The character of the Rochester Genesee Region has from its beginning been characterized by the distinctives of soul freedom and local church autonomy.
March 2017

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
John 10:27, 28

From the Executive Minister

Dear Friends,

Let's talk a bit about teamwork... 
All churches depend, in part, on leadership teams to keep the church alive.  In my lifetime, I have served on hundreds - if not thousands - of leadership teams.  Some of those teams have been healthy and successful.  Unfortunately, many have been failures. 
My experience in the church is that team building is rarely a part of the leadership experience.  Organizations that place an emphasis on team building are usually productive and successful.

To read more, click  here.

Articles in this Issue

March Prayer List

Church / Ministry:
March 5 First Baptist Church of East Rochester
March 12 Ebenezer Baptist Church
March 19 Chaplains, Pastoral Counselors and Community Ministers
March 26 Fairport Community Baptist Church

Please Pray
Our sympathies to Rev. Rich Rose whose father died in recent weeks.  
You may express sympathies to him at his new address: 
1678 East Shore Drive, Ithaca NY 14850
Upcoming Region-Sponsored Events

March 19 - 5:30 p.m.
Keeping Vigilant on Religious Liberty
Islamic Center of Rochester
727 Westfall Road
( See article below)
March 21 - 5:30 p.m.
Region Executive Board Meeting
The Baptist Temple/Clover Center
1101 Clover Street
Rochester, NY

June 4 - 3:00 p.m.
Region Delegates Meeting
Location: TBD

Keeping Vigilant on Religious Liberty
~ presented by ~
The Commission on Christian-Muslim Relations

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Roy Medley
ABC-USA General Secretary Emeritus

Question and Answer Session following
and light refreshments!

To read more about Rev. Dr. Medley, click here.
New!!! The monthly story of our region churches. If you have not done so already, please submit yours to  officeabcrgr@gmail.comChurchStory
Our Church Story
Peace Community Church
Oberlin, Ohio

When Oberlin was founded in 1833, the idea was that it would be a one-church town. Citizens would worship and work together for the greater glory of God. But that ideal began to founder when the Episcopal Church was founded in 1855, and then the First Baptist Church in 1866.  The great Oberlin evangelist and abolitionist, Charles G. Finney, said:

  "O, Lord, thou knowest, we don't want a Baptist Church in Oberlin. But Lord, if thou seest it is best to have one, if thou canst, we pray thee to bless it." 

In spite of Finney's apprehension, and perhaps opposition from other members of the community, the early FBC saints forged on. 

The first prayer meetings in Oberlin took place in the home of Mary Fulton. Later, after the congregation was established, they were meeting in an upper room in the New Carpenter's block on West College Street.

Click here to read more.
                   Pancakes InternetPresence
Having an Internet Presence
Did you know that in today's world, without a web presence you are invisible to most people?

You may have not yet noticed - but the region website is in the process of being refreshed.  Find us at
You will find all manner of helpful information there, including office hours, calendar of region meetings, historical information, resources and official documents of the region, and much more.
If you go searching through its pages and can't find something for which you were looking, please let us know.
One big change is that instead of having a page for each congregation, we will have one page listing all of our churches - including a link to your web presence. 
All but a very few region churches have a web presence with an actual website or a Facebook page. Remember, if you do not have one or both of these, most people will be unable to find you!
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
Hilton Baptist Church
50 Lake Ave., Hilton, NY

Dine In / Take Out
Tue., Feb. 28 from 5 - 7:00 p.m.

Adults - $5.00  ~  Children under 6 - $2.00
Purchase tickets at the door
Unlimited Pancakes, Sausage, Applesauce and Brownie

Please bring a non-perishable food item to support the Hilton Food Shelf.
Questions? Answered. Series
Fairport Baptist Homes
4646 Nine Mile Point Road, Fairport, NY 14450  
Tue., Mar. 14 ~ 10 - 11 a.m.
~ or ~
Thu., Mar. 16 ~ 12 - 1 p.m.

Please join us for a helpful Q & A with 
Nadine Arndt, Director of Admission and
Thera Miller, Assistant Director of Assisted Living 

Get the answers you need to difficult questions:
  • determining the right level of care
  • the right time to make a change
  • tips on planning ahead for hip or knee surgery
  • managing through a health crisis
 After your questions, enjoy a tour of our skilled nursing households, rehabilitation physical therapy clinic and assisted living.  Please respond by calling 585.388.2328  or
Winter 2017
Theme: On Earth as in Heaven

~ Now Available Online ~

Click here to obtain a copy.
T he Church, Justice, and the Community Symposium
Northeastern Seminary
Wed., March 15
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The reality of childhood poverty in the Greater Rochester Region is a growing injustice caused by a complex economic and sociological landscape.

The effects of regional childhood poverty are felt across rural, suburban, and urban communities resulting in a need that is rapidly outgrowing available resources.

The response to the suffering of the vulnerable and oppressed in our community has a defining impact that is inconsistent with the Christian faith.

Answer the call:
  • Move beyond information gathering
  • Engage in the work already taking place
  • Explore how you can make an impact
  • Work with constituents and community representatives to identify new avenues for prevention and relief 
Northeastern Seminary Cultural Life Center
2301 Westside Drive,  Rochester, NY 14624
Keynote Speaker: B rigit Hurley, policy analyst, The Children's Agenda
  Click here to l earn more about Brigit Hurley and The Children's Agenda.
To register, click here.
Biennial Mission Summit
 Individual Registration Opens
Summit Dates: June 30-July 2
Portland, Oregon

taking place at the event have been announced. 
Click here for complete details .

Be sure to check the Schedule at a Glance 
for the full event listing before registering.  

The deadline for registration is 
June 15, 2017.
ParishPaperThe Parish Paper -  March 2017

Guide to Good Governance 

After months of meetings, the long-range planning committee of Epiphany Church submitted a report to the congregation's board. The report highlighted three important conclusions: (1) the average age of regular worship attendees is going up while worship attendance overall continues to decline; (2) action steps must be taken immediately; and (3) major changes are needed in ministry priorities. After careful review, the board laid out five possible courses of action. How did Epiphany Church board members respond? They chose sides, with each action plan attracting supporters and opponents. How are they going to move forward and make decisions? 

Click here to read more.
DonationsThank You!

For the generous donations to Friends of the Region:
February Donors:

PAL - Glenn Loafmann, Audrey White

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