Our mission is "to offer hospitality to all God's children." That means all folks. One of our core values is "welcoming the variety of people who are our neighbors" and one of our bedrock beliefs is "We believe it is through forgiveness and grace that God gives us hope that never ends." If you have felt excluded in other settings in our world because of your race, gender, sexual orientation, or economic situation, we invite you to be our guest. We view our building as a sanctuary or safe place for all folks.
Please feel free to browse our web site. We have several pages to help visitors get acclimated and oriented. You can find directions, information about our worship services, a detailed description of our Vision and Mission, information on how to become a member, contact information for the church and for staff, a little bit about our history, information about what's happening, and how to stay in touch--all from the left side bar. There are also many resources for your personal journey and to help you connect with others on the journey.
*New Member Sunday-New members will be received into the Fairlawn West community on Palm Sunday, April 13 during worship. If you are interested in membership, please see Pastor Debbie. An all-church luncheon to celebrate this special day will be held in the Fellowship Hall immediately following worship-let's make it a truly joyful day!
*You are welcome to join our Lenten Book Study and Conversation, being led by Pastor Debbie-we are having wonderful discussions and fellowship! Tuesdays 3/25, 4/1, 8, 15 (bring your lunch) or Wednesdays 3/26, 4/2, 9, 16 (Potluck supper at 6:30, study at 7). If you would need child care in order to attend, please call Susan Kolarik at 330-864-2179.
*Holy Week Observances:
Maundy Thursday 4/17 6:30 pm: we will share a meal while we learn about and experience Communion much as Jesus and His disciples did. The rite of footwashing, a tradition that goes back to Jesus' last night, will also be observed-participation is voluntary. a 24-hour quiet prayer vigil will begin in the Sanctuary at the conclusion of our gathering. You are invited to sign up for a time to pray on behalf of the earth and those in need. Prayer books and the church prayer list will be available for your use, if desired.
Good Friday 4/18 7 pm, Sanctuary: We will observe Tenebrae: A Service of Darkness, which includes dramatic readings of Jesus' Passion. At the conclusion, the Sanctuary will be stripped of all decoration, according to custom. (Child care will be available.)
Holy Saturday 4/19 9 am-4 pm Fellowship Hall: Walk the Labyrinth to the sounds of nature and peaceful music; pause to pray and meditate. (Seating will also be available; childcare available 11 am-1 pm.)