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Passing of the Peace
According to John’s Gospel, the Risen Christ appeared to his disciples as they huddled behind locked doors and offered them the gift of peace (John 20:19). We invite you to share signs of Christ’s peace with those with whom you are gathered, or to pass the peace virtually by calling, emailing, or texting your family and friends in our congregation and beyond.
Prayer Requests During This Difficult Time
If you would like your prayer listed in our weekly Fairmount Prayer List which is sent to our prayer community, fill out this form. You can also call or email Pastor Lindsay, (email@example.com, 216-321-5800 ext. 105) with prayer concerns or to talk to a Pastor.
Going Forth: Offering Our Gifts and Our Lives to God
With gratitude for the grace we have received, we go forth from worship to offer our energy, our hands, and part of our income in service to God. One way we respond to Christ’s call is by giving our financial gifts to further God’s mission in the world. You may mail a check to the church or make an online offering to support the many ministries of Fairmount Presbyterian Church by clicking the Giving tab on the homepage of our website (https://fpccle.org/giving).
Service by Phone
We want to let you know of a new way you can connect to our weekly worship services – by phone! All you have to do is call 216-255-9353 and you will be able to hear a recording of our Sunday worship service. Each Sunday’s service will be available by 8 am that Sunday morning.
Church Office Closing for the Holiday
The Fairmount Church offices will be closed on Thanksgiving, the Friday after Thanksgiving and the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 26th, 27th, and 30th.
The Nominating Committee is looking for elders and deacons to begin service in January. Please contact Pastor Jessie if you have someone to nominate. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gifts for Kids Program
The Gifts for Kids program is a one-year interim program that will provide gifts to children of the clients served by the Heights Emergency Food Center (HEFC) located at Disciples Christian Church (DCC). The program will serve children ages birth to 16. Gift request cards have been created and distributed to several faith communities in the Heights and surrounding areas. If you wish to purchase a gift for a local child, please visit this link:
You will then be emailed the details of the kid’s gift wish.
Gifts for Kids Guidelines & Protocol
- Purchased gifts should follow the $30 gift limit. Please do not purchase gift cards.
- Include a gift receipt for clothing or shoes.
- If purchasing multiple gifts for one child, label all gifts with the child’s name and number and place all gifts in one bag, cut out and securely attach gift tag to the outside of the bag.
Purchased gifts may be dropped off at the FPC Welcome Center during office hours, 9:00am to 1:00pm on November 22, 23, 24 and December 1 and 2. If you cannot drop off your gift during these times, please email Christine Winters at email@example.com, and she will coordinate for someone to safely pickup the gift from your home. The deadline for returning gifts is December 2nd.
Blue Christmas Worship
There's an Advent tradition within Western Christianity of inviting people to come together for the Longest Night of the year, a night around the time of the winter solstice, when there are more hours of darkness than light. It's a time to come together for prayers and laments, to mourn the losses and griefs of the year, to let the tears flow for the hurting places in our own lives, as well as for our country and our world. Known also as "Blue Christmas," this gathering is a safe and sacred space to share anguish, to plead with God to remember us, to pray for justice and restoration, even to hope against hope, through our doubts and tears and fears, that "God will set things right all over the earth." Join us virtually for our Blue Christmas service on Tuesday, December 8th at 6:30pm. Watch our Facebook page and E-News for more information about how to join in.
Christmas Eve at Fairmount
- Our Christmas Eve family service will be streamed on Thursday, December 24th at 5:00pm and will include a children's pageant, beautiful music, and the story told for all ages - children, parents, grandparents, and everyone in between.
- Our Candlelight Service will be streamed on Thursday, December 24th at 10:00pm and will include the traditional music and readings you've been longing to hear.
While Christmas Eve at Fairmount will be virtual this year, they will be holy moments of worship that remind us that even in the darkness, we are still called to share the light of Christ.
Christmas Poinsettia Dedications
Each Advent season, through your contributions in memory and in honor of loved ones, we decorate the sanctuary with poinsettias for our Christmas Eve worship services. While this year's Advent and Christmas Eve worship services will be held online, you will still be able to enjoy the poinsettia decorations through our worship videos. Any additional money raised from your memorial contributions will be used for stocking our Little Free Pantry, so that we may continue to help our neighbors in need through this difficult time. To make a poinsettia dedication, fill out the dedication form by visiting this link, https://forms.gle/e9dFjZGJQQPWRF5p6. You may also email your dedication to Danielle Everette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit all email dedications in the following format: In Honor Of - Martha Washington by George Washington
We ask that you kindly donate $10 per dedication. You may make your donation online via our secure giving site, Realm by visiting, https://onrealm.org/FairmountPresby/give/now. Then, under “Fund” drop down to “Christmas Flowers”. You may also donate by sending a check to the church. Please indicate on the check the donation is for 2020 Christmas Poinsettias. You may mail the donation to:
The Poinsettia Dedication Deadline is Friday, December 11th.
Wrap Up Homelessness
It’s back! The Wrap Up Homelessness edition of the Cleveland Street Chronicle is back! Each page has articles on one side and wrapping paper on the other, designed by the same people who sell the paper. It’s a great way to support the Northeast Ohio Coalition on Homelessness (NEOCH) AND wrap your gifts at the same time. The Presbytery of the Western Reserve supports this edition each year through our Ministry Advocating for Homeless Persons. Where can I buy this paper you ask? West Side Market, 3-10 Coffee (Shaker Heights and Ohio City), Mac’s Backs Books, Cleveland Trade Works, Loganberry Books, A Touch of Rain Nail Spa, Upcycle Parts Shop, Unbar, or Order it online for pick up or delivery.
How much is it? $2.00. For more information, go to https://www.neoch.org/wrapuphomelessness.
Extending the Table
Many thanks to those who have been helping us stock the new Little Free Pantry that is located at the church on the Scarborough side of the driveway. We have been thankful for the donations but also become more aware of the need in the community for this food and its availability at any time. We are going to encourage all of you to donate whenever you can, and use this opportunity to EXTEND THE TABLE. Please bring your donations when you are in the neighborhood. Donations can be placed directly in the pantry. This is an ongoing outreach opportunity to support all year round. Thank you for all the ways that you give.