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Western New York

Contact: Gary Fallesen, coordinator

E- mail: GFallesen@ClimbingForChrist.org 

HIStory

The first “official” meeting of the Western New York Chapter took place Jan. 30, 2004 at Hope Lutheran Church in Greece, N.Y. This was also where the first public meeting of Climbing For Christ had occurred on Feb. 1, 2002. Seven people attended the 2002 meeting, one of the baby steps in the early development of this organization.

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Bunny Hop Fun Run, Walk & Egg Hunt

  Hopping happy: The hunt for eggs was off and running. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) We give praise and thanks for $1,065 of support received through our inaugural Bunny Hop Fun Run and Walk at North Ponds Park in Webster, NY. Thirty-three people attended  Saturday, April 15, including nine children who hunted for 200 eggs created by our friends from Blessed Hope Community Church and Heritage Christian Services. Special thanks to Diane Sturmer, who helped organize the Bunny Hop and led supporters. The many participants in the first run, walk and egg hunt. Read more »

Western New York 2017 Heritage hike #2

Heritage hike is for the birds   Eating out of their hands: human bird feeders had plenty of action during our April 1 hike on the Bird Song trail at Mendon Ponds. (Photos by Gary Fallesen) No fooling, more than two dozen people attended the second Climbing For Christ/Heritage hike at Mendon Ponds Park on a cold, rainy April 1st. Event organizer Diane Sturmer noted that hikers came from Buffalo and all around Rochester, even though the weather was for the birds. “Out on the trail many enjoyed the chickadees landing on their hands to enjoy some food,” Diane re... Read more »

Bunny Hop Fun Run & Walk

What is the Bunny Hop 5K Fun Run and Walk? The first annual Bunny Hop Fun Run and Walk is eggs-actly what you’re looking for to fill your Saturday before Easter morning with a basket of fun! It’s your chance to help others by simply walking or running the one mile paved hiking path that circles North Ponds Park. Do it individually or as a team. If you so choose, you can also do it to raise money to help support Climbing For Christ. Make it a hare-raising event and challenge your friends and family to join you! How do I register for the Bunny Hop? Go online to ht... Read more »

Western New York 2017 Heritage hike #1

No snow, but lots of ’shoers on Heritage hike There was little snow for snowshoeing because of unseasonable temperatures in what was the warmest February on record in Rochester, NY, but that didn’t dissuade many who attended our Western New York Chapter’s first Heritage hike of the year on Saturday, Feb. 18. Climbing For Christ member and Heritage Christian Services spiritual life coordinator Diane Sturmer reports: “Thirty-two hikers and snowshoe adventurers gathered at the Mendon Ponds Nature Center to share one of the most beautiful days of the year! We cou... Read more »

Building on our Heritage

Climbing For Christ’s long-time relationship with Heritage Christian Services in Western New York continues as we begin our ninth year of hikes together. The kick off to the 2017 series is our annual “snowshoe adventure” on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Mendon Ponds Park nature center. Our group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon to snowshoe (or walk, if there’s no snow) around the Bird Song Trail and then share music, devotions, stories and prayer along with a light snack and hot cocoa. RSVP to Diane Sturmer. 2017 calendar: Snowshoe adventure at Mendon Ponds, Saturda... Read more »

Fun(d)raising weekend in Western NY

Team C4C: (left to right) Gary Fallesen, Mitchell Harris, Elaine Fallesen, Hayley Fallesen, Mark Eiwen, and Jaime, Justin and Jordan Rowley after running the Photo Finish 5K. The quote of the weekend: “It wouldn’t be the Hilton Applefest without a Walking Taco.” A foodie couple came to Climbing For Christ’s booth on Sunday to mark an annual tradition – consuming one of our Applefest favorites. For years we have sold “mountain-fresh” smoothies, pulled pork sandwiches, and the famous Walking Taco (a bag of Doritos filled with taco fixings). Apple... Read more »

Appeal of Laughter praise report

Laughs and gifts from the heart Dan Kulp performing in The Gathering Place at Hope Church in Greece, NY. Thursday, Feb. 11 began with a lake effect warning. Snow and blowing snow. So-called “hazardous travel.” In other words, Climbing For Christ fundraiser weather. On 390 near the Vintage Lane exit in Greece. If you asked local comedian Dan Kulp or any of the “Appeal of Laughter” organizers in the minutes before the scheduled starting time for a guess at the event’s turnout, none of them would have come close. Within minutes after starting there w... Read more »

