VOLUME 31, ISSUE 27, JULY 24, 2022


Thank you to all of you who have been volunteering and praying your way through this week for our Vacation Bible School! We have had a great time studying God's Word, discussing it, and learning scripture - not to mention the fun with recreation, crafts, singing, and skits! I've have more photos to share soon, but for now let me share with you a brief story from a mother I met yesterday.

This interaction didn't take place at VBS but rather at Hazel and Eliza's swim lesson. In between watching belly flops from our girls off of the diving board Britni and I spoke with this mother about Vacation Bible School. She spoke highly of her experience with VBS, and here's why: 

"I came to believe in Jesus through Vacation Bible School when I was in the fourth grade," she said.

Let that sink in. We believe God ordains the ends as well as the means, and He may use Vacation Bible School and the ministry of the Word therein as the means to draw children (and perhaps their families!) in faith to Himself. Let this be encouragement for you on our last evening together. 

Thanks again for your ministry this week. I sure am looking forward to worship with you on Sunday. The Fairview Columns will be on hiatus for two weeks, but I hope to write to you again soon. 
Our nursery continues to grow, and we need your help to care for our youngest members and point them to Jesus! Tammy Teal is helping with signups, and she'd love to hear from you and schedule you for nursery. Click here to send her an email or give her a call at 541.274.1158. Thank you for serving in the nursery. 

Worship Nursery volunteers
July 24: Jill Webb, One Needed
July 31: Bobby and Katie Benninger
Aug. 7: Beth Wickliffe, One Needed

Children's Church for July
Sarah Wickliffe

Sunday School volunteers
Nursery: Sarah Wickliffe
Preschool (3.5-6): Lynn McCarter
Elementary (6-9): Lisa Miller
Preteen (10-13): Ann Spaar
Teenagers: Thomas Tripp
Order of Worship
Prayer List
July 23: Church Member Directory Photographs
July 24: Combined Sunday School Class
July 27: Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 5:45-6:15 p.m.
Aug. 14: Combined Sunday School Class
Aug. 14: Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
Aug. 17: Book Discussion Party, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 7: Table Talk Returns, 5:30 p.m.
Mission to the World (MTW) is providing for the needs of Ukrainians through an effort called Crates for Ukraine. It's a way to help with basic care, meds, and wound supplies. Churches or individuals pack crates and then transport them to Krakow, Poland where they will be taken to Lviv, Ukraine and other locations. Click here to learn more. We have already finished the wound care crate. Here is what should go in the other two:

Basic Care Crate:
Toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, Mylar Emergency Thermal Blankets, tampons, maxi pads, water filters (handheld/ filtration straws), baby powder, Gold Bond powder, socks, Chapstick, Vaseline, full body wipes (not baby wipes), Kleenex, batteries (AA, AAA), LED flashlight with batteries, Swiss Army knife or multi-tools, hair ties, thermometer, water purification tablets, electrolyte purification tablets, adult diapers (sizes regular, large, x-large)

Basic Meds Crate:
Anti-fungal/ anti-itch cream, Aspirin, Acetaminophen/ Tylenol/ Paracetamanol, Ibuprofen, Iodine tablets, A and D ointment, allergy medication (Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra), cough syrup, children's chewable multivitamins, men's and women's multivitamins, Vitamin A/B/C/D/E, Bandaids and bandages, Elastic bandages, manual blood pressure cuff with stethoscope, nasal airway kit, Sterile syringes with needles sizes 3,5,10, 20, 30 ml

You can find links to these materials in this document provided by MTW. Members from another church will be taking our crates to Poland.

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson 
Published in 2004, Gilead is a bittersweet account of a dying Congregationalist minister, John Ames. The story, which is set in Gilead, Iowa, in 1956, unfolds in the form of a letter that he is writing to his young son to tell him all the things he will not be able to tell him when he gets older. With a slow and thoughtful pace, John shares past family memories and resolves an old personal grievance with the son of his best friend, Robert Boughton, who is a Presbyterian minister. As John explores the bonds and breakdowns in relationships between fathers and sons, he moves back and forth between his memories and the present. John's heartfelt, joyous love of life and his profound religious faith weave throughout the narrative. 

Gilead "is so serenely beautiful, wrote one reviewer, "that one feels touched by grace just to read it."

Pick up a copy from Dan Nowell this Sunday and write August 17, 6:15 p.m. on your calendar for a book discussion party led by Dan.

If you currently teach Sunday school for adults or high schoolers, or if you would like to teach, please come to this training on Wednesday, July 27 at 6:15 p.m. 
Fairview Family Worship Guide

Book of the Month | A Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin
For the last year or so, I've used this space to suggest a book to you, and this month's book is one that you can read again and again. In fact the contents of this book are lifted from Book 3 of the Institutes of the Christian Religion. It's a great way to begin reading Calvin. Pick up a copy wherever good books are sold. What are you reading these days? Let me know!
Pastor | Rev. Jonathan Williams, 803.629.2952

Assistant Pastor | Rev. Kenny Maple, 864.608.6033

Session | Preston Garrett, John Martzin, Jim McClimon, Tom Miller, Tom Sevcik, Dan Shirley

Deacons | Stutts Armstrong, Cephas DiLella, Wes McCarter, Jimmy Sprouse, James Wickliffe

James is our Deacon of the Month | 864.303.6369
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