FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                        November 27, 2011

Penn Yan, New York                                                               10:00 AM


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.


First Sunday in Advent


Prelude - Chimes


*Song of Praise                       “Soon and Very Soon”            PB no. 47


Welcome & Announcements


*Call to Worship                                                                

Pastor: Hurry! Gather together! Don't be late! Stay Awake!

People: The time is near!

Pastor: Christ is coming!

People: The wait seems long. We are anxious. We do not want to be caught off-guard. It is easy to become complacent.

Pastor: Tend to the light inside of you!

People: God is faithful!


*Hymn                        “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”                 No. 9    


New Testament Reading       I Corinthians 1:3-9                NT pg. 220


Unison Prayer

Lord Jesus, you have told us to stay awake and keep watch for your coming. Help us this Advent to be alert to the many ways you enter our lives: through prayer, through Scripture and through one another, especially those in need. Strengthen our hope in you so that we can persevere in times of trouble and frustration. Give us the trust we need to wait patiently when it seems that you are delaying. Fill us with your love as we strive to serve your people for love of you. Amen.


Lighting the Advent Candle:


Leader: Today we remember the prophets of old, who demanded to be heard, who dared to speak of a child to come, unexpected liberator of the people, vulnerable incarnation of God.

People: Today we give thanks for the prophets among us, who bring us surprising new visions of hope, who challenge us to think outside the box, who show us a future we never anticipated.

Leader: On this first Sunday of Advent, we light this candle as a symbol of the prophets who renew our faith and remind us of what may be.


Anthem                       “Glory To The Lamb”          


Something For the Child In All of Us


Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.




Offertory Prayer       

*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.


*Hymn                        “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You?”           No. 11


Scripture Reading      Mark 13:24-37                                    NT. pg. 68


Sermon                       “Be Alert and Waiting”          Rev. Linda Foody                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


*Hymn                        “Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”                    No. 15





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


Today's bulletin is in loving memory of Elsie “Peg” Pond

from her children, grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.


Lay Reader:               Greg Marion

Greeters:                    The Clancy Family

Ushers:                        Sheryl Robbins, Matt Scutt, Ed & Rita

                                    Castillo, John Tharp                   

Organist:                    Carrie Ahearn

Choir Director:          Barbara Stewart

Church Phone:            315-536-9821

Church E-mail: 

Church Website:

Interim Pastor:           Rev. Linda J. Foody    2215 Clark Road

Pastor's Phone:          536-0021

Pastor's Email:


Please  be  in  Prayer  for:


Eva Jean Best                                 Michael McBride

Jean Brewer                                    Christian Modaffari

Barbara Gage                                  Mary Murphy

Mary Beth Greene                          Ida Tharp

Betty Johnson                                 Katherine Warren 

Andrea LeClair                               Stacy Whitney


Our Special Interest Missionaries:

Rev. & Mrs. Charles (Ruth) Fox – Thailand

Mr. Jeromy Emerling – Friendship House, Billings, Montana


Clark Meadows:        Ralph Wilkes      

Quail Summit:            Alice Wise

Clinton Crest:             Burton Barcliff           Kathryn Clayson       

                                    Doris Barcliff             Margaret Drakely

The Homestead:        Helen Ansley              Virginia DeLooza

                                    Dick Sharman            Willie Nelson

                                    Irene Wachala           

The Manor:                Helena Cranmer        Margaret Hartwell


Our Service Men and Women and their families                            

Our Country and it's Leaders

Our Pastoral Search Committee


This  Week’s  Schedule  & Announcements



Adult Sunday School class will not meet again until Dec. 4.

5 pm Wellspring

Happy Birthday to Margaret Drakely!


Tuesday, November 29

7 pm Community Chorus

7 pm Wellspring Bible Quiz Group

8:30 am Wellspring Bible Study


Wednesday, November 30

4 pm Backpack Program

7 pm “Invisible War” Small Group


Thursday, December 1

11 am Comm. On Ministry

7 pm Boy Scouts

Happy Birthday to Marge Moulton!


