Adult Bible Study

Adult Bible Study is reading The Revelation of John along with William Barclay’s commentary.
In June we will either finish the book together or on our own during the summer. In
chapter 20, there is the final judgement based on what was written in the book of deeds and the
book of life. In chapter 21, there is a new heaven and a new earth and Jerusalem is restored as a
shining city. Finally, in chapter 22 John enters the new city of Jerusalem which is pulsing with
light, and the angel shows him the Water-of-Life River flowing down the middle of the street and
the Tree-of-Life planted on each side of the river. God’s servants will serve him and “they will
need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light.” Adult Bible Study meets at
9:15 on Sunday mornings in the library. If you have questions, call Martha Kumler at 624-
4463 or e-mail

Findly Circle News

Findlay Circle Visits Sonnenberg!
Findlay Circle members and friends visited Sonnenberg Gardens on Thursday, May 11th for a tour. Many
chose to have lunch there before the tour at the on-site café.

Findlay Circle Picnic
Findlay Circle will be meeting for its year-end picnic at the home of Sandy Tuller on Seneca Lake on Thursday,
June 8th at noon. Those wishing to carpool may meet at the church at 10:45 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring a dish
to pass. Sandy will provide the chicken and beverages. RSVPs are requested by Monday, June 5th by calling Sandy’s
cell, 402-8811, and letting her know what you plan to bring. All women of the church are invited to attend!

FREE Community Meal

On Sunday, June 25, 2017
4:00-5:00 p.m., in Guild Hall
If you’re interested in hosting this meal, contact
Terry Kosciol at 624-7667 or
Once a month, First Presbyterian Church of Honeoye Falls, 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!

Rummage Sale in June!

A Rummage Sale is being planned by Donna Hickling and Karen Schiedel for June 8th, 9th & 10th. Sale Hours will be:
Thursday, June 8th 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 9th 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 10th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. BAG SALE DAY!
This is a great time to do some sorting and cleaning-out to provide items that will generate funds to benefit the church.
It is also a wonderful opportunity to get to know fellow church members better as you work together preparing for the
We’ll be receiving items on the days and times shown below.
Donation Drop-Off Times:
Saturday, June 3rd 10:00 a.m. –a 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 4th 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (Before church for church members)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (After church for church members)
Monday, June 5th 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. **room set-up will be done also**
Tuesday, June 6th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 8th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. **SALE BEGINS AT 5:00 P.M.**
Items not being accepted: Electronics (computers, TVs), large furniture pieces, small appliances, stuffed
animals & infant and children’s car safety seats. **if you do have furniture pieces, please contact Karen Schiedel**
Jewelry and Christmas items will be accepted for TEAZAAR in December. We can store items until
Worker Sign-Ups are up in on the bulletin board in the main hallway. Two evening work nights (set-up night
and first sale night) are available for those who cannot help during the day. Please make it a priority to give some
time to make this event a success!

Mission Blessings & Opportunities

Thank you to EVERYONE who helped with donations, time, delivery, packing and support for the Spring
Cleaning effort. We were able to send 6 Emergency Clean-Up Buckets to Church World Services; I know how important
those can be after the second time our basement flooded after the heavy rains we had in April. We sent three
overflowing boxes of paper goods to Cameron Community Ministries, St. Peter’s Kitchen and the FISH Food Closet.
The One Great Hour of Sharing fish boxes were wonderful and joyful, and resulted in our sending an additional $150
for One Great Hour of Sharing. We are God’s caring community, and it shows through our faith and our actions.
We will, for the first time in a long time, receive offerings for the Presbyterian Pentecost Offering on Pentecost
Sunday, June 4th. As we’ve said in our meetings, helping youth and young families is important to the life of this
church. The Presbyterian Pentecost Offering does just that “This Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) church-wide offering
serves youth, young adults and at-risk children. Congregations retain 40% of the Offering for local causes (in our
case, the GED program which we help support every year), while 60% is sent to the national church to support Young
Adult Volunteers (25%), ministries with youth (25%), and work on behalf of children at-risk (10%).” Our church usually
provides meeting space in the Manse for the GED program and at least $100.00 in funding. We need at least 25 people
giving $10 each to meet that commitment. I know we can do that, and I hope we can do more! Please plan to give
generously. There will be offering envelopes in the bulletin on Pentecost Sunday.
FPCHF will be holding a Rummage Sale from Thursday, June 8th through Saturday, June 10th, and 1/3 of
the proceeds from that sale are slated to fund our church’s other missions: Benincasa, the FISH Food Closet, Cameron
Community Ministries, Camp Whitman and Willow (formerly Alternatives for Battered Women). Please support our
Rummage Sale any way you can: clean out your closets, basements and attics (our old ping pong table is full) and
volunteer you time. Sign-up sheets for volunteers are up on the bulletin board in the main hallway. Thank you!
Donna Hickling, on behalf of the Mission Team

