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Volume 15 Issue 2 FEBRUARY 25, 2010
Lent began yesterday, Ash Wednesday. Forty days and forty nights, as the hymn puts it, lead us into the wilderness with Jesus as he moves toward the cross. Lent prepares us for the Great Three Days , Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Vigil of Easter.

On March 7 and 14 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 along with eight other denominations collects money for use among the poor and needy worldwide. 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 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 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 plates for mailed to the church office. Thank you for your support.

On Maundy Thursday, we gather at 7:30 PM for Tenebrae, a service of shadows, as we move, through readings and the extinguishing of lights, toward the cross. On Good Friday, we gather at noon for the Way of the Cross walk in the village and then for a service of prayer at 7:30 PM. These two services help us to center on what the core of our faith is all about: God s love in Jesus Christ. They also prepare us for the joy of Easter Day. Just as Jesus began his ministry in the desert; a place with no frills or distractions, so Lent offers us forty days to get away from the usual and to focus on the essential. This is good spiritual discipline for us as we seek to be more faithful followers of Jesus Christ. For the third time, Jean and I have just returned from Silver Day where we spent four days of quiet and rest. It is a place of retreat. It is a time of renewal as we prepare for Lent. This wonderful ministry is offered to pastors and other church workers free of charge and it is indeed a blessing. We returned refreshed. It was just what we needed. On the First Sunday in Lent, we sang as our hymn of gathering, Marva Dawn s wonderful Come Away from Rush and Hurry . It was a

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perfect commentary on the importance of taking time to renew our spiritual lives and to focus on the reason for our being. I urge you to take the words to heart as you move quietly and purposefully into this Lenten time. Come away from rush and hurry to the stillness of God s peace; from our vain ambition s worry, come to Christ to find release. Come away from noise and clamor, life s demands and frenzied pace; Come to join the people gathered here to seek and find God s face. -WORDS: Marva J. Dawn (1948-) Take the time each Sunday to be with others gathered to seek and find God s face. Your pastor,

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March 21: Fifth Sunday in Lent Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalm 126 Philippians 3:4b-14 John 12:1-8 Waste March 28: Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday Choral Service

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SUNDAY WORSHIP
February 28: Second Sunday in Lent Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Psalm 27 Philippians 3:17-4:1 Luke 13:31-35 Sacrifices March 7: Third Sunday in Lent Isaiah 55:1-9 Psalm 63:1-8 I Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9 Suffering March 14: Fourth Sunday in Lent Joshua 5:9-12 Psalm 32 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Grace

WHAT S COMING UP IN ADULT EDUCATION
SUNDAY MORNINGS February 28, March 7 & 14 History of Lent and Lenten Practices
Pastor Cedarleaf will share with us the history of the Lenten season, as well as Lenten practices.

March 21 & 28

TBD

WEDNESDAY MORNINGS BIBLE STUDY February 24 March 31

The Wednesday morning class will become a Lenten Small Group and will meet at 10:30 noon, instead of the usual 11 a.m. start time. Classes are held in the Snow Room.

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BOARDS AND COMMITTEES UPDATES
MISSIONS CORNER
With the Lenten season now in full swing, our Board of Missions has been busy making plans to support three local agencies based on our theme of Breaking the Cycle of Violence. The agencies include Determined Divas, Lewis Street YMCA, and Rochester Youth for Christ. Determined Divas provides counseling, mentoring services and workshops for teenage girls in the city of Rochester who are seeking positive alternatives to their current lifestyles. Lewis Street YMCA provides day care for toddlers and after school care for school age children in downtown Rochester. Rochester Youth For Christ provides mentoring and spiritual guidance for youth in the West Main Street area (see article below). Representatives from all three groups joined us at our worship service on February 7th. At the conclusion of their presentations, the congregation gave them a warm round of applause. For Determined Divas we are soliciting gifts of personal hygiene for young women who cannot afford these products. The Lewis Street YMCA is asking assistance in refinishing child s cubbies and later on help building some storage facilities. Saturday February 20th, a group of us will be heading down to RYFC to scope out some small scale building projects. (Feel free to join us at 9:30 am in the church parking lot). It is appropriate that this month s featured organization the Board of Missions supports is none other than Rochester Youth For Christ, one of the groups that we are supporting during Lent. Rochester Youth For Christ (RYFC) is located at 1 Favor Street, Rochester, NY (near West Main Street) in the former RIT gymnasium. The mission of RYFC is to provide mentoring and spiritual guidance to the youth of the West Main Street area. RYFC strives to meet its mission through three programs. The first program is an active Saturday morning basketball league. Participants of the basketball program are required to attend a small group discussion during the week where they are provided a dinner and participate in discussion of life and spiritual issues. Another successful program is Bethel Express where children have a

