PENN YAN FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
BULLETIN FOR SUNDAY
DECEMBER 9, 2007


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ORDER OF OUR SERVICE OF WORSHIP AND PRAISE:

                                            FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                    December 9, 2007

Penn Yan, New York                                                        10:00 A.M.

 

Second Sunday of Advent

 

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.

 

 

Prelude

 

Songs of Christmas Joy         “The First Noel”                   No. 56 vs. 1

                                                “Rise Up Shepherd”            No. 50 vs.  1

                                                “O Come All Ye Faithfu”     No. 41 vs. 1

             

Welcome and Announcements

 

The Lighting of the Advent Candle

                        Carrie Fuqua, Meghan Fuqua & Sean Ahearn

                        Scripture

                        Advent Meditation Reading

                        Prayer

                        Lighting the candles

 

*Hymn                        “Angels From the Realms of Glory”         No. 22

                       

Anthem                       “Grant Us Thy Peace”               Roberta Bitgood

                       

Children’s Time

 

*Hymn                        “Away In a Manger”                                 No. 24

                                    Birthday choice of Joyce Slocum

 

*Prayers of the people          

 

Scripture                     Luke 1:46-56                                       Pg. 78 NT

           

Message                      The Songs of Christmas

Deliverance: The Song of Mary

                                                                                  Rev. John R. Tharp

Offertory                    

 

*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    

 

*Benediction 

 

*Postlude

 

*If you wish to and are able, you are invited to stand.

The Christmas pew candles were given in memory of Eva Thayer by her daughter Polly Logan.

 

Greeters: Tom & Barbara Burke

Ushers: Mary & Bob Fullagar, Judi Gibbs, Charlie Miller,

Greg Miller and Barbara Stewart

Organist: Carrie Fuqua

Choir Director: Nancy Tharp

Pastor: John R. Tharp

Church Phone: 315-536-9821

 E-mail: pyfbc@usadatanet.net

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            

           

Prayers for:                          

Helen Ansley              Bill Gillette                             Doug Passage

Mary Armstrong        Mary Beth Greene                Billie Potts

Roy Bell                     Marlene & Gene Guild                     Linda  Potts

Eva Jean Best            Kim Strong Imisides              Nancy Putnam

Bessie Bliss                Carolyn Johnson                    Lucas Ryska

Milly Bloomquist       Don Johnson                          Corrina Schultz

Pat Carroll                  Bob & Mary Jones                Charlie Taylor

Rachel Carter                        Bill LaRock                            Jean Wager

Marge Cornell                       Lori Lawrence                                    Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck                                                                                                  

Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones

 


 

This Week’s Schedule & Announcements:

 

Today, December 9 – following worship

¨      Adult SS: “Working For Your Wife” – Genesis 29 in the library

¨      The Child Discipline Parenting Group will meet in the alcove

¨      3 p.m.        Community Chorus Concert at FBC

¨      Happy Birthday to Deb Eveland!

Tuesday, December 11

¨      7 p.m.        Board of Trustees

Thursday, December 13

¨      7 p.m.        Board of Christian Education

Saturday, December 15

¨      Happy Birthday to Joyce Slocum!

 

               Next Week’s Theme & Scripture is:

The Songs of Christmas” Preparation: The Song of Zechariah

Luke 1:67-80

 

~ Happy belated birthday on Dec. 1 to Peyton Hansen! ~

 

Church News

 

2008 Calendars on Sale Now! Support our Youth!

The Youth Group and the Board of Christian Education are selling 2008 Calendars to raise money for next year’s camping program. The calendars titled, “God’s Creation” sell for $12.

 

Poinsettias for the Altar

It’s time to get your plants for the Advent season. Purchase your plant and contact the church office to let us know if you wish to place it in honor/memory of someone.

 

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 nest 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.

 

From the Missions Board

We are still collecting stamps, Campbell Labels and Boxtops for Education. We would like to send these on by the end of the year. Please bring your donations to the church as soon as possible.

 

Inquirers Event – January 16 @ 7 p.m.

If you would like information about baptism and being a member of our church, you can find it at this event. Our Deacons will provide a delicious assortment of homemade desserts and there will be a short program about the church and what it means to be a member here. If you have any questions about this event please contact the church office at 536-9821 or one of the Deacons.

 

ABMen NYS Disaster Relief Trip

A trip to Mississippi is being planned for 2008 January 6-18. The contact person is the Disaster Relief Coordinator for WV; Jack Cobb. He can be reached at cobbjd@charter.net or cell # 304-206-8462 or home at 304-757-8081.

 

CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE JANUARY NEWSLETTER ARE DUE MONDAY, DECEMBER 17.

 

REPORTS FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING ARE DUE JANUARY 7, 2008. THE MEETING IS JANUARY 20.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Sincerely,

Rev. Douglas W. Passage

Minister Emeritus

 

 

 

Attendance and Financial Report:

            Were you here?                           11/18          11/25          12/2

                                                                       96               75             72

Current Expenses                     $1,186        $1,210      $1,981

Missions                                       1,227             623           936

BT&T                                           4,176          1,033           460

Total                                           $6,589        $2,866       $3,377


 

Thoughts:   When God measures a man, he puts the tape around the heart instead of the head.

 

 

Thou shalt not lie…

 

…in bed on Sunday Morning!

                                      Come to church!