Worship and Communion at Pinehurst:
Monday, June 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 Pat Smith will assist; Deacon Anne Erway will serve communion and pianist Sue Belcher 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, June 11th and/or June 18th.

Sharing Day!  Sunday, June 11th

It’s that time of year again! The children and youth of
Sunday School are excited to host Sharing Day Sunday!
They will display their many talents, honor their
Sunday School teachers, receive Bibles, perform a
puppet show, lead the congregation in song, and celebrate
the end of the Sunday School year with a fellowship
picnic following worship! We sincerely hope that
you will join us!
Mindi Lewis,
Christian Education Director

Keeping In Touch

Bob and I cannot thank you enough for brightening our day when we get the email with the newsletter attached.
We cannot believe it has been five and a half years since we moved. So many things have changed for you,
the congregation; but knowing you as well as we do, you handle it all with grace, faith and determination.
First Pres. has always been filled with the Holy Spirit, and it continues to sustain and grow you all. Bob and I
cannot believe how the children of the congregation have grown up these past five years. Those graduating from college
shouldn’t be out of high school yet; those being confirmed should be only 5 or 6 now. I guess we forgot to tell all
of you to stay the same as you were when we left.
You are always in our thoughts and prayers; what a blessing you continue to be for us from afar. We are thinking
of the PNC as they work for the church’s future. It is a hard job but God will see you through.
Blessings to you,
Bob and Carolyn Towers

Are there any Philatelists out there?
Church member, Karl Semmel, has a stamp collection that he’d like to pass along to an interested youth or
adult. Interested? Call Karl at 424-2833

Congratulations Mindi Lewis!
Member and Christian Education Director, Mindi Lewis, graduated from Finger Lakes Community College with
a degree in Registered Nursing on Saturday, May 20th! She accomplished this while attending school part time for
one year while still working for the HF-L Central School District and then attending school full time for the past two
years while working three jobs! She plans to sit for her licensing exam in June, and she’s already accepted a job as a
RN at one of the area hospitals where she will begin working after the birth of her son. She is very appreciative for
everyone’s love, prayers and support!

“Thank Yous”

Dear Friends,
On behalf of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, thank you for your recent gift to the Christmas Joy Offering.
We are tremendously grateful for your commitment in caring for leaders of the church and their families. Your gift enables
students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges and achieve both an education and
leadership development skills. It also helps church workers cover life’s unexpected financial needs through the Assistance
Program of the Board of Pensions. Gifts to all of our Special Offerings represent Presbyterians from all over
the United States joining together with a common purpose –sharing Christ’s love.
We invite you to learn more about how your gifts to each of the Special Offerings are used, and how they are
directly affecting the lives of others, by visiting our website ( or by following
us on Facebook (
I look forward to our continued communication and partnership in the future.
With sincere gratitude,
Bryce Wiebe
Director, Special Offerings
Presbyterian Mission Agency
4/24/2017 Christmas Joy Offering $737

12 The Board of Deacons hosted a Senior Spring Luncheon on Saturday, May 6th for a new lowered guesstimated age group of 70+. In addition to
church members and friends, the Deacons extended the invitation to some Totiakton Manor residents like Marie.
With sincere gratitude and appreciation. Thank you very much for inviting me to your Senior Spring Luncheon. I enjoyed
it so much.
Marie Rossi

“For every lesson you’ve prepared, the love of God has been shared.”
It is with our deepest gratitude that we wish to thank all of our incredible Sunday School teachers who have
volunteered their time and talents to demonstrate God’s love to the children and youth of our congregation. There is
no better mission in the church than to lead the next generation with faithfulness, love and kindness.
A very special “thank you” to the following Sunday School teachers:
“…”Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for such belongs the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:16.

