June/July - Park Ridge Free Methodist Church
A Note From the Pastor...
Summer is ﬁnally here and so is our summer schedule. Our last regular midweek
will be Wednesday, May 28, at 7:00 pm. The Powerhouse youth will be having
their year-end banquet on Wednesday, June 4. For more informa+on, talk with
Lance or Debbie. Throughout the summer we will be having special events and
prayer gatherings. Watch the bulle+n or your email for more informa+on.
Our Sunday School will be taking a break during the summer months and the last
Sunday School will be June 8. Following the morning service, we will have a covered dish luncheon (bring a dish to share) followed by our yearly Annual Society/
Congrega+on mee+ng where we elect those who will be serving in diﬀerent leadership posi+ons star+ng July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. If you would like to be
considered for a leadership posi+on, please let the oﬃce secretary know as soon as
you can. We will also be taking a break from our preaching series “The Story” during the summer, but please con+nue to read through all the chapters. Our summer
series will be focusing on diﬀerent topics that we ﬁnd in the bible and that we all
have to face in our lives.
Our family will be having a busy schedule with the arrival of our new grandson
some+me in late June and also our daughter Bethany’s gradua+on from high
school. I want to invite all of you to celebrate with us on Sunday, June 29, from
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm at our house for feas+ng and fun as we wish Bethany well. We
are also hoping to take a much needed vaca+on some+me this summer.
I pray that our summer will be a blessed +me where God’s spirit will ﬂow within
all of us to produce a life of spiritual growth harves+ng a good crop of the fruit of
the Spirit (love, joy, peace, pa+ence, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
self-control). Thank you for your con+nued support and prayers.
Arts & Crafts Camp
See page 5 inside!
Inside this issue:
Sincerely with love,
In the Spotlight ...................... 2
Upcoming Events, Announcements
and Happenings .................... 3
Anniversaries ......................... 6
Calendars ................................ 7
... to help us learn and recognize the many ways these people
and families are enriching the Park Ridge congregation.
The Strong Family
The Strong Family
Jon is originally from Jamestown, NY and Yvonne is originally from Watertown, NY, having moved to Albany, NY in the
3rd grade. Jon and Yvonne met
at Roberts Wesleyan College in
1987, began dating in 1989 and
were married in 1991. They began attending Park Ridge FM
Church as new college students
Jon, Yvonne, Morgan, Luke
and have never left! Jon ran a
pizzeria for 10 years before becoming a Monroe County Sheriff
in 1996. Yvonne worked a couple of different jobs before
starting to work at Roberts Wesleyan College, where she has
worked for 15 years. Jon is on the board for the Gates Chili
Junior Spartans Basketball league and organizes the PRFMC
softball teams. For recreation he enjoys playing basketball,
softball, golf, and spending time with friends. Yvonne enjoys
reading, gardening, and spending time with friends.
They have two teenage children, Morgan (18) and Luke
(16). Morgan and Luke both enjoy volunteering for children’s
ministries at the church. Morgan has always been a good sport
about following her younger brother around at his sporting
events by being involved in different ways such as keeping
score for his team or videotaping for coaches. Morgan loves to
babysit, enjoys working at Wegman’s and is very excited about
graduating from Gates Chili High School this year and attending Roberts Wesleyan College in the fall to study nursing, hoping to work as a pediatric or neonatal nurse. Luke enjoys
sports, having played JV basketball and golf most recently,
hoping to play Varsity this coming year. He always looks forward to the church’s softball season and recently began working at the Chili Country Club.
Tim is originally from
Jamestown, NY. He started
attending Park Ridge FM
Church in 1989-90 as a
sophomore at Roberts Wesleyan College. His initial
draw to Park Ridge were
the many doughnuts before Sunday School, as well
as the young adult class
Tim, Karina, Ryan
taught by Roger and Ginnie
Jarvis. Tim worked for Nortel Networks out of college and then
contracted with Xerox and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. He is
currently contracting at Carestream Health. At Park Ridge Tim
has served as the dispersing treasurer for the past 20 or so
years. He also serves as the lead audio and video tech, the
treasurer for the New Day Christian Preschool, website administrator and serves on the ALT and MLT boards. Tim’s interests include bicycling, bowling, RC flying, photography, amateur radio, astronomy, learning to play the guitar and anything
Tim has two teenage children, Karina (17) and Ryan (15).
