Sunday, September 11, 2016

Upcoming Events

Praise Fest at Rec Park Amphitheater - On Saturday, July 29, 14 area churches are sponsoring a Praise Fest from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at the Gettysburg Rec Park Amphitheater (Off of Howard Avenue).  This event will include several Christian praise bands, children's activities, two messages (one in English and one in Spanish), free hamburgers, hot dogs and more.  There will also be opportunities for sharing prayer requests and lots of fellowship and fun.

This is the fourth year this event has been held as a way for churches, congregations and the community to work together in bringing a greater presence of the Gospel's Good News beyond the walls of our churches.  Such ministries as Gettysburg C.A.R.E.S., Ruth's Harvest, "Ashes To Go" on Ash Wednesday, have been an outgrowth of this "God On The Ground" initiative.  Bring a chair or a blanket and join us for some or part of this community event.

In the event of rain, Praise Fest will be canceled.

Abe's Old Fashioned Root Beer Float Stand will be returning again this year during Fairfield's Pippenfest celebration.  Battersby's Law Office is once again sponsoring this delicious and refreshing stand.  Pippenfest is being held this year on Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24.  Come and have a delicious root beer float.  All proceeds benefit the Fairfield Area Food Pantry.

International Gift Festival - This year's Gift Festival is being held Tuesday, November 7 through Saturday, November 11.  Once again, the Ten Thousand Villages Store in Mechanicsburg will be hard at work transforming Fairfield Mennonite Church into an international shopping delight.  Please plan to join us to get a head start on your holiday shopping.  Fairfield Mennonite Church does not profit from this event.

Christian Peacekeeper Team (CPT) - Palestine - Our Pastor Brenda is joining a Christian Peacekeeper Team delegation to Palestine and Israel in August.  CPT enlists the whole church in an organized, nonviolent alternative to war.  CPT's initial roots began with Mennonites, Church of the Brethren and Quakers and has spread into a broad ecumenical network.  Pastor Brenda will be working in Hebron in the West Bank, and then in Jerusalem.  We look forward to her safe return and to hearing about her adventures.   

Sunday Morning Discussion Group - Since its inception in 1927 the adult discussion group has defined the character of our little church. Fairfield Mennonite was founded by several progressive thinkers who wanted to create a worship community in which it was safe to explore different ideas and ways of being church. Having felt stifled in the “mother church” they felt a strong need to question accepted doctrines and practices and to think outside of the box. To this day, our free wheeling discussions shape the character of “FMC.”

Mennonites have traditionally downplayed doctrine and creeds and have focused on living their faith. This is very true of FMC. Our focus as a faith community is on being and doing The Word, not just believing the word. The question that underlies all of our worship, study, and discussion is: “what does it mean to follow Jesus?” Faith for us is not about “believing in Jesus, but believing Jesus and taking seriously his instructions to ‘love your enemies, feed my sheep, follow me.”

Currently, the adult group is studying world religions hoping to better understand ourselves, others, and the world around. Over the past months we have examined the teachings of Islam, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism. Currently we are examining Confucius’ morality and how it’s shaped the China of today.

Everyone is welcome, believer or nonbeliever. Sunday’s discussions begin at 9:30 am. We meet in the kitchen, where most good conversations occur!

FMC Book Club -  Our Wednesday evening book club will be resuming on Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00 PM at the church.  We will be discussing the book "What God Said, The 25 Core Messages of Conversations with God that will Change your Life and the World" by Neale Donald Walsch.  If you are interested in joining this lively discussion group, you can just show up or use the "Contact Us" option on this website and send us your name, phone number and email address for additional information.  After May 10th, the book club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.  Please join us.  Everyone is welcome!

Project Linus (Providing Security Through Blankets) - Join us on the 3rd Friday of each month from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM as we sit together and knit, crochet or quilt blankets for children.  Of course, we have a good time doing it too!  Project Linus was started in 1998 and has chapters in all 50 states.  The mission of Project Linus is to provide handmade blankets for children-nothing commercially made.

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