~ ~ DECEMBER 7, 2008 ~ ~


                                 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


Children’s Time           


*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

                                                                                                       vs. 1,2

Ordinance of The Lord’s Supper

                                    Welcome to The Lord’s Table

                                    Vision Statement

                                    Community of Prayer

                                    Sharing the Bread

                                    Sharing the Cup                    

                                    Prayer of Thanks

                                    The Lord’s Prayer


*Hymn                        “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”           No. 28

                                                                                                          vs. 3




*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:


Penn Yan Community Chorus Christmas Concert

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                  

Prayers for:                                                  

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



This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Today, December 7

¨      3 pm          Community Chorus Christmas Concert

Tuesday, December 9

¨      Mary & Martha/ Fellowship Class luncheon at Antique Inn

¨      7 pm         Bd. of Trustees

¨      Happy Birthday to Deb Eveland!

Wednesday, December 10

¨      7 pm          Youth group

Thursday, December 11

¨      7pm           Bd. of Christian Education


Next Week’s Theme & Scripture is…

“What is God Doing in Our World?”     John 18:28-38


Church News


Christmas Caroling

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!


2009 Calendars

To raise money for the Carol Willson Vacation Bible School Fund, calendars with breathtaking landscapes and thought provoking Bible verses will be for sale. Calendars are $12 each and will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. Starting November 30, view and purchase the calendars in the hall just outside of the office after the service.

If you have questions feel free to contact Beth DeLooza.


Christmas Flowers

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.


Thank You

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!


Save Your Stamps ~ Help Bd. of Missions

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.



Administered by the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board





Community News


KCCH Cookie Walk

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.


Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                       11/16          11/23          11/30

                                                                   73               76               79


Current Expenses                              $2,817        $2,458        $1,562

Missions                                        82             482             594

BT&T                                          261             125             115

Total                                       $3,160        $3,065        $2,271


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