News & Upcoming Events

Sunday
Rev. Brian Maguire will preach a sermon entitled,
“The Promise is For You” based on 1 Peter 1: 17-31 and Acts 2: 14, 26-42.

Connections: Adults and children begin the evening in prayer together in our chapel. Adults then engage in interactive, engaging and thought-provoking adult education led by Pastors Brian and Denise while our children share in faith formation and storytelling led by our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Rachel Boden. Nursery care is available for our youngest attendees. We conclude around 7:30pm each night so there is plenty of time to get little ones to bed. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesdays!
This month: Acts of the Apostles. Join us as we explore the sequel to the Gospel of Luke, the account of the history of the early church that we call The Acts of the Apostles. Acts is one of the most important and often overlooked texts in scripture. It tells the story of how a small, persecuted band of committed believers recovered their courage after Jesus’ death and resurrection and went on to challenge the most powerful empire in the world. Bring your Bibles as we share in a story stretching from Jerusalem to Rome. And more importantly, bring your own stories of faith, doubt, and discipleship as we share with the saints that have gone before us.

THANK YOU BECKY! After eleven years of extraordinary service, our beloved financial secretary and bookkeeper, Becky Hegwood, is retiring at the beginning of June. Becky has been our chief accountant faithfully supporting the stewardship and operations of Fairmont and now is going to go off and “play” with her retired husband Steve. Fairmont has been blessed by Becky’s attention to detail, quantitative skills, absolute responsibility, and quick wit. We will miss Becky, but wish her every blessing in this new chapter in her life. Thank you Becky and Godspeed!

HELP US FIND A Bookkeeper/Financial Secretary. The Personnel Team needs your help to find a new Bookkeeper/ Financial Secretary. Please let anyone you think may be interested know that the position is part-time (approximately 15 hours per week) with flexible hours. Starting compensation range is between $15-19 per hour with paid vacations and sick leave. This individual will be responsible for maintaining church financial and payroll records and systems and producing necessary reports for decision makers. For additional information and to submit resumes, please contact John Schramm at jschramm@woh.rr.com. View the full position description here.

The WOF Spring Gathering has been changed to Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:30am.

Calling all mothers and daughters! A special musical offering for Mother’s Day will be a mothers and daughters choir. Practices will be held each Sunday, beginning this Sunday, in the sanctuary at 10am and immediately following the 10:30 am service. Whether you attend the 8:30am or 10:30am service you are invited to join in singing and celebrating how fabulous mothers are. NO MUSICAL SKILLS REQUIRED. See you in rehearsal!

 Choir Appreciation—April 30. Please come join in fellowship and thanksgiving to our FABULOUS choir April 30th in the fellowship hall following the 10:30 service.

 Young (at heart) Adults Bowling Night: Come join us for bowling at Poelking Woodman Lanes on Friday, May 5th at 7:30pm-9:00pm. The cost will be approximately $8-10 per person, which includes shoes and unlimited games. If you are interested in joining, please RSVP to Danielle Rhubart by Sunday, April 30th.

On April 30, our Fifth Sunday Mission offering will feature the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Fairmont member Sallie Luther will be speaking during the service and will have information in Fellowship Hall after each service.  Most likely, we all know someone who has been touched by the suicide of a loved one or a friend since suicide claims over 42,000 Americans annually including 7,000 veterans. This organization actively works to educate and support people and advocates for mental health supports.  Please take a moment to get information and consider a donation to support these services.  You may place your donation in a pew envelope and label it for this organization, submit your donation on line, or turn it in to the church office.

Just a Reminder… Everyone loves to feel welcomed when they enter the church! In lieu of assigned greeters, we are asking for your help. If you arrive early, rather than sitting in a pew or visiting with friends in Fellowship Hall, please consider choosing a door to sit or stand by to welcome friends and guests when they first enter the building. Imagine how lovely it would be for a visitor to be greeted by a family, a couple of friends, or a long-time member who could answer a question! You might even make a new friend in the process! Thank you for helping show others what a loving community Fairmont really is.  Lisa Shearer, Chair of the Member and Community Wellness Team

How else can you serve as a disciple? We continue to collect various items in the Black and White Narthex: soda can pull tabs (Ronald McDonald House), Box Tops for Education (JFK Elementary School), and men’s belts (House of Bread).

Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today?
Life Line Screening will be at Fairmont Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 28, 2017 offering five safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical.   Appointments are limited, so please sign up now by calling 1-800-690-6495 and receive a $10 discount off the package or text the word circle to 797979 or visit Life Line Screening’s website at www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle

Complete Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening for $149 ($139 with the special Facebook discount).  Speak with the LLSA representative for more package options.  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.