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hearty Saturday morning breakfast, get to play and have fellowship time. RYFC also provides the children with mentors and time to worship centered on music and singing. As an aside the children of Bethel Express have indicated an interest in singing at one of our Sunday worship services. A third program is Successful Pathways which is designed for teenage girls who have children, are pregnant or who are at risk for pregnancy. Successful Pathways provides mentoring and a social work service for each participant. About 80% of funding for RYFC comes primarily from private donations. The other 20% comes from local churches. Geoff Smith is the director, and can be reached at 256-5050 or at www.yfcrochester.org. Dee Jackson is our Mission Board liaison to RYFC and has submitted this month s information regarding RYFC. Submitted by Ted Avgerinos, Board of Missions Chair

Morning Circle will meet on Tuesday, March 9 at 10 AM. A representative from Daystar will tell us about this facility that cares for infants and children whose developmental handicaps are too great for them to remain at home.

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FAMILY NEWS
Preschool & Elementary School Happenings Rotation Classes Learn About Lent and Easter During February and March, our students will learn about the Christian season of Lent and the joyous holiday of Easter.

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Senior High To Learn About Servanthood The senior high class will begin a new series of classes called, Servant or Sucker? These classes will analyze wise and compassionate ways to help the poor. Senior High to Participate in Third Annual 30 Hour Famine! The senior high class will be feeding the world on empty stomachs through World Vision s 30 Hour Famine on Feb. 26-27. The money they raise will be used for hunger relief around the world, with a portion of all funds going directly to Haiti. During the famine, the group fasts for 30 hours but drinks plenty of liquids. They will be spending time doing service projects and raising their awareness on world hunger and poverty through lectures and Tribe games. This year, the focus is on Ethiopia, as well as local homelessness. Over the past two years, they have raised over $3,000. Please pray for them and continue to bless them with your encouragement and support.

Junior & Senior High Happenings Junior High Church School To Travel Through the New Testament Through the spring, our Junior High class will continue to work its way through the major stories of the New Testament. Confirmation Students Busy With Study, Mission Work and Seder Supper Our confirmands, Brianna Sherry and Sarah Hoover, will be busy in March! On March 7, they will cook and serve the Sunday dinner to the residents and staff of Bethany House, a women s and children s shelter in Rochester. They have a breakfast with the Pastor on Mar. 21 at 8:30 a.m. to continue their discussions on what confirmation means and how these students can become productive members of our local church. On Mar. 28, they will cook and lead a traditional Seder Supper for 20 people here at our church. JYF Movie Night March 19 JYF students are invited to come to church on Mar. 19 at 7 p.m. for another fun-filled movie night. Sign up in Fellowship Hall!

NEWS FROM OUR YOUTH
HELP SUPPORT THE YOUTH MISSION TRIP! ANNUAL SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER Sunday March 14; 5:00 & 7:00 PM seating. $6 for Adults, $4 for children 11 and under. Purchase tickets after church in Fellowship Hall. YOUTH MISSSION TRIP NEEDS YOUR HELP! Our youth need to raise $9,000 to cover the cost of the mission trip. We are looking for silent auction items for the upcoming Spaghetti dinner on March 14. If you have an item or service to offer please signup on the rolling bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or call Brian Sherry at 233-1010.

