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Sunday Bulletin: Sunday, February 28th Bulletin
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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.
again & again theme
From the creators of our again & again Lent theme, The Revs. Lauren Wright Pittman & Lisle Gwynn Garrity: “The ampersand became the main symbol and focal point... Visually, it has similarities to the infinity symbol or a music staff. It could represent our winding Lenten journey; the curves mimic the cycles of our faith, and the repetitive patterns that can both trap or ground us. Mostly, the ampersand emphasizes God’s holy ‘and.’ When we become weary from the motion blur chaos of our lives, God promises that there is always more to the story—death does not have the last word. In the ampersand, in God’s sacred ‘and,’ the chaos is contained, held, and transformed into beauty with the light of sunrise on resurrection morning.”
Sunday Morning Coffee and Conversation
Join the Pastors on Zoom Sunday mornings at 10:00am during Lent, as we casually gather to check in, say hello, and have conversation around Lenten themes. We will be using the devotion cards from our Lent boxes as a jumping off point (these will also be posted on our social media). There is no pre-work or homework for this meet up – just come as you are on Sunday morning! Check your E News and Sunday Morning Worship Reminder email for the Zoom link.
Support for a Refugee Family
The Munyazese family, whom Fairmount has been supporting since their arrival from a Congolese refugee camp in 2018, has asked for help with beds for their growing adolescent family. The family recently relocated to St. Clair and 61st Street and left behind the children's' beds and bedding due to a bedbug infestation. The five children (ages 11-15) are now sleeping on the floor on air mattresses. We're looking for two metal-framed bunk beds, the kind with a full-size bottom mattress and a twin on top. We also need both twin and full-size sheets and blankets, plus pillows. Because health regulations require new mattresses, we would also welcome cash contributions for this purchase. Finally, if there are congregation members out there who have a truck or van to transport the items, we would love to have your help. If you're able to contribute the bed frames, bedding, or transportation, please contact Sarah Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions can be made in several ways: 1. By physical check made payable to Fairmount Presbyterian Church, in memo line please write “ Refugee Assistance Fund” 2. Cash donations can be brought to the church office/Welcome Center, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM, for which you will be given a receipt. 3. Use our online giving form: https://onrealm.org/FairmountPresby/give/now.
Tuesday Evening Lenten Study
Tuesday Evening Lenten Study begins February 23rd at 6:30pm, using the book, Lent of Liberation, Confronting the Legacy of American Slavery, by Cheri Mills. This Lenten devotional invites readers to learn more about the brutal institution of slavery and its impact on Black people in America and recognize how its evolution and legacy continue to harm their descendants in the United States today. We will gather each week for discussion on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm. Pastor Jessie will be the primary discussion leader. Register here to receive the Zoom link.
Learnings from the Pandemic: Health Care & Racial Inequities Webinar
This webinar is the annual Mary Anne & Richard Cavicchi Christian Education Seminar at Rocky River United Methodist Church. It will be held Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. The speakers include: Will Jones, Director of Multicultural Vitality for the East Ohio Conference of United Methodist Church; Nazleen Bharmal, MD, PhD, MPP – Medical Director Community Health & Partnership, Cleveland Clinic Community Care.
Registration is on line, with no cost to attend, at https://www.rrumc.org/cavicchi-seminar-sign-up.
In Need of a Caregiver
We have a couple in our congregation who are long time members of the congregation living in Shaker Heights, and looking for someone to help them with caregiving. The work would involve basic care of persons in their own home who need help living, i.e. cooking, cleaning, walking, possibly driving and possibly bathing, etc. If you are interested, or know someone who might be a good match, please contact Pastor Lindsay (email@example.com; 216-321-5800 ext. 105)
Communicating with Fairmount Leadership
We would like to remind members and friends that if you have questions or would like to communicate with the Session (the governing body of the church), please email our Clerk of Session, Bourbon Zeigler, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions or wish to communicate with any of our four councils, please use the following email addresses: Administration Council: email@example.com; Care Council: firstname.lastname@example.org; Faith Formation Council: email@example.com; Serve Council: firstname.lastname@example.org. All Council Night meetings are open to all and Admin, Care, and Faith Formation take place on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm via Zoom. The Serve Council meets on Zoom on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
COVID-19 Vaccination for Those 65 +
Elder Gordon Landefeld discusses the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine. Listen to his message here.
The COVID-19 vaccinations may soon be available to members of our congregation. For vaccine availability, we ask you to contact your local county Health Department. Click the link for the county you live in:
If you do not have access to a computer, please use the following phone numbers to learn how to schedule your vaccination.
- United Way Help Line: 211
- University Hospital: 216-800-9367
- The Cleveland Clinic: 216-444-2538
- Metro Health 216-778-6100.
- Clark Low Cost Pharmacy 216-651-8685 (3107 Clark Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44109)
Some of our local pharmacies are also administering COVID-19 vaccination. Visit the following sites to learn about their vaccination programs.
For those of you affiliated with The Cleveland Clinic or Metro Health, you can also schedule your vaccination through MyChart.
Several members of our congregation have been trained by GCC (Greater Cleveland Congregations) to tell you more about the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccines in general, just in case you have any questions. You may contact church members Keith Mills, Ray McKinney, Ulrich Hopfer, Peter Horth, Gordon Landefeld and Jean Sylak with your questions.
Fairmount Prayer Shawls
Is there someone in our church community or in your life who are in need of the love and prayers from FPC? Fairmount Prayer Shawls are available for pick up during our church office hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 1:00pm. FPC Prayer Shawls can be given for joyous occasions and for times when a wrapping of comfort is needed. If you are a knitter, and want to learn more about our Prayer Shawl Ministry, contact the church office, 216.321.5800.
Join FPC on Instagram!
Install the Instagram app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to follow our photos and videos. Once on Instagram, search for FPCCLE or visit https://www.instagram.com/invites/contact/?i=1a4go9plavbh&utm_content=eqwiraz.
2021 Faithful Lives Film Series - 25th Year
Join us on the second Friday of each month (January through May) for our Faithful Lives Film Series. All movies will be shown via Zoom due to COVID-19. The Zoom link to view the movies will be emailed to you after you fill out this form: https://forms.gle/8YxJnE4yhSQLVzBD6. We ask that you log onto the Zoom meeting at 6:40pm. Movie introductions will begin promptly at 6:45pm. If you have any questions, contact Bryan Seekely.
2021 Faithful Lives Film Series Movies:
Friday, March 12th - The Grapes of Wrath Discussion Leader – Dr. Kay McKenzie
Friday, April 9th - Harriet Discussion Leader – Gann Roberts
Friday, May 14th - Revolution of the Heart Discussion Leader – Pastor Jessie McMillan
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.