January 24, 2021

WEEKLY WORSHIP SERVICE: COVID-19 has continued to spread within our community and has impacted several of our Church families. Therefore, with the health and safety of our congregation and our community as our highest priority, Church Council has decided to temporarily suspend our in-person worship offering, effective this Sunday, January 24th. We will return to in-person worship when conditions improve and the risk to our members and visitors is reduced. Church Council will continually monitor the situation, and at a minimum will re-evaluate our decision during regular meetings on the 3rd Thursday of each month. This was a difficult decision and will no doubt be a disappointment to the small and faithful group that has been regularly attending since September. We hope to see you all again soon, but until then, we'll be together on Facebook where our livestream will continue each Sunday at 9:30. The link is: (you do not need to join Facebook to view the service). If you are having difficulty watching the Sunday service on Facebook, please let Jim Franzen know what type of problem you are experiencing. He can be contacted at or 223-8074. Also, an audio Worship Service will be recorded and downloaded to our church’s website ( each Sunday by 11:15 A.M. 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 ( and our Moderator, Doug Strong ( right away. The church accepted the obligation to complete contact tracing for all positive cases and we cannot do that without your help. 

HAT & GLOVE DRIVE:  During the month of January, we will be accepting donations of New hats, scarves, and gloves for Saint’s Place. Saint’s Place operates the largest clothing closet in Rochester and is located in Pittsford. Saint’s Place’s mission is to “Welcome the Stranger” and provides clothing, furnishings, school supplies and much more to incoming and existing refugees. Look for the donation basket in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you!

BOOK CLUB:  Out of an abundance of caution First Church Book Club will be switching to a zoom meeting  January 25th at 1:00 pm. We will be discussing the book The Fever Tree, by Jennifer McVeigh. Nan Notar is our discussion leader. We will be sending out an email to all book club participants with a link to the meeting. If you are interested and not on the list please contact Irene Utter 425 7408 or by email at

ZOOM BIBLE STUDY & PRAYER GROUP:  This Wednesday, January 27, the 11:00 A.M. Zoom Bible Study & Prayer Group will be discussing Mark 1:21-28. The link to join the Bible Study each Wednesday is; Meeting ID: 833 4712 4887; Passcode: Bible

CONFIRMATION SESSION:  The Confirmation Session that was previously scheduled for today from 1:00-2:30 P.M. has been cancelled. Confirmation Sessions will be held on Sunday, February 7th & Sunday, February 21st virtually via Zoom. Crista Deniz will send a Zoom Confirmation Invitation link..

GROCERY SHOPPER:  Brian O'Connor is home from college for winter break until early February.  He has generously offered to do grocery shopping for church members who may not feel comfortable going out during this time. If you are interested in this service please contact Brian at

PRAYER REQUESTS:  Please email your prayer requests and joys to Pastor Greg ( by 8:00 on Sunday morning.

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 and click on Pastor's Blog.

CONTACT US: If you need to contact Pastor Greg, he can be reached at or (585) 966-9416. Sue is still working from home and can be reached at Vicki is working from home as much as possible. The best way to reach her is by email at She will be checking the voicemail at the church so, if you call, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. If you have a pastoral emergency call Pastor Greg directly at his phone number above.

2021 FUNDRAISING TRIP:  Feeling like you need a vacation? Join Diana & Steve for a River Cruise in October 2021 from Nuremberg, Germany to Luxembourg. Cruise Oct. 4 -11 with optional pre-cruise stay Oct. 1 - 4 in Munich (celebrate Octoberfest + sightseeing). Have peace of mind knowing your cruise deposit can be moved to any other sailing or date in 2021 or 2022 if moved by July 5, 2021. This trip is open to our church members, family & friends. Come enjoy a great time of fellowship. For more information contact Steve Smith 585-425-3569

LIGHT THE NIGHT:  Thank you to the Reynolds Family for keeping the steeple lights burning bright throughout the month of January. May God’s glory and grace shine for people everywhere.

PERINTON FOOD SHELF:  Most needed items include regular tea, canned soup or stew (not tomato or chicken noodle); canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and tomato sauce; stove top stuffing; gravy; jelly; pancake syrup; oatmeal; salad dressing; ketchup; mayonnaise; cooking oil; canned peas, carrots, and mixed vegetables; canned peaches, pears, or fruit cocktail; boxed mashed potatoes or potato mixes like scalloped or au gratin; macaroni products (Knorr, Suddenly Salad, Hamburger/Tuna Helper. Not macaroni & cheese); canned chili or hash; red kidney beans, cake mixes; brownie mixes; muffin mixes; cookie mixes; frosting; granola bars; bags of chips/pretzels; Jell-O mix; pop tarts; paper towel and tissues; shampoo; and deodorant.


1:00 PM Confirmation Session
6:30 PM Boy Scout Troop 207 (UFH)
11:00 AM Zoom Bible Study & Prayer Group
7:00 PM Boy Scouts
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
Susan Brooks, Business Administrator
Vicki Sherry, Administrative Assistant
Christina Hartpence, Director of Christian Education and Family Ministries
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