224 Main Street                                      Penn Yan, New York

December 1, 2013                                                  10:00 AM

Our Mission

 To Create a Caring Community

To Honor and Serve God.


Our Service of Worship and Praise


First Sunday of Advent


Prelude ~ Chimes


Welcome & Announcements


Moment for Mission                                                        Don Lawrence


*Congregational Song       “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”        No. 9


*Call to Worship


*Congregational Song       “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” No. 2


Anthem                       “Who Is This Child?”           


Children's Time


Pastoral Prayer & Lord's 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.


*Offertory Prayer                       


Scripture Reading            Matthew 24:32-44        Pew Bible NT pg. 36


*Congregational Song           “Offering”                                 On Insert


Meditation           “Seeing That All Are Fed”       Rev. Stephen Sanden


*Congregational Song  My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less” No. 379


Communion                Welcome to The Lord’s Table

                                    Sharing the Bread

                                    Sharing the Cup


*Benediction  ~ *Postlude


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


               Pastor:                  Rev. Stephen Sanden

                              PO Box 695, Penn Yan

Pastor’s Office:    315-536-9821

Pastor’s Cell:        386-986-6961

Pastor’s Email:

Choir Director:     Barbara Stewart

Organist:               Carrie Ahearn

            Ushers/Greeters   Erma Mullins, head usher

                    Charlie Miller, Cheryl Stewart, Lyle Conrad

Church Phone:      315-536-9821

Office Hours:        Mon – Fri 9 am to Noon

Church Email:

Church Website :


Please  be  in  Prayer  for:


Tom Burke                    Kali Greene                    Jennifer Slocum 

Hunter Greene               Ben Loomis                   Stacey Whitney 


Our Special Interest Missionaries:

  • Rev. Charles and Mrs. Sarah Clement - West, Zambia
  • Courtney Crisler - The Place, Norwich, NY


Quail Summit:         Alice Wise

Clinton Crest:          Doris Barcliff                Milly Bloomquist

The Homestead:     Helen Ansley                 Virginia DeLooza

                                 Marge Cornell              Willie Nelson

                                 Irene Wachala               Necia Smith

The Manor:             Margaret Hartwell        Billie Potts

                                 Mary Armstrong  


  • Our Country and  Leaders
  • Our Service Men and Women and their families                
  • Those in our community who serve as law enforcement, fire fighter

            volunteers, teachers, community leaders, and community volunteers


If you know of someone who is ill, in the hospital, home bound etc. or if you have other prayer concerns, please call 536-9821 to let the church office and pastor know.  


This Week at First Baptist



5 pm Wellspring Service


Monday, December 2

5 pm Church Supper

6:30 pm Community Chorus Rehearsal

7 pm Wellspring Bible Quiz Group


Wednesday, December 4

4:30 pm Backpack Program

Happy Birthday to Kyle Miller!


Thursday, December 5

9 am Homeschool Group

10:30 am Bd of Mission Meeting

7 pm Christian Education Meeting

7 pm Boy Scout Meeting


Saturday, December 7

9 am Decorating the Church Building          


News and Upcoming Events



Weekly Church Supper – Monday, December 2

Fellowship and good eats prepared by our pros from the Penn Yan Diner!

5:00 PM in the Great Room. $3.00


Come One and All – Saturday, December 7

Come at 9 AM to help in the decorating for Christmas!


Board Meeting – Sunday, December 8

The Board of Trustees will meet next Sunday, December 8, at 11:15 in the church library.


Hearts & Hands Ministry Outreach

If you are planning to visit someone who is recovering from an illness, surgery, or just needs a “hug”, we have a casserole in the freezer that you can take along with you. Please contact the church office at

536-9821, Pam Scutt at 536-2791, or Cheryl Stewart at 536-2570 to make arrangements.


Attendance and Financial Report:

Were you here?            11/3           11/10          11/17         11/24

                                         59                74                49              47

Local Budget            $2,852         $4,318            $347          $491


The Church’s Mission


Mission Nugget

Charles & Ruth Fox – Missionaries in Thailand

Chuck and Ruth Fox work with the approximately 75,000 Akha hilltribe people living in Northern Thailand. Chuch helps to provide education to pastors of various church groups within the Fellowship of Akha Christian and the Akha Churches of Thailand (ACT) through Bible training sessions and story-telling workshops. He also visits and works with the pastors in their villages and places of ministry, gaining insight into their culture and how it influences their work. A particular emphasis is a Christian education program for the children of the villages. He works with villagers in areas of drug rehabilitation, development projects and healthcare to improve their quality of life.


Mission Receipts

Mission receipts on November 24th were $85 for the Treasury and another $6.46 for the World Mission Offering. The offering total is now $1,144.48. Thank You.


Board of Missions Spotlight Items

December Item to benefit  Milly’s Backpack Program is: Macaroni ‘n Cheese (cups or box)


Community News and Events


A Service of Lessons and Carols  Tuesday, December 3

A Christmas Candlelight service will be held in Norton Chapel at Keuka College Tuesday, December 3rd at 7 pm. This beautiful, annual tradition is a service led by the students.


Community Chorus Concert   Sunday, December 8

On Sunday, December 8th at 3 pm, the Penn Yan Community Chorus will present their annual Christmas concert in our sanctuary. Featured will be music from Medieval, Baroque and contemporary times by composers such as Bach, Handel, da Vidana, Morley, Rutter, and Z. Randal Stroope.  The audience will sing traditional Christmas Carols with the chorus throughout the concert. Refreshments will be served in the Great Room following the concert.


Service Information


You are invited 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.


For your convenience hearing devices are available. Please see an usher for assistance


Visitors - Welcome  to  First  Baptist  Church! 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.


John 3: 16


Am I Obeying?

My sister, who teaches at a preschool, shared this with me. Every day little Andrew asks her, “Am I obeying? Am I being good?” He wants to be a good boy and just to make sure, he asks. Usually she assures him that he is indeed being very good. However sometimes she gently guides him in a better direction.
Andrew reminds me that I need to ask daily, Am I obeying you, Lord? Am I being kind, forgiving, loving? Am I being good? Do I need an adjustment on my behavior, my thinking, or my actions?

God will gently guide us into an effective Christian witness. But we must be willing to humble ourselves, and like young Andrew, make attitude adjustments, listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Let us be  willing to change what isn’t pleasing to God and to receive forgiveness with grateful hearts.


Prayer: Help me, Lord to be obedient… changing what isn’t pleasing to you and receiving forgiveness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Taken from The Secret Place Devotional