CONNECTIONS — How Does Jesus Save? Views on Atonement (Wednesdays, 6:30pm, chapel). In church we often say that Jesus died for my sins or Jesus saves me. What exactly do we mean by that? Join us as we explore in scripture and the history of our understanding of Jesus different ways of answering these questions. Bring your own questions, especially those you thought you were never supposed to ask in church.
Theology on Tap will meet Friday, May 6, at 5:00pm at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Young Couples/Young Families Dinner – We will meet at the El Toro restaurant on Route 725 on Alex Bell Parkway Friday, May 6, at 6pm. Please let Pastor Denise know if you and yours will attend so adequate reservations can be made.
Look for the Sunday Box Meal order form in the bulletin next week. This month’s pick-up is May 15. We will take a break for the summer months.
Fairmont hosts the Presbytery, Tuesday May 10 at 4:00pm — Have you ever been curious about this whole Presbytery thing? The Presbytery is simply the assembly of all the local Presbyterian Pastors and elder representatives of all the area Presbyterian churches. They will be gathering to meet at Fairmont and you are invited to come find out how church governance works in our tradition. This meeting is also special for the life of Fairmont because during the gathering, Pastor Brian will be installed as Moderator of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley for the next year, the symbolic and parliamentary leader of the Presbytery. The entire meeting is structured as a worship service with a dinner break at 6:00pm. Pastor Brian will be installed when the meeting resumes at 7:00pm and the meeting should be concluded by about 8:00pm. This is a great opportunity to meet people from other churches and learn about the breadth of our denomination’s work. Please join us.
Clerk’s Corner — The April session meeting is over and it was one of my favorite meetings yet. We had the pleasure of talking with Jason and Kate Barnett and then voting them into membership at Fairmont Church. What a wonderful addition to our church family. You will see new projects begin soon within the church, including carpet and paint in the sanctuary, fencing for a future playground area for our preschoolers, and banners for the light poles in the parking lot. We also approved the creation of a committee to plan and facilitate a choral workshop to be held in October. The most exciting part of the session meeting to me was the heartfelt discussion about what we think God’s plan is for us at Fairmont. What do you think God calls us to be individually and as a church? Please share your thoughts with any of the session members or come to the next session meeting, which is May 18th at 7pm in room 109. Always, Kerri
The Preschool Committee is beginning a search for a new Preschool Teacher. The committee would like to see if anyone in our congregation would be interested in applying before the search is extended beyond our congregation. The application can be found on the church website. If you have any questions regarding the position, please see Jenny Fiden or Deb Wright.
4 Paws for Ability— Sallie Luther is fostering a service dog for 4Paws for Ability in Xenia, OH. She recently became aware of a 7 year old boy in Huber Heights who is fundraising to get his own service dog. He had a stroke at 52 days old and has mobility issues because of this. He needs to raise $15,000 in order to get his dog from 4 Paws. One way he’s fundraising is to collect shoes. They can be adult, children, boots, any shoes new or worn and he is partnering with Funds2Org who will pay him per pound of shoes. These shoes are then sent to Haiti, where they are repurposed. We are collecting shoes from members of Fairmont to help. There is a box in the closet by the choir room where you can bring them. We will be collecting for a couple of months. If you have any questions feel free to email or call Sallie, visit www.4pawsforability.com or check out Ashton’s Army/4 Paws for Ashton Facebook page. Thanks for your support. UPDATE: Sallie is so thankful for everyone’s generosity and that the shoe drive is going so well.
Women of Fairmont Spring Gathering “Container Gardening” May 21 On Saturday, May 21, at noon, the Women of Fairmont will host their annual Spring Gathering. We’d like to offer a special invitation to all women of the church to join us, regardless of whether you are in a Circle. We’d love to have you join us for the Gathering. The noon luncheon will be followed by a program by Cate Renner, noted area gardener. Cate has done work at Benham Grove, Grandma’s Garden, and Designer’s Showcase. She often works with Mary Higgins, another local gardener, and is a gardening contractor for many homeowners in Centerville, Kettering, and Oakwood.
VBS, June 13-17! Cave Quest is filled with unforgettable Bible-learning experiences kids will see, hear, touch, and even taste! KidVid Cinema shares real stories of real kids who are shining God’s light in everyday life! Plus, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats keep everyone on the move. It takes an unbelievable amount of labor to make VBS a wonderful reality, and we can’t do it without YOU! See Rachel for volunteer information, or email email@example.com. Registration forms are in the office or online at fairmontchurch.org. See you there!
Calling all spelunkers! VBS is in need of materials for this year’s adventure, Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World. If you have any climbing or outdoor gear, such as helmets, ropes, climbing harnesses, lanterns, and headlamps, we would love to borrow them! Just make sure you have your name on each item you want returned, and leave them in Rachel’s office. All materials will be returned following the week of June 13th. Thanks, Fairmont family, and see you at VBS!
Summer Camp at Kirkmont! One of the most important ways that we nurture our children in faith is through the ministry of the Kirkmont Center. Kirkmont is the Presbyterian camp facility located approximately one hour away outside Zanesfield, Ohio that has helped generations of children and families grow, learn, and explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Throughout June and July, Kirkmont hosts multi-day and week-long summer camps each focusing on a theme or special interest including music, sports, robotics, service, and adventure. All the camps are designed and led by pastors from throughout Ohio as opportunities for school-age children to explore and grow more deeply in faith and in fellowship with each other. If you have or know a K-12 young person, please encourage them to consider one of the many splendid summer camps at Kirkmont. If you have not already received a catalog and application you can obtain one from the church office or from kirkmontcenter.com. Thanks to the generosity of the members of Fairmont, we are pleased to provide a 50% scholarship on the tuition prices for all summer camps. In order to receive the scholarship, please bring your completed camp application and medical form to the church office. We believe that all children who seek a Christian summer camp experience should have the opportunity regardless of family finances, so if additional assistance is needed, please contact Pastors Brian or Denise.
Food Pantry — The food pantry is in need of non-perishable food items in addition to tooth paste, tooth brushes and laundry and dish detergent.
Ushers Needed — Fairmont Church could use additional ushers at the 10:30am services. This is an easy way for men and women to serve the mission of Fairmont Church. To usher, you just need to come a little early to hand out bulletins, help pass the collection plates, and then stay for a few minutes after church to pick up the attendance sheets and bulletins left in the pews. That is all there is to this task. Usher teams usually work two weekends in a row, four or five times a year. If you can answer this call for assistance, please contact the church office or David Hammond.
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!
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!!