Friday, December 2

3-9 pm Starshine


Saturday, December 3

Basement Clean-out

6 pm Community Chorus Rehearsal


Next Week 's Theme & Scripture:

“Be Prepared”

Isaiah 40:1-11, 2 Peter 3:8-15a, Mark 1:1-8

Next Week's Greeters: Mary Lou Hainsworth & Mary Fullagar

Next Week's Lay Reader: Nancy Marion


Church News


Help us at Starshine:

FBC will be selling cookies and hot cocoa to those who want to come in from the cold. Bring in a dozen to help out. Ethel Clancy will also be cooking up and selling her egg rolls and the ABW will be selling theme baskets.  See Cindy Ovens.


Help Us Clean Out the Basement Saturday, December 3

Meet the Trustees at 9 am to clean out the basement. We are hoping to remove the islands. Anyone interested in lending a helping hand would be greatly appreciated.


Calling All Knitters and Crochetters

We are collecting 6X6” squares knitted or crochetted in any color, style or pattern to make a quilt. The quilt will be given to someone in our congregation or our community who is in need of an extra “hug”. This is a great way to use up those extra odds and ends of yarn while ministering to others. There will be 2 drop off boxes for the squares: one on the desk by the Great Room entrance and one on the table in the back of the sanctuary. Thank you in advance for your help – let's get those needles clicking!! Questions call Pam Scutt at 536-2791.


FBC Membership:

If you are interested in becoming a member of First Baptist Church please speak with Rev. Foody or one of the Deacons.


Send a Card Shower

for Marge Moulton's birthday at: Marge Moulton c/o John Moulton, 1778 Crabtree Court, Terra Haute, IN 47803.


Board of Missions

The Board of Missions wants to thank all who gave so generously on Sunday, November 20th. Your contributions of $839.40 will enable us to pay

almost half of our budgeted obligations for Nov. & Dec.


December Coffee Hours:

Pastoral Relations


Clifford's Birthday

You Are Invited:To Clifford LeBarr's 60th Birthday on Saturday, December 10th, from 1–3 pm at the Penn Yan Moose Club.


Community  News


Pancake Day:

to benefit YC Habitat for Humanity. Friday, December 2, a Starshine Celebration. St. Michael's Church dining hall. Serving 11am – 1:30pm and 4:30 pm-7pm. $18 family, $6 adult, $4 5-12yrs.


Calling Cookie Bakers

The Keuka Comfort Care Home is busy planning our 4th  Annual Holiday Cookie Walk. If you are interested in baking 6 dozen (2 batches or more) of the same type of your favorite, holiday cookie for us, we would love to have you participate. To sign up, call the KCCH at 536-1690 and let them know what kind of cookie you plan to bake. The cookies can be delivered to the Presbyterian Church in PY on the afternoon of December 16. The Holiday Cookie Walk will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17, starting at 10 am. Proceeds to benefit the Keuka Comfort Care Home.


Food for the Needy:

Cereal, peanut butter, canned veggies/fruits, pasta and sauce are needed to help Yates County families. The December distribution date is Friday, Dec. 16, from 9am-11am.


The Food for the Needy program and the Yates County Red Cross in Penn Yan have begun a new partnership for the distribution of emergency food. From now on, food will only be available at the PYFBC during the regular monthly distributions. At all other times, boxes of non-perishable food may be picked up at the Red Cross office at 121 East Main Street, Penn Yan. 


Christmas For the Needy

toy, stocking stuffer and clothing distributions will be at the US Army Reserve Center on December 15, by appointment, from 8:15   am until 4 pm. Please sign up for appointments. Forms are available at ProAction Office for the Aging and through the schools. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Dec. 2.


Backpack Program:

To help feed school age kids over the weekends, your donations of fruit/applesauce/pudding cups, granola bars, individual size foods etc are appreciated.


Attendance and Financial Report

 Were you here?                          11/6               11/13            11/20

                                                         49                    69                 53

Current Expenses                   $1,927             $1,171           $3,048

BT&T                                           395                  165                170

Total                                        $2,322              $1,336          $3,218


Welcome to First Baptist Church of Penn Yan. We are glad you joined us and hope you’ll feel at home, as we celebrate our faith and praise God together. In the pew in front of you, you will find a “get-to-know-you” card. Please take a moment to fill it out and place it in the offering plate.


We invite you to bring your children to the nursery during the service for a safe and Christian environment so that you may more fully experience Worship. Following today’s service please come to enjoy coffee, refreshments and fellowship in the Great Room.


Worrying  does  not  take  away tomorrow's  troubles;

it  takes  away  today's  peace.