Weekly News in the Pews

February 5, 2023

TODAY WE ARE CELEBRATING HOLY COMMUNION. We practice “Open Communion,” meaning that all are welcome at our Savior’s Table, including children. All you have to do to eat at Jesus’ Table is to be hungry.

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! 

PERINTON PASTORAL ASSOCIATION HONORS BLACK HISTORY MONTH by sponsoring Tiffany Porter speaking on “Being Black in the Burbs” at 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday, February 15th in our sanctuary. Tiffany has lived in Fairport for 37 of her 39 years. Despite being physically disabled, Tiffany founded Being Black in the Burbs to share tenant resources and provide toiletries and food in accessible locations. Tiffany, mother of three sons in our Fairport schools, advocates for local, state, and nationwide efforts to stop racism. Please come and show community support for a hard working neighbor who serves community needs with heartfelt generosity. ALL ARE WELCOME!

LONG RANGE PLANNING: As described in the February Epistle, The Long Range Plan Committee is requesting your help in completing a survey to understand the congregation’s views on the Church today and in the future. The results of this survey will be shared openly and will guide us in the development of a 2023 Long Range Plan based on congregation feedback. Completion of the survey should take no more than 10–15 minutes, and we ask that it be completed by each individual member of the Church (including all confirmed youth) by the end of February. The survey can be accessed through the following link: https://fairportucc.org/20222023_fairport_ucc__future_direction_survey Please make sure this link is shared with all members of your household. If you are not able access the survey electronically you can receive a hard copy by contacting Vicki Sherry.

NEW KNITTING CLUB:  Do you enjoy knitting or would like to learn? Sign up for First Church Knitting Circle: Monday Feb. 6th at 1 pm in Fellowship Hall. Irene Utter will be teaching the circular loom method of knitting to make hats. There are examples in Fellowship Hall of hats made on a circular loom. Sign up to try something new or bring your latest knitting or crochet project and enjoy the fun & fellowship. Any questions call Irene Utter 425-7408 or email iutter@rochester.rr.com

LENTEN STUDY BOOK: We will be studying Lent in Plain Sight: A Devotion through Ten Objects by Jill Duffield for our Lenten Book Study. God is often at work through the ordinary: ordinary people, ordinary objects, ordinary grace. Through the ordinary, God communicates epiphanies, salvation, revelation, and reconciliation. It is through the mundane that we hear Gods quiet voice. In this devotion, Jill J. Duffield draws readers attention to ten ordinary objects that Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem. In each object, readers will find meaning in the biblical account of Jesus final days. Each week, readers encounter a new object to consider through Scripture, prayer, and reflection. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, Lent in Plain Sight reminds Christians to open ourselves to the kingdom of God. If you wish to participate in this book discussion, please order your copy at: https://www.amazon.com/Lent-Plain-Sight-Devotion-through-ebook/dp/B084GQ6XDB. If you are unable to get a copy of the book, please feel free to join this Lenten Book Study since we read each short chapter aloud and then we discuss it.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO SERVE GUESTS AT 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, February 14th from 9-1, please contact Pastor Greg: 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 in the back of Salem UCC. 

MEAGER MEAL & ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE: Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:15 P.M., there will be a Meager Meal of soup, bread, and water held in our Fellowship Hall followed by a 7:00 P.M. Ash Wednesday Service in the sanctuary. If you are planning to attend, please sign the Meager Meal Sign-Up Sheet posted on the rolling board in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you. ALL ARE WELCOME!

NEW YEAR - NEW PEW:  It's time to try a new pew location! If you've been sitting in the same pew for a while, consider a change! Wouldn't it be great if visitors to our church's website could see how many of us are actually in the Sanctuary on Sunday morning? Try moving toward the front of the Sanctuary and along the center aisle where visitors to the website will see our church as engaged and active. Try a new pew and invite your former neighbors to join you up front!

ANNUAL GIVING STATEMENTS:  2022 giving statements are now ready. They can be picked up in Fellowship Hall, on the table outside the church office.

FELLOWSHIP TIME: The congregation is invited to bring snacks for our Fellowship Times following worship on Sunday. A signup sheet is on the rolling board. We have a plan already in place to have coffee and beverages provided almost every Sunday. Snacks are always welcome.

BOOK CLUB will meet at 1:00 pm on Monday, February 27, to discuss Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult.

FCUCC FUNDRAISER TRIP Oct 5-16, 2023: We're going to the Holy land and more on a 10-day cruise departing from and returning to Athens, Greece! Our stops are Alexandria, Egypt (Overnight so plenty of time to visit the Pyramids/Sphinx), 2.5 days in Israel to visit Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Sea of Galilee, Dead Sea, Masada & more, plus Ephesus, Turkey. Space is limited with pricing starting at $2518pp. Airfare is additional, currently about $1000pp. Pyramid, Israel & Ephesus tours are additional. Join us for this meaningful adventure!

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

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:  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. 

PERINTON FOOD SHELF needs include coffee; tea; condensed soups; canned stew, chili, or hash; cooking oil; pasta other than spaghetti; tomato sauce; and boxes of cookies or granola bars. Small sizes preferred.

LIGHT THE NIGHT:  Thank you to Bill and Mary Stevens for “Lighting the Night” throughout February in memory of their grandparents.


1:00 PM Knitting Club
4:30 PM Deacons
5:30 PM Missions
7:00 PM Worship Ministries (SR)
7:00 PM Boy Scout Committee (UFH)
7:00 PM New Life AA
6:30 PM Girl Scouts

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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