Adult Forum will be hosting a four week guided study on the book, The Shack,
during the month of February. We will be discussing the following topics, extracted
from the book/movie:
February 4th- I Never Left You
February 11th- The Storm Within
February 18th- Papa’s Heart
February 25th- Freedom in Forgiveness
We will be meeting for discussion and fellowship from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
prior to worship. We look forward to seeing you there. Whether you’ve read the book,
seen the movie, or would just like to participate in meaningful conversation, all are welcome!
Adult Bible Study
Adult Bible Study is reading
part one of the Constitution of of the
Presbyterian Church (USA) – the Book
of Confessions. In February we will
continue studying The Heidelberg Catechism
(A.D. 1563). This is the first
Reformed confession in America,
brought to New Amsterdam by Dutch
Adult Bible Study meets in the library every Sunday morning at 9:15 am during the Sunday school year. If you
have questions, call Martha Kumler at 624-4463 or e-mail email@example.com
Findlay Circle News
Findlay Circle members will meet on Thursday, February 8th at 1:00 p.m.
at Totiakton to host a Valentine’s Day party for the residents there. Each member
is asked to contribute 4 Valentines. Cookies, candies and other treats will be
supplied by: Nancy Merritt, Karen Schiedel, Mary Ann Magee, Anne Erway,
Sandy Tuller, Ann Christiansen and Ruth Hayes. Paper products and beverage
supplied by Susan Worboys. Volunteers to help include: Nancy Merritt,
Ann Christiansen, Sandy Tuller, Ruth Hayes, and Susan Worboys. Any questions
regarding this event, should be directed to Susan Worboys (624-9803).
Worship and Communion at Pinehurst:
Monday, February 12th, 6:15 p.m.
Please take this opportunity to participate in a wonderful worship experience. Each month we offer a communion
service, shared with our neighbors at Pinehurst Senior Living Center. Our Interim Pastor, Rev. Ashby will be
preaching; Elder Mary Faulk will be assisting; Deacons Anne Erway & Shirley Peters will be serving communion and
pianist Amy Gray will accompany the hymns. There are several blessings to this event:
The opportunity to share worship with a wonderful community of faith. Quite a few residents at Pinehurst are
members & friends of FPCHF: Deane & Sally Gilbert, Anne Harrison, Ray Milne and Caroline Moffitt.
The chance to have an additional opportunity to worship.
An opportunity to worship if you cannot be in church on Sundays, February 11th and/or February 18th.
Ash Wednesday Service
The beginning of Lent will be ushered in with an Ash Wednesday service
held on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary during
which time there will be imposition of ashes. The ashes used are created from
the burned palms from the previous Palm Sunday mixed with a bit of olive oil.
All are welcome.
There will be a FREE Community Meal
On Sunday, February 25, 2018
4:00-5:00 p.m. in Guild Hall
Special thanks to Bob & Donna McKay for hosting this meal.
Once a month, First Presbyterian Church opens its doors in hospitality to the community:
Inviting one and all to enjoy a FREE meal together
Offering good food & fellowship
Giving community members an opportunity to meet
Giving neighbors a chance to visit
Allowing friends time to catch up with one another
Opening our sanctuary for a time of peace & reflection
Christ Caring for People Through People!
Youth In Our Church
The Director’s Dish
January was the calm after the storm; it was nice to be able to catch our breaths after the chaos of the holidays.
While Christian Education was able to exhale, the weekly Sunday school lessons were still executed as
planned. With the help of our tremendous Sunday school volunteers, the students received instruction about: The
Wise Men, Jesus’ Baptism, Followers of Jesus and Jesus’ Relationship with the Children. February will continue to
cover the teachings of Jesus with the topics of: Jesus Teaches and Prays, Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man, Jesus
Calms the Storm and The Widow’s Offering. There are still several teaching opportunities open, so if you are interested,
please contact me or let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Education has many events coming up in February, one being a guided Adult Forum lesson involving
the book, The Shack. It will be a four week study starting on Sunday, February 4th. We are looking forward to the
discussion and dialogue and encourage anyone who’s interested to attend!
We will also be spearheading our annual Souper Bowl Sunday Canned Food Drive. We encourage you to
wear your favorite athletic memorabilia and bring any canned goods that you would like to donate; please bring them
on Sunday, February 4th. The items collected will be donated to the local food pantry.
The Senior High Youth Group will be having back to back painting days on Wednesday, February 21st and
Thursday, February 22nd which is during the February winter break. We will be painting the hallways of the church
which haven’t been touched up in many years. The Woman’s Association has agreed to donate a portion of the paint,
but if you would like to donate a gallon of paint, it would be greatly appreciated, as there is a lot of hallway to paint!
Please see me for the paint color if you’re interested.
