Need help from or willing to help your FBCR family with a vaccine appointment?

Have you received your vaccine yet or scheduled your appointment to do so? Navigating the system requires sometimes complicated web sites or difficult phone trees. We don’t want anyone to go without their vaccine, so please let us know if you need any kind of help.

Are you willing and able to help those who might need assistance? There is need for logistical, light technical, and sometimes transportation help. If you are willing to partner with another member of FBCR to help encourage them and see them through the process, please let us know.

If you need help or are willing to offer it please contact Gene Tiesler.

Lenten Literary Pilgrimage

Even in the midst of a pandemic FBCR will mark our journey to the cross through the season of Lent with a kind of pilgrimage. On Wednesday, February 24, 2021 we will embark on our Trek through Robert Moor’s book, On Trails. You may be surprised by just how much the paths we travel shape the lives we live, the decisions we make, and the way we think and feel about life. Like any physical path we might venture as a pilgrimage in another time, this book itself is not innately spiritual or religious, but our approach to it will lend this season its opportunities for introspection, contemplation, and perhaps even penitence.

Participants will need to secure a copy of the book in their preferred format (available in hardback, paperback, Kindle, and Audible) in time to read ahead for the first session. See the reading schedule below. Feel free to source your book from whichever dealer or library you prefer, but consider ordering from this black owned, New York bookstore, The Lit Bar.

Discussion sessions will be each Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm via Zoom. Log in here or from the usual Worship login on the FBCR home page. Consider joining early at 5:30pm for our weekly Congregational Check In for a time of catching up and checking in with one another.

Reading/Listening Schedule

Read Before:Print/Kindle ChapterAudible ChapterDiscussion Guide
Wednesday, February 24, 2021Prologue & Chapter 1Chapters 2 & 3Brent Bowden
Wednesday, March 3, 2021Chapter 2Chapter 4Volunteer to Guide Conversation This Week
Wednesday, March 10, 2021Chapter 3Chapters 5 & 6Volunteer to Guide Conversation This Week
Wednesday, March 17, 2021Chapter 4Chapter 7Volunteer to Guide Conversation This Week
Wednesday, March 24, 2021Chapter 5Chapter 8Volunteer to Guide Conversation This Week
Wednesday, March 31, 2021Chapter 6 & EpilogueChapters 9 & 10Volunteer to Guide Conversation This Week

Cameron Update

Dear First Baptist,

            Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March of 2020, Cameron has remained open throughout these difficult times, serving over 18,000 meals to those in need.  When the Rochester School District decided to go 100% remote, Cameron decided to host small cohorts full-time each day in our Learning and Enrichment Center. Onsite, 25 students utilize adequate WI-FI and technology to sign on to virtual classrooms.  They are guided by our youth staff and volunteers, including a Certified Elementary Education teacher, Community Youth Development staff, and retired educators.  Students are also provided with two meals and a snack, as 97% of RSCD children rely on in-school meals.

            Thank you for all the support and your continued giving to our organization.

Jennifer Muniga
Executive Director

America For Christ Offering

FBCR will participate in the America for Christ Special Offering in the month of March which is sponsored by American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) of ABC-USA. ABHMS connects various American Baptist partners into networks that address a wide range of missional needs and opportunities because, we believe that we can accomplish more—and build stronger, more viable ministries—together, across the United States and Puerto Rico.

To learn more about some of the specific people and programs that have benefitted from this offering’s grants, follow the link below to view any of the various videos on our special offering page. To contribute, send a check to the church office or contribute online at

Church Zoom Account Available for Meetings and Gatherings

As we lean into the activity of a new year and a new Church Council cycle we want you to know that the church Zoom account is available for meetings and other church activities. With increased traffic however, we’ll need you to schedule your time through the church office.

If you simply need space to chat and see one another, the account is as easy to use as logging in on Sunday morning. You don’t need a host or further privileges. If you need more advanced hosting features such as screen sharing, breakout rooms, privacy settings (waiting room or password protection) we’ll need to either provide a host or give you hosting privileges.

Please email Janet to schedule a time for your group to use the account and let us know if you need advanced hosting capabilities.

February Call to Worship by Maya Angelou

On Sundays during February and in recognition of Black History Month, FBCR has used poems from Maya Angelou as our call to worship. Recognizing Dr. Angelou works, was along with a focus during Children’s Time on influencial African Americans (known and not so known), helped us focus on the many contributions of Black Americans.

Below, we have provided links to the poems read during worship, written by Maya Angelou, who was known as an American poet, memoirist,  civil rights activist, dancer, singer, actress, producer, professor, mentor, and more.

Due to copyright regulations, we do not have permission from the author (or family/estate) to print her poem here but we can provide you with a link to where you may find it printed on the internet. On the site called where they state that the poems were supplied to them by the owner/author.