Adult Bible Study
Adult Bible Study is on vacation! We will resume on Rally Day, September
10th, in the library. Enjoy the summer breezes, afternoons in the back yard or on the
lake, and of course some time with your Bible! Have a wonderful summer. We’ll see
you in the pews! If you have questions, call Martha Kumler at 624-4463 or e-mail
Simple Summer Services
Summer services here at First Presbyterian will continue to be conducted in a less formal manner than what is
experienced during our program year. Worship during the month of August will begin at 9:30 a.m. On Sunday, August
13th the Fellowship Team will host an Ice Cream Social following worship, and we’ll enjoy Lemonade on the Lawn on
Sunday, August 27th. Communion scheduled for August 6th and September 3rd will be served by intinction. Also, instead
of formally receiving the offering with ushers passing the offering plates, members and friends will place their
offering as they enter or exit the sanctuary in either of 2 offering plates –one positioned in the center aisle near the narthex
doors and the other near the sanctuary entrance off of the Sunday School hallway.
Ice Cream Social
Sunday, August 13th
following Worship at 10:30 a.m.
Special thanks to the Fellowship Team for
hosting this event!
Worship and Communion at Pinehurst:
Monday, August 14th, 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. A guest preacher will be preaching; Deacon
Carol Hartman 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, August 13th and/or August 20th.
New Keys Available for Sign-Out
The Buildings & Grounds Team of Session had the Church exterior doors, the Manse, the Church Office, and the
Christian Education Office re-keyed. Keys are available for sign-out with a $10 deposit each. Deposits will be refunded
when keys are returned. It is hoped that the required deposit will motivate the return of keys, so that there are plenty of
keys available for everyone to use when they have a valid need for them. Thanks in advance for our cooperation!
Some Hallway Pockets are Over Flowing!
Please take a moment sometime this summer to check your hallway pocket. Some of them are over flowing!
The church uses the hallway pockets as an additional means of communicating with members and friends. It’s a quick
way to keep in touch and in some instances saves the church mailing costs. So don’t forget to take a peek! Thanks.
Please Remember Your Summer Offering!
God’s love is from everlasting to everlasting. So too the church’s ministry continues throughout the year. So
as you come and go from town on vacation or visiting friends and family, please remember to drop off or mail in your
pledged offering during the summer months of July and August, so the church can continue its work. Thanks!
First Presbyterian Church
27 N. Main St., PO Box 568
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
Lemonade on the Lawn
Lemonade will be served on the lawn weather permitting, otherwise in Guild Hall on
Sunday, August 27th following worship at 10:30 a.m. Special thanks to our Board of Deacons
for hosting this event!
To all of you in the congregation, it probably seems like we are taking forever to bring forward a ‘best fit’ candidate.
However, after 18 meetings we are making some good progress. We have narrowed down our original stack
of 26 candidates to two or three that we plan to give further consideration. Additionally, we have just received a second
stack of 25 that we are now reviewing. We are intent on identifying a small number of finalists via initial interviews
through the Zoom media application.
Gary Bertram for Brian Markham, Chair
Pastor Nominating Committee
FREE Community Meal
On Sunday, August 27, 2017—4:00-5:00 p.m. in Guild Hall
Special thanks to Amy Gray and Claire & Adam Santucci and their
friends Liz & Cole Zapata 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!
Think TEAZAAR! Already?
This year will be the 45th TEAZAAR held at our church……Wow!
Here are some things you can do……..yes, even this early!
Watch for really cheap pre-enjoyed Christmas items at garage sales that can be re-sold at the
Teazaar “Treasures of Christmas Past” area for a profit.
Ask friends if they have any pre-enjoyed jewelry to share. Our jewelry area is a popular stop
Watch for ideas for Christmas crafts that you feel would be good sellers. Share those ideas
with Karen Schiedel, Teazzar Coordinator.
Watch for recipes for candies or other treats that can be sold at our Festive Foods area.
Let’s make our 45th TEAZAAR a very special event!
Looking Ahead to September
Sunday, August 20th – September Newsletter Deadline
Sunday, September 3rd –Hymn Sing Sunday with worship at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, September 4th –Labor Day, Church Office Closed
Sunday, September 10th –Rally Day, the start of Sunday School & the church program year!
Wednesday, September 13th –American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2:00-7:00 p.m., Guild Hall
Saturday, September 23rd –Game Night, hosted by the Fellowship Team, 7:00 p.m., Guild Hall
Tuesday, September 26th –FPCHF hosts Presbytery Meeting, including dinner!
Keeping In Touch
Marge Osterling is currently undergoing rehab at the Friendly Home. You may send notes of encouragement
to her at: Friendly Home, 3156 East. Ave., Rochester, NY 14618. She’d enjoy hearing from her church friends!
