APRIL 20, 2008



                                       PENN YAN FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

224 Main Street                                                    April 20, 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.





Songs of Praise & Worship             “The Bond of Love”      #11 Praise Book             


Welcome and Announcements


Scripture Reading                Colossians 3:12-17                Pg. 273 NT   



*Hymn                        “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!”      No. 341

                                    (“Birthday Hymn” request for Kathryn Warren)


*Unison Invocation

            Merciful God, we join in worship in the assurance that there is a place for us in your plans. We ask for discernment to recognize our special gifts and courage to use them. Quiet people’s opposition to the good news so they will recognize that we are not turning the world upside down, but helping to turn it right side up, for the sake of all. Keep our worship focused on your action, in Christ, on our behalf; we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


*Silent Prayer & Meditation – The Lord’s Prayer (Using “debts”)


Special Music        “He Looks Beyond My Faults”    Christine Conklin           


Children’s Time


*Hymn            “Amazing Grace, How Sweet The Sound”         No. 280

                                    (“Birthday Hymn” request for Robert Faery)


Prayers with the People


Scripture                    I Peter 2:9-10                                     Pg. 317 NT


            “But you are the chosen race, the King’s priests, the holy

nation, God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful

acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own

marvelous light At one time you were not God’s people,

but now you are his People; at one time you did not know

God’s mercy, but now you have received his mercy.” (I Peter 2:9-10)


Sermon                      “God’s Own people”            Rev. Don Lawrence




*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

                                    (“Birthday Hymn” request for Don Lawrence)





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


Lay Reader: Pat Ames

Greeters: Mary & Bob Fullagar

Ushers: Sean Ahearn, Fran Hartwell, Margaret Hartwell,

              Clifford LaBarr, Stan & Cindy 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

Alice Wise                  Virginia DeLooza       Willie Nelson


Clinton Crest:             Milly Burke


Friends with long term-illness: Elmer Cranmer


Loved ones serving in the Armed Forces:    Jennifer Willson


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

Rev. Virgil Nelson                 Kathy Pearce            


Prayers for:                                                  

Helen Ansley                   *Marlene Guild                 Billie Potts

Mary Armstrong             Frances Hartwell               Linda  Potts

Eva Jean Best                 Kim Strong Imisides         Nancy Putnam

Tracey Bicksler              Carolyn Johnson               Lucas Ryska

Bessie Bliss                     Don Johnson                     Corrina Schultz

Milly Bloomquist            Bill LaRock                       *Doug Seager

Pat Carroll                       Lori Lawrence                   Betty Smith

Rachel Carter                 Barbara Mortensen          Necia Smith

Mickie Christiansen      *Polly Logan                     Charlie Taylor

Marge Cornell               *Margaret Mills                Jean Wager

Bill Gillette                      Doug Passage             Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck

Mary Beth Greene        *Keith Pierce        


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

*Mary Ann Morith recovering from stroke; sister of Judi Gibbs

*Caridad Estimo; Ethel Clancy’s grandmother is very ill.

*Ralph Seager has been moved to Keuka Comfort Care Home


--- Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones ---


This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Today, Sunday, April 20

¨      Articles for the May Newsletter are due today.

Wednesday, April 23

¨      Noon         Fellowship Class

¨      2 p.m.        Bible Study at Meadowside Apartments

¨      3:45 p.m.   AB Girls Group

¨      7 p.m.        Youth Group

¨      Happy Birthday to Don Lawrence!

Thursday, April 24

¨      7 p.m. True Spirituality Small Group

¨      Happy Birthday to Kathryn Warren!

Friday, April 25

¨      Happy Birthday to Bob Faery!


Next Week’s Theme & Scripture is:

 “Prayer: Old & New Testament Teachings”    

Scripture – selected verses


Church News


Summers at Camp Vick

It’s never too early to think about summer vacation! Camp Vick is one of many ways to break in the summer with recreation and leisure activities. Contact Beth DeLooza at 536-3162 for more information about Camp Vick and its opportunities.


 6 inch Squares

We are still collecting those crocheted or knitted squares for our next project, a prayer shawl, lap throw or “quilt.” The squares can be any pattern as long as they measure as close to a 6-inch square as possible. We will be collecting them through next Sunday, April 27.



Sean Ahearn is looking for “a few good men” to help cook, serve and clean up for the Mother’s Day Breakfast. Interested in working on this? Contact Sean at 531-1910.


Found: Ladies watch in the sanctuary on Sunday, April 6. May be claimed in the church office.




Food for the Needy can always use your help on the forth Wed-Fri of the month with set up, packing and distribution of food. 8am-noon.

Evening Food for the Needy can use help on the 2nd Wed. of the month at 6pm with set up, packing and distribution of food.

The Weekend Food for Kids program can use help on Wed. evenings at 6pm to pack the bags that go into the kid’s backpacks.

For more information on how these programs work and how you can help call Milly B. at 536-8190. Even 1 hour will help tremendously!



Thank You!

To all my friends for their many acts of kindness and concern following my accident. I’m feeling much better now.

Thank You! - Polly Logan



This week Pastor John is away for a visit to help celebrate his mother’s

102nd birthday in Illinois. He will also attend the National Pastor’s

Renewal Conference from the 22-25th at Green lake Conference

Center. There he will attend workshops that will provide continuing

education experience, attend worship and experience spiritual

nourishment and have the opportunity to meet other colleagues in

ministry. Pastor John will return on Friday, April 25.



Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                       3/30             4/6            4/13

                                                                 92              81               74


Current Expenses               $1,544       $4,308

Missions                                    782            493

BT&T                                        127            255

Total                                     $2,453       $5,056




There is more power in the open hand than in the clenched fist.


If it was going to be easy to raise kids,

it never would’ve started with something

called “labor”.