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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


Children’s Time


*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:


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                  


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           *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


This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Today, December 14

¨      Today we will receive the RMMO offering.

Monday, December 15

¨      Happy Birthday to Joyce Slocum!

Wednesday, December 17

¨      7 pm          Youth group

¨      January newsletter items are due today!

¨      Happy Birthday to Paul MacDougall!


Next Week is…

Children’s Christmas Program

“Christmas Alphabet Poem”



Church News


“Here We Go A-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 ~ $12

To raise money for the Carol Willson Vacation Bible School Fund, calendars with breathtaking landscapes and thought provoking Bible verses will be for sale. 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.


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!


Nursery Sitting

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.


Office Christmas Gathering!

John & Peggy would like to invite you to stop in for some Christmas refreshments on Tuesday, Dec. 23, from 10 – 11 am.






            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.



Administered by the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board


Christmas Flowers


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.


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?                       11/23          11/30           12/7

                                                                   76               79              87


Current Expenses                              $2,458        $1,562       $2,551

Missions                                      482             594            912

BT&T                                          125             115            844

Total                                       $3,065        $2,271       $4,307


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.