~ ~ DECEMBER 21, 2008 ~ ~


                                FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                        December 21, 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.


Fourth Sunday of Advent




Songs of the Season      


Welcome and Announcements


The Lighting of the Fourth Candle            

                        Scripture:        Luke 17:11-19                                   

Reading:         “The Holy Rollers”


                        Lighting the Candle                                

(Our thanks to: Rita Castillo, Marge Cornell, Mary Fullagar, Erma Mullins)


*Hymn                        “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”              No. 31


Anthem                       “When Will We See Him?”           Price & Besig   


Children’s Time         “Christmas Time with A Person on the Street”


*Hymn                        “What Child Is This”                               No. 53


Prayers of the People                                                   


Scripture                     Luke 2:1-7                                           Pg. 79 NT


Children’s Presentation        “Christmas Alphabet Poem”              




*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                      “Away in a Manger”                                No. 24     





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


~ 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.


Greeters: Judi Gibbs & Fran Morse

Ushers: Sean Ahearn, Meghan Fuqua, Margaret Hartwell, Clifford LeBarr, Cindy Ovens and Stan Ovens

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          *Dick Sharman     Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck

Alicia Hurlburt


*Keith Pierce; brother of Pat Ames, needs dialysis treatment.

* The family of Doug Seager who passed away on Tuesday, 12/16           


*Indicates that special prayers are needed.

Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones



Christmas Poinsettias on the Altar


In loving memory of Gordon & Floyd Cornell

            ~ Marjorie Cornell


In loving memory of Charles & Katherine Inglis

            ~ Jack, Ethel, Ralph & Eli Clancy


In loving memory of Caridad Castro, Caridad Estimo and

Manuel Estimo

            ~ Jack, Ethel, Ralph & Eli Clancy


In loving memory of Warren “Baldy” Morse

            ~ Fran Morse & Cheryl Stewart


In honor of our families and friends

            ~ Stan & Cindy Ovens


In loving memory of Elsie Gillette

            ~ Jerry, Pam, Matt & Tim Scutt


In loving memory of Maureen McKenna & John LaBarr

            ~ Sheri & George Jensen


In loving memory of Edith Calvin, Marion Miller and

 Frances Hartwell

            ~ Stan & Cindy Ovens


In loving memory of my parents Gloria & Lyman Pierce

            ~ Pat Ames


In loving memory of my parents Harold & Helen Miller and

Levi Bentley

~ Charlie Miller


In honor of Ada Tharp & Veronica Matthews

            ~ John & Nancy Tharp


In loving memory of Frances Hartwell and our parents

 Mary & Henry Hartwell

            ~ Margaret Hartwell


In loving memory of Archie & Eva Thayer

            ~ Bob & Polly Logan


In loving memory of Stephen J. Sedlock, F. Marion Tharp, & Jennie Young

            ~ John & Nancy Tharp


In loving memory of Carol Willson, John & Carolyn Lewis, and John & Catherine Burke

            ~ From Family


In loving memory of Ester & Wallace Washburn, Jean Neilson  and Annette & Herb Damico

~ Paula Washburn & Robert Neilson


In loving memory of Lewis Potts and Jack Mills

~ Margaret Mills


In loving memory of Clarence & Marion Miller

~ Greg, Tammy, Erik and Kyle Miller


This Week’s Schedule & Announcements

Today, December 21

¨      3:30 pm     Caroling and hot chocolate!

Tuesday, December 23

¨      10-11 am   Church office Christmas open house

Wednesday, December 24

¨      7 pm          Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Thursday, December 25

¨     Merry Christmas!


Next Week’s Theme & Scripture is…

“Shepherd Tracks     Luke 2:8-20”


Church News


“Here We Go A-Caroling!”

Today @ 3:30 pm

Join us today for an afternoon of caroling from 3:30 pm – 6 pm. We’ll meet at the church and will conclude at the home of Jeanette O’Brien on Lawrence St. All ages and voices are welcome! Bring a friend along too, the more the merrier!


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.


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!



Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                       11/30           12/7          12/14

                                                                   79              87               90


Current Expenses                              $1,562       $2,551        $3,137

Missions                                      594            912          1,435

BT&T                                          115            844          2,398

Total                                       $2,271       $4,307        $6,970



Thought: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill to men! Luke 2:14



 A Christmas Alphabet Poem


A         is for Angels, appearing so bright, telling of Jesus that first Christmas night


B         is for Bethlehem, crowded and old, birthplace of Jesus by prophet fortold.


C         is for cattle, their manger His bed, there is the trough where He laid

            His head.


D         is for David and his ancient throne promised forever to Jesus alone.

E          is for East, where shone the bright star which Magi on camels

            followed afar.


F          is for Frankincense, with myrrh and gold, brought by the Wise Men

             as Matthew has told.


G         is for God, who from heaven above sent down to mandkind the Son

            of His love.


H         is for Herod, whose murderous scheme was told to Joseph in a

            nocturnal dream.


I           is for Immanuel, “God with us,” for Christ brought man back to the

            Father’s house.


J         is for Joseph so noble and just, obeying God’s word with absolute trust.


K         is for King. A true king He would be, coming in power and authority.


L         is for Love that He brought down to earth God enfleshed in lowly birth.



M        is for Mary, His mother so brave, counting God faithful and mighty to      



N         is for Night, when the Savior was born for nations of earth and

            people forlorn.


O        Is for Omega, meaning “the last;” He’s eternal present, future and past.


P          is for Prophets, when living on earth foretold His redemption and

            blessed birth.


Q         is for Quickly, as shepherds who heard hastened to act on that

             heavenly word.


R         is for Rejoice. The sorrow of sin is banished forever when Jesus

            comes in.


S          is for Savior. To be this He came; the angel of God assigned Him His



T          is for tidings of joy, not of danger, telling of Him who was laid in a



U         is for Us, to whom Jesus was given to show us the way and take us

            to heaven.


V         is for Virgin, foretold by the sage, God’s revelation on prophecy’s page.


W        is for Wonderful, His