Birds in the hand

Western New York Chapter: Heritage Hike Series   Carol with a bird’s eye view. Snowshoeing for the birds By Diane Sturmer Thirty of us from the Rochester and Buffalo areas enjoyed a great time on the Birdsong Trail at Mendon Ponds Park on Saturday, Jan. 30, as Climbing For Christ and Heritage Christian Services kicked off an eighth year of partnering to take hikes together. [See Take a Heritage hike.]   We enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship, feeding Chickadees together, snowshoeing and hiking. The Chickadees were glad to see us out on the trail with open hands of bird s... Read more »

Take a Heritage hike

Climbing For Christ and Heritage Christian Services begin an eighth year of partnership with a snowshoe outing 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Mendon Ponds Nature Center. We’ll pray together, go for a walk, share stories, sing, and eat snacks – plus feed our feathered friends on the Bird Song Trail. RSVP to C4C member and Heritage staffer Diane Sturmer at dsturmer@heritagechristianservices.org. If you need to rent snowshoes ($15) let Diane know before Jan. 20.   Our friend Carol always has the birds eating out of her hand. The rest of the 2016 hiking sche... Read more »

Appeal of Laughter

Join Climbing For Christ for an hour of laughs and sweets with Rochester-area comedian, pastor and author Dan Kulp at our “Appeal of Laughter” from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 in the Gathering Place Café at Hope Church, 1301 Vintage Lane, Greece. Dan is an exhausted and joy-filled dad of four children, three of whom are adopted and have special needs (Down syndrome, autism, Alfi’s Syndrome and spina bifida). Get ready to laugh, cry and be inspired as he shares life lessons with humor and love from his unique vantage point at this Climbing For Christ fundraiser. We... Read more »

A Night of Praise

We’d like to invite you to join us for a special event … Please invite someone so more people can learn about Climbing For Christ and they can be told about the amazing things He does (1 Chronicles 16:24).   Read more »

Western NY Heritage Hike (April)

Hiking with friends – feathered or not We had about 25 people enjoy time in the (chilly) outdoors on Saturday, April 11 for Climbing For Christ’s second Heritage Hike of 2015. The chickadees were still hungry and it was thrilling having them land on our hands for seed on the Bird Song Trail at Mendon Ponds Park in Western New York. After our hike, we enjoyed a time of prayer, devotions and stories from Gary and Elaine Fallesen about Climbing For Christ’s adventures. We also had time to share some of our upcoming Heart of Dance songs with many joining in. The friendships t... Read more »

Pray unceasingly for the persecuted

Our brother was going door to door in a Pakistani village, bringing the love of Christ to the people living there. Suddenly, two men appeared. They shook his hand. Then they showed him a pistol and told him, by name, “Your time is finished. Run wherever you can. But you must be killed.” We received word of this incident as we were preparing for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Nov. 2. It was a harsh reminder that we should be praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ every day. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). ... Read more »

Support our team

Time is running out We need supporters for our team. Cheer us on and cheer us up by donating to Team C4C, running in the George Eastman Photo Finish 5K on Saturday, Sept. 27 in Rochester, NY. CLICK HERE to go to our fundraising page. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24 (ESV) Read more »

A Walk for Missions

C4C's Turning Point Trek Whether you’re into climbing or not, come take a stroll in the park with us on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. to celebrate and support HIS ministry of Climbing For Christ. This easy and informal 3-mile “trek” will begin at the park and marina parking lot off Petten St. Ext. (Rochester 14612) and follow part of the Genesee Riverway Trail to beautiful Turning Point Park. Along the trail, we’ll provide water and snacks along with some worship and a brief word from C4C founding president Gary Fallesen. The boardwalk at Turning Point Park.  ... Read more »

Record crowd walks in the woods together

Story by Diane Sturmer Photos by Gary Fallesen We had an incredible morning starting out with prayer and a group photo. But we needed to take more than one group photo because our group was so big. More than 45 people showed up for our April Birdsong Trail hike. It was a record turnout for our Climbing For Christ-Heritage Christian Services hiking series, which dates back to 2008.   Part of the group heading out. After praying and posing for the photo we ventured out on the trails. The birds were not as hungry due to the warmer weather, but we enjoyed the sights of the chipmunks an... Read more »

