~ ~ JANUARY 4, 2009 ~ ~


                                FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                              January 4, 2009

Penn Yan, New York                                                             10:00 A.M.


We, as God’s people, will use our gifts and talents

to seek out and bring people to Christ,

by maturing in our faith,

by deepening our fellowship,

and by caring for people

for the honor and glory of God.


New Year’s Sunday



Songs of Praise & Worship


Welcome and Announcements


Scripture Reading                  Hebrews 11:1-6                     Pg. 305 NT



*Hymn                        “I Danced in the Morning”                     No. 302

                                    Birthday choice of Beth DeLooza


*Silent Prayer and Invocation


            Dear Lord, We need the solid feel of certainty in our lives. The foundations of peace, security, and well-being have been shaken and we come to you for the solid witness of your presence. Open this new year with a fresh flow of your spirit. Let our goal be a single desire to be more like Jesus. We pray this in His name. Amen.


Anthem                       “Who Would Send a Baby?”      Mary Kay Beall  


Children’s Time


*Hymn                        “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”         No. 288


Prayers of the People                                                   


Scripture                     Isaiah 51:1-5                                      Pg. 798 OT


Message                      “The Shaping of Memory”     Pastor John Tharp




*Doxology                  Praise God from whom all blessings flow

                                    Praise Him all creatures here below

                                    Praise Him above ye heavenly host

                                    Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen


*Prayer of Dedication      


*Hymn                        Become to Us the Living Bread”         No. 500

                                                                                                       vs. 1,2

Ordinance of The Lord’s Supper

                                    Welcome to The Lord’s Table

                                    Church Covenant

                                    Community of Prayer

                                    Sharing the Bread

                                    Sharing the Cup

                                    Prayer of Thanks and The Lord’s Prayer


*Hymn                        “Become to Us the Living Bread”          No. 500

                                                                                                          vs. 3




*If you wish to and are able, you are invited to stand.


Lay Reader: Lyle Conrad

Greeters: Bob & Mary Fullagar

Ushers: Pat Ames, Shelley Bicksler, Jack Clancy, Erma Mullins

and Cheryl Stewart

Organist: Carrie Ahearn                        

Choir Director: Nancy Tharp

Church Phone: 315-536-9821            


Church Website:



Our Prayer Concerns…


At the Homestead:     Luella Passage           Alberta Gottshall

                                    Virginia DeLooza       Willie Nelson

                                    Helen Ansley              Alice Wise


Our Special Interest Missionaries:

Mrs. Susan Harding                         Dr. James & Rev. Debra Kelsey                  

Prayers for:                                                  

Mary Armstrong        Kim Strong Imisides              Barbara Stewart

Eva Jean Best            Don Johnson                          Brad Stewart

*Bessie Bliss              Lori Lawrence                                    Charlie Taylor

Pat Carroll                  Mary Ellen Mattison             Phil Trautman

Judi Gibbs                  Doug Mattison                       Jean Wager

Helena Cranmer        Barbara Mortensen               Ralph Wilkes

Bill Gillette                 *Keith Pierce         Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck

Marlene Guild            *Dick Sharman

Alicia Hurlburt          


*Indicates that special prayers are needed.

Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones


This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Tuesday, January 6

¨      7pm           Bd. of Missions

¨      7pm           Diaconate

Wednesday, January 7

¨      6pm           Youthgroup

¨      Happy Birthday to Beth DeLooza!

Thursday, January 8

¨      7pm          Advisory Board

Saturday, January 10

7pm                 Game night at the Castillo’s


Next Week’s Theme & Scripture is…

“Profiles in Courage”     I Corinthians 16:13-24


Church News




Advisory Council

This Thursday, January 8, at 7 pm the Advisory Council will meet in the library to set the proposed budget for 2009. All officers and board representatives must be in attendance.


Budget Hearing

On Thursday, January 15, at 7 pm there will be a hearing on the proposed budget for 2009.


Annual Meeting and Potluck Luncheon

On Sunday, January 18, there will be a potluck lunch at noon. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. The annual meeting will begin promptly at 12:45 pm.


Annual Reports Due!

Your annual reports should be is as soon as possible. We try to have them ready for the congregation to view a week before the annual meeting.


Nursery Rotation

Help is needed in the nursery. A new list will be generated in February and we are in need of volunteers to sit with the children during the worship service. Our hope is to get enough people so that we can rotate. Is this a ministry that interests you? Would you consider volunteering in the nursery on a rotating schedule? Contact Eileen Modaffari at 315-759-3080.


We Need Your Pledge Cards

Did you know that if you feel you can’t pledge at this time, we still need to have your cards returned? You may note on the card: Will Give as I Can and bring your card back to church. In the event that you no longer have your card, please mark your intentions on a blank piece of paper along with your name. Thank You!


Ride Needed

Christine Conklin is in need of rides to two doctor’s appointments.

1.      Jan. 15, at 11:45 to Clifton Springs

2.      Jan. 27, at 10:30 to Geneva

If you can help her out see her after church or give Christine a call at 536-0415.



Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                       12/14          12/21            12/28

                                                                   90               74                 57    


Current Expenses                              $3,137       $2,163          $2,513

Missions                                   1,435         1,048               453

BT&T                                       2,398            235               127

Total                                       $6,970       $3,446          $3,093



Thought: The prayers of God’s people have power.

                                                                        See James 5:16