There is no time like the present to take action!

Crafts, Fun, and Fellowship: Everyone is welcome! We meet in the basement at 1:00pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. We are looking for donations of: baby pattern flannels and cotton material, one yard of cut denim and template plastic. For information, see Barb Miller or Brenda Anderson.

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

Donations of books for the library: We would be happy to have donations of gently used books that have been published within the past 5 years. If you have older books, you can donate them to St. Vincent’s or Goodwill. Thank you!

Fairmont Presbyterian Church is a member of Kroger Community Rewards. By signing up for this program, the church receives a percentage of whatever you spend. To sign up, go online to www.kroger.com:

  1. Find “Community” across the top of the page, then click “Community Rewards.”
  2. Click “enroll now” is you already have a Kroger Plus Card.
  3. Sign in with your email address and password.
  4. Next you will see “Find Your Organization.” Type in our number: 87462. You can also type in the first three letters of our church’s name and pick us from the list of organizations.
  5. Click the “Open” circle next to Fairmont Presbyterian Church.

To register by phone, call 1.866.221.4141. Thank you for helping our church! If you don’t have a Kroger Plus Card, go online to kroger.com and click “register” to create an account.

A NEW PRESBYTERY NETWORK The Third Thirty Network: A Ministry for Older Adults: The Network Support Committee of Presbytery of the Miami Valley recently agreed to the formation of a new network that addresses a topic that affects us all whether we like it or not. Known as “The Third Thirty” network, the aim is to educate, inspire and prepare us all for the inevitable challenges as we get older and specifically approach or surpass “The big 60”. Additionally, many of us in our ’50’s and ’60s are either caregivers or actively involved in the parenting of our parents who are typically in their ’80s and ’90s. Started at Bath Church two years ago, the “Third Thirty” is run along the lines of a discussion group within an individual church. There is no rigid syllabus but there are topic areas for discussion and enlightenment. Most of the education comes from the participants themselves who share their experiences, their concerns, and gather courage, strength and encouragement from each other. Expert guest speakers are also utilized where appropriate or so desired.
The instigator of the network, Chris Pomfret at Bath Presbyterian Church, Dayton, is supported by Stan Aultz from Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church, Kettering. Chris’s desire is to emulate what was started at Bath and help other churches in our Presbytery to start their own “Third Thirty” group. Chris has an introductory presentation and outlines for topics to discuss, so if you want an initial meeting with a group within your church, then Chris and Stan will be pleased to come meet with you. Chris also envisions having Third Thirty groups come together occasionally during the year so that specific successes experienced by groups can be shared with our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as bringing in a special speaker. If you want to know more about Third Thirty Network please telephone Chris at 937-545-6667 or send an email to chris@treble-one.com.

Special Tax Deduction for IRA owners age 70½ and older. If you currently have an IRA account and you are 70½ years old or older, you are required to withdraw a minimum distribution from your IRA account(s) every year. In December 2015 the IRS permanently passed legislation to approve the payment of IRA funds directly to a qualified charitable organization (like Fairmont) WITHOUT taxation to the IRA owner. This can be a huge tax benefit for those taxpayers that struggle to itemize their deductions each year, and remains beneficial to those taxpayers that can itemize their deduction. To take advantage of  this tax savings, you need to contact your IRA custodian and request your required distribution amount, or any other amount up to $100,000 be sent not to you, but directly from your IRA account to Fairmont Church or your preferred charity. We strongly suggest that you request a copy of this transaction or some type of receipt from the IRA custodian.

Loop System—If you would like to be able to use hearing aids with our new assistive hearing system, you must have a telecoil in your hearing aid. If you have a T-coil, please program it with a Manual T program and /or M+T program set for loop listening. Auto-coils  do not work in a loop; they need a manual program. Please verify that the Mic and T-coil responses match in output, gain and frequency response. (For this use the ANSI-SPLIV test.) If you do not have a telecoil, see if it is possible to have one installed or added with a remote control or streamer. If you need assistance, please tell your audiologist that your hearing aid needs to work with a T-coil system.

Fit 4 You continues Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00am. Join us in the chapel this week for fun, easy, low-impact classes to improve strength, flexibility, and balance taught by Sarah Bugden. Everything will be provided for you, except a towel! For information contact Sarah at hcbugden@woh.rr.com.

Equal Exchange fair trade coffee is 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!!