Ways You Can Help

Be sure to help out with
the Rummage Sale: Before, During & After!
Worker Sign-Ups are on the bulletin board in the main hallway. Two evening work nights (set-up night and
first sale night) are available for those who cannot help during the day. It takes many hands to pull off a rummage
sale, and both Karen & Donna would greatly appreciate yours being involved! Volunteers are needed to: accept donations;
move tables and chairs out of Guild Hall; set-up tables and racks in Guild Hall; sort through, arrange and
price donations for sale; wait on customers & answer questions; check-out, bag items & collect money. And after it’s
all over, volunteers are needed to clean-up which involves: packing items for pick-up by the Salvation Army/Good
Will, etc.; returning tables & chairs to where they belong and generally making Guild Hall appear as if nothing happened
in it for the past week.
It’s important to remember too that proceeds from this rummage sale will help out both our church and go
toward church missions. Two thirds will go toward new/repaired main hallway doors, and 1/3 will go toward church
missions: Benincasa, the FISH Food Closet, Cameron Community Ministries, Camp Whitman and Willow (formerly
Alternatives for Battered Women)

Annual Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast

The Annual Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast is fast approaching,
Sunday, June 18th, and once again the Presbyterian Church and the Honeoye
Falls American Legion will be heading up this event. Last year the church
made over $900 on this single event, BUT WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO
There are two shifts: one from 6:30 to 9:00 a.m. and another from 9:00
to 11:30 a.m. Please consider signing up for one or both. There will be a signup
sheet in the hallway leading into Guild Hall or you can call Wayne Menz for
more information at 503-4614. Thanks!

Presbyterian Goings-On

What’s on my mind…on my Heart…and in my Prayers!
May is a month of Congratulations! Please join me in congratulating those who are completing their studies!
From Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Masters of Divinity
 Katrina Hebb, serving as pastoral assistant at South PC
 Summer Jeanine Sattora, member of South PC
 Aleka Schmidt, serving the American Baptist Church, with family at Barre Center PC
 Marsha J.Y. Wenhold, member of Lyndonville
Doctor of Ministry
 Rev. Carrie Mitchell, serving First PC, Pittsford, as Assoc. Pastor
From Northeastern Seminary of Roberts Wesleyan University
Doctor of Ministry
 Rev. Robert Spratt, serving Bethany PC as Pastor
In addition congratulations are due to the recipients of two Innovation Grants from our Synod of the Northeast:
 to South Presbyterian Church as it continues to grow its Acts of Faith Model of ministry; and
 to ROC SALT, a developing concept for missional Service And Learning Together to be located in the city of Rochester. ROC
SALT will serve groups coming to Rochester for mission trips, immersed in the work of justice and theological reflection. As it
begins, the ROC SALT team includes leadership and commitments from Gates Pres. Church and Third Pres. Church.
We will look forward to hearing more about these projects in the months to come. We give thanks to God for all this good news!
Grace and peace, Amy Fowler, Presbytery Leader

Roast Pork Family Style Dinner

The Lima Presbyterian Church, corner Routes 5&20 and 15A, will be
holding its Roast Pork Family Style Dinner on Saturday, May 6th from 4:00-
7:00 p.m. Dinner prices are: Adults = $10.00; Children 5-12 = $5.00; Under
5 = FREE; Take-outs = $10.00. The menu includes: roast pork & dressing,
mashed potatoes & gravy, squash, coleslaw, applesauce, roll, beverage and
a wide variety of homemade pies! Come hungry!

