Articles in this Issue

Search Committee Asks For Input SearchCommittee

The American Baptist Churches of Rochester-Genesee Region is in 
the process of searching for a new Executive Minister.  The search committee responsible for recommending a candidate to our region board would like to receive your input regarding this position.  Please take a few moments to complete the survey at the following link:

Feel free to contact the search committee at

Thank you for praying for... Prayer
Rev. Tom and Thekla Raisner's son, Craig, who is recovering from surgery. Cards may be addressed to 26 Kirklees Road, Pittsford, NY 14534.

Also recovering are Rev. Michael Ford and Rev. Vera Miller. And continuing prayers are appreciated for Rev. Jimmy Reeder's health.
Travelling Drama Performance TravelDrama

United Church of Pittsford
123 South Main Street
Fri., Mar. 2 at 7 p.m.

Interested in joining us for dinner beforehand as well?  
2018 Volunteer Opportunities RebuildRestore

American Baptist Home Mission Societies is seeking volunteers to help rebuild, restore and renew communities across the United States mainland and Puerto Rico. Please consider taking part in these efforts, putting our region's faith into action. Read more.

Puerto Rico, Texas, New Jersey, Oklahoma, New Orleans

For more information, contact by email:  Victoria Goff
 / or call 
800.222.3872, x2449
Renaissance Festival Event Renaissance

The Clover Center
1101 Clover Street, Brighton
Sat., Mar. 24 from 4:30 - 7 p.m.

Family-friendly event with roving minstrels and actors in the attire of the day. Period enthusiasts will explain the dress, food, entertainment and past times of the Elizabethan Era.  Audience volunteers will dress in armored knight outfits and period costumes with complete demonstration and description.  Weapons and sword exhibition presentation. 

Kids activities include a craft, interactive juggling, blind man's bluff, etc. Food stations will sell period delectables such as mini meat pies, baked apples, mini pear pies, turkey and chicken legs, and grog. Sit-down dinner will be available.

Adults $5, Students $3. Call 585-319-9807 for more information.

200-Year Celebration Celebration200

First Baptist Church of Rochester
175 Allens Creek Road, Rochester
Mon., April 16 at 6:30 pm  

In celebration of 200 years of Baptist presence in Rochester, the First Baptist Church of Rochester proudly welcomes Amanda Tyler, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, to Rochester. 

Leading the charge in protecting religious liberty in Washington and around the country is the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. Amanda Tyler will help us re-center the
importance of this issue.   Read more.
Saint John's Bible Exhibit Exhibit

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School 
1100 S. Goodman St., Rochester
Apr. 3, 4 ~ 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Apr. 5 ~ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The first hand-written and hand-illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the invention of the printing press, was created "to ignite the spiritual imagination of people around the world of all faith journeys." In keeping with medieval traditions, it was written on vellum, using quills, natural handmade inks, hand-ground pigments and gild such as gold leaf, silver leaf and platinum. The Heritage edition is a full-size, seven-volume fine art reproduction of The Saint John's Bible. Timothy Ternes, of St. Benedict/St. John's University, will lead a "Visio divina," a special way of seeing and interpreting the Bible, on Wed., April 4 at 1:30. Read more.

"One of the extraordinary undertakings of our time." Smithsonian Magazine
Bi-Weekly Book Discussion BookDiscussion

Beginning Thu., Mar. 8 at 7:30 pm, Rev. Alan Newton will  host a bi-weekly evening discussion of the book Fishing Tips: How Curiosity Transformed a Community of Faith by Rev. Dr. John Pentland. These discussions are open to pastors and church leaders, available for distance learning. 

(Limit of 20) Contact: 
Good Friday Service at Mumford GoodFriday

7 Last Words of Jesus from the Cross
957 George St., Mumford
Fri., Mar. 30 at 6 p.m.

Please join us as the following Rev. Drs. deliver the message: John McReynolds, Anthony Bonds, Patricia Atkins, John 
Wlaker,  James L. Cherry, Jr., Anthony Riccuiti,  and Sean E. Tucker.
Rally in Washington Rally

Join the New York Conference, United Church of Christ, American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York, New York State Council of Churches and other New York member communions of the National Council of Churches and beyond for a rally in Washington  April 3 to 5 Click here for more information and to register .  ALL ARE WELCOME!

NOTE: Please let the RGR office know if pastors and/or churches are planning on attending this rally
Students, Don't Miss the Deadline! Scholarship

CCCU's Scholarships for Success  program is awarding $60,000 in scholarships this year!  Deadline to apply is March 31 Visit .

Bowl-a-Thon for Cameron Bowling

Join us for Cameron's Annual Bowl-a-Thon on  March 4th  at Terrace Gardens 
Lanes, 1151 Ridgeway Ave. from  1 - 3:00 pm.  $25 per person includes unlimited bowling for two hours, shoe rental, pizza & drinks and prizes.  Proceeds benefit Cameron's youth programming! Register here, or download a hard copy here Questions?Contact: 

Church Annual Reports AnnualReports

Please submit to the RGR office your annual report created for your congregants or the standard report form (mailed to your church office) by the deadline of  March 31 .
Upcoming Region Events RegionEvents

Executive Board Meeting Delegates Meeting
Tue., Mar. 6 at 5:15 p.m. Sun., June 3 at 3:30 p.m.
The Baptist Temple Location TBD

ABCUSA Sister Churches Initiative  ABCUSA

Iglesias Bautistas de Puerto Rico Executive Minister Rev. Edgardo M. Caraballo MarĂ­n and American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) General Secretary Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer are pleased to invite churches throughout our country to sign up to participate in the Iglesias Bautistas de Puerto Rico - ABCUSA Sister Churches Initiative. The Sister Churches Initiative offers U.S. mainland churches the opportunity to befriend and express solidarity with Puerto Rican American Baptist congregations. Read more.