~ ~ SEPTEMBER 6, 2009 ~ ~


                               FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                          September 6, 2009

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.




Song of Praise                       


Welcome and Announcements


Church Business Meeting


Scripture Reading                  Psalm 90: 1-5                         Pg. 655 OT     


*Hymn                        “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”         No. 210   


*Unison Invocation

            Against the backdrop of eternity our lives seem very small, O Lord. Yet you have invited us to share in the awesome experience of your spirit. Only in you does our time here have meaning. Only in the flow of your spirit do work of our hands and the passion of our greatest efforts bear good fruits. Bless us this day with the desire to use every moment to honor and glorify your name. Amen.        


Solo                                                                                     Nancy Tharp


Children’s Time        


*Hymn                        “In the Garden”                                           Insert

Birthday hymn of Mary Low Hainsworth


Scripture                     Psalm 84:1-12


Message                     “Who Are You Talking To?”    Rev. John Tharp


Offertory                                                                             Barb Stewart


*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                        “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”         No. 276 vs. 1,2


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 and The Lord’s Prayer


*Hymn                        “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”            No. 276 vs. 3



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


Lay Reader:               Marge Moulton

Greeters:                    Ethel & Jack Clancy

Ushers:                       Pat Ames, Shelley Bicksler, Jack Clancy,

Erma Mullins and Cheryl Stewart

Organist:                    Nancy Tharp

Choir Director:           Nancy Tharp

Pastor:                        Rev. Dr. John R. Tharp

Church Phone:            315-536-9821 

Church E-mail: 

Church Website:


Today’s Sunday Memorial Bulletin is in Honor of

Gwen Cornell.

                                                                  ~ Marge Cornell


Please Be in Prayer for …


At Clinton Crest:        Burton Barcliff           Kathleen Clayson

                                    Gerry Lane                 Margaret Hartwell


At the Homestead:     Helen Ansley              Virginia DeLooza

Alberta Gottshall       Viola Gray                  Willie Nelson

Luella Passage           Dick Sharman            Irene Wachala


At the Manor:            Helena Cranmer


Our Special Missionaries:

Ms. Kristy Engel ~ Dominican Republic

Ms. Cynthia Harper ~ Cameron Community Ministries, Rochester


Prayers for:

Mary Armstrong        *Marlene Guild                      Keith Pierce

Debbie Appleton        John Paul Hunt                       Frieda Slocum

Eva Jean Best            Kim Strong Imisides              Barbara Stewart

Kathleen Beyea         Don Johnson                          Brad Stewart

Bessie Bliss                Joyce Kennerson                   Charlie Taylor

Milly Bloomquist       Lori Lawrence                        Kathryn Warren

Pat Carroll                  McBryan Family                    Rick Weir

Judi Gibbs                  Barbara Mortensen               Emma Wheeler

*Warner Gibbs           Dorothy Mott                        Ralph Wilkes

Bill Gillette                 Lorraine Phillips         Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck

Mary Gillette

President Obama, Congress and State Legislatures in this difficult time


Please keep the church office updated on your loved one.

This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Monday, September 7

¨      Labor Day Holiday – the office will be closed

¨      Happy Birthday to Kathryn Clayson!

Tuesday, September 8

¨      10:30 am   Mary & Martha Circle

¨      7 pm          Board of Trustees Meeting

¨      Happy Birthday to MaryLou Hainsworth!

Wednesday, September 9

¨      7 pm          Evening Food for the Needy

Thursday, September 10

¨      7 pm          Board of Christian Education

Friday, September 11

¨      11 am        Committee on Ministry

¨      Happy Birthday to Sylvia Ansley!

Next Sunday

¨      Rally Day


Next Week’s Theme & Scripture”

        “Fishers of Men”  

       Matthew 4:18-22


Church News


Mary & Martha Circle

This ladies group will meet Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 am. Marge Cornell will provide a dessert for the group and will lead devotions. Bring your own sandwich.


