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Special Events: Sunday, September 11, 9:00 - 9:45 AM Free Pancake Breakfast in the Church Dining Room followed by a Sunday School Kick-Off at 9:45 AM 9:45 too early for you? Then wear your pajamas! Because it’s “Pajama Sunday”, too. Turkey Supper Sunday, October 16, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Take-outs also available. $10 Adults, $6 Children Worship & Sunday School every Sunday at 9:45 AM

Our Vision: “Know Christ, Live Christ, Share Christ”

The people of our church have a vision! We have a vision that begins with the faithfulness of those who have preceded us. We have a vision that emerges from our desire to be inspired and effective followers of Jesus Christ. We have a vision that grows in our hearts as we commit to serve him together.

Recent Posts

  • DEC 18 A different kind of children’s Christmas pageant - Over the years we have faithfully gathered our children, handed out costumes, practiced scripts, and enjoyed the beautiful presentation of the Christmas story.  This year...
  • DEC 4 Sermon “Harmony” - SCRIPTURE   Romans 15:4-13   “May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so...
  • NOV 27 2016 Sermon “Wake Up!” - SCRIPTURE     Romans 13:11-14     “Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For...
  • Bible Study Year 8 Coming Up! - Year 8 coming up! Wow! It seems impossible that we are about to start our 8th year of Bible study! Thank you to everyone that...
  • Bible Study - Hi Folks, Tue, Jun 7th will be your last chance to join us for Bible study until Fall.  Hopefully we can explore some things to...
  • May 8, 2016 “Where Is Macedonia” - SCRIPTURE   Acts 16:9-15 During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia...

Upcoming Church Events

Date/Time Event
12/11/16 9:45am Sunday Service
12/18/16 9:45am Sunday Service
12/25/16 9:45am Sunday Service
01/01/17 9:45am Sunday Service
01/08/17 9:45am Sunday Service
01/15/17 9:45am Sunday Service
01/22/17 9:45am Sunday Service
01/29/17 9:45am Sunday Service
02/05/17 9:45am Sunday Service
For a complete calendar see the events page by clicking Events on the top menu for a complete calendar or click Read More below for a chronological list.

Bible Study

Our church has a wonderful Bible Study group that generally meets every 4th Tuesday of the month from fall through spring.
We are a very friendly and somewhat informal group of folks that just love to get together to read and learn from God's word.
We would be so pleased if you would join us to share thoughts, questions, and insights concerning the teachings of our Lord.
Click the read more link below to view our blog with upcoming study information and highlights of past studies.

Read Our Bulletin

Check out our Sunday bulletin. Most weeks you can read the Sunday complete bulletin 2-3 days ahead of time online. Be prepared for the sermon topic, see what's happening on Sunday, view upcoming events as well as getting a heads up on all the other information normally in the bulletin.

Contact Information

Byron First Presbyterian Church

Street Address:

6293 West Main
Byron NY 14422
Mailing Address:
PO Box 206
Byron, NY 14422-0206

Phone: 585-548-2800

Current Newsletter

The May-June newsletter is available online as a special web version.
If you are a member of our church and would like a copy of the full version emailed to you please email me at byronfpc@jwmoore.com.

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"Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light" (Romans 13:12)
THE FIRST ADVENT CANDLE –“Armor of Light”

And God said, “Let there be light!”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good …”. (Genesis 1:3-4)

Jesus spoke them, saying, “I am the light of the world, you who follow me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. (John 8:12)

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to the whole house.” (Matthew 5:14-15)

We light this first Advent Candle to dispel the darkness of our lives and times.

All: Let there be light! Amen!

Enjoy the lights of Advent as we decorate the churchafter the 9:45 AM Sunday service. A light meal will be served, too!
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"Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake
from sleep." Romans 13:11

How do you wake up each morning?
(a) I just wake up at the right time
(b) A dog or cat scratches at the door
(c) I set a loud alarm
(d) The radio turns on
(e) I set several loud alarms
(f) An early riser in the family wakes me up
(g) A rooster
(h) Other: ______________________

How do you wake up spiritually?
(a) God catches my attention
(b) Something doesn't fit, something's not right, I fall on my face, God picks me up
(c) While listening to a song
(d) While praying
(e) Always unexpected
(f) I guess I'm a deep sleeper!

Join us on Sunday, the First Sunday in Advent, November 27th. It's time to wake up to Jesus Christ! He's coming soon. After the 9:45 service we'll spend time decorating the church for Advent and Christmas. We'll also enjoy a free meal and have Christmas crafts for families.
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Remember: Move clocks back one hour on Saturday night!

Luke 18:1
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.

