224 Main Street                                                        December 4, 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.


Second Sunday in Advent


Prelude – Chimes


*Song of Praise           “The Savior Is Waiting”                      PB no. 65


Welcome & Announcements


*Call to Worship                                                               

Pastor: Get Ready! The time is growing near.

People: What should we do?

Pastor: Prepare your heart for Christ! God's love is close to us.

People: We open our hearts to God. May God help us to slow down and be present to His presence!

Pastor: Prepare your gifts for God!

People: What shall we give to God?

Pastor: We start by giving ourselves to God. We build upon that by sharing our talents and our resources. We also give to God when we give to others especially to those who are in need. We give, because God has given his best to us in Jesus!


*Hymn                        “Prepare the Way”                                     No. 13


New Testament Reading       Isaiah 40:1-11


Unison Prayer                       

 Gracious God, our hears are full from Your love. May we open our hearts to others with love and with compassion as we follow Your example. May our lives be an offering that shines in the darkness. May we know the joy that comes by being used by You for a purpose greater than ourselves. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen


Lighting the Advent Candle

People: Today we give thanks for the shepherds among us, back-breaking laborers on whom our economy stands, those we overlook or rarely see, yet rely on for our very survival, the ones who have much to teach us about watching for God in the  darkness.

Leader: On this second Sunday in Advent, we light the second candle as a symbol of the Shepherds, agents of the gospel and redeemers of the world.


New Testament Reading       2 Peter 3:8-15a




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                        “On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry”       No. 10


Scripture Reading      Mark 1:1-8


Sermon                       “Be Prepared”                         Rev. Linda Foody                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Ordinance of The Lord's Supper

                                    Welcome to the Lord's Table

                                    Reading of the Church Covenant

                                    Community of Prayer

                                    Sharing the Bread

                                    Sharing the Cup

                                    Prayer of Thanks


*Hymn                        “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates”    No. 8






Lay Reader:               Nancy Marion

Greeters:                    Mary Lou Hainsworth & Mary Fullagar


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                                 Marilyn (Tharp)         

Andrea LeClair                               Katherine Warren   

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: Praise Builds Us Up

3 pm Community Chorus Concert

5 pm Wellspring

Happy Birthday to Kyle Miller!


Tuesday, December 6

8:30 am Wellspring Bible Study

7 pm Deacons

7 pm Wellspring Bible Quiz Group


Wednesday, December 7

4 pm Backpack Program

7 pm “Invisible War” Small Group

7:30 pm Habitat for Humanity


Thursday, December 8

6 pm Caregivers Support Group

7 pm Boy Scouts


Saturday, December 10

9 am Keuka Quilters


Next Week 's Theme & Scripture:

“”Be Hopeful”

John 1:6-8, 19-28

Next Week's Greeters: The Miller Family

Next Week's Lay Reader: Richard Johnson


Church News


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 are 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.


Advisory Council  Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Advisory Council on Thursday, December 15, at 7 pm in the library.


FBC Membership:

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


Board of Missions

Thanks to a very generous donation, the Board of Missions will be able to meet their Basic Budget obligations. After paying United Mission Basics in December we will decide what we can cover of the items which we had to omit from the budget. Income for November 27th was $1118.25. Thank you all for your generosity.


Thank You

While it is important to financially support your church we want to thank those who support it with their time and talents as well. Thanks to those who helped with the decorating: Ethel Clancy, Jennifer Willson, Cindy Ovens, Karen Rasmussen, Polly Logan, Barbara Burke, Jean Brewer,

cleaning out the basement:Greg Miller, Sheryl Robbins,

maintenance: Greg & Nancy Marion


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


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 is the most needed food item at this time. Thank You!

The December distribution date is Friday, Dec. 16, from 9am-11am.


Milly's Pantry Weekend Backpack Program:

To help feed school age kids over the weekends, the needed food item right now is breakfast cereal bars or granola bars. These items cannot be purchased from Food Link, so your help is appreciated. Thank You!


Food for the Needy

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. 


Comfort on the Journey

A confidential mutual support group at Keuka Comfort Care Home, for those whose lives have been impacted by the loss of a loved one.

2nd Tuesday of every month, 7-8pm. 536-1690



Attendance and Financial Report

 Were you here?                    11/13             11/20          11/27

                                                        69                   53                 46

Current Expenses                    $1,171            $3,048            $552

BT&T                                            165                  170             200

Total                                         $1,336             $3,218           $752