Fall 2021 @ FBCR


Faith Formation

Children

Sundays ~10:25-11:00am

Children will attend worship with the full congregation until just after the Children’s Time then will meet their Sunday School teachers to head out for a fun and engaging time of learning and growing specifically for early faith development.

Kindred Hearts

Sundays 11:15-11:50 am

Whether you’re a parent or not, partnered, single, a student, a professional, some combination thereof, or even just trying to figure out just who you are; the world is a hectic and challenging place these days. On Sundays our Kindred Hearts group will pause to reflect on topics relevant to living faithful, fulfilled lives amid the chaos of today’s world. We begin the Fall Semester discussing the surprising relevance Ignatian spirituality has for our lives today. In other words, we’ll be making contemplative prayer fun!

Wednesday Faith Formation

Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm, Online & In Hubbell Hall

A central tenet of Baptist belief holds that every individual is responsible for their own approach to faith. Even so, we believe that responsibility cannot be fulfilled in a vacuum. On Wednesdays we gather for the purpose of growing in community. Through topical conversations, Bible studies, collective spiritual practices, experiential learning, and other modes we strive to provide for one another the materials from which faith is built.

We begin this Fall with series on:

Sabbath

Wednesdays, September 15, 22, 29

Life of Faith

Wednesdays, October 6, 13

Lake Avenue Baptist Church Celebrates 150 Years

Date TBD

Sunday Forum

In order to minimize the amount of time we are together in an enclosed space, Sunday Forum remains largely on hiatus. One exception is planned and a few others may follow. On Sunday, October 17, Missionaries, Lori and Matt Mann, will be on campus to report on their work in Laos and Thailand. 11:15 to 11:45 AM.

Who are "Kindred Hearts?"

At FBCR the Kindred Hearts are largely known as the parents of our church’s little ones. While this is mostly the case, the Kindred Hearts is also open to all our church’s young adults, both single and partnered, who are interested in fellowshipping with people in their age group!

Fellowship

Coffee Hour

When the family is all together, FBCR loves to have time to catch up and enjoy the company of the full community. One of our favorite times to do just that has been “Coffee Hour” (which is only 15 minutes) immediately following worship on Sundays. The pandemic has made serving food and beverage more challenging, so we’ll forego the coffee for a while longer, but we’ll still be together for conversation and company. There’s no coffee and it isn’t an hour, but join us all the same at Coffee Hour!

Kindred Hearts

Dinner @ Basha – Sep 24*  (*separate activities for children)

Parents Night Out/Kids Night In – Oct 8*

Trunk Or Treat – Oct 31

Intergenerational Harvest Dinner – Nov 7

Seneca Park Zoo – Nov 21

Caroling & Cocoa – Dec 5

On Hiatus

We continue to look forward to the following elements of the life of FBCR returning the realities presented by the pandemic allow for them to become safe and practical.
Choral & Congregational Singing
Singing together in an enclosed environment remains one of the greatest risks of mass transmission of the virus. We will look forward to joining together in hymns again as soon as the pandemic is under control. Keep a look out though, for potential ensemble music opportunities soon.
Sunday Forum
In order to minimize the amount of time we are together in an enclosed space, Sunday Forum remains largely on hiatus. One exception is planned and a few others may follow. On Sunday, October 17, Missionaries, Lori and Matt Mann, will be on campus to report on their work in Laos and Thailand. 11:15 to 11:45 AM.
Eldergarten
Remains on hiatus as post-pandemic plans and leadership are considered.
Book Club
Conversations have begun in consideration of resuming book club soon. Watch the Diaspora Times for more.
Remington Hubbel Circle
Conversations about next steps when the pandemic resides have begun. Stay tuned.
Coffee at Coffee Hour
It still won’t be an hour, but when the risk of virus transmission resides we’ll have coffee again.

Worship & Music

The Future of Online Worship @ FBCR

While worship during a global pandemic has been taxing in many ways, we’ve also grown through the experience. While we do anxiously await the day that the remaining safety protocols made necessary by the virus can be set aside, we also have good reason to continue making worship available via Zoom. During the pandemic we, as a community have reunited with FBCR folks who cannot attend physically due to a move or health concerns, we’ve invited extended family and friends from afar to join us, we’ve had worship participants and even preachers from other parts of the country. For these reasons and so many more, the FBCR Worship Committee is not making plans to end our Zoom worship. Quite to the contrary, they are considering ways to enhance the experience for worshipers both on campus and online as well as to integrate the necessary technology more permanently into our primary worship space.

As of the time of this posting we are worshiping in a hybrid format. Worshipers are welcome on campus and requested to wear a face mask and remain socially distant from other worshipers. Worship is also available via Zoom by logging in through the church home page or simply clicking here.

Children's Music

Sundays 11:15 to 11:45 am

Immediately following Coffee Hour each Sunday the children of FBCR will gather to learn and enjoy kid-friendly sacred music. Whether playing instruments or singing together, the kids will have a great time, learn to appreciate a time-honored form of worship, and even have opportunities to perform and lead in worship.

Section Leaders Return

The pandemic has put a pause on FBCR’s choral program, but we were blessed last year to have our choral section leaders who transitioned quickly to becoming our primary vocalists in worship. Now, at the beginning of the 2021/22 program year, still warding off the effects of a pandemic, we are again blessed to have four tremendous talents joining us as vocalists once more. Ella Torres and Jack O’Leary are back with us and Lauren Case and Andrew Miller join the ensemble for the first time this Fall! Welcome!

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