~ ~ NOVEMBER 16, 2008 ~ ~


                              FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                        November 16, 2008

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 & Worship       “Open the Eyes of My Heart”     Insert

                                                Birthday choice of Carrie Ahearn


Welcome and Announcements


Scripture Reading                  Nehemiah 8:5-6, 9-12            Pg. 534 OT


*Hymn                                    “We Gather Together”                No. 559



*Silent Prayer & Invocation            

            (They stood for the Reading of the Word. They wept when they found that they fell short of its demands. They rejoiced and shared a feast when they understood that God was doing a good thing in their midst.) Dear Lord please build our feast on your strong Word. We, too, would repent of our sins, so that we might know the joy of breaking bread in the spirit of sharing and the attitude of celebration. We offer our thanks and praise in the name of Jesus who taught us to pray…


*The Lord’s Prayer

Anthem                       “Let Us Walk In Peace”          Patsy Ford Simms              


Children’s Time           


*Hymn                        “The Old Rugged Cross”                            Insert

                                    Birthday choice of Judi Gibbs

Prayers of the People                                                   


Scripture                     Romans 14:5-12                               Pg.  216 NT     


Message                       Holidays and Holy Days”       Rev. John 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                        “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”     No. 357

                                    Birthday choice of Marge Cornell




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


Lay Reader: Stan Ovens

Greeters: Cathy & Paul MacDougall

Ushers: Sean Ahearn, Meghan Fuqua, Margaret Hartwell,

Clifford LeBarr, Cindy & Stan Ovens

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:

Mrs. Susan Harding                         Dr. James & Rev. Debra Kelsey                  

Prayers for:                                                  

Mary Armstrong        Kim Strong Imisides              Barbara Stewart

Eva Jean Best            Don Johnson                          Brad Stewart

*Bessie Bliss              Lori Lawrence                                    Charlie Taylor

Pat Carroll                  *Mary Ellen Mattison                       Phil Trautman

Judi Gibbs                  *Doug Mattison                     Jean Wager

Bill Gillette                 Barbara Mortensen               Ralph Wilkes

*Marlene Guild          *Emily Seager                                    Jean Whitaker

Alicia Hurlburt           *Doug Seager                    Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck


*Indicates that special prayers are needed.

Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones


This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Today, November 16

¨      11 a.m.      Parenting Class

Wednesday, November 19

¨      7 p.m.        Youth group

Thursday, November 20

¨      December newsletter articles are due today.

¨      Happy Birthday to Marge Cornell !

Friday, November 21

¨      Happy Birthday to Judi Gibbs !

Saturday, November 22

¨      10 a.m.-Noon        Lay Studies Class

Happy Birthday to Carrie Ahearn !


Next Week’s Theme & Scripture is…

Bring In the Full Tithe

Malachi 3:6-12


Church News


Celebration of Ministry

Saturday, November 22

For Rev. William A. Carlsen, in honor of his retirement. We have arranged to take the church van. Call the office to put your name on the ride list.


Community News


2nd Milo Baptist Church Bazaar

Saturday, Nov. 22 - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Crafts and a lunch of Brocolli Cheese Soup, Vegetable Beef Soup and Sandwiches will be available.



The Penn Yan Area Council of Churches

Invites you to Celebrate as a Community of Faith

at the annual


Community Service of Thanksgiving


Sunday, November 23, at 7:00  p.m.

at the Penn Yan United Methodist Church


An ecumenical choir will be bringing special music and the

Rev. David Smith, pastor of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, will bring the Thanksgiving message.

A special offering will be received for Food for the Needy Program.


Please join with others from our faith community, as we give thanks for all of God’s blessings in our lives.



Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                       10/26            11/2           11/9

                                                                   70                70             73


Current Expenses                                 $910         $3,600       $2,047

Missions                                      493           1,446         1,123

BT&T                                            30              454            250

Total                                       $1,433         $5,500       $3,420



God has not promised skies always blue,

Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through:

God has not promised sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow.

Peace without pain.


But God has promised strength for the day,

Rest for the labor,

Light for the way,

Grace for the trials,

Help from above,

Unfailing sympathy, undying love.



Everybody wants to save the earth;

but no one wants to help mom with the dishes.

                                                       ~ P.J. O’Rouke




Open The Eyes Of My Heart, Lord


Open the eyes of my heart Lord

Open the eyes of my heart

I want to see you, I want to see you.


Open the eyes of my heart Lord

Open the eyes of my heart

I want to see you, I want to see you.


To see you high and lifted up

Shining in the light of your glory

Lord, pour out your power and love

As we sing Holy, Holy, Holy.


Open the eyes of my heart Lord

Open the eyes of my heart

I want to see you, I want to see you.


Open the eyes of my heart Lord

Open the eyes of my heart

I want to see you, I want to see you.


To see you high and lifted up

Shining in the light of your glory

Lord, pour out you power and love

As we sing Holy, Holy, Holy.


You are high and lifted up

And you’re shining in the light of your glory

Lord, pour out your power and love

As we sing Holy, Holy, Holy.


Holy, Holy, Holy

You are Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy

I want to see you.