~ ~ NOVEMBER 30, 2008 ~ ~


                            FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

                                     224 Main Street                                                        November 30, 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.


First Sunday of Advent




Songs of the Season      


Welcome and Announcements


The Lighting of the First Candle                      Greg & Nancy Marion

                        Scripture         I Peter 5:8-11

                        Reading: Choosing the Perfect Christmas Tree


                        Lighting the Candle


*Hymn                        “Angels We Have Heard on High”           No. 23

                                    Birthday choice of Kyle Miller


Anthem                       “Thanks Be to God!”                     Price & Besig


Children’s Time           


*Hymn                        “Now Thank We All Our God”              No. 555


Prayers of the People                                                   


Scripture                     James 1:16-18                                    Pg. 311 NT

James 3:13-18                                     Pg. 313 NT


Message                       The Giving of Good Gifts”     Rev. John Tharp


Offertory                     “People Need the Lord”             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                      “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”                 No. 9





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


Lay Reader: Margaret Mills

Greeters: Pat Ames & Necia Smith

Ushers: Brittany Griffith, Margaret Hartwell, Stan Ovens,

Cheryl Stewart, Barbara Stewart

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 30

¨      11 a.m.      Parenting Class


Monday, December 1

¨      Happy Birthday to Marge Moulton !

¨      Happy Birthday to Peyton Hansen !


Tuesday, December 2

¨      7 p.m.       Deacons

¨      7 p.m.       Missions


Wednesday, December 3

¨      6 p.m.        Youth group in the kitchen


Thursday, December 4

¨      Happy Birthday to Kyle Miller !


Saturday, December 6

      9 a.m.        Decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas


Next Week’s Theme & Scripture is…

“The Real Christmas Tree”     Matthew 7:15-20



Church News


2009 Calendars

To raise money for the Carol Willson Vacation Bible School Fund, calendars with breathtaking landscapes and thought provoking Bible verses will be for sale. Calendars are $12 each and will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. Starting November 30, view and purchase the calendars in the hall just outside of the office after the service.

If you have questions feel free to contact Beth DeLooza.


December Greeters

Dec. 7             Jack & Ethyl Clancy and family

Dec. 14           Charlie Miller & Matt Scutt

Dec. 21           Fran Morse & Judi Gibbs

Dec. 24           Pat Ames & family

Dec. 28           Eva Dillon & Erma Mullins


Penn Yan Community Chorus Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 7, at 3 p.m. in our sanctuary

Peg Patterson, Conductor

Lucinda Loomis, Accompanist

There will be classic and contemporary Christmas songs and audience carol sing-a-long! Admission is free!


Christmas Flowers

Once again this year we encourage our congregation to adorn the sanctuary with the beautiful Christmas Poinsettia.

Let the office know your intentions  -  536-9821.

All plants should be in place by Sunday, December 21.

You may take your plant home with you following the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.



Does Your Gift Make a Difference?


Yes, it does! In 2007, Paul Klous, along with over 3,000 other retired ministers and missionaries or their widowed spouses, received a Thank You check from the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering (RMMO).


He wrote a thank you note which read: “It is always such a blessing to receive an RMMO Thank You check. As we seniors age, both dental and medical care become more and more expensive. At such a time, the Thank You check is a tremendous help.”


RMMO Sunday is December 14, 2008.

Our 2008 goal is $800.00. Please help us:


Remember Them with Love and Give with Gratitude.



Administered by the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board





Community News -

Starshine Happenings !


Yates County Habitat for Humanity’s Pancake Day

Friday, December 5

Pancakes, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Juice, Coffee, Tea or Milk

Serving: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

$18 ~ family                $6 ~ adult                    $4 ~ 5-12 yrs

St. Michael’s Church Dining Hall


KCCH Gingerbread Raffle

Friday, December 5

Don’t miss your chance to win a handmade Gingerbread House in front of J. Carey & Co. The Keuka Comfort Care Home will be selling raffle tickets for $1 a piece and you’ll receive a cookie sample as a reminder of the Cookie Walk fundraiser which will take place on Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Presbyterian Church from 10 am to 2 p.m.


Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                       11/9           11/16          11/23

                                                                 73                73               76  


Current Expenses                            $2,047         $2,817        $2,458

Missions                                 1,123                82             482

BT&T                                        250              261             125

Total                                     $3,420         $3,160        $3,065




Thought: Pray constantly that you will have the strength and the wits to make it through everything that’s coming, and will end up on your feet.        Luke 2:35  The Message


When your mother asks,

“Do you want a piece of advice?”

it is a mere formality.

It doesn’t matter if you answer no.

You’re going to get it anyway.


                                                              ~ Erma Bombeck