224 Main Street                                      Penn Yan, New York

December 15, 2013                                                 10:00 AM

Our Mission

 To Create a Caring Community

To Honor and Serve God.


Our Service of Worship and Praise


Third Sunday of Advent


Prelude ~ Chimes


Welcome & Announcements


Moment for Mission                                                              Ed Castillo


*Congregational Song           “The First Nowell                        No. 56


*Call to Worship


*Congregational Song            “Away in a Manger”                    No. 24


Anthem                                   “The Birthday of a King”     


Children's Time


Pastoral Prayer & Lord's 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.


*Offertory Prayer                        


Scripture Reading                  Galatians 4:4                         OT pg. 254  


*Congregational Song     “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”    No. 28


Meditation          “In the Fullness of Time”        Rev. Stephen Sanden


*Congregational Song       “Go, Tell It on the Mountain”          No. 29


*Benediction  ~ *Postlude


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


Today’s bulletin is printed and presented in Loving Memory of Mr. Henry Lawrence.

  ~ Don & Kathie Lawrence


               Pastor:                  Rev. Stephen Sanden

                              PO Box 695, Penn Yan

Pastor’s Office:    315-536-9821

Pastor’s Cell:        386-986-6961

Pastor’s Email:

Choir Director:     Barbara Stewart

Organist:               Carrie Ahearn

            Ushers/Greeters   Stan Ovens, head usher

                   Cindy Ovens, Clifford Labarr, Charlie Watkins

Church Phone:      315-536-9821

Office Hours:        Mon – Fri 9 am to Noon

Church Email:

Church Website :


Please  be  in  Prayer  for:


Tom Burke                    Ben Loomis                   Jennifer Slocum             


Our Special Interest Missionaries:

  • Rev. Charles and Mrs. Sarah Clement - West, Zambia
  • Courtney Crisler - The Place, Norwich, NY


Quail Summit:         Alice Wise

Clinton Crest:          Doris Barcliff                Milly Bloomquist

The Homestead:     Helen Ansley                 Virginia DeLooza

                                 Marge Cornell              Willie Nelson

                                 Irene Wachala               Necia Smith

The Manor:             Margaret Hartwell        Billie Potts

                                 Mary Armstrong  


  • Our Country and  Leaders
  • Our Service Men and Women and their families                
  • Those in our community who serve as law enforcement, fire fighter

            volunteers, teachers, community leaders, and community volunteers


If you know of someone who is ill, in the hospital, home bound etc. or if you have other prayer concerns, please call 536-9821 to let the church office and pastor know.  


This Week at First Baptist


Today, Sunday December 15

11:15 am Deacon’s Meeting

5 pm Wellspring Service

Happy Birthday to Joyce Slocum!


Monday, December 16

January Newsletter articles are due

5 pm Church Supper

7 pm Wellspring Bible Quiz Group


Tuesday, December 17

4 pm Oak Hill Dinner

Happy Birthday to Paul MacDougall!


Wednesday, December 18

10 am ARC Worship

4:30 pm Backpack Program


Thursday, December 19

9 am Homeschool Group

7 pm Boy Scout Meeting          


News and Upcoming Events


Diaconate Meeting – Today,  Sunday, December 15

The Diaconate will meet at 11:15.


Coffee Hour Video – Today,  Sunday, December `5

Today’s video presentation will be “The Birth of the Mission”. We hope you will get a cup of coffee and snack and sit back to watch this informative piece, brought to you by the Mission Board.


January Newsletter – Due Monday, Dec. 16

Your articles are due to the church office tomorrow, Dec. 16


Weekly Church Supper – Monday, December16

Fellowship, and good eats prepared by our pros from the Penn Yan Diner!

