The Diaspora Times

Welcome to the Diaspora Times, a specially published communications piece to keep you, the FBCR community, informed during our pandemic related diaspora.

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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 […]

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 […]

RMMO Offering

Over the next several weeks FBCR is focusing on the American Baptist Church’s Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering. Sponsored in December 2020 but held at FBCR in until February 7, 2021. To learn more please go to our special offerings page.

Inauguration Day Prayer Service

Houses of Faith from across religious perspectives will be together in prayer for our country on Inauguration morning. Join us to share in prayers led by faith leaders from around Rochester on Wednesday, January 20 at 9am via Zoom. Join the gathering here.

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 […]

A National Moment of Unity and Remembrance

First Baptist – Rochester, NY will join other churches across our nation as we ring our bells in memory of the 394,495 individuals1 who lost their life to COVID. The ringing will begin at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The bell will toll 39 times, a mere .01% of the lives lost, and will conclude with the hymn “On Eagles Wings” played on our Carillon. You may show your remembrance at home by turning on your porch light or by displaying a light in a front facing window from 5:30 to 6:00 PM. 1 www.cdc.gov/nchs/covid-19.htm (reported by the […]

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. […]

Celebrating Advent and Christmas 2020

Christmas Eve Drive In Service: Despite the pandemic, we will be together for a candle light Christmas service this year. On Christmas Eve we will gather, from the safety of our own vehicles, in the church parking lot to celebrate Christ’s arrival. For the sake of planning this most unusual service it will be helpful to know how many vehicles may be present. Sign up is not necessary to attend, but if you know you’re coming please let us know with the fast, simple form here. Service sound will be provided through the FM radio in your own vehicle. If […]

Poinsettias for Advent, deadline extended

In Memory or Honor of loved ones. Help us add color and beauty to the church chancel during the Advent season as well as recognize someone special in your life. The plants will also decorate our Christmas Eve parking lot service. Loading… PLEASE HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ORDER FORM TO PLACE YOUR ORDER (using the scroll bar to the right of the form).

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 […]