JUNE 8, 2008



                                                   PENN YAN FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

224 Main Street                                                    June 8, 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.


Children’s Sunday




Song of Praise & Worship    


Welcome and Announcements


Scripture Reading                  Isaiah 40:1-5                          Pg. 779 OT


*Hymn                        “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”      Pg. 466

                                    Birthday choice of Kathie Lawrence


*Silent Prayer & Invocation (Praying the Scriptures)


            Dear Lord, In times of need we seek your comfort; when we feel you close we offer our praise; and when we see the little children and the beautiful young people we celebrate your goodness. Teach us to hold dear your gifts and to offer the future of our church and our faith to those who follow. We pray this prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.


*The Lord’s Prayer



Anthem                       “On Eagle’s Wings”                Joncas & Wagner



Christian Education              Points of Gratitude

            ~ Graduates

            ~ Teachers & Aides


Children’s Presentation        “I Want To Be Like Jesus”


*Hymn                        “Holy, Holy is What the Angels Sing”       Insert

                                    Birthday hymn of Bessie Bliss


*Prayers with the People


Scripture                     Psalm 51                                            Pg. 627 OT


Message                      “Create in Me a Clean Heart”    Rev. John Tharp




*Doxology (children) 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                        “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”             Pg. 372





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


Lay Reader: Shane Furman

Greeters: Greg, Tammy, Erik and Kyle Miller

Ushers: Keith & Gary Fuller, Ethel Clancy, Bob Fullagar,

Charlie Miller, Greg Miller, Barbara Stewart

Pastor: John R. Tharp

Organist: Carrie Ahearn                         Choir Director: Nancy Tharp

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

Church Website:


Today at 3PM - Penn Yan Community Chorus Spring Concert

Sunday, June 8 @ 3 p.m. First Baptist Church

Featuring Five Mystical Songs

by Ralph Vaughn Williams

David Rudari – Tenor and Steve Uhl – Organist


Our Prayer Concerns…


At the Homestead:     Luella Passage           Alberta Gottshall

Alice Wise                  Virginia DeLooza       Willie Nelson

Helen Ansley                                                                         

Friends with long term-illness: Elmer Cranmer


Loved ones serving in the Armed Forces:    Jennifer Willson


Our Special Interest Missionaries:

Rev. Richard & Mrs. Susan Harding ~Dr. James & Rev. Debra Kelsey            

Prayers for:                                                  

Mary Armstrong        Kim Strong Imisides              Billie Potts

Eva Jean Best            Carolyn Johnson                    Linda  Potts

Tracey Bicksler         Don Johnson                          Lucas Ryska

Doris Screen Bliss     Nancy Putnam                        Corrina Schultz

Pat Carroll                  Bill LaRock                            *Doug Seager

Rachel Carter            Lori Lawrence                        Betty Smith   

Mickie Christiansen  *Doug Mattison                     Barbara Stewart

Reece Conley             Barbara Mortensen               Charlie Taylor

Bill Gillette                 Polly Logan                            Jean Wager

Marlene Guild            Doug Passage                       Jean Whitaker

Frances Hartwell        Keith Pierce          Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck


*Ralph Wilkes has moved to Living Center South, room 107

*Brad Stewart-had his double lung transplant, body is accepting.

*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

2008  Graduates


April Colf

Keuka College


Tom Tharp

St. John Fisher


Justin Flynn

Penn Yan Academy


Maggie Colf

Penn Yan Academy


Jennifer Cooke

Penn Yan Academy


Ryan Barclay

Canandaigua Academy



2007-2008 Christian Education

Teachers and Helpers


Carrie Ahearn                                  Greg Miller

Sean Ahearn                                    Tammy Miller

Pat Ames                                          Eileen Modaffari

Shelley Bicksler                              Cindy Ovens

Jean Brewer                                    Anne Perry

Barbara Burke                                Anne Scheel

April Colf                                           Lilia Scheel

Lyle Conrad                                     Jean Schuck

Beth DeLooza                                 Pam Scutt

Diane DeLooza                               George Slocum

Crystal Frye                                     Joyce Slocum

Mary Fullagar                                  Barb Stewart

Shane Furman                                John Tharp

Brittany Griffin                                 John F.M. Tharp

Betty Johnson                                Sue Willson

Cathy MacDougall                         Lisa Wood



This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Today, June 8

¨      11 a.m.      Parenting 101 Class

¨      3 p.m.        Community Chorus Concert

Tuesday, June 10

¨      7 p.m.        Trustees meeting

¨      7 p.m.        Bd. of Missions meeting

Wednesday, June 11

¨      7 p.m.        Youthgroup

Thursday, June 12

¨      7 p.m.        Bd. of Christian Education

Saturday, June 14

¨      3 p.m.        Family Day to Hike the Outlet

Sunday, June 15

¨      10:30 a.m. Family Day Service at Izaak Walton League in Branchport with dish-to-pass lunch to follow.


                                                Next week’s Theme & Scripture is:

 “Remember Who Loves You”     Luke 15:11-22

(A series on Re-Virtuing our Lives)


Church News




 June 30 – July 3


VBS – Needs YOU!

