Statement from Rev. Corey Keyes on the shootings at Emanuel AME Church, Charleston

I truly believe and hope and pray that with progressively more enlightening, co-mingling, and blending of successive generations, we are experiencing the death throes of racism in this country. But this particular monster is very dangerous as it thrashes, gnashes and breathes fire to the last. People are dying. Others are pretending this is not happening — claiming crimes here and there are isolated events in which the race of the victim is incidental, or that a particular crime is simply the product of a lone, sick mind. Until science convinces us to eliminate the myth of race, I’d dearly love it if, at least among my circle of acquaintance and influence, we recognize that the monster of racism is still nurtured, stoked, and encouraged by many in our nation.
We cry out and pray for our sisters and brothers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the parents, spouses, siblings, children, and friends of the victims, the people of Charleston and South Carolina, and our country.
The prejudiced and the hate-filled are well aware of the power of faith communities committed to social justice. You can discount us, deride us, slander us, threaten us, bomb us, shoot us up… but we’re growing stronger every day, and we’re coming for you. And when we catch you, we are going to love and teach you right out of your ignorant, misdirected rage.

Annual Service on the Lawn, Party & Concert

Come on out to West BWBCC chicken BBQ poster 2015 header for fbloomfield Congregational Church for our annual Service on the Lawn on Sunday June 14th at 10am with music from dbdb. Sticky Lips BBQ available from 11:30am -3pm. Eat in or Take out. Music from Dirt Child live on the lawn at noon! BBQ is $13 pre-sale/ $14 day of. Dinner tickets available at Cheap Charlies, Toomey’s Express & Shivers in Bloomfield, Dapper Dans in Honeoye Falls and As We Grow in Canandaigua till 6/11. Also available at Honeoye Falls Market Place on May 30th from 10-2. Bake sale! Bouncy House! Face painting! Rubber Duck Raffle! Lawn games!

Christmas Services

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WBCC is FILLED with SPIRIT this Christmas season! So many of you have commented on the particular warmth and loving Spirit we are feeling in our beautiful old church Please mark your calendars and add to that Spirit with your presence:

• Sunday, December 21 A Christmas Carol Shadow Play and The Hallelujah Chorus 10am. An engaging, old-fashioned telling of the Dickens classic, complete with shadow actors and sound effects. Followed by a stirring rendition of Handel’s masterpiece.
• Monday, December 24 CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES 7pm Family Service, 11pm Quiet Communion, Our early service is boisterous and celebratory, our late service is more quiet and reflective, concluding with candlelight singing and the ringing of the church bell at midnight.