Weekly News in the Pews

September 25 and October 2, 2022

NEIGHBORS IN NEED (NIN) MISSION OFFERING will be received on Sunday, October 2nd.  There will be special NIN envelopes provided. Neighbors in Need is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice.

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY: Stewardship Sunday is October 16th when we will be receiving our Annual Pledge Cards. The Stewardship Letter & Pledge Cards will be mailed out during the first week in October. Thank you for your generosity and financial support of our church.

ADVENT DINNER – GOOD NEWS:  The Deacons are bringing back the Advent Dinner on December 4th. Save the date. We are hoping for as many participants as possible. Look for more information coming soon.

COMMUNION will resume by intinction on Sunday, October 2.  Worshipers will proceed down the center aisle upon the direction of the ushers.  A server will place the bread in the palm of the worshiper who will dip it in the cup and then return to the pew via the side aisle.

ADVENT HOUSE Comfort Care Home is seeking a nurse for weekend on-call. Must have experience caring for the dying and their loved ones and comfortable with the hospice philosophy. Must have a current NYS license (RN or LPN). Able to work as a team member with staff and volunteers. Position is on-call Saturday 8am through Monday 8am. One weekend shift per month with flexibility. Flat rate of $350 per weekend. Please contact Advent House at theadventhouse@frontiernet.net for more information.

ADVENT HOUSE FUNDRAISER POSITION:  Advent House Comfort Care Home is seeking an experienced Fundraiser. This is a salaried, part-time position, flexibility imperative. Must be motivated, enthusiastic and comfortable working in a hospice-like environment. Ability to work with, support and encourage volunteers. Please contact Glenda Hastings, Director, at Advent House at theadventhouse@frontiernet.net or at 585-223-6112 for further information.

PASTOR GREG’S SABBATICAL: Pastor Greg is on a sabbatical leave of absence through Saturday, October 1st. The Rev. Hodong Hwang, a Presbyterian Church USA minister, is our church’s Sabbatical Interim Minister. For pastoral concerns, emergencies, or to schedule an appointment with Rev. Hwang, he can be contacted at 615-306-2261 or harveydhwang@yahoo.com. Please join us on September 25 to bid farewell to Hodong and wish him God's speed.  The youth of the church will be presenting refreshments during Fellowship Time after worship. Join us on October 2nd as we welcome Pastor Greg back from his sabbatical leave.

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! 

BOOK CLUB:  The First Church Book Club will meet at 1:00 on Monday September 26 to discuss The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman. On October 31 we will discuss Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. All are welcome. 

THE PASTORAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE (PRC) will meet Sunday, October 23rd in the Snow Room immediately following the 9:30 A.M. Worship Service. 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: Brad Bowersox, Michele Bowersox, Dennis Dudley, Pat May (Chair), Barbara Roscoe, Doug Strong, and Pastor Greg Rupright.

THE CONGREGATION NEEDS YOUR HELP to fill a  number of volunteer positions. Please consider your ability to serve on Church Council as Assistant Moderator, on the Memorial Committee, or the Publicity Committee. Also, adult volunteers will be needed to assist with Sunday School in the fall. If you can help, please sign the Sunday School sign-up list posted on the rolling board in the fellowship hall. 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. 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 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 Monday. 

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; sugar; salt; gravy; cereal; snacks; shampoo; bar soap; deodorant; toothpaste; toothbrush; paper towel; toilet paper; tissues; laundry soap; and dish soap. Small sizes preferred.

LIGHT THE NIGHT:  Thank you to Pat and Bill May for “lighting the night” through September in memory of Sean May and in honor of Matt May. Thank you to Joan Rogers for keeping the steeple light burning bright throughout October in memory of Marjorie Brooks.

Monday 9/26:

1:00 PM Book Club
VS Vacation (through 9/28 or 9/30)
Thursday 9/29:
7:00 PM New Life AA (SR)

Tuesday 10/4:

4:30 PM Board of Deacons
5:30 PM Board of Missions
7:00 PM Boy Scout Parent Meeting (SR&
Thursday 10/6:
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
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Phone:  585-223-0224; Website:  fairportucc.org
Office email:  vsherry.ucc@gmail.com

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