THE EPISTLE

Volume 13 Issue 3 MARCH 27, 2008

MARCH 9, 2008 MEMBERSHIP RECOGNITION SUNDAY
On March 9, five new members joined our congregation. Welcome to: Theodore Avgerinos

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

941 Whitney Road W. is a retired School Administrator. He’s interests are golf, volleyball, cooking, antiques and framing nostalgic images. He is also starting a new handyman business and is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Deborah Cutter 941 Whitney Road W is a legal secretary. She enjoys cards, games, reading and baking. She is joining by letter of transfer from the First Congregational Church, Norwood, MA. Janice Ruesch 60 Clarkes Crossing is a retired nurse. Her interests includes home care, gardening, her cats, Jack and Jill and dog, Jennie. She is transferring her membership from Browncroft Community Church. Jennifer and Dale Worrall 13 Stoneleigh Trail, Victor are transferring their membership from the First Congregational Church in Ithaca, NY. Jennifer grew up in our church. Her maiden name was Lyons. She is presently a stay-at-home mother, but is also an attorney. Dale is also an attorney. Jennifer is interested in swimming and reading. Dale enjoys football and running. They have three children, Alexis (5 yrs), Olivia (3 yrs) and Zachary (5 months).
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THE WORSHIP PAGE March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 2008
Sunday Worship at 9:30 AM Fellowship Time and Christian Education follow

March 30 Second Sunday of Easter

Acts II:14a, 22-32 Psalm 16 I Peter 1:3-9 John 20:19-31 “Second Hand Faith” Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 I Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35 “Strangers in a Strange Land” Acts 2:42-47 Psalm 23 I Peter 2:19-25 John 10:1-10 Guest Preacher: Dr. Tim Dwyer Acts 7:55-60 Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 I Peter 2:2-10 John 14:1-14 “What am I Here For?” Acts 17:22-31 Psalm 66:8-20 I Peter 3:13-22 John 14:15-21 “We’re not Alone”

April 6 Third Sunday of Easter The Eucharist

April 13 Fourth Sunday of Easter “Good Shepherd Sunday”

April 20 Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 27 Sixth Sunday of Easter

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THE WORSHIP PAGE (continued) March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 2008
Sunday Worship at 9:30 AM Fellowship Time and Christian Education follow

May 4 Ascension Sunday The Eucharist

May 11 Pentecost Rite of Confirmation

Acts 1:1-11 Psalm 47 Ephesians 1:15-23 Luke 24:44-53 “Ripples on the Pond” Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b I Corinthians 12:3b-13 John 20:19-23 “Don’t Worry or Don’t Fear”

TAIZE SERVICE APRIL 6
The monthly service of prayer and meditation in the style of Taize will be held on Sunday April 6 at 5:00 PM, directly before the pot luck dinner. This is a time for centering our hearts and minds on Christ. The chants and simple refrains help us come together in a powerful way, joining energies uniting body, mind and spirit. Michele Brooks and Betsey McCrory are planning the service.

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...know that things change and sometimes change is a good thing and sometimes it is not...

Pastoral Perspective

Change is the word this political season. The candidates of both parties promise change in one way or another. Sometimes there are explanations of what that change might be and other times it is more the idea of change itself. All of us know that things change and sometimes change is a good thing and sometimes it is not. The way it is being used in the various campaigns point to the positive aspects of change. Many people see change in negative ways. Things are not the way they used to be and for many that is not a good thing. Sometimes change is even associated with decay, as in the line from the old hymn “Abide with Me.” “Change and decay in all around I see; O thou who changest not, abide with me.” Here the changing order of things is contrasted to the changelessness of God, who abides with us through it all. The season of Easter which began on Easter Day continues on for what the church has called “The Great Fifty Days”, ending with the festival of Pentecost. During that time, we seek to understand and appreciate the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If the resurrection is nothing else, it certainly is change. H e who was dead is alive and nothing will ever be the same. Steve Savides, the pastor of the First Congregational Church in Appleton Wisconsin, where Jane Weeden, our former associate is on the staff, writes in his latest newsletter about a story which came out of the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials at the end of World War II.

“A witness appeared who had lived for a time in a grave in a Jewish grave-yard, in Wilna, Poland. It was the only place he and many others could live, when in hiding after they had escaped the gas chamber. Well, in a grave nearby a young woman gave birth to a boy. The
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eighty-year old gravedigger, wrapped in a Pastoral linen shroud, assisted. When the new-born Perspective child uttered his first (cont.) cry, the old gravedigger prayed: ‘Great God, hast Thou finally sent the Messiah to us? For who else than the Messiah Himself can be born in a grave.’ The Christian faith is born in a grave in a garden. The stone is rolled away and the one who was crucified on Friday is ...and nothing is raised on Sunday, and ever the same... nothing is ever the same. The resurrection of Jesus Christ lets loose life on the world; new life which brings the church into being and gives us the gospel of reconciliation. We are all called on to proclaim that Jesus is alive and is loosed on the world and that through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit gives new life even today. This is really change and sometimes it is uncomfortable to change. The old order has passed away and a new order is born, not the new world order of this or that political party or thinker, but the new world ...the Kingdom of God… order which is the Kingdom of God. As those who follow Him we are to seek to live it out here and now. Now that is change!

