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As we look back on 2019 we see so many blessings. We are grateful for our community, and all you have done to walk alongside our ministry this past year. Many of you have shown up to serve and to give of your time and talents. You've served on committees, planned events, helped with VBS, prayed with our students, handed out welcome bags, invited your friends and family to visit our coffeehouse, and so much more! Without our amazing Fairmount Family, much of what we do would not be possible. Thank you!

Another semester has come to a close, and it has become a bit quiet around here in the last 24 hours as the students travel home for Winter Break.

When school is not in session, we see a decline in visitors at Fairmount Coffee, as you can surely imagine. This would be a great time to come show your support for your favorite local coffeehouse and campus ministry! We have the perfect space for a cozy afternoon with your Bible and devotional, meeting up with a friend for lunch, a family game night, or a night out with your loved one. One thing you can do on your visit is to pray for our space and the people who come through our doors! One of our Church friends visited this week and from her own table, prayed over every person and table in our space. Prayer is so powerful!
Winter break is Dec. 16 – Jan. 20 
M-Th: 7am-8pm
F: 7am-9:30pm
Sat: 8am-6pm
Sun: Closed


Christmas hours: 
Monday, 23: 7am-5pm
Tuesday, 24: 8am-1pm
Wednesday, 25: Closed


Campus & Young Adult Ministry Update

Christmas Party: On December 3, we celebrated Christmas with our students and young adults! We enjoyed delicious cookies, a lightly competitive game of trivia, entertaining white elephant gift items, delicious late-night menu food from Fairmount Coffee, and best of all, a lot of laughter and memories! We were so glad that many of our community could come out to celebrate! Click here to see more pictures

Finals Bags: we mentioned in lasts month's update that the Wichita LWML Zone gathered items for and assembled 100 Finals Bags for our students. It's been a lot of fun to hand these out to the unexpecting students! They all have been grateful for the goodies and the thoughtfulness behind the bags.

           

Free Prayers:
One of our Council Members had a fantastic idea to offer a prayer booth of sorts for the students during Finals Week. Beginning last Friday, we have had a table set up near the entrance that has been manned throughout the week with Church friends to sit down and pray with students during this hectic semester-end. We've offered a place to leave prayers, for when the table has not had a prayer partner, that students and coffeehouse guests have left requests. 
 

This Month's News

In this issue, we invite you to join us on our Spring Break Mission Trip, share some ways you can get involved at Fairmount, and update you on some of our biggest needs. 

Year-End Gifts

As our ministry continues to grow by leaps and bounds, so does our need grow for your support! Would you please prayerfully consider Fairmount Ministries in your year-end giving this year? Your support will make a difference as we continue to reach out to WSU students and our neighbors with the love and message of Jesus Christ!
Checks can be mailed to:
Fairmount Ministries
3815 E. 17th St. N.
Wichita, KS 67208

OR

Gifts can be given online by clicking this link!

Join us on Mission!

Join Fairmount Ministries on a mission trip to “come build hope” in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, March 21-27, 2020. Our mission is to build an 11x22 foot home in 3 days for a local family. We will work with the agency Amor Ministries, based out of San Diego, CA. This is our 5th trip to Mexico, and Fairmount’s first time planning & hosting the trip.

Who can serve? College students and adults that are 18 years and older. (Children may come on the trip if accompanied by a parent or guardian (or supervising adult). Construction experience is a plus but not necessary. Registration is NOW OPEN! The cost is $400/person with registration forms and a $50.00 deposit due on December 15.

Please see our website for more information and to register at www.fairmountministries.org/mexico2020. Questions? Contact Fairmount’s Director of Outreach, Paige Edgington, at 316-684-5224 or dcepaige@gmail.com.

Prayers for Fairmount

Would you pray for us? Here are some of our prayer needs:
  • Students: as they travel during the winter break. 
  • Our facility. Over the summer, we've had a few leaks in our roof, and we've discovered that we will need a new roof and a new HVAC system (2 new air conditioners). Please pray for God's continued provision for our ministry.
  • Give thanks for 60 years of LCMS ministry at WSU!
  • Our Campus Ministry: that the Lord provides opportunities to talk with students about faith and the grace that comes through a relationship with Christ!
  • Spring Break Mexico Mission Trip: as we prepare to sponsor the annual spring break mission trip. Please pray that all the details come together and that God provides us with a team of missionaries to send!
  • Give thanks for our faith community, who continues to show up through their time, treasures, and talents. We are so grateful for our amazing volunteers!
  • For our staff and volunteers to remain "on-fire" and to walk in faithfulness.
  • That the Lord would inspire more people to become monthly donors &/or get involved with Fairmount Ministries.
  • Thanksgiving for the many blessings and provisions He has given us daily!

Our Biggest Needs

This list includes everything from financial needs, to manpower needs, to physical needs. Here are some of our current needs:
  • Increase recurring monthly donations to $6,000 each month. We currently receive $2,760.55 per month in recurring donations.
  • Raise immediate capital of $50k-$100k! 
  • New roof for Living Room and office areas & TWO new air conditioners for the entire facility. The project will be $26,000.
  • Volunteers: Meal sponsors, Devotion leaders, and Musicians for The Table
  • Printing services or updated copy machine (marketing, brochures)
  • Visit our Amazon Wishlist to see some of our other needs (and wants).
Interested in helping with one of these items, give us a call 316-684-5224 or send email to FairmountMinistries@gmail.com

The Table

Join us for an evening of dinner, community, and praise TOMORROW at 6pm for The Table: A Community Gathering! Our praise time will be led by Chad Boney Music! Please RSVP so that we can provide enough food for dinner. The Table is an open invitation to anyone from our community! 


Women's Gathering & Devotions

Saturday Sips, our bi-monthly women's gathering meets on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays at 9am. We have a great time joining together over a devotion and enjoying coffee, coloring, and fellowship. It's a great way to start a weekend! We will not be meeting on Dec. 21. Look for more info about January Sips soon.
 

Theology on Tap 

No December Theology on Tap (TOT).  Look for more details to come about January's date, location, and topic. 
 

College & Young Adult Bible Study

Our Tuesday evening Bible study is taking a break over Winter Break. Look for more details soon for the spring semester study schedule.

Christmas Collection

We are doing a Christmas Collection at Fairmount for The Lord's Diner and Wichita State University Shocker Support Locker! Now through December 18.

Stocking hats, mittens, gloves, and socks are being collected for The Lord's Diner. Canned & boxed food items are collected for the Shocker Support Locker.

Bring your donations to Fairmount Coffee Co. and receive a 10% discount off your purchase!

WINTER GEAR: stocking caps, mittens, gloves, and socks
PROTEINS: peanut butter, canned chicken/tuna, beans, canned chili, nuts

FRUITS: canned fruits, applesauce, tomato juice, raisins, dried fruit
GRAINS: pasta, rice, cereal, noodles, oatmeal
MEALS & MIXES: baking mixes, soups, instant potatoes, mac and cheese, hamburger helper, spaghetti sauce
SNACKS: granola bars, crackers, popcorn, pudding
 

Mexico Mission Trip

See above for details. 

Support our Mexico Mission Team

We are selling these T-Shirts to raise funds for our trip. Proceeds will go towards the cost of supplies to build the house. Shirts are $22 each (+$2 for 2x-3x), are available in 3 colors, and are excellent quality (Comfort Colors Brand)! This is a pre-order, so they will be available for pickup in January sometime (orders due Jan. 6). If you know of someone going on the trip, you can enter their name when you purchase to give them credit (a portion of the T-shirt proceeds goes toward the general Mission Trip fund, while additional funds go toward the specific missionaries)! Click here to get your T-shirt.




Become a Monthly Sustaining Partner

When we started the venture of Fairmount Coffee Co. two years ago, we were advised by many business consultants that most small businesses do not break even in their first 5 years of operations. So, it is not alarming that the coffeehouse ministry is not breaking even at this time. However, we are continually working to improve our processes and make our ministry as sustainable as possible. One way to do this is by consistently evaluating our operations and making vital tweaks to products, procedures, pricing, labor costs, etc. The other way to make Fairmount Ministries & Coffee Co. a sustainable ministry is through your donations!
 
One of our financial goals is to increase our monthly gifts to $6,000 per month!

Would you please prayerfully consider becoming a sustaining partner with our ministry? 
Visit https://fairmountministries.churchcenter.com/giving and choose "Regularly" under "Frequency" to give monthly to Fairmount Ministries & Coffee Co. or mail checks to 3815 E 17th St. N., Wichita, KS 67208.
 

Thrivent Choice Dollars

This year we have received over $3,500 through your Thrivent Choice Dollars designations. This is a HUGE blessing to our ministry, and we can't say thank you enough for thinking of us when you designated your funds!
 
Want to designate your Choice Dollars to Fairmount? You can designate Fairmount as easy as using this link. You can search for us under the name Fairmount Ministries, however, don't be alarmed when you see the name UNIVERSITY LUTHERAN MINISTRY ASSOCIATION upon your search retrieval (that's our 501c3 name). 

If you run into a snag, reach out to us or your local Thrivent Representative. We're grateful for Thrivent's and your support through Thrivent Choice Dollars.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we seek to provide opportunities to foster relationships, encourage community, and promote dialogue about faith and life, for the university and the community in order to bring people closer to Jesus Christ.

We could not continue to do our ministry without the generosity of our faithful donors. Please consider making Fairmount Ministries a part of your planned giving.
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