Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of 5 Disfellowshipped Congregations

January 27, 2021, 5:30 PM – PT/6:30PM – MT/7:30 PM – CT/8:30 PM – ET over Zoom!

Dear AWAB Friends:

On Wednesday evening, January 27, 2021, The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists has rescheduled a worship service via Zoom in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the disfellowshipping of five faithful American Baptist congregations by their regions for their membership in AWAB.   The service of song, prayer, and testimony will lift up the pain of these actions, their ongoing significance, and the hope their memory calls forth.   The service will begin at 5:30 PM Pacific/6:30 PM Mountain/7:30 PM Central/8:30 PM Eastern.  

Topic: Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists – “Ours The Journey”

Service of Worship Time: Jan 27, 2021 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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We hope you can join us as we gather virtually as an AWAB family to honor our past struggle so that we can look ahead always with strength and hope.

     

Could you help answer phones?

Did you know that our Administrative Assistant, Katelyn, would soon be going on maternity leave? She is. We are wondering if you could help us out by answering the phone. You can do this from home, on a landline or a cell phone. You can do this one day a week, one day a month, or even just one day. We are especially seeking help on Fridays when other staff members have days off but would accept help on other days as well. All calls will be forwarded to your telephone between 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM on the day you volunteer. You do need to know “all the answers.” We would just like to have a kind, warm, and smiling person greeting the caller. Once the call is answered, listen to the request, answer the question if you are able or take a messages and either email or text each message to the appropriate individual depending on the urgency of the call. It is an easy way to help out from the comfort of your own home. Contact Janet if you are able to help at .

FBCR Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the First Baptist Church of Rochester and Society will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2021 a few minutes after worship concludes (roughly 11am).

The agenda will include the voting on the slate of nominees for the Board of Trustees: Sharon Hamann and Mark Harnischfeger, the voting on the slate of Officers to the Council, the voting on the slate of Chairpersons, and the approving of the various Delegates. The Pastor will give his report and the Board of Trustees were share the 2020 ending finances and present for approval the 2021 budget.

To attend the meeting you can login here or through the usual Worship login links.

Winter Offensive of the National Homeless Union

As part of the ongoing NUH 2020 Winter Offensive, the NUH and the Nonviolent Medicaid Army (of which NUH is a member), will co-host a Virtual Gathering in celebration of Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday.  This event will be held on Friday January 15th, 2021  from 7 – 9pm EST and will highlight the original PPC as well as the organizing efforts today to build the NUH and the entire movement to end poverty led by the poor and dispossessed, work that builds on the historical work of MLK during the last three years of his life (1965-1968) that ultimately led to his assassination. The event will feature speakers from the NUH, NVMA, and the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival reading and reflecting on some of MLK’s more famous quotes during the building of the Poor People’s Campaign: a new and unsettling force!
We will also highlight the 5 year Anniversary of both the Salinas CA HU and Rochester NY HU, our earliest unions founded during the organizing efforts to re-establish the NUH!Please REGISTER HEREThis event will be streamed on the NUH Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. We look forward to being with you at this powerful event in honor of MLK and the PPC. Please share this information far and wide.

NUH YouTube Channel:  NUH YouTube Channel – Live Stream

FB: NUH FACEBOOK PAGE FOR LIVE STREAMING

Stewardship Thanks

The Trustees would like to thank all of you who submitted to the church your pledge for 2021. We have received 75% of our usual giving units to date. The FBCR community has worked together to make this challenging year of 2020 fulfilling – in worship – and with various opportunities for being together in community – even if that is on Zoom. Our journey is not yet over and we’re in this together for just a little while longer as the vaccines become available and dispensed.

In an effort to make our budgeting process as accurate as possible, we would appreciate everyone who has not submitted their pledge, to do so now for future planning. If you have never before pledged, please consider doing so in 2021. Any amount is appreciated. You can choose to give periodically or all at one time. Whatever is most comfortable for you. Many people start small and then as your circumstance change, you are able to later give more, it will be welcomed.

To make it easy, you may pledge online at We’re In This Together, send an email to , or mail a pledge card to the church office. Finally if you wish you may choose to set up a recurring giving online, through our contribute page. This is a simple and easy way to contribute on a regular basis (a log-in is required for recurring gifts).

We thank each and every one of you for helping support current and ongoing mission and ministry of FBCR!

