224 Main Street                                      Penn Yan, New York

March 30, 2014                                                       10:00 AM

Our Mission

 To Create a Caring Community

To Honor and Serve God.


Our Service of Worship and Praise


   Prelude ~ Chimes


   Welcome & Announcements


*Congregational Song   “More Precious/I Exalt Thee”          On Insert


*Call to Worship


*Congregational Song           “Majesty”                                 PB no. 74


  Anthem                     “Once Upon a Tree”


  Pastoral Prayer & The 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       Romans 2:9-12                               NT pg. 203


*Congregational Song    “Change My Heart, O God”           PB no. 25


  Message                   “Law or No Law”                       Stephen Sanden


*Congregational Song           “In Christ Alone”                      On Insert


*Benediction - Postlude


*If you wish to and are able, you are invited to stand.
After the service, Please join us for coffee fellowship in the Great Room.


A Reminder:

Monies received in the Lenten Offering envelopes will go towards the Local Budget. Monies in the Easter Offering envelopes go towards the Mission Budget.


               Pastor:                  Rev. Stephen Sanden

                              PO Box 695, Penn Yan

Pastor’s Office:    315-536-9821

Pastor’s Cell:        386-986-6961

Pastor’s Email:

Choir Director:     Barbara Stewart

Organist:               Carrie Ahearn

            Ushers/Greeters    Stan Ovens, head usher

                 Cindy Ovens, Erma Mullins, Cheryl Stewart

Church Phone:      315-536-9821

Office Hours:        Mon – Fri 9 am to Noon

Church Email:

Church Website :


Please  be  in  Prayer  for:


Fran Anderson                    Donald & Beverly Hall       Ben Loomis

Tom Burke                          Ron Harris                           Marion Perry

Bessie Decker                    Gene Spanneut


Our Special Interest Missionaries:

Rev. Mr. Charles and Ruth Fox, Thailand

Rev. Matt Lundgren, Friendship House, South Billings, Montana


Quail Summit:         Alice Wise

Clinton Crest:          Doris Barcliff                Milly Bloomquist

The Homestead:     Helen Ansley                 Virginia DeLooza

                                 Marge Cornell              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


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


Today, March 30

11 am Coffee Hour

5 pm Wellspring Service

5th Sunday – Deficit Reduction

Would you help us reduce the $12,000 deficit in this year’s budget by giving whatever “extra” amount – large or small that you feel you can contribute? There is an envelope tucked inside this bulletin for your use. Thank you.


Monday, March 31

7 pm Community Chorus Rehearsal


Tuesday, April 1

Happy Birthday to Milly Bloomquist!


Wednesday, April 2

4 pm Backpack Program


Thursday, April 3

9 am Homeschool Group

Noon Lenten Luncheon

10 am Bd of Mission

7 pm Boy Scout Meeting


Saturday, April 5

4 pm UMC Closer Walk


Upcoming Events and News


If you haven’t signed up to have your picture taken, please do so today or arrange with the church office.

The next picture day will take place on Thursday, April 24th. The directory helps new members recognize those they may not know, and provides you with addresses/phone numbers.


5th Sunday - Sunday, March 30

March 30th, is the fifth Sunday of the month and is designated as Deficit Reduction Sunday. Next Sunday you will find an envelope marked for whatever “extra” amount - large or small that you feel you can contribute towards the reduction of the $12,000 deficit in this year’s budget. The Advisory Council hopes you will be encouraged to give extra. Thank you.


Lenten Luncheons continue Thursday, April 2

The Penn Yan Council of Churches invites you to join us for this year’s Lenten Luncheons. Meals will begin at 12 noon here at FBC. The message theme centers on “Peter’s Journey With Jesus”.  The cost is $5 per person. Meals will be provided through the Wagner Restaurant

                         April 2           “Washing Feet”

                         April 9           “I Will Not Deny You”


Monday Night Church Suppers Return - Beginning Monday, April 7

Serving 5 pm to 6 pm.  $3.00 per person.

April 7th – Ziti w/ sausage or meatballs, tossed salad, cake.

NOTE: The times given in the paper edition of the April Newsletter are incorrect.


CROP Hunger Walk meeting (Recruiter needed) - Thursday, April 10

The Crop Walk will take place Sunday, May 4th at 1 pm. There will be a meeting on April 10th, 4 pm at The Living Well, for interested participants and recruiters. FBC needs a recruiter. Questions – call Donna Johnston at 536-2683.


ABW Convention Reservations DueFriday, April 11

See information for this April 25 – 27 event below


Egg Hunt - Sunday, April 13

An Easter Egg Hunt is being planned by the Bd of Christian Education in an effort to be involved and visible in the community. Much more than an egg hunt will take place and we are hoping for your enthusiastic support and prayer! We need: small individually wrapped candy that will fit inside the plastic eggs, prayer, and volunteers who are enthusiastic about our mission. Is that you? We hope so. We are trying to show the community that First Baptist Church is here, that we are welcoming, that we can help, guide and support them. Please support us so that we can grow our Church.


American Baptist Women’s Convention - April 25 – 27

American Baptist Women’s Ministries of NYS Convention 2014, April 25 – 27 at Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, Albany, NY

~ Learn more about God and yourself through scripture and workshops

~ Celebrate 200 years of ministry in Myanmar/Burma through the eyes of Ann Judson. Some of the Karen women from Tabernacle Baptist Church in Utica will be there as our special guests.

~ Worship and Fellowship

Reservations need to be in before April 11th so don’t delay. If you are interested in attending, please let Diane DeLooza or Cheryl Stewart know as soon as possible so we can arrange travel plans and reserve hotel rooms.


