Care

Care Council is the hands and feet for our congregation, but thirteen deacons cannot handle alone all the ministry that needs to be done, or all that they want to see done. If you want a one time commitment or a once a week commitment, we have places for you to share your gifts: like helping with coffee hour or setting up communion. Email care@fairmountchurch.org or Susan Holderness, sholderness@fairmountchurch.org and we will help you find a place within your time availability. 



Pastoral Care

If you or someone you know is facing a surgery, a life transition, or a loss, our pastoral staff is available for prayers and support. Please contact Pastor Derek Starr Redwine or Pastor for Congregational Care, Susan Holderness, if you or someone you know is in need. 


Prayer Requests

If you have a joy or concern that you would like other to lift up to God in prayer, please fill out the following form, and if you'd like to talk with a member of our pastoral staff about a particular need, contact with Pastor Derek Starr Redwine or Pastor for Congregational Care, Susan Holderness


You will also find prayer cards in the pew racks in the sanctuary and on the green table in the chapel. You can also fill out an online prayer request by clicking here. Prayers that are marked for the prayer chain get compiled and emailed to members of our Prayer Chain Ministry on Thursdays. If you would like to join the email Prayer Chain, please send an email to Christine Winters so she can get you included on that distribution list. 


Sunday Care Ministries

Note Writing Ministry

On the second Sunday of the month, the congregation is urged to write notes of comfort to anyone who is hospitalized, homebound, missed or suffering. Note cards and addresses are provided. This takes place after both Sunday worship services in Andersen Hall. If you would like to help manage the table, contact Mary Giffin

Click here to view the instructions for the Note Writing Table Facilitators. 


Coffee Hour

Every Sunday morning Care Council works to create space to extend the fellowship that begins in our worship. The Care Council provides coffee, tea, and snacks, so that our community has time to visit with one another and deepen the relationships we so enjoy in this place. 


Help us hose our coffee hours by either picking up the food or overseeing the food during the time of fellowship. Contact Joyce Tedrick or Trevor Jones


During Coffee Hour, keep an eye out for those you don't know. Invite these folks into conversation, take a few moments to get to know them and introduce them to others in Andersen Hall. This kind of care goes a long way to help others experience the warmth and openness of our community of faith. 


Flower Deliverers

Are you looking for a place to be involved in a Fairmount ministry but you need to juggle your schedule? Delivering flowers after 11 o'clock worship may be perfect for you. We make bouquets and our members deliver them to folks in the hospital, nursing homes, or celebrating a birthday or anniversary. The flowers can be delivered on Sunday afternoon or Monday. If you have a conflict, just switch with another deliverer. Maybe this is something you could do once every other month? Maybe you would like to deliver as a family? Please email Carol Adrine with your questions or interest.  


Ordering Chancel Flowers 2018

The flowers in the front of the chapel and sanctuary add to our worship each week. In December we will have the 2018 sign up poster in Andersen Hall. If you would like to donate flowers in honor or memory of a person or event, put your name by that date on the poster. That is all you have to do. The week before your date, Christine Winters will call you to see what sort of arrangement you desire and what you would like printed in the bulletin. Since a typical arrangement costs $100, this year we are offering an opportunity for folks to pair up for a date. Two people may give an arrangement. When you sign up, if you would like to share the cost, please make a line or space for an additional person. Then others will know they can sign there and share with you. It is always a joy to sign up for a summer Sunday and bring your own flowers from your garden!

Care and Support

Deacons


Through the work of the Care Council, Deacons coordinate the care of the congregation. Each area, however, needs the help of additional volunteers. Please look at these areas of care to find where you might show the love of Christ. Please contact Susan Holderness with your questions. 


Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the third Thursday of each month at 12:30pm. The group starts in the sanctuary for 15 minutes of silence and knitting and crocheting before going to the Chilcote Room for prayer and support. Please join us in this wonderful ministry to individuals as visual and tactile signs of God's presence and our love and concern as a community of faith. If you cannot come to our gatherings, we still encourage those who are able to knit or crochet prayer shawls. The church provides yarn. If you are interested in join this small group ministry, please contact Jan Spalding


Marvelous Meals

Members sometimes have a need for meals when they return home from the hospital or during other trying times. If you would like to join this ministry or have a need for meals, please contact the church office at 216.321.5800. 


LGBTQ Support

As beloved children of God, we welcome all persons to join our family of faith as full participants, regardless of age, race or ethnicity, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, economic status, differences of thought and expression, or any other human condition. We celebrate and find strength in our diversity.


Sisterhood of Service (SOS)

This group is designed to provide an opportunity for fellowship and direct Christian service by the single women in Fairmount's congregation. They meet once a quarter for lunch after church. They have set up committees for service activities. Click here to learn more about Sisterhood of Service. 


Home Communion

Around the Table of the Lord, God's people are in communion with Christ and with all who belong to Christ. As we practice this holy sacrament at Fairmount every week at the early service and on the first Sunday of the month at the later service, the Care Council is very aware that there are some who are not able to come to the table because, for whatever reason, they are unable to come to worship. 


We don't want any members of our community to miss this opportunity to be filled by God's Spirit around Christ's table. If you would like to help serve home communion, or if you know someone in our community who would like to receive home communion, please contact the church office at 216.321.5800.  


Grief Support

If you are having a difficult time dealing with your sadness or grief, please feel free to make an appointment with one of our ministers


Bereavement Class: Care Council will offer a fall Bereavement Class. It will begin October 22nd and be held every other Sunday morning during October and November, from 9:45am-10:45am in the Chilcote Room. This class is designed for those who are not in the midst of deep initial grief, but are acclimating to their new reality. We will work as a group to look back, pay tribute, and share stories with others.


Visitation Team

Did you know that there are a group of members who visit others in our congregation throughout the year? In May, the Care Council had a training workshop for those who had not been trained in the past. The goal of our visitors is to communicate the love of Christ and this congregation. Members of the visitation group visit once a month and also make an additional contact--phone call or card--one time a month. If there is someone you think would like a visit, please let Rev. Susan Holderness know.