224 Main Street                                                    Penn Yan, New York

April 21, 2013                                                                         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.


Service of Worship and Praise


Prelude ~ Chimes


Welcome & Announcements 


*Song of Praise          “In Christ Alone”                                        Insert


*Call to Worship and Prayer of Invocation 


*Hymn            “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power”                Insert


Anthem                       “Here I Am, Lord”


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                  Matthew 5:10-12      Pew Bible NT pg. 5


*Hymn                        “I Will Serve You”                               PB no. 54


Sermon                       “Blessed Persecuted”      Rev. Stephen Sanden


*Hymn                        “Room at the Cross for You”                    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:


Heather Bicksler                     Doug Gibbs                Ben Loomis

Tom Burke                              Julanne Guild             Kaye Newcomb

Rachel Carter                          Mary Hutson             Ella Renckert

Deb Clancy                              Gladys Kjar               Jennifer Slocum

Ed Eveland                               Bob Logan                 Eva Vickery


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


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 Diaconate Meeting

5 pm Wellspring Service


Monday, April 22

5 pm Church Supper – Sloppy Joes and Mac & Cheese

7 pm Community Chorus Rehearsal           

7 pm Council of Churches Meeting at Dresden UMC


Tuesday, April 23

Happy Birthday to Don Lawrence!


Wednesday, April 24

9 am Food for the Needy – set up

4 pm Backpack Program

6:30 pm Cub Scout Meeting

Happy 100th Birthday to Kathryn Warren!


Thursday, April 25

9 am Food for the Needy – set up

9 am Home Schooling

7 pm Boy Scout Meeting

Happy Birthday to Robert Faery!


Friday, April 26

9 am Food for the Needy – distribution

ABW Weekend Convention in Owego


Saturday, April 27

Wellspring Ladies Event


Church News



First Baptist Church will be represented in this year's CROP Walk! Everyone is encouraged to either WALK or PLEDGE. To date the following are accepting pledges: Diane DeLooza, Cheryl Stewart and Nancy Marion. Please Help Us Stop Hunger!

CROP Walk ~ Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm ~`First Presbyterian Church


Hearts & Hands Ministry

Are you interested in reaching out to our congregation and community in times of both celebration and heartache? If you are, this ministry is for you! We are gathering items to put in “Blessing Bags/Baskets” to be given as a “hug” to let others know we share in their joy and in their time of need. If you're interested in making a donation some suggested items are: Hershey Kisses & Hugs* Chocolate Bars* Frozen Casseroles* Cookies, Crackers, Tea, Cocoa* Lap Blankets* Bubble Bath* Soaps & Lotions* Puzzle Books* Gift Cards* Slipper Socks* Coloring Books & Crayons* Small Stuffed Animals* Coupons for House/Yard Work/Transportation*


Of course monetary donations are always appreciated! Watch for upcoming workshop days where we will be making some of these homemade items. If you enjoy knitting, crocheting, quilting, making cards, crafting of any type or just plain fellowshipping, please come join us! All you need to bring is your heart and hands ready to serve the Lord! Contact Cheryl Stewart or Pam Scutt for further information.


Help Wanted!

Stan Ovens is retiring as Treasurer after 24+ years in the position. We greatly need someone to “learn the ropes” and take on this responsibility on July 1, 2013. In the hope that additional information will help inspire someone to step up and try this important position in the Church, here's a listing of the duties of the treasurer: *sign checks as needed (payroll and regular monthly bills will be handled online), *review and sign all paperwork submitted by the Bookkeeper, *return signed paperwork to the Bookkeeper for filing, and *present monthly reports to Trustees.


We have hired Jan Hafner as our Bookkeeper. Her duties include: *prepare payroll, *accounts payable (including all required tax forms), *provide paperwork to Treasurer for signature, and *keep filing up to date.


Love Gift Challange - Fact #2 about LOVE GIFT:

ABW Ministries contributes over $3 million annually to AB Mission. LOVE GIFT is a significant part of this giving and a part of UNITED MISSION, the basic funding source for American Baptist Mission, thereby supporting the full range of American Baptist Mission. It's an offering over-and-above our regular tithes and pledges. *** Are you scanning those dollar bills for an L or G? Remember... we have a very generous anonymous member who will MATCH DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR everything we collect over the month of April.


Mission Report

On April 14th, $60 was received for the Mission Treasury. An additional $20 was given for the Easter Offering making the total $682. Thank you. Please remember that next Sunday is the last Sunday to bring in your pennies for the Backpack Program. Any additional contributions will be sent in at the end of the year.


Mission  Nugget:

Our Special Interest Missionary, Courtney Crisler, at The Place in Norwich, NY, has clearly made a difference with her more than 20 years of nonprofit work, such as spending many summers around the world with children in military families, educating minorities about health needs and self-care, and coordinating activities for individuals of various ages and abilities. She says she has adopted as her life's motto the popular starfish story/poem. Although the piece can take various forms, it's gist is the same: a person tosses a beached starfish into the  ocean and, when an onlooker comments that thousands of starfish need help, the thrower responds, “I made a difference to that one.”


Attendance and Financial Report

Were you here?              3/24         3/31             4/7            4/14

                                            57            69               57              70

Local Budget              $2,014      $1,651       $5,208        $1,303


Church  /  Community  News


Pray for America!

Americans to Unite and Pray on the 62nd annual observance of the National Day of Prayer Sponsored by The Penn Yan Area Council of Churches.

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 at 12:30 pm, at the First Baptist Church of Penn Yan


Relay for Life Chicken BBQ – May 4th

Team Footprints from the Yates County Relay for Life will be holding a chicken barbeque on Saturday, May 4 in the Lyons National Bank parking lot. Serving time begins at 11:00 am until sold out. Catered by Gale-Wyn, the meal costs $8.50 and includes 1/2 chicken, salt potatoes, macaroni salad, coleslaw, roll, beverage and dessert. All proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society. Thank you in advance for your support in bringing us one step closer to a cure.


Backpack Program

April's Spotlight Item for the Backpack Program is: Breakfast/Cereal Bars


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.


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