Fairmont United Methodist Church • Raleigh NC

a mission-oriented community

Worship Under the Oaks - Sunday, October 18

Join us on Sunday, October 18, 11:30 AM under the oaks in the Fairmont UMC courtyard! We will meet together in worship for the first time since March!

Wear a mask! Bring a chair! We will be socially distanced.

Virtual Bake Sale Set for November 14 - Bakers Needed!

Have you--like almost everyone else in the world stuck at home--been baking sourdough bread or making ever more elaborately decorated cakes? If so, Fairmont needs you to provide items for our Virtual Bake Sale! We plan to sell pies, cakes, breads, jams & jellies, and frozen meals online through the SQUARE MARKETPLACE.

Volunteer to provide items. We do need a definite count by October 23 so items can be posted online. Once items for sale are posted, people will be able to select and pay online for the item chosen. These are not pre-orders. It is important to understand that once we post four chocolate chess pies are available for sale and people have prepaid for that item, it must be available for pick up on November 14.

There will not be any walk-in purchases. The link to the virtual Bake Sale will be sent out via email to the Fairmont lists, posted on the Fairmont Facebook page, and available on the Fairmont UMC web site and other social media sites. We hope you will share it with friends!
 

Remember...

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  • Decide how many of each item you can provide. We have to have an exact number and you will need to have all items ready by November 14
  • BAKE!

CROP Walk Goes Virtual

One of our fall traditions is the CROP Walk. This year the walk is different--it is virtual. The official walk date is Sunday, October 25. And this year, more than ever the walk is important because so many are in need of food. Twenty five percent of the walk proceeds will stay here in Wake County to help Urban Ministries, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Catholic Parish Outreach, North Raleigh Ministries and Dorcas ministries--all of them on the front line fighting hunger here. The rest of the money goes to overseas projects such as disaster relief, feeding programs and economic development. Use the link below to sign up to join Fairmont's walk team or donate or both.

Fairmont United Methodist Church - Greater Triangle Area CROP Hunger Walk

Vote 2020 - Raleigh's Affordable Housing Bond

Jean Porter participates in the Affordable Housing Group of the Congregations for Social Justice (CSJ). There has been considerable discussion, pro and con regarding the upcoming bond. The CSJ Steering Committee and the CSJ Affordable Housing Group met recently regarding the bond issue. They were unable to come to a consensus on whether to support or oppose the bond. As a result CSJ will not take a public stand on this issue. 
However, these groups want people to become informed about the bond which is for $80 million. Below are links to sources of information and upcoming events to attend via Zoom. There are strong reasons for and against the bond. Please vote your conscience.

Upcoming
Thursday, Sept. 24 7pm.
Panel discussion by those supporting and those opposing the bond.  Hosted by the Wake County Housing Justice Coalition. Free, but must register to attend.  Register at https://rebrand.ly/WakeHousing.
This group will also be hosting a session on Oct. 1 7pm on the Coalition’s position on the bond.

The September 23 Flash Focus has more information and you can read on...

Affordable_Housing_Bond_documents.pdf and Yolanda_Taylor_Letter.pdf

Racism in the United States--Book Study Continues

In July, Fairmont began a year long book study on the topic of Racism in the United States. The first book was "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo and the August book was "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison. 

Anyone interested can start the study at any time. The Book study is monthly on the third Tuesday and the next meeting is set for October 20. 

 Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions and/or are interested. Be sure she has you on her list for the Zoom link.

Read more ...

Fall Tutors Needed!

Semillas de Unidad needs tutors. Interested or have questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about tutoring an elementary age English-as-a-Second-language student for online learning. This would be a one-hour weekly commitment. Tutoring in English only, no Spanish required.

Semillas “Virtual” Tutoring Fiesta Cristiana’s Semillas de Unidad has been busy this summer and is gearing up for the 2020 fall school semester. This tutoring ministry works to overcome inequality challenges in our education system. If you can tutor please join! All fall tutoring will be done online with an initial goal of 40 tutor/student pairings. Students served through Semillas are in grades K-8. A zoom tutor orientation will be offered, Monday August 10th at 7pm. Tutoring starts the first week of September with a commitment to tutor a student at least one day a week for an hour. To register for tutoring please complete this registration form. To inquire more about tutoring with Semillas please email the Semillas team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here for YouTube video featuring Semillas de Unidad.

It's Not Too Late to Join the Book Study

The Other Book Study!

We've got two book studies going...the Tuesday night study exploring racism in America and the Monday noon book study. The next book in the Monday series is Rachel Held Evens book: "Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again."

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join book discussion via “zoom”

Click here to read a sampling of Rachel Held Evens book: Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

Join us on Mondays at noon to join the discussion.

Fellowship Thursdays--Join Us at 7:00

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

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!