ROC Pride Parade

On Saturday, July 16, FBCR will join other sister churches walking in the ROC Pride Parade. The parade begins at 1PM and line generally begins around 11AM. If you would like to join us, please be in the Park Avenue area around 11AM. Sign up with your email and phone information to receive up-to-date information the day of the parade.

FBCR Summer Nights Update

Let’s be honest. The two years of pandemic life have made being together difficult and left us all weary. From the youngest of us to the most mature, we all feel the need to gather as community in ways that don’t ask us to invest more effort or energy. So join us for FBCR Summer Nights! We’ll gather a few times this summer, just for the joy of being together and we’ll do so in a way that requires little or nothing in they way of preparation or planning. Just gather the family and meet in the courtyard (or Hubbell Hall in the event of inclement weather) at FBCR. We’ll enjoy a variety of fun-for-all-ages activities from playing games together to telling each other stories and perhaps even enjoying a bit of music.

The first of our gatherings will be:

Summer Nights I:

4 to 6PM on Sunday evening, June 12
Porching, Games, and Ice Cream.

For this evening of fun we’ll borrow from a grand tradition of our southern neighbors – porching. In the days before air conditioning, the hot southern temperatures required spending the afternoons outside on the porch where families would catch up and neighbors would swing by for a good chat and sharing of stories. We’ll spend the evening telling each other stories that will make us laugh, cry, and mostly just enjoy our time together. We’ll have ice cream on hand to keep us cool and we’ll play some games for and with the kids among us. Bringing your own lawn chair is encouraged.

Our second gathering:

FBCR Summer Nights II: (afternoon!)

June 26, immediately following worship
Courtyard games and Brown Bag Lunch

We had such a nice time gathering together last week that we are doing it again on June 26 immediately following worship. Plan to bring a bite to eat for yourself and come join us for yard games and fun conversation. There will be no agenda other than to have valuable fellowship and time together. We’re looking for yard games, so if you have any then please let me (Benjamin) or Brent know what you plan on bringing. You may bring games like corn hole, bocce ball, frisbees, horse shoes, KanJam, racquetball paddles, etc. You may also bring tabletop games to be played outside like scrabble, bananagrams, etc. We hope to see you there! We’ll plan to hang out until folks are ready to go home.

For our third in the series we are off to the ballpark:

FBCR Summer Nights III:

Redwings Pride Night Out
w/ Rochester Religious Communities, July 13.

The Rochester Redwings celebrate pride each year with Pride Night Out. Several religious communities in Rochester are getting together to attend the game on July 13! To join the FBCR contingent, reserve your tickets ($11 each, parking fees will apply individually at the park) using the form below. Payment may be made to Brent, Benjamin, or the church office that evening or before by check or cash. In order to assure that we have seats in our block, reserve your seats now!

FBCR Summer Nights: Redwings Pride Night Out w/ Rochester Religious Communities

The Rochester Redwings celebrate pride each year with Pride Night Out. Several religious communities in Rochester are getting together to attend the game on July 13! To join the FBCR & RGR AWAB contingent, reserve your tickets ($11 each, parking fees will apply individually at the park) using the form below. Payment may be made to Brent, Benjamin, or the church office that evening or before by check or cash. In order to assure that we have seats in our block, reserve your seats now!

Pre Game Festivities: 6:00pm     |     Game: 7:05pm     |     Reserve tickets w/ form below     |     Frontier Field


If you have trouble with the form below, contact the church office @ (585)244.2468

Transportation to and from the game and parking will be on your own.



One Great Hour of Sharing 2022

Love Remains...

The world has changed dramatically in the last 2 years. Communities around the world have been both socially and economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. That impact has been felt even more deeply in the most vulnerable communities and in those affected by other disasters. Through your support for One Great Hour of Sharing: Love remains. In the midst of much uncertainty and suffering, One Great Hour of Sharing continues to be a tangible expression of love—walking with communities in times of crisis.

Together, we provide immediate relief and long-term recovery support after disasters; equip churches and leaders in disaster preparedness measures; offer assistance to displaced people; and support global development projects that empower communities around the world to thrive. . When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing you put love into action. Your giving shares faith, hope and love all around the world. But the greatest of these is love.

The One Great Hour of Sharing special offering will be collected from June 19 through July 17.  Please place OGHS in your memo line.

Campus Cleanup Thanks

The Trustees, Property Group, and Staff would like to thank several people for all the hard work that they have given to the church to help cleanup our campus. Special thanks go to individuals: Ken Hines, Flora Holt, John Hargarther, Dick and Judy Wien for their work at the church entrance – weeding and mulching. Next we really appreciate the work of the Kindred Hearts (Young Adults and Families group) who have concentrated their work in the courtyard removing leaves, weeds, vines, trimming trees and finding lots and lots of worms! (Just ask Seth or Leah). Thank you Todd, Chelsea, and George Haefele; Chris, Sarah, Seth, and Leah Oaks; Melissa, Justin, Sophia, and Ethan Spooner; Tasha, Mia, Andrew, and Aria Wilson, Janelle Huffsmith, Benjamin Smith, and Brent and Anna Bowden. Words can not fully express how delighted we are for all of your help to beautify our church campus. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!

If by chance you helped and we didn’t see you — please let us know! We would like to thank you as well. If you haven’t had a chance to help yet but would like to – there are still many more flower beds to weed and leaves to clear out of the various nooks and crannies around the building..

Clothing Assistance

The Center for Youth needs our help! – 

They are experiencing a shortage of undies in all sizes and genders for teens. If you’d like to help, please pick up what you can find from a retail store and leave them on the sofa in Benjamin’s office.  Benjamin will collect them for three weeks until June 26th. Items may be brought by during the week as well from 10 AM to 2 PM. The Center is also accepting gift cards to large clothing retailers if you’d prefer to donate in that way.  Thank you!

