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~ ~ DECEMBER 7, 2008 ~ ~
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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN
224 Main Street December 7, 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.
Second Sunday of Advent
Songs of the Season
Welcome and Announcements
Church Business Meeting
The Lighting of the Second Candle The Music Group
Scripture: Luke 2:8-20 Diane DeLooza
Reading: Don, Kathie Lawrence and Diane
Prayer: Christine Conklin
Lighting the Candle: Don Lawrence
*Hymn “Angels, from the Realms of Glory” No. 22
Anthem “Emmanuel Is Coming” Price & Besig
*Hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” No. 9
Prayers of the People
Scripture Matthew 7:15-20 Pg. 9 NT
Message “The Real Christmas Tree” Rev. John 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 “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice” No. 28
Ordinance of The Lord’s Supper
Welcome to The Lord’s Table
Community of Prayer
Sharing the Bread
Sharing the Cup
Prayer of Thanks
The Lord’s Prayer
*Hymn “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice” No. 28
*If you wish to and are able, you are invited to stand.
Greeters: Jack & Ethel Clancy and family
Ushers: Pat Ames, Shelley Bicksler, Jack Clancy, Erma Mullins
and Cheryl Stewart
Organist: Carrie Ahearn
Choir Director: Nancy Tharp
Church Phone: 315-536-9821
Church Website: www.geocities.com/pennyanfbc/index.html
Today at 3 p.m.
Peg Patterson, Conductor
Lucinda Loomis, Accompanist
There will be classic and contemporary Christmas songs and audience carol sing-a-long! Admission is free!
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
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 *Doug Seager Jean Whitaker
Alicia Hurlburt Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck
* Family of Emily Seager
*Indicates that special prayers are needed.
Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones
Today, December 7
¨ 3 pm Community Chorus Christmas Concert
¨ Mary & Martha/ Fellowship Class luncheon at Antique Inn
¨ 7 pm Bd. of Trustees
¨ Happy Birthday to Deb Eveland!
¨ 7 pm Youth group
¨ 7pm Bd. of Christian Education
Sunday, Dec. 21 @ 3:30 pm
Tired of all the “Christmas commercialism” and longing for some of the traditional spirit of Christmas? Then come join us on Dec. 21, for an afternoon of caroling from 3:30 pm – 6 pm. We’ll meet at the church and be back in time for a cup of hot cocoa. All ages and voices are welcome! Bring a friend along too, the more the merrier!
If you have questions feel free to contact Beth DeLooza.
Once again this year we encourage our congregation to adorn the sanctuary with the beautiful Christmas Poinsettia.
Please use the form on Sunday’s bulletin (drop it in the offering plate) to note your intentions. Or, you may call the office at 536-9821 by Thurs. Dec. 18.
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.
The Diaconate would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Thanksgiving offering, donated food items, and/or participated in packing the boxes. With your help we were able to provide over 40 families with a Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you for your generosity and help in making this “mission” accomplished!
Soon the Christmas cards will be stuffing your mailbox. Please take the time to trim off the cancelled stamps and bring them to church. Find a member of the Missions team or deposit the stamps in the office in the dish provided. What a great way to help out!
Your Gift to the RMMO
A Vehicle of God’s Grace
In expressing his gratitude to American Baptist congregations for the RMMO Thank You check, Don Loomer, Santa Paula, California, wrote: “…your thoughtfulness and generosity stand as a testimony to God’s grace.”
This sentiment is echoed in other notes. Referring to their Thank You checks, recipients wrote: “…a demonstration of God’s faithfulness”; “…an answer to prayer”; “…a godsend”; “…a blessing”; “…therapeutic”; “…a refreshing love gift.”
Let God’s love flow through you by contributing to the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering on Sunday, December 14, 2008.
Our 2008 goal is $800.00. Please help us:
Remember Them with Love and Give with Gratitude.
RETIRED MINISTERS AND MISSIONARIES OFFERING
Administered by the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board
Saturday, December 20, 10am-2pm @ The Presbyterian Church
Have you run out of time to bake cookies? The Keuka Comfort Care Home’s first ever Holiday Cookie Walk – over 50 varieties of homemade cookies! Purchase cookies by the pound to support the operations of the Keuka Comfort Care Home.
Have you ever noticed that anybody
going slower than you is an idiot,
and anybody going faster than you
is a maniac?
~ George Carlin
Thought: If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
~ Henry David Thoreau