THE EPISTLE

Volume 13 Issue 2 FEBUARY 28, 2008

Spaghetti Dinner on March 30 at Church
There will be a spaghetti dinner at the church on March 30 to benefit the youth mission trip. There will be two seatings- one at 5pm and one at 6:30pm. A silent auction will also take place. Our youth will be selling tickets in church during the month of March. Our junior and senior high youth will be traveling to Ohio in July to repair and rebuild homes for low income families through Reach work camp. All proceeds from the dinner and auction will reduce the cost of the trip for the participants.

March 30 at Church
5:00 First seating 6:30 Second seating Silent Auction

THE WORSHIP PAGE March 2, 9, 16, 21, 23, 2008
Sunday Worship at 9:30 AM Fellowship Time and Christian Education follow

March 2 Fourth Sunday in Lent

Holy Communion I Samuel 16:1-13 John 9:1-41 “Through Darkness to Light” Ezekiel 37:1-14 John 11:1-45 ”From Death to Life”

March 9 Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 16 Palm Sunday Sunday of the Passion March 20: Maundy Thursday

Blessing of the Palms “Requiem” Gabriel Faure 7:30 PM Service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae Noon “Way of the Cross” Beginning here 7:30 PM Service of Prayer Holy Communion Acts 10:34-43 Colossians 3:1-4 Matthew 28:1-10 “Fear and Great Joy”

March 21: Good Friday

March 23 Easter Day Resurrection of our Lord

First Congregational United Church of Christ 26 East Church Street Fairport NY 14450

I’m writing this on the day after we got back from being away for a few days. It was a wonderful few days at Trinity House at Silver Bay on Lake George. Many of you know about Silver Bay, a conference center and summer retreat for over a hundred years. Brookside...

Pastoral Perspective

...and Trinity are “get away places” for clergy and families to spend some down time in the midst of busy ministries. I had not heard about this until I saw a small ad in The Christian Century a few months ago. I knew that I needed a few days to decompress and do nothing. We left on Sunday after worship and got there about 5:00 pm. There is no schedule except meal time and no one tells you what you have to do. I read and rested and slept and Jean did needlework and read. We took a couple of walks and chatted with others at meal time. That was it. All of us need such times in our lives. We are so accustomed to “doing” rather than “being” that sometimes it is difficult to get out of that way of thinking. Some people have a hard time being alone; alone with themselves and alone with God. They become agitated unless there is activity surrounding them. This is a sign of spiritual trouble and needed to be remedied. One of the ways of doing this is to take time for doing nothing. It may seem hard to do and no doubt it is difficult, but it is necessary. When this doesn’t happen, then our spiritual lives become dry and unproductive and this flows over into our day to day lives, also. No matter who we are or what we do or our age, this “down time” is important not only spiritually, but also physically. In our small groups this Lent, we are taking a look at spiritual disciplines. John Ortberg talks about “hurry sickness”. We all know about it, and all of us are affected one way or another by it. Now is a good time to take stock of our lives and to make efforts to root out that “hurry sickness”. We have all kinds of reasons, or excuses why we can’t do it, but if we are honest with ourselves, we know that that excuses is just what they are. We can do it. It takes small steps but it can happen and when it does happen, then our lives are richer and more connected to the God who is the source and the goal of our lives. I’d love to chat with you about this. Faithfully yours,

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New Adult Ed. Class Celebrating & Sustaining God’s Good Earth
What, if any, responsibilities do we have as Christians to sustain God’s good earth? How do we celebrate God’s creation? What difference can one individual really make? Where do we even begin? These questions and more will be explored during adult education beginning on Sunday, March 2. Led by Sondra Franzen, this 4-part class will be held on March 2, 9, 16 and 30, following the worship service in the Snow Room. Join us!

THANK YOU TO ALL
Thank you for the many sympathy cards and prayers. The support of our church family has given me strength. The tragedy of the loss of my grandson, Andrew is a sadness that will linger in the hearts of so many people, especially the students of Penfield High School. It is with my deepest appreciation to everyone for all the prayers that have been said for Andrew, myself and my family. Flo Kraai

Our Christian sympathy is extended to Debbie Cutter and her family on the recent death of her father, Donald Cutter. He resided in Florida.

REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS: Martha Bowman, St. John’s Home Barbara Cobb, Fairport Baptist Home Louise Deller, Aaron Manor Geraldine Stearns, Perinton Manor

TOOL RAFFLE
The Trustees are holding a tool raffle to raise some of the money needed to offset the fact that the Antique Show has been canceled. The intention is to raise the money outside of the church and not present the congregation with another donation request. However, if any church member is interested in purchasing a $10.00 ticket to win four DeWalt cordess tools (with case battery & charger), they can contact Pastor Cedarleaf or any trustee. 200 tickets will be sold.

WELCOME TO THE NEW ARRIVAL!
Congratulations to Matthew and Jennifer Funderburk on the arrival of their daughter, Mia Elizabeth, born on January 29, 2008. She is also the granddaughter of Nancy and Kit Funderburk.

THE GVA SPIRITUAL LIFE COMMITTEE INVITES YOU TO:

COME AND SEE

CONGRATULATIONS!
Congratulations to Marshall Strong. He received his Boy Scout Eagle Award at a Court of Honor on Feb. 6, 2008. For his Eagle Project, Marshall constructed a 70 foot boardwalk on Wild Iris Trail in Penfield; a DEC protected wetland owned by the Genesee Land Trust. He began planning the project in May, 2006 and construction was completed in August, 2007. A combination of thirty-six adults, Scouts and friends helped him with his project. It took 254.5 hours to complete!

THANK YOU!
Our appreciation and thanks for the celebration of our 90th birthdays at the coffee hour on December 9th. The decorated cakes were much enjoyed, but even more were the good wishes of the members of our church family. Our sincere thanks for a truly memorable occasion. John and Winifred Smith

What? A retreat to help you nourish your spiritual life When? Friday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. Where? St Charles Borromeo Retreat Center, 3011 Dewey Ave, Rochester Who? Clergy and laity from the GVA Leader? Margy Mayk, an experienced leader of spiritual retreats and a founder of Step by Step, a program for women who are or have been incarcerated Cost? $50 per person includes accommodations and three meals Bring your own linens Save the Date! More information and registration forms coming later. Questions? Email Emily Castner: emscastner@yahoo.com or Bob Miller: rmille1@rochester.rr.com

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MARCH 20, 2008

SAFE JOURNEY
Safe Journey, a not-for-profit agency supporting women and children in the greater Rochester area who are rebuilding their lives after surviving domestic violence, is proud to announce sponsorship of four (4) free community events that highlight the challenges of domestic violence and support the healing process for former victims: * See the Faces, Hear the Facts: Domestic Violence Community Workshop Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 7:00pm – 8:30pm Everyone is welcome to attend. Call 585.425.1580 to register and obtain location details. Support Group for Survivors of Domestic Violence, 5-weeks Begins Sunday, March 2, 2008 Participation for female survivors of domestic violence only, subject to pre-qualification. Call 585.425.1580 Self-Defense Course for Survivors of Domestic Violence, 4-weeks Begins Saturday, April 12, 2008 Participation for female survivors of domestic violence only, subject to pre-qualification. Call 585.425.1580 * Legal Aid Society Presents: Family Law Issues Community Workshop April 2, 2008, 7:00-8:30pm Everyone is welcome to attend Call 585.425.1580 to register and obtain location details. * *

All programs are free. Transportation assistance and childcare will be available as needed for participants in the Support Group and Self-Defense Course. An interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be provided for any event upon request. See the Faces, Hear the Facts: Domestic Violence Community Workshop is an original Safe Journey production designed to raise community awareness of domestic violence. Anyone interested in learning more about the challenges of domestic violence is welcome to attend. Advance registration is required. Advance registration is required For more information about Safe Journey call 585.425.1580 or go to www.safejourney.org <http://www.safejourney.org/> .

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MARCH 20, 2008

GoodSearch.com, GoodShop.com
What if the New York Conference United Church of Christ earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can! GoodSearch.com is a new Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up! GoodShop.com is a new online shopping mall which donates up to 37 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause! Hundreds of great stores including Target, Gap, Best Buy, eBay, Macy's and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you’ll be supporting your favorite cause. Just go to www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter the New York Conference United Church of Christ as the charity you want to support. And, be sure to spread the word!

