~ ~ DECEMBER 20, 2009 ~ ~



224 Main Street                                           December 20, 2009

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 of Advent




Song of Praise & Worship


Welcome & Announcements


Lighting of the Fourth Advent Candle                    The Marion Family                                                                

            Scripture         Matthew 9:1-8           

            Reading          “It's All About How You See It”      


            Lighting the candle


*Hymn                        “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”                 No. 9


Anthem                       “Prayer At The Manger”                Price & Besig


Children's Time                                                             Shelley Bicksler


*Hymn                        “Away in a Manger”                                 No. 24


Child Dedication        Daniel Aidan Green

                                    Parents: Daniel & Jennifer Willson Green


Prayers of the People


Scripture                     Luke 1:46-56                                             Pg. 78


Message                 “The World Upside Down”           Rev. John Tharp


Offertory                                                                       Barbara Stewart                         


*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            “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day”                   Insert                                     






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


Greeters:                    Ed & Rita Castillo

Ushers:                       Stan Ovens – head usher, Cindy Ovens &

                                    Clifford LeBarr

Choir Director:           Nancy Tharp

Pastor:                        Rev. Dr. John R. Tharp

Church Phone:            315-536-9821 

Church E-mail: 

Church Website:         


Today's bulletin is in honor of  Our Whole Clan.

                                                              ~ Ed & Rita Castillo


Today's Sunday School Topics

Adult Program – “Begging To Get In”


The Christmas Poinsettia Decorating Our Sanctuary

 are Given in Memory and in Honor of Our Loved Ones.


Lyle Conrad … in memory of Lynn Conrad and Parents

Pat Ames … in memory of my parents Gloria & Lyman Pierce

Jean Brewer … in memory of Bob Brewer & Fred Russel Family

Margaret Mills … in memory of my husband Jack Mills

Fran Morse & Cheryl Stewart … in memory of Warren “Baldy” Morse

Judi Gibbs & Family … in memory of Warner L. Gibbs

Joan & Harry Strong … in memory of Elsie Gillette

Bill Gillette & Scutt Family … in memory of Elsie Gillette

John & Nancy Tharp … in memory of F. Marion Tharp, Stephen J. Sedlock, and Jennie Young

John & Nancy Tharp … in honor of Robert & Veronica Matthews and Ada Tharp

Greg & Nancy Marion … in honor of The Children of the World

Greg, Tammy, Erik & Kyle Miller … in memory of Georgia Reilly and Marion & Clarence Miller

Paula Washburn … in memory of Robert Neilson, Esther & Wallace Washburn,

                                 Jean Neilson and Annette & Herb Damico


Please Be In Prayer For


At Clinton Crest:        Burton Barcliff           Alice Fairbrother       

                                                                        Gerry Lane    


At the Homestead:     Helen Ansley              Virginia DeLooza

Alberta Gottshall       Viola Gray                  Willie Nelson

Luella Passage           Dick Sharman            Irene Wachala


At the Manor:            Helena Cranmer        Kathleen Clayson

                                    Margaret Hartwell     Georgia Ovens


Our Special Missionaries:              

Ms. Kristy Engel ~ Dominican Republic

Ms. Cynthia Harper ~ Cameron Community Ministries, Rochester


Prayers for:

Mary Armstrong        John Paul Hunt                      Lorraine Phillips

Eva Jean Best            Don Johnson                        The Schroo Family

Kathleen Beyea         Lori Lawrence                        Frieda Slocum

Mickie Christiansen  Barbara Mortensen               Brad Stewart

Barbara Gifford         Wayne McBaker                   Charlie Taylor           

Gary Fuller                 Mary Murphy                        Rick Weir

Chris Fuqua                Doug Passage                        Emma Wheeler

Bill Gillette                 *Keith Pierce                         Elwood & Phyllis Whitbeck

Mary Gillette                                                             Ralph Wilkes

Michele & Jeff Hager and baby                  

Ryan Barkley 19 year old had heart surgery                                  

President Obama, Congress & State Legislatures in this difficult time


Please keep the church office updated on your loved one.



 This Week’s Schedule & Announcements



¨      3 pm    Wellspring Service

Thursday, December 24

¨                  7 pm    Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - see below

Friday, December 25

¨                  Merry Christmas Everyone!


Next Week’s Theme & Scripture:

“The Presence of God”

Luke 2:22-38





Christmas Eve Candlelight Service


Our Traditional Candlelight Service will include scriptures, carols, and anthems

with the customary ritual of “Sharing the Light”.


This year's music will feature the choral pieces

“Birthday of a King,” “First Noel/Pachelbel's Canon”


Special organ pieces played by Connie Gibson,

The Ukranian Bell Carol, Gesu Bambino,

and a medley of carols from around the world.


Come early (6:30) and hear these beautiful pieces.


 We hope to have a special guest with us. Dauda Abubakars' wife Lois

plans to be here from Nigeria to lead us in our candle lighting ceremony.




Church News


Annual Reports

Please have your reports in to the church office by Dec. 31.



Volunteers (guys & gals) are needed in the nursery in the month of February. If you are willing to help for one Sunday, please call Ethel Clancy at 536-6265. (Several different people ensure that no one person is always missing service.) Thanks!


Church Directory

Sign ups have begun! Picture day is January 13! If you haven't signed up yet, be sure to secure your spot now!!


Stewardship Status Report

48 pledges have been returned. Of this $68, 325 has been pledged for the local budget, $15, 246 has been pledged for missions, and $7,651 has been pledged for the building fund. We still have a ways to go. Have you returned your pledge card? If not, please do so before the Annual Meeting in January.


Margaret Hartwell

has moved to Penn Yan Manor.

655 N.  Liberty St. Room 165



Last Tuesday we had a dedicated group of singers who joined us in caroling to our shut-ins. Special thanks to: Bessie Bliss, Cristine Conklin, Richard Davis, Don & Kathie Lawrence, Marion Perry, John & Nancy Tharp. We left our friends with Christmas cookies and “glad tidings.”Extra Special” thanks to Jeanette O'Brien for having the group over for refreshments at the conclusion of our trip.


Celtic Christmas Concert

Today at 3 pm. St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Branchport.


Attendance and Financial Report

Were you here?                         11/29             12/6              12/13                                                                       

                                                         65                 60                  62

Current Expenses                    $1,437          $3,037              $921

Missions                                        455            1,206                 424

BT&T                                            200               444                 146

Total                                         $2,092          $4,687            $1,491


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.


May the days until Christmas be full of sweet pleasure

And your holidays create joyful memories to treasure.

Merry Christmas!!