~ ~ FEBRUARY 1, 2009 ~ ~


                                FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                            February 1, 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                  II Timothy 1:3-10                  Pg. 287 NT


*Hymn                                    “Seek Ye First”                           No. 333



            Stir up the fire of faith in us, O Lord. Set your Holy Spirit loose in our midst. Free us from the baggage of doubt. We seek the freedom of our spirits by accepting your forgiveness for our sin. Help us to light the way for those who seek our aid. Renew our joy and show us how to love as you have loved us. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Anthem                       “To This Altar”                                     Medema


Children’s Time


*Hymn                        “In The Garden”                                          Insert

                                    Birthday Hymn of Karen Taylor


Scripture                     I Thessalonians 5:12-28 

         Using Billy Graham’s Bible


Message                      “On Fanning the Flame”         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                        “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”       No. 345

                                                                                                      Vs. 1,2

Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper

                                    Welcome to the Lord’s Table

                                    Vision Statement

                                    Community of Prayer

                                    Sharing the Bread

                                    Sharing the Cup

                                    Prayer of Thanks and the Lord’s Prayer


*Hymn            “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”                   No. 345

                                                                                                      Vs. 3,4




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


Thought: Love does not dominate; it cultivates.

                                                       - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


The flowers on the altar are placed in loving memory of Floyd & Gordon Cornell.


Lay Reader: George Jensen

Greeters: Necia Smith and Guy Love

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

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              Dick Sharman


Our Special Interest Missionaries:

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

Prayers for:                                                  

Mary Armstrong        Alicia Hurlburt                       Barbara Stewart

Eva Jean Best            Kim Strong Imisides              Brad Stewart

Bessie Bliss                Don Johnson                          Charlie Taylor

Pat Carroll                  Lori Lawrence                        Phil Trautman

Judi Gibbs                  Barbara Mortensen               Jean Wager

Bill Gillette                 *Keith Pierce                         Ralph Wilkes

*Viola Gray                                                        Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck

Marlene Guild                       


*Indicates that special prayers are needed.

Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones


This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Today, Sunday, February 1

¨      Super Bowl Sub Sale!

Monday, February 2

¨      7 pm          Advisory Council

Tuesday, February 3

¨      7 pm          Bd of Missions

¨      7 pm          Deacons

Wednesday, February 4

¨      6 pm          Backpack packing

¨      6 pm          Youthgroup

Thursday, February 5

¨      Happy Birthday to Karen Taylor

Friday, February 6

¨      Happy Birthday to Chris Fuqua!

Saturday, February 7

¨      8:30 am   ABW Breakfast at the Essenhaus

Sunday, Feb. 8 from 8-10 am

¨      Breakfast to benefit the Boy Scouts. Held at the PY Moose Lodge. $6.00


Next Week’s Theme & Scripture is…

“Finding God in The Movies”     Isaiah 55:6-11


Church News


Advisory Council

Monday, Feb. 2 @ 7pm

The Advisory Council meeting that was cancelled last Wed. due to weather; has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Feb. 2, at 7 pm.


ABW Breakfast

Saturday, Feb. 7 @ 8:30 am

All women of the church are invited to the annual American Baptist Women’s breakfast at the Essenhaus. Devotions will be led by Bethany & Diane DeLooza and a short program by Erma Mullins.

If you need a ride please call either Diane at 536-3162 or Erma at

536-8730. If you plan to attend please call Erma by Wed. Feb. 4.


Thank You!

 A sincere thank you from the Board of Christian Education; to everyone who supported the Carol Willson Vacation Bible School fund by purchasing a 2009 calendar. It is with your support and prayers that we are able to bring VBS back year after year!


Baby Shower

February, 15 @ 2 pm

You are invited to join us as we shower Jennifer and Aiden Willson! All ladies and friends are welcome.


From: The American Baptist Churches of New York State

January 13, 2009


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


The Executive Minister Search Committee is pleased to inform you that we have reached an agreement with the Rev. Dr. Donald Rasmussen, who will begin as Interim Executive Minister with the American Baptist Churches NYS on January 15, 2009.


Don served as Regional Executive of the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island for 10 years, retiring in 2006. Prior to that, he pastored churches in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.


The Search Committee has asked Don to focus on oversight of staff, troubleshooting, representing the region in appropriate denominational roles, financial oversight and board development (Board of Mission and Executive Advisory Task Force (EATF). We understand he brings a strong background in administration, comes ready to listen, is familiar with regional executive responsibilities, and is open to effectively use his skills and experiences in this new setting. He will be working a 75% time schedule.


We are excited to have Don working with our region and trust you will have an opportunity to meet him in the coming months. We encourage you to welcome him and his wife, Ginny.


If you have any questions about Don’s appointment or the executive search process, please feel free to contact one of us. We ask for your prayers for us as we continue to work on your behalf at this exciting time of transition.


Yours in Christ,

Rev. Randy Palada                Rosemary Oaks-Lee

President                                Chairperson

ABC/NYS                               Executive Minister Search Committee

607-783-2044                                                   315-637-0023     




Community News



Sunday, Feb. 8 from 8-10 am

To benefit the Boy Scouts. Held at the PY Moose Lodge. $6.00


Afternoon Tea

Thursday, February 26 @ 4 pm

The youth of Penn Yan Academy invite all senior citizens to join them for their 5th annual Afternoon Tea. Refreshments, including specialty sandwiches and sweets, will be provided and entertainment will be provided by the Penn Yan Academy Jazz Ensemble. Valet parking service will be available for your convenience. This is a FREE event sponsored by HUBBA. Make your reservations by calling the Office for the Aging at 536-5515.




Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                       1/11             1/18              1/25

                                                                 48                70                 63


Current Expenses                            $2,493         $1,883         $ 2,050

Missions                                    172              404               499

BT&T                                          60              226               351

Total                                     $2,725         $2,513          $2,900



Valentine’s Day Quotes


¨      Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

-         Aristotle

¨      Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

        Lao Tzu

¨      Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent protects you from age.       

        Anais Nin