Join the Gates Presbyterian Team for a fun and personally rewarding day at the East Avenue Grocery Run on November 4th! The East Avenue Grocery Run, a 5k and 1 mile run and walk, raises money to feed hungry people in Rochester. In the last five years, this fun, family-friendly event has raised more than $145,000 for local food pantries and emergency-meal programs! This year, you can join the Gates Presbyterian Team and 100% of your $25 registration fee will go directly to our hunger programs. Here’s how: Register online at or in person at Fleet Feet Sports locations. Indicate your affiliation with Gates Presbyterian Team.
You can also boost your positive impact by spreading the word about our online fundraising page at Send a quick email to friends and family with this link to let them know you’re running or walking and ask for their support. Again, 100% of all contributions go directly to the Gates Presbyterian hunger programs.
Participants are invited to bring non-perishable food items to donate to Foodlink. Last year’s collection totaled more than 1500 pounds of food for local emergency-meal programs. Let’s get fit and fight hunger together on November 4th!

One Church, One Book
“Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson

In November, GPC joins our Presbyterian “Riverside Neighbors” for a book discussion of “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. Copies of the book can be ordered on or call the office if you would like the church to order you a copy ($10).

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18th, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Church Mouse Bazaar was started 40 years ago as a fundraiser to supplement our annual budget and it still contributes to all parts of it. In the beginning, church groups made items to sell. Now we have church people and crafters from all over the community looking forward to showing off their creativity and selling only handcrafted wares. This, the longest running craft show in the area, has expanded to more than 80 tables of arts and crafts, and a church-run baked food sale and an extensive Snack Bar. Every year there are wonderful gifts to be had for you and for Holiday presents! Admission is FREE, so tell your friends!
To make this a successful year again, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
NEED HELP: Friday evening, Saturday morning, baked foods, at Snack Bar, parking, Saturday after 3:30pm. We need over 100 volunteers to make the day happen. GPC has made this a fun, well run event that crafters and the public love. It is a great way to meet church people you may not know. We keep the time commitments short and we have FUN, too. Sign-ups will be in the bulletins, kiosk and electronically in November, so watch for them and sign up to help in any way you can! For questions, contact the church office.

Sermons are meant to be a response that invites a dialogue between our lives and the passages of scripture read in worship. Once a month after service, there will be an opportunity to join Melissa or Katie for a conversation about the sermon, scripture and how we are living our faith together as the church. The next “Talk Back” session is scheduled for November 19th at 11:30 in the Adult Lounge. The focus will be sharing questions and answers regarding the information shared about the “Renewal Time” happening in 2018!

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Hurricane Harvey and Irma information

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic event.  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. The core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing, and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

  • Focuses on the long term recovery of disaster impacted communities.
  • Provides training and disaster preparedness for presbyteries and synods.
  • Works collaboratively with church partners and members of the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) internationally, and nationally with other faith based responders.
  • Connects partners locally and internationally with key organizations active in the response — United Nations, NVOAD (National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster), World Food Program, Red Cross, FEMA and others.

To give to the relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey, please designate DR000169 or Hurricane Irma, please designate DR000194 and send checks to Presbyterian Church (USA), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh,, PA 15264-3700.

HOLD THE DATE!!! – Tuesday, December 12th

Please join us at the Whittier Party House for our annual Women’s Candlelight dinner beginning at 6pm.
We will be collecting personal items for Willow (formerly ABW) again this year. Tickets will be sold in early November.


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