ADVENT HOUSE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
ADVENT HOUSE is currently in high need of volunteers to help with caregiving, housekeeping and fundraising. Advent House is volunteer staffed and donation funded; therefore, our community’s support is crucial to continuing our ministry. Have you thought about helping out at Advent House? Please call Carolyn Ruffing, Volunteer Coordinator, at 223-6112 for more information. If you want to speak to folks from our church who volunteer at Advent House, contact Harriet Breckenridge, Paul Yerrick, Betty Shamblen, Sally Forgensi, Freda Sheldon, Jim Weidman or Jim Bradford

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
On March 16, donations will be received for One Great Hour of Sharing. This has been a great tradition in our Church for five decades. Once a year our denomination al0ong with eight other denominations collects money for use among the poor and needy world wide. This has been one of the main ways our Church has been able to reach out with God’s mission beyond our local community. Funds collected are used in 80 nations in three general areas: sustaining communities, disaster relief, and for refugees. Sixty percent of the funds are used for sustaining communities which involves fighting hunger, disease, illiteracy with healthcare, education, and agricultural development. UCC alone raises $3 million annually through One Great Hour of Sharing. Please help sustain this wonderful tradition with a generous gift. Checks should be made out to First Congregational Church with a designation OGHS. They can be placed in the offering pates or mailed to the Church. Thank you for your support.

MORNING CIRCLE
Morning Circle will meet on March 11 at 10 AM in Fellowship Hall. Our speaker will be Suzanne Feather from Preferred Cared. Topic: “Life is a Ball”.

The second Pot Luck - Just For Fun is set for Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 5:00 PM. The first one was a lot of fun, so be sure to join in for a time of good company and great food! Sign-ups are on the rolling bulletin board in Fellowship Hall just so we know how many tables and chairs to set up). Bring your own service and a dish to pass - and a big appetite.

2007 PLEDGE STATEMENTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN FH.
They are in a box on top of the return cart in the library area. Please pick up your statement today. If anyone is not able to get into church to pick up their statement, call the church office and it will be mailed to you. 223-0224.

Family News
30 Hour Famine

ROTATION STUDIES: Learn About the Prophets Elijah and Elisha, Holy Week and Best of All, Easter!
Through our drama, storytelling, art and movie classrooms, our preschoolers and elementary school students will learn about the great prophets Elijah and Elisha in February, as well as the events of Holy Week – from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Our children will learn of the prophets’ compassionate acts. And, they will learn of the most compassionate act of all – Jesus’ death and resurrection.

The 30 Hour Famine will be taking place on Feb. 29 – March 1. All funds raised at church and through the efforts of the eleven participating youth will be donated to World Vision. Thank you for your on-going support!

FAIRPORT VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL SAVE THE DATE!!
Fairport Community Vacation Bible School is a fun-filled week of music, games, crafts and growing in God’s love! Children from age 3 to entering 7th grade are welcome to come spend five action packed mornings in GOD’S BIG BACKYARD! Teen and adult volunteers are always needed and appreciated! We have a job for everyone! This year, FCVBS will held from August 4 through August 8. Look for registration and volunteer forms at your church or the Fairport Public Library starting in April. Contact Heather Moore with any questions (585) 259-0122. Let’s get excited!

Junior High and Confirmation Class To Study

The Lord’s Prayer
Our REALtime junior high and confirmation class will continue with their 10 week study of the Lord’s Prayer. They will study the prayer itself, the context in which Jesus gave it to us, and its impact on our lives today.

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Family Movie Night on March 15 to Feature “The Bee Movie”
Preschoolers, elementary students and their families are invited to a family movie night on Saturday, March 15 from 7 – 9 p.m. in Upper Fellowship Hall featuring the newly released hit, “The Bee Movie.” Children are welcome to wear their PJs. Snacks will be provided. Sign up on the rolling bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or call the church office (223-0224). Bring a friend!