Rose Welch

June 6, 2022

A funeral service in celebration of Rose’s life will be held at FBCR on Saturday, June 18 at 10:30am. Visitation will be at Jennings, Nulton, & Mattle Funeral home on Friday, June 17 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

June 1, 2022

FBCR Family,

It is a sad day for our congregation. After a rapid struggle with ALS, our beloved Rose Welch has died.

Rose lived with vitality, creativity, and good humor. She was a fierce advocate for justice and an outspoken voice for inclusion. Her love for all of God’s creation and all of God’s people is indeed a light on a hill. Rose will be missed terribly even as we shall lift our gratitude for her remarkable life.

In these moments of grief, let us find our solace in God who knows our frustration, our grief, and our gratitude.

Details on memorial arrangements are pending.

Chuck and the rest of Rose’s family know of your love for them and your well wishes. For the moment, please allow your prayers for them to be your gesture of care and reserve calls and visits for another day.

June 1, 2022

Rose has now moved to palliative care and has been enrolled with hospice. She is no longer responsive, but is being kept comfortable. Pray for her continued comfort and for peace for those who love her dearly.

May 25, 2022

Rose’s struggle with ALS has taken another unwelcome step forward. The characteristic degeneration has reached her legs necessitating hospitalization. Upon discharge, Rose will need a higher level of care and will therefore be moved to Fairport Baptist Home or similar place of care. Your prayers for Chuck, Rose, and all who love them in the midst of these painful changes are much appreciated.

The previously utilized Care Calendar has been suspended for the moment. As further needs arise, it may be reinstated.

Celebrating our graduates

We want to recognize and pray for all those in the wider FBCR community who are graduating or have recently graduated from any level of education. If you or someone you love are graduates, please send their name, graduation date, institution from which their graduating, and a sentence about their hopes and plans for next steps to by noon on June 16. We will be recognizing and praying for these graduates in worship on June 19.

Pentecost and Baptism

On the Day of Pentecost as told by the gospel writer Luke, a great number of people were baptized when the Spirit of God moved among the masses that day. Next week we’ll celebrate the coming of God’s Spirit into the life of our congregation and into the lives of some of our young worshipers. Wear your red to celebrate Pentecost and come ready to behold the baptism of some of our number. What a joyous occasion it will be!

FBCR’s Wednesday Summer Check In

Come One, Come All.  Come Many, Come Few.  No matter the turnout, our Wednesday evening check in — same place, same time will be available to everyone who wishes to check in say hello.  Through the summer (from May 25 through August), staff may check in — or may not, but all are welcome to come say hello at this Wednesday evening gather.  Wednesday 5:30 to 6;00 PM.

Diane Iacopelli

May 25, 2022

Diane Iacopelli’s calling hours will be on Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 7-9 PM at Falvo Funeral Home, 1395 N. Goodman, Rochester, NY. A service will be held Saturday, May 28 at 10 AM also at Falvo Funeral Home.

Diane Iacopelli (Rung) Obituary

Gates: May 14, 2022, at age 75. Predeceased by her late husband Dennis. She is survived by her sister Betty Rung of Kingsport, TN, her brother David (June) of Kutztown, PA, and sister MaryLou of Alaska. Survived by her niece, Cheryl and Skyler Hardenbrook of Kingsport, TN; her grand-nephew Bradley, great-niece Hayden Hardenbrook and grand-niece Heidi Hardenbrook of Fredonia, NY.

Diane was of the Baptist faith and attended First Baptist Church on Allens Creek Rd. in Rochester. Please consider a donation to the Church in Diane’s memory. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 7-9PM and a Service will be held Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 10AM, both at Falvo Funeral Home, 1395 N. Goodman St. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

May 17, 2022

Dear FBCR Family,

We have just learned some very sad news. Diane Iacopelli had an accidental and life-ending fall on Saturday, May 14, 2022. As many of you know, Diane has been an integral part of FBCR for many years. She was never shy and loved decorating coffee hours especially around the various holidays of the year. Before health issues relating to her dialysis caused her to reduce her involvement, she also loved reading scripture in worship and helping out with the various activities with her enthusiastic and sunny disposition. 

Your prayers for Diane’s family and friends as they deal with the pain of this sudden loss are sought. We give thanks for Diane and for the faith-filled life that she led. Service details are pending.


Jazz finest with David Labman – Playing greats “Weather Report” Live 5/28/22

David Labman will be playing the music of well-known jazz greats, “Weather Report” along with some of Rochester’s finest jazz musicians live this Saturday night at the 75 Stutson Street theater. Tickets are $30 and available by phone, email, or website at (585) 615-4551, , or .  Two showings at 7:30 PM and 9:00 PM.




FBCRs Pastors Fund

The Pastor’s Fund could use a boost. This fund provides our pastors with the ability to offer assistance to people in need who seek help.  In the past, the fund was replenished with loose offering collected on Communion Sundays. For the first 24 months of the pandemic there was no loose offering collected which means that this fund had money going out but little to replenishing it.  If you would like to supplement this benevolence fund, please place Pastor’s Fund or in the memo or notes line of your donation.


Pittsford Food Cupboard

Pittsford Food Cupboard is looking for a Back Room Coordinator. Tuesday and Friday from 8:00-11:00am. Flexible schedule. Responsible for sorting donations, storing inventory and scheduling food pick-ups. Located at 3800 Monroe Ave. Door #26. For more information contact Daniel Traina at 585-208-6839 or

New Office Hours

This spring, our Council made the decision to adjust our office hours to better meet the needs of the congregation, our lay-leadership, and staff.  Beginning immediately, our Administrative Office Hours will be Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Other staff members are often on campus outside of those hours and may be able to assist, by scheduled appointment.