At Fairmount we are passionate about serving together, with those we serve, one another, and with God. Effective mission is relational in that individuals and communities grow together in faith and love through shared service. For more information on how to get involved with the work of Serve Council, please contact the moderator of the council at email@example.com. The Serve Council meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Since we set up Fairmount Presbyterian Church’s prison ministry in 2010 our main focus has been education. As such, we established the Cuyahoga County Jail Education Fund under the Church’s 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. The Fund has been used to purchase books for accredited academic courses and book-discussion programs we have organized and led at the following institutions in Northeast Ohio: Cuyahoga County Jail, Lorain Correctional Institution, Grafton Correctional Institution and the Northeast Reintegration Center. The Church, through its annual contributions, has been the largest supporter of the Fund. The Church of the Covenant has contributed regularly, as have various individuals. Starting in 2013, through a program at Case Western Reserve University called SAGES, Case undergraduates and incarcerated students have taken simultaneous identical courses, titled The Impact of Race, Class and Education, that include a joint learning exchange involving the two groups of students. The Fund has been used to support these courses. Recently, through our work in teaching at the prisons, we have identified related areas of need where we are expanding. Those include prison reentry (individuals recently released from prison), restorative justice, and a monthly book drive – called Open Book – that collects and delivers used books to prison libraries in the region.
For more information, please contact Fairmount member Ben Sperry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Below: Incarcerated Students and CWRU Students Learn Together.
The FPC Prison Ministry lent support to a Children’s Christmas Bash & Barbering event held last month that provided Christmas toys for the children of returning citizens (people newly released from prison). Organizer William Miller sent a video to give thanks.
We have been engaged in ministry with the people of the Dominican Republic for thirty years, working primarily through El Hospital General El Buen Samaritano. In 2014 we committed to a 25 year partnership with Batey 105, a local village in the heart of the sugarcane fields. We're focusing on relationship building and faith sharing, promoting justice, and improving social and economic mobility. To learn more about, visit its Facebook page. Contact David Bosler. Click here to view a message from Sandy and Jose from Batey 105!
FPC allocates around $15,000 of its annual outreach budget to be distributed to organizations and mission partners with specific and immediate needs. These funds are distributed to efforts that best align with our congregation's values and mission priorities. Requests are considered by the Serve Council. If granted, we ask that a participant and/or leader of your mission make a presentation to help deepen our connection to your important work. We receive multiple requests throughout the year.
To apply for renewal of a grant funding request, complete this form.
Since 2008, the Fairmount Earth Stewards small group ministry have had a mission of earth care and earth justice. Earth Stewards are committed to learning about God’s creation and to being faithful members of God’s natural world. The ministry is inspired by the theological concept of stewardship, the belief that humans are responsible for the world and should care for it (‘to till and to keep”).
Acting on that belief, in 2010 Earth Stewards were instrumental in establishing Fairmount as one of the first two churches in Ohio to become a certified Earth Care Congregation by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The ministry is committed to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities and outreach. A key focus has been the Church site itself, and also the everyday environmental practices of individual members.
Our ministry has led the way in significantly reducing Fairmount’s energy usage and last year we established a Monarch Butterfly Way Station. Other specific areas of concern include recycling and waste minimization, combatting the problem of lead poisoning, and area environmental cleanup. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
Please visit our Earth Stewards page
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GCC is a non-partisan coalition of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working to build power for social justice. GCC unites people across lines of race, class, religion, and geography to promote public, private and civic sector actions which strengthen and improve the quality of life of our neighborhoods. Fairmount is a founding member.
Through a partnership with Catholic Charities, Fairmount has committed to provide support to new refugee families immigrating to the United States. Our community is currently is helping a refugee family, recently arrived from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and living in the “Old Brooklyn” neighborhood on the near West Side of Cleveland. The Munyazesa family includes a mother, father, and six children, ages 6 to 20. Since we first met the Munyazesa family in mid November, our focus, based on conversations with the family, has been helping the family in the kitchen, washing clothes, responding to clothing needs, learning English, and identifying nearby resources. Support by our Fairmount family in responding to the “Giving Tree” was essential in helping over the holidays the family with some critical needs. If you are interested in participating in this ministry, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org