The character of the Rochester Genesee Region has from its beginning been characterized by the distinctives of soul freedom and local church autonomy.
January  12, 2017
Articles in this Issue

Invitation to Training
Intimate Partner Violence
Thu., Feb. 9 / 12 - 2:00 p.m.
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Presenter: Dr. Catherine Cerulli, JD, Ph.D.
On behalf of the Strong Memorial Hospital Chaplaincy Services, Healing Through Education and Law (HEAL) Collaborative,  
& the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV)

Click here for more information.

Community Health Grant Workshop
Community Health Grants are small grants ($5,000-$50,000) for smaller organizations to support short-term, health-related activities.

Hands-on opportunity for faith-based and small organizations to improve their ability to complete a Community Health Grant application.

2/4,* 9:00am-12:00pm
2/15, 6:00pm-9:00pm
2/24, 9:00am-12:00pm

*This is a joint session sponsored by the Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition specifically for churches and faith-based organizations.
All workshops will be held at the Greater Rochester Health Foundation:

150 State Street, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14614

Free parking is available at 150 State Street. 
Limited space is available and registration is required. 
To register for a workshop, contact Hannah Stark
585-258-1701 by  February 2

Officers Nominated for ABC USA

The nominees are ABCUSA President, Josue D. Gómez-Menéndez, Esq.; ABCUSA Vice President, Dean Parker; ABCUSA Budget Review Officer, Paul Higgins. 
Officers will be elected at the Biennial Mission Summit
June 30-July 1, 2017 , in Portland, Oregon.

For more information, please click here.

Service of Remembrance and Healing
                 Service and Dinner
Sat., Feb 11
Gathering around Rochester's Bell of Remembrance
Franciscan Brother David Schlatter will lead the service at
Peace of Christ, St. Ambrose Parish, 25 Empire Boulevard, Rochester

Music, dinner, and a time of reflection and community.  
Tolling remembrance of those we miss, and the promise of love.
Minimum donation $10 for dinner ticket to support the ministry of the bell.  
RSVP to GRCC 254-2570. 
Click here to donate now.

September 15 - 19
Pricing is guaranteed until  January 22, 2017.
~ Subject to cabin availability ~

For more information about pricing and to register, please visit


3rd Annual African American Heritage Series
 "At the Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here?"
Presented by
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School's Black Student Caucus
Worship and Panel Discussions
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Wednesdays @ 4:00
Feb. 8, 15, 22

S at., Feb. 25
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Symposium and Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. Anthony L. Trufant
Lunch Served

For details, click here.
Contact GP Dickerson-Hanks at (585) 340-9651.

Seminar: Strengthening Your Financial Future
 You are invited to attend a two-hour seminar for pastors, trustees and finance committee members to learn about our Endowment & Investment Services and Programs.
Sat., Feb. 4 / 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
FBC Rochester, 175 Allen's Creek Road, Rochester
Linda Cassel, Development Director & Kristine Lutton, Development Advisor

To register, click here to complete the form. Seats are limited!
Questions: Call Kris Lutton (406) 581-7016 (cell)

To meet with one of our financial advisors, please email a recent Annual Report & Financials.All documents are kept confidential.

Leadership Webinar Series
Helping the Church Become a Healing Presence within Divided Communities
January 24
Understanding the "Other" 
A discussion about the cultural differences between certain people groups and how society perceives those differences. Webinar will explore this theme through the use of historic literature and relevant cultural references. $10
February 28
Finding Common Ground
A presentation of ideas on how to fix/improve things in your context using current best practices that have been developed and implemented by the presenter and other individuals/ministries.   $10

To register, click here.
Interested in Occasional Volunteer Work?

If you can spend an hour  in the RGR office 
for mass mailing, shredding, etc.
on an as-needed basis, please email
 Ellen Carr at:

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