A Wider Community

Rummage Sale at East Bloomfield United Methodist Church
E. Bloomfield United Methodist Church, 2 Park Place in Bloomfield,
will hold its annual Rummage Sale on Thursday, June 1st from 9:00 a.m -2:00
p.m.; Friday, June 2nd from 9:00 a.m.-noon and Saturday, June 3rd (Bag Sale
Day) from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Proceeds benefit the ministry of the church.
For more information call 657-7220.

Grace Choir Concerts
Grace Choir (formerly the Mendon Gospel Choir) is pleased to announce its two final concerts of its seventh
season. The choir will present “Shout for Joy!” a program of contemporary gospel music on Friday, June 2nd at 7:30
p.m. at the Park Ridge Free Methodist Church, 10 Straub Road in Rochester. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit
the church’s mission trip to Ireland. Then on Sunday, June 11th at 4:00 p.m., the program will be presented again at
the Rush United Methodist Church, 6200 Rush Lima Road in Rush. The freewill offering at that concert will go to A
Meal & More Soup Kitchen, a food pantry in Rochester. Both programs are free and open to the public. For more
information go to or contact choir director, Lon Beery, at 520-6949.

Rummage Sale and Bake Sale
First Congregational Church, Corner South Ave. & Routes 5 & 2 in Bloomfield, will hold a combination Rummage
Sale & Bake Sale on Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bag Sale takes place from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
All items except clothing and shoes joyfully accepted. Contact Bev at 657-6586.
Honeoye Falls Community Concert Band June Concerts:
 Mendon Fire Dept. Carnival, Saturday, June 3rd, 1:00 p.m., Mendon Firemen’s Pavillion, Mendon, NY
 Father’s Day Concert at Festival on the Green, Sunday, June 18th, 3:00 p.m., Harry Allen Park, Honeoye Falls.
FPCHF member and HFCCB member, Barb Altonberg, is pictured in the center playing her flute.

Honoeye Falls Ecumenical Youth Group News!
The Ecumenical Middle School Youth Group will be holding a scavenger hunt on Sunday, June 4th beginning
at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 11 Episcopal Ave., at 3:00 p.m. All middle-school-age youth are invited to come!
The Honeoye Falls Ecumenical Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) will be holding a planning meeting here at FPCHF
on Tuesday, June 6th at 11:00 a.m. Anyone interested in helping out with this year’s VBC, which will be held here at
FPCHF from Monday, August 7th through Friday, August 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., is invited to attend!

Honeoye Falls Churches Invite Children to Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love Is One-of-a-Kind

St. Paul of the Cross Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Honeoye
Falls United Methodist Church and the First Presbyterian Church
are teaming up for the second annual Vacation Bible Camp. This year’s
ecumenical summer kids’ event is called Weird Animals VBC. It will
take place at First Presbyterian Church, 27 North Main Street, Honeoye
Falls, from Monday, August 7th to Friday, August 11th, 2017.
At Weird Animals, kids will learn about some of God’s most creative
creations! They’ll participate in memorable Bible-learning activities,
sing catchy songs, play teamwork- building games, make and dig into
yummy treats, experience cool Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them they are one of a
kind, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look
for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes with The Tail
End—a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned.
Kids at Weird Animals VBC will join an international mission effort to share God’s love by providing water for
school children in India.

Weird Animals VBC is for kids from kindergarten to fifth grade, and will run from 9 a.m. to 12 noon each
day. Tuition is $10 per child, with a family maximum of $30. Scholarships are available! For more information, call
St. John’s Episcopal Church at 585-624-4074.
For online registration click on this link:

Happenings at E. Bloomfield United Methodist Church! (UMC)
On Wednesday, June 14th E. Bloomfield UMC, 2 Park Place in Bloomfield, will host its monthly Country & Blue
Grass Jam from 3:00-7:00 p.m. All are welcome. The music is free and the meal is only $6.00 and children under 5
eat free. For more information contact:
On Thursday, June 15th E. Bloomfield UMC opens its doors for lunch and a time of fellowship from 11:30 a.m.
to 1:00 p.m. The church is handicapped accessible and free will offerings are accepted.

