~ ~ JANUARY 18, 2009 ~ ~


                                FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                            January 18, 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.




Songs of Worship      


Welcome and Announcements


Scripture Reading                  Exodus 17:8-13                        Pg. 84 OT


*Hymn                                    “How Great Thou Art”                No. 467

                                                Fran Morse’s Birthday choice




            Dear Lord, When the battle goes long, help us to support one another. When we are under attack, let us be faithful to you. Send us people who will encourage, love and guide us in the ways of Christ. Let your banner be unfurled before us so that we may sing your praise and give thanks for the victories you give us. We ask this in the name of the One who taught us to pray…


*The Lord’s Prayer


Anthem                       “His River, His Peace”                               Kearn


Children’s Time


*Hymn                        “Rock of Ages”                                           Insert

                                    Birthday hymn of Paul Nelson

Prayers with the People                                                    


Scripture                     Matthew 10:16-20                               Pg. 13 NT


Message                      “The Gang of Jesus”               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                        “Lead On, O King Eternal”                     No. 447





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


Lay Reader: John FM Tharp

Greeters: Mary Lou Hainsworth and Charlie Taylor

Ushers: Sean Ahearn, Meghan Fuqua, Margaret Hartwell,

Clifford LeBarr, Cindy & Stan Ovens

Organist: Carrie Ahearn                        

Choir Director: Nancy Tharp

Church Phone: 315-536-9821            


Church Website:



Our Prayer Concerns…


At the Manor:            Helena Cranmer


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

Bill Gillette                 Barbara Mortensen               Ralph Wilkes

Marlene Guild            *Keith Pierce          Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck

Alicia Hurlburt           *Dick Sharman


*Indicates that special prayers are needed.

Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones



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.


This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Today, Sunday, January 18

¨      Noon         Potluck Luncheon

¨      12:45 pm   Annual Meeting

Monday, January 19

¨      Newsletter articles are due.

Tuesday, January 20

¨      Happy Birthday to Paul Nelson!

Wednesday, January 21

¨      9 am          Food for the Needy - set up

¨      6 pm          Backpack packing

¨      7 pm          Youthgroup

Thursday, January 22

¨      9 am          Food for the Needy - pack

¨      Happy Birthday to Fran Morse!

Friday, January 23

¨      9 amFood for the Needy – distribution

Sunday,January 25
     3 pm.    Memorial Service for Douglas Seager,
     with reception to follow


Next Week’s Theme & Scripture is…

“Poetic Justice”     Proverbs 25:11-13


Church News


ABW Breakfast

The annual American Baptist Women’s breakfast is scheduled for February 7, at the Essenhaus. We will meet at 8:30 am and all women of the church are invited to join us! Devotions will be led by Beth & Diane DeLooza and a short program given by Erma Mullins. If you need a ride please call either Diane at 536-3162 or Erma at 536-8730.


Here Kitty, Kitty…

Two cats are up for adoption following Helena Cranmer’s move to the Manor. Monique is a 13 year-old, fully vaccinated and spayed indoor lap cat. She needs a quiet home. Half Pint is a 3 year-old, fully vaccinated and leukemia tested, spayed indoor/outdoor cat with beautiful blue eyes and long hair. If you are interested or know of someone who can provide a home for one of these kitties, contact Patty Dean at 536-1185 (hm), 315-719-2819 (cell), 536-9871 (wk).


Talk It Up!

In order to grow this church we need to get out all kinds of information on what takes place here. Right now the way to do this is for you to contact Shelley Bicksler at 585-526-6845 or leave a note in her box. Every time your group meets, a representative should call Shelley to let her know what took place. Shelley does her best to write the column for the Chronicle-Express, but, she needs your help. Be sure to let her know of upcoming events, meetings, and plans! Let’s get the word out!


Parents of Teens!

Be sure to check the table by the Great Room for some parenting resources. There are booklets and CD’s with information on parenting “Tween Ages.” Feel free to use, and maybe return when you’re finished so that others may benefit as well.



Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                       12/28              1/4              1/11

                                                                   57               68                 48


Current Expenses                              $2,513        $4,527          $2,493

Missions                                      453             284               172

BT&T                                          127          1,749                 60

Total                                       $3,093        $6,560          $2,725


Thought: He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.


Christian One Liners:

- A coincidence is when God chooses to stay anonymous.

- God promises a safe landing not a calm passage.

- He who angers you controls you.

- Prayer? Don’t give God instructions - - just report for duty.

- The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.