Fairmont United Community Church
The Friendly Church On The Corner

 

Fairmont United Community Church, London, Ontario

 

 

FAIRMONT FAMILY TIES

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES FOR MISSION

 

 

The Little Church that Could, and Did, and Will

 

Your gifts to Mission and Service Fund can lend a helping hand to small congregations.  Here’s how:

 

They were down to a faithful four along with Judy their lay leader.  No one wanted to close the doors, but it was clear that Vermillion Bay United Church in Northwestern Ontario was no longer able to fulfill the mandate of what it means to be a church.

 

Without ministry it was not possible to gather for Holy Communion.  It seemed unfair to ask a guest speaker to come for such a few people.  And how many times did they want to hear a service based on “where two or three are gathered together”?

 

An answer to their prayers came in the form of a Mission Support Grant.  Members of presbytery helped with the forms and supported the application. 

 

Vermillion Bay did not ask for much – just $500 per year for three years for the cost of pulpit supply for the Wednesday evening services.

 

Kathy McMillan, A Mission and Service Fund animator in Cambrian Presbytery offered to lead a service on her way through the area to a Conference meeting.  She also offered her husband, Rev. David Sparks, to celebrate communion.  This continued each year for five years.

 

It took time, but slowly the little church grew and was blessed with wonderful answers to their prayers.  The Mission Support money from M&S and the interest and support of committed people, added to their confidence.

 

 In 2003 Vermillion Bay United Church celebrated 50 years of history and dedicated a small addition to the little church by the highway.

 

The perseverance of the faithful four, the assistance of many, and the support of the Mission and Service Fund helped this miracle happen. 

 

Vermillion Bay is small but it has a mission to live out. 

 

Your support of the Mission and Service Fund has given life to this tiny but vital congregation. 

 

Thanks be to God.

THOUGHTS FOR

THE DAY

 

”Silence” is the best

 reply

to a fool

 

One of the most profoundly human

things you can do is

talk to someone,

instead of about them

 

Never look down

on someone,

unless you’re helping

them up

 

If we do not feel

grateful for what we already have,

what makes us think

we’d be happy

with more?

 

CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL SUNDAY

Come and enjoy the musical talents of Alex and Randy on Sunday, October 26th during our regular Worship Service at 10 a.m.

 

Enjoy the “up beat” music and feel refreshed as you continue your journey in faith at Fairmont.

INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE

                               

 

LORD, TEACH ME TO PRAY……………

 

(As we say “The Lord’s Prayer)

 

I cannot pray OUR -  if my faith has no room for others and their need.

 

I cannot pray FATHER – if I do not demonstrate this relationship to God in my daily living.

 

I cannot pray  WHO ART IN HEAVEN -   if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.

 

I cannot pray HALLOWED BE THY NAME  -  if I am unwilling to accept God’s rule in my life.

 

I cannot pray THY KINGDOM COME  -  if I am unwilling to accept God’s rule in my life.

 

I cannot pray THY WILL BE DONE – if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.

 

I cannot pray ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN – unless I am truly ready to give myself to God’s service here and now.

 

I cannot pray GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD – without expending honest effort for it or if I would withhold from my neighbor the bread that I receive.

I cannot pray AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US – if I continue to harbour a grudge against anyone.

 

I cannot pray LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION -  if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.

 

I cannot pray BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL -  if I am not prepared to fight evil with my life and my prayer.

 

I cannot pray FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM -  if I am unwilling to obey the King.

 

I cannot pray AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY –

if I am seeking power for myself and my own glory first.

 

I cannot pray FOREVER AND EVER – if I am too anxious about each day’s affairs.

 

I cannot pray AMEN – unless I honestly say, “Cost what it may, this is my prayer”.

 

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE:

A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will take place in Fairmont’s Fellowship Hall on Friday November 7th, 2014.  Tickets are $15 per person and may be obtained from

Shirley Hayward and Virginia Neil.  

 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Dinner at:  6:45 p.m.

Show starts at:   7:30 p.m.

 

Come and enjoy an evening of theatre and good food.

 

LAUGH LINES

I was checking out at the local Foodland with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things on the belt close to mine.

 

I picked up one of those “dividers” that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn’t get mixed.

 

After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the “divider” looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it.

 

Not finding the bar code, she said to me “Do you know how much this is?”

 

I said to her, “I’ve changed my mind, I don’t think I’ll buy that today.”

 

She said, “OK, and I paid her for the things and left.  She had no clue as to what had just happened.

 

 

Articles for the November Edition of Family Ties should be with the Editor, Lillian Cree, by October 26, 2014.