First Congregational Church  of Rochester

      Open and Affirming local church of the

United Church of Christ

1315 N. Pine Street, Rochester, MI 48307

Phone 248-651-6225

Join us for our in person Sunday service or live on YouTube at 10 a.m.





Sanctuary Choir: A vocal music ministry

This group is a committed gathering of adult singers (high school age and older) who join together to study choral music. They sing primarily SATB literature with occasional choices being SSA or TTB. We offer music in worship regularly. Our goal is to rehearse well and create beautiful music. We are committed to offering our gifts, our best effort, and our expressive attributes to worship and praise God. We know that our music making is an avenue to grow our faith and our love and connection to our neighbor.


Director: Martin Mandelbaum


Rehearsal time: Thursday 7:30 - 9, August through June. Rehearsals take place in Sanctuary



CrossWords is our contemporary music group. CrossWords has also extended the church music ministry by performing at other area churches and local functions. Open to all adults with vocal or instrumental proficiency.  Please contact the office for additional information.


Director: Abbie Goerg


Rehearsal time: Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. in the sanctuary


Alleluia Ringers

An intermediate hand bell choir for adults, the Alleluia Ringers participate in church services once a month, including the Christmas Eve 11 p.m. service. At least some hand bell experience is recommended. Please contact the office for additional information.


Director: Adam Mitchell


Rehearsal time: Wednesday 6:45p.m. – 7:45 p.m., September to June.


Resurrection Brass

This choir is a brass ensemble composed of accomplished or professional musicians with the purpose of enhancing Worship. They play a variety of music and are involved in worship at least once a month. The director, Bruce Young, is a trumpet player and has been with the group since it started in 1989.

Director: Bruce Young

Rehearsal time: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., September to June.

Genisis Ring

A hand bell choir for our young members. Genisis Ring participates in church services.


Directors: Doug Barnes & Don Westphal


Rehearsal time: Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 11:25 a.m., September to June.