OCTOBER 7, 2007



                                            FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                    October 7, 2007

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 Worship    “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart”  No. 326

                                                Birthday Hymn of Jean Brewer


Welcome and Announcements


Scripture Reading      Psalm 37:1-9                                      OT Pg. 616


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

                                    Birthday Choice of Polly Logan



            Increase our Faith, O God, that we may dare to deal with difficult matters. So fill us with your truth that we will not be ashamed to share its demands or its promises. If suffering must come, grant us insight and strength to endure. Point our thoughts beyond ourselves so we may know and serve you well for all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


*Silent Prayer & Meditation-The Lord’s Prayer (Using “debts”)


Special Music             “He Leadeth Me”                     Christine Conklin

                                                                                       Shelley Bicksler

Children’s Time

*Hymn                        “Lead On, O King Eternal”                     No. 447


Prayers of the People


Scripture                     2 Timothy 2:1-7                                  NT Pg.288


Message          “Don’t Break The Chain”               Rev. Don Lawrence


Offertory                    “It Is Well With My Soul”          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


*Hymn                        “Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me”       No. 366


Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper

                                    The Invitation

                                    Reading of The Church Covenant

                                    Words of Institution


                                    Sharing the Bread

                                    Sharing the Cup


*Hymn                        “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”                 No. 438






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


Anyone who would like to profess faith in Christ or seek membership in our church is welcome to come forward during the last hymn.


Thought: Exercise daily – walk with the Lord!


Lay Reader: Jack Clancy

Greeters: Gladys Kjar & Shane Furman

Ushers: Shelley Bicksler, Jack Clancy, Greg Marion,

Nancy Marion, Erma Mullins and Cheryl Stewart

Organist: Carrie Fuqua

Choir Director: Nancy Tharp

Pastor: John R. Tharp

Church Phone: 315-536-9821


Church Website:



Our Prayer Concerns…


At the Homestead:     Alberta Gottshall       Willie Nelson

                                    Onnalee Mallory        Luella Passage

                                    Glenna Allen              Alice Wise


Clinton Crest:             Ralph Seager             Milly Burke


The Manor:                Ruth Hollister


Friends with long term-illness: Elmer Cranmer


Loved ones serving in the Armed Forces:

Jennifer Willson                      Jamie Twist               Conal Smith Shane Slayton (Keuka College Student)


Our Special Interest Missionaries: *see bulletin boards for more info

Rev. Virgil Nelson                 Kathy Pearce            


Prayers for:                          

Helen Ansley              Yvonne Decker                      Doug Passage

Mary Armstrong        Bill Gillette                             Billie Potts

*Anna Arredondo (Mother of Anna Scheel)            Linda  Potts

Roy Bell                     *Mary Beth Greene              Nancy Putnam

Eva Jean Best            Marlene & Gene Guild         Lucas Ryska

Bessie Bliss                Kim Strong Imisides              Corrina Schultz

Milly Bloomquist       Carolyn Johnson                    Necia Smith

Pat Carroll                  Bob & Mary Jones                Charlie Taylor

Rachel Carter            Bill LaRock                            Jean Wager

Sherry Case               Lori Lawrence                         Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck

Marge Cornell           *Erma Mullins          

*Family of Roger Perry in the death of his mother, Virginia Ruth Perry                                      

* indicates those in particular need of prayer         


This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Today, October 7

¨      Parenting Group will meet upstairs following worship

¨      12:15 p.m. Gad-Abouts trip to Atlanta for chicken & biscuits

¨      Happy Birthday to Polly Logan!

Monday, October 8

¨      Happy Birthday to Jean Brewer!

Tuesday, October 9

¨      10:30 a.m. Mary & Martha Circle

¨      7 p.m. Board of Trustees

Thursday, October 11

¨      7 p.m. Board of Christian Education

Saturday, October 13

¨      4 p.m. Betty’s Local Harvest Celebration at YC Fairgrounds


Next Week’s Theme is:

“Jesus: Heart Of Our Mission”    John 6:60-70

Guest Preacher  - Rev. Daniel Chetti


Church News


Nominating Committee

There will be a meeting of the Nominating Committee on Wednesday, October 17, beginning at 7 p.m. in the library.


Advisory Council

The Advisory Council will meet on Thursday, October 18, beginning at 7 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to plan the budget for 2008. Each board and committee is required to have a representative attend who will present the figures for your portion of the budget.


Youth Trip to Ithaca Science Center

This event has been set for Saturday, October 20. We will be leaving from the church parking lot at 12:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!


White Cross

Our White Cross Request for 2007-2008 has just been received. If you wish to help fill this year’s request, you may sign the sheet at the front of the sanctuary. Most of the items must be brought in by November 15. The following items are needed for Stewart Community Baptist Church in Carson City, Nevada: small toys, new Bibles, gift wrap, ribbon, gift tags and hand puppets. The Veteran’s Village in the Philippines has asked for boy’s shirts and shorts or pants. We will also be making bandages and patchwork pieces. Please see Kathie Lawrence if you have any questions. Sign up today to help!


Fall Fest Bazaar

Work days have been set for preparing for the bazaar. We will meet at the home of Cindy Ovens from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays, October 20 (please note change in date) & 27. Bring your own lunch and ideas for theme baskets.


Turkey Walk

The Penn Yan Area Council of Churches annual “Turkey Walk” will take place on Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m. departing from FBC. For more information on being a walker or sponsor, contact

Mickie Christiansen at 536-6345.



Community News


Interfaith Peace Forum

Our Lady of Peace Parish Center in Geneva will be hosting an Interfaith Peace Forum on Thursday, October 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. Come to hear what representatives of different traditions bring from their faith communities to promote harmony and peace. 789-2686 ext. 104 for more information.


Betty’s Local Harvest Celebration

In honor of Betty Bistoff, a founding HUBBA member who recently passed away, HUBBA will be hosting a Harvest Celebration on Saturday, October 13, at the Yates County Fairgrounds. Along with other activities, we will have a sit down family style dinner made with all local produce. This is a FREE event for the community.


HUBBA (Helping Us Build Better Assets) is a school-community initiative involving both youth and adults. We seek the help of local church congregations to each provide 10 pies for our free community dinner (Betty’s Local Harvest Celebration). If you are willing to make a pie, call Peggy in the church office at 536-9821and give your name. Pies need to be dropped off the day of the event.


Volunteers Are Needed!

Do you have an hour to help deliver meals to homebound seniors? The Yates Office for the Aging Nutrition Program needs volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors and to help pack meals at our Penn Yan Grange kitchen site. If you have an hour a day, an hour a week, or an hour a month: We Need You! Please call Deb Fox at 536-6038 to find out how you can help. We pay round trip mileage from your home. Thank You!


Save $ on Groceries

On an insert you will find information on Food Sense, a program run by Office for the Aging. For $15.50 you will receive about $30 of food. This is available to anyone.



Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                           9/16            9/23           9/30

                                                                     73               72              83


Current Expenses                   $2,116        $1,023

Missions                                        148             213

BT&T                                            950             293

Total                                         $3,214        $1,529


I have been driven upon my knees many times

with the conviction that I had nowhere else to go.

                                                                   Abraham Lincoln