NOVEMBER 25, 2007



                                               FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                    November 25, 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.





Songs of Praise                     


Welcome and Announcements


Church Business Meeting


Scripture Reading                  Joel 2:23-29                           Pg. 987 OT                             


*Hymn                                    “We Gather Together”                No. 559


*Silent Prayer & Invocation

            Dear Lord, We thank you for the abundant harvest, for the times of celebration, for the faithfulness of your promise to redeem the years stolen by the drought, the poverty of spirit, and the emptiness of sorrow. Brighten our days with the gracious presence of your Holy Spirit. Let us dream good dreams, see grand visions, and live in the joy of your salvation. We ask this in the name of the Christ, who taught us to pray…


*The Lord’s Prayer


Anthem           “Come and Thank Him”             Jean Anne Shafferman


Children’s Time



*Hymn                        “In the Garden”                                           Insert

                                    Birthday choice of Margaret Drakely


Prayers of the People


Scripture                     Isaiah 9:3                                           Pg. 752 OT


Message          “Like Celebrating the Harvest”       Rev. John R. 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 Beautiful For Spacious Skies”           No. 564





*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.


Lay Reader: Betty Johnson

Greeters: George & Joyce Slocum

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

George Slocum, John F.M. Tharp

Organist: Carrie Fuqua

Choir Director: Nancy Tharp

Pastor: John R. Tharp

Church Phone: 315-536-9821


Church Website:



Our Prayer Concerns…

At the Homestead:                  Frances Hartwell

Glenna Allen                          Onnalee Mallory        Luella Passage

Alberta Gottshall                   Willie Nelson              Alice Wise


Clinton Crest:             Ralph Seager             Milly Burke


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              Marge Cornell                                   Doug Passage

Mary Armstrong        Bill Gillette                             Billie Potts

Roy Bell                     Mary Beth Greene                Linda  Potts

Eva Jean Best            Marlene & Gene Guild                     Nancy Putnam

Bessie Bliss                Kim Strong Imisides              Lucas Ryska

Milly Bloomquist       Carolyn Johnson                    Corrina Schultz

Pat Carroll                  Bob & Mary Jones                Charlie Taylor

Rachel Carter                        Bill LaRock                            Jean Wager

Sherry Case               Lori Lawrence                                    Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck                                                                                                  

Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones


Thought: Big Bang theory: God spoke and “Bang!” it happened.



This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Today, November 25 – following worship

¨      Adult SS: A Transformational Encounter – Genesis 27:41-28:22

¨      The Child Discipline Parenting Group will meet in the library

¨      Happy Birthday to Clifford LeBarr!

Tuesday, November 27

¨      Happy Birthday to Margaret Drakely!

Wednesday, November 28


¨      Fellowship Class will meet in the library at noon

Saturday, December 1

¨      Happy Birthday to Marge Moulton!


               Next Week’s Theme & Scripture is:

The Songs of Christmas     Prophecy: The Song of Isaiah

Isaiah 8:21, 9:7



Church News


Decorating of the Sanctuary

Come one and all to help decorate the sanctuary for the Christmas Season on Saturday, December 8, at 9 a.m. The more help we have the better – many hands make light work!

(Rumor has it there will be doughnuts!)


Kitchen Supplies

Paper goods (paper plates, cups and napkins) are needed for the kitchen. If you have extras left over from your summer picnics they will be gladly accepted.


2008 Calendars on Sale Now!

The Youth Group and the Board of Christian Education are selling 2008 Calendars to raise money for next year’s camping program. These beautiful calendars are titled, “God’s Creation” and have inspirational pictures and Bible verses and are selling for $12. Please help support our youth! See Greg Marion, Barbara Burke, a Christian Ed. member or stop by the office during business hours.


Christmas with Denver & the Mile High Orchestra!

The unique, big-band style of Denver & the Mile High Orchestra will focus on the joy of Christmas in a concert at the Elim Gospel Church in Lima on Sunday, December 9. If enough people are interested in going we will take the van. Contact the church office or Pat Ames by Dec. 2 if you plan to attend. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Artist Circle tickets are $17.50 and General Admission are $13.00. Tickets are available at or by calling 800-927-9083. Adding to the majesty of the evening will be a one-hundred-voice-choir directed by FLN Performing Arts Director Darren Litz and made up of listeners from throughout the Network.


Community News


Christmas for the Needy Annual Concert

Once again “Our Father’s Children” will host a holiday concert to benefit local charities. The “Reason for the Season” concerts will be held on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, beginning at 7 p.m., in the sanctuary. Admission is a new unwrapped toy or a non-perishable food item. All donations are given to supplement the Christmas for the Needy program and Food for the Needy.



Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                           11/04         11/11          11/18

                                                                       76              80               96


Current Expenses                     $1,408                          $1,186

Missions                                          308                            1,227

BT&T                                              227                            4,176

Total                                            $1943                          $6,589





A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning. The wife said, “You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don’t have to wait as long to get our coffee”. The husband said, “You are in charge of the cooking around here and you should do it because it is your job.” Wife replies, “ No you should do it and besides it is in the Bible that the Man should do the coffee.” Husband replies, “I can’t believe that, show me.” So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and shows him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says: “HEBREWS”