The First Baptist Church of Rochester A Journey in Faith, Fellowship, and Service Sat, 28 May 2022 11:49:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Seventh Sunday of Easter | Ascension Sunday | May 29, 2022 Sat, 28 May 2022 11:49:17 +0000 Download the Order of Worship here.




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Celebrating our graduates Thu, 26 May 2022 20:04:45 +0000

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.

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FBCR Summer Nights Thu, 26 May 2022 19:55:19 +0000

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 from:

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.

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Pentecost and Baptism Wed, 25 May 2022 20:25:39 +0000

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!

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Rose Welch Wed, 25 May 2022 14:08:37 +0000 You need to login to view this content. Please . Not a Member? Join Us]]> 0 Bob Ruppenthal Wed, 25 May 2022 14:00:00 +0000 May 25, 2022

Please pray for Bob’s beloved as he has now died. His family and friends will gather to memorialize him this evening.

May 16, 2022

Rev’s Ken and Peg Williams ask for prayers for Bob who has advanced cancer and has chosen to forego treatment.

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Diane Iacopelli Wed, 25 May 2022 12:30:00 +0000 May 25, 2022

Diane Iacopelli’s calling hours will be on Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 7-9 PM at Falvo Funeral Home, 1395 N. Goodman, Rochester, NY. A service will be held Saturday, May 28 at 10 AM also at Falvo Funeral Home.

Diane Iacopelli (Rung) Obituary

Gates: May 14, 2022, at age 75. Predeceased by her late husband Dennis. She is survived by her sister Betty Rung of Kingsport, TN, her brother David (June) of Kutztown, PA, and sister MaryLou of Alaska. Survived by her niece, Cheryl and Skyler Hardenbrook of Kingsport, TN; her grand-nephew Bradley, great-niece Hayden Hardenbrook and grand-niece Heidi Hardenbrook of Fredonia, NY.

Diane was of the Baptist faith and attended First Baptist Church on Allens Creek Rd. in Rochester. Please consider a donation to the Church in Diane’s memory. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 7-9PM and a Service will be held Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 10AM, both at Falvo Funeral Home, 1395 N. Goodman St. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

May 17, 2022

Dear FBCR Family,

We have just learned some very sad news. Diane Iacopelli had an accidental and life-ending fall on Saturday, May 14, 2022. As many of you know, Diane has been an integral part of FBCR for many years. She was never shy and loved decorating coffee hours especially around the various holidays of the year. Before health issues relating to her dialysis caused her to reduce her involvement, she also loved reading scripture in worship and helping out with the various activities with her enthusiastic and sunny disposition. 

Your prayers for Diane’s family and friends as they deal with the pain of this sudden loss are sought. We give thanks for Diane and for the faith-filled life that she led. Service details are pending.


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Jazz finest with David Labman – Playing greats “Weather Report” Live 5/28/22 Tue, 24 May 2022 18:29:50 +0000

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.




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FBCR’s Wednesday Summer Check In Tue, 24 May 2022 17:31:17 +0000

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.

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FBCRs Pastors Fund Tue, 24 May 2022 16:35:24 +0000

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.


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Pittsford Food Cupboard Tue, 24 May 2022 15:27:56 +0000 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

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New Office Hours Tue, 24 May 2022 14:34:08 +0000 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.  


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University of Rochester – Ways to Help/Buffalo Sun, 22 May 2022 10:47:43 +0000 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:
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ABC-USA Response Sun, 22 May 2022 10:43:34 +0000 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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Sixth Sunday of Easter | May 22, 2022 Sat, 21 May 2022 15:22:06 +0000 Download the Order of Worship here.




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