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Fugues and Fudge” Organ Recital at Greece Baptist Church

On Friday October 15, at 7:00pm, Cheryl Frank will perform an organ concert at Greece Baptist Church (1230 Long Pond Road), as part of a series of events to benefit the church’s organ repair fund.

Rev. Cheryl Frank, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, started playing organ for churches at age 13. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, with a major in viola and a minor in organ, and a Master of Music degree (viola) from the Eastman School of Music. She was a finalist in the Chicago Club of Women Organists’ Annual Organ Performance Competition (1993).

Cheryl has played organ for churches in Wisconsin, Ohio, Louisiana, and New York, including Gates Presbyterian Church (1994-99) and First Baptist Church of Rochester (2005-2015). Cheryl has played viola in several orchestras, including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (1999-2005) and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

The program will include Fugues by Dietrich Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, and Felix Mendelssohn, as well as works by Marcel Dupre and John Ferguson. Cheryl will be joined for this recital by her daughter, Joanna Frank, 15, a cello student of Christopher Haritatos, and a member of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra. Joanna will perform Gabriel Faure’s Elegie, arranged for cello and organ.

Greece Baptist Church’s pipe organ was built in 1894 by Jardine & Son of New York for St. Patrick’s Church in Buffalo. Originally comprising 18 ranks of pipes, it became available in 1982 and was brought here, installed and expanded to 27 ranks by Kerner & Merchant Pipe Organ Builders. The organ was damaged in a church fire in 1990, then restored by Parsons Organ Co. of Canandaigua.

This historic instrument is now in need of some repair—so while there will be no admission charge for the concert, donations will be gratefully accepted toward the Organ Repair Fund. Free finger desserts (including fudge!) will be served after the performance. All guests will be asked to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. For more information, contact the church office at (585) 225-6160, or office@greecebaptistchurch.org

 

Churchview Commons – our partnership for affordable housing
Gates Presbyterian Church has partnered with PathStone Corporation, developer of affordable housing, having entered into a 99- year land lease agreement for PathStone to build a two story 45 unit apartment building on land behind the church. CHURCHVIEW COMMONS will consist of 24 – 1 bedroom and 21- 2 bedroom units. We have also partnered with the YWCA of Rochester whose mission is to offer a continuum of supportive housing resources to single women and families who need a safe and secure home during times of crisis or homelessness.  Read more about this partnership here.

 

Update from COVID Task Force
At a meeting on September 21, 2021, Session approved the following recommendations from the COVID Task Force which are effective immediately. If you have any questions, please contact Tom Ward, chair of the COVID Task Force, at rtward73@outlook.com.
2021 Church Mouse Bazaar event – It is recommended that the 2021 Church Mouse Bazaar be canceled. The COVID infection rate is increasing in the county and we would be unable to ensure safety at that event (such as social distancing, disinfecting all areas, etc.). Larry and Kathy Wakeman were sincerely thanked for their work on this event.
Meetings at the church – It is strongly recommended that during this time of increased COVID infections in our area, that all church related committee/team meetings or gatherings (other than worship) not be held in person at the church but rather be held electronically. In person meetings may be held but only with unanimous consent of everyone involved in the meeting. Masks, sanitizing and social distancing rules must be followed at any in person meetings.
Masks – Until further notice, masks must be worn at all times while in the church building.

GPC’s COVID Response Information
Gates Presbyterian Church COVID Protocols for Building Use (6.21.21)

Read our letter from Session regarding our re-opening plan
GPC Re-Opening Letter 051121
COVID Screening Questions

Read our letters from Session about our COVID-19 response
Update from the COVID Task Force Committee – March 18 2021
Update from the COVID Task Force Committee – January 15 2021
When are we going to re-open? 062520
COVID Letter to Congregation 031820

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