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September 22, 2018 - 6:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in first presbyterian, batavia, news.

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The First Presbyterian Church in Batavia celebrated its 209th anniversary today by hosting a Scottish Heritage Festival. The festival featured food, ancient highlander games and toys, bagpipes (Carol Romanowski, top photo), and a lecture on Protestant churches in Batavia by Genesee County Historian Michael Eula, Ph.D. (second picture with Mike Stuart). 

Bottom photo: Ludia Gundel, age 7.

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July 14, 2010 - 3:17pm

The following news release was submitted, along with the photo, by Roula Alkhouri, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, at 300 E. Main St. in Batavia:

"The Galatic Blast Mission Control Center of Vacation Bible School at First Presbyterian Church in Batavia is inviting children between the ages of 5 and 11 to board the Starship Galactic Praise on Aug. 9 for an exciting voyage to Galactic Blast: A Cosmic Adventure Praising God.

"After a high-energy opening on the Starship Galactic Praise, the cadets will spacewalk to the Good News Galaxy. The Cadets will also take spacewalks to the Moons and Tunes Asteroid, the Orbital Observatory, the Rocket Rec Comet, and the Astro Café.

"Starship Galatic Praise will begin its voyage at 9 a.m. on Aug. 9 and return daily at noon. The last day of the voyage will be Aug. 13. Parents are invited to attend the closing voyage Friday, Aug. 13.

"This camp experience is open to the public and free of charge. To register, please go to www.firstpresbny.com or call us at 343-0505."

July 13, 2010 - 7:46pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, events, Vacation Bible School, first presbyterian.
Event Date and Time: 
August 9, 2010 - 9:00am to August 13, 2010 - 12:00pm

Here's a news release from the First Presbyterian Church:

"The Galatic Blast Mission Control Center of Vacation Bible School at First Presbyterian Church in Batavia is inviting children between the ages of 5 and 11 to board the Starship Galactic Praise on Aug. 9 for an exciting voyage to Galactic Blast: A Cosmic Adventure Praising God.

June 28, 2010 - 2:05pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, events, music, youth, first presbyterian.
Event Date and Time: 
July 7, 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Knox Youth Choir of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, Ohio -- famous for its musical heritage -- will put on a concert at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 7 in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, at 300 E. Main St. in Batavia.

These young singers are touring the Northeast to share their musical talent, entertain and inspire. Their concert in Batavia is free and open to the public.

Please contact Erin Schubmehl at 343-0505, ext. 5 for more info.

June 12, 2010 - 6:26pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, Gardening, first presbyterian.

From left: Two unnamed memebers of the Batavia's First Presbyterian Church, Beth Stich and Judy Tomkinson.

 A plot of land on South Main St. Road will once again be the site for the second annual "God's Little Acre" planting project of Batavia's First Presbyterian Church.

Members will be growing a variety of crops throughout the summer and into the fall, including tomatoes -- regular, cherry, Roma and beef steak -- pumpkins, winter and summer squash, cucumbers, zucchini and corn. All products will be donated to community members in need (shut-ins, for example).

"We'll probably be out here a couple times a week," Stich said. "It'll be on an as-needed basis."

More pictures:

May 27, 2010 - 6:13pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, events, volunteer, Gardening, first presbyterian.
Event Date and Time: 
June 5, 2010 - 9:45am to 12:00pm

Batavia's First Presbyterian Church is running its planting project, "God's Little Acre," for the second year in a row. Volunteers are needed to help plant crops at the garden on South Main St. Rd. in Batavia on Saturday, June 5.

Volunteers will meet at the church, at 300 E. Main St. in Batavia, around 9:45 a.m. to carpool. Planting will end around noon. Volunteers will also be needed to weed, water and harvest throughout the summer.

May 27, 2010 - 5:53pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in events, Pavilion, religion, first presbyterian, linwood gardens.
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June 5, 2010 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Batavia's First Presbyterian Church invites community members on a field trip to Pavilion's Linwood Gardens for its annual Tree Peony Festival. All who are going will meet at the church, at 300 E. Main St. in Batavia, at 1:30 p.m. to carpool. The event will end around 4 or 4:30 p.m.

This outing is free, but an $8 donation to Linwood Gardens is appreciated.

April 12, 2010 - 10:49am

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It's a little hard to imagine stained-glass art still having a place in American churches, with modern renovations such as movie theater set-ups, overhead projectors contemporary band music taking over the worship scene. But on Sunday, a tour sponsored by the Landmark Society of Genesee County took Batavia residents to five local churches where stained glass windows still have an important place.

The "Stained Glass Window Tour" was created in 1990. According to Landmark Society President Laurie Oltremari, this is the first time the tour has been revived in almost 20 years. This time around, it was done in order to raise money for the restoration efforts of St. James Episcopal Church.

"We thought it would be good exposure for the churches and their artwork," Oltremari said. "We hope we can make it an annual event."

The tour started at 1 p.m. and ended at 4 p.m., and tourists could visit the churches in any order they wanted. The five churches spanned several denominations, and the quantity and style of stained-glass art in each location reflected that.

The different sites were as follows:

February 22, 2010 - 1:51pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, religion, first presbyterian.

Who knew that walking around in circles could actually be a good use of time?

Since Wednesday, Batavia's First Presbyterian Church has had a labyrinth -- a pattern consisting of multiple paths leading to a center -- for people to walk as an exercise in prayer and meditation. The following video includes interviews with pastor Roula Alkhouri and two of the brave souls who chose to give the labyrinth a try.

The remaining dates and times available for walking the labyrinth are as follows:

9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24

Anyone interested should contact First Presbyterian by phone (585) 343-0505 or e-mail the pastor at [email protected].

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