The Rev. John Fairweather
We welcome to our congregation the Rev. John Fairweather as guest preacher on Sunday, May 26. John has been visiting with us off and on, especially since his retirement from full-time ministry last fall. We are excited to hear from him as he offers his perspectives on the scripture and a life of faith.
While John was born in Arkansas, he really considers Iowa as his home. He went to Phillips University (where Pastor Allen attended) and received his B.A. from there. John then went on to Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN where he received both his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in Theological & Social Ethics. Prior to becoming a local church pastor John served as both a college professor and as a director of social service agencies.
John was ordained at First Christian Church in Des Moines in 1997. John and his wife, Carol Fredrich, moved from Nebraska to Cleveland in 2005 when she was hired to be the Executive Director and CEO of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries. John began serving the Ridge Rd. United Church of Christ of Parma as Interim Pastor. He was then hired as the Pastor of 1st Congregational United Church of Christ of North Ridgeville where he served until his retirement in 2012.
While at 1st Congregational Church John helped to shepherd that congregation as it considered, and then became, and Open & Affirming congregation.
John has two adult children and three teenage grandchildren, all who live in Iowa. We are grateful for his time with us, as well as his message.
“Pentecost” is the Greek name for the Feast of Weeks, a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai. This feast is still celebrated as Shavuot. In the Christian liturgical year, it is also a feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the twelve Apostles of Christ as described in Acts 2. Many Christians consider it the anniversary of the “birth” of the church and wear red on that day to celebrate it. We will have a special service of worship with much celebration and fun to commemorate the day. It also happens to be the 22nd anniversary of Pastor Allen’s ordination into the ministry!
Third Sunday Meal
As we do each month, we will offer the community and the church a wonderful and healthy meal, as it is the third Sunday of the month, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. This is one of our primary outreach initiatives to our community. Volunteers are always welcome, especially to close/clean up, but do speak to Beverly Wurm if you would like to help. She can be reached in the church office at 216-781-8232 on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Ohio City Home Tour
The Ohio City Home Tour features six homes plus one garden on a tour. The tour begins at Market Square Park at Lorain Avenue & West 25th Street and goes from 10am-4pm (rain or shine). Trolleys will come by approximately every 15 – 20 minutes. Presale tickets are $15 and tickets on the day of the sale are $20. If you would like to volunteer, contact Ohio City Incorporated, firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.781.3222 x106. The Home Tour celebrates 25 years this year! For more information and to purchase tickets go online to http://www.ohiocity.org and click on the tab “Events” then “Weekend In Ohio City.”
Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K is one of the longest standing running traditions in the Midwest. Celebrating its 36th anniversary in 2013, it is one of the 50 oldest marathons in the US. Each year, Cleveland hosts more than 20,000 thousand runners and walkers and thousands more spectators for its various events over Race Weekend. The race starts at 7:00 a.m. Northwest corner of the FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns. It will wrap around Ohio City and Franklin Circle Christian Church (see Beverly Wurm’s article elsewhere in this newsletter for more details about driving to church that day). Go online to http://www.clevelandmarathon.com for more details.
Next Widening The Circle Forum: Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Join Pastor Allen on Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. to help conceive and plan future Widening The Circle Forums. You are asked to come if you have an idea for a future…
…that will help our congregation and neighborhood be a more hospitable place for all of God’s children. You are especially urged to come if you are interested in planning, facilitating, and leading a future forum.
Our Widening The Circle Forums have been one means for our congregation, neighborhood, and broader community to explore in a creative manner critical issues of diversity, hospitality, and inclusiveness. This is part of our commitment to be an Open & Affirming, Anti-Racist/Pro-Reconciling, and Accessible Congregation.
The Widening The Circle Forums are usually planned on a monthly basis and include a creative or interactive element (film, speaker, interactive exercises, etc.) ample time for discussion, and refreshments. There is never a charge, and suggestions for future topics, speakers, films are encouraged on an ongoing basis.
If you are unable to attend this gathering, please get your ideas and offers to help to Pastor Allen by April 29th
and they will be included in the discussion. You can e-mail him at PastorAllen@FranklinCircleChurch.org
or call him at 216-781-8232.