From the Executive Minister ExecMinister

Rediscovering Discipleship
Jesus gave us a commission before he left his disciples.  It is known as the GREAT COMMISSION.  For those who may not be familiar with it, look it up in Matthew 28:19. It reads, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
Have you ever wondered what makes this commission GREAT? 
It could be GREAT because it is such an awesome and daunting task.  Perhaps it's GREAT because it's not accomplished easily or quickly. Read more.

Ordination Ceremony Ordination
Church Story ChurchStory

West Henrietta Baptist Church
Our church worships in the town's oldest church building, but the congregation is older than its 1838 building. It's older than its 1818 town! At 202, West Henrietta Baptist Church is linked to its past by more than 10,500 successive Sundays. Those links are solid. Horse and buggies may have yielded to SUVs and sedans. The organ is now electric and the replacement pews are padded. But it is very likely that any congregations switched in time would still feel at home in the little white church on the corner.

Of course, a returning old-timer might ask 'Where are the babies, the kids, the young men and women courting and the growing families?' If he ventured to look for them in the basement classrooms, he would find those rooms filled with musty art supplies and waiting storybooks, left just as they were by occupants who grew up and moved away. Was that not just yesterday? 

These days at WHBC, read more.
2017 Annual Gathering  & Events  AnnualGathering

Sept. 22 9 - 2 Spirituality Retreat for Clergy and Church Leaders
The Baptist Temple
1101 Clover Street, Rochester
Sept. 22 7 p.m. Worship Celebration Service and Reception
First Baptist Church of Penfield
1862 Penfield Rd, Penfield
Sept. 23 9 - 3 Annual Gathering
Greece Baptist Church
1230 Long Pond Road, Rochester

Click here to purchase tickets.

NOTE: Tickets may also be purchased at the door, but you must  reply to this email with an RSVP to provide us with an accurate head count for meals and hand-outs.
Step Up for Seniors StepUpForSeniors

Fairport Baptist Homes
4646 Five Mile Point Rd., Fairport
Sept. 30 @ 9 a.m.

Please join us for the 5th annual fundraising walk - 'Step Up for Seniors'. Don Alhart of Channel 13 will return as our emcee. There will be food, fun, kids' activities, raffles, live music and a great walk (1 or 2 mile routes) to the Erie Canal for a wonderful cause.

Need a reason to walk with us? How about more than 100: that's how many years Fairport Baptist Homes has been serving our community's seniors. 

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Prayer List PrayerList

Week Pray For
University Baptist Church, Ohio
Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church
West Henrietta Baptist Church
ABCRGR Region Board and Staff
Peace Community Church, Ohio

Friends of the Region August Giving Friends
American Baptist Youth Convention  YouthConvention
Holiday Inn
Liverpool, NY
Nov. 3 - 5

Darkness comes in many forms: anger, loneliness, hate, fear .... John 1 tells us that Jesus is the "light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."

Please join us to experience an amazing time with a great speaker (Nick Spiller), awesome worship (Nate Maxfield), loads of fun, and a meaningful mission project (Poultry for Protein & Profit in South Africa). 

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Western NY Mini-Peace Camp  PeaceCamp

September 8 - 9

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