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Our Service of Worship and Praise
~ December 20, 2015 - Fourth Sunday of Advent ~

  Prelude & Chimes
  Welcome & Announcements
*Congregational Song ......... “O Come, All Ye faithful” - No. 199
*Call to Worship
  Advent Candle Lighting ...... Karen Rasmussen & Erma Mullins
*Congregational Song ......... “Angels We Have Heard on High” - No. 184
  Anthem ............................. “Who Is This Child”
  Children’s Message
  Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer
  Offering
*Doxology
*Offertory Prayer
  Scripture Reading ............. Luke 2:1-7
*Congregational Song ....... “It Came upon the Midnight Clear” - No. 188
  Message .......................... “The Perfect Christmas” - Rev. Stephen Sanden
*Congregational Song ....... “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” - No. 192
*Benediction ~ Postlude
   *If you wish to, and are able, you are invited to stand.

Pastor: Rev. Stephen Sanden
Organist / Pianist: Carrie Ahearn
Choir Director: Barbara Stewart
Ushers & Greeters: Stan Ovens, head usher,
      Cindy Ovens, Jack Clancy, Charlie Watkins

You are invited to join us in the Great Room for refreshments and Fellowship following the Service.

Christmas Poinsettias In Memory of: Given by: Warner L. Gibbs Judi Gibbs-Scheel, Warner’s children, grandson Our Parents Greg and Nancy Marion Katherine Inglis Jack, Ethel, Ralph, Eli, and Charles Clancy Raymond & Miriam Mastller, Lewis W. Knecht Jr., Richard Groff Sr. Janice Knecht Our Loved Ones Stan and Cindy Ovens Caridad & Manuel Estimo Jack, Ethel, Ralph and Eli Clancy Margaret Manahan Charlie Miller In Honor of Family, Friends Stan and Cindy Ovens


Please Be in Prayer For

Malcom Bourne Shirley Butterfield John Decker Dan Emerson Donald, Beverly Hall Chris Holder Don Ovens Barbara Ritz Jennifer Slocum Sally Zane Rev. David Daniels, pastor, 2nd Milo Baptist Our Special Interest Missionaries: International: Rev. Peter & Sarah McCurdy Home: Jennifer Muniga, Cameron Community Ministries ABW Scholarship girl: Olivai O’Connell At The Manor: Billie Potts Mary Armstrong Margaret Mills Bessie Decker Veronica Sedlock Margaret Drakeley Clinton Crest: Jim Best Doris Norman Doris Barcliff The Homestead: Helen Ansley Marge Cornell Virginia DeLooza Kathryn Clayson

Our Church and Pastor
Our Country and Leaders
Men and Women of our Armed Forces and their Families
Our Community

Prayer Needs:
If you know of someone who is ill, in the hospital or homebound, please call the church office at 536-9821 to let the pastor know.
Prayer Chain: Rita Castillo at 536-3631 or Bill Decker at 607-243-5843


This Week at First Baptist

Today, December 20
10 am Worship Service
10:15 am Sunday school
11 am Fellowship Hour
11 am Adult Sunday School
5 pm Wellspring

Monday, December 21
5 pm Oakhill Dinner
6:30 pm FBC Choir Rehearsal

Tuesday, December 22
4 pm Backpack Program

Wednesday, December 23
7 pm Cub Scouts

Thursday, December 24
7 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Christmas Day
Great room in use

12/27 Ushers: Greg & Erik Miller, Trevor Conrad, Sheryl Robbins


News and Upcoming Events

Please Note:
Church & Community Suppers and Adult Sunday School will both take a break for the remainder of December and will start again in January.

Newsletter Deadline - Monday, December 21
January Newsletter articles are due tomorrow.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Thursday, December 24
All are invited to attend the Penn Yan First Baptist Church’s annual Christmas Eve Service on Thursday, December 24th at 7:00 pm. The church choir will be featured singing the exuberant celebration of carols alive with the joy and wonder of the Christmas season. This cantata entitled “A Carol Fantasia” is a medley of beloved traditional carols with some narration. This service will conclude with the beautiful ceremony of the congregation forming a circle, turning to each other and lighting individual candles while singing the stunning and melodic “Silent Night.”