Western New York hiking event

Heritage hike series kicks off on snowshoes By Diane Sturmer Snowshoeing party. Eighteen of us from Heritage Christian Services and Climbing For Christ ventured out on the trails on Saturday, Feb. 15. The snow was perfect and the weather was cold, but not too cold. We picked out snowshoes and prepared for the trails. Each one of us was given by a cloth bag full of bird seed. Janet V. from the Adirondacks had made one for each of us filled to the brim with chickadee food. The cloth used for each bag had an Adirondack theme, flowers or wolves. The day began with a circle of prayer outside t... Read more »

Hiking Heritage continues

The Western New York Chapter of C4C is partnering with Heritage Christian Services for the sixth straight year for a series of hikes with our friends who have some developmental disabilities. The events: Feb. 15 – Snowshoe adventure, 10 a.m.-noon at Mendon Ponds Park. April 19 – C4C 10th anniversary hike at Mendon Ponds. June 7 – National Trails Day hike at Northampton Park. Oct. 14 – Bear Mountain adventure in Adirondack Park. Contact C4C member and Heritage staffer Diane Sturmer for more information. Read more »

Western NY Chapter: 5 years of Heritage hikes

Group photo at trailhead of Rocky Mountain. A mountaintop of love By Diane Sturmer “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord's people!” – Philemon 1:7 (NIV) Our time on Rocky Mountain in New York's Adirondacks on Tuesday, Oct. 15, brought much joy and encouragement to each of the 19 hikers. Individuals from Heritage Christian Services were so excited to make the summit. “I can't wait to tell everyone that I made it to the top of the mountain,” Kathleen said. She prayed earlie... Read more »

All four seasons at Mendon Ponds Park

Climbing For Christ board member Kevin Kimble said it well when he spoke of God "blessing us with all four seasons" as we hit the trails with Heritage Christian Services on Saturday, April 20th. At times it was sunny like summer, crisp like fall, and even snowy like winter. Of course, all along the trail the buds were beginning to pop as well, signaling the official arrival of spring. Ready to hit the trail We've been incredibly blessed by the wonderful fellowship and friendship that we've experienced throughout many seasons here in the Rochester area, as well as in the Adirondack Mountai... Read more »

Snowshoeing for the birds

For the fifth straight year, Climbing For Christ's Western New York Chapter is partnering with Heritage Christian Services on a series of special hikes. The 2013 kick-off was on Super Bowl weekend - Saturday, Feb. 2 - at Mendon Ponds Park in suburban Rochester, NY. Story by Diane Sturmer (Heritage Christian Services/Climbing For Christ member) Photos by Gary Fallesen (C4C president) Elaine Fallesen had the chickadees eating out of her hand. New snow covered Birdsong trail and more than 20 of us enjoyed a special time of snowshoeing and hiking! The chickadees were plentiful and many ... Read more »

Brad Stine in concert

Delivering laughter to the church UPDATE: Brad Stine performed at a Climbing For Christ fundraiser on Friday, Jan. 4 in Rochester, N.Y. An offering was taken at the end of the event to benefit church building in Nepal. About $2,400 was raised. Brad Stine was busy pursuing his craft. Or what he called the business of doing comedy. Little did he know that God had bigger plans for him. The Creator of all things, including laughter, wanted Brad to turn his comedy into His ministry. “A couple years ago God called me into working in churches,” Brad will tell you. “I didn’t... Read more »

FUNdraising

Record weekends at Hilton AppleFest, Photo Finish 5K Lines formed in front of our food booth during good weather on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the annual Hilton AppleFest. (Photo by Katie Kimble) HILTON, NY — Climbing For Christ hosted a food booth for the sixth straight year at the AppleFest in our ministry hometown of Hilton, NY, USA on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. The festival — celebrating the ginormous apple harvest in Western New York — attracts thousands of visitors each year. And, praise God, this was a record AppleFest for Climbing For Christ! Thank... Read more »

Heritage Hikes

Back to Bald Mountain For the fourth year, Climbing For Christ partnered with Heritage Christians Services so that some of our friends — not to mention brothers and sisters in Christ — can enjoy God's creation. Here's the report from C4C member and Heritage staff member Diane Sturmer on the annual Bald Mountain Climb, held Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in Old Forge, NY, where the relationship between Climbing For Christ and Heritage began: We had an incredible time on the Adirondack Adventure retreat! We prepared for the hike with a warm-up hike on Monday on Cresent Trail off of ... Read more »