What is a parable?
(a) An intriguing story
(b) Something you can decode if you have good instructions
(c) Good advice
(d) A story designed to turn your world on its head

What does it mean to "pray always"?
(a) It doesn't necessarily mean to be on your knees, hands together with your eyes closed; it means to make your entire life a "living prayer".
(b) That your prayer is how you start, not what you resort to when everything else has failed,
(c) To be mindful of Jesus as you go through your day, such as asking yourself "What would Jesus do?"
(d) To have a short personal prayer on the tip of your tongue for whenever you need it.
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Romans 12 “A to Z” Checklist

“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.” Romans 12:9-13

These verses are a traditional benediction, often offered as a charge at the conclusion of worship services, to remind the faithful of thirteen things that they ought to be doing after they leave the church building on Sunday. Let’s see how we’ve been doing!

Here's an advance copy of the worship quiz we'll be using on Sunday, based on Romans 12:

1. My love is
(a) genuine (b) growing (c) calculated (d) manipulative
(e) false (f) non-existent

2. This what I do with evil:
(a) hate it (b) negotiate with it (c) ignore it (d) embrace it

3. Here is what I usually do with the good:
(a) hold it fast (b) hide it (c) drop it (d) never had it

4. Mutual affection is:
(a) treating others the way I want them to treat me
(b) seeing the best in others
(c) overlooking the worst in others
(d) something only for family and close friends

5. When it comes to showing honor to others
(a) I outdo everyone else (b) I’m about average
(c) I am below average (d) I don’t know what “honor” means

6. My zeal
(a) never lags (b) needs regular fill-ups (c) is lagging badly

7. Here’s how ardent I am:
(a) white hot (b) red hot (c) throwing off sparks
(d) my matches are wet (e) where’s the lighter fluid?

8. Here’s how I serve the Lord:
(a) often (b) occasionally (c) rarely
(d) me serve God? God is supposed to serve me!

9. Here’s how I hope:
(a) I rejoice in it (b) I love it when I stumble upon it
(c) I often misplace it (d) I have little or none

10. When it comes to suffering
(a) I’m patient (b) I’m discouraged (c) I’m angry
(d) The best way to avoid it is to inflict it on others first
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Thanks to all who came to our annual Turkey Dinner last weekend. 430 meals were served and the ticket sales will do a lot to keep our church financially healthy for the mission of Jesus Christ!

Food is a big part of our ministry. We enjoy sharing meals, of course, but we also coordinate the Backpack Project with Byron Bergen Schools, offering children a bag of nutritious food to take home over the weekends. We periodically host the Foodlink Mobile Food Pantry; the next one will be December 2nd. And every week we receive food donations for the Emergency food cupboard of Genesee County Churches at the Salvation Army in Batavia. We have a food donation box at the back of the sanctuary and also a grocery cart at the side entrance. Food donations are especially helpful during the colder months.
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Matthew 3:11-12 Baptism of the Spirit

Matthew connects the dots: water ... fire ... Spirit. Ponder these three words as you recall your own baptism. How have these words been a part of your own experience? You may not even remember your baptism, if you were a young child. Even if your baptism was a long time ago, how has the Spirit become more evident to you?

During October we are encouraging people to make a stewardship commitment to the church for 2017. We have asked some of our worshipers to tell the story of their "spark", that moment when our connection to God became real. Can you describe your "spark"? Think of it as the time when your life intersecting with God ... and for the first time it was a real experience with God. Stewardship is not just a financial commitment, it is committing our "spark" to the mission of Jesus Christ!
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Matthew 3:11-12 Baptism of fire

So water is what we experience in celebrations of baptism at our church. Usually with a big scoop of water, but one time we went with Nelson to the Trestle Park pond and we ducked him under the water, a memorable moment for all who were there. An older man with an oxygen tank for his difficult breathing and we're pulling him under? Yikes! But it was OK, Nelson was eager, with Nelson's son and one of our elders making sure he came up to take a breath of new life!

But in Matthew's Gospel we hear John the Baptist talking about baptism with water and with fire! I have to admit that in our old wood church building we aren't very willing to play with fire during a worship service! But what would a baptism by fire look like? Maybe it's not using fire during the sacrament that John intends, but an experience like fire? I have often thought that my own spiritual awakening was more related to fire than with water. There came a time - years after my baptism- when I realized that God had lit a fire under me! All of a sudden I began to see some of the wrong things in the world and I got involved with changing them. It was like a fire had been lit under me, and the first response was to jump up! What is there about your baptism that has caused you to jump up and get involved?
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Matthew 3:11-12 Baptism of water

When I celebrate baptism, I love scooping up a handful of water and splashing on the recipient's head. It makes a bit of a mess, but I don't like holding back, because God never holds back. If the water represents a new start, then let's enjoy it to the full! When that big scoop of water lands on their heads, crying babies go suddenly silent; and quiet babies usually have something to say!

We won't be celebrating baptism this Sunday, but the two Sundays after we will. What do you remember of your own baptism? Do you remember getting wet? What is the water supposed to represent? A good spiritual scrubbing? The spirit of God moving over the face of the waters in the creation story? Going under the water represents death, and rising to the surface represents new life? Or is the splash of water meant to represent a spiritual jump start of some kind? What happened when you were baptized?
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