Dear Friends,

"The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone." ~Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

We hope you are taking advantage of this beautiful summer with a trip to the lake or beach, a casual evening stroll in the cooler air or enjoying a scoop of ice cream. We invite you to pause this Sunday and dine with us as we spend time in the word, pray for each other, and enjoy a family meal much like the early church did. Our Table Groups meet geographically and we encourage everyone to take part in this time of worship. If you are not connected to a group please email me at and I'll get you connected!

Many Blessings,




Our next "Gathering" for worship and teaching will be this Sunday, August, 16th at The Castle on Charles 19 Charles St., Rochester. Our Gatherings begin at 10:30 am: volunteers are asked to arrive at 9:00 am in order that we can be well prepared to offer our morning to worship and hospitality! Gatherings are held on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month. Please refer to the calendar below for location details this summer.

** Table

Our "Table" groups will be meeting this Sunday, August 9th and again on the 23rd. These are neighborhood-based fellowships centered on a shared meal, scripture study and a time of prayer, meeting from 9:30 am to 12 pm on the second and fourth Sundays of every month. Not connected yet? Please email 

** City

We are joining forces with Crosspoint Church on August 22nd from noon to 4 pm for their annual backpack outreach on the Rochester Commons! Please mark your calendars! To sign up or if you have questions please email me 

September 1st we will be serving the elderly in our city with the Food Commodity Delivery at the Rochester Housing Office 77 Olde Farm Lane. If you can lend a hand delivering these boxes from 8:30 am to 10:30 am please let us know. Extra hands are needed!!

On Saturday, August 22, 2015. Crosspoint Church in partnership with The Commons Church will be hosting Operation Backpack at the Rochester Commons. In addition to providing free backpacks with school supplies and gently used clothing to families in need (while supplies last), we will be offering free hot dog lunches and free family fun (i.e. bouncy houses, children's games, balloons, face painting, etc.) If you can make a tax deductible donation, or donate any of the supplies on this list please email We will also need your help on the 22nd from noon to 4 pm. Please plan on serving our city at this family friendly event.

August: August 2 - 8th Camping at Pilgrim Pines Call PP to make reservation

Sunday, August 9th Table Groups - 9:30 am Various Locations

Sunday, August 16th Gathering - 10:30 am Castle on Charles

Wednesday, August 19th Community Prayer - 7:30 pm 12 Bigos Ct., Rochester

Saturday, August 22nd City Service - Rochester Commons Backpack Outreach - noon to 4 pm

Tuesday, September 1st City Service - Food Commodity - 8:30 am Olde Farm Lane, Rochester

Sunday, October 4th Public Launch! Invite, Invite, Invite!