NOTE: Annual Reports: are due in two weeks

Our Christmas List
There are a few needs that are on the Church’s Christmas Wish List. If you can help, we thank you.
Vacuum Cleaner
Dish Soap
Spray Disinfectant
Paper Towels
Pump Hand Soap
13 gal. Garbage Bags
30 gal. Garbage Bags

Milly’s Backpack Program: December Needs: Granola Bars/Breakfast Bars
Items may be left on the pew at the front of the sanctuary.
Thank you for your faithfulness.

Poinsettias
Following our tradition, you are invited to bring in your Christmas Poinsettias to be placed in the sanctuary during the Advent Season. Use the form below (or call the church office at 536-9821) to make your wishes known of your loved ones you would like your plant to be placed in memory or in honor. On Christmas Eve we will print the list in the bulletin. Please mark your plant for easy retrieval after the Christmas Eve service.
In Memory of: _______________________________
In Honor of: _________________________________
From: ______________________________________

Were you here? Nov 15 Nov 22 Nov. 29 Dec.6 Dec. 13 52 59 - 59 55 Pledges and Loose offerings ~ Needed each week: $1,825 Nov 15 Nov 22 Nov. 29 Dec.6 Dec. 13 $741 $451 $707 $4483 $933


Our Church's Mission

Mission Around the World - Nicaragua
Since 2001, Drs. David and Laure Parajon have been serving remote rural communities in Nicaragua. David is an internist and Laura is a family physician and both have training in Public Health. They work to bring health, hope and healing to the impoverished and vulnerable people of Nicaragua through AMOS – A Ministry of Sharing. The Parajon’s medical ministry includes deworming campaigns, disaster relief, services to people living with HIV/AIDS, and community sustainable preventive health care programs through the training and support of local health promoters. These promoters staff clinics in their communities to diagnose and treat the most common illnesses, teach nutrition and hygiene, and coordinate diverse community-oriented projects to improve health and prevent disease. Thanks to the health promoters, there have been significant reductions in the number of deaths among children and women in their communities. David and Laura have also been receiving short-term mission teams that work in construction projects alongside village members. Language used in ministry: Spanish

Mission Giving
Thank you for your generous Mission giving on December 13th. Another $262 was received for the RMMO bringing our total to $1169 or $270 over our goal. We also received $327 for our budget. If you have not yet made your Missions pledge for next year, please do so soon. We are currently about $1000 short of what we need to meet our proposed 2016 budget.

Mission Collection for the Backpack Program:
For the month of December: Granola Bars/Breakfast Bars
Thank you for your faithfulness.

Yes! I Can Help Others!
Here is a list of ways you can help enrich the life of others:
Afghan Squares for Hearts & Hands
Cancelled Stamps for Mission/Veteran rehab
Box tops for Mission/ playground equipment
Cake mix and frostings for Birthday program
Card fronts for Hearts & Hands
Pennies for Backpack Program
Volunteer: Tuesdays at 4 pm Backpack Program
Last Thursdays and Fridays of month for Keuka Food Distribution. Contact Cheryl Davis at 315-521-5949 for more information on lending a helping hand at these two events.
Living Well – Monday thru Thursdays 536-0838 for more info
Keuka Comfort Care Home – 536-1690
Once Again Shoppe – 536-3620


Community News and Events

No reports
Service Information

We are glad you’ve joined us!
We hope you’ll have a rich experience as we celebrate our faith and praise God together.

If you are a guest here today, in the pew in front of you, you will find a Guest Information card. We would like to get to know you better, please take a moment to fill it out and place it in the offering plate.

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.

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


Church information

Penn Yan First Baptist Church
224 Main Street
Penn Yan, NY

Rev. Stephen Sanden
PO Box 695, Penn Yan
Home: 315-536-6385
Cell Phone: 386-986-6961
Office: 315-536-9821
Email: revsanden@aim.com

Choir Director: Barbara Stewart
Organist / Pianist: Carrie Ahearn

Secretary: Peggy Smart
Church Office: 315-536-9821
Office Hours: Mon – Fri 9 am to Noon
Church Email: pyfbc224@gmail.com
Church Website: pennyanfbc.com