Weekly News in the Pews

May 28, 2023

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! 

UCC STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH  MISSION OFFERING will be collected on May 28th. Strengthen the Church offering reflects the shared commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the UCC. Conferences and the national setting equally share the gifts given by members and friends through their local congregations. The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. By your generosity to this offering, you build up the Body of Christ.

SALEM NUTRITION CENTER: Volunteers are needed to make sandwiches and set up tables where the food is packed and given to guests. If you are able to volunteer on Tuesday, June 13th from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, please contact Pastor Greg at 585-966-9416; revgregrup.ucc@gmail.com. Pastor Greg can provide a ride for volunteers. If you would like to drive to SNC yourself, the address is 60 Bittner St., Rochester, NY 14604. The entrance is at the back of Salem UCC.

HABITAT UPDATE:  The 2023 Habitat build supported by Perinton Churches and others will kick off with excavation planned for 6/25. Volunteering sign up will follow about two weeks later. If interested in working on site, you should let Habitat know at that time. Dave Conrad, Church Habitat representative.

PASTORAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE will meet in the Snow Room on Sunday, June 11 at 10:45 a.m. This group serves as a vehicle of support both for the Pastor and congregants by encouraging communication, sharing expectations, listening to ideas and/or concerns, receiving and sharing feedback, acting as a sounding board, and, if necessary, helping to solve problems. While a very good relationship exists between Pastor Greg and members of the congregation, it is our goal to maintain that relationship by encouraging an open dialogue. We encourage you to share any feedback and/or suggestions with the Committee members: Brad Bowersox, Michele Bowersox, Dennis Dudley, Pat May, Barbara Roscoe (Chair), Doug Strong, and Pastor Greg Rupright.

CHURCH FUND RAISER - CANAL DAYS PARKING (June 3 & 4): The church needs your help parking cars during Canal Days on June 3-4. Each day has a 9am – 1:15pm and a 1pm – 5pm volunteer session. If you are able to help, please sign up via: (1) Rolling bulletin board in fellowship hall; (2) Email to Brian Sherry at blsny05@gmail.com; (3) Voice message at 585-233-1010; or (4) Text message to 585-233-1010. Include your name, day, and volunteer session availability (9-1:15 or 1-5) when sending information to Brian. Each time slot has a limited number of spots so be sure to sign up early to guarantee your preferred time slot. Pizza will be served for lunch and water will be available all day. Please feel free to call Brian Sherry if you have any questions.

ROCHESTER RED WINGS BASEBALL GAME - INTERGENERATIONAL OUTING: Saturday, July 8th, at 6:05 PM. Come join us on July 8th for a fun night of Baseball, an RPO concert, and fireworks after the concert. Ticket price is $10. If you wish to attend, scan the QR code on the rolling bulletin board or click on the following link: Red Wings Church Outing July 8th and follow these steps: Click on “Buy Tickets”; Click “Show Section”; Select desired seats (blue dots); Select continue; Select “Confirm Selected Tickets”; Enter payment information and submit. Tickets will be sent electronically to your desired location. There are a limited number of seats, tickets are first come, first served. If you have any questions, feel free to call Brian Sherry at 585-233-1010 or email at blsny05@gmail. (See rolling bulletin board or www.milb.com/rochester for bag restriction policy)

BOOK CLUB will meet at 1:00 on June 19 to plan for next year’s book club.

KNITTING CLUB:  The knitting circle that started in February will not be meeting again until the fall. We have enjoyed the fun and fellowship as we share our creations! Many hats have been knitted or crocheted to donate to the homeless at the holidays. If anyone has questions please contact Irene Utter 585-425-7408 or iutter@rochester.rr.com

IN-PERSON WORSHIP:  The bulletin can be accessed via the QR code on your mobile phone or tablet. Prayer requests must be emailed 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 week, usually on Monday. 

DINNER AUCTION FUNDRAISER will be held at Monroe Golf Club on Friday, October 27. The dinner buffet will be beef burgundy, almond crusted chicken, artisan rolls, garden salad, potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and cookies. The price per person is $57.00 to be submitted to Vicki Sherry. We encourage you to invite family and friends for an elegant, fun-filled evening. A new formal sign-up sheet is posted. For those of you that signed up on the preliminary sheet, please reenter your information on the new sheet. Please also list items you have for auction. If you have items for auction but are unable to attend the event, there is a separate sign-up sheet for those items.

THE CONGREGATION NEEDS YOUR HELP to fill a  number of volunteer positions. Please consider your ability to serve on Church Council as Assistant Moderator or the Publicity Committee. Adult volunteers will be needed to assist with Sunday School. If you can help, please sign up on the rolling board. Thank you.

FELLOWSHIP TIME: The congregation is invited to sign up on the rolling board to bring snacks for Fellowship Time on Sundays. We have a plan to provide beverages almost every Sunday. Snacks are always welcome.

PERINTON FOOD SHELF needs include juice boxes; orange/apple juice; canned stew, hash, or sloppy joe; cooking oil; mayonnaise; mustard; ketchup; strawberry or grape jelly; diced tomatoes; pancake mix & syrup; cereal & oatmeal; paper towel & Kleenex. Smaller sizes are preferred.

LIGHT THE NIGHT: Thanks to David and Janice Coon for lighting the steeple in May in honor of Carolyn Coon and in June in memory of their mothers.


10:30 AM Service for Healing & Wholeness
Memorial Day
7:00 PM New Life AA

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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