Weekly News in the Pews

NEWS IN THE PEWS
October 24, 2021

REFORMATION/ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY:   Next Sunday, October 31st, we will celebrate Reformation-All Saints’ Sunday. There will be a special LED tea light Memorial Table. If you want to remember your loved one or friend with a LED tea light and name card and have her/his name printed in the bulletin Memorial List, please email the name to Vicki Sherry no later than 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 27th at vsherry.ucc@gmail.com. You can also call the church office to leave the name of your loved one or friend who has passed: 585-223-0224.

MORNING CIRCLE will be meeting in Fellowship Hall on the second Tuesday of every month at 10AM. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 12. This meeting will be a ‘Show & Tell'. Please bring a meaningful treasure so you can tell a story of it’s importance to you. Please bring your own lunch and a beverage.

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

HILLSIDE SPECIAL SANTA GIFTS:  Our Hillside Special Santa tree will be up and decorated on November 14th. Please look at the Hillside children's wishes and select an item you'd like to provide. You may wish to ask a friend to share the cost of a gift. The gifts will be due back under the tree by Sunday, December 12th. Please sign your name on the sign-up sheet so we know who took the tag. When you return the gift under the tree, please attach the child's name tag to the gift. Do not wrap the gift. Hillside would appreciate it if you would send some wrappings along for their use. 

HILLSIDE ORNAMENTS:  On Sunday, November 7th, after the church service, we will be making ornaments for the Hillside tree. All ages are welcome to participate. If you would like to help, please sign up on the large bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall so we know how many tables to set up. Jill O'Connor always comes up with a clever design and we all have fun crafting together for an hour.

SUNDAY MORNING SMALL GROUP BIBLE DISCUSSION:  Each Sunday at 11:00 A.M., Pastor Greg will offer a Small Group Bible Discussion on the Power Series, which will meet in the Snow Room. See the Epistle for weekly Small Group Bible Discussion topics. Today we will discuss The Power of Faith, Part 1 (Habakkuk 1-3). For next week read Romans 1:1-17 in advance for a discussion on The Power of Faith, Part 2.

BOOK CLUB:  First Church Book Club will be meeting in Fellowship Hall at 1:00 pm tomorrow, Oct. 25, to discuss American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. All are invited to attend. On November 29 we will discuss The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

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 Moderator, Assistant Moderator, or as a member of the Board of Family Ministries, Membership, Memorial Committee, Publicity, or Trustees.

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, payable to First Congregational UCC with RRRS on the memo line, 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 by going to https://www.rochesterrefugeeservices.org/volunteer/ 

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 www.fairportucc.org and click on Pastor's Blog.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP:  Paper bulletins will not be handed out. Please print the bulletin (from your email or the church website) and bring it with you or scan the QR code on your phone or tablet as you enter the church. Persons who have been fully vaccinated are encouraged, but not required, to wear masks. 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:  Thanks to Jan Hecker for “lighting the night” throughout the month of October in memory of John Hecker.

THIS WEEK IN THE CHURCH
Sunday:

11:00 AM Small Group Bible Discussion
Monday:
1:00 PM Book Club
Tuesday:
6:30 PM Boy Scouts
Wednesday:
7:00 PM Boy Scouts
Thursday:
7:00 PM New Life AA (SR)
Friday:
9:30 AM BAMNS Halloween Parade (Sanctuary)
Saturday:
1:00 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
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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