Children Invited To Participate In Palm Sunday Processional and Easter’s Living Cross Creation
On Palm Sunday, March 16, all preschool and elementary students are invited to gather in Fellowship Hall at 9:15 a.m. to receive their palm and line up for the Palm Sunday processional. We’ll march into the sanctuary, following the choir, as we wave our palms and shout, “Hosanna” to welcome Jesus to Jerusalem. After the processional, children will sit with their families. During the Easter Sunday worship service on March 23, all church school students are invited to help transform our wooden cross into a “living cross” decorated with lots of beautiful flowers. This transformation symbolizes the new life we are all granted through Jesus’ death and resurrection. While nursery will be offered for our youngest children, there will be no Children’s Chapel on this day. Instead, all children will be given a special Easter goody bag as they enter the sanctuary. They can enjoy looking through the contents of this bag, as they worship and celebrate with us on this special day.

JYF & SYF

Senior High To Examine Music Choices and Their Faith
The Senior High class will begin a new study examining music choices and how they align with our faith. During the classes, students will be encouraged to think about what they choose tlisten to versus simply being “unconscious consumers.”

Confirmation Class to Host Seder For Class Project
On Palm Sunday, March 16, the confirmation class will host a Seder supper for their families as their class project. It is customary for Jewish people to celebrate Passover with a Seder meal. Passover is the Jewish holiday commemorating and celebrating the redemption of the Jewish people from slavery to freedom. It is believed that Jesus’ last supper with his disciples was a Passover meal. The Jews celebrate Passover to remember how God freed them from slavery. Our confirmation class students and their families will celebrate Passover to remember how Jesus’ incredible love for us has freed us from sin and death. During the Seder meal, our students will recount the Passover story as they lead family members in prayer and thanksgiving and explain the rich symbolism associated with a Seder supper.

ANNUAL HEALTH CARE SCHOLARSHIP
t. John’s Home offers a $1,000 Scholarship to a high school senior who will be attending a 2year or 4-year college or university to pursue a degree in a health-related field. See the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall for details. Additional copies of the application can be found on the literature table in Fellowship Hall.

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MARCH 20, 2008

JYF & SYF

Come, Walk The Way of the Cross on Good Friday
All JYF and SYF members are invited to join with other members of the community at our church on Friday, March 21 at noon to walk The Way of the Cross. Carrying a large wooden cross, we will walk to various locations in the village, pausing to remember and reflect upon various events of Holy Week culminating with Jesus being laid in the tomb. Please dress for the weather!!! We’ll return to the church at approximately 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Kelly Weidman at 223-0224 or 223-8978.

Games Night Scheduled For March 28
All 6th – 12th graders are invited to attend a Games Night at a local park shelter on Friday night, March 28, beginning at 7 p.m. Watch the youth group bulletin board for more details!

Senior High To Join the 30 Hour Famine and Help Starve Hunger!
Our Senior High youth will be joining over a hundred other eastside youth in the 30 Hour Famine on Feb. 29 – Mar. 1. The money they raise will be used for hunger relief both here in the United States and around the world. Please keep them in your prayers.

World Hunger, Poverty & Famine: How They Fit Together
• • • 852 million people across the world are hungry. In essence, hunger is the most extreme form of poverty, where individuals or families cannot afford to meet their most basic need for food. Hunger manifests itself in many ways other than starvation and famine. Most poor people who battle hunger deal with chronic undernourishment and vitamin or mineral deficiencies, which result in stunted growth, weakness and heightened susceptibility to illness. Countries in which a large portion of the population battles hunger daily are usually poor and often lack the social safety nets we enjoy, such as soup kitchens, food stamps, and job training programs. When a family that lives in a poor country cannot grow enough food or earn enough money to buy food, there is nowhere to turn for help.

The Epistle is printed once a month By the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 26 East Church St., Fairport, New York 14450 Office Phone: 585-223-0224 Fax: 585- 223-4264 Pastor’s Phone 585-223-8172 E-mail: church1@choicemail.com Webpage: fairportucc.org Office Hours: M-F 9:00-3:30 Church Service 9:30AM Sunday School: 10:50AM Pastor: Rev. Dr. John Cedarleaf Christian Ed. & Family Ministries: Kelly Weidman & Karen Hamill Admin. Asst: Cathy Kinton Church Moderator: Hank Ralston Organist: Beatrice Benedict Choir Director: James C. Jefferis Business Administrator: Sue Brooks Epistle Editor: Bill Lindsay Wedding Coordinator: Sue Bickel

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