The following items are needed to make this year of Vacation Bible School a success. Check over the list and see how you can contribute.

¨      4 oval wicker laundry baskets (to loan)

¨      Artificial plants and flowers (to loan)

¨      Feathers to make quill pens

¨      Striped bed sheets

¨      Small sea shells

¨      Small jingle bells

¨      Teachers

¨      Helpers

¨      Beads

Contact people are Suzy Willson and Barbara Burke. Thank You.



Family Day Service

June 15 @ 10:30 a.m.

This year the Family Day Service will be held at Izaak Walton League in Branchport. There will be shuttle service available for anyone requesting a ride, please be to the church by 10 a.m. Following the service there will be an all-church picnic with the Deacons providing hot dogs, rolls, lemonade and watermelon. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Back by popular demand will be the Water Balloon Sling! Be sure to mark your calendar, you won’t want to miss this event to help kick off the summer season!


Hike the Outlet

Saturday, June14 @ 3 p.m.

A fun afternoon is planned with a hike down the outlet trail with a cook-out to follow. All food and beverages will be provided! Call Eileen Modaffari if interested so she knows how much food to plan for. 694-8267


Ladies Luncheon

Wednesday, June 18 at noon

The ladies from Mary & Martha Circle and the

Fellowship Class invite other ladies to join them

for their annual lunch out to the Antique Inn! 

Reservations will need to be made ahead of time,

call Marge Cornell if you would like to attend. 536-6607.


VBS Planning Team

Monday, June 16,

the VBS Staff will meet at the church parking lot at 6:15 p.m. to ride the van to Geneva to visit the Beth-El Temple. There they will meet with a Cantor to learn about “Old Jerusalem.” Isn’t it so cool, the lengths they will go to, to make this VBS experience one to remember? Want to be a part of this? Call Barbara Burke at 536-7020.


Monday, June 23

There will be a meeting of the VBS planning team at 7 p.m. in the library.


Family Trip to African Lion Safari

Saturday, June 21

A family adventure is being planned for this trip across the border to Canada’s African Lion Safari. Our plan is to leave from the church parking lot at 6:30 a.m. Every child attending must have a parent with them as we cannot take a child across the border that isn’t ours.  A full van will assure that we can share the cost of gas efficiently. The price of admission to the park is $24 for adults and $19 for children under 13 years of age. Contact Eileen Modaffari if you are interested as we need to see how many are interested in attending.


Camping at Watkins Glen State Park

August 22-23 (We need a count by Sunday, June 15!)

Make your reservations now with Eileen (694-8267) for this all-church camping trip! (We need to reserve the sites) A team will be organized at a later time to help plan activities, games, hikes, campfires, sing-alongs and FOOD. Don’t wait, reserve today!


Fresh Air Fund

The Fresh Air Fund sends thousands of city children to visit volunteer host families in 13 Northeastern states, from Virginia to Maine and Canada every summer, and the families enjoy the experience as much as the children who visit them. We need you to be part of the equation. Last summer the Penn Yan area was host to four children. Become a host family today! Call Shelly at 585-259-2959. See the table in the foyer for more information and visit


Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                     5/18             5/25                6/1

                                                               64                69       

            WMO-Blankets                       $5           

Current Expenses             $1,103         $1,167          $1,616

Missions                                  443              564               729

BT&T                                      793           1,065               445

Total                                   $2,344         $2,796          $2,790



Spiritual Beginnings: Journeys often begin with excitement, anticipation, and joy. Smiles and laughter herald long-awaited vacations. Laden with baggage and sundries, we rush out the door to begin our new adventures. Our spiritual journey often begins this way too. Anticipation and wonderment accompany our fledgling steps of faith. The joys we find as we walk with God hurry us along the road to greater love, increased faith, and a closer relationship with Him.



God’s Coffee


A group of alumni, all highly established in their respective careers, got together for a visit with their old university professor. The conversation soon turned to complaints about the endless stress of work and life in general.


Offering his guests coffee, the professor went into the kitchen and soon returned with a large pot of coffee and an eclectic assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal – some plain, some expensive, some quite exquisite. Quietly he told them to help themselves to some fresh coffee.


When each of his former students had a cup of coffee in hand, the old professor quietly cleared his throat and began to patiently address the small gathering … “You may have noticed that all of the nicer looking cups were taken up first, leaving behind the plainer and cheaper ones. While it is only natural for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is actually the source of much of your stress-related problems.”


He continued… “Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In fact, the cup merely disguises or dresses up what we drink. What each of you really wanted was the coffee, not a cup, but you instinctively went for the best cups…Then you began eyeing each other’s cups…”


“Now, consider this: Life is coffee. Jobs, money, and position in society are merely cups. They are just tools to shape and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not truly define nor change the quality of the Life we live. Often, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee that God has provided us… God brews the coffee, but he does not supply the cups. Enjoy your coffee!”


The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have… So please remember: Live simply, Love generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly. Leave the Rest to God.


And remember, the richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.


Thought: I will walk among you and be your God and you shall be My people.                                      Leviticus 26:12