First Congregational Church of East Bloomfield

Rich in heritage, bonded in love, growing in Christ.

The Finger Lakes Chorale Concert

Remembered in song: The Finger Lakes Chorale will perform John Rutter’s “Requiem” in two concerts, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. and May 5 at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 10 South Ave., Bloomfield. 
The concerts are in memory of the late Dr. A. John Walker, professor emeritus, who died in August 2018. Dr. Walker led the Lincoln Hill Singers and directed the Finger Lakes Chorale for 30 years and was instrumental in developing CCFL’s music program. 
These concerts are free; donations will be accepted for student scholarships. For more information, call (585) 396-0027.

United Church Women

United Church Women will meet May 10, 2019 at First Congregational Church, East Bloomfield. The meeting starts at 12:00 noon. Bring your sandwich. Coffee and tea and dessert will be provided.
The theme for this meeting is “friendship”. 
It was decided at the last meeting that a brown bag auction will be held at every meeting. Bring 1 to 3 items wrapped separately to auction. The proceeds from these auctions will be used for our outreach to community programs in our area. This is fun for everyone and you may just go home with a new treasure!

Book Club​​ May 16, 2019, The Bartender’s Tale, Ivan Doig.

Tom Harry has a streak of frost in his black pompadour and a venerable bar called The Medicine Lodge, the chief watering hole and last refuge of the town of Gros Ventre, in northern Montana. Tom also has a son named Rusty, an “accident between the sheets” whose mother deserted them both years ago.The pair make an odd kind of family, with the bar their true home, but they manage just fine. 
Until the summer of 1960, that is, when Rusty turns twelve. Change arrives with gale force, in the person of Proxy, a taxi dancer Tom knew back when, and her beatnik daughter, Francine. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own. As Rusty struggles to decipher the oddities of adult behavior and the mysteries build toward a reckoning, Ivan Doig wonderfully captures how the world becomes bigger and the past becomes more complex in the last moments of childhood.

Book Club June 20, 2019, Thunder Dog, Michael Hingson 

“I’m sorry,” the doctor said. “He is permanently and totally blind. There is nothing we can do for him.”
George and Sarah Hingson looked at each other, devastated. Their six-month-old son, Michael was a happy, strawberry blond baby boy, healthy and normal in every way except one. When the Hingsons switched on a light or made silly faces, Michael did not react. Ever. “My best suggestion is that you send him to a home for the blind,” the doctor continued. “He will never be able to do anything for himself.”
Forty-seven years later, a yellow Labrador retriever puppy was born in the whelping unit of Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California. The puppy’s name was Roselle. On September 11, 2001, she saved Michael’s life. This is Roselle’s story too. 
—From the Introduction
Every moment in Michael Hingson’s and Roselle’s lives seemed to lead up to this day. When one of four hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Center’s north tower on September 11, 2001, Michael Hingson, a district sales manager for a data protection and network security systems company, was sitting down for a meeting. His guide dog, Roselle, was at his feet. Paired for twenty-one months, man and dog spent that time forging a bond of trust, much like police partners who trust their lives to each other. 
Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team.
Thunder Dog is a story that will forever change your spirit and your perspective. It illuminates Hingson’s lifelong determination to achieve parity in a sighted world and how the rare trust between a man and his guide dog can inspire an unshakable faith in each one of us.