~ ~ SEPTEMBER 21, 2008 ~ ~


                               FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                     Penn Yan, New York

September 21, 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.


Women’s Sunday


Prelude                                                              Carrie Ahearn, Organist


Song of Praise & Worship        “Happiness Is The Lord”  No. 12 PB


Welcome and Announcements                                     Barbara Stewart



Scripture Reading                  Philippians 4:4-7, 13             Pg. 269 NT

                                                                                    Margaret Hartwell 


*Hymn                        “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!”              No. 341

                                                 Birthday Hymn of Jack Clancy


*Silent Prayer & Invocation                                     Margaret Hartwell

Dear Lord, Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring your love. Where there is injury, your pardon. Where there is doubt, true faith in you. Where there is despair in life, let me bring hope. Where there is sadness, let me bring joy. It is in giving, that we receive. In dying, we are born to eternal life.


*The Lord’s Prayer


Anthem                       “I Feel The Spirit”           Nancy Tharp, Director


Children’s Time                                                                Edith Davison


Karen Hymn               A Song of Praise”                       Karen Singers


*Hymn                        “This Is My Father’s World”                  No. 293

                                               Birthday Hymn of Greg Miller


Prayer’s of the People                                                     Cheryl Stewart                                                             



Special Guest Speaker                                                     Khin Soe Moe

“A Karen Women’s Story of Faith”


Karen Hymn               “Stars From The East”                Karen Singers


Offertory                     “Love Solo”                                 Barbara 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                                                     Shelley Bicksler


*Hymn                        “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley”    No. 80                                  


*Benediction                                                                    Ethel Clancy



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


Lay Reader: Margaret Hartwell

Greeters: Joyce & Jennifer Slocum

Ushers: Eileen Modaffari, Sheryl Robbins, Erma Mullins, Meghan Fuqua, Marge Cornell, Margaret Mills

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


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              *Doug Seager

Eva Jean Best            Don Johnson                          Barbara Stewart

*Bessie Bliss              Lori Lawrence                                    Charlie Taylor

Pat Carroll                  *Mary Ellen Mattison                       Jean Wager

Bill Gillette                 *Doug Mattison                     Ralph Wilkes

Marlene Guild            Barbara Mortensen               Jean Whitaker

Frances Hartwell                                                Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck


*Brad Stewart- struggling after double lung transplant.

*Warner & Judi Gibbs – Judi suffered a slight stroke.

* Alicia Hurlburt – diagnosed with brain tumor.

*Fran Morse and the family of Ginger Campney


*Indicates that special prayers are needed.

Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones


This Week’s Schedule & Announcements



¨      Following the service there will be a pizza fellowship time in the Great Room. All are invited!

Monday, September 22

¨      6:30 p.m.   Council of Churches meeting at Bluff Point UMC

Tuesday, September 23

¨      Thank you to Erma Mullins for covering the office

Wednesday, September 24

¨      7 p.m.        Youth group

¨      Happy Birthday to Greg Miller!

Thursday, September 25

¨      Happy Birthday to jack Clancy!

Saturday, September 27

¨      10 a.m.-Noon        Lay Studies Class

Next Sunday

¨      “September Songs” concert featuring Mark Lawrence at 3 p.m.


                                     Next Week’s Theme and Scripture:

                                            “The Greatest Of These Is Love”

                                                        I Corinthians 13:1-13


Please Join Us Next Sunday

for an Enjoyable Afternoon of



a concert by Mark Lawrence, Tenor

accompanied by Bill Cowdery


Sunday, September 28, 2008

at 3 p.m.

Penn Yan First Baptist Church

Donation $5.00

for new building mortgage


Mark A.B. Lawrence leads an active performing career in oratorio, opera, and recital literature. He is in demand as a recitalist and master teacher, having performed at Cornell University, St. Lawrence University, Colgate University, Ithaca College and throughout the northeast.


Bill Cowdery serves as musical director and organist of the First Congregational Church in Ithaca. He has also taught on the music faculties of Cornell University, Ithaca College, Colgate University, and Keuka College.



Church News


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.


Fall Fest Bazaar Work-Day

The first of three work-days will be on Saturday, October 4, at the home of Cindy Ovens. We will begin at 10 a.m., bring a sandwich.


Disaster Response

The American Baptist Men of NYS is gathering people and equipment in response to the hurricane damage in the Gulf Coast. We will be leaving from the parking lot of PYFBC at

1 p.m., on Sunday, September 28, to travel to Neapolianville, Louisiana. Lodging and food will be provided there. The work will be mostly chainsaw and brush removal. Contact the church office at 536-9821 if you are interested in going.


Those wishing to send a card of get well wishes to Bessie Bliss:

FF Thompson Hospital, 350 Parrish St. Room 236, Canandaigua, 14424


Community News


The PYUMC Social Issues Ministry will host a forum on Drugs & Gambling. We are urged to come together as families, counselors, law enforcement and concerned citizens to discuss the affects of drugs and gambling behaviors on our children. What are the risks? What are the signs? What are the slang names? Experts in the field of chemical dependence, prevention services and law enforcement will head a panel discussion. The forum will be preceded by a potluck supper at

5 p.m., the program begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Penn Yan United Methodist Church, Sunday, September 28.


Note from the Office


The church office is collecting any scrap paper that is blank on one side and may be used for our printer. Thank you.



Thought: Life is a journey, let faith be your guide.


Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                       8/31             9/7              9/14

                                                                 60              74                 88


Current Expenses                            $2,589       $3,315          $1,805

Missions                                    765            438               291      

BT&T                                        984            320               443

Total                                     $4,338       $4,073          $2,539




We, the Karen people, used to live in the wilderness.

We are oppressed in various ways.

We are almost eliminated because of devil’s deeds.

We are turned into displaced people,

And tears are our only friends.

We are regarded as wild animals by our foes.

We have been oppressed and looked down upon by others.


No other gods are able to give us deliverance.

But when we accepted Christ as our Savior,

We received redemption and wisdom free.


We are developing among others.

We could share our light to others.

Some say, “We are the stars from the East.”

Stars for God.

Stars that lead others to Christ.

Stars for God – Stars from the East.

Let us shine with unceasing light.


The Karens (pronounced Ka-rans) are an indigenous people to the Southeast Asian countries of Burma Thailand. The Karens at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Utica are refugees who have fled the persecution of Burma’s brutal military regime, regarded as one of the most repressive dictatorship on earth.  The majority who come to Utica, come from the UN refugee camps along the Thai/Burma border. Most have been in camps for 10 or more years.