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Sunday Morning Worship, 11:00 AM, Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 26, 2015

Palm Sunday

In today’s morning service the Chancel Choir music takes us from triumphal acclamations to anticipation of the passion. Thanks to Josh Kraus on trumpet and Tyler Ash on drums accompanying the anthem.

The Message is A Triumphal Entry? Absolutely!

Scripture Readings
Psalm 118:14-29
Mark 11:1-11


Sunday Night LIVE! March 29, 7:00 PM

March 26, 2015

Sunday Night LIVE! Welcomes our own guest musician, Julia Lowrimore! Scripture lesson is Mark 11:1-11, meditation is A Triumphal Entry? Absolutely!

Healing Place Drivers:

Pickup: Ken Dulaney
Return: Jack Michaels

Refreshment Volunteer: Jean Porter

Thanks to everyone who regularly drives to pick up the men from the Healing Place. But we still need volunteers to drive regularly or as substitutes. We need a volunteer for Fifth Sundays. Our current volunteer, Mike Dunne, will be available as a substitute, but will be out of town on the next few fifth Sundays! Call the church office, 919-832-3316 for more information.
Volunteers are still needed on 2nd and 3rd Sundays to bring SNL snacks and drinks. Call the church office to volunteer. Thanks to Jean Porter for volunteering for 5th Sunday refreshments and to Julia Lowrimore who will help coordinate the refreshment calendar!







Happening This Week

March 26, 2015

Handbell Choir, Wednesdays, 6:00 PM
Chancel Choir rehearsals, Wednesdays, 7:00 PM

This Week and Upcoming
Sunday is PALM SUNDAY!
Mission Lunch,
following morning worship; proceeds go to the NAMI Walk.
Discernment Session
, Sunday, March 29, 4:00 PM in the worship center.
Discernment Session, Monday, March 30, 7:00 PM in the worship center.
Holy Thursday Service, Thursday, April 2, 7:00 PM, in the sanctuary.
Good Friday Service, Friday, April 3, 7:00 PM, in the sanctuary.
Sunday, April 5 is EASTER SUNDAY! Bring flowers from your yard to “flower” the cross.
Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Monday, April 6, 7:00 PM, in the church library.





Holy Week Schedule

March 26, 2015

Palm Sunday—March 29
In today’s morning service the music takes us from triumphal acclamations to anticipation of the passion.

Holy Thursday—April 2,  7:00 PM
We will gather in our Sanctuary to commemorate the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified.

Good Friday—April 3, 7:00 PM
We will again gather in the Sanctuary for our traditional Service of Tenebrae. The word “tenebrae” comes from the Latin meaning “darkness.” The Tenebrae is  an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus’ burial. This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness with the final candle, the Christ candle, carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus.

Easter Sunday—April 5
Easter will bring a wonderful worship service of inspiring music, prayer, Scripture and lifting of God’s Word. Be sure to bring live clippings from your yard for our “flowering of the cross” this morning.

Raising Funds

March 26, 2015

Like Goldilocks and her porridge, Fairmont folks like their heating and air conditioning to be not too hot and not too cold, but just right! Unfortunately, with several heat pumps and the boiler pump needing to be repaired or replaced getting the temperature just right has been hard. We have begun a campaign to raise funds to make the necessary repairs and have made a great start! Thanks to everyone who has contributed to date. If you would like to help just indicate on your envelope or check that it is for the HVAC campaign.

Rock ‘N Roll Marathon Closes Roads around Fairmont

March 26, 2015

Mark Your Calendar!
The Rock ‘n Roll Marathon is Sunday, April 12–remember it fell on Palm Sunday last year! While they have made some changes a lot of the roads around Fairmont will be closed or difficult to access. Pick up a church pass–you will need one to access the parking lot beside the church–from the table at the back of the sanctuary. A map of the Cameron Village area with metering (where you can cross the route) points is posted on the bulletin board by the church office. You can also find all this information at their website Click on Raleigh, then go from there.

An Overview of Fairmont’s Season of Discernment

March 19, 2015

Here is an overview of Fairmont’s season of discernment:

The first of the process was about Methodist doctrine and teaching with regards to the inclusion of LGBT persons in The United Methodist Church. Currently the Book of Discipline which is basically the book of rules and guidelines in the United Methodist Church, considers the practice of homosexuality incompatible with Christian teaching and tradition. That is contained in the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church in the section called the Nurturing Community under the heading of Human Sexuality. Further self avowed practicing homosexuals are prohibited from ordination and also pastors are prohibited from performing same gender marriages nor can any such marriage be performed in a United Methodist church. Rev Laurie Hays Coffman and Rev Paul Stallsworth explained the history of how we got where we are as a church and what currently is being discussed. Rev. Coffman represented a more liberal viewpoint seeking more openness within the church while Rev. Stallsworth took a more conservative, traditional stance saying the language is fine the way it is.  It is was pointed out that the church does encourage churches not to turn away LGBT persons and to be in ministry with them. Also the Methodist Church does endorse civil rights for LGBT persons in civil society.

There are attempts to change the language in the Book of Discipline. Bishop Rev. Hope Morgan Ward, the bishop of our conference is leading a discussion on the global level of the church about possible changes of language in the Book of Discipline. One proposal that is being floated, called the “Third Way” which allows individual conferences to decide whether to ordain LGBT persons and individual churches to marry same gender couples. There is another proposal which is simply to emend or delete all the discriminatory language in the Book of Discipline. (See below.)

The second round of discernment sessions involved finding out what exactly is a Reconciling Congregation. This session was led by Rev. Hope Vickers, Lead Pastor at Epworth United Methodist Church in Durham which became a Reconciling church last year. Basically she said very little is different than what you see in the overall running of the church. Except that there is more explicit invitation to LGBT persons–that they are welcomed into the church and it is publicized in their bulletins, newsletter, and website. They did not experience much loss in membership by becoming a Reconciling congregation and in fact picked up members because they saw on their website or on the website of Reconciling Ministries Network. A couple from Ohio testified why they joined Epworth and another member explained their process of discernment.

