Connections is back! Join us every Wednesday night for Connections, a time to connect to God, our traditions, and each other. 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, storytelling, and music education 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. The first Connections class this fall will be The Work of Worship: What Do We Do in Worship and Why? This six week class will explore the foundations for our worship practices and the history and theology that shapes them. We will particularly consider why we do what we do at Fairmont as a Presbyterian congregation. Along the way we will explore scripture, baptism, communion, church music, art, and architecture.
Wednesday October 5: The Work of Worship – Space
Wednesday October 12: The Work of Worship – Feast
Wednesday October 19: The Work of Worship – Music
Kettering Supplies/Partners for a Healthy Youth – This new mission project was started by a group of Fairmont High School students who want to make a difference in their community by supplying non-food items to families in need. This will start small, with 10 families to be identified by guidance counselors at JFK Elementary School. Four times a year, these families will receive a delivery of window cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, dish soap, disinfecting wipes, laundry detergent, fabric softener, sponges/scrubbers, toilet paper, and paper towels. Fairmont has volunteered to be the “paper products” church, so we will be collecting 12-packs or toilet paper and 6-packs of peper towels September 25th-October 16th. There will be a cart set up in the Black and White Narthex for donations!
Wi-Fi Access at Fairmont – You may notice some curious boxes on walls and ceilings have been recently installed. Fairmont is now wired for wi-fi access! The Session and Trustees are currently working on access policies for its appropriate use. Until those policies are adopted and safeguards implemented, access will be restricted. We will let you know as soon as this changes. Thank you for your patience.
Food and Fellowship – The 4th Sunday of each month, would YOU like to volunteer to do the coffee hour? It’s easy to do! Just get together with some friends, plan what food to bring, and you are all set. It can be ANYTHING you want to bring! Please sign up on the bulletin board outside Fellowship Hall so that we can all continue to enjoy the fellowship this brings. Thank you!
Rachel Boden, Coordinator for Children’s Ministries at Fairmont, has started a new role within Fairmont. Rachel is now Director of Children’s Ministries and Outreach. In addition to her ongoing work with the children of Fairmont, Rachel is now responsible for our social media ministries across our various digital platforms including the web, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Rachel also maintains all our databases on membership and visitors. In this newly expanded role, Rachel will have regular office hours every Monday and Wednesday mornings. Congratulations Rachel and thank you for your important ministries at Fairmont.
Our social media accounts are growing!
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Antique, Art and Craft Fair—Themed Basket Donations—It’s time to start thinking about the annual Antique, Art and Craft Fair being held here at Fairmont on Saturday, November 19. You may recall last year we had many lovely baskets for raffle. This year we are asking members if they would like to donate items to create their very own theme basket. No worries, we will assemble the items into a beautifully-displayed basket for you—all you need to do is donate the items you wish. Your name will be noted on the basket description tag thusly—“Donated by the Doe Family” You may want to make an ‘Italian Pasta Dinner Basket’—you could donate a box of pasta, a jar of sauce, a bottle of wine, perhaps a couple cute napkins or wine bottle opener, dipping herbs for bread and—Voila! You have a basket! OR, maybe you have tickets to a UD Flyers Basketball Game—you could donate those, along with a gift certificate toward pizza at a local restaurant and—Voila! You have a basket! If you have ever attended other fundraisers, no doubt you’ve seen family-basket donations—these are what we are looking for. Guidelines: please try to keep the basket monetary value between $25 – $55; please do not donate any used items, even gently-used ones, to the basket raffle; (Vintage items can be donated to the Vintage Mart—see Carolyn Wimer or Callie Johnson) be creative! The deadline for donations is Sunday, November 6. Theme Suggestions: Gardening Lover, Sports, Children’s basket, Infant/Todder items, Movie Night, Car Lover (auto detail/oil changes), Date Night (restaurant gift certificates/coupons), Housewarming/First Apartment, New Mom Basket—you get the idea! When you are ready to drop your items, please contact Melissa Hohler to make arrangements.
Antique, Art and Craft Fair—Auction Donations—It’s time to start thinking about the annual Antique, Art and Craft Fair here at Fairmont. This year we are trying something new. We are planning to have an auction of choice/premium items, with a real live auctioneer. We already have one very nice donation of a night’s stay at the historic Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs. We are looking to Fairmont members for their help in securing choice and premium items for the auction. Maybe you have a very nice personal item, such as box seats to a Bengal’s game OR perhaps you know the owner of a very fine gourmet restaurant who would be willing to donate dinner for two OR….. If you have or know of something that may be a great auction item candidate please contact Melissa Hohler. Deadline for donating these items is Sunday, November 6.
Copies of the directory are available in the Narthex and in the office.
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.
Presbyterian Disaster Relief—Financial support for relief efforts can be designated to DR000191 to help address the needs of those impacted by the flooding. Gifts can be made online, by phone at 800-872-3283 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (EST), or by check; mail to: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. Additionally, you can make checks to Fairmont Presbyterian Church and write PDA in the memo line.
House of Bread – The next volunteer day is Saturday, November 5. This is perfect for those of you who work or are in school during the week. Please sign up on the Mission Team Bulletin Board.
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.
Food Pantry — The food pantry is in need of non-perishable food items, especially canned corn or peas, in addition to tooth paste, tooth brushes, laundry and dish detergent.
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 email@example.com.
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!!