Weekly News in the Pews

NEWS IN THE PEWS
May19, 2024

WE EXTEND A SPECIAL WELCOME to those who will be joining our church: Fran Matz; Carol-Ann Smith; and Lisa & Carter Snowden.

STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH: Today we will receive the Strengthen the Church Offering, which reflects the shared commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the UCC. The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Next Sunday, May 26th, Joe Roxstrum from the Prison Ministries of Upper New York will be our guest speaker during Fellowship Time. 

SAVE THE POP TABS! Enjoy a canned beverage and help out the Rochester Ronald McDonald House. Save the pop tabs! Place them in the plastic jug in Fellowship Hall. Since 2018 the Rochester Ronald McDonald House received $4,545.63 from the pop tab collections! That’s 22,728 pounds of pop tabs or 25 and-a-half million individual pop tabs!

FREE CONCERT: The Rochester Oratorio Society's Resonanz Choir presents “Song of American Heritage and More” this Wednesday, May 22 at 7:00pm. This is the 2nd event of our 200th Anniversary celebration year. Please invite your friends and neighbors! A freewill offering is appreciated.

CHURCH FUND RAISER - CANAL DAYS PARKING (June 1 & 2):  Canal Days is less than 2 weeks away. The church needs your help parking cars during Canal Days on June 1 and 2. Each day has a (9am – 1:15pm) and a (1pm – 5pm) volunteer session. If you are able to help, please sign up via one of the following methods: Rolling bulletin board in fellowship hall, Send an email to Brian Sherry at blsny05@gmail.com, or leave a voice or text message at 585-233-1010. Please include name, day and volunteer 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. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.

REPORTS DUE TOMORROW: The Annual Church Program Meeting will be held following worship on June 9th. Annual reports will be distributed, and the election of officers and board members will be held. Each board must submit their Annual Report for the church year May 2023 through April 2024 AND their roster of 2024-2025 members (and chairperson) to the church office by tomorrow, May 20, at 9:00 a.m. Please email your report and your roster to vsherry.ucc@gmail.com. Thank you.

LIVE STREAMING AND SOUND SYSTEM:  We are looking for volunteers to help with the Sunday Live-Streaming and Sound System. If you are able, please speak to Dennis Dudley (Live-Streaming) or Jim Franzen (Sound System). Thank you.

BOOK DISCUSSION: There will be a Spring Book Discussion Group each Sunday and Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. in the Snow Room. We are reading and discussing A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller. All are welcome!

FIRST CHURCH BOOK CLUB will meet Monday, May 20 at 1:00 pm in Fellowship Hall to discuss Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson. All are welcome. Any questions call Irene Utter at 425-7408.

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 most needed items include pancake mix & syrup; coffee, tea, juice boxes & shelf stable milk; soup; crackers; canned pasta; canned meat/seafood; canned stew, beans, chili, hash, & sloppy Joe; peanut butter; jelly; canned fruit and vegetables; boxed potatoes; pasta & sauce; tomato sauce/paste; diced or crushed tomatoes; salad dressing, oil, mayo, ketchup & mustard; rice; mac & cheese; hamburger/tuna helper; suddenly salad; baking mixes and frosting; cereal & oatmeal; stuffing; gravy; salt; sugar; boxes of cookies, granola bars, pop tarts; Jello & pudding mix; dried fruit; chips/pretzels; shampoo; bar soap; deodorant; toothpaste; paper towel; toilet paper; tissues; laundry soap & dish soap. SMALL SIZES ARE PREFERRED.

LIGHT THE NIGHT:  Thank you to Cathy and Dennis Dudley for “lighting the night” through the month of May in memory of Dorothy and Dick Dudley.

THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH
Sunday:

11:00 AM Book Discussion Group
Monday:
1:00 PM Book Club
Annual Reports Due Today
Tuesday:
7:00 PM Church Council
Wednesday:
11:00 AM Book Discussion Group
7:00 PM 200th Anniversary Concert
Thursday:
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
Vicki Sherry, Administrative Assistant
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Phone:  585-223-0224;  Website:  fairportucc.org
Office email:  vsherry.ucc@gmail.com