Earlier this year, members of FPCHF, donated enough items to put together 7 Emergency Clean-up Kits that were shipped to CWS. The “thank
you” below is in response to that donation!
Thank you for giving life to the Church World Service (CWS) Kits program this year! It’s one of our most
hands-on programs, so we value the time and care you put into it this year. Because of congregations like yours, we
now have thousands of kits ready to send to our vulnerable neighbors around the world. What an amazing testimony
to what we can do when we let our generosity overflow.
Your gift allows CWS to respond quickly to unexpected or ongoing crises, and we want to keep you in the loop
on that…so expect a report later this year showing where kits were distributed…
We are so grateful for your work this spring!
Dir. of Congregational Giving
Church World Service
With the excessive rain we’ve been getting this summer, the church has experienced some flooding in the area
of the Creekside Nursery School Room. Member and retired engineer, Tom Schiedel, did a site visit and suggested
some practical and strategic ways of tackling the situation. Roger & Martha Kumler cleaned out the Guild Hall gutters
(Thank them the next time you see them! Do you have any idea how high up those gutters are?), John Russell waged
trench warfare to direct the rain water runoff away from the Creekside Classroom and Martha Bailey fixed the dehumidifier
in the classroom so that it no longer leaks.
Special thanks to Donna Hickling, Jane Jezsu and Diane & Bill Wood who regularly checked the Creekside
Classroom for any flooding over the course of a weekend particularly during thunderstorms. Thanks also to 2 donors
who made donations toward the Building Fund to help defray the costs for more long-term solutions. Thank you one
and all. Your help was greatly appreciated, and thanks to your efforts, the Creekside Classroom to date has been dry!
Ways You Can Help
Special Music Volunteers Needed
Do you enjoy singing or playing an instrument? Would you like to share the musical gifts God has given you
with the members and friends of the congregation this summer during July & August? If so, please sign-up to provide,
Gathering Music, Musical Call to Worship, Special Music or the Postlude on the sign-up sheet on the piano in
the sanctuary or call the church office.
If you include information about your piece(s): title, composer etc., it will be included in the bulletin. We need
special music musicians/vocalists for July 2, 9, 16, 23 and August 6, 13, 20 & 27. Thanks!
Food Closet Summer Food Needs
The F.I.S.H. Combined Communities Food Closet that serves Honeoye Falls, Mendon & West Bloomfield is
especially in need of: snacks for children (popcorn, granola bars, crackers, fruit cups, etc.), mac & cheese, jelly (they
have plenty of peanut butter!) and fruit drinks (not apple). Thanks!
St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen Volunteer Opportunity!
A sign-up sheet has been posted on the Mission Bulletin Board across from the
Kitchen in the hallway leading into Guild Hall for volunteering at St. Peters Kitchen on
Wednesdays, July 26th & August 23rd and 30th. Please consider coming. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Supplies Needed
School Supplies Needed by Sunday, August 20th
School supplies are needed for the kids in Cameron Community Ministries Youth Program along with the families
served in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood. The goal is to have a backpack full of the supplies that each student needs
along with extra supplies for the teachers at School #54. –Jennifer and Cameron Community Ministries Staff
Supply List Including *Items in Highest Demand
*3-ring binders, Crayons, *BACKPACKS , Erasers, *Dry Erase Markers , Highlighters, *Glue Sticks ,
Index Cards, *Hand Sanitizer, Loose Leaf Paper (wide ruled), *Masking Tape , Pencil Cases,
*Scissors , Pencil Sharpeners, *Scotch Tape, Pens & Pencils, *Tab Dividers , Pocket Folders (solid
colors), *Tissues (Full Size Boxes), Post Its, Colored Markers (Washable), Rulers, Colored Pencils ,
Socks (All Sizes), Composition Books, Spiral Notebooks (solid colors, wide ruled).
FPCHF members & friends may leave their Cameron Community Ministries School Supply donations in the
labeled collection box in the Sunday School hallway. Donations will continue to be collected until Sunday, August
20th. They then will be delivered to Cameron Community Ministries no later than Friday, August 25th. Thank
you for helping out with this important ministry!
The Mission Team
A Caregiver Near You Could Use a Break
Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity? Can you spend a couple hours a week with someone
who has mild dementia? If so, a caregiver near you can use a break.
We match you with a family & provide training & support. Fairport, Pittsford, Webster, Brighton, Brockport,
Spencerport, & Greece residents: We need volunteers — especially men! Call us at 585-244-8400 to learn more about
providing respite for a caregiver near you!
September Presbytery Meeting to be held at FPCHF
The role of host church for Presbytery meetings rotates through the member churches of our Presbytery. The last
time First Presbyterian Church of Honeoye Falls (FPCHF) hosted a Presbytery meeting was on September 24th 2013.