Both Karina and Ryan have enjoyed being in the Powerhouse
youth program at Park Ridge. Karina enjoys music, attending
Christian rock concerts, and being with friends. Ryan enjoys
playing soccer, concert band and marching band where he
plays the trumpet, playing video games and having fun with his
Starting on Father’s Day and continuing through Labor Day
light refreshments will be offered immediately following the
morning services. This would be a time to greet and connect
with one another. The refreshments could include fruit, muffins, sweet breads, coffee cake, veggies, bagels, and would
serve 50 people or so. Beverage will be provided. If you
would like to sign up for one or a couple of Sundays or would
like to provide some sweet breads that could be frozen in advance to use, please email the church office or let Patty Stoffel
GRADUATION SUNDAY - June 8
Best wishes to the following graduates:
Gabriella Kettinger – Home Schooled
She will be attending Roberts Wesleyan College in the fall
majoring in Nursing.
Bethany Pulice – Greece Athena High School (Valedictorian
with Highest Honors). She will be attending Roberts Wesleyan
College in the fall majoring in Nursing.
Morgan Strong – Gates Chili High School (National Honor
Society). She will be attending Roberts Wesleyan College in
the fall majoring in Nursing.
Katie Buettner – Roberts Wesleyan cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She was accepted into the
Alpha Kappa Sigma Honor Society and plans to go to graduate
school to pursue a masters and doctorate in psychology.
Joy VanGraafeiland – Grove City College with a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Psychology.
Upcoming Events, Announcements and Happenings
in the Life of Our Church
VBS Volunteer Meeting, following the service
Powerhouse Senior Banquet, 6:30 at Martino’s
Mary Martha Ministry, 10:30 - Noon
Last day of Sunday School
Graduation Sunday, during the service
Covered Dish Lunch/Society Meeting, following service
6 VBS Volunteer Meeting, following the service
VBS Decorating! Pizza provided
7-11 VBS, 9:30 - Noon
21-22 Arts & Crafts Camp
9:00 - 11:00
PreK - 1st Grade
12:00 - 2:30
2nd Grade - 8th Grade
Ireland Mission Team Update
The Ireland Mission’s team is excited to be getting ever closer
to their trip to Dublin this August. Twelve members from the
church and three others will be spending a week running a
Family Camp for a group of 70+ people from inner-city Dublin.
The purpose of the camp is to offer moms, dads, sons and
daughters, in a family setting, the opportunity to grow together
in the things of God, in an atmosphere of mutual trust, safety
and support. Each of the families comes from an area of great
social need where levels of crime, unemployment, truancy,
violence and substance abuse are much higher than the national
average. Many do their best to survive but face a constant
temptation to stray to the wrong side of the law. Please be
praying for our team as we prepare to minister to these families.
The cost for the team to make the trip and provide the resources for the week is $15,400. We are very pleased to have
raised over three quarters of that need already through our two
fundraisers, the Garage Sale and BBQ/Silent Auction, and personal letters sent to family and friends. Our current remaining
need is $2,678, and we would also like to be able to leave a gift
for the continuing work of the mission. If you would like to
make a donation to the team you can do so at any time, note
“Ireland Missions Team” on your check or on offering envelope. On Sunday, June 15 we will be taking a special offering
for the team at the end of the service.
The Gallery at Park Ridge
The Gallery Girls wish to thank everyone who came out in support of our fundraiser for the Ireland Missions Team on May 16.
Thank you also to those who donated merchandise, baked
goods, and their time. Several people also solicited area businesses for gift cards and certificates which were raffled off. It
appeared that everyone had a fun time and good food from
Thank you to those who contributed to the “Spring/Easter”
gallery. We have now opened the “Favorite Person, Place or
Pet” photo gallery. If you have a framed photo you wish to display, please do so! All you need to do is see one of the Gallery
Girls (June Harris, Sue Henry or me) to obtain the paperwork
which you must fill out and submit with your photo. That’s it!
I know there are many photographers in our congregation!
