Fairmont United Methodist Church • Raleigh NC

a mission-oriented community

Coming in February–Chili and Chocolate!

"Souper" Bowl Sunday - February 2 Mission Lunch

First up is chili, February 2, Super Bowl Sunday Mission Lunch serves up “Souper Bowls” of chili in our annual Chili Tasting contest. If you would like to put your chili up to the test against some of Fairmont’s best, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (It is leaning heavily toward the Chancel Choir right now with 3, maybe 4 entries from choir members!) For those of you new to the chili challenge, tasters (that would be everyone who attends the lunch) vote with their lunch money! The chili with the most donations wins.

Two weeks later comes Chocolate!

The Chocolate Party is Saturday, February 15 at the parsonage. Drop in from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM. All ages are welcome, heavy hors d’oeuvres and lots of desserts. Come hungry! Donations benefit the Work Team’s trip to Wilmington this summer. (Parking on the street or in the NCSU lot on the corner of Brooks Ave. and Hillsborough St.)

Upcoming Mission Lunches

January 26 Mission Lunch:

The Fairmont Methodist Church Social Justice Committee is proud to host Comite Popular Somos Raleigh for the January 26 mission lunch. When asylum seekers cross the U.S. border they are initially placed in detention (often for months). If they are able to pass the ICE “credible fear test”, they are then allowed to enter the U.S. as asylum seekers and travel by bus to family or sponsors, often with no more that the clothes on their backs.

The proceeds from our mission lunch will help to support the mission of the remarkable women of Comite Popular Somos Raleigh who provide comfort, hope and a friendly voice to asylum applicants on their bus rides through Raleigh to their destinations in the U.S. In addition, the mission provides physical assistance that might include fruit, bottled juice and water, protein bars, diapers, jackets, shoes, toiletry items, phone cards, etc.

Mission lunches are most Sundays following morning worship. Cost is by donation and you do not need a reservation to attend. If you are interested in hosting a mission lunch contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Free Food Pantry

New Opportunity to Bring Your Cans to Church!

We continue to collect non-perishable food items for the Urban Ministry Food Pantry, but there’s a new “pantry” in town!

More specifically, a new outside 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 sometimes, gloves and mittens that are free to anyone in need.

You can put items in the box directly or bring them to the church office. The aim is to have a balance between items that can be taken home and prepared or that can be eaten straight out of the package. Thanks to the Outreach Team and everyone who worked to provide the box–Check it out!

Sponsor Altar Plants

Honor or Remember a Loved One! Sponsor the altar plants on a Sunday. Contact Carol Shearin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to get on the Altar Plant Calendar.

Many thanks to Helen Kraus who keeps all our plants looking lovely all year long.