“The education of children for God is the most important business done of Earth.” – RL Dabney
Director of Christian Education
As some of you may have heard, the
Senior High Youth Group is planning on
painting the hallways of the church over February
break. The task will require roughly 6
gallons of paint as well as the expected paint
brushes and rollers. If you would like to donate
any painting supplies or purchase some
paint, it would greatly be appreciated. The
supplies can be dropped off outside the
Christian Education office and you can contact
me at email@example.com or at
585-732-1575 for information on purchasing
paint. Thank you all in advance for any assistance
you are willing to offer!
Adam Lewis, DCE
News from Ron and Phyllis Fritz
from the Florida Keys
Pastor Jim and the community of Marathon thank all of
you who contributed to supporting the babies and children when
their church became a distribution center for food, clothing etc.
during Hurricane Irma. The babies and children are in good
shape because of all the positive responses from churches like
ours. The Kirk of the Keys suffered some roof damage which
was repaired, but they are still dealing with water damage. The
rest of the island is slowly coming back. Most businesses are
open, and we see many home owners rebuilding. There are still
a few areas of debris, but each day we see improvements.
We are sending a picture of Sunset Park which is walking
distance from us where yesterday 150 of us volunteered
with rakes and pails to clean up. We are helping where we can
and appreciate all the prayers that this community has felt!
See you in March!
Ron and Phyllis
Ways You Can Help
St. Peter’s Kitchen Volunteer Opportunity!
We need a full slate of volunteers to help out at St. Peter’s Kitchen
in on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Volunteers leave the church at 9:00
a.m. on the 4th & 5th Wednesdays of the month and return by 2:00 p.m. All
you need to bring is a cap, an apron and a willingness to serve! If you have
any questions feel free to contact Barb Mueller at 624-7977 or barbmueller23@
What’s on my mind…
I found this prayer on Facebook, posted by the Iona Community, and it spoke to me. It is my hope that it will
inspire you as well. One of our pastors responded to the post: “This doesn’t sound very peaceful to me!” What do
A Prayer for the Season of Epiphany
May the peace of the Epiphany God —
the joyful peace of finding,
the enlightening peace of seeing,
the challenging peace of understanding,
the radical peace of following a different route –
energize and encourage you as you travel onwards.”
From “Enter with Joy –a communion liturgy for Epiphany”, from the Iona Community
This New Year let us Enter with Joy, and this active peace that spurs us to
find, see, understand, and follow a different route!
Amy Fowler, Presbytery Leader
Our Wider Community
Honeoye Falls/Mendon Historical Society Meeting
The Thursday, February 1st meeting of the Honeoye Falls/Mendon Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. at the Mendon
Community Center, 167 North Main Street, Honeoye Falls, will feature Christopher (Chris) Bensch. The topic of Chris’
talk will be “Plastics and Progress: Baby Boomer Toys”
In 1989, Christopher Bensch became one of the curators at The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, with
responsibility for a wide array of items such as furniture and cast iron cookware, record albums and televisions, Big Mac
boxes and Halloween costumes. Today, Chris serves as Vice President for Collections with oversight of the museum’s
curatorial, conservation, and library functions and the museum’s more than 400,000 objects, which is the largest, most
comprehensive collection of toys, games, dolls, and video games in the world.
At The Strong, Chris has acted as curator for numerous exhibits including “Reading Adventureland” and “Field
of Play,” the major exhibits that opened in 2006 as part of The Strong’s $37 million expansion that almost doubled the
size of the museum. Most recently he has overseen production of the “Toy Halls of Fame” exhibit that opened in September
2015 and “America at Play” that opened in December 2016.
Chris also serves as the primary spokesperson for the National Toy Hall of Fame which, every November, selects
two or three classic toys deserving that special honor. Representing the Hall of Fame, Chris has hula hooped on
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, recounted the history of Slinky and Silly Putty on the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at
the museum series and appeared live on MSNBC and ABC’s Good Morning America Sunday. He has also taken part in
numerous radio shows including NPR’s Weekend Edition and All Things Considered.
2018 Cards of Care Event at West Bloomfield Congregational Church
A card to keep, a card to share… A simple way to show you care!
Please Join Teresa Chavez in making two hand stamped greeting cards…one for you to keep and one to
share with our veterans at the Canandaigua VA. All materials and instruction will be provided free of charge. Light
refreshments and give-a-ways included! No experience necessary. Saturday February 10th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
at West Bloomfield Congregational Church, 9035 Route 5&20, W. Bloomfield. Facility is wheelchair accessible.