A GREAT MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION
We celebrated Mother’s Day by presenting to all the ladies present a potted plant. Congratulations to our oldest mother present
– Doris Brown, and our youngest mother present – Edita Roberts. We also had a special infant and children baptism. Congratulations to the following children and their parents:
Annabelle Rose Abram,
daughter of Chris and Deanna Abram
Matthew Dorobiala, Michael Dorobiala, Jr.,
sons of Michael and Kym Dorobiala
Jacob and Olivia Gilman,
son and daughter of Jon and Marcia Gilman
son of Patrick and Edita Roberts
Congratulations to Jon and Marcia Gilman on the birth
of their twins, Jacob Paul and Olivia Jean on May 10!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Joanne Chase and family
on the death of her husband, John, to Jill Romberg and family
on the death of her brother, Gary, and to Judi Marino and family on the death of her father.
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The trustees are concentrating on the exterior of the building
and grounds at this time. We had one work day with Tammy
Hoffman, David Stiffler, Todd Zimmerman, Jason Bugajski,
Doug Williams, and Pastor Deano helping out. Thank you all
I am scheduling Monday, June 2 (rain date June 9) from 4:00
- 7:00 pm to finish with raking, window washing, flower planting, bush trimming, etc. If you can give even one hour of your
time, that would be awesome! Please email or call me if you
The handicap accessible bathroom project is moving forward
with lots of help from Rick Stoffel and David Stiffler where we
are in the permit stages with the Town of Greece. The Decorating Committee has met and chosen the flooring, wall colors,
etc. Thank you to Joyce Gallagher, Joyce Jarvis, Michelle
Kettinger and our newest member, Sue Henry.
Carolyn Stiffler, Lead Trustee
We just held our Moving Up and Graduation ceremonies. The
kids did great job and had so much fun! The kids and the families will be missed this summer. Thank you so much to everyone who has been involved with and has helped with the preschool this year. It is greatly appreciated!
Now onto preparing for next year. We have officially filled
both our classes for the fall, so we're very excited for the new
year to begin and to see our families and students.
Lori Williams, Director
Kids Praise Days
Kids Praise Days will be sharing on Father's Day! All those kids who participated in Kids Praise leading up to the Easter Pageant
have learned the song, so plan to participate with us and share a little Good News with Dad!
Wednesday Night Kid’s Club
Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philippians 2:15,16
What a great year we had! Just like squirrels gather nuts to have ready when times get tough and they need them, the kids hid
MANY verses of God’s Word in their hearts, which will be ready when times get tough and they need them in the future! (No, I
did not say the kids were squirrely, I said they were like squirrels...)
We studied the Gospels this year, learning to whom they were written, and about Jesus' name, family, friends, travels and teaching. we held our first “Bible Bowl” (like a mini quiz), and had our CLC focus each month. Honor Council was held on Wednesday, April 30, and many kids earned many badges and awards. I am SO PROUD! We’ll pick it up again in the fall!
Special Thanks to Tracy Davis, Michelle Baretela, Mary Jane Strong, Jill Romberg, Wendy Strong, Jason Strong, Todd
Davis and Matt Trost for committing to teaching and being godly examples to these children every week of WNKC! Way to
Shine like Stars!
Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the L. Psalm 34:11
June 8 will be our last Sunday School class, and then we’ll break for summer. The kids are so blessed to have caring teachers who
prepare special lessons with the kids’ interests, personalities and abilities in mind. They studied God’s plan for friendship and families, Jesus’ miracles, and some of them focused on The Story from a little different angle. Special Thanks to Tammy Hoffman,
Katie Buettner, Wendy Strong, and Rick Stoffel. Our kids are blessed!
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children...Deuteronomy 6:6, 7
Both PreK-K and Elementary Children’s Church have been working on learning the Verse of the Month. Check out the Kid’s Corner of the bulletin to keep track of what the verse is. You can earn a prize if you learn the verse!
We got a hear start on The Story curriculum back in the fall, and the teachers and kids alike have enjoyed the format. We’ll be
moving on to a little more hands-on learning for the PreK-K kids soon and Kids Connections for the elementary kids. So, Parents,
be on the lookout for Connection Papers so you can keep Connected with what your kids are learning.
