Announcements given for Sunday 10/8/23
Below are the announcements given on 10/8/23. Please refer to your directory for contact information.
Revised Church Mission Statement
Our Church Council approved this revised mission statement at our September 21 meeting. We added values of fellowship and social justice.
Our mission statement now reads:
The mission of Fairwood Community United Methodist Church is to build community through Christian faith, fellowship, service, and social justice where all belong.
All Church Conference - Nov 4th 3pm
Saturday, November 4 is our annual All-Church Conference. This is our annual business meeting with our district superintendent and our entire church family is invited. Our D.S., Rev. Derek Nakano, will meet first with the Staff-Parish Relations Committee at 2:00, then the all-church conference will start at 3:00. While only members of Fairwood Community UMC may vote on official business, everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
What will we do?
• Learn more about our Area-wide M.I.L.E. initiative
• Elect our 2024 church leaders
• Approve our pastor’s salary and do other business such as review our membership report
• Review and evaluate the ministry of FCUMC
Trunk or Treat Oct 28th 5:30-7:00pm
Fairwood’s Youth & Children’s Ministries is planning activities and a “Trunk or Treat” for our church families on Saturday, October 28, 5:30 – 7:00pm. You can help make it a fun evening for our kiddos!
•Donate desserts for a cake walk
•Donate candy (feed the green monster in the narthex)
•Decorate your trunk and hand out candy
The Trunk or Treat portion of the festival will be in the upper/back parking lot and run from 6:30 pm until 7:00 pm. Please arrive with your vehicle no later than 6:15 pm. Your “trunk” can be simple or elaborate…it’s up to you. You may bring individually-wrapped candy, but candy donations will also be available.
Sign up using the QR codes here or here’s a link to signup to bring your trunk: https://fcumc.breezechms.com/form/c7b6ce
Contact LJ, Kartha, or Sabrina (our Youth and Children Programs director) for more information.
Blessing of the Animals Sunday Oct 22nd 11:30am
Everyone is invited to a short outdoor Blessing of the Animals service after the regular Sunday worship service on Sunday, October 22nd. So that people can go home to get their pets, we’ll start at 11:30am out in the front parking lot.
Bring your pet or bring a picture of your pet to be blessed by Pastor Ferdie. Invite your neighbors and friends with pets! You don’t need to have a pet to enjoy this service.
We’ll have a memorial table for our blessed pets of the past. Consider bringing a picture of pets you’ve loved and include their names on the back for us to see.
Blessing of the Animals is traditionally done around the Feast of St. Francis and often with Earth Ministry greening congregations.
Thank You for Your Support During the Quilts/Craft/Baked Good and Soup Lunch Fundraiser!
Our Fairwood United Women in Faith thank all the donors, workers and buyers who supported our recent Quilts, Crafts, Baked Goods and Soup Lunch fundraiser on October 1st. Thanks to your support, we raised over $4,300 for ministries for vulnerable women and youth/children.
Carol C. won the beautiful Northwestern sceneries quilt raffle.
All the baked goods got snapped up but we have some quilts and crafts that we may just offer for those who were not able to attend. Look for future announcements about that opportunity.
Thank you so much!
Youth choir starts Oct 1st 11:15-11:50 in choir room
Youth in grade 5 through high school are invited to sing in YOUTH choir. Rehearsals start on Sunday, October 1st, after Sunday School and illumin8 classes. Meet in the choir room at 11:15am until about 11:50am.
We will be learning new songs and some favorites to sing in church worship services and teach to the congregation. We will also help lead a special Christmas Eve service. Come bring your friends and make a joyful noise! For more information or questions contact Bill or Lori McEwen.
Let's Explore Antiracism Together
We have been encouraged by the United Methodist Church Commission on Religion and Race to declare September 2023 as Antiracism Month.
Let’s gather Sunday, October 8, 6:30 to 8:00 in the Parlor to share experiences and learning as we journey together in exploring white privilege and institutional racism.
Resources are provided by the Commission on http://r2hub.org. Also, explore posts with ##30DaysAntiRacism.
Recommended video (22 minutes): “Deconstructing White Privilege” by Dr. Robin DiAngelo on youtube.com.
Questions? Ask Joanne Flagel
Planned Giving Workshop
The congregation is invited to a Planned Giving workshop, Giving Beyond the Checkbook, Today, Sunday, October 8th, in the sanctuary, about 11:15am – 12:15pm.
You will discover different pathways to support your church both currently and also through legacy giving including Charitable Qualified Distribution, bequests, and stock donations. Rev. David Nieda, Associate Director of Faith Foundation Northwest, will be with us, preaching that morning and leading the workshop after the service.
He’ll answer our questions about planned gifts that can provide you with personal and financial benefits, while also benefiting our church. Examples of planned gifts include bequests through wills, endowments, gifts of life insurance, stock gifts, beneficiary designations, or a special gift in honor or memory of a loved one.