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~ ~ DECEMBER 14, 2008 ~ ~
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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN
224 Main Street December 14, 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.
Third Sunday of Advent
Songs of the Season
Welcome and Announcements
The Lighting of the Third Candle
Scripture: Luke 9:10-17
Reading: “The Food Group”
Erma Mullins, Betty Johnson, Guy Love
Lighting the Candle
*Hymn “Angels We Have Heard on High” No. 23
Anthem “We Want to Be Ready” Price & Besig
*Hymn “Church in the Wildwood” Insert
Birthday hymn of Joyce Slocum
Prayers of the People
Scripture John 18:28-38 Pg. 9 NT
Message “What is God Doing in Our World” 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 “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” No. 38
Birthday hymn for Paul MacDougal
*If you wish to and are able, you are invited to stand.
Greeters: Charlie Miller & Matt Scutt
Ushers: Ethel Clancy, Judi Gibbs, Bob Fullagar, Charlie Miller, Greg Miller, Barbara Stewart
Organist: Carrie Ahearn
Choir Director: Nancy Tharp
Church Phone: 315-536-9821
Church Website: www.geocities.com/pennyanfbc/index.html
Our Prayer Concerns…
At the Homestead: Luella Passage Alberta Gottshall
Virginia DeLooza Willie Nelson
Helen Ansley Alice Wise
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 *Dick Sharman Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck
*Keith Pierce; brother of Pat Ames, needs dialysis treatment.
*Indicates that special prayers are needed.
Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones
Today, December 14
¨ Today we will receive the RMMO offering.
¨ Happy Birthday to Joyce Slocum!
¨ 7 pm Youth group
¨ January newsletter items are due today!
¨ Happy Birthday to Paul MacDougall!
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!
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!
Help is needed in the nursery. A new list will be generated in February and we are in need of volunteers to sit with the children during the worship service. Our hope is to get enough people so that we can rotate. Is this a ministry that interests you? Would you consider volunteering in the nursery on a rotating schedule? Contact Eileen Modafarri at 694-8267.
Note from the Trustees
Did you know that if you feel you can’t pledge at this time, we still need to have your cards returned? You may note on the card: Will Give as I Can and bring your card back to church. In the event that you no longer have your card, please mark your intentions on a blank piece of paper along with your name. Thank You!
Advent Candle Lighting
During the advent season our readings and lighting of the candles will be conducted by groups representing activities in the church. We hope you enjoy the message each one brings.
John & Peggy would like to invite you to stop in for some Christmas refreshments on Tuesday, Dec. 23, from 10 – 11 am.
REMEMBER with LOVE
GIVE with GRATITUDE
Recently I received my “Thank You” check from last year’s Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering. While the money is much appreciated, more importantly it says that one’s years of service to our churches are remembered with love. So, on behalf of all who have benefited from the RMMO, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks.
43% of the offering provides emergency assistance to those with heavy financial burdens. The cost of promoting the RMMO comes from other sources. You have generously supported the RMMO for many years, and I know you will do so again this year ~ Rev. Douglas Passage
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
Once again this year we encourage our congregation to adorn the sanctuary with the beautiful Christmas Poinsettia.
Please send the information below to note your intentions. Or, you may call the office at 536-9821 by Thurs. Dec. 18. (A form is included in the bulletin to fill out and place in the offering plate)
Yes, I will bring in a plant(s) for the sanctuary.
My Name - Date my plant will be placed - In honor of or In memory of
-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.
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.
These days we tend to mush the religious observances
together and say “Seasons Greetings,” which,
when you think about it, means absolutely nothing.
It’s like walking up to somebody and saying
“Appropriate Remark” in a loud and cheery voice.
~ Dave Barry
Thought: Hatred toward any human being cannot exist in the same heart as love to God.