February 2020  
News in the Pews Weekly Bulletin

March 1, 2020

EUCHRE NIGHT:  March 15 and April 5 at 6 PM. For planning purposes please sign up on the rolling bulletin board. You may bring your own beer or wine. Soft drinks will be provided. Invite your friends and bring a snack to share. 

MORNING CIRCLE will meet at the church at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 10th. We are going to have a Physical Therapist from Genesee Valley Physiotherapy Group join us to talk about how modified exercise programs, such as chair yoga, can help us stay mentally alert and physically strong as we age. Bring a sandwich or salad and join us for lunch. All are welcome.

SEEKING CHAIR FOR YOUTH ROOM:  The Jr./Sr. high youth room is in need of a love seat or a cushy chair. If you have one that you would like to donate call Brian Sherry at 585-233-1010.

LENTEN FELLOWSHIP DINNER:  The Board of Missions is sponsoring a Lenten Fellowship Dinner on March 8, 2020 at 5:00 in Spinelli’s Event Room, 303 Macedon Center Road Fairport, NY. The dinner will include tossed salad, spaghetti with meatballs, garlic bread sticks and cookies for dessert. Coffee or tea will be served. Attendees can bring in wine or beer. The ticket price is $10.00 per person. Children 5 years old and under are free. This is a social event not a fund raiser but, a donation box will be available to contribute help for Australia. 

SONGS FOR LENTEN FELLOWSHIP DINNER:  At the Lenten Fellowship Dinner we will be singing some songs. Do you have a favorite song, either secular or religious? If so, please email the title of your song request to Chic Gray at chicnbev@gmail.com

LET’S BLANKET THE WORLD WITH LOVE!  Today is Blanket Sunday. The envelopes in your bulletin are for the Blanket Sunday offering. These $10 CWS blankets provide warmth, comfort, and love to people in need, here in the US and around the world. Checks should be made payable to the church with “Blankets” written on the memo line. Thank you.

PERINTON CONGREGATIONS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY sponsors a house every three years. They are sponsoring a new house this year. The house will be built by Flower City Habitat for Humanity. This house will cost $65,000; $3000 of which has come from First Congregational UCC. Groundbreaking will be May 16, 2020 at 79 Lime Street in Rochester, NY. The house will be two stories with three bedrooms and 1½ bathrooms.  Anyone wishing to volunteer can visit  https://perintonhabitat.org/ after May 1, 2020.

LENTEN PROJECT - BLESSING BAGS:  This Lenten season we are gathering hygiene supplies for Open Door Mission. They have recently opened Coldwater House for women and children in addition to caring for homeless men in their downtown Rochester facility. Open Door Mission has listed 20 items, mostly travel sizes, to be purchased and placed in plastic bags. Most of these items can be found at the Dollar Tree store in the Fairport Village Landing or The Christmas Tree Shop in Henrietta. The cost of the items, including tax, should come to less than $25. If you want to split the list with another family, we will have lists of half the items needed available as well. If you are unable to shop, but would like to help this project, we will also gladly accept monetary donations The Board of Missions and Outreach will provide the 2 gallon-sized plastic bags. We hope to collect the hygiene products for 25 Blessing Bags. We will have a table in Fellowship Hall during Lent to hand out lists and to receive your donations starting today through Palm Sunday, April 5th. You may mail a check to the church office. Please make checks payable to First Congregational Church with Open Door Blessing Bags on the memo line.

OUTREACH EVENT AT FOODLINK:  Come join us for an inter-generational outreach event on March 14 from 9:00 AM to noon. Foodlink is looking for 30 people, ages 8 and up, to help sort food items at their distribution center. No experience is required. Come have fun and help the less fortunate by spending 3 hours of your time sorting food. We will meet at the church and caravan to the distribution center. A signup sheet is located on the rolling bulletin board. However, all participants age 17 and above also need to sign up on the Foodlink website. The link to their sign-up page (https://give.foodlinkny.org/campaigns/13421-first-congretational-united-church-of-christ-in-fairport) can be found in your weekly email from Vicki or through the church website calendar (go to FairportUCC.org , go to the calendar tab, go to March and click on the Foodlink event on March 14 to find the sign-up link). If you have any trouble or questions, please contact Doug Strong.

BOOK STUDY:  The Committee on Congregational Life (CCL) of the UCC Genesee Valley Association (GVA) is encouraging all the local UCC church leaders in the GVA to read and discuss Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World by John Dorhauer, General Minister & President of the UCC. On Sundays during coffee hour & Wednesdays at 11:00 am, through 3/29 & 4/1, we will be discussing this book. The discussions are scheduled to last about 25 minutes. Each week we will cover 2 chapters. This is for our church leaders and anyone else who is interested. This book may be ordered online at www.uccresources.com for $8.99. You may also request that Pastor Greg order it for you.

BOOK CLUB meets on at 1 pm on Monday, March 30th to discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

2019 YEAR END TAX STATEMENTS are available in Fellowship Hall, on the table outside the church office.

LIGHT THE NIGHT:  Thank you to Eileen Slocum for keeping the steeple lights burning bright throughout the month of March in memory of Lester Slocum.

2020 FUNDRAISING TRIP: Mediterranean Cruise Oct 12-22, 2020...10 Night Cruise:  Venice - Greece ports, Katakolon, Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, Crete, & Corfu + Ephesus, Turkey...Plus 3-Day Rome Package with Vatican Museum/St Peters Basilica Tour! Contact Steve Smith 585-425-3569 for a flyer & sign-up sheet or go on the church website to download them.

PERINTON FOOD SHELF:  Most needed items include Canned chili, sloppy joes/Manwich, hash, beef stew, soup, canned pasta, tuna, baked beans, potato mixes, applesauce, salad oil, mayonnaise, salad dressings, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice boxes, applesauce cups, pudding cups, fruit cups, crackers, cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup, Jell-O boxes, pudding boxes, cake mixes, frosting, brownies, rice, rice mixes, peanut butter, jelly stuffing, gravy, pasta products, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, and tomato products. They also accept personal hygiene products, paper products and cleaning products.


11:00 AM Book Study
VS in the office today (SB in on Wednesday)
1:00 PM Comm. on Congregational Life (SR)
4:30 PM Deacons
6:00 PM Missions
SB in the office today (VS in on Tuesday)
10:40 AM Lenten Communion Service
11:00 AM Book Study
10:45 AM Lenten Communion and Bible Study
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
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Phone:  585-223-0224; Website:  fairportucc.org
Office email:  vsherry.ucc@gmail.com


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