~ ~ SEPTEMBER 28, 2008 ~ ~


                          FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                     Penn Yan, New York

September 28, 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                  Genesis 2:18-24                        Pg. 3 OT


                          *Hymn                                  “In My Heart”                                 Insert

                                                Barbara Burke’s Birthday Hymn


*Silent Prayer & Invocation                        


            Dear Lord, Thank you for being so close to us that you know the needs of our hearts. You know when we are lonely and you provide the proper companion. You give us friends and companions who lift our hearts, challenge our minds, and cause our spirits to rejoice. As we offer our thanks this day we would praise the One who taught us to pray…


*The Lord’s Prayer


Anthem                       “Reach Out Medley”                 Ellis/Carmichael


Children’s Time                                                                


*Hymn                        “Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels”  No. 531


Prayer’s of the People


Scripture                     I Corinthians 13:1-13                         Pg. 232 NT



Message                 “The Greatest of These is Love”          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                        “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”        No. 403

                                    Viola Gray’s Birthday Choice




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


Lay Reader: Cheryl Stewart

Greeters: Necia Smith & Pat Ames

Ushers: Rita & Ed Castillo, Sheryl Robbins, Matt Scutt,

George Slocum, John FM 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


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              Barbara Stewart

Eva Jean Best            Don Johnson                          Charlie Taylor

*Bessie Bliss              Lori Lawrence                                    Phil Trautman

Pat Carroll                  *Mary Ellen Mattison                       Jean Wager

Bill Gillette                 *Doug Mattison                     Ralph Wilkes

Marlene Guild            Barbara Mortensen               Jean Whitaker

Frances Hartwell        *Doug Seager                                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



¨      11 a.m.      Join Cathy & Paul MacDougal  for “wedding cake” in the great room during the coffee hour time.

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

Tuesday, September 30

¨      Happy Birthday to Barbara Burke!

Wednesday, October 1

¨      6 p.m.        Youth group “Chili Night”

¨      Happy Birthday to Margaret Mills!

Saturday, October 4

¨      10 a.m.-Noon        Lay Studies Class

¨      10 a.m. Fall Fest Work Day  at Cindy Ovens’


Next Week’s Theme and Scripture:

“Words, Words, Words”

Special Guest, Rev. Don Lawrence


Church News


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.


New Address for Bessie Bliss

Bath VA Medical Center, 76 Veterans Ave., CLC – 3,

Bath, NY 14810


Walk Like A Turkey

The PY Council of Churches is gearing up for the annual Turkey Walk to be held on Sunday, Nov. 2. The Turkey Walk is a fundraising event that uses the monies to purchase meat for Christmas for the Needy Baskets. A volunteer is needed to get sheets out to walkers and assist in securing sponsors. This is a wonderful service project that requires little effort. Call the church office for more information. Harvest gold colored sheets are currently available on the table in the foyer.


Minutes from the September, PY Area Council of Churches meeting are available on the table in the foyer.


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., today, 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.


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.



Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                       9/7              9/14            9/21

                                                               74                 88               76


Current Expenses                          $3,315          $1,805        $1,926

Missions                                  438               291             316  

BT&T                                      320               443             165

Total                                   $4,073          $2,539         $2407



The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning

and a good ending; and to have the two as close together

 as possible.

                                                         ~ George Burns


Thought: Sometimes, God, I cannot speak of what is in my heart. Thank you for understanding. Amen.