Deficit Reduction: Yard/Craft/Bake Sale Needs

Plans are underway for July 5& 6th here at the church. We are accepting furniture, small appliances, kitchen/home décor items and infant/toddler clothing (no adult clothing). Bring your items to the church any time or contact a member of the Men’s Group for assistance. Q’s, contact the sale’s committee members: Karen Sanden, Karen Rasmussen, Bill Decker or Nancy Marion. We will also need lots of help at the time of the sale. Keep us in mind and in prayer!


Hearts & Hands

Have you remembered about the H&H “take a casserole and cookies” ministry? When you are planning to visit someone and would like to take something tasty to warm a stomach and soul, there are casseroles and cookies all made up, frozen and ready to go. The casseroles will feed 2-3 people or there are single serving sizes. Call Cindy at 536-2485, Pam at 536-2791 or Diane at 536-3162. There is an inventory sheet in the church to help us keep track of the food and who has been visited. So… what are you waiting for, get out there and visit.

Save Those Cards - Remember to save the greeting cards you receive to give to the Hearts & Hands Committee so they can recycle them into beautiful new cards. Tear off the front of the card, bring to church, deposit into the polka-dotted box in the sanctuary. Thank you!


Easter Cards

Let’s send Easter greetings to our ABW Scholarship girl:

Rachel Phillips, 225 Burdick Road, New Berlin, NY 13411


Communion to Shut-Ins

Do you know of a shut in who would like communion brought to them? If so, please contact the church office or Pastor Steve.


Attendance and Financial Report:

Were you here?                  Mar. 2      Mar. 9     Mar. 16       Mar. 23

                                                     44           102              57                 49

Budget Figures

Received last week: 

Pledges & Loose Offerings     $421.00

Needed each week: $1,825


The Church’s Mission


Mission Nugget

Springbrook” (Formerly Upstate Home for Children)

The Therapeutic Horse Program is a new offering to fulfill Springbrook’s mission of inclusion. Ten individuals were awarded eight vouchers each to be used for the purpose of therapeutic horseback riding lessons, horse care, leading, cart riding, and other horse related activities during the summer/fall of 2013 at Verde View Equestrian Center, Harpursville, NY and Athelas Therapeutic Riding, Otsego, NY. Grants were made available to children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services from Springbrook. At Springbrook, the educational, residential, therapeutic, habilitation, and community support options span all aspects of, and times in, an individual’s life – from birth through end-of-life. Commitment toadvanced research and treatment guarantees that every person served has the opportunity for independence and choice with the help of a staff that is the most highly trained, compassionate, and skilled in the field.


A Prayer for “Springbrook

Gracious God, we thank you for those persons who give of their skills and resources to help persons with special needs through Springbrook. Give them the patience and understanding to see that the needs, interests, goals, and desires of the children and adults they support are predicated by their humanity first-not their disability. May they be blessed in their commitment to work in partnership with clients and their families to help each person attain their personal goals and dreams. Through our gifts and prayers may the Springbrook staff know that they are supported in their dedicated work with persons of all ages with special needs. This we ask in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, remembering his love for everyone that God has created. Amen.


Mission Receipts:

Thank you for your Mission contribution on March 23rd. We received $34.50 for the Budget. We still need $98 to be able to send our Food for the Needy contribution. We also received $105 for the America for Christ Offering: short $22 of our goal. In addition, $77 was received for Love Gift.


Board of Missions Backpack Spotlight Items:

April item to benefit  Milly’s Backpack Program: Fruit/Pudding/Applesauce Cups

Thank you very much for your support of this mission! You do make a difference in the lives of our YC Youth!


Community News and Events


Informal “Coffee House” Worship each Sunday

Soup, Scripture & Songs for the Soul - Sundays at 5:00 pm.  Informal Coffeehouse, led by area pastors and laity. Come as you are. Go changed forever!


Lenten Luncheons continue Thursday, April 3

The Penn Yan Council of Churches Lenten Luncheons - Theme: “Peter’s Journey With Jesus”

The cost is $5 per person. 12 noon here at FBC

April 3          “Washing Feet”

April 10          “I Will Not Deny You”


Classic Club - Monday, April 7

“Eat Better, Move More” Schedule: Mondays 9 am – 11:45 am, April 7, 14, 21, 28: at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Penn Yan. Open to all, transportation is available through Pro Action (536-5515). For information about Classic Club call St. Paul’s at 536-8165.


Don’t “Should” On Me: Individuality of Grieving Styles - Tuesday, April 8

Facing others expectations of what grief should look like or should feel like can undermine self-confidence, destabilize relationships and increase isolation. Rev. Max Bishop, Spiritual Care Coordinator for Yates-Ontario Hospice will lead a discussion about the effects of imposing beliefs about grieving styles on those who are morning a loss. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, April 8th from 7-8 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 211 Main Street, Penn Yan. The program is free and pre-registration for planning purposes is encouraged by calling Keuka Comfort Care Home at 536-1690.


Ladies: An  Invitation - Monday, April 14

The Penn Yan United Methodist Women cordially invite the women of FBC to attend the annual Palm Monday Light Breakfast.

The breakfast will be held in the Fellowship Hall of PYUMC on Monday, April 14th, at 9 am.  Speaker: Rev. Dr. Robin Blair; Soloist: Jan Lounsberry;  Pianist: Ann Glazier



Service Information


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.


For your convenience hearing devices are available. Please see an usher for assistance


Visitors - Welcome  to  First  Baptist  Church! 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.


John 3: 16