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Open Arms MCC

68 Ashland Street
Rochester, NY, 14620
Tel: (585) 271-8478

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A Letter from Reverend Brae Adams:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen    

you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

– Isaiah 41:10

Beloved Community,

Along with you all, our board and leadership have been monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 virus and it’s spread across the world, including here in Monroe county.  Those who are most vulnerable appear to be folks with chronic illnesses, weakened immune systems, and persons over age 65.  Our church is blessed to be a place where many people in those high risk groups have found a home for worship and community. As I am sure you are now aware, numerous colleges and universities, schools, places of business and churches have closed and will remain closed until the spread of the disease is abated or a vaccine is found.   With this in mind, we have made the difficult decision to stop Sunday morning worship and all other gatherings for the next two weeks – March 15 and March 22.  Prior to March 29, we will assess the situation and make plans accordingly.  An online worship experience is being devised and we will notify you of where it can be found as soon as the plans are in place. 

We are also looking at ways to expand our Faith and Life series and Wednesday Bible Study (at 11:00) to an online format so stay tuned for more information. 

Our church experience may be different in the next few months, but the work of Church continues. Please check on one another and let me know if there are people in our community who have pastoral concerns.  I will be available by cell phone at (585)662-3785.  “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.” 1 John 4:7

Finally, although we will not be gathering in person, please continue to honor your pledge via mail or online.  There is a link to give electronically on our web page .

We know that God is with us as always in the midst of this unprecedented situation. Let us be aware and awake, but not afraid. Please pray for those who have been and will be affected by the virus, for healthcare workers and other caregivers, for our church, our city and our world. 

May the peace of Christ be with us all until we meet again in person.

Rev. Brae