March 25th, 2018
Rev. Brian Maguire will preach a sermon entitled, “Not What We Expected,” based on Mark 11: 1-11.
Judy Bede will be attending the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Conference in Orlando, March 16-21, where she will be recognized as Ohio’s MTNA Foundation Fellow for 2018. This award recognizes deserving individuals while supporting the efforts of the MTNA Foundation Fund, which serves to advance the value of music study and music making to society through programs that nurture the creation, performance, study and teaching of music, and support the professionalism of music teachers. Congratulations Judy!
Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be on March 24 at 10:30am. Immediately following the Easter Egg Hunt, there will be a puppet show and lunch in Fellowship Hall. We will have a group “egg filling” event on Monday, March 19 at 7:00pm in Fellowship Hall. Contact Carol Bussey at 271-4199 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer.
The Men’s Group will meet for breakfast Wednesday, March 21 at 8:00am at Bob Evans. Please sign the friendship pad or contact the office if you plan to attend.
Join Us for a Reading, Conversation, and Book Signing with Anna Redsand, Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7-9pm Author Anna Redsand will be reading from her spiritual memoir To Drink from the Silver Cup: From Faith Through Exile and Beyond followed by conversation and book signing. Come and hear about her journey of faith growing up as a white woman in Navajo country facing rejection and exile from her traditionalist community and eventually finding a way to return to the church. Her story stands as testimony to the loving persistence of divine grace through seasons of personal darkness and alienation.
The Whole Story—The Gospel of Mark, Sunday March 25 2:00pm. The earliest Christians learned the story of Jesus not from books, but from the Apostles who orally told them all about what had happened. We hear little snippets of the story spoken aloud in worship, but they always lack context and as a result, we do not notice the allusions or catch the humor. So this Holy Week we are going to do something new, or more precisely, very ancient. We are going to hear the Gospel. On Sunday, March 25 at 2:00pm in the sanctuary we invite you to come and hear (not read) the Gospel of Mark read aloud by our narrators. Come and hear the whole story of “The beginning of the good news of Jesus the Messiah the Son of God” (which is the book’s true title) from beginning to its dramatic and challenging conclusion. Come and hear the Gospel the way it was first meant to be shared, read aloud together in community. The reading takes a bit less than two hours and all are welcome. Childcare will be provided.
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world. The OGHS contributions are received during Lent each year. Check the weekly bulletins for more information on how you can help make the world a better place. Make a check payable to Fairmont Presbyterian Church with One Great Hour of Sharing in the memo line, place cash in an envelope with One Great Hour of Sharing marked on it and place in the offering plate or use the link on our church’s website for online giving.
You Can Change the Life of a Local High School Student! On Sunday April 8, we will be hearing from College Promise Executive Director (and Fairmont member) Patrick Gill. Fifty 8th grade students in Montgomery County have been selected based upon financial need, good grades and behavior, and interests to participate in this life-changing opportunity. As 9th graders, they meet weekly (30-45 min.) with a mentor who supports, encourages, and guides them toward college. Upon completion of the program, it is possible to receive full financial support for several local universities. College Promise is currently seeking volunteer mentors for fall 2018, to start training in late April. Local schools have need of several volunteers (Kettering – 12; Oakwood – 1; several more at W. Carrollton and Centerville). Patrick will provide a Minute for Mission Sunday April 8 and host a display in Fellowship Hall after each service. Brochures are available at the Mission Beyond the Congregation bulletin board.
Don’t use your old iPad anymore? Upgrading to a newer tablet and looking to donate your old one? The children’s ministry program would be happy to take them off your hands! We are looking for tablets to use in our media room for Sunday school to provide supplemental learning activities. They can be given to Rachel or dropped off in the church office. Thank you! 🙂
APNC Update: The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) continues the search for a new Associate Pastor. The first round of interviews took place through video conferencing. Please pray that our members: Wynn Adam, Terry Akers, Rich Bowden, Marilyn Dickey, Liz Lewis, Danielle Rhubart, and Bill Stager, will continue to be thoughtful, discerning, and prayerful throughout this process. We also ask for you to join us in our prayer that the person chosen by the Holy Spirit to be our next Associate Pastor will hear the call of Fairmont – so that together we may guide and nurture people to live inspired lives with all our hearts, all our minds, and all our strength.
Help us keep our website and Facebook page up to date! If you lead a program or activity at Fairmont and have upcoming events that you would like publicized, please remember to submit event details that you would like posted to our online accounts to email@example.com. Not a program leader but enjoy attending church events? We need pictures and videos! If you ever have photos or videos to share from a church event, please submit them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Thank you for helping our online and community presence grow.
The Art, Craft and Antique Show committee is ready to receive your unwanted collectibles, vintage items, and seasonal decorations including Christmas decorations. This year we are going to decorate another tree or two for the auction. We would like to do one with silver decorations and glass prisms. If you are ready to part with any of these items please consider donating them to us. Last year we made very healthy donations to the Food Bank, House of Bread, and Kettering Backpack Program, and we would like to continue the tradition. Vendors are being contacted and we now have half of them signed up. Thanks for any help you can give us! The Committee
Food Pantry—The food pantry is in need of egg noodles and laundry and dish detergent. Please place items in the bins in the coat room by the office and outside Ashley’s office. Thank you.
Preschool Information: Our search for a new director/ teacher continues. If you know anyone who would be interested in this position please contact the office or visit the church website.
Registration for Preschool for the 2018-2019 school year is now 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, 309-7284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building and Grounds News—Good news. We are in the process of updating the Black and White Narthex in order to provide a more welcoming space for our members and to make better use of the area for member needs, mission team outreach and Christian formation. Updating the Parlor became an extension of this. We have ordered new furniture, valances and carpeting. We are working on new lighting, painting the area, large TV, and a console under the TV for storage. At this point, the tables will remain until we have a little more money in our budget. For years, members have requested upstairs bathroom improvements. We are obtaining proposals for their renovation. Because of the furniture replacement in the parlor, we will now have old furniture, seating and the china cupboard, that will need new homes. Several members have expressed interest in some of these pieces. 1 of the small sofas will go in the Way Café. At the Women of Fairmont meeting tonight, several members requested that the furniture be made available to all church members. We may do this with a silent or live auction but the B and G committee is open to other approaches. The additional funds raised can then go toward completing the renovation of the parlor.