Weekly News in the Pews

May 15, 2022

MAY YOUTH SERVICE PROJECT: This fourth Sunday service project will be greeting veterans as they return home from their honor flight trip. Youth will gather to create posters during regular Sunday School time (9:30 A.M.) and then parents are welcome to join and/or caravan with the kids to Rochester airport to welcome the veterans home. Veterans are expected to arrive around 11:15, so departure from our church will be around 10:00 to 10:15 A.M.

SUNDAY SCHOOL:  There will be no Sunday School on May 29th due to Memorial Day holiday.

EPISTLE DEADLINE:  The deadline for the Epistle Newsletter is this Thursday, May 19th.

THIRD SUNDAY/SECOND MILE OFFERING: Today is the 3rd Sunday of the month. The “Third Sunday-Second Mile Offering” supports the work of the Board of Missions. Anyone wishing to contribute to this special offering may write a check payable to First Congregational UCC and write “Second Mile Offering” on the memo line of your check. You can place your donation in the collection basket or mail it to the church.

CHURCH FUND RAISER - CANAL DAYS PARKING (June 4 & 5):  The church needs your help parking cars during canal days on June 4 and 5. Each day there is a 9am – 1pm and a 1pm – 5pm work session. If you are able to help, please sign up via one of the following methods:  Rolling bulletin board in fellowship hall; email message to Brian Sherry at blsny05@gmail.com; a voice message at 585-233-1010; or a text message to 585-233-1010. Please include your name, day, and work session availability when sending information to Brian. Each time slot has a limited number of spots. Be sure to sign-up quickly to guarantee your preferred time slot. Pizza will be served for lunch and water will be available during the day. Call me at 233-1010 if you have any questions.

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! 

THE PASTORAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE (PRC) will meet on Sunday, June 5. As a reminder, 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: Michele Bowersox, Dennis Dudley, Pat May (Chair), Barbara Roscoe, Doug Strong, and Pastor Greg Rupright.

ANNUAL PROGRAM MEETING will be held immediately following worship on May 22nd. Annual reports will be distributed, and the election of officers and board members will be held. Please plan to attend.

SUNDAY MORNING DISCUSSION GROUP meets in the Snow Room each Sunday at 11:00 A.M. to read and discuss Joan Chittister’s The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life. This is a short, reflective, and devotional book. If you are unable to get a copy of the book, please feel free to join this book discussion group since we read each short chapter aloud and then we discuss it.

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 on the Memorial Committee, Publicity Committee, Stewardship Committee, or Board of Trustees. ALSO, ADULT VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO ASSIST WITH SUNDAY SCHOOL.

FIRST CHURCH BOOK CLUB will meet in Fellowship Hall at 1:00 pm on Monday, May 23 to discuss Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kroger.

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:  Printed bulletins are available upon entering the sanctuary. The bulletin can also be accessed via the QR code on your mobile phone or tablet or printed at home from the attachment to the weekly email. There will not be any prayer request cards in the pews. If you have a prayer request, please email it to Pastor Greg at revgregrup.ucc@gmail.com by 8:00am on Sunday. 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 Monday. If any member of your household tests positive for COVID-19, less than 14 days from their last time in the church, please contact Pastor Greg (revgregrup.ucc@gmail.com) right away.

2022 CHURCH FUNDRAISER:  River Cruise Basel to Nuremberg Sep 24-Oct 05, 2022. Join us for fun & fellowship in comfort as we travel the Rhine & Main rivers. 3 meals daily + sightseeing included every day on the cruise. There is also a 2-night pre-cruise stay in beautiful Lucerne, Switzerland! For more information or reservations, call Steve Smith 585-425-3569 or e-mail tanman@frontiernet.net. Both the itinerary & sign-up are on the church website, or e-mail Steve for them. Come with us for a relaxing vacation after the pandemic.

PERINTON FOOD SHELF needs include coffee; tea; juice boxes; shelf stable milk; soup; crackers; canned pasta; canned meats; stew; canned pork & beans; chili; hash; sloppy joe; canned & dry beans; peanut butter; jelly; canned fruit; boxed potatoes; salad dressing; cooking oil; mayo; mustard; ketchup; spaghetti; tomato products; macaroni products (not mac & cheese); suddenly salad; hamburger/tuna helper; pancake mix and syrup; rice; baking products; stuffing; salt; gravy; cereal; snacks; shampoo; bar soap; deodorant; toothpaste; toothbrush; paper towel; toilet paper; tissues; laundry soap; and dish soap. Small sized containers preferred.

LIGHT THE NIGHT:  Thank you to Cathy and Dennis Dudley for keeping the steeple lights burning through the month of May in memory of Dorothy and Dick Dudley.


7:00 PM Church Council
7:00 PM Boy Scout Committee (SR)
7:00 PM New Life AA (SR)
Epistle Deadline
VS out of the office this afternoon
9:30 AM HSEAD (FH)
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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