224 Main Street                                                        December 18, 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.


Fourth Sunday in Advent


Prelude - Chimes


*Song of Praise           “Behold, What Manner of Love”          PB no. 5


Welcome & Announcements


*Call to Worship                                                               

Pastor: Blessings abound, so let's come together and share what God is doing!

People: We love God's blessings! They are visible signs of God's grace.

Pastor: In the blessings of God, we find joy!

People: Joy makes our hearts sing! God gives joy to the world!


*Hymn            “While Shephards Watched Their Flocks”           No. 59                                       


Old Testament Reading        2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16                     Pg. 340


Unison Prayer

Gracious God, today we remember all of your blessings. You came to us as a child and You grew to bless children. You reach out to us in the darkness of our world and You bring us light. We are blessed! We give You thanks! Let us not forget that You are present with us! Amen!


Lighting the Advent Candle                                                  See Insert


Anthem                       “Cool Night, Quiet Night”    


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                    “I Wonder As I Wander”             Sheryl Robbins


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                        “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came” No. 16


Children's Christmas Program 


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


*Benediction - *Postlude                                                   


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


Today’s bulletin is in honor of my church family.

Merry Christmas to all!!!               ~ Fran Morse


Lay Reader:               Cheryl Stewart

Greeters:                    Paul & Cathy MacDougal

Ushers:                       Stan Ovens, Cindy Ovens, Clifford LeBarr

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:


Please  be  in  Prayer  for:


Eva Jean Best                                 Michael McBride        

Jean Brewer                                    Christian Modaffari

Barbara Gage                                  Mary Murphy

Connie Glover                                 Ada Tharp

Mary Beth Greene                           Marilyn (Tharp)         

Betty Johnson                                  Katherine Warren

Andrea LeClair                                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: Hosanna

5 pm Wellspring


Tuesday, December 20

3:30 pm Bd of Missions

7 pm Wellspring Bible Quiz Group


Wednesday, December 21

10 am Church Office Open House Christmas Party

4 pm Backpack Packing


Thursday, December 22

7 pm Boy Scouts


Saturday, December 24

7 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service


Christmas Day Theme & Scripture

“Receive the Promise”

John 1:1-14

Next Week's Greeter & Lay Reader: Rev. Linda Foody


Church  News


Office Christmas Open House

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 say thank you!


A Heart Full of Gratitude

Thank you to my church family who have kept me in their prayers, sent cards and called on me as I have been recuperating from a fall.      

~ Jean Brewer


FBC Membership:

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


Board of Missions

The Board of Mission reports that $255 was received towards the budget on December 11. The RMMO total to date is $483. Thank you. All Love Gift and Pennies for the Backpack Program should be turned in by December 25th.


From the Church Office

The office will be closed Monday, December 26.


Pledge Drive Reminder

Have you turned yours in yet? We have received many pledges, but  are still waiting to hear back from several others. If you have not already done so, please be sure to return your pledge card ASAP. We need this information to assist with budget planning for next year. Thank You!!


Attendance and Financial Report

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

                                                         46                 60                   50   

Current Expenses                         $552          $3,410            $1,357

BT&T                                              200               510              1,180

Total                                             $752          $3,920             $2,537


Community  News


Live Nativity

Sunday, December 18, at Bluff Point UMC from 5-6:30 pm.


Pre Christmas Eve Service

Altay Baptist Church, Friday, December 23, at 7:00 pm.


Food for the Needy:

Cereal is the most needed food item at this time. Thank You!


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

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


Welcome to First Baptist Church of Penn Yan. 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.


We invite you 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.


The most important part of Christmas...

The first six letters.