Pittsford Food Cupboard Thanks

Covid-19 has required the clients at Pittsford Food Cupboard (PFC) to wait outside instead of entering the facility while food is gathered for them. In order to make things easier the PFC Board erected a roof over the outdoors deck where clients wait. To assist PFC, First Baptist – Rochester donated some of the leftover marine-grade vinyl which was purchased in a bulk roll at a significant savings over the per yard rate. This vinyl was used to build the section leader and piano COVID barriers as protection for our musicians in the sanctuary through a generous donation from the Susan Boulay Memorial Music Fund.

PFC used the leftover vinyl to enclose the roofed waiting space. PFC Board Member, Richard Wien was told that PFC is very grateful as the material held up well in the high winds of the last weekend and provides a much needed wind and rain/snow barrier. PFC thanks FBCR for our help as it will make the winter situation easier for clients who they do not anticipate having inside until at least next spring or summer.

Back to the Diaspora Times

Where things stand

A Trustee Update:

The Board of Trustees feel that it would be good to let the congregation know where we stand financially through the Pandemic. Even though we are having significantly reduced giving, especially from our facility users, we have also had some reduced expenses. We have been running better than anticipated through much of the year but in October that gap reduced significantly. In October, giving was down and our expenses exceed income by almost $17,000. Although we approved a 2020 budget with a deficit of $22,000, we currently expect to have a larger deficit by year end.

There are several factors contributing to this expected deficit including user income is currently $17,000 under budget and we expect remain well below budgeted as only two self-help groups with very light numbers have returned to campus. Also, our pledge income is running on budget currently but is expected to fall short by year end which can be traced predominantly to no cash (plate passing) donations which range between $10,000 abd $20,000 each year with a significant amount of that received from October through December. Good news is expenses are running $16,500 under budget as well which has kept us from a much larger deficit. In October alone, pledge/loose offering ran $6,000 under our budgeted amount.

We are grateful to the many members of the congregation who have been able to keep up with their pledges during these unusual times and we thank you for your continued support now and into the coming year. Pledges for 2021 are now being accepted by mail, by phone, or online at www.rochesterfbc.org/together.

An Invitation from the Stuffies to Everyone @ FBCR

To recap:

The stuffies have invited everyone at First Baptist to join together in celebrating advent, which begins on Sunday, November 29, by putting together an Advent wreath or set of candles to light at the same time during Zoom worship. Here are some photos of samples and links to creative ways to put a wreath/candles together:

A wreath made by Anna Bowden for FBCR’s 2016 Christmas Art Gallery

A video demonstrating how to make a beautiful wreath without the use of tools.

A demonstration video for a slightly more involved wreath.

An image of a very simple wreath made from a block of wood with four holes bored in.

We’re in this together

Stewardship 2020:

…Each time I logged on to be with my faith family at FBCR I sensed your presence with me. Whether it was a book study on “How to Be an Anti-Racist”, a phone call, a casual congregational check-in on a Wednesday evening, or digital worship on Sunday morning: finding a way to remain in community made a believer out of me. At FBCR we really are all in this together. An overly rosey picture here will only serve to diminish this point. We’re not a perfect church and we never will be, but we’re striving to learn and to grow and we’re finding that as long as we’re working side by side, caring for one another, and worshiping together, then we’re cultivating what we need to live into God’s calling for us as a community of faith…

Click to learn more & watch the video.

Habitat Pie Sales – Concluded

Annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale for Habitat in Three Easy Steps:

           1.) Contact Gene Tiesler at home or by November 15.  2.) Mail a check to church with “Pies” in the memo line. 3.) Pick up your pies at church on Tuesday, November 24 from 1:00 – 3:0

Choices and prices are the same as last year:

           Apple Crumb            @ $17;

           Apple Raspberry       @ $17;

           Pumpkin                    @ $17;

           Apple Crisp               @ $13;

           Donation to Habitat  @ ???

Worship Tech Team Help

The team ensuring a joint online worship experience each Sunday could use a bit of help. Having a few more dedicated persons would create a volunteer rotation so that not everyone is needed every Sunday. While a general understanding of computers would be helpful, no particular experience is needed. All necessary training will be provided. To volunteer, contact pastor Brent.

Remington Hubbell Circle News

It has been our tradition to sell bags of Pecans in the Fall of each year.  It has been a good fundraiser and we have been very well supported by our church congregation.  However, we will not be taking orders this year. Hopefully we will be able to continue our sale in 2021.  Many thanks to all who have supported us in the past.