224 Main Street                                      Penn Yan, New York

September 8, 2013                                                 10:00 AM

Our Mission

 To Create a Caring Community

To Honor and Serve God.


Our Service of Worship and Praise


Prelude ~ Chimes


Welcome & Announcements


*Song of Praise                      “We Bow Down”                       On Insert                                       


*Call to Worship                   


*Hymn                                    “The Love of God”                  On Insert                               


Anthem                       “Amazing Grace/Pachelbel’s Canon”


Children's Time


Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer     




*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.


*Offertory Prayer


Scripture Reading          Joshua 24:22-28           Pew Bible OT pg. 259


*Hymn            “O How He Loves You and Me”                      On Insert   


Sermon                        “Rally ‘round”                  Rev. Stephen Sanden


*Hymn                        “The Mission                                       On Insert                           


*Benediction  ~ *Postlude


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


Pastor:                     Rev. Stephen Sanden       

                                 PO Box 695, Penn Yan

Pastor's Phone:       Cell 386-986-6961

Pastor's E-Mail:

            Ushers/Greeters   Judi Scheel, head usher

                 George Jensen, Paul Nash, Karen Rasmussen

            Choir Director:       Barbara Stewart

Organist:                 Carrie Ahearn

Church Phone:         315-536-9821

Church E-mail:

Church Website: 


Please  be  in  Prayer  for:


Rachel Carter                   Kalie Greene                 

Tom Burke                        Hunter Greene    


Our Special Interest Missionaries:

Rev. Charles and Mrs. Sarah Clement - West, Zambia

Courtney Crisler - The Place, Norwich, NY


Quail Summit:         Alice Wise

Clinton Crest:          Margaret Drakeley      Doris Barcliff

The Homestead:     Helen Ansley                 Virginia DeLooza

                                 Dick Sharman               Willie Nelson

                                 Irene Wachala               Necia Smith

The Manor:             Margaret Hartwell        Billie Potts

                                 Mary Armstrong  


  • Our Country and  Leaders
  • Our Service Men and Women and their families                
  • Those in our community who serve as law enforcement, fire fighter

            volunteers, teachers, community leaders, and community volunteers


If you know of someone who is ill, in the hospital, home bound etc. or if you have other prayer concerns please call 536-9821 to let the church office and pastor know.  


This Week at First Baptist


Sunday, September 8

11:15 am Trustee Meeting

12:30 Rally Day Picnic/Fishing

2:45 pm Finger Lakes Assoc. “Fall Gathering” Dundee Baptist

5 pm Wellspring Service

Happy Birthday to Mary Lou Hainsworth!


Monday, September 9

5 pm Church Supper

6:30 pm Keuka Quilters


Wednesday, September 11

4 pm Backpack Program

6:30 pm Cub Scout Meeting


Thursday, September 12

7 pm Boy Scout Meeting

7 pm Christian Education Meeting


Saturday, September 14

11 am Mobile Food Pantry


News and Upcoming Events


Rally Day! Today -  September 8

Sunday, September 8th, at 12:30 pm. Picnic and fishing at the Boat Launch. Hot dogs, salads, chips and drinks will be provided. Bring a dessert to share if you’d like. Rods & tackle available. Everyone is welcome!


“Fall Gathering” Today - September 8

American Baptist Churches of the Finger Lakes, at the Dundee Baptist Church.

2:45 Registration

3:00 Speaker: Leon Oaks-Lee “Where is God at Work in Thailand

5:00 Pot-Luck Supper


Weekly Church Supper – September 9

Boneless pork roast, rice and garlic green beans, dinner rolls and salad. Jello for dessert.


Newsletter Deadline – September 16

Your articles for the October edition of the FBC Newsletter are due to the church office by September 16th.


ABW Fall Rally September – September 28

Canandaigua, Saturday, September 28th. Breakfast at 8:30 am. The speaker will be a missionary. We can carpool from the church parking lot. Contact Diane DeLooza at 536-3162.


School Kits

September is the month to purchase items for School Kits for Church World Service. Any items you wish to contribute can be brought to the church and/or given to Diane DeLooza. Here is a list of the items that go into each kit:

~ One pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip)

~ Three 70-page spiral notebooks (no loose-leaf or filler paper)

~ One 30 centimeter ruler (12 inches)

~ One hand held pencil sharpener

~ One large eraser

~ Six new pencils with erasers (do not sharpen)

~ One box of 24 crayons (only 24!)


Recycle Those Greeting Cards!