Adult Education in April To Focus On “Real Life” Faith Issues
Back by popular demand! Adult education classes in April will focus around two DVDs featuring pastor and author, Rob Bell. Led by Pastor Cedarleaf, these classes will look at issues that are important to us and are presented in an easy-todiscuss and easy-to-understand format. On April 6, we’ll focus on loving everyone around us. Jesus said that the most important thing in life is to love God with everything we’ve got and love others the same way. This class will look at the difficulties we have in carrying out this command. Sometimes we strongly disagree with other people’s political views, religious beliefs, behaviors, or something else, and it makes it hard to love them – especially when we feel that we’re right and they’re very wrong. On April 27, we’ll talk about what makes us happy. We’ll look at the times when we wanted something badly, only to find out when we got it that it wasn’t so great after all. We’ll also discuss how we feel when we ask God for something, and He doesn’t deliver right away. Join us! We’d love to hear your thoughts. ***NOTE: There will be no adult education classes on April 13 or April 20, due to Spring Break.***

Your pastor,

John

Thank You to All!
Thank you to our church family for all your prayers and support throughout our adoption process – a two and one-half year “paper pregnancy”. We were overwhelmed by all the people who came to the airport to welcome Lily home. We appreciate the cards, meals, gifts and good wishes that have been sent our way. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful church family. The James Family – Roger, Carol, Hannah – and now Lily!

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.

Our second Pot Luck - Just For Fun is set for Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 5:30 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.

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

Also on March 9, our congregation recognized people who have been members who are celebrating 5th year anniversaries (5, 10, 15 etc) and those that have been members for 40 years or more. They are: Five years Walter Adams, Ashley Ciccarelli, Deirdre and Don Eaton, Andrea Johnston, Deborah Mabry, Teddy Mierzwa, Douglas Osovski, Juliana Tieslink, Emily Wright Ten years Margaret Daves, Paul DeLong, Elizabeth Donaldson, Angie Last-Meraw, Gregory Lelek, Caroline Lizzio, Jessie McGrattan, Carol and Mike O’Neal, Tyler Obenaug, Kyle Preston, Laurissa Prystaj Fifteen years David Cedarleaf, Tucker Henderson, Sherry Jackson, Janice and Martin Stiles Twenty years James and Patricia Bradford, Jim Brush, Ray and Annette Ciccarelli, Arthur and Sue Gable, Janis and Ralph Harper, Cheryl and Thomas Hirsch, Leslie and Michael Morgan, Marion Pieramico, Diana and Steven Smith Twenty-five years Bruce and Sharon Barmore, Joan and Thomas Bigelow, Lisa Footer, Henry and Nancy Ralston. Thirty years Sandra Allen, Laurie DeLong, Freda Sheldon, Douglas Strong. Thirty-five years Sandra Blanchard, Janet and John Hecker, Jean and Paul Jacoby, Barbara and Frank Strong.

Forty years or more
Marjorie Brooks James and Mary Castor Barbara and William Cobb Dorothy and Richard Dudley James Dudley Jerry and Lois Evans Sally Forgensi Mary Hoag Martha Holmes Charlotte Jackson Dewey Jackson, Jr. William Jackson Carol and Ed Johnston David Mosher Donald and Dorothy Naetzker Michael Root Eileen and Lester Slocum John and Winifred Smith Arthur and Catherine Steffen Shirley Sumner Janet Torrens Ella Weirich Douglas and Jean Whitney Arthur and Jean Wilson

NEXT EPISTLE DEADLINE

3 PM

APRIL 24, 2008.

YOUTH MISSSION TRIP NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Our youth need to raise $6,500 to cover the cost of the mission trip. We need silent auction items for the upcoming Spaghetti dinner on March 30. Do you have an item or service to offer? If so, signup on the rolling bulletin board in fellowship hall or call Brian Sherry at 425-7336 or 233-

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

NEXT EPISTLE DEADLINE

3 PM

APRIL 24, 2008

An extraordinary concert to celebrate and support the Southwest Coalition’s Habitat House project will be held on Saturday, April 26th from 2 to 4 PM at Rush United Methodist Church, 6200 Rush-Lima Rd. (Route 15A, just south of the village). Brighton UCC, First Congregational UCC of Spencerport, Henrietta UCC, Union Congregational UCC of Churchville, and the Protestant Chaplaincy at UR are among the supporting congregations. Musicians and groups will focus on the themes of home and community, the values that motivate every Habitat building project. Musicians will include a fiveoctave handbell choir, inspiring worship band, percussion ensemble, musical comedy, and an all-clergy band put together for the occasion—the Holy Rock & Rollers. A free will offering will be requested during the performance. Don’t be surprised

if donations are collected in empty paint cans, or if the greeters are wearing work clothes and tool belts. Our Habitat Coalition is serious about building the house this summer and the concert is an important way of raising the funds to make it a reality. Multiply the fun and the support for this project by bringing your friends. As an added bonus there will be a huge garage sale going on in another part of the building, and an opportunity to see the beautiful quilt that will be raffled later this year. Our Habitat House will be built in the JOSANNA area of Rochester near PAETEC Park. Some houses have already been started in that area by other Habitat groups. The goal is to transform an impoverished neighborhood into a safe, family friendly community. This concert will help make that goal a reality.

