Team from Third Church to visit Kihumo Parish in Nairobi, Kenya

At the beginning of October a team of five people from Third Church will be visiting the Kihumo Parish of PCEA in Nairobi Kenya. Third Church has been partnering with Kihumo for almost 10 years with exchanges being made approximately every 2 years. Some of our friends from Kihumo visited Rochester in the fall of 2017 when many of us were able to meet them.

A project that Third Church is currently helping with is to finish construction of the school building for the older children. We are looking forward to be able to do some hands on work to help with this.

As we get ready to travel to Kenya we look forward to sharing more information and will be blogging as we are in Kenya.

The members of the team are: Brad Sparks, Gregg Hamberger, Jeanne Fisher, Dianna Daunton and Clive Daunton

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Arts & Enrichment

child feeding a goatThis year Arts and Enrichment is working with Wilson Commencement Park/Sojourner Home. Following the launch of Wilson Wondercamp Summer Sizzle, Fall 2018 launched in mid October with three afterschool arts programs:

  • Capoeira
  • Improvisation
  • Dance

This will end with a performance to be scheduled for the family and community in December. The date and time will be announced shortly.

We are looking for people who might want to adopt one or more children give a few small gifts to the children so each performer has a little gift following their hard work. An alternative is to donate gift cards, so the Director of Children’s Programming, Ms. Gloria Martin can shop for what the children need.

This year, the Director, Melanie Jones’s goals of strengthening families through shared activities began with a family trip to Stokoe Farms on Sunday, October 28th. 30 residents attended and were treated to an animal farm, picking pumpkins, an anti-bullying theme corn maize, food and rides. Much thanks to the staff for hosting us at a reduced rate! Pictures capturing the moments are below.

Through Fill the Bus, these trips are able to happen. We welcome your continued support.

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Connecting Pittsford Community with Rochester Students

by Deb Bishop

Student writing award recipients, teacher, and tutors

(front row) Four of the student writing award recipients with (back row) Ann VanBork, tutor, Kimberly Brown, teacher and Jeanne Whitney, tutor

I love watching a connection bloom into life-changing possibilities! It happens more than we might think at Third Church’s tutor program.

Tutor Ann VanBork made such a connection during this school year at Nathaniel Rochester Community School #3 (NRCS). In addition to tutoring Ann is a member of the Women’s Club of Pittsford (WCOP). WCOP serves the community in many ways including educational programs. For several years WCOP Continue reading

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Thoughtfulness is …

Bedtime Bag
There are lots of ways to show thoughtfulness – some big – some small. Our own Erin Colaluca prepared these great “bedtime bags” for our RAIHN kids along with some extras – they were age appropriate, and contained items like a huggable rag-type unisex doll, personal toothbrush/paste/soap, a bedtime book, and a toy – for some a container of tiny dinosaurs!

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Be Our Guest

by Ty Albee
DRM mealI headed out for lunch on a cold Saturday morning in January, trying a new-to-me place I’d heard good things about!

Upon my arrival the door was opened for me and I was greeted with a kind hello. As I made my way down the stairs I could smell something good was cooking, leading me by the nose like in those old Looney Tunes cartoons. Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

smiling face of child
I have a confession to make – 15 years ago I could never have imagined we would be looking ahead to our 52nd RAIHN rotation! Some in our congregation have asked to know more detail about those we have served and how we contributed to their journey back to independent housing. I am here to share.

So many of you gave your time, your energy, your compassion, your continuing pledge money, your YOU to our families who lived here during Thanksgiving week.  And over these past several years, I remain so grateful for Lou Loggi’s Continue reading

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More than Food

baggie of personal care itemsPeople who have food insecurities, and come to food pantries, have needs in addition to food. Government subsidies do not apply to many daily needs like toilet paper, kleenex, soap, dental care items, etc. Too often these needs are overlooked when we are focused on providing food. Thank goodness for people who step up to fill this gap.

A contribution from Doug Rice in memory of his mother Cile Rice, Continue reading

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