News & Upcoming Events

This Sunday

Rev. Denise Weaver will preach
“Faces of Waiting: Mary and Malala”
based on Luke 1: 26-38, 46-55.


Christian Formation for ALL Ages

Christian Formation for ALL Ages
Connections will meet EVERY Wednesday night 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Connections ~ Adults Chapel (Pastor Brian teaching)
Fall series: The World of the Bible
November 25—No Class, Happy Thanksgiving
December 2—Rabbi Brad Hirschfield— “Judaism, Christianity & Israel:                                        It’s More Complicated Than We Think.”
December 9—Birth of the Messiah—Matthew
December 16—Birth of the Messiah—Luke
Connections ~ Youth (7-12 grade) Room 109
Connections ~ Children (K-6 grade) Music Room

The office will be closed for Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27.

Fifth Sunday Offering, November 29 – Friends of the House of the People – This organization has been in existence as a homeless shelter since the early 1970s.  Since 1995 it has focused on Rwandan refugees. The movie, Hotel Rwanda, was based on the tragic circumstances of that country. The genocide has ended, but the political situation is still dangerous. Refugees continue to come to the U.S. from Rwanda and neighboring countries, sometimes to be reunited with families, sometimes to escape other situations. Currently about 350 former Rwandans live in the Dayton area. The Friends of the House of the People owns two houses on Holt Street near Salem Avenue and they can house up to 24 people.  This organization provides much needed help and support to immigrants.

Jeremiah’s Letter, Inc., was established in 1978 by downtown Dayton churches to serve those in need in the urban area, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The purpose is twofold:  address the basic needs of people of all ages in order to help them lead more productive lives, and to bring God’s people together in service to aid the less fortunate of God’s children.
Fairmont will be helping several families in need in the greater Dayton area have a merrier Christmas. We provide gifts for family members and also boxes of food for the holidays.  Sunday, November 29 – Trees will be up on the back wall in Fellowship Hall decorated with ornaments.  Ornaments are color coded for each family.  On each ornament is a family member’s name, age, and sex and a gift suggestion.  Please take an ornament and purchase that gift.  Cost of the gift should be $20 or less.  Sunday, December 13 – Return wrapped gifts with the ornament name tag attached and place under the appropriate tree.  Sunday, December 20 – Gifts and holiday groceries will be delivered to the families.

2016 Stewardship pledges received so far total $413,790 from 45% of the families and individual members contacted by letter.  We still have a long way to go to achieve our budget goal of $615,852.  We thank you if you have already pledged!  If you have yet to pledge, please consider increasing your pledge 6% or more this year if you possibly can.  If you didn’t pledge for 2015,  please do so for next year – we need every member’s financial support. Pledge cards are in the pews.  Please place yours in the collection plate or call or email your pledge to the church office.

Your old Christmas cards are needed for a craft project during the Family Advent event on December 13.  The front of Christmas cards will be used to make Christmas placemats.  Please drop off your cards at the office within the next three weeks.  Thank you!

Thanks to those who packed shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  We received over thirty boxes. They have been taken to the Distribution Center and will begin their around the world journey to be given to children in time for Christmas.

Family Advent Outing—Come see a wonderful collection of Nativity displays from all over the world!  Each year, the University of Dayton Libraries presents a new selection of Nativities to display throughout the Christmas season. With activities for all ages, this opening event is a perfect way to start the ​Advent season. ​ Activities include the Nativity displays, crafts for kids, refreshments, entertainment by the Dayton Celebration Chorus, family photo opportunities, and handcrafted gifts for sale in the Manger Market​.  Meet us in the church parking lot at 1pm on Saturday, November 28 and follow us to UD for an afternoon of beauty, tradition, and fun.  Contact Rachel with any questions.  See you there!

Are you interested in serving as a liturgist (lector)? Please contact Dave Youngerman.

Choir—Tis the season to sing in choir! FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!! Please come join the choir as we prepare for Advent and Christmas! Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7-8 pm! Join in celebrating the waiting and birth of our Savior JESUS!

Black Friday Hike! As a healthy alternative to frenzied shopping, join us for a 2-mile hike in our closest Metropark at Hills and Dales. This lovely park has recently been restored and is now a real gem. On Friday, November 27 at 10:30am, tie on those hiking shoes and meet at the Dogwood Pond. The parking lot is just off S. Patterson Blvd. at Park Rd. just south of the Patterson Memorial. We will be on a dirt trail with some hills; a shorter alternative is the accessible paved and boardwalk trail.  We’ll end with a climb to the famed “Frankenstein’s Castle.” All ages are welcome! Bring family and friends! Rain, Snow, or Shine! See the Diller’s with questions.

Cookie Walk-December 13 after both services– Everyone is invited to bake and donate cookies and candy for the Cookie Walk. Please sign up on the Fellowship Pad if you can contribute homemade Christmas cookies. Cookies can be delivered to Fellowship Hall on Friday, December 11 between 9am-3pm or Saturday, December 12 between 9-11am.

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!!