5:00 PM in the Great Room. $3.00


Poinsettias for Christmas Eve – By Sunday, December 22

It is our tradition to adorn the sanctuary with poinsettias. To place a plant in honor or in memory of your loved one, we ask that you purchase your own and bring it to the church next Sunday, December 22nd. Remember to label your plant for easy retrieval after the Christmas Eve service when you may take it home with you. Leave the following information in the church office by 9 am Monday, Dec. 23rd, or call it into the office at 536-982) in order for your information to be included in the Christmas Eve bulletin.


Given by: __________________________ In Memory of: _________________________ In Honor of: ___________________________


Men’s Group – Saturday, December 28

The FBC Men’s group will meet on Saturday, December 28th at 8 am in the church library.


From the Church Office

We are just over a month away from the Annual Meeting; so it’s time for all Boards and Committees to begin compiling their reports. They will be due by January 6th to the church office.



A Christmas collection is being taken for Sandi Howard, our custodian. See George Jensen or leave with church office.


Hearts & Hands Ministry Outreach

If you are planning to visit someone who is recovering from an illness, surgery, or just needs a “hug”, we have a casserole in the freezer that you can take along with you. Please contact the church office at 536-9821, Pam Scutt at 536-2791, or Cheryl Stewart at 536-2570 to make arrangements.


Thank You

Thanks to some Christmas Elves, our church looks very festive. We appreciate you giving so “elfessly” of your time at such a busy time of the year!


Lost ‘n Found

A small black coin pouch was found after service last week. It can be claimed in the church office.


Attendance and Financial Report:

Were you here?           11/17         11/24            12/1           12/8

                                           49              47               58              68

Local Budget                $347          $491         $4,523       $1,517


The Church’s Mission


Mission Nugget

“All three of our children have wrestled with the dilemma alluded to in the term ‘third culture kids’ living in, but never quite being of, an environment different from that in which they spent their early lives. All of them have expressed the difficulty of not knowing where they should call home. Kenny, the youngest of our children, was six when we first came to serve in Thailand and so had few memories of life in the States, so, for him, Thailand really seemed like ‘home’. He recently had the opportunity to return to Thailand for the first time after leaving for college. As part of Kenny’s major in Community Development, he came back not just to visit, but to spend a month exploring various ministries working here in northern Thailand. We were excited by this opportunity for Kenny because we felt this could be a chance for Kenny to see Thailand from a new perspective through implementing knowledge that he has gained about international community development.”


Mission Receipts

Mission income on December 8th for the Treasury was $346. Another $200 was received for the RMM Offering bringing that total of $265 towards our goal of $800. Thank you.


As we make our budget plan for 2014, to make the same budget as this year, another $664 in pledges is needed. To increase our giving for other 5% another $1471 needs to be pledged. To increase the 10% which is our goal, another $2279 is needed in pledges. Please consider prayerfully what you can do to help us reach our goal, particularly if you have not yet made a pledge for missions. Thank you to all who have given so faithfully this year.


Board of Missions Spotlight Items

December Item to benefit  Milly’s Backpack Program is: Macaroni ‘n Cheese (cups or box)


Community News and Events


Live Nativity Today, Sunday, December 15th

Bluff Point UMC Sunday, December 15th from 5-6 pm. See the Nativity come alive (yes, real animals). Sing along with the choir, spend time in prayer, envision yourself there at the birth of our Savior. Held at the church yard at Kinney’s Corner Road.


Cookie Walk  Saturday, December 21st

Saturday, December 21st, at First Presbyterian Church. Gorgeous Christmas Cookies sold by the pound. Opens at 10 am.


Service Information


You are invited to bring your children to the nursery during the service for a safe and Christian environment so that you may more fully experience Worship. Following today’s service please come to enjoy coffee, refreshments and fellowship in the Great Room.


For your convenience hearing devices are available. Please see an usher for assistance


Visitors - Welcome  to  First  Baptist  Church! We are glad you joined us and hope you’ll feel at home, as we celebrate our faith and praise God together. In the pew in front of you, you will find a “get-to-know-you” card. Please take a moment to fill it out and place it in the offering plate.


John 3: 16