The teachers all bring a different perspective in the way they present their lessons and it keeps the stories fresh and new for the
kids. They all spend time preparing lessons that make the Worship Service as meaningful as in the Sanctuary. Special Thanks to
Lori Williams, Katie Buettner, Morgan Strong, Michelle Krikorian, Susan Solt, Matt Trost and ALL the assistants for sharing the talents and abilities with which God has blessed you!
Michelle Trost, Director of Children’s Ministries
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Ages 4- 5th Grade, completed
Don't miss this chance to share some Good Fun and the
Good News! Games, Music, CraDs, Stories & More!
Register Today! Download the forms from the church’s
website (parkridgefmc.org) or call the church oﬃce
Help is needed anywhere from 1 day to 5 days. Sign up
today and join the fun!
Crea6ve learning is fun!
Come and join the fun as we create art, enjoy a water
day (body paint, water balloons, etc...), make a cake fondant project, build piñatas, paint murals and make other
great craDs. Games and snacks are also included.
Our closing program will be an Art Opening with a gallery recep+on for family members at 10:30 AM on Friday
for the morning group and at 2:00 PM for the aDernoon
Fee for camp: $55 per child/$125 maximum per family
Register Today! Download the forms from the church’s
website (parkridgefmc.org) or call the church oﬃce
Volunteers are needed! Call the church oﬃcer to sign
up. Don't miss out on a great week of crea6vity!
What a great year we had with the Crossroads students. I loved
taking the time to look at the miracles of Jesus, and learning
about the commonality, the differences, and the purposes between each miracle example. The students have been able
to provide excellent insight and have been actively engaged
throughout the year, and it is always a joy. To see the growth
that takes place throughout the school year. We are looking forward to the summer and the next school year. Keep your eyes
pealed for some events that will be taking place this summer!
Embracing Options Baby Bottle fundraiser is underway. Please
pick up a bottle in the narthex to fill with change, bills or a check
then return it by Sunday, June 15. Embracing Options is a community outreach of His Branches whose mission is to reach the
culture of today with positive life affirming choices relating to
pregnancy and sexual activity. Offices are located in the city at
342 Arnett Boulevard and in Webster at 35 Curtice Park.
The Chicken BBQ and Silent Auction fundraiser for the Ireland Missions Trip Team raised over $1,700!! The Ireland Team
worked hard at the BBQ serving 300 meals, advertising on the
street corner, directing traffic in the parking lot, etc. The
“Gallery Girls” (Joyce Gallagher, Sue Henry and June Harris)
did a great job organizing and running the Silent Auction and
Raffle. Thank you, Ladies! If you missed out on all the fun, but
would like to make a donation towards the missions trip you
may do so by writing your check to Park Ridge Free Methodist
Church, and on the memo line write “Ireland Trip”. As important and necessary as the fundraisers are for the trip,
let’s remember prayer is even more important and necessary. Only 10 ½ weeks until they leave.
If you see someone whose special day has already occurred,
please wish them well.
Ryan and Katie
Ed and Dorothy
Todd and Tracy
Rob and Ashley
Michael and Sharyn
Wayne and Mary Jane
Jason and Laura
Dale and Dottie
Jon and Yvonne
Cody and Brittany
Lance and Debbie
David and Paula
Matt and Michelle
Bert and Laurie
Conrad and Valerie
Scott and Erin
9:30 Sunday School
VBS Volunteer Mtg.
6:45 Family Night
8 GCDE SFGEDH
9:30 Sunday School
4:00 - 7:00 Church
15 FDJKLC’M DDH
4:00 - 7:00 Church
Work Day (rain day)
4 IGELPLGELGQL DDH
VBS Volunteer Mtg.
Vaca6on Bible School 9:30 - Noon
Arts & CraUs Camp
Park Ridge Free Methodist Church
10 Straub Road
Rochester, NY 14626
E-mail: oﬃ[email protected]
The Park Ridge Free Methodist Church is commiVed to becoming a family of believers
who love God wholeheartedly, love others uncondi6onally,
and make fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Ma. 22:38-39, Ma. 25:34-40, Ma. 28:18-19
Ministry Leaders and Staﬀ
Assistant to the Pastor
Local Ministerial Candidate (LMC)
Director of Children’s Ministries
Look for us
on the Web
Sunday Worship: 10:30 am
Deano S. Pulice