Weekly News in the Pews

NEWS IN THE PEWS
December 5, 2021

EPISTLE DEADLINE:  The deadline for the next Epistle Newsletter is 9 AM on Thursday December 16.

SPECIAL ADVENT FELLOWSHIP TIME:  Today there will be a Special Advent Fellowship Time immediately following this Service. We thank the Board of Deacons for hosting this event and providing Christmas goodies for everyone and Advent calendars for our Sunday School. Also, if you or your Church Board is interested in hosting the Fellowship Time, please sign-up on the sheet posted in the Fellowship Hall rolling board.  

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLES: If you or your family wish to light the Advent Candles during the Worship Service on December 12, please sign-up on the rolling bulletin board. 

WORSHIP & APPLAUSE: Music in our sanctuary is worship. To preserve the sense of worship, we request that there not be applause following music selections. Instead of applause, please feel free to thank members of the Chancel Choir, soloists, and musicians following the Service.

ANNUAL FINANCIAL MEETING:  Our annual financial meeting will be held on Sunday, December 12th, immediately following the worship service. The budget for 2022 will be discussed and voted on. Please plan to attend.

WINTER COAT DRIVE:  The House of Mercy has an urgent need for Men's coats and other winter wear (hats gloves, boots, scarves, etc.) Women’s coats are also needed. Please bring donations to the church from now until December 19th. 

SPECIAL MUSIC WORSHIP SERVICE:  We are planning an intergenerational special music worship service for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 19. We would love to have all of our youth participate, as well as any others who are interested. We have roles for musicians and non-musicians too! The service will include a variety of vocal and instrumental soloists and small ensembles, interspersed with scripture readings, poems, and prayers in the spirit of the Advent/Christmas season. Sign up on the rolling bulletin board or by clicking this link: https://forms.gle/sKYaCaX4KwH9kn658. Please note - there will be two rehearsals for this special service: One on Sunday, December 12 directly following worship and one on Saturday, December 18 at 9:00 AM. Please contact Heather Watras (hawatras@gmail.com) or Stacey Mulley (staceymulley@yahoo.com) with questions.

HILLSIDE SPECIAL SANTA DEADLINE:  Thank you to everyone who took an ornament or two from the Hillside tree. The deadline for returning the gifts is Dec. 12th. Please return the gifts with a gift bag or wrapping paper, but do not wrap the gift. If you have questions about the gift request, call Paula Dickson at 223-8935.

FROM THE BOARD OF MISSIONS & OUTREACH: The Rochester Refugee Resettlement Service (RRRS) is preparing at least six houses for Afghan refugees.  They need money.  If you can contribute, send your checks to the church, and we will combine them along with money from the Board of Missions and send it to the RRRS. If you can volunteer to assist the refugees please let RRRS know at https://www.rochesterrefugeeservices.org/volunteer/

CHRISTMAS BASKETS:  The food shelf is not doing Christmas baskets this year. They are asking for donations to their nonperishable food collection.

ANNUAL YOUTH GROUP REUNION & CHRISTMAS PARTY: The date is Thursday, December 23, 7:00-10:00 p.m., in the basement classroom. Come for the whole time or just for a while. Reconnect with your former youth group friends and with Karen Hamill. She would love to see all of her former students. This party is open to all current and former Youth Group members. There will be an optional Christmas gift exchange. Bring a canned good or paper product for the Food Shelf. Enjoy FRIENDS, FOOD & FUN

OFFERING:  Our offerings and pledges may be placed in the baskets inside the door to Fellowship Hall or by the front entrance or may be mailed into the church. Thank you for your generous support of our church. 

THE CONGREGATION'S HELP IS NEEDED to fill volunteer positions for the 2021-2022 Church Program Year, which begins on June 1st. Please consider your ability to serve on Church Council as Assistant Moderator, or as a member of the Board of Family Ministries, Membership, Memorial Committee, Publicity, or Trustees.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP:  Printed bulletins will be available to all worshipers upon entering the sanctuary. If you wish, the bulletin can still be accessed via the QR code on your hand-held device or printed at home from the attachment to the weekly email. All unvaccinated persons must wear masks and practice social distancing. We also respect those who wish to continue wearing a mask. 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 recorded and downloaded 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, it is imperative that you 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 with 3 meals daily + sightseeing included every day on the cruise. There is also a 2-night pre-cruise stay in beautiful Lucerne, Switzerland! Sign-up by Sep 1, 2021 and receive free gratuities on board ($146pp value) + 2 drink vouchers. 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 juice boxes (6 to 8 box packs); Lipton Noodle Soup; Stew (24 oz); Knorr pouches; Bear Creek pouches; Suddenly Salad; Hamburger Helper; Tuna Helper; bags of chips or pretzels; popcorn; and deodorant.

LIGHT THE NIGHT:  Thank you to Dave and Pat Mosher for lighting the night in December in honor of loved ones.

THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH
Tuesday:

12:00 PM Rochester Herb Society
4:30 PM Board of Deacons
6:00 PM Board of Missions
Wednesday:
7:00 PM Worship Ministries (SR)
7:00 PM Board of Membership (FH)
Thursday:
7:00 PM New Life AA (SR)


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
Cheryl Overs, Business Manager
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Phone:  585-223-0224; Website:  fairportucc.org
Office email:  vsherry.ucc@gmail.com

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