Fairmount Presbyterian Church allocates a percentage of its annual outreach budget to be distributed to organizations and mission partners with specific and immediate needs. These undesignated funds are distributed to efforts that best align with our congregation's values and mission priorities. To apply for benevolence support, please complete this form. All requests will be considered by the Serve Council. If requests are granted, we ask that a participant and/or leader of your mission make a presentation on a Sunday morning to help deepen our connection to your important work. Please keep in mind we allocate around $15,000 annually for grant requests, and we receive multiple requests throughout the year.
To apply for renewal of a grant funding request, complete this form.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please click on these links:
*Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice (PCUSA 1990 environmental statement)
*”And the Leaves of the Tree are for the Healing of the Nations” (PCUSA pdf booklet)
*Hazardous Waste, Race and the Environment (1995 PCUSA statement)
*In Support of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018
(PCUSA 2018 statement)
*Earth Care Congregations (PCUSA program) https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/environment/earth-care-congregations/
*Fairmount Earth Care Congregations 2019 recertification submittal to PCUSA (Excel template)
*“Climate Change: Facts, Fictions, and our Faith”, video by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe; keynote speaker at 2014 Earthkeeping Summit held at Ohio State University https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TiSiMU_ekE
*Tracking and Reducing Fairmount's energy usage using the Energy Stewards website (2018 report)
*Monarch Butterfly Way Station http://www.monarchwatch.org/
*Recycling and Waste Minimization https://cuyahogarecycles.org/
*Cleveland Plain Dealer January 27, 2019 update on the status of lead poisoning in Cleveland, Ohio https://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2019/01/cleveland_anti-lead-poisoning.html
*Area environmental cleanup - Doan Brook Watershed Partnership http://www.doanbrookpartnership.org/
*Shaker Lakes Nature Center https://shakerlakes.org/
*Earth Day Network https://www.earthday.org/
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. As we work with the people of Batey 105, we are focusing on relationship building and faith sharing, improving life in the Batey, promoting justice, and improving social and economic mobility. To learn more about, visit its Facebook page. Contact David Bosler.
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. http://greaterclevelandcongregations.org. Contact Ulrich Hopfer.
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.