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COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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young people ages 12 to 17 try a painkiller for the first time. Fairport s 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data shows 185 students in grades 9-12, and 49 students in grades 7-8 took a drug prescribed for someone else to get high some on many occasions. How can you help protect our youth? The federal government has guidelines for disposing prescription drugs that may help curb drug abuse, accidental overdose, and protect U.S. water sources. · Do not flush unused medications down the toilet or drain as chemicals may pollute the water supply. · Help our community and youth by properly disposing of old/unused prescriptions.

WHEN The Advent House will hold its annual Dinner Dance and Auction at the beautiful Casa Larga Vineyards on Friday, March 26th, 2010 at 6 p.m. Don Alhart will be the master of ceremonies and Carol Ritter Wright will conduct the live auction. There will be hundreds of wonderful items to bid on in our Silent Auction. Music will be provided by "Ruby Shooz" for your dancing pleasure. Tickets can be obtained by calling Advent House at 223-6112. Don't miss out on this exciting social event for a good cause!

First Wednesday of each month: January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2 and July 7 10 AM to 1 PM Fairport Police Department 1 S. Main Street, Fairport Front or back door

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Put unused prescription medication in a plastic bag. Please put needles in a separate bag for safe handling. Be sure the name of the drug is still on bottle Remove personal information if you desire, however, it is not necessary Bring to Fairport Police Department during drop off times Visit our website, www.fairport.org/parents for more information on CPAC/drug issues/prevention; or call Debra Tandoi, Cochair, CPAC, 697-1817

FAIRPORT-PERINTON PRESCRIPT ION DRUG DROP OFF
Presented by Fairport-Perinton Chemical Prevention Advisory Council In cooperation with the Fairport Police Department and Church of the Assumption Health Ministry What s in your medicine cabinet? Teens are abusing prescription drugs found at home. Prescription drug abuse is on the rise. Medications left over from prior surgery or pills on a nightstand are common in many households. Everyday 2,500

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OUR CHURC H FAMILY
WELCOME TO THE NEW ARRIVAL
Madilyn Grace Barbato was born February 7, 2010 in Fredrich, MD. She is the daughter of Jason and Luara Barbato, granddaughter of Bill and Gail Andrews and great granddaughter of Walt and Barb Adams.

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We would like to express our sympathy to Joe Bowman and family on the death of Martha Bowman, his wife. Martha passed away on February 5, 2010. Her memorial service was held at our church on February 10, 2010, with Pastor Cedarleaf officiating. Martha joined our church in 1972 and was a long time member of the Morning Circle. Our condolences are extended to the family of Kathy Woodworth, who passed away on February 7, 2010 in Florida. Kathy was our church s former organist.

CONGRATULATIONS!!
James Weidman V, a member of Troop 325 sponsored by St John of Rochester Church, completed requirements for Boy Scouts highest award, the rank of Eagle. He is the son of Kelly and Jim Weidman.

REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS Barbara Cobb, Fairport Baptist Home Barbara Eaton, Perinton Park Manor Charlotte Jackson, Fairport Baptist Home Les Warren, Fairport Baptist Home

Our Christian sympathy is extended to Leon and Valentina Hill on the death of Leon s father, Walter F. Hill on Sunday, January 24, 2010. Sympathy is extended to Diana DeBruycker and her family on the death of her husband, Arthur DeBruycker on January 20, 2010. A memorial service for Art will be scheduled in the spring. Art had been an active member of our church since December, 1984. Our condolences are extended to the family of Louise Deller who passed away on February 5, 2010. A memorial service was held for her at our church on Sunday, February 7, 2010. Pastor Cedarleaf officiated. Louise had been a member of our congregation for approximately 45 years.

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