Fairmont United Methodist Church • Raleigh NC

a mission-oriented community

Families Helping Families at Christmas

Once again Fairmont will be helping families in both Wake and Robeson County to have a brighter Christmas.

We will be helping families in Wake County by partnering with Family Promise of Wake County to provide families living in their transitional facility on Method Road with all the fixings for a Christmas dinner and a gift. We will have a list of those families soon. You can sign up as an individual or as a group to help these families enjoy a special Christmas meal.

Robeson County Church & Community Center Toy Collection: We will again take a load of toys and gifts down to the Robeson County Church and Community Center to help families have a brighter Christmas down there. Please do not wrap gifts and bring them to the church library by December 12.
Suggested items: dolls, balls, sports equipment of all kinds, jewelry making kits & other craft-type kits, toy cars, bicycles, tricycles, Big Wheels, action figures, board games, electronic games, and other toys.

Urgent Housing Need for Immigrant: Henry Jarrett received the below email from a long-time friend and fellow Wesley Foundation alum about helping a member of their church. If you know of suitable housing please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Greeting in the name of our savior Jesus Christ. I am Chris Calloway, a member of Carrboro UMC, writing to you on behalf of another member of same, George Lahai. George is enrolled in the master of accounting program at NCSU Poole College of Management. I am seeking more appropriate housing for George within walking or Wolfline distance from NCSU.

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Preparing for the Season of Advent

Poinsettias

Place your order on or before December 2! Cost of each 6-inch poinsettia is $10.00. If paying by check, indicate “poinsettia fund” on the memo line. If paying online, indicate “poinsettia fund” in the Special Donation instructions section. Any recognition(s) you list will be posted in the Fairmont announcements email and in the December 12 bulletin. Please plan to leave the poinsettias at the church until after the Christmas Eve service.
If you cannot access the form,  please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Poinsettia Order

Decorating the Sanctuary

Help to prepare Fairmont for Advent! Join us on Saturday, November 27 at 2:00 PM to set up and decorate the Chrismon tree.

Bishop's Video Podcast "Grace for the Future" to launch in October.

In "Grace for the Future", Bishop Leonard Fairley, the United Methodist Episcopal leader of the Kentucky, North Carolina, and Red Bird Missionary Conferences, will explore various aspects of the means of grace that we, as Christians, use to inform our lives. The means of grace are ways God works in us - hastening, strengthening, and confirming faith - so that God's grace lives in and through us.

Each month, Bishop Fairley will host a combination of clergy and laity from each of the three conferences as they discuss two questions:

  • How do the means of grace inform our decisions, conversations, and discernment for the future?
  • Where and how have you seen this means of grace lived out in this season of transition, uncertainty, and anxiety?

The video podcast is being produced by communications staff from the Kentucky and North Carolina Conferences.
Look for the first episode of Grace for the Future on Tuesday, October 5 on the Grace for the Future website, the NC Conference app, your favorite podcast app, or the Kentucky, North Carolina and Red Bird, websites.

UMCOR - Global Migration, Disaster Response and More

The past few weeks have brought devastation to many areas of our country and abroad. While we know we will send mission work teams to a lot of these areas their greatest need right now is donations. You can visit the UMCOR website and donated directly or you can give through Fairmont. Please make checks out to Fairmont UMC and designate for UMCOR. Further designations would be for “United States Disaster Response,” “International Disaster Response,” and “Global Migration.”

Under the last designation, UMCOR provides support for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in the U.S. and around the world. This would include Afghan refugees. (Read more about under "Reaching Out/Social Justice.")

Everyone is encouraged to visit the UMCOR website to see all the areas UMCOR is helping.

Fellowship Wednesdays!

Hello fellow Fairmont UMC friends!

All are invited to join the Wednesday evening Fellowship group. A consensus of the group expressed the desire to have more directed, faith based and spiritual discussion.

Watch for the link to arrive in your Flash Focus. Then at 7:00 on WEDNESDAYS, all you have to do is click on the link and go from there!

We will start with a devotional and discussion followed by a "How Is Your Soul" conversation.

Free Food Pantry

Free Food Pantry Needs Items! The current state of our world has led to a lot of food insecurity. Please remember to pick up extra non-perishable items for the food pantry.

Many thanks to everyone who is contributing to the outside pantry box. We even have neighborhood folks helping.

If you haven't seen it yet, it is a box along the lines of the “little free library” boxes. By the sidewalk near Pastor Christina’s parking space on Horne Street is a small box on a post with glass doors doors and a roof. Inside are staple items, cans of food, dried beans, some ready to eat foods, and some personal size toiletries, as well.

At this time, there are many boxes of food in the small kitchen (off of the Youth Room in the basement), that are for the Little Food Pantry.  If you see that the LFP needs to be filled, please grab an armload on your way out!  Thank you!