Family News
FAIRPORT VACATION April Rotation Studies: Kings of Israel – Saul and David
Through our drama, storytelling, art and movie classrooms, our preschoolers and elementary school students will learn about Saul, the first King of Israel, and David, his successor.

BIBLE SCHOOL SAVE THE DATE!!
The annual Fairport Community Vacation Bible School program will be held each morning on August 4 – 8 in participating churches (including ours!) on Church Street in the village of Fairport. Following the theme, “GOD’S BIG BACKYARD,” children will learn how rewarding service can be. They will explore how to serve family, friends, neighbors, the community and Jesus while enjoying interactive Bible stories, fun crafts and snacks 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

Junior High and Confirmation Class To Discuss Applying Their Faith in “REAL Time”
Our junior high and confirmation class will conclude the church school year with a DVD series featuring pastor and author Rob Bell. The series will focus on faith principles and how they might apply to our lives today.

******NO CHURCH SCHOOL CLASSES WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 13 OR 20 DUE TO SPRING BREAK. CLASSES WILL RESUME ON APRIL 27.****

Family News

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May 11, 2008
After a year of study, discussions with our pastor, and participation in a community mission project, a church project and the class project – a Passover Seder meal, our confirmands will stand before the congregation and make the faith their own on Sunday, May 11. College Scholarship
Each year the Board of Family Ministry in conjunction with the Memorial Committee offers a $500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior planning to attend a two or four year college in the fall. The criteria that will be used in considering applicants are: member of our church, graduating senior with plans to attend college in the fall, demonstrated involvement in the church, quality of essay, and strength of letters of recommendation. Information and application packets are available in the church office and on the Family Ministry bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. All eligible students are encouraged to apply. All applications must be complete and submitted to the church office by May 1, 2008. Please contact Felicia Johansen at 377-5211 if you have any questions.

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 listen to versus simply being “unconscious consumers.”

YOUTH GROUP EVENTS COMING UP….
All 6 – 12 graders are invited to attend a Games Night in Upper Fellowship Hall on Friday night, March 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Watch the youth group bulletin board for more details!
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Games Night Scheduled For March 28

Spaghetti Dinner Mission Trip Fundraiser – March 30
Come help with a spaghetti dinner to raise money for our upcoming mission trip! Sell some tickets, work a shift, donate a silent auction item, and enjoy a delicious meal. Sign up to help in Fellowship Hall. All hands are needed!

Pancake Breakfast Mission Trip Fundraiser – April 26
Another opportunity to defray mission trip costs! Watch the youth group bulletin board in Fellowship Hall for ways to help with this fundraiser.

NEXT EPISTLE DEADLINE

3 PM

APRIL 24, 2008

JYF & SYF

30 Hour Famine Report
“Be generous and share your food with the poor. You will (Proverbs 22:9) be blessed for it.”

The 30 Hour Famine participants surely feel blessed to have shared in this awesome experience and thank the congregation for its support. We begin our fast after lunch on Friday, Feb. 29. Our group of nine senior high students and two adults met at our church at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening for the opening ceremony. The sanctuary was filled with 150 youth from 8-10 area youth groups. We opened with music, singing and a prayer from John. Following the ceremony, the youth divided into six groups and traveled throughout the church to listen to various speakers talk about life in areas around the world that suffer from poverty, war and hunger. Speakers represented Mexico, India, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Niger, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. A big “Thank You!” to Deirdre Eaton for her compelling speech about Zimbabwe. After enjoying some late-night bowling at Fairview Lanes, our youth group concluded the evening with a midnight candlelight prayer service and sleepover at our church. Saturday morning was dedicated to service projects. Our youth divided into two groups, with one group going to Bethany House – a homeless shelter for women and children, and the other group going to Saint’s Place – a refugee

resettlement organization. At Bethany House, we cleaned, sorted and shelved toys, shoveled snow, and learned about Bethany house. At Saint’s Place, we had a tour and learned about the services provided and the refugees they serve. We also helped organize storage in Saint’s Place garage. Throughout the Famine, participants were allowed to drink as much juice and/or water as they wanted. Back at church, we played “Tribe Indonesia”, an awareness-raising game. Each participant took on the identity of an actual child in Indonesia, complete with various handicaps such as eye patches, heavy backpacks to illustrate being weak and tired from hunger, wearing a heavy winter coat to represent fever from malaria, and one participant couldn’t speak due to past trauma. Tribes had to complete various challenges, while learning about life in Indonesia and its difficulties. Bible study and journaling were part of this activity. The closing ceremony at the Fairport United Methodist Church included a band, singing, presentations from the many participating youth groups about service projects, and comments about where the participants “saw Jesus” during the Fast. The event ended with a delicious meal of water, rice and chicken broth.

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

NEXT EPISTLE DEADLINE

3 PM

APRIL 24, 2008

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