Whether it's our bi-annual garage sale, the Drive-Thru Live Nativity, our community garden, the Harvest Festival, Sunday's Adult Forum presentations or musical concerts, our church stays active with many events.
Our May 17th Church School on-line service focused on the youth of SPC. It featured litany read by our young people and reflections from our two oldest youth. There was recognition of our wonderful volunteer teachers, our exiting high school senior and of our youth group director. Head to our Facebook page to view it.
We were so pleased to welcome Jessica Gu and her accompanist Chloe de Souza to Summerville for this special concert. Jessica is a passionate soprano with a deep fascination for classical music. She is currently studying at the Eastman School of Music for her Bachelor’s degree, under the tutelage of Ruth Hennessy. Chloe is currently pursuing her graduate studies in Piano Performance as the recipient of the Cecile Staub Genhart Scholarship at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Boris Slutsky and Marina Lomazov. They performed works by Schumann, Chausson and Bellini. It truly was an enjoyable opportunity to listen to some lovely vocal and instrumental music.
Rev. Rod Frohman, retired associate pastor of Third Presbyterian Church, spoke on behalf of RAIHN as a co-founder of the group. RAIHN is a Rochester organization which supports families who are temporarily homeless and eager to return to a self-sustaining life. SPC was a host church for 7 years and now serves as as a Friend of RAIHN supporting via helping as needed with volunteer and financial support. Rev. Frohman spoke about RAIHN and updated us on activities and fund raisers. He indicated that youth are encouraged to participate in fund raising events as they are able. Our annual Advent Festival of Trees is another way we have supported RAIHN and several years ago we donated the play room funding for the new Day Center in memory of Ray Nelson, a faithful RAIHN volunteer.
Sunday, February 23, SPC welcomed our newest member. Scott is an Irondequoit native now residing in Greece.
Scott is pictured with his two sons Connor and Nick as well as friend Linda Urban.
The Scott Woods Memorial Bell Choir has been ringing at Summerville Church for over 50 years! The group plays an anthem once a month in church and often accompanies hymns during services. To find out more, visit our staff page and meet our director.
After directing the bell choir at today's service, Jackie lent her bell ringing skills in teaching our youth. The children enjoyed learning different elements of the bell's tones and were able to play a few songs with Jackie's direction.
It was a joyous day for our congregation as we celebrated the Scouts organization especially the two troops who call Summerville their home. Pack 203 Cub Scouts, and Troop 127 were joined by their leaders and families and participated in the service in several ways. We're glad to be able to provide meeting space to them. They in turn do much to help us out from heavy lifting for the garage sale and cleaning up our grounds during spring and fall clean-up! Our own resident Eagle Scout, Hal Schindler brought in his Boy Scout sash and badges and shared stories of his scouting days.