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
*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
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
*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: www.geocities.com/pennyanfbc/index.html
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
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
¨ Adult SS: A Transformational Encounter – Genesis 27:41-28:22
¨ The Child Discipline Parenting Group will meet in the library
¨ 7 p.m. Board of Missions
¨ 7 p.m. Diaconate
¨ Happy Birthday to Kyle Miller!
¨ 9 a.m. Decorate the sanctuary
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 www.fln.org 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.
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
Thought: If God brings me to it, God will bring me through it.