RCRC and Creation Care

Our church installed rooftop solar panels in 2021 to power its building entirely with clean electricity, seeking to encourage environmental stewardship and follow the biblical mandate to care for God’s creation.

 

According to Rochester Area Interfaith Climate Action, ours is the first solar-powered house of worship in the Rochester area. 

 

A 90-panel array sends surplus power onto the grid of Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. during the summer and draws electricity from the grid to make up for any shortfall during the shorter, cloudier days of winter. The system’s performance in its first year suggests it will produce about 35,000 kilowatt-hours annually and meet our building’s need.

 

GreenSpark Solar of Ontario, Wayne County, installed the system. The project cost approximately $72,000, partially offset by a subsidy of about $12,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

 

A financial analysis by GreenSpark estimated that the system will slash the church’s electricity bills by enough to pay for itself within 14 years, The output of the solar panels is covered by a 25-year warranty, and they are expected to generate power for 30 years or more.

We offer Sunday School for all levels -- Kindergarten through Adult. 

We invite you to join us each Sunday from 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM.


Class Offerings


  • We will learn stories from the second part of the Old Testament from Solomon through the Return of the Exiles.


    All class members will meet at 10:45 AM in the lounge for our Bible lesson. Children will then respond to the lesson through small group, age-appropriate activities.

  • This fall our our teens will study the second half of the book of John and grapple with questions including:


    • Who is Jesus?
    • How is Jesus the Resurrection and the Life?
    • Why is it essential to abide in Christ?
    • What did Jesus mean by, "It is finished?"
    • How does John persuade his readers to believe in Jesus?

    This spring our teens will be joining the adults for a survey of the Old Testament taught by Bethany Miller and Pastor Anthony.

  • The purpose of this fellowship is to bring together college students and professors to discuss current issues in (secular) academia. The Academic Fellowship Hour is organized by Esa Rantanen, but anyone is welcome to bring a relevant topic or question to be discussed. We also welcome high school students who may be exploring their college options to join us and “pick our brains” about the life in the academia.

  • Two fall offerings:


    1. Acts of the Apostles

    • a study of the book of Acts
    • taught by Pastor Anthony and Tim Collins

    2. Heidelburg Catechism

    • a study of the catechism
    • led by David Dill


    One spring offering:

    The Epic of Eden

    • a survey of the Old Testament
    • taught by Pastor Anthony and Bethany Miller


Connection Groups


1 Corinthians 14:26

What should be done then, my brothers and sisters?  When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.


Connection groups are open to all people...RCRC members, non-members, Christians, and non-Christians.


They provide a setting for:

     ... faithful loving of each other as Christ loved us.

     ... understanding what it means to believe and live as followers of Christ.

     ... visitors and new members to immerse themselves in our church life.

     ... people to share joys and struggles with their brothers and sisters in Christ.   

     ... a group to plan service projects that reach out to others in our church or community.

     ... working out the implications and application of the gospel in our lives.

    

The Connection Groups listed below are open to new participants.


   Cancer Support Group, 1st Saturdays of the month at 10 AM

    Will resume if there is interest again

    Contact: Christina Thompson 880-3275


   Men’s Bible study, Weekly Saturday 7:00 AM

    Meeting in the RCRC Lounge

    Contact: Neil van Barneveldt 585-626-8450


   Retiree's Connection Group, 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10 AM

    Meeting in classroom #1

    Contact: Shari Harrison 585-301-5227


   Women 2 Women - Ladies' Connection Crafting Group

   Meeting in homes, 2nd and 4th Fridays of the Month

   Contact: Shari Harrison 585-301-5227


Other groups will form as interest develops.


Email office@rochestercrc.org for answers to general questions. 

Contact the listed individual for more information about any particular group.