224 Main Street                                                        December 11, 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.


Third Sunday in Advent


Prelude - Chimes


*Song of Praise           “Surely The Presence of the Lord”     PB no. 62


Welcome & Announcements


*Call to Worship                                                               

Pastor: My friends, let us gather and shout with joy. God sees our humble state and God desires to bless us!

People: Our lives are filled with joy! Thanks be to God! Praise Christ's Holy Name!

Pastor: The Lord is near! God's purposes shall be accomplished!

People: Thanks be to God! Praise Christ's Holy Name!


*Hymn                        Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”          No. 2


Old Testament Reading        Isaiah 61:1-11                              Pg. 809


Unison Prayer

Our Heavenly Father, we humble ourselves before You, grateful that You have chosen us to be vessels of Your Spirit in this world. We are undeserving and yet Your grace has reached us. Help us to be Your faithful servants in all that we do. Amen.


Lighting the Advent Candle

  Leader: Today we remember Mary, innocent and powerful, sacred and scared, worried and waiting as the Savior grows in her womb. She bears her role in history with the confidence of a warrior; she is the beginning of a mighty revolution  of the soul as the proud are brought down and the lowly lifted up.

People:  Today we give thanks to the Marys among us, who step out of the roles society has planned; unintended pioneers determined to do as God asks; fearless and fearfully stepping out in faith, and beckoning us to do the same.

Leader: On this third Sunday of Advent, we light this candle as a symbol of Mary, Mother of God, bearer of the Way.


Anthem                       “The First Noel/Pachelbel's Canon”


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                    “One Small Sleeping Boy”        Cristine Conklin


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                        “Comfort, Comfort You My People”          No. 3


Gospel Reading         John 1:6-8, 19-28                               NT pg. 124


Sermon                       “Be Hopeful”                         Rev. Linda Foody


*Hymn                        “Creator of the Stars of Night”                    No. 4





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


Lay Reader:               Richard Johnson

Greeters:                    The Miller Family

Ushers:                       Judi Scheel, George Jensen, Paul Nash,

                                    Charlie Miller, Greg Miller, Ethel Clancy

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                          Ada 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

11 am Bd of Trustees

5 pm Wellspring


Monday, December 12

9 am Sanctuary Cleaning

Christmas Food for the Needy-Great Room


Tuesday, December 13

Christmas Food for the Needy-Great Room

8:30 am Wellspring Bible Study

7 pm Wellspring Bible Quiz Group

Happy Birthday to Rev. Richard Burke!


Wednesday, December 14

Christmas Food for the Needy-Great Room

6;30 pm Cub Scouts

7 pm Bd. of Christian Education


Thursday, December 15

Christmas Food for the Needy-Great Room

7 pm Boy Scouts

7 pm Advisory Council

Happy Birthday to Joyce Slocum!


Friday, December 16

Christmas Food for the Needy-Great Room

6 pm Kidz Klub


Saturday, December 17

3-9 pm Private Christmas Party-Great Room

Happy Birthday to Paul MacDougal!


Next Week : Children's Christmas Program

“Be Hopeful”

Next Week's Greeters: Paul & Cathy MacDougal

Next Week's Lay Reader: Cheryl Stewart


Church  News


Advisory Council

There will be a meeting of the Advisory Council on Thursday, December 15, at 7 pm in the library. Any agenda items need to be in to the Vice-Moderator by Wednesday, December 13.


Correction from the Newsletter

The Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 15, immediately following the worship service. The pot-luck luncheon will take place following the meeting.


January newsletter - Monday, December 12

Your articles for the January newsletter are due to the office tomorrow morning.


Board Meeting - Wednesday, December 14

The Board of Christian Education will meet on Wednesday, December 14 at 7 pm in the library.


Kidz Klub - Friday, December 16

Join Eileen Modafarri and her crew for a fun evening from 6-8 pm.  The evening will be full of Christmas activities for the kids, pre K to 8th grade. Remember the “little ones” need to be accompanied by a parent. Volunteers to lend a hand are more than welcome. Bring a friend with you!


Office Christmas Open House - Wednesday, December 21

Please join Rev. Foody and Peggy on Wednesday, December 21, from 10am – Noon for a time to visit and share in the joy of the Christmas Season. We will provide warm drinks and some sweet treats! We appreciate all of you so let us show it!


Board of Missions

Mission Income on December 4, was $777.98 towards the budget and $315 for the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering. Thank you 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. Christmas Decorating: Eleanor & Leon Stiles, Kidz Klub, Eileen Modafarri, Suzy Willson, Cristine Conklin, Paul Nash, Sheri & June Jensen, Richard Johnson, Aiden Green, Kyle Miller, Ralph & Eli Clancy.


FBC Membership:

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


Have You Noticed?

There have been several projects taking place in and around the church building, please take a moment to appreciate them.

New church mailbox , cleaning of flower beds, wreaths on the front doors, painting of the outside railings, the beautiful decorations in the sanctuary, great room, and entry ways. Thanks to those little “church mice” who give of their Time, their Talents and Treasures.  


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.


Attendance and Financial Report

 Were you here?                         11/20           11/27              12/4

                                                         53                 46                 60

Current Expenses                    $3,048             $552          $3,410

BT&T                                            170               200               510

Total                                         $3,218              $752          $3,920


Community  News


Holiday Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 17, First Presbyterian Church 10am till gone!

What is a Cookie Walk? It's a fabulous bake sale where thousands of your favorite holiday cookies are sold by the pound. The buyer walks around tables filled with platters of beautiful cookies, candies, and fudge choosing his/her own assortment and placing them in a pastry box, which is weighed when the buyer is done. Last year we had over 60 different types of fancy, intricate, and really special Holiday treats baked by talented members of our community, and we sold out by 11:30!  This year we are including a selection of Gluten Free cookies The best part is – they are only $8 per pound of pure heaven. All proceeds benefit the Keuka Comfort Care Home, a two story house, serving the terminally ill in our community.


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!


The Food for the Needy / Yates County Red Cross

The Penn Yan Food for the Needy program and the Yates County Red Cross 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.



A Hug: The Ideal Gift.

One Size Fits All!