BULLETIN FOR March 17, 2013



224 Main Street                                                       March 17, 2013

Penn Yan, New York                                                               10:00 AM


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.


Prelude ~ Chimes


Welcome & Announcements 


*Song of Praise          “The Sweetest Name of All”                 On Insert


*Call to Worship                   


*Hymn            “My Faith Has Found a Resting Place”            On Insert


 Anthem                      “God So Loved the World”                        Stainer


Children's Time


Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer     




*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.


Offertory Prayer


Scripture Reading      2 Corinthians 5:14-21                           NT pg. 242

                                    Matthew 5:9                                             NT pg. 5


*Hymn                        “Be Thou My Vision”                               No. 339                          


Sermon                       “Blessed Peacemakers”      Rev. Stephen Sanden 


*Invitational Hymn                “It Is Well with My Soul”         On Insert   


*Benediction ~ *Postlude                          


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


Pastor:                        Rev. Stephen Sanden       

                                    PO Box 695, Penn Yan

Pastor's Phone:         Cell 386-986-6961

Pastor's E-Mail:

 Choir Director:         Barbara Stewart

Organist:                    Carrie Ahearn

Church Phone:            315-536-9821

Church E-mail: 

Church Website: 


Please  be  in  Prayer  for:


Melba Bembry                       Ed Eveland                 Ben Loomis

Heather Bicksler                   Doug Gibbs                 Roger Mullins

Tom Burke                            Julanne Guild              Kaye Newcomb

Rachel Carter                        Mary Hutson              Jennifer Slocum

Deb Clancy                            Bob Logan                   Eva Vickery

Bill Decker

Prayers for the family of Eva Jean Best


Our Special Interest Missionaries:

Rev. Charles and Mrs. Sarah Clement-West, Zambia

Courtney Crisler, The Place, Norwich, NY


Quail Summit:          Alice Wise

Clinton Crest:           Margaret Drakeley     Doris Barcliff 

The Homestead:      Helen Ansley                Virginia DeLooza

                                  Dick Sharman               Willie Nelson

                                  Irene Wachala               Necia Smith

The Manor:              Margaret Hartwell        Billie Potts

                                  Mary Armstrong  


Our Country and  Leaders

Our Service Men and Women and their families                

Those in our community who serve as law enforcement, fire fighter

volunteers, teachers, community leaders, and community volunteers


Prayer Needs:

If you know of someone who is ill, in the hospital, home bound etc. or if you have other prayer concerns please call 536-9821 to let the church office and pastor know.  


This  week  at  First  Baptist



11:15 am Deacon's Meeting

5 pm Wellspring Fellowship Service


Monday, March 18

5 pm Church Supper - Lasagna

April Newsletter articles due today             

7 pm Council of Churches meeting at St. Mark's Espiscopal Church


Tuesday, March 19

9 am Wellspring Discipleship Class

6:30 pm Investment Committee Meeting


Wednesday, March 20

9 am Wellspring Discipleship Class

4:30 pm Backpack

6:30 pm Cub Scout Meeting

7 pm Advisory Council Meeting


Thursday, March 21

9 am Wellspring Discipleship Class

9 am Homeschooling

Noon Lenten Luncheon

7 pm Boy Scout Meeting


Friday, March 22

Overnight Wellspring Youth Gathering


Church  News


Lenten Luncheon   

Thursday, 3/21  at Noon  “Jesus Stands Trial”    Rev. Sandi Perl


Upcoming Meetings

Deacon's: Sunday, March 17th at 11:15 am

Investment Committee: Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30 pm

Advisory Council: Wednesday, March 20th at 7 pm

Trustees: Sunday, March 24th at 11:15 am


Wanted: Meet & Greet Hosts

The Deacons would like to have YOU host small group

Meet & Greet sessions for Rev. Sanden. The goal is to allow Pastor Steve to speak with our members in a comfortable setting and to learn more about the pulse of our church. A clip board is available for host sign ups at this time. You may also call the church office to sign up.


From the Advisory Council

Dear FBC Congregation, - During Sunday worship, you have heard our Pastor tell us that we need to be the light of Christ; that we need to work to bring people to the Lord and to salvation. This is the mission of Christians and the real purpose of the Church. We cannot let these words fall on deaf ears. So, in 2013 we want to develop a plan to do outreach and local mission projects to better connect with the community and  to demonstrate that we are an active, welcoming church.


