~ ~ AUGUST 24, 2008 ~ ~


                                 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                     Penn Yan, New York

August 24, 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     “His Name Is Wonderful”         No. 7 PB


Welcome and Announcements


Scripture Reading                  Psalm 95: 1-7                         Pg. 658 OT


*Hymn                                    “In the Garden”                               Insert

                                    Birthday Hymn request of Anne & Tatiana Scheel


*Unison Invocation


            Spirit of truth, as we turn to your word this day, guide us into all truth. Scatter the darkness and let your light be upon us. In your wisdom make us wise. Deepen our understanding that we may come to know Christ as the way, the truth, and the life, and make us always ready to witness to him; in Jesus; name we pray. Amen


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


Special Music                                                               Kathie Lawrence


Children’s Time        


*Hymn                        “The Old Rugged Cross”                            Insert                              

                                    Birthday choice of Christine Conklin

Pastoral Prayer                     


Scripture                     Matthew 16:13-23                               Pg. 24 OT


Sermon                       “On This Rock”                   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                         “How Firm A Foundation”                    No. 361





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


Lay Reader: Kathie Lawrence

Greeters: Don & Kathie Lawrence

Ushers: Sheryl Robbins, Matt Scutt, George Slocum, John F.M. Tharp

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

*The Bosen Family

*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 24

¨      Happy Birthday to Margaret Wilbur!

Tuesday, August 26

¨      Happy Birthday to Anne Scheel!

Wednesday, August 27

¨      Happy Birthday to Tatiana Scheel!

      Happy Birthday to Christine Conklin!


            Next Week’s Theme is:

“Subject To Change? Baptist Worship In A Changing Society”


Church News


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 take place Saturdays,  September 20 - 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

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


Community News


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.



Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                        8/3              8/10              8/17

                                                                                     62                 57


Current Expenses              $1,828           $1,252

Missions                                   417                243

BT&T                                       229                145                     

Total                                    $2,474           $1,640


Thought: Feeling in the dark? Follow the Son.


Our pastor is a real comedian.

He calls the Ten Commandments

 “God’s Top Ten Signs You May Not Be Going to Heaven.”