It’s our turn again! FPCHF will be hosting the Tuesday, September 26th Presbytery Meeting. The Presbytery
provides full instructions and a site visit to let us know what they need. In August and September volunteers will be
sought to help with set up, parking, welcoming, childcare, the worship service, refreshments and dinner service. So
please be thinking of ways you can help out with this important ministry to pastors and members & staff of other Presbyterian
churches in our Presbytery. FPCHF has the opportunity to demonstrate its amazing hospitality!
New Life Toys
New Life Toys is a business ministry of Parkminster Presbyterian Church, 2710 Chili Ave. It is a seasonal
business open during the Christmas shopping season and relies on Christians to donate toys they no longer need.
The goal is to make donated toys, sports equipment and computer games that are intact or easily fixable affordable so
that low-income parents may have the dignity of buying toys for their children rather than receiving them as charity.
New Life Toys is a used toys store located in a low-income neighborhood on the west side of Rochester that
Train and employ adults in the 14613 zip code neighborhood.
Delight children with affordable toys.
Reduce environmental waste from discarded toys.
Offer part-time work and small business ownership training.
Teach biblical attitudes toward: work, money, self-worth & work relationships.
Offer hope for a new life in Christ, moral formation and the relational support of a mentor.
You may drop off your used toys at Parkminster Presbyterian Church, 2710 Chili Ave. or call for a pickup (247-
2424) between the months of October-December.
A Wider Community
Sticky Lips BBQ
Pinnacle Lutheran Church, 250 Pinnacle Rd., Henrietta, will be holding a Chicken BBQ on Friday, August 4th
from 3:30-7:00 p.m. The BBQ includes: ¼ chicken, pulled pork, Cajun corn, BBQ beans and cornbread. The price is
$11.00 for TAKE OUT ONLY. Pre-Sale tickets available at the church office at 334-1392 or www.Stickylipsbbq.com.
Same day sales will be limited. Proceeds to benefit Pinnacle Lutheran Church Boiler & Roof Fund.
St. Paul of the Cross Church, 31 Monroe St., Honeoye Falls, will hold a Rummage Sale on Friday, August 4th
from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. AND Saturday, August 5th from 9:00 a.m.-noon. Saturday is also BAG SALE DAY! $2.00/
small bag and $5.00/large bag. Items are priced to sell! Come check out all the: clothing, furniture, toys, books,
housewares, small electronics and much more!
Lifespan Educational Offerings Regarding Alzheimer’s During August
Alzheimer’s Education Sessions
Know the Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s
August 9th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Healthy Living for Your Body & Brain
August 22nd, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Expert Presentations – Live Feed by Satellite at Lifespan
Optimizing Your Time with Your Healthcare Provider
Monday, August 28th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
With Elizabeth Santos, M.D., University of Rochester
Reservations are required Call 585-244-8400
Summer Music & Movies in the Park
Once again, Music and Movies in the Park will take place this summer! The music begins at 7:30 p.m., and
movies begin at dusk. Snacks will be available for purchase. This summer’s schedule for the month of August is:
Friday, August 11th –MusicTBD; Movie: Sing
VBS to be Offered in Bloomfield
The E. Bloomfield United Methodist Church, 2 Park Place, will be offering a VBS program titled, “2017 VBS
Maker Fun Factory” where children will build, explore, and discover that they’re made by the ultimate Creator!
The VBS will run from Monday, August 14th – Friday, August 18th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and is FREE for children
ages 4-16. Children will learn how they were created by God and built for a purpose! This amazing adventure
will help kids deepen their faith in a solid foundation of God’s love. Registration is in progress or register the first night
of the program at 6:00 p.m. Registration forms are available from the Church Office. Questions? Call 657-7220.
Dinner and a Movie with Faith-Based Discussion
On Tueday, August 29th from 5:30-8:30 p.m., St. Mark Lutheran Church, 18 Victor-Mendon Rd. (on Route 251
just east of Route 64), invites community members for a pizza and salad dinner followed by a showing of the movie
“Facing the Giants” which will include a faith-based discussion afterwards. A free-will offering will help defray the costs
of food and licensing. Reservations are required. Simply call 624-1766 or e-mail: email@example.com.
In his six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never had a winning season. Even the hope of a new season is squelched when the best
player on his Shiloh Eagles decides to transfer schools. After losing their first three games of the season, the coach discovers a group of fathers are
plotting to have him fired. Combined with pressures at home, Coach Taylor has lost hope in his battle against fear and failure.
However, an unexpected challenge helps him find a purpose bigger than just victories. Daring to trust God to do the impossible, Coach
Taylor and the Eagles discover how faith plays out on the field and off.
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RKKSNVN
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 a.m.to 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 email@example.com 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!
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.