Each board and committee will be brainstorming to come up with activities to make our church more visible in the community and to help individuals in need. But this is not a project just for Boards and Committees! We would like EVERYONE'S input. That means YOU. So, start thinking and think “outside the box”. Any and all ideas are welcome! We are looking for a variety of activities. Pass your ideas on to any board or committee member or better yet bring them directly to an Advisory Council meeting. We have significant memorial funds to assist us with these projects so don't assume cost would prohibit us from considering your idea. Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you.


Dear Church Family

As you are aware each Board and Committee was asked to be the “Light of Christ” and come up with some things to do to make our church more visible in the community and to help those in need. The Board of Missions decided one thing we would do each month is to ask members of the congregation to bring one item or more if you desire, to assist the Backpack Program. This month of March we are asking for packets of Hot Chocolate. Please consider helping. Thank you for being the Light of Christ.



Are you going to the ABW Ministries Conference in April? Kairos Outside, the conference project is asking for new or gently used Teddy Bears. The Once Again Shoppe has some for sale.


And… Ladies, You Are Invited

The PY United Methodist Women cordially invite the women of all area churches to attend the annual Palm Monday Light Breakfast. The breakfast will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the PYUMC on Monday, March 25 at 9:00 am. Speaker: Joni Lincoln, Pianist: Meredith Marsh,  Soloist: Mia Coles. We are handicap accessible.


American Baptist Churches of the Finger Lakes  - Spring Gathering

Sunday, March 24th , United Church of Canandaigua, 11 Gibson St.

Registration: 2:45 pm     Devotions:3 pm   

Program: 3:20 “What Is God Doing Among Us?”

Speaker Rev. Jim Kelsey, Executive Minister ABC/NYS

Pot-luck supper: 5 pm. 

Come find out what the “GATHERING” is all about!



To Kevin Conrad who made the Honor Roll at PYA!


Easter Cards

Let's surprise our ABW scholarship girl with a bouquet of cards for Easter! (She so appreciated the support at Christmas!)

Michelle DuMond, 700 Health Sciences Drive, Stony Brook, NY 11790


Easter Lilies

It's that time of year again when we will decorate our  sanctuary with beautiful Easter Flowers. If you would like to place a flower in honor and/or in memory of a loved one, we ask that you purchase your own flower and bring it to the sanctuary by Friday, March 22nd. Please remember to label your plant for easy retrieval on Easter morning. Please fill out the form below and leave it in the offering plate, turn it into the church office or you may call the church office. Your information needs to be received by Wednesday, March 27th in order for it to be printed in the Easter Sunday bulletin.

Given by: _____________________________________________

In Memory of: _________________________________________

In Honor of: ___________________________________________


A Nugget of News from Missions

Our Special Interest International Missionaries, Charles and Sarah Clement-West have helped a community to better the present and future lives of its children through education in Kalikiliki, Zambia. Through faithful teachers and religious education classes, the good news of the love of God and the saving and transforming power of Jesus Christ are introduced to the children attending the

Wellspring of Faith and Hope Community School. The school is a beacon of light bringing people to faith in Christ, changing lives through education, and empowering the whole community.


Piano Music

The Homestead is looking for donations of old church sheet music for their residents who play the piano. Please drop off your donations to the church office and they will be fowarded. Thank you.


Mission Treasury

The Board of Mission says “Thank You”. The combined America for Christ Offering on March 3rd and 10th of $499 brings our total to $819 ($119 over our goal of $700). We also received $624 in pledges and donations on these two Sunday. Please remember that all of our Easter Offering goes to Missions. Please give prayerfully and generously.  Thank you.


Attendance and Financial Report

Were you here?             2/17           2/24             3/3          3/10

                                             44                73              46              47

 Local Budget               $1,647         $1,431       $2,893       $3,623


Visitors - Welcome to First Baptist Church of Penn Yan. We are glad you joined us and hope you’ll feel at home, as we celebrate our faith and praise God together. In the pew in front of you, you will find a “get-to-know-you” card. Please take a moment to fill it out and place it in the offering plate.


You are invited to bring your children to the nursery during the service for a safe and Christian environment so that you may more fully experience Worship. Following today’s service please come to enjoy coffee, refreshments and fellowship in the Great Room.