Finger Lakes Association Fall Rally!

Sunday, Sept. 13

The next meeting of the FL Association will be held at Canandaigua United Church. Registration begins at 2:30 pm, program at 3 pm, dish-to-pass supper at 5:30 pm. Program theme is “Safety in the Church: Safe Buildings, Safe Relationships.” Rev. Darryl Powell, the Association Christian Education and &Community Witness Committee, and a Church Mutual Ins. representative will present the program using videos from Church Mutual Ins. We would encourage each Church to be represented, along with the PERSON  IN CHARGE OF INSURANCE, also DEACONS, TRUSTEES and CHRISTIAN EDUCATION people.


Love Gift Reminder

Ladies, you have just two weeks until Women’s Sunday and our Love Gift Offering! Love Gift is the offering for American Baptist Mission. We hope you have been saving your coins (or bigger)!


Mexicali, Mexico Mission Trip

Wed, Sept 16 @ 7pm

There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in taking part in the mission trip this year. We hope to go in late October.


Encouraging One Another!

This is a 6-week small group study that will take place this fall beginning Sept. 23, on Wednesday nights at 7 pm. Led by Cheryl Stewart, it is open to anyone who wants to search the Bible for all the ways God wants us to know he didn’t leave us to face life alone. We’ll think, share, smile, and fellowship as we search the scriptures for all of God’s encouraging “love notes” to us.


To the Two Churches: Pastors and Congregations,

I want to take this opportunity to say what a good experience it has been this summer. Having the jointly held services has been a positive experience – seeing old friends, making new ones, hearing such a delightful variety of music and the different sermons with a variety of viewpoints. Thank you all so much.

                                                            ~ In Appreciation

                                                                        Judi Gibbs


A Great Big Huggy Thank You!

To Shelley Bicksler for being our newspaper contact person for the last two years. Sending in a weekly report to the Chronicle Express takes time and effort and we thank you, Shelley, for this special work.


Barbara Stewart will be taking over this task. News items should be given to her by Wednesday night.

Her phone number is 536-8079.

Her email is

Her home address is 342 Elm St.


~ Please make sure all the info is correct so she can send it in good order. ~



Communion Bread

The history of sourdough begins long before miners came to Alaska. Sourdough is actually the oldest form of leavened bread and was used at least as early as ancient Egypt.

            The early settlers in the west, especially those adventurers who traveled north to Alaska, relied on sourdough to leaven bread before commercial baking powder and yeast were readily available. According to some accounts every miner’s cabin had a “tin full of fermented dough” hanging over the hot stove. It is rumored that Alaskan miners actually slept with their beloved starters to keep them from freezing in the north county’s frigid climates. Now that’s devotion!!!!


The flag of the State of Alaska consists of eight gold stars, forming the Big Dipper and the North Star, on a dark blue field.

It was designed in 1927 by Benny Benson, a 13-year old Alaska Native residing in Seward, for a contest to create a flag for the then-Alaska Territory. Up to that time, Alaskans had flown only the U.S. flag since the territory was purchased from Russia in 1867. Benny looked to the sky for the symbols he included in his design, and he submitted this description with it:

“The blue field is for the Alaska sky and the forget-me-not, an Alaskan flower. The North Star is for the future of Alaska, the most northerly in the union. The Dipper is for the Great Bear – symbolizing strength.”


Thanks to Cheryl Stewart for sharing this bread and history with us.

 If you have a connection to a “foreign” land and would like to share your story and bread with the congregation at communion; call the church office to let us know!



Attendance and Financial Report


Were you here?                                  8/9             8/16           8/30


Current Expenses                        $1,394        $                  $1,166

Missions                                            177                                 357

BT&T                                                185                                 210

Total                                             $1,756                            $1,733                           



 God is like Dial Soap…

Aren’t you glad you have him?

Don’t you wish everybody did?


Everybody has to be somebody

to somebody

to be anybody.