Please call 585-624-1313 for more information, or check our Facebook page, “West Bloomfield UCC”
Pampered Chef Party
West Bloomfield Congregational Church is so excited to host a Pampered Chef party starring the famous Calamari
Sisters! The Calamari Sisters always bring fun, laughter, and craziness with them so we’re sure that you are
going to have the time of your lives! This is an actual Pampered Chef Party, so come prepared to see product
demonstrations and hopefully order fabulous items! Sunday February 11th at 12:30 p.m. This event is FREE and
open to the public, so invite a friend and be prepared to get cookin’ like a Calamari! West Bloomfield Congregational
Church is wheelchair accessible. Please call 585-624-1313 for more information, or check out our facebook page at
“West Bloomfield UCC”. This event is for adults only. There will be daycare available onsite during the event.
Annual Chili & Soup Cook-Off AND Spices Collection Drive
West Bloomfield Congregational Church will hold its Annual Chili & Soup Cook-off Event on Saturday, February
24th at 6:30 p.m. Come on out for a delicious chili and soup dinner with salad, rolls and dessert, and entertainment
by our talented youth band and others! Your FREE WILL offering is greatly appreciated and will go toward
WBUCC missions and operations. Dinner will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dessert and coffee will be served at
7:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 7:15 p.m. West Bloomfield Congregational Church is located at 9035 Route 5&20,
W. Bloomfield. It is wheelchair accessible. Please call 585-624-1313 for more information, or check out our facebook
page “West Bloomfield UCC”.
Do you have a winning recipe? Enter your soup or chili for $5. PRIZES for best soup and best chili voted by
attendees. Contact Sarah Williams to enter your soup or chili at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WBUCC Youth Group kids will also be collecting SPICES for the Cameron Ministries Food Pantry and
the Food Pantry of Honeoye.
The Season of Lent:
from the PC(U.S.A.) page about Lent
The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and self-examination in preparation for the celebration
of the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. It is a period of 40 days — like the flood of Genesis,
Moses’ sojourn at Mount Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call to Ninevah to repent
and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. (The Sundays in Lent are not counted in this reckoning
of the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection
of Jesus Christ.)
In the early church, Lent was a time of preparation for the celebration of baptism at the Easter Vigil.
In many communities of faith it remains a time to equip and nurture candidates for baptism and confirmation
and to reflect deeply on the theme of baptismal discipleship.
The Paschal mystery
An excerpt from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship (Geneva Press, 2003 110-111)
What we hear during Lent is the power and possibility of the paschal mystery, and that the way of
the cross, the way to Easter, is through death. To appropriate the new life that is beyond the power
of death means we must die with Christ who was raised for us. To live for Christ, we must die with
him. New life requires a daily surrendering of the old life, letting go of the present order, so that we
may embrace the new humanity. “I die every day!” asserts Paul (1 Corinthians 15:31). Resurrection
necessitates death as a preceding act. The church’s peculiar Lenten claim is that in dying we live,
that all who are baptized into Christ are baptized into his death. To be raised with Christ means one
must also die with Christ. In order to embrace the resurrection, we must experience the passion of
Jesus. The way of the cross, the way to Easter, is through death of the “old self.” In dying, we live.
Therefore, at the beginning of Lent, we are reminded that our possessions, our rulers, our empires,
our projects, our families and even our lives do not last forever. “You are dust, and to dust you shall
return” (Genesis 3:19). The liturgies throughout Lent try to pry loose our fingers, one by one, from
presumed securities and plunge us into unknown baptismal waters, waters that turn out to be not
only our death tomb but surprisingly our womb of life. Rather than falling back into nothingness, we
fall back on everlasting arms. Death? How can we fear what we have already undergone in baptism?
It is the power of the resurrection on the horizon ahead that draws us into repentance toward the
cross and tomb. Through the intervention of God’s gracious resurrection, lifelong changes in our
values and behavior become possible. By turning from the end of the “old self” in us, Lenten repentance
makes it possible for us to affirm joyfully, “Death is no more!” and to aim toward the landscape
of the new age. Faithfully adhering to the Lenten journey of “prayer, fasting and almsgiving” leads
to the destination of Easter.
During the final week, Holy Week, we hear the fullness of Christ’s passion, his death, and resurrection.
From Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and on to the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good
Friday and Holy Saturday), all of Holy Week focuses on the passion. As his followers, we travel
Christ’s path of servanthood through the Lord’s Supper and the suffering of the cross toward the
glory of Easter, all of which underscores the inseparable link between the death and resurrection of
For links to more resources, including a downloadable list of scripture readings, visit the Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.) Mission Agency website section on Worship and the Christian Year about Lent at
To read each day’s scripture lessons, go to www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/daily/ or sign up for a
daily email, go to http://info.pcusa.org/h/i/763938037951FD94
Join a Team!
Our teams/committees have dwindled in size over time, and you are invited to look over the team descriptions and decide how you would like to serve Christ within your church. There will be sign-up sheets on the session bulletin board in the hallway where you can indicate your interest. Descriptions of the teams are as follows:
Christian Education Team – Oversees adult, youth, and children’s educational ministries in partnership with the Christian Education Director(s). Oversees Senior High and Middle School Youth groups. Meets monthly.
