NEWS IN THE PEWS
August 1, 2021

OFFICE SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES: Vicki will be out of the office August 10-13. Submissions for the August 15 bulletin will be due by 9:00 am on Monday August 9th. Pastor Greg will be out of the office August 10 and August 16-22.

OFFERING:  Our offerings and pledges may be placed in the baskets in Fellowship Hall or by the front entrance or may be mailed into the church. Thank you for your generous support of our church. 

HOLY COMMUNION:  This morning we will be celebrating Holy Communion. All are welcome to participate in Communion.  Please bring or have available your Communion elements (bread/cracker/crouton & your favorite fruit of the vine).

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL CANCELLATION:  After much consideration, the Board Christian Education and the Board of Family Ministries have decided to cancel Vacation Bible School this summer, originally scheduled for August 4th, 5th & 6th. Vacation Bible School takes many hours of planning and significant volunteer hours and the committees have found this year to be extremely challenging. We have made this decision now so that we can work on other fun and impactful ways to engage our children and our families. Thank you for your understanding.

ROCHESTER RED WINGS NIGHT:  Baseball season is here, and we are inviting you to watch our very own Rochester Red Wings, in-person, at Frontier Field on Friday, August 20th at 7:00 pm! Join us for Fellowship, Food, Fun and Fireworks!! Tickets are $10 and money can be dropped off at the church office, Attn: Brian Sherry. Sign up  here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-wings-game-tickets-162857189237 or on the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall.

READERS NEEDED:  The Board of Worship Ministries again welcomes our members to sign up to read scripture during our Sunday morning worship services beginning in September. A sign-up sheet will be available on the rolling bulletin board in late August. This wider participation in worship enhances our services. Thank you to all who participate.

THE CONGREGATION'S HELP IS NEEDED to fill volunteer positions for the 2021-2022 Church Program Year, which begins on June 1st. Please consider your ability to serve on Church Council as Moderator, Assistant Moderator, or as a member of the Board of Family Ministries, Membership, Memorial Committee, Publicity, or Trustees.

CHECK OUT PASTOR'S BLOG:  Pastor Greg is doing a weekly Pastor's Blog Bible Study & Reflections on our church's website during this time of social distancing. The Pastor's Blog will be posted each Thursday. Check out www.fairportucc.org and click on Pastor's Blog.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP:  There will be no paper bulletins handed out. Please print the bulletin (from your email or the church website) and bring it with you or scan the QR code on your phone or tablet as you enter the church. Persons who have been fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing when attending worship or other church functions or while singing. However, we do request that unvaccinated persons wear masks and practice social distancing. We also respect those who wish to continue wearing a mask. There will not be any prayer request cards in the pews. If you have a prayer request, please email it to Pastor Greg at revgregrup.ucc@gmail.com by 8:00am on Sunday. You can view the virtual Worship Service on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/First-Congregational-United-Church-of-Christ-Fairport-NY-174043249305098/. An audio Worship Service will be recorded and downloaded to our church’s website each Monday. If any member of your household tests positive for COVID-19, less than 14 days from their last time in the church, it is imperative that you contact Pastor Greg (revgregrup.ucc@gmail.com) right away. 

2021 FUNDRAISING TRIP UPDATE - ISRAEL:  The Oct '21 Germany river cruise has been postponed. However, we have a new opportunity. Celebrity Cruises is offering an 8-day sailing Sep 27 - Oct 3, 2021: Athens-Santorini-Crete-at sea-Haifa, Israel-Ashdod, Israel- at sea-at sea-Athens! With 2 1/2 days docked at Israel, I'll be booking private touring, if there is interest. Sites include the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Jerusalem, Wailing Wall, Gethsemane, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, and Masada. The ship is only accommodating up to 50% capacity. Guests must be fully vaccinated. The deposit is $500 per cabin. Single rates available on request. For more information, call Steve at 585-425-3569 or email tanman@frontiernet.net

2022 CHURCH FUNDRAISER - RIVER CRUISE BASEL TO NUREMBERG Sep 24-Oct 05, 2022. The 2021 Germany River Cruise has been rescheduled to 2022 with a re-worked itinerary. Join us for fun & fellowship in comfort as we travel the Rhine & Main rivers with 3 meals daily + sightseeing included every day on the cruise. There is also a 2-night pre-cruise stay in beautiful Lucerne, Switzerland! Sign-up by Sep 1, 2021 and receive free gratuities on board ($146pp value) + 2 drink vouchers. For more information or reservations, call Steve Smith 585-425-3569 or e-mail tanman@frontiernet.net. Both the itinerary & sign-up will be on the church website this week or e-mail Steve for them. Come with us for a relaxing vacation after the year of the pandemic.

PERINTON FOOD SHELF needs include juice boxes (6 to 8 box packs); Lipton Noodle Soup; Stew (24 oz); Knorr pouches; Bear Creek pouches; Suddenly Salad; Hamburger Helper; Tuna Helper; bags of chips or pretzels; popcorn; and deodorant.

LIGHT THE NIGHT:  Thank you to Bill and Pat May for keeping the steeple lights burning bright throughout the month of August in memory of Sean May.

THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH
Monday:

8:00 AM-8:00 PM Music Lessons (UFH)
Tuesday:
7:30 AM-3:00 PM Music Lessons (UFH)
12:00 PM-3:00 PM Rochester Herb Society (SR)
4:30 PM Deacons
6:00 PM Missions
6:30 PM Boy Scouts
Wednesday:
8:00 8:00 AM-4:00 PM Music Lessons (UFH)
Thursday:
11:00 AM Barbara Adams Celebration of Life Service
7:30 AM-3:00 PM Music Lessons (UFH)
7:00 PM New Life AA (SR)
Friday:
Office Closed Fridays through August 27
9:00 AM-4:30 PM Music Lessons (UFH)


Rev. Gregory J. Rupright, Pastor
Rev. Dr. John N. Cedarleaf, Pastor Emeritus
Beatrice Benedict, Organist
Heather Watras, Director of Music Ministries
Vicki Sherry, Administrative Assistant
Cheryl Overs, Business Manager
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Phone:  585-223-0224; Website:  fairportucc.org
Office email:  vsherry.ucc@gmail.com


 

 
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