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Sunday Morning Worship, 11:00 AM, Sunday, October 2, 2016

September 29, 2016

20th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, October 2 is World Communion Sunday, “One of the special Sundays authorized by the General Conference to be observed with the taking of an offering throughout the denomination. World Communion Sunday is observed the first Sunday in October. The observance focuses the attention of United Methodists on the universal and inclusive nature of the church.“ Fairmont celebrates the day with communion and special music at the 11:00 AM morning service.

Sunday’s music reflects the international and universal nature of the service.

The pre-service music is by Alex Weiss, Latin percussionist.
During the prelude, please turn in the UMH to page 548 and read the words of the hymn, In Christ There Is No East or West. The tune is different in our current hymnal, but many of us grew up singing the tune in the prelude, St. Peter.
The Choral Call to Worship, Let’s Sing Unto the Lord (UMH 149),  and the Benediction response, Holy, Holy, Holy (TFWS 2007), are both sung in Spanish.
The anthem, Gloria a Dios, is also sung in Spanish. According to Wikipedia, the Gloria is basically a hymn from very early times and is also know as the Greater Doxology. It is most often sung as an act of praise following the opening prayer. Fairmont has a hymn at that point in the service, with the choir singing an anthem after the first reading. We often sing settings of the Gloria at Christmas, because it begins with the words the angels sang to the shepherds, but it is appropriate for any time of the year.

The Message is Be Careful What You Wish For.

Scripture Readings
Ecclesiastes 5:10-15
Matthew 16:21-28



Sunday Night LIVE! October 2, 7:00 PM

September 29, 2016

Sunday Night LIVE! welcomes guest musicians, the Raleigh Wesley Foundation Choir and guest preacher, Rev. Jenny Schultz! The scripture readings are 2 Timothy 1:1-14 and Luke 17:5-10; meditation is Faith: The answers we seek? Or The questions we ask?

Healing Place Drivers:

Pickup: Jack Michaels
Return: Durham Potter

PA Operator: Greg Kraus

Refreshment Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to bring refreshments all except 5th Sundays and we need someone to coordinate the refreshments & volunteers. Many thanks to Julia Lowrimore who has done this for several years. She cannot do the coordinating at this time. Any volunteers?!








Happening This Week

September 29, 2016

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

This Week and Upcoming
“God’s Politics” Study, continues Sundays, 9:45 AM; and Thursday, 7:00 PM; in the Worship Center.
World Communion Sunday, Sunday, October 2; special music at morning service, 11:00 AM.
Mission Lunch, Sunday, October 2, following morning worship; proceeds go to the CROP Walk.
Colombian indigenous woman leader Marcia Mejía Chirima, will be speaking in the Bryant Worship Center, Fairmont UMC, on Monday, October 3rd, at 7pm
Nominations Committee, Thursday, October 6, 6:00 PM in the church library.
Walk for Hope, Sunday, October 9, 10:00 AM.
Special Music at SNL! on Sunday, October 9: Special events start at 3:30 with a choir workshop for all ages; SNL features Szymon Markiewicz and Norris Garner. (See announcements)
CROP Walk, Sunday, October 23





Special Guest Speaker Coming to Fairmont:

September 29, 2016

Colombian indigenous woman leader Marcia Mejía Chirima will speak at Fairmont on Monday, October 3, at 7pm. Marcia is touring with Witness for Peace and will be talking about the Peace Process in Colombia and how Communities and Organizations are working for a better future. For more information visit

Special Music at SNL! on October 9!

September 29, 2016

SNL! will feature Szymon Markiewicz, Norris Garner, and the Martin Luther King All Children’s Choir under the direction of Randy Shepard. Szymon Markiewicz is a master musician form Poland, a concert pianist, pipe organist, composer & conductor. Norris Garner is an internation songwriter and Psalmist. The special day of music begins with a choir workshop open to all ages at 3:30 PM at Fairmont. Contact Randy Shepard, 919-971-5997 for more information.

Men’s Breakfast — Back on 3rd Fridays

September 29, 2016

Third Fridays
7:00 am
Fellowship Hall

Fairmont Men,

The Next Men’s Breakfast Meeting will be held on Friday, October 21, 7:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall.





CROP Walk 2016, October 23

September 23, 2016

For over 35 years there has been a CROP Hunger Walk in Raleigh! Fairmont is a sponsor of the event and once again will be a water stop along the route. We will also have a team. You can sign up by going to




Fall “Pop-Up” Market Set For November 12

September 8, 2016

The Fairmont fall sale is getting a facelift as indicated by the new name.  The trend these days is to call an infrequent sales event featuring handmade goods a pop-up market. With that in mind the ACTS group is re-imaging what such an event might be.

Although we still plan to have a Silent Auction with the wonderful baskets that many of you have created and certificates from some of our favorite food establishments, plus our Cook’s Corner with the delicious baked goods from our fantastic cooks, some of the other elements of the fall sale have been discontinued.

Our ladies are very creative. They have produced fashionable knitted, crocheted and sewn items. There are also trendy decorative items for fall, the holidays and all year long.  There might even be some things in the colors of your favorite university affiliation or professional sports team!

We are still working on details, but we hope to have a food truck or two, plants for those year-round gardeners and some vendors for items that we didn’t think of or have time to create.

Your support in this new endeavor would be greatly appreciated. We will need additional hands to staff the day of the pop-up market. And if you (men and women) have a unique craft that you would like to contribute, please talk to Lynne Brock or Sandra Cox. Contact Amy Womble about the Silent Auction and Tamara Ladich about contributing baked, canned or frozen foods.

Your prayers in this new endeavor as welcomed as well.

Jean Porter

ACTS group (Actively Caring through Sharing)


Link to September newsletter

September 7, 2016

God’s Politics, The Fall Book Study Continues

August 18, 2016

Sunday, September 11 and Thursday, September 15 will each be the introductory session to the two month study of Jim Wallis’ book, God’s Politics–Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It.  Sunday’s session will be from 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM and Thursday’s will be from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The sessions will be interchangeable with the same discussion leaders. If you should miss one, you can go to the other. The sessions will continue each Sunday and the following Thursday until the first week of November.
Jim Wallis’ book may be purchased on line from Cokesbury or Amazon. Two loan copies are available in the church office, and the book can be checked out at your local public library.
Plan now to participate in this unique church program.  The topic could not be more timely during this upcoming election season.  Obtaining deeper understandings of our religious, ethical, and moral beliefs should have a positive impact on improving the practices in the political system of our democracy.

Discussion Leaders for God’s Politics Study: Fairmont is blessed to have a strong team of active and committed church members to lead the study sessions and discussions of God’s Politics during September and October. The team consists of Walter Brock, team leader, Jennifer Bumgarner, Ken Dulaney, Helen Kraus, Gene Lowrimore, Amy Womble, and Pete Eberhart. coordinator. Each is a strong active member and will be a well prepared, superb discussion leader.

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