DECEMBER 2, 2007



                                           FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                    December 2, 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.


First Sunday in Advent





Songs of Christmas Joy   “Angels We Have Heard on High”     No. 23   


Welcome and Announcements


The Lighting of the First Advent Candle

            Ed & Rita Castillo and Sheryl Robbins


                        Advent Meditation Reading


                        Lighting the 1st candle


*Hymn                        “What Child Is This?”                               No. 53


Anthem                       “Christmas Communion Song”  

                                                                          Susan Naylor Callaway


Children’s Time


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


Scripture                     Isaiah 8:21 – 9:7                                Pg. 752 OT


Message    The Songs of Christmas  Prophecy: The Songs of Isaiah”

                                                                                  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                        “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”          No. 1

                                                                                                    Vs. 1&2


Right Hand of Fellowship


Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper                  

                                    Welcome to the Lord’s Table

                                    Reading of the Vision Statement

                                    Community of Prayer

                                    Sharing the Bread

                                    Sharing the Cup

                                    Prayer of Thanks

                                    The Lord’s Prayer


*Hymn                        “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”          No. 1

                                                                                                    Vs. 3&4





*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: Barbara Burke

Greeters: Paul & Cathy MacDougall

Ushers: Shelley Bicksler, Jack Clancy, Greg Marion,

Nancy Marion, Erma Mullins

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


This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Today, December 2 – following worship

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

¨      The Child Discipline Parenting Group will meet in the library

Tuesday, December 4

¨      7 p.m.        Board of Missions

¨      7 p.m.        Diaconate

¨      Happy Birthday to Kyle Miller!

Saturday, December 8

¨      9 a.m.        Decorate the sanctuary


               Next Week’s Theme & Scripture is:

The Songs of Christmas: Deliverance: The Song of Mary”

Luke 1:46-56


Church News

Decorating of the Sanctuary

Come one and all to help decorate the sanctuary for the Christmas season this Saturday, December 8, at 9 a.m. The more help we have the better. (Rumor has it there will be doughnuts!)


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!


Van Trip to St. John Fisher

St. John Fisher College is producing the play “Children of Eden” which looks at the beginning of Genesis through Noah. We would like to take the van and a group of interested people to attend on Friday, December 7. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $8. Please call the church office at 536-9821 by Thursday morning if you plan to go.


Poinsettias for the Altar

It’s time to get your plants for the Advent season and it would be great to have the sanctuary adorned for next Sunday’s Community Chorus concert. Purchase your plant and contact the church office to let us know who you are placing your plant in honor/memory of.


Out to Lunch!

The Mary & Martha Circle and the Fellowship Class have agreed to dine at the Antique Inn for their annual Christmas meeting. The date has been set for Tuesday, December 18. Anyone interested in joining them should contact Marge Cornell at 536-6607 by Dec. 11. You don’t need to be a member of the groups to attend.


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.


Dear Friends,


It will soon be time to receive our American Baptist Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering. (Dec. 16)

            Recently I gratefully received my Thank You check from last year’s RMMO, and it was much appreciated. 57% of what you give is a way of saying “Thank You” in remembrance of all our previous pastors. While I put the money to good use, the fact that one is remembered means much, much more.

            43% helps provide emergency assistance to both active and retired pastors and/or their families in times of critical financial need. (100% of what you give goes for these two purposes - the cost of promoting the offering comes from other sources.)

            Over the years, the people of our church have responded faithfully and generously to the appeal of the RMMO. Let us keep up this great tradition.



Rev. Douglas W. Passage

Minister Emeritus


Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                           11/11          11/18          11/25

                                                                       80               96               75


Current Expenses                                        $1,186        $1,210

Missions                                                          1,227             623

BT&T                                                              4,176          1,033

Total                                                              $6,589        $2,866


Thought: If God brings me to it, God will bring me through it.