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! www.rochesterfbc.org/redwings-pride.

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!

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.

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.  


University of Rochester – Ways to Help/Buffalo

Below is information that the University of Rochester compiled and verified as ways for folks that want to find ways to help with what happened in Buffalo. 

To help directly:

Victims Fund for Tops Buffalo NY Shooting: Funds will go to helping with victims’ funeral expenses and helping those who need trauma consoling.

To help provide food:

  • Resource Council of WNY
    • The Tops Market is temporarily closed while the investigation into the mass shooting continues. A food giveaway program will continue each day from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, located at the Resource Council of WNY, 347 East Ferry Street, just two blocks away from the Tops Market.
    • During the daily food giveaway, mental health counseling will also be available to assist community members and their families who have been affected.
    • Donate to the Resource Council.
  • Verified GoFundMe Donation Sites:

ABC-USA Response

VALLEY FORGE, PA (5/18/22)—General Secretary Dr. C. Jeff Woods released a statement on May 18, 2022, following recent shootings in California, New York and Wisconsin. Read the statement below.

The recent shootings in Orange County, California at the Geneva Presbyterian Church, in Buffalo, New York, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin remind us of the deep and destructive hate that exists in so many people today. Racially motivated violence is deplorable, devastating, and evil. We pray for the families and friends of the victims and for all those affected by these shootings. Senseless acts like these give evidence to the pervasiveness of racial injustice and the need for our continuing Anti-Racism work.

“As Christians we are conscious of the violence around us, but we have often been numbed by its frequency and enculturation in our lives. Too often we exhibit our conformity to the world by the vicious disputes in our churches. Rather than being witnesses to Christ’s transformative power, we have made choices that reflect our own rootedness in a violence-ridden society. This sad reality requires continuing reflection, confession and committed action as disciples of Christ.” -American Baptist Policy Statement on Violence, 1998

This week many of our American Baptist leaders are meeting at our National Conference Center in Green Lake, Wisconsin for the first time in person in nearly three years. We are discussing ways to support our congregations and leaders and we are devoting significant time to conversation and team building. It is one thing to disagree with someone whom you trust. It is quite another to disagree with someone whom you do not trust and it is more difficult to trust someone whom you do not know.

When we as American Baptists exemplify trust, dignity, and respect toward one another, it provides hope to a world desperately in need of hope. May we continually seek to understand, to treat one another with respect, to act when there are injustices, and to lead in the ways demonstrated by our Savior and Lord.

2 If, then, there is any comfort in Christ, any consolation from love, any partnership in the Spirit, any tender affection and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or empty conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests but to the interests of others.   Philippians 2:1-4

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Sunshine and help

Do  you love the sunshine at this time of year?  Do you like working with your hands? What about combining the two and help make our campus summer ready! There are many flower and shrub beds around the church which could use a spring clean-up.  Whether you have one hour or one morning to assist with beautifying our church campus, we need you.  Come at any time or any day.  The Trustees and the staff will be very grateful for the help!

Welch/Sparnecht Family Care Calendar-On Hold

May 21, 2022

The Care Calendar for Rose and Chuck is currently ON HOLD. Updates will be provided as we learn of them.

May 9, 2022

Rose Welch was recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a progressive neuromuscular disease which is characterized by a degeneration of motor nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This disrupts the neurological impulses to the muscles thereby causing muscle weakness and atrophy. Rose and Chuck could use some assistance.

A care calendar has be established to share some of their current needs and will be updated with new items as the needs are identified. To assist them, we ask that you consider viewing and signing up to help in any way you can.

Welch/Sparnecht Care Calendar Security code is 2307.