Fairmont United Methodist Church • Raleigh NC

a mission-oriented community

Katelyn MacDonald - Guest Preacher June 30

Katelyn MacDonald (she/her) is a certified candidate for ordination as an elder in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Katelyn is passionate about connecting queer people, pastors, and congregations. She is a co-leader of Durham Queer Methodists, a group of fully-affirming United Methodist Churches, groups, and pastors in North Carolina. The group gathers to march in Pride parades, worship together in Queerly Beloved services, and fellowship regularly. During the week, Katelyn works as staff specialist for Chapel Music at Duke University Chapel.

Welcoming Rev. Scott Foster and Family

Scott and Kady Ann Foster and family will be moving in soon (Monday, June 23!) and his first Sunday is July 7. The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is working on ways for us to welcome them to Raleigh. (Watch for more information coming soon.)

2024 Camp #livedifferently!

On Sunday, June 23 we'll celebrate Camp #livedifferently.This camp, based on two scriptures from the Bible, teaches children how to “live differently” using these verses as guidance to make a difference in the world with their own two hands.
Matthew 25:35-36 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
Thanks to all our volunteer helpers and those who provided snacks for the camp. 

Volunteer to Help with Out! Raleigh Booth - June 22

Fairmont is joining with St. Francis, Highland, Avent Ferry, and First Cary UMCs to staff the SFUMC booth at the Out! Raleigh Festival on Saturday, June 22, 2024 in downtown Raleigh. You'll have a fun time giving away prizes and meeting others. Link HERE to volunteer for the June 22 Booth.

Community Garden

Our community vegetable garden, Grow Together Garden, is coming along great. All the garden plots have been claimed and planting has begun! Watch us grow!

You can read all about the project below and watch this space for more garden happenings!

New Project - Community Garden

Fairmont Grow Together Community Garden

Fairmont United Methodist Church has a long history of providing outreach and food to those in need. As members we support a lunch bag ministry, a small food pantry, and the food pantry housed at Wilson Temple United Methodist Church. The community surrounding the church's property contains single family homes, student housing, and apartments. The economic diversity ranges from those near poverty to middle and upper-class. We strive to have a strong connection to our community and to the area college campuses. Peggy Davis, BJ Satterwhite and Helen Kraus view the creation of this vegetable garden space as the next logical step towards providing healthy food to those in need and a collaborative community space.

The vegetable garden seeks to support those that do not have space to grow their own food and those that need access to fresh food. The garden has two main goals: grow fresh vegetable to share and teach others how to grow fresh vegetables. Vegetable beds (4'x10') will be provided, free of charge, to members of our community (member gardeners) who want to grow annual vegetables. The plots will be offered on a first come first serve basis to those who have signed the Clean and Welcoming Use document. This document will provide guidelines for what is acceptable use of each garden bed. Also, there will be an “ask an expert” session once a week to answer member gardeners’ questions. No fee will be charged; however, we will require that each member gardener/garden bed donate 10% of each vegetable harvest to those who cannot grow their own food. With each harvest, a member gardener will place their 10% into a cooler located near the garden. FUMC volunteers will facilitate the distribution of the fresh produce to the FUMC small food pantry and to the Wilson Temple UMC food pantry. Additionally, there will be 3 garden plots to be used for demonstration and teaching. The hope is that Fairmont UMC elementary, middle, and high school children and youth, along with the FUMC volunteers will help plant and care for these teaching areas.

YOUTH NEWS

Upstairs Youth/UMYF Room: The room is ready! It looks great and thanks to all who made it possible. They are ready to start fixing it up to make it theirs. Now they need things to do that! If you are cleaning house, downsizing or getting ready to declutter the Youth would appreciate anything.
They need: couch, lamps, large rug to cover the carpet, a bookcase, chair, TV
Contact Sandra Cox (call or text 919-264-9377) if you have something to donate and we will help bring it to the church.

UMYF Meals: Can you help? We meed help providing meals for UMYF (6-7 youth with one vegetarian). Meals are needed Feb. 18, March 3, March 17, April 7, April 21, May 5, May 19; time is 5:30-7:30 PM.
In addition, adults are needed to assist Pastor Christina (or if you want to give the program, she’ll assist!) We need 1-2 adults to assist or lead. Text Sandra Cox (919-264-9377) to volunteer.

We also want to thank Sandra Cox, our new Youth Coordinator!

Creation Care Team Forms

As the NCC-UMC Season of Creation is upon us, Fairmont UMC is initiating a Creation Care Team initially as a sub-committee of the Social Justice work group. Our impetus is the forward-thinking Creation Care Resolution that was passed on June 17 at the NCUMC Annual Conference, as well as interest and need expressed by multiple adults and youth in the Fairmont congregation.  Richard Loeppert is heading up our Creation Care Team.

We will publish Creation Care events as they come up or contact Richard for information.

Please let us know if you are or might be interested in participating in the Fairmont UMC Creation Care Team.  You might also think of where you might fit with any of the ideas mentioned above or additional ideas that are not listed.
Contact Richard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The team met on August 31, but if you are interested in learning more contact Richard.

Updating the Directory

Did you know that we have an on-line directory? And that you can access it from your computer or an app?
But directories get out of date fast! Toddlers become teenagers; we say good-by to some and hello to others; our numbers change and we move around!
We are working on updating our pictures and our people and will let you know about opportunities to have your picture taken here. (Or you can provide your own.)
If you are new(ish) to Fairmont you may not be in the directory yet, but Margie is working on getting new folks entered.

There are some Church Directory Information forms on the table at the back of the sanctuary. Fill out and drop in the offering plate if you want to update your information or to be added. And thanks to Julie Melson, we have a google doc that can be filled in online. Link HERE

Fairmont is a "Lighthouse Congregation"

Our congregation, Fairmont UMC, is a "Lighthouse Congregation" of The North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church in partnership with The United Methodist Collective and the Office of New Faith Communities. Our Church Council met on March 9 and voted to become a Lighthouse Congregation! In doing so, not only do we commit to remaining a part of the United Methodist Church, but we also commit to serving those who have lost their church homes through disaffiliation or closure.

We are committed to this work in the following ways:

  • Worship: Providing worship opportunities whether online or in person. These services should be intentional about engaging and welcoming new people into the fold.
  • Discipleship: Creating space to learn and grow, through small group gatherings, Bible studies and prayer opportunities.
  • Mission: Inviting fellow United Methodists into opportunities to serve through hands on ministries. This can include things like backpack ministries, community gardens, literacy and C4C programs, or anything that involves making a difference and sharing the love of God with others.
  • Sacrament: Communion will be offered at least one Sunday a month, but also may include invitations to communion outside of traditional worship such as mid-week gatherings and in small groups.
  • Pastoral Care: Offering care such as hospital visits, gatherings at coffee shops, and finding ways to be available to those who are in need of pastoral care. This is not just the responsibility of the pastor, but includes ways in which the congregation may engage in visitation ministries, meal trains, and communications ministries.

Learn more about Lighthouse Congregations here: https://nccumc.org/umcollective/lighthouse-congregations/