Camp Whitman

Camp Whitman located on Seneca Lake is supported by mission giving by the Presbyteries of Geneva and
Genesee Valley, PCUSA. Mission funding from both Presbyteries allows campers’ tuition to be subsidized by more
than 50%. The camp is also a member of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association. Each summer
Camp Whitman runs 2 concurrent camp programs: Traditional Camp – a residential summer camp program for school
-age youth between the ages of 6 and 17 and Pine Camp – a residential recreation program for teens and adults between
the ages of 13 and 65 with developmental disabilities. This summer there are 6 Sessions running from early
July through mid-August.
In addition to the camp programs there will be:
A Family Fun Day & Camp Open House on Saturday, May 13th from 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. including a variety of
activities and lunch.
A Volunteer Work Day on Saturday, April 29th from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. including: painting, gardening, tree trimming,
trail maintenance, light construction and cleaning. Lunch, snacks and a small gift will be included for all participants.
A Confirmation Class Opportunity the week July 23rd-28th whereby interested youth explore the basics of discipleship
and membership in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Each day will feature a different focus (Bible, Mission,
Worship, Faith Sharing, Stewardship) and at the end of the week participants will have the opportunity to discuss
with their home church leadership if they would like to be confirmed as a full member of their PCUSA church.
A Mission Trip Base Camp experience the week of August 6-11 at Camp Whitman geared for church youth
groups. Each day youth and chaperones (8:1) will volunteer at an area work site where projects may include
painting, cleaning, gardening etc. Each afternoon they return to Camp Whitman for swimming, games, dinner and
campfire worship time. Groups must provide their own chaperones (1:8) and transportation to work sites.
Camp Whitman 2017 Summer Camp brochures are available on the white bench outside the church office.
For more information about the various offerings at Camp Whitman, call 315-536-7753, email or go online

Nursery Care Volunteers

Nursery Care Volunteers are needed on Sunday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. throughout the Sunday school year. A sign-up sheet is located on the Christian Education bulletin Board in the hallway leading into Guild Hall. Thanks for your consideration in helping out in this important way which gives parents the opportunity to worship this summer.

Sunday School Teachers

Needed of our congregation. If you have taught in the past, or if you have ever considered teaching and are interested please contact Mindi Lewis at or (585)732-1562. Each Sunday we will be looking for someone to cover the nursery, our K-2 classroom and our 3-5 classroom. A sign-up sheet is on the Christian education bulletin board. Thank you in advance! Our Sunday school programs would be unsuccessful if not for the time, effort, dedication and love of our amazing volunteers!

Bell Choir and Choir News

Bell Choir rehearsals are on Sundays 8:30 a.m. in Guild Hall. Anyone interested in giving bell ringing a try and can read music is welcome!
Choir Practice also practices in the Sanctuary at 9:15 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join the choir provided they have some basic ability to read music.

Adult Forum

Adult forum meets on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. from September to June for discussion about current events and how they intersect with our faith journey. December’s programs have alternated between self-directed topics, including “The power of prayer in our lives” and online resources including timely video vignettes like “Chuck Knows Church”.
Consider arriving early on Sundays at 9:00 share fellowship and some lighthearted and thought provoking conversation and of course hot delicious coffee!
John & Dorie Russell
Adult Forum Facilitators

Evening Bible Study Group

Did you know that an evening Adult Bible Study facilitated by Donna Hickling takes place roughly every other Tuesday evening at Pinehurst Senior Living Center at 1000 Pine Trail, Honeoye Falls? It’s true! If you’re interested in participating contact Donna at or 259-3416.Call Donna Hickling at 624-2417 for the next scheduled meeting time.

Food Closet Needs

The F.I.S.H. Combined Communities Food Closet that serves Honeoye Falls, Mendon & West Bloomfield is in need of: juice, tea, coffee, snacks for children (popcorn, crackers, fruit snacks, etc.), tuna, mayo, ketchup, mac & cheese mix, rice, instant potatoes, rice mixes, brownie mix, dish soap & laundry soap.

The food closet gives out food on Wednesday afternoons. If you have an over abundance of any vegetable from your garden please consider donating some to the food closet on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings.
Please call 624-3057 (Sharon Barnes) for more information. THANK YOU !

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!
Martha Kumler
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.