News in the Pews Weekly Bulletin

November 29, 2020

ANNUAL FINANCIAL MEETING:  Notice is hereby given of the First Congregational UCC Annual Financial Meeting, to be held immediately following the worship service on Sunday, December 13, 2020. In addition to the Trustee's presentation of the proposed 2021 budget, the meeting will also include Church Council's request for congregation approval of revisions to the church by-laws. The Facebook Live stream of the worship service will be continued through the conclusion of the Annual Financial Meeting for those members not able to attend in person. In addition, members participating via Facebook Live will be able to utilize the chat feature to ask questions during the meeting. In compliance with COVID-19 restrictions no papers will be handed out during the meeting. However, all documents to be reviewed and approved will be sent to the congregation prior to the meeting.

CHRISTMAS DECORATING:  The Board of Worship Ministries plans to decorate our sanctuary on Saturday, December 5, at 10am. Come join us for a morning of Christmas fun! We will be decorating our brand new Christmas tree! Children are welcome. Be Covid-safe and wear your mask, please.

POINSETTIAS:  We will be decorating our Church sanctuary and columbarium with poinsettias from Boy Scout Troop 207. Anyone wishing to donate a memorial poinsettia please email Vicki Sherry at by December 1 with details and provide a check in the amount of $20. You can mail your check to the church or place it in the offering. Write “poinsettia” on the memo line of your check. Please include the name(s) of the donor(s) as you would like it to appear and the dedication (in Honor of …, in Memory of …, or in Celebration of…) The poinsettias can be claimed following the Christmas Eve service on December 24.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE:  We are planning to have 1 Christmas Eve service this year, at 5pm on Thursday, 12/24. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are limited to 62 people that can be in our sanctuary. If you wish to attend, please e-mail Vicki Sherry at with the names of all the people in your group. If your plans change, please be thoughtful of others and cancel your reservations. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, there will be some modifications to our usual holiday traditions, but it will be a beautiful service of Christmas lessons, beloved Christmas music, and candlelight. Please join us as we once again rejoice in the birth of our Savior. If you are unable to attend church, the service will be available on the Internet as usual. As always, please wear your masks and observe social distancing the entire time you are in our church building.

2021 FLOWER CHART:  If you would like to sign up for Sunday flower donation and dedication in 2021, please email Vicki Sherry at with the following information: your preferred date, your name or family name as you would like it to appear, your dedication (in memory of …, in honor of …, or in celebration of …), and whether you would like to take the flowers home with you or donate them (you may not take home the flowers during Lent). Dates will be assigned in the order the requests are received. The flower donation is $30. 

HELP WANTED:  We need at least one more person to help with live-streaming the Worship Service on Sunday mornings. Training will be provided. Please contact Dennis Dudley to volunteer or for  more information.

CHRISTMAS GIVING:  There will not be any Christmas baskets this year due to Covid-19. Also, we will not have the Hillside Children’s Center Christmas tree. The agencies suggest monetary donations. Church members can send a check, made out to the church, and note Christmas Baskets, Hillside or both on the memo line. Please have donations into the church by December 14.

WEEKLY WORSHIP SERVICE: Although we have resumed live, in-person Worship Services, we will continue to provide a 9:30 am live-streamed Worship Service on our Facebook page. The link is: (you do not need to join Facebook to view the service). Also, an audio Worship Service will be recorded and downloaded to our church’s website ( each Sunday by 11:15 A.M. The increasing trend in COVID-19 infections has caused most of Monroe County to be designated as a "Yellow Zone", which brings new restrictions for all organizations. So far the plans put in place by our Reopening Committee remain compliant with the new requirements, so there is no immediate need to modify our option for in-person worship. Nevertheless, our highest priority is the health and safety of our members and visitors, and with this in mind Church Council recommends that anyone in a higher risk age or health group consider worshiping virtually through our Facebook Live stream until there is an observable improvement in the infection rate. As always, Church Council and the Reopening Committee will monitor developments and adjust our plans to remain in compliance with the changing NYS, Monroe County and UCC guidelines and regulations. In the event Monroe County becomes an "Orange Zone" for COVID infections we will immediately suspend our in-person worship service. We will continue to offer an opportunity for virtual worship through our Facebook Live stream, but will not return to in-person services until infection rates return to a safe level for our congregation and visitors.

PRAYER REQUESTS:  There will not be any prayer request cards in the pews. 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.

LIGHT THE NIGHT:  Thank you to David and Janice Coon for keeping the steeple lights burning bright through the month of November in honor of Julia Coon. Thank you to Dave and Pat Mosher for “lighting the night” throughout December in memory of Carl and Rosie Mosher and Joe and Louise Doyle.

2021 FUNDRAISING TRIP:  Feeling like you need a vacation? Join Diana & Steve for a River Cruise in October 2021! Where? Nuremberg, Germany to Luxembourg - When? Cruise Oct. 4 -11.with optional pre-cruise stay Oct. 1 - 4 in Munich (celebrate Octoberfest! + sightseeing) - How much? If you sign-up and deposit by Dec. 15, 2020 the Cruise fare starts at $2849pp; The Munich pre-cruise package is approx. $750 pp; Airfare is additional. Also, deposit by Dec. 15, 2020 and receive free prepaid cruise gratuities ($128pp value) - Peace of Mind: 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

CONTACT US: If you need to contact Pastor Greg he can be reached by email at or by phone at (585) 966-9416. Sue is still working from home. If anyone needs to reach her please email her at Vicki will be 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.

PERINTON FOOD SHELF:  Most needed items include canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and tomato sauce; jelly; gravy, mayonnaise; oatmeal; cooking oil; juice boxes; canned peas, carrots, and mixed vegetables; instant mashed potatoes; corned or roast beef hash; cake mixes; brownie mixes; muffin mixes; cookie mixes; frosting; coffee; bags of chips or pretzels; boxes of cookies, granola bars, or pop tarts; shampoo; and deodorant.


1:00 PM Confirmation Session (UFH)
6:30 PM Boy Scout Troop 207 (UFH)
7:00 PM New Life AA (SR)
10:00 AM Decorate the Sanctuary


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, Sunday School Teacher
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  November 2020  
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New Life AA
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


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