Worship and Music Team – Oversees the worship and music ministry in partnership with the pastor and music leaders. Special worship services, seasonal worship services (Christmas, Easter…), ushers/greeters, lay readers, and candle lighters are among the responsibilities of the team. Meets Monthly.
Finance and Stewardship Team – Oversees the church finances in partnership with the session, the treasurer, assistant treasurer and the financial secretary. Prepares the annual budget, conducts the annual stewardship campaign, arranges for the annual financial review. Meetings are called as determined by the team.
Mission Team – Provides guidance and encouragement for the missions of the congregation. Advocates for special offerings (One Great Hour of Sharing, Christmas Joy Offering, Peace and Global Witness Offering). Oversees and develops the mission portion of the annual budget. Meetings are called as determined by the team.
Fellowship Team – Provides for the fellowship life of the congregation (special events, congregational dinners). Provides for orientation of new members, welcomes guests in worship and provides information about the life of the church, and encourages continued involvement of members. Does an annual review of the membership list. Makes
arrangements for church pictorial directories. Meets monthly.
Personnel Team (Currently Serving Elder is Chair) – The personnel team serves as a support for the church staff and is the go-to team for any concerns. Develops job descriptions, fills positions with assistance from session, works in conjunction with session on annual raises and healthcare options. Does annual reviews for all staff.
Building and Grounds Team – Provides for the upkeep and repair of the buildings and grounds. Organizes work crews (landscaping, painting, gutter cleaning, power washing, repairs, snow shoveling …) and follows a checklist for regular maintenance including heating and air conditioning. Does an annual walk-through of the buildings. Meets
Nominating Team (Currently Serving Elder is Chair) – Prepares the nominations for church officers (elders and deacons). The team also secures nominations to fill any unexpired terms, due to resignations, moves, or inability to continue serving. The Book of Order specifies that the chair be a currently serving elder. Other members of the team are: a representative of the deacons, and two at-large members of the congregation. Meetings are called and generally occur in the fall.
Scholarship Team – Invites active senior students to fill out a scholarship application in the spring. Makes decisions on scholarship awards and continuation of scholarships based on preset criteria including college grade point average. Encourages the congregation to contribute to the Scholarship Fund in support of our youth.
The session wishes all a Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year!
Clerk of Session
Guide Dog Etiquette
We have two guide dogs in our sanctuary most Sundays and at church events. You will also see them around Honeoye Falls. So that they may do their work and look out for the safety of Morgan and Shawn, please note the following guidelines.
Guide dogs are the guiding eyes for people who are blind or visually impaired, and they are specially bred and trained for this most important job. There are several guidelines people must follow when in the presence of a guide dog to allow for the safety of the dog and its handler. Disregarding these guidelines can distract the dog, which can create a dangerous situation for the dog and its handler.
- Please don’t touch, talk, feed or otherwise distract the dog while he is wearing his harness. You should allow the dog to concentrate and perform for the safety of his handler.
- Don’t treat the dog as a pet; give him the respect of a working dog.
- Speak to the handler, not the dog. Some handlers will allow petting, but be sure to ask before doing so. If allowed, don’t pat the dog on the head, stroke the dog on the shoulder area.
- You should not give the dog commands; allow the handler to do so.
- Guide dogs team have the right of way.
- Don’t try to take control in situations unfamiliar to the dog or handler, but please assist the handler upon their request.
- When walking with a guide dog team, you should not walk on the dog’s left side, as it may become distracted or confused. Ask the handler where you should walk. Depending on the situation, they may ask you to walk ahead of them on their right side, or behind them by their right shoulder.
- Never attempt to grab or steer the person while the dog is guiding or attempt to hold the dog’s harness. You should ask if the handler needs your assistance and, if so, offer your left arm.
- Try not to be over-protective or overbearing when the graduate first arrives home with the new dog. Be thoughtful, patient, and try to inspire confidence in the handler. In time, you will admire the expertise of the team.
- Don’t expect too much too soon, remember, the dog is young and that complete harmony and confidence takes patience, perseverance and time.
- Never give the dog table scraps. You should respect the handler’s need to give the dog a balanced diet, and to maintain its good habits.
- Don’t allow anyone to tease or abuse the dog, allow it to rest undisturbed.
- Make sure not to allow your pets to challenge or intimidate a guide dog. You should allow them to meet on neutral ground when all parties can be carefully supervised.
- A guide dog should not jump on furniture or go in areas of a home not mutually agreed upon by the family or handler. You can ask the handler to correct any errant behavior or trespassing.
- Never let the dog out of the house unsupervised.
From Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc.