Fairmont's fourth year of our Love and Justice Series looked a little different as we continue our online worship services!
We are so grateful to our guest preachers, Rev. Jose Luis Villasenor, Rev. James Younghan Kim, Rev. Bill Negron, Rev. Iris Jordan, and our summer intern, Laura Auberry.
The focus of the series is to lift up within the scriptures the importance and unbreakable connection between love and justice. You can find all our online services and Laura's weekly devotions on the Fairmont UMC Raleigh, NC YouTube channel. (Link is on home page.)
The emergency Wilson Temple UMC Weekend Food Distribution will continue at 12:00 to 1:00 pm on each Saturday and Sunday for the remainder of the summer. Since March more than 3,100 meals have been distributed. Join volunteers from Wilson Temple and other area churches in this important and meaningful effort.
Volunteers are needed to assist with site set-up and packing and distribution of meals, and should plan to be on-site at the Wilson Temple UMC parking lot (next to the church on Oberlin Road) from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Other volunteers have assisted by the donation of fruit. Social distancing requirements are strictly enforced. You can sign up to volunteer on-line at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4daba82ea5fd0-wilson
Fairmont began a year long book study on the topic of Racism in the United States. Our first book will be "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo and will be led by Susie Mallard Barnes, professor of Social Work at Campbell University. Our second book will be "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison. The remaining books will be chosen by the group.
- Who should attend? All are welcome! People of color are invited to join but will not be called on to answer or discuss questions, though they may certainly do so voluntarily.
- Where will we meet? We will begin our meetings on Zoom and possibly move to the church, depending on safety concerns regarding covid19.
- Who will lead discussions? We will take turns leading for those who would like to do so; those who do not wish to will not be asked to do so.
- When will we meet? Third Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM on Zoom -- next meeting is August 18.
Book Scholarships will be available if needed.
Note: For a historic overview of the United Methodist Church and Racism read this article from United Methodist Communications.
Click here for YouTube video featuring Semillas de Unidad.
It's Not too Late to Join the Book Study
Brueggemann Book Study
(Because the book is stand-alone essays, it really isn't too late to join!)
Join us on Mondays at noon to discuss the Essay topic from Walter Brueggemann's book, "Truth and Hope; Essays for a Perilous Age." We have about 7 to 8 individuals now joining us each week and would love to have others feel welcome to join any time. Because the book is in essay form it is easy to join in even if you didn't start at the beginning of the study.
The remaining dates and chapters:
8/03, Chapter 10: “Justice as Love of God”
8/10, Chapter 11: “Prayer and Justice as Disciplines of Identity Maintenance”
8/17, Chapter 12: “Truth-Telling as Well-Making”
8/24, Chapter 13: “Colonialism and Migration: 2 Kings 24-25”
About the book by Water Brueggemann:
Truth and Hope: Essays for a Perilous Age is a book that addresses God-groundedness in truth-telling to move a church community towards hope-telling of God’s work for a world of peace with justice. This book speaks of being bold, visible, and courageous in public faith with the intentional practices of prayer and justice for transformation in distinctiveness, thoughts, conversations and lives. It is the hope that such a book study could move each of us a little close to accountability to doing God’s work in this world from the vantage point of studying Old Testament scripture. With open dialogue and feeling comfortable that we will not know the answers while being open to questioning, may we be led by God’s Spirit into an impactful Social Justice church universal.
Study platform (zoom meeting)
Duration of study: One hour a week
Study format: discussion from scheduled reading of chapters & scripture, focusing somewhat on reflective questions. Click here for weekly reading assignments with reflective questions to consider.
Note Grace given: Even if you cannot read all that is suggested; feel free to join and participate as you can.
Julie Southwick has been making cloth face masks--dozens and dozens of them!
She has lots of different fabric colors and patterns!
We may be physically apart but we can meet together in Fellowship through our new Fellowship Thursday Zoom meetings! Each week we'll send out a link through the Flash Focus and we'll gather "together" on line on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM.
Watch for the link to arrive in your Flash Focus. Then at 7:00 on Thursdays, all you have to do is click on the link and go from there!
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 Liz’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.
Thanks to the Outreach Team and everyone who worked to provide the box–Check it out!