Recent News

Become a Tutor and Make Academic Success in 2020-2021 a “Virtual” Reality!

August 20, 2020

Third Church has a thriving Tutoring Program at Pinnacle Elementary School #35, on the border of the City of Rochester and Brighton. During this health crisis, the program must reinvent…

Youth Ministry Update

August 20, 2020

The YOUth@Third program year has historically mirrored that of the academic year, but this summer the YOUth@Third have continued to meet virtually via twice-monthly care groups on GoogleMeet. Because the…

Commissioning Class 2019-2020

August 20, 2020

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Commissioning class! On Sunday, August 16, twelve youth were received into membership at a special session meeting. We will welcome them and affirm their answers to…

Congregational Fellowship

August 20, 2020

For September, many of our fellowship groups will be continuing their existing virtual gatherings. Church Ladies (every other Thursday—September 3 & 17) at 7:00pm.  The Church Ladies will be gathering…

COVID-19 Update

August 20, 2020

The church is currently in Phase 2 of our four-part re-opening plan. Worship continues to be held online only; gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed for life events…

Children’s Ministry Update, September 2020

August 20, 2020

Friends, it is simply a strange year. We are all doing things differently in every area of our lives—home, work, recreation, hobbies, extended family, volunteering, and, of course, church. Each…

Adult Spiritual Formation, September 2020

August 20, 2020

We are using online platforms for Adult Spiritual Formation gatherings during social-distancing. We have a really marvelous lineup of Sunday Seminar speakers for the Fall. Sunday Seminar—Sundays, 9:30-10:30am (No seminar…

I-PEAce Monthly Prayer for Israel-Palestine Begins

August 19, 2020

Prayer is something we all can do. This month your I-PEAce team (Israel-Palestine Education & Action team) is asking you to please join us for our first monthly Prayer for…

Z-Notes, August 20, 2020

August 19, 2020

I am having one of those weeks when you drop the thought bucket into the well of good ideas…and it clunks on the dry ground. I don’t call it writer’s…

September Preaching Schedule

August 19, 2020

We are concluding our sermon series comparing Rome to Rochester—or at least looking at the lessons we can learn from Paul’s letter to the Romans—on September 6. For the remainder…

Introducing Our New Choral Scholars for 2020-2021

August 19, 2020

For many decades, Third Church has enjoyed the benefit of local professional singers and Eastman students serving as Choral Scholars, a relatively new term for the leaders in our Chancel…

Transitory Talk from Pastor Z: More on Process

August 19, 2020

I don’t generally talk about the interim process in every issue in this space. The interesting time through which we are living confounds our efforts to be clear in communicating…