Articles in This Issue
From the Executive Director Alan

"What's in a name?"  
This oft-quoted passage from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet may lead us to believe that names are not that important.  Of course, we know that is not true.   Names are markers.  They identify not only who we are, but also whose we are, and who we want to be.
Various cultures have evolved different naming practices.  For example, some Latin American traditions name the first-born son after the father's father.  Whereas, many African Americans in the United States had names passed down through a slave-holding society until about 1960 when families started drawing names from the African continent. 

The Burmese will tell you that they are very thoughtful in selecting names for their children, as they believe that a person's name can have a great influence on the child's future.  So, when it comes to looking at a new name for our region, great care and thought is to be given.  Read more.

Let us know your preference in the region name. Take the survey here.
Prayer List Prayer

Week of
June 25 FBC Rochester
July 2 St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, NC
July 9 Minnesota Lisu Church of Jesus
July 16 Common Ground Fellowship, VA
July 23 Second Baptist Church, Mumford
July 30 York Baptist Church

Prayer Concern 
Please keep in prayer Rev. Barbara Lacker Ware , whose father Rev. Robert Lacker, died on May 25. Cards and remembrances can be mailed to 260 Woodside Place, Rochester NY 14609.
Our Church Story  Keystone

FBC of Keystone at Citrus Park
Odessa, Florida

The church was first organized in September 1932 as 1st Missionary Baptist Church of Keystone in the "Little Red School house for Colored People" in Hillsborough County. The AME Methodist Church worshiped on the first & third Sundays and the Baptist worshiped on the second & fourth Sundays.

Pastor John Threes and wife Jae Threes
The first structure was built in 1938 - and was destroyed by fire the same year. In 1941, a new church was completed and the Reverend Barron Madison was called as Pastor. In 2015, we officially became members of the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region. 

We have several community outreach ministries, one of which is t he Livingston Nix Foundation, that includes a wraparound program for families that 'fall through the cracks.' We hold a worship service on the first Saturday of each month at the area rehabilitation and nursing center, mentor and tutor in an after school program, and contribute to our local Good Samaritan Shelter. Read more.

Church Stories Needed  YourStory

We hope you are enjoying our monthly feature of our region church stories. Have you forgotten to send yours?

Please submit a brief history, ministries, photos, etc. to our office, as stories are published in the order that they are received.

We are all looking forward to reading your story!

Fairport Baptist Homes Golf Tournament  golf

Swing For Seniors
Ravenwood Golf Club
Wed., July 19

One of the area's premier golf tournaments is back for another year. To date, this tournament has raised more than $300,000 to fund programs and services that benefit thousands of area seniors. Always a sell-out, this year we've added a morning tee-off time.

Please call Kathleen at 585-388-2322 to register.

Church Dedication  Lisu
You are invited!

The Coffee Connection Raises $10,000  kiva

The Coffee Connection was the first business (a nonprofit business in our case) in the Rochester, NY area to be funded through a Kiva loan. We borrowed $5,000 two years ago, paid it off, and have just borrowed another $10,000 to expand the opportunity for women in recovery to have sustainable jobs in a program and business they run themselves.  

You can read more about this amazing international micro-lending organization at They have raised $1 billion to fund small businesses all over the world through small loans of $25 or more. 
Western New York Mini Peace Camp Peace
Greece Baptist Church
1230 Long Pond Road, Rochester
Sept. 8 - 9

Speakers - Dr. Marvin McMickle and LeDayne McLeese Polaski
Music and workshops dealing with race, aging, special needs and being a peacemaker. Age-appropriate activities for children too! 

Contact: 585-225-6160, or click here for more information.
Region-Sponsored Events  RegionEvents
Permanent Council on Ordination
Sun., July 30 ~ 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
1101 Clover Street, Rochester
Annual Gathering
September 22 and 23
Delegate's Meeting
September 23
2016 Annual Reports Due Reports



FBC East Rochester Greystone Church Aenon Baptist
Crescent Hill
Mt. Olivet