The next round of discernment meetings is Sunday, March 29, 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm and Monday, March 30th, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm which will be led by Rev Laurie Hays Coffman. She will first show a video called “Coming Out and Coming In” which is a documentary which includes interviews of LGBT persons and their experience in the church. That will be followed by small group discussions and then there will be  survey at the end.

A few resources you may want to advantage of. One is the Reconciling Ministries Network website— The other The United Methodist Church website where you look at the Book of Discipline-  Here is an article from the Washington Post

Another Opportunity:
Also in 4 weeks the Methodist Federation for Social Action will be hosting the Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry-Love Your Neighbor. The conference is about the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the life and ministry of The United Methodist Church. It is Saturday, April 18th from 9:00 am-3:30 pm at Epworth United Methodist Church-   3002 Hope Valley Rd, Durham, NC 27707 . The cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door and $10 for students. The keynote speaker is Rev Frank Schaefer who was frocked, defrocked, and then refrocked because he married his gay son to his partner several years ago. The closing worship is led by the Reverend Gil Caldwell who was with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma. He too has performed a same gender marriage. And Jimmy Creech will be there leading a workshop with Reverend Caldwell. (See Henry Jarrett for registration information.)

I want thank all those who have come out for the discernment sessions and please if you have questions please feel free to contact me.

Henry Jarrett

Resolution to the North Carolina Annual Conference of the UMC:

Concerning Discriminatory Language in the Book of Discipline



The New Testament instructs us to love and care for one another, avoid condemnation and let God be our judge, (Luke 6: 32-38) and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39). It teaches us that our neighbor may be very different from ourselves (Luke 10:23-37). We believe as Christians in our local church our role is not to judge or condemn others, but to love those who may be unlovable in our society; to care for those who may not be able to repay us; to do good and care for those who may not be able to return kindness and welcome. We believe our call is to do no harm to others, but instead to offer grace and radical hospitality and allow that God will work in every person’s heart and spirit. We are to be merciful as our Father is merciful, and while the Old Testament Law very specifically identified sins, Love is the greatest power in the world and Jesus set us free from the Law, so that we can love and care for one another, and



Our Bishop Hope Morgan Ward has encouraged us to be people of grace and has shown great leadership of our Church in her writings about our journey regarding the subject of Homosexuality and the Church within the book, Finding Our Way, (edited by Bishop Reuben Job) stating that:


“The term emend, used in the parlance of editing and publishing, helps us reflect upon what happens in our life together. We revised our life from within. We persevered in the United Methodist family to make it better, more whole, more life-giving. The more familiar term amend describes the process of adding something to our life that was not previously present. In this way, that which is amended becomes better, stronger, wiser. Emendment captures our journey more accurately. From within, there arises a greater capacity to live well with differences” and



We believe as United Methodist Christians that we should all be a living example of the UMC statement:  “Open minds, open hearts, open doors.” It is with the spirit of acceptance and inclusion that we are requesting a resolution from the North Carolina Annual Conference, and



The undersigned churches seek that the North Carolina Conference seek for all discriminatory language be identified, considered and emended from the Book of Discipline and Social Principles by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church so that all persons who profess their faith in Christ can be seen as sinners redeemed by God, accepting his grace, and welcomed into the United Methodist Church regardless of age, race, gender, or sexual orientation. We especially implore the General Conference that the following statement from the Social Principles*: “The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teachings” be removed.  We request that it be replaced with language that is positive, welcoming, and non-judgmental as it does not currently reflect the beliefs of many members of the United Methodist Church.


Submitted by the Outreach Committee of Epworth United Methodist Church

  1. Hope Valley Rd. Durham, NC 27707






*Book of Discipline Social Principles Paragraph 161

“We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self. The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teachings. (Delete) We affirm that God’s grace is available to all. We will seek to live together in Christian community, welcoming, forgiving, and loving one another, as Christ has loved and accepted us. We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.”


Link to March Newsletter

March 19, 2015

Here is the link to the March Fairmont Focus.

A Season of Discernment

March 19, 2015

Fairmont is exploring the possibility of becoming a Reconciling Congregation. The final set of discussion sessions will be Sunday, March 29, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM and Monday, March 30, 7:00 PM-8:30. The Topic: Weighing the Options (see below for an overview of the other sessions).

Ministry Teams This Month

March 5, 2015

Healing Place Drivers
March 1: Womble/Potter
March 8: Cox/Cox
March 15: Michaels/Brock
March 22: Jarrett/O’Quinn
March 29: Dunne/Dunne

Liturgists/Communion Team
March 1:
March 8: Jack Michaels
March 15: John Lewis
March 22: Student Liturgists
March 29: Laura Bottomley

Acolytes & Bible Bearers
March 1:
March 8: Elizabeth & Ruth; Katherine
March 15: TBD
March 22: Will & Liza; Jacob
March 29: Samantha & Oakley; Shayna

March 1:
March 8: Head Usher: Richard Waggoner; Pam Waggoner, Valerie Walker
March 15: Head Usher: Walter Brock: Pete Eberhart, Ken Dulaney, Bill & Will Snider
March 22: Head Usher: Joyce Anne Porter; Robert Porter & student ushers
March 29: Head Usher: Henry Jarrett: Katy & Wick Haynes, Sam Evett

Mission Lunches
March 8: Soup/Salad/Bread
March 15: hosted by JOY Circl
March 22: Outreach Team for Habitat for Humanity
March 29: Quiche lunch for NAMI Walk

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