MAY 4, 2008



                                   PENN YAN FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

224 Main Street                                                    May 4, 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        


Welcome and Announcements


Scripture Reading               Joel 2:25-29                           Pg. 988 OT 


*Hymn                                   “In the Garden”                   see  insert - vs.1,3

                                                (Birthday hymn of Lilia Scheel)


*Silent Prayer & Invocation (Praying the Scriptures)


            Sometimes we fail to see the wonders and joys you would give us, Lord, because we are dwelling on the years and the opportunities which the locust have stolen. Show us your power. Turn our eyes toward the cross and the resurrection. Bathe us in your Holy Spirit so that our visions, our dreams, and our messages will be those that flow from your heart. We pray this prayer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


Anthem                                 The Lord’s Prayer”    Steven C. Warner


Children’s Time

*Hymn                       “Here I Am, Lord”                        No. 525 vs.1,3

                                    (Birthday hymn of Ethel Clancy)


Prayers with the People


Scripture                   Acts 1:1-11


Message                   “Receiving the Gift”                  Rev. John 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 vs. 1,4

                                    (Ed Castillo’s birthday hymn)


Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper

                                    Welcome to the Lord’s Table

                                    Vision Statement

                                    Community of Prayer

                                    Sharing the Bread

                                    Sharing the Cup

                                    Prayer of Thanks

                                    The Lord’s Prayer


*Hymn           “May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You”           Insert

                                    (Birthday hymn of Erma Mullins)






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


Lay Reader: Lyle Conrad

Greeters: Marge Cornell & Kathryn Warren

Ushers: Pat Ames, Shelley Bicksler, Jack Clancy, Erma Mullins, Cheryl Stewart

Pastor: John R. Tharp

Organist: Carrie Ahearn                         Choir Director: Nancy Tharp

Church Phone: 315-536-9821               E-mail:

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

Doris Screen Bliss     Don Johnson                          Corrina Schultz

Bessie Bliss                Bill LaRock                            *Doug Seager

Milly Bloomquist       Lori Lawrence                                    Betty Smith

Pat Carroll                  Doug Mattison                      

Rachel Carter                        Barbara Mortensen              Charlie Taylor

Mickie Christiansen  Polly Logan                            Jean Wager

Reece Conley             Margaret Mills      Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck

Marge Cornell                       Doug Passage                       

Bill Gillette                 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.


Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones


Thought: A day hemmed in prayer seldom unravels.



This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Today, Sunday, May 4

¨      1 p.m.        CROP Walk

Tuesday, May 6

¨      7 p.m.        Bd. of Missions

¨      7 p.m.        Bd. of Deacons

Wednesday, May 7

¨      2 p.m.        Bible Study at Meadowside Apartments

¨      3:45 p.m.   AB Girls Group

Thursday, May 8

¨      7 p.m.        Bd. of Christian Education

Next Sunday, May 11

¨      Pentecost Sunday – WEAR RED TO CHURCH!

¨      8 a.m. Mother’s Day Breakfast

Next Week’s Theme & Scripture is:

 “Signs of The Spirit” Galatians 5:16-26

(A series on the Spirit Enriched Gift)


Church News


Mission to Mexico

Wednesday, May 14 @ 7 p.m.

There will be a meeting for all those interested in a Mission trip to Mexico in October.


Spring Cleaning for Utica Refugee Mission

In case you didn’t get your closets and garage cleaned out in time for the trailer to go to Utica last month – you have another chance. Pastor John will be going on a Men’s Clean up at Pathfinder Lodge and will make a stop in Utica for a drop off. Be sure to have your items to him/the church by Thursday, May 15.


All-Church Clean-Out Workday 

Saturday, May 17, 9am-noon

This is a great serving opportunity. Wear your work clothes and work gloves. Stay for an hour or the morning.


 Volunteer Needed

Cheryl Wood, a member of PYFBC needs a ride home from dialysis in Geneva on May 20, 27, 29, at 7:30 p.m. Please, call the church office at 536-9821 if you will be able to help her out. Cheryl would like to help with gas in exchange for a ride.


Summer Planning Ahead

Next month’s newsletter will be a combination of June/July. All articles need to be in to the church office by May 20.


Last week HUBBA sponsored an “Empty Bowl” supper to bring awareness to World Hunger. Two women from our church; Cindy Ovens and Judi Gibbs each made soup for 30, along with women from other area churches. Money raised from this event was given to Food Cupboards, with $1000 going to Food for the Needy and $500 to Dundee Food Cupboard. Well done ladies!!


          We would like to remind you that the chapel is open for you to use for 

      quiet  mediation and prayer. There is a basket provided for prayer request.


MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST - Sunday, May 11, 8 a.m.


Okay, Ladies. Now it’s your turn to be pampered. Next Sunday, the men of the church will cook breakfast for you! Bring your mothers and grandmothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, and nieces. The cost is only $4 per person; kids under 5 eat for free. On the menu:


French Toast ~ Bacon ~ Fruit

Coffee ~ Juice


Please call the church office by Friday, May 9, for your reservation!




Church World Service Blanket Sunday


Together, we are agents of hope to those who suffer from the disasters that we see in the news and those crushed by the silent tsunamis of hunger, poverty, and disease, which may not make the evening news, but shatter lives as surely as a tidal wave.


TOOLS & BLANKETS is a special mission opportunity. Some 8,000 congregations and groups across the U.S. hold TOOLS & BLANKETS offerings providing resources to help people in some 80 nations.


 Your gift can provide blankets, tents and other emergency shelter items in the wake of a disaster. Refugees returning home can be helped with tools to rebuild and seeds to replant fields. Families living in drought-plagued areas are helped to dig wells for clean, safe drinking water, and for water to irrigate crops and gardens.


You can support these and other life-sustaining programs through your prayers by giving through your congregation, or by sending contributions directly to:

Church World Service

28606 Phillips Street, PO Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515


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Relay for Life Recruitment


It’s that time of year again, so get your walking shoes on! The relay will be held at the Firemen’s Field starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 6, and ending at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 7. In case you are not familiar with the Relay for Life, it is a fundraising event to support cancer research, education and patient services. I know we have all had cancer touch our lives in one way or another and wish there was some way to fight it. This is one way to do just that and have fun at the same time. See Pam Scutt (536-2791) if you are interested in walking, sponsoring or to purchase a luminary in memory or in honor of a loved one.



Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                     4/13               4/20             4/27

                                                               74                  69                62


Current Expenses             $1,834           $1,654         $1,760

Missions                                  177                459              489

BT&T                                      140                135              169

Total                                   $2,151           $2,248         $2,418




May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You


May the Good Lord bless and keep you whether near or far away

May you find that long awaited golden day today

May your troubles all be small ones, and your fortunes ten times ten

May the Good Lord bless and keep you till we meet again.


May you long recall the rainbows, then you’ll soon forget the rain

May the warm and tender memories be the ones that will remain

Fill your dreams with sweet tomorrows, never mind what might have been, May the Good Lord bless and keep you til we meet again.


May the Good Lord bless and keep you til we meet again.