Weekly News in the Pews

June 26, 2022

PASTOR GREG’S SABBATICAL: Pastor Greg will be on a sabbatical leave of absence from Friday, July 1st through and including Saturday, October 1st. During the month of July, the Rev. Hodong Hwang, a Presbyterian Church USA minister, will be serving as our church’s Sabbatical Interim Minister. Pastor Hwang will be preaching and leading worship throughout July. For pastoral concerns, emergencies, or to schedule an appointment with Rev. Hwang, he can be contacted at 615-306-2261 or harveydhwang@yahoo.com.

OUR ANNUAL PATRIOTIC WORSHIP SERVICE will be held on Sunday, July 3, 2022. This meaningful, lively, and participative service will consist of historical readings, relevant biblical verses, music, and quotations honoring our Independence Day holiday. We not only encourage personal attendance in our sanctuary by our Church members and friends but also welcome participants in the readings and music. Please reach out to Bob Gabbey (rgabbey@outlook.com) with your participation interests in this Patriotic Worship Service. We sincerely look forward to all of our Church members and friends joining us in our sanctuary on Sunday, July 3. Summertime refreshments and fellowship will follow the service

JULY COMMUNION UPDATE: Due to the special patriotic service that will be held on July 3, we plan to defer Communion 1 week until July 10.

ROCHESTER RED WINGS INTERGENERATIONAL BASEBALL GAME: Saturday, July 16th, at 6:05 PM. Come join us on July 16 for a night of Baseball. RPO concert, and fireworks after the game. Cost is $6 per seat. Signup in Fellowship Hall or send an email to blsny05@gmail.com or call 585-233-1010. Please indicate the total number of tickets you wish to purchase. Signup and payment are due by July 5th. Since there are a limited number of seats, tickets are first come, first served.

CANAL DAYS PARKING RESULTS:  Canal Days 2022 has passed, and the results from parking have been tallied. The total revenue this year was $7,565. At $5/car that equates to 1,513 vehicles over a 15-hour period which equates to an average of 101 vehicles per hour! After expenses, our net profit was $6,807.

APPLAUSE IN CHURCH:  Not long ago, following input from some of our musicians, the Board of Worship recommended that there not be applause following music in church except in very special circumstances. Shortly thereafter, the recommendation was revised, but the revision was not adequately communicated to the congregation. The existing and ongoing recommendation is that worshipers should feel welcome to applaud and express other appropriate forms of appreciation in church, realizing that applause under certain circumstances and following certain musical presentations is not appropriate. ~The Board of Worship Ministries

NEWCOMERS: Is this your first time worshipping at First Congregational United Church of Christ? OR do you want to update your contact information for our Church Directory? If so, please fill out the Attendance Registration pad found in the center aisle end of the pews. WE ARE GLAD YOU ARE HERE! 

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: The Book Discussion Group will meet today at 11:00 A.M. to read and discuss Joan Chittister’s The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life. This is a short, reflective, and devotional book. If you are unable to get a copy of the book, please feel free to join this book discussion group since we read each short chapter aloud and then we discuss it. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP WILL TAKE A RECESS DURING THE SUMMER AND WILL RESUME IN THE FALL.

THE CONGREGATION NEEDS YOUR HELP to fill a  number of volunteer positions. Please consider your ability to serve on Church Council as Assistant Moderator, on the Memorial Committee, or the Publicity Committee. 

OFFERINGS AND PLEDGES may be placed in the plates on the windowsill as you enter the sanctuary, the table in front narthex entrance, or mailed into the church. Thank you for your generous support of our church.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP:  Printed bulletins are available upon entering the sanctuary. The bulletin can also be accessed via the QR code on your mobile phone or tablet or printed at home from the attachment to the weekly email. 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 with the subject line Joy or Prayer Concern. 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 uploaded 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, please contact Pastor Greg (revgregrup.ucc@gmail.com) right away.

2022 CHURCH FUNDRAISER:  River Cruise Basel to Nuremberg Sep 24-Oct 05, 2022. Join us for fun & fellowship in comfort as we travel the Rhine & Main rivers. 3 meals daily + sightseeing included every day on the cruise. There is also a 2-night pre-cruise stay in beautiful Lucerne, Switzerland! For more information or reservations, call Steve Smith 585-425-3569 or e-mail tanman@frontiernet.net. Both the itinerary & sign-up are on the church website, or e-mail Steve for them. Come with us for a relaxing vacation after the pandemic.

PERINTON FOOD SHELF needs include coffee; tea; juice boxes; shelf stable milk; soup; crackers; canned pasta; canned meats; stew; canned pork & beans; chili; hash; sloppy joe; canned & dry beans; peanut butter; jelly; canned fruit; boxed potatoes; salad dressing; cooking oil; mayo; mustard; ketchup; spaghetti; tomato products; macaroni products (not mac & cheese); suddenly salad; hamburger/tuna helper; pancake mix and syrup; rice; baking products; stuffing; sugar; salt; gravy; cereal; snacks; shampoo; bar soap; deodorant; toothpaste; toothbrush; paper towel; toilet paper; tissues; laundry soap; and dish soap. Small sizes preferred.

LIGHT THE NIGHT:  Thank you to Bing and Cathy Steffen for “lighting the night” through the month of June. Thank you to Jerry and Lois Evans for keeping the steeple lights burning bright in July.


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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
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Phone:  585-223-0224; Website:  fairportucc.org
Office email:  vsherry.ucc@gmail.com


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