PPC WALKING GROUP
Every Wednesday in August we will be meeting at Perinton Park (99 O’Connor Road) at 6:30 p.m. for an adult walking group. We will meet by the lodge and walk for 30-40 minutes. All are welcome! If you have any questions please contact Christine Scoppa ([email protected]).
SUMMER ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Please join us this summer at 8:30 a.m. (before the worship service, which is at 9:30 a.m.) in the fellowship hall as we discuss first Forgiveness – Making Peace with the Past and, once that study is done, Meeting the Spirit. Both studies are by Douglas Connelly through the Life Guide Bible Studies. Our first meeting will be on June 16, 2019 and we’ll end the summer Adult Bible Study on September 1, 2019.
All are welcome and no prior bible study experience is needed.
FIRST FRIDAY DINNERS Next one: Sept. 6, 6:00 p.m.
A group of PPC folks has been getting together on First Fridays every month at Riki’s Family Restaurant, 25 North Main Street in the village of Fairport, to enjoy dinner and chat. Please put the next one on your calendar and plan to attend. All are welcome!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for these upcoming events
- 9/8, Sunday, Rally Day and return to two services, 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. services
- 9/15, Sunday, Texas BBQ Joint is returning to PPC
- 9/20 – 9/22, Teen Fall Retreat @ Casawasco Retreat Center
- 9/28, Saturday, Adult Retreat @ Letourneau Retreat Center
- 11/2, Saturday, FRIENDS, FLOWERS, SALADS AND SUNDAES
SENIOR PASTOR SEARCH NEWS
On Sunday, July 28, 2019, the members of our congregation called The Rev. Laura Fry to be our next installed pastor. Laura said, “We are thrilled that God has called our family to join the Perinton Presbyterian Church community and look forward with great joy to getting to know the congregation and community!”
Reverend Laura Fry has served as the solo pastor of Covington Presbyterian Church in Pavilion, NY for the past 11 years. She graduated from Davidson College in 2002 and then spent two years in the Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program, serving in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Tucson, AZ. She then attended McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL receiving her M. Div. in 2007.
She is married to the Reverend Mike Fry who is currently serving as Interim Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Avon. Following his pastoral position in Avon, Mike is planning to put his ministry gifts to use in the non‐profit world.
The Frys have been married for 12 years and have two children, Alex (7) and Lydia (5). Alex will be entering 3rd grade this fall and Lydia will be entering kindergarten. As a family, they enjoy hiking, biking, reading, art and science experiments.
Laura has been active in our Presbytery, serving as chair of the Mission and Advocacy Committee for four years and as a member of the Vision and Strategy Team for four years.
As the daughter and granddaughter of mission co‐workers and as an alumna of the YAV program, mission is a key part of Laura’s congregational leadership. As a pastor she was part of a multi‐year program to strengthen congregational mission and in the words of Emil Brunner, she believes “the Church exists by mission as a fire exists by burning.”
The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) in their report to the congregation noted, “The PNC was initially intrigued by Laura’s passion for mission, her caring and compassionate demeanor, and her manner of listening carefully to our questions before answering. In interviews with Laura, we found her to be approachable, thoughtful, family oriented, with a collaborative style of leadership. Her sermons were biblically based, interesting, and relevant to today’s challenges.”
The congregation expressed special thanks to the members of the PNC for all of their diligent and Spirit‐led work which led to bringing Laura to us. THANK YOU: Al Norby, Chairperson, Mary Anne Cimbricz, Sarah Coats, Ed Daniel, Kathy Force, Paul Girouard, Glenda Hastings, Debbie Saylor, Addie Schraver, and Maureen Thayer.
Laura will begin her ministry with us on Monday, September 16. Her first Sunday in worship will be Sunday, September 22—but before that, she will be joining our teens and the confirmation class on Friday evening and Saturday and will lead the learning portions of the retreat.
Janice Fitzgerald will complete her time of transitional ministry with us on September 11, 2019. Her last Sunday in worship will be on September 8. Our Presbytery Leader, The Rev. Amy Fowler, will preach and lead worship on September 15 after Janice leaves and before Laura arrives.
The Presbytery will arrange with our Session for a special celebratory worship service here at PPC several weeks after Laura’s arrival for the Presbytery to install Laura as our new pastor.