Wait!!! Don’t throw them out! Heart & Hands Ministry will take those greeting cards right off your hands. Instead of discarding them, please cut off the front of the cards and drop them off in one of the blue polka-dotted Greeting Card Recycle Boxes. One is located on the front pew and the other is on the back table of the sanctuary. We have a new project we’re working on that you will soon reap the benefits of… stay tuned!    ~ Heart & Hands Ministry


Volunteers Needed

The Christmas for the Needy committee would like to make a lunch available for the volunteers at the Christmas for the Needy distribution and they are wondering if a few people from FBC would like to staff the kitchen. The lunch will be provided by the committee. For more information call Donna Johnston at 536-2683 or see Nancy Marion.


Can You Help Give a Ride?

Carol Miller will need rides to Geneva on Sept. 18, 25th and all the Wednesdays in October. She can be picked up at 1:30 pm to go to Geneva, her class is over at 3 pm. She has gas money. See Carol (536-9724) to make arrangements.


Steeple Restoration

On June 23rd the congregation voted to accept a bid of $15,448 for the restoration of the steeple. The money to cover the cost of the project is to come from Memorial Funds, our church’s general fund and individual contributions.  Since we have many plans for future improvements to our church it is very important that we do not deplete our church’s memorial funds and general fund. So please, let’s try to cover as much of this expense with individual contributions as possible. Please give what you can and designate it for the steeple restoration. You may send a check to the church office or place your contribution in the special Steeple Collection box located at the front of the church each Sunday now and through the month of September. Thank you for your continued generosity.

~ Nancy Marion, Moderator


Attendance and Financial Report:

 Were you here?              8/18             8/25             9/1

                                             56                46              60

Local Budget                $1,761         $1,195       $6,360


The Church’s Mission


Mission Nugget

Keuka College – An American Baptist-Related Institution

Keuka College offers 31 bachelor’s degree programs on their home campus, many with specialized concentrations; there are also 27 minors and self-designed majors. In addition, Keuka offers seven master’s degree programs and pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and physical therapy. Some of the key academic offices and research and learning centers at Keuka include: the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs; Academic Success at Keuka (ASK); Accelerated Studies for Adults (ASAP); the Center for Aquatic Research; the Center for Experiential Learning; the Center for Global Education; and the Lightner Library.


Mission Giving

The Board of Missions thanks everyone who kept their mission contributions up to date through the summer. We received $2537 for the Treasury; $7 for Love Gift; and $32 for “Pennies”. The “Pennies” total is now $46.02. We will need a minimum of $5500 to meet our budget for the year. Thank you all for your support. Don’t forget to plan for the World Mission Offering next month.


Board of Missions Spotlight Item

The Board of Missions September Spotlight Item to benefit Milly’s Backpack Program is Granola Bars


Community News


Milly’s Pantry Backpack Program

The kids will soon be back-to-school and the Backpack Program continues. The way it works is volunteers pack bags of food on Wednesdays (here at FBC Great Room), they are transported to the PY Elementary school, Middle and High school, Head Start and Keuka Lake School on Thursdays, and the kids go to a confidential spot at their school and collect a bag (out of sight of their peers) on Fridays. In this way they have food available to them over the weekend in the event there is not food in the home to get them through the weekends.

What can you do to help?

Donations of granola bars, breakfast bars, mac n cheese, fruit/pudding/applesauce cups, canned tuna/chicken, breakfast cereal, instant oatmeal, any foods that are easy to prepare and nutritious are what goes into the bags. Your donations are needed now more than ever. Thank you.


Seniors Gathering

“Classic Club” is back at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Monday’s from 9 am to 12 noon. On Monday, September 9th we will have a kick-off party: bring $4 for pizza. At this first meeting we will plan our fall calendar together before lunch, but, new programming will include “Kitchen Kapers” – experimenting with cooking and baking with healthier options. “Jingo” – it’s like bingo but better! For more information call St. Paul’s at 536-8165. Transportation is available by calling Donna at the Office for the Aging at 536-5515.


Service Information


You are invited to bring your children to the nursery during the service for a safe and Christian environment so that you may more fully experience Worship. Following today’s service please come to enjoy coffee, refreshments and fellowship in the Great Room.


For your convenience hearing devices are available. Please see an usher for assistance


Visitors - welcome  to  First  Baptist  Church! We are glad you joined us and hope you’ll feel at home, as we celebrate our faith and praise God together. In the pew in front of you, you will find a “get-to-know-you” card. Please take a moment to fill it out and place it in the offering plate.


John 3: 16


Oh! To Be a Christian - A woman was asked by a co-worker, “What is it like to be a Christian?”


The co-worker replied, “It is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then, He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”


(Share this with the pumpkins in your patch)