~ ~ AUGUST 17, 2008 ~ ~


                               FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                     Penn Yan, New York

August 17, 2008                                                                   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.




Song of Praise & Worship                


Welcome and Announcements


Scripture Reading                  Hebrews 12:1-2                     Pg. 307 NT


*Hymn                                    “Amazing Grace”                        No. 280

                                                Birthday choice of Betty Johnson


*Silent Prayer & Invocation


            We love your cheering section, O Lord. We find encouragement from the many saints who have served in this church, from the loving words of your scripture, and from the presence of our leader, Jesus the Christ. Thank you for showing us the way and energizing us for the journey of faith. We offer this prayer in the name of Him who taught us to pray…


*The Lord’s Prayer


Special Music                                                                  Sheryl Robbins


Children’s Time        


*Hymn                        “Victory Chant”                                          Insert

                                    Birthday choice of Cheryl “The Eskimo” Stewart


Prayers with the People                    


Scripture                     Philippians 3:12-21                           Pg. 268 NT

Message                      “A Pilgrim’s Journey”                    Pastor 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          “The Cause Can Neither Be Lost nor Stayed”         Insert

                                    Birthday Hymn of Richard Johnson

                                    (Happy 70th!)




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


Greeters: Sheryl Robbins & Pam Scutt

Lay Reader: Marge Cornell

Ushers: Sean Ahearn, Meghan Fuqua, Margaret Hartwell,

 Clifford LeBarr, Cindy Ovens, Stan Ovens

Organist: Carrie Ahearn                        

Choir Director: Nancy Tharp

Church Phone: 315-536-9821     

Church Website:


Our Prayer Concerns…

At the Homestead:     Luella Passage           Alberta Gottshall

                                    Virginia DeLooza       Willie Nelson

                                    Helen Ansley              Alice Wise


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            Don Johnson                          Lucas Ryska

Tracey Bicksler         Nancy Putnam                                    Corrina Schultz

Pat Carroll                  Bill LaRock                            *Doug Seager

Rachel Carter            Lori Lawrence                                    Betty Smith

Mickie Christiansen  *Mary Ellen Mattison                       Barbara Stewart

Reece Conley             *Doug Mattison                     Charlie Taylor

*Carol Eaves              Barbara Mortensen               Jean Wager

Bill Gillette                 Polly Logan                            Ralph Wilkes

Marlene Guild            Doug Passage                                    Jean Whitaker

Frances Hartwell        Keith Pierce           Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck


*Brad Stewart- struggling after double lung transplant.

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


*Indicates that special prayers are needed.

Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones


This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Sunday, August 17

¨      Happy Birthday to Betty Johnson!

Monday, August 18

¨      Happy Birthday to Rita Castillo!

¨      Happy Birthday to Richard Johnson!

Wednesday, August 20

¨      9 a.m.        Food for the Needy

Thursday, August 21

¨      9 a.m.        Food for the Needy

Friday, August 22

¨      9 a.m         Food for the Needy

¨      9 a.m.        Bake Sale at Five Star Bank

¨      All church camping trip to Watkins Glenn State Park


Week’s Theme & Scripture is:

“A Pilgrim’s Journey”    Philippians 3:12-21


Church News


Camping –

We need adults to help with camping Aug. 22-23.

Contact Eileen at 694-8267.


Bake Sale

Ladies & Gents, start your ovens!

The Trustees annual bake sale will be held on Friday, August 22, at Five Star Bank. Think about donating some goodies, your time or cash to help offset our BT&T mortgage.Your donations of goodies can be left at the church kitchen on Thursday, August 21, (be sure to label them BAKE SALE), or bring to the bank on Friday morning. We will set up bright and early at 9 a.m. More information can be obtained from Cheryl Stewart at 536-2570.


September Newsletter

The new month will be here before we know it. Fall schedules, church events, new classes forming, etc. The deadline for the September newsletter will be Monday, August 18, 9 a.m.


For those wishing to stay in touch with Daryl Johnson his address is: Monroe Community Hospital, FR 4 East, 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620.


Pastor’s Vacation

Pastor John will be away on vacation in the Adirondacks region for two weeks. He will be back in his office on Tuesday, Sept 2. Taking pastoral calls while he is away will be

Don Lawrence.


Lay Studies Course

The Finger Lakes Association will offer a course in Baptist History. The course will run Saturdays, September 20 through Nov. 22 from 10 – noon. Completion of the course will earn a certificate in Lay Studies. Ed Carey will teach the class.  Call Greg Marion at 536-6771.


Parenting 101

Classes begin Sunday, Sept. 14 following worship service. This class reinforces pro-active parenting for the Christian household. See Eileen Modafarri for more info.


FYI Shelley Bicksler is our public relations person for the Chronicle Express. She is responsible for publicizing information on church activities and events. If you are involved in a group that has events to publicize please designate a person who will be responsible to relay necessary information to Shelley. Any info needs to be in to her a week and a half beforehand. Shelley’s phone number is 585-526-6845.


A Big Thank You

 to those who contributed food for the sandwiches for the ABMen’s Conference and to Erma and Diane who helped me make them. They were really appreciated and enjoyed.


Community News


Story Telling

Cobblestone Springs Retreat Center will be hosting a Storytelling Event for all ages on Saturday, August 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live music between stories and during the lunch hour. Bring your own picnic lunch and lawn chair. Drinks and snacks will be sold on site. Advance registration is urged, as space is limited. Call 536-0657. Adults $25, Seniors $20, Children 5-12 $10, Family Rate $60. Featured voices: Janice Ogden (Penn Yan), Kathy Clarke (Webster), Steve Coffman (Dundee), Freeman T. Freeman (Barrington), Birdy Burdick (Oneida Indian Reservation).


Mission Trip BBQ

A chicken BBQ, sponsored by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Thrivent for Lutherans is being held to raise funds for a Mission trip to Biloxi, MS for Katrina Relief. Tickets ($8 each or a family pack of four for $30) are PRESALE only and can be purchased by calling the church office at 536-8165. The dinners will be available for pick up from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Fireman’s Field in Penn Yan. Chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, cole slaw, brownie and roll.


Children’s Block Party

Bring the family for an afternoon of fun.

Everything is free – food, games, school supplies and more!

Saturday, August 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. 135 Hamilton St.


Free Market …exercising generosity

Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church Keuka St. parking lot. Everything is free! Brought to you by The Finger Lakes Chapter of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, St. Michael’s, St. Mark’s, & PY United Methodist Churches.


Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                      7/27                8/3              8/10

                                                                54                                      62


Current Expenses              $3,776           $1,828         $1,252

Missions                                   643                417              243

BT&T                                       711                229              145                     

Total                                    $5,130           $2,474         $1,640


Thought: Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.                                       ~ Mother Teresa



Having a family is like having a bowling alley

installed in your brain.

                                                                 ~ George Carlin