Go out and train everyone you meet,
far and near, in this way of life.

Pastors

This is the category for thoughts and reflections from the Pastor

Pastoral Letter

(10/7/2018) [This was send via email to the congregation this morning and subsequently read aloud at Fellowship of Faith.] Good Morning, Church! Although I know that some of you will be attending worship in the next few hours, there are some things to share with everyone on this fall morning in Rochester. I am really mindful of the various responses that many…

2018 State of the Church Message

Here’s is the Pastor’s 2018 State of the Church address as found in the 2017 Annual Report. If you would rather watch the 18 minute video of this address, CLICK HERE.   A Look Ahead …  Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his…

“Happy” Lent? You’re Kidding, Right?

(February 25, 2018) With all of the national news that is SO upsetting … Parkland, Florida … the Mueller investigation(s) … the Me, Too ! Movement … people in the WH not having security clearances to the documents they’re seeing every DAY … the number of now-convicted FELONS coming from this administration … it might seem naive to some that this year,…

The Evan Dawson Show

Pastor Deb was a guest (again) on Evan Dawson’s show. You can listen to the podcast here. Connections WEEKDAYS NOON-2:00 P.M. ON WXXI-AM 1370, FM 107.5, AND WRUR-FM 88.5 IN ROCHESTER AND WEOS 89.5 FM IN GENEVA HOSTED BY EVAN DAWSON Evan Dawson talks about what matters to you on Connections, Every weekday from Noon-2 p.m. Be part of the program with questions or comments…

A Meerkat Moment

(February 22, 2018) I. Am. Exhausted. The last week or ten days have been emotionally draining, the work load has been huge. And I know I’m not the only one feeling this way. The shootings in Parkland, FL — the students’ outrage and mobilization — has brought about both pride and tears from me. There is hope for the nation when I…

Introducing Monroe Milers

February 8, 2018 – One of the benefits of our expanded Acts of Faith Community is our association with an amazing program for youth — the Monroe Milers. Here is a brief introduction recently written as part of a grant application by one of the Milers’ founders, Nancy Allinger. Monroe Milers is a 100 % volunteer operated, high quality, developmentally appropriate urban…

What God Has Joined Together …

February 2, 2018 – Happy Groundhog’s Day, Candlemas, and Imbolc!!!!! Well … after almost three years of working together toward this goal, the Genesee Valley Presbytery voted unanimously on Tuesday night (1/30/2018) to allow New Life Presbyterian Church to dissolve as a corporate entity and to join their five Acts of Faith to South and our Acts of Faith Community. The dissolution occurred as…

The Last Words of David

I’m sitting in safe, dry, beautiful Rochester, New York this morning as millions of my countrymen (and women) are fleeing for their lives from Hurricane Irma. It hardly seems possible that we are in the same country when our situations are so vastly different. Watching the slow-moving (12 mph) storm that is wider than the state of Florida and is about the size…

Hell in the Hallway

(August 14, 2017) It’s Monday morning following a disheartening, fearful, horrific weekend in Charlottesville, VA that has tested the spirit and faith of many. It’s a Monday morning when several people have attended local rallies in support of diversity, tolerance and the best of what we, as a nation, have to offer. I’m hearing questions that border on hopelessness:  How did this…