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Posts by Deborah Swift

Virtual Worship Begins

With the rising concerns for our people in relationship to COVID-19, South Church has temporarily suspended our Acts of Faith ministries as they are ALL community based. However, that doesn’t mean that we discontinue being a Faith Community. So today we start our grand experiment in virtual sacred space. We have spent the week listening for the Holy Spirit among the many…

Soul-o Sisters

MISSION | VISION | CALLING Soul-o (i.e. Solo) Sisters gathers (almost) monthly, bringing mutual support to each other as women living alone in this community. Whether living solo by choice or by circumstance, the women of Soul-o Sisters share what’s on their hearts and support each other emotionally and spiritually. WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW March 1, 2020After a preliminary interest meeting last month,…

TMB – Thursday Morning Bible

MISSION | VISION | CALLING More than a “Bible Study,” we are a “Bible Application Group” that welcomes all interpretations of Scripture as we believe the Holy Spirit leads us to the understanding we most need at any given time. Believing that “God alone is Lord of the Conscience,” noone’s interpretation and meaning carries more weight than anyone else’s, though we do…

Love-Joy Fellowship

MISSION | VISION | CALLING Faith Communities are a balance between “faith” and “community.” The many activities of the Love-Joy Fellowship are those organized activities designed to provide opportunities for us to share fellowship time, welcome new members, and deepen relationships already in place. WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW Saturday, January 11th, we will gather at Carmen Clark Lodge of Brighton Town Park for…

Praying Hearts

MISSION | VISION | CALLING Praying hearts provides a mid-week opportunity to gather in community for a time of prayer and meditation around a Bible passage or other related reading. WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW March 16, 2020. One of the beautiful things about South’s Acts of Faith model is its reliance on lay leadership for many of its ministries. In this uncertain time,…

Matthew 25

MISSION | VISION | CALLING This Act of Faith takes its name from Matthew 25:31-46 which calls us to actively engage in our community and the world around us. We do this by embracing three areas of action: building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty.”* WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW Our team gathered as planned to provide hospitality at St. Joe’s…

Three Videos

Sometimes life is just too good to let go. Here are three videos that give you a bit of a glimpse into South Church – who we are, what’s important to us, and how we got here. The Ordination of the Reverend Laura Bachmann On June 22, 2019, the Presbytery of Genesee Valley ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament, our…

Pride Celebrations and the Church

Thoughts from the Pastor on Pride Sunday 2019 On this 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots … here is a reminder of where our church (both the PC(USA) and South Presbyterian’s Acts of Faith) stands on LGBTQ inclusion. I know that this is an issue that many have been taught over the years is “unChristian” (as if Christ taught that anyone was…

3 New AoF’s

South is preparing to launch three new Acts of Faith during the summer months, but all three will be lasting beyond the summer season. As always, please check the CALENDAR for timely information and expect to see individual pages for these three new ministries by the end of June. Thanks be to God for the Creativity of our people as they continue…

First Members and Summer Prayer

June 9, 2019 On Thursday, June 6th, Back2Center worship welcomed its first ever members in its four year history. LuAnn became an Active (i.e. full PC(USA)) Member, while Maria and Vicky opted for Affiliate Membership, meaning they retain their membership in their home churches but are committed to their lives as part of the B2C worshiping community. When everyone is in attendance,…