please invite friends and family.
Connections: Radical Forgiveness class will meet Tuesday at 7pm in the chapel to make up for an earlier class canceled due to inclement weather. This class focuses on the hardest person in the world to forgive – ourselves! Join us following the Pancake Supper.
Ash Wednesday — Lent comes early this year. Join us as we begin this special time of reflection, examination, and transformation in worship as we gather to acknowledge our mortality and begin seeking something more on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00pm in the sanctuary.
Confirmation will being Sunday, February 14. All freshmen in high school are eligible to participate. If you know any students who are interested please get in touch with Ashley.
The Holy Land Today — On Sunday, February 14 at 11:30am in the Fellowship Hall, Brian will be presenting a slide show on their visits to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Galilee and the Dead Sea regions. If you are interested in the places of scripture, please come and share. Unlike many pilgrimage trips, this group spends time with Jewish and Palestinian activists working for constructive and peaceful solutions in a region that has experienced so much violence. If you may be interested in visiting the Holy Land, Pastor Brian is preparing a public trip for church members and friends for September 2016. The slideshow will be a good introduction to travel in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Socks are needed for Sock it to Me Sunday! As winter weather continues cold and wet, The House of Bread gets many requests for socks from their guests. We have been asked to help fulfill this request. Your help is needed. Please bring in new white socks; the greatest need is for men but some women’s socks can be used. On February 21, “Sock it to Me Sunday!”, the 3rd Sunday Mission Project will be repackaging your donations and attaching brief notes of love and support. Please bring in socks anytime before Sunday Feb. 21 and put them in the labeled box in Fellowship Hall. Then, join us that Sunday for the project!
Lifeline Screening is Coming Back on February 22!—Fairmont Presbyterian Church is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.
House of Bread volunteer days for 2016 are Monday, February 29, Monday, April 11, Monday, August 1, and Saturday, November 5. House of Bread is a non-profit community kitchen which serves a hot, nutritious, lunchtime meal to anyone in need 7 days a week. They are located at 9 Orth Avenue just off Riverview Avenue. Volunteers help prepare and serve lunch and then help clean up. The volunteer day is from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Signup sheets are located on the Mission Team bulletin board near the black and white narthex. This is a wonderful time of community service and also fellowship. For more information, contact Sally Kaskocsak.
Food Pantry — The food pantry is in need of non-perishable food items especially soup in addition to laundry and dish detergent.
Large Print Hymnals are now available on the shelf in the Black and White Narthex. They have a black cover. Please return them when you are finished using them. Thank you.
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!
As we close the 2016 pledge campaign the current total is $528,346. This is $11,588 more than was pledged last year due to an increase in the average pledge and a higher percentage of church families pledging. Thanks for your generosity and ongoing financial support of Fairmont Church!
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!!