MARCH 16, 2008



                                          PENN YAN FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

224 Main Street                                                    March 16, 2008

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.


Palm Sunday




Songs of Praise & Worship  


Welcome and Announcements


Scripture Reading                  Psalm 40:1-8                          Pg. 619 OT


*Hymn                                    “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”      No. 88


*Silent Prayer & Invocation

            Teach us to sing a new song, to praise you, and to give thanks for the gift of salvation. We come before you to lay our lives, our possessions, and our future at your feet. Show us the way of Jesus, that we might follow him and become the people you are calling us to be. We pray this in the name of Him who taught us to pray….           


*The Lord’s Prayer


Anthem           “Open the Gates of the Temple”           Joseph F. Knapp


Children’s Time


Prayers with the People


*Hymn                        “Battle Hymn of The Republic”                 Insert

                                    Birthday hymn of Mark Scheel


Scripture                     Matthew 27:45-55                               Pg. 44 NT


Message                      “Lessons from the Cross”     Rev. John R. 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                        “How Great Thou Art”                            No. 467

                        Birthday choice of Meghan Fuqua and Kathleen Bently





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


Lay Reader: Lilly Scheel     

Greeters: Fran Morse and Judi Gibbs

Ushers: Meghan Fuqua, Fran Hartwell, Margaret Hartwell,

Clifford LeBarr, Cindy & Stan Ovens,

Organist: Carrie Ahearn

Choir Director: Nancy Tharp

Pastor: John R. Tharp

Church Phone: 315-536-9821


Church Website:



Our Prayer Concerns


At the Homestead:     Luella Passage           Alberta Gottshall

Virginia DeLooza       Alice Wise                  Willie Nelson             


Clinton Crest:             Ralph Seager             Milly Burke


Friends with long term-illness: Elmer Cranmer


Loved ones serving in the Armed Forces:    Jennifer Willson

                                                                        Conal Smith Shane


Our Special Interest Missionaries: *see bulletin boards for more info

Rev. Virgil Nelson                 Kathy Pearce            


Prayers for:                  Bill Gillette                          Doug Passage

Helen Ansley                 Mary Beth Greene             *Keith Pierce

Mary Armstrong           *Marlene Guild                   Billie Potts

Eva Jean Best               Frances Hartwell                 Linda  Potts

Tracey Bicksler            Kim Strong Imisides           Nancy Putnam

Bessie Bliss                   Carolyn Johnson                 Lucas Ryska

Milly Bloomquist          Don Johnson                       Corrina Schultz

Pat Carroll                     Bill LaRock                         *Ralph Seager

Rachel Carter               Lori Lawrence                     Necia Smith

Mickie Christiansen     Barbara Mortensen            Charlie Taylor

Marge Cornell              Polly Logan                         Jean Wager

                                                                                   Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck

*Brad Stewart-21yr old waiting for double lung transplant


Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones


            Irish Blessing: May neighbours respect you, trouble neglect you,

                                      the angels protect you, and heaven accept you.



This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Maundy Thursday Service

8 p.m. service to be held in the Great Room.


Good Friday Ecumenical Service

Held at the Bluff Point UMC, the service begins at noon.


Easter Sunrise Service

7 a.m. at Indian Pines Park. In the event of inclement weather,

the service will be moved here to FBC in the Great Room.


Traditional Easter Service

Our traditional Easter Service begins at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.


Today, March 16

¨      1 p.m.        Easter Egg Hunt for Toddlers – grade 5

Monday, March 17

¨      Palm Monday Women’s Breakfast at PYUMC at 9 a.m.

¨      Happy Birthday to Meghan Fuqua!

Tuesday, March 18

¨      Happy Birthday to Charlie Miller!

Wednesday, March 19

¨      2 p.m.        Bible Study at Meadowside Apartments

¨      3:45 p.m.   AB Girls Group

Thursday, March 20

¨      8 p.m.        Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, March 21

¨      Noon         Ecumenical Good Friday Service at Branchport UMC

¨      Happy Birthday to Kathleen Bently!

Happy Birthday to Mark Scheel!


Next Week’s Theme & Scripture is:

“From Death to Life”

Matthew 28:1-10



Church News


White Water Rafting

Our annual trip down the Pine River in Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon is scheduled for Saturday, April 5. Space is limited so make your reservation soon by paying your fee of $13 per person. More information can be obtained from Pastor John or contact the office at 536-9821.


Quilt Project # 2

There has been an interest in making a 2nd crochet/knit project. Several different ideas have been suggested which include a prayer shawl, lap throw or another “quilt”. The prayer shawl would be shared within our own congregation and passed from family to family as needed. We may donate the throw/quilt to the American Red Cross. Sooooo, if you still have leftover yarn and an “itch to stitch” keep those 6 inch squares coming. Remember they can either be crocheted or knitted and can be any pattern you choose as long as they measure as close to a 6 inch block as possible. We will be collecting them through April 27. Thanks again! Sheryl and Pam


UPC Labels/Campbell Soup Labels

The Board of Missions is collecting UPC labels from Campbell soups and related products.  We would like to be able to send the labels out by mid-April. This project benefits Springbrook, a home for disabled children and adults in Oneonta. Please give your labels to Ed Castillo or you may leave them in the church office.


Church Board Training

Do you serve on a church board and yet aren’t

sure what your role is? Have you ever thought

of serving but don’t know what is required?

On Saturday, March 29, in Newark there will

be a church board training seminar. The training

will last from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost per person is $10, however if we can commit to more than five people to attend, the cost is lowered to $7.50 per person. Contact Cheryl Stewart by Friday,

March 14, if you would like to attend and carpool!


Mission Accomplished

We did it! Thanks to the help of so many hands and hearts we were able to make our first crochet/knit “quilt”. We are donating the quilt to the Keuka Comfort Care Home, where it will be used to bring warmth and comfort to those needing an extra “hug”. Our appreciation goes out to each and every one of you who helped to make this happen. As Mother Teresa said, “We can do no great things – only small things with great love.”                                      Sheryl Robbins and Pam Scutt


Lay Studies Program

Pastor Janice Robinson will offer a course in the New Testament at the FBC of Geneva, on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 beginning March 12, and continuing each Wednesday for 10 weeks. Contact Greg Marion at 536-6771 for more information.


 A CROP Walk Recruiter

is needed to help with this year’s walk. Please contact Sarah Stackhouse at 536-9482. The meeting is scheduled for March 18, at 7 p.m., Bluff Point UMC.


Thank You to all who gave their time to help with the set up, tear down and every thing in between for the Lenten Luncheons.


Thanks go out to the Hospitality Committee for hosting a very lovely time of refreshments and fellowship following the service for our friend Gene Guild.


Community News

Palm Monday Breakfast

Women of the church are invited to the annual sacrificial Palm Monday Breakfast hosted by Penn Yan United Methodist Women at

9 a.m. on Monday, March 17, in the church dining room. The speaker will be Priscilla Andrews, an area lay speaker. June VenSkytis, a well-known soloist, will sing, “Consolation.” No reservations are required; a free-will offering will be taken. If child care is needed please call 536-2095. The dining room is wheelchair accessible.




Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                        2/24               3/2               3/9

                                                                 75                 75                58


Current Expenses               $1,198          $1,910         $1,649

Missions                                    387               653              350

BT&T                                        100               190              176

Total                                     $1,685          $2,753         $2,175





An Irish Prayer

May God give you….

For every storm, a rainbow, for every tear, a smile,

For every care, a promise, and a blessing in each trial.

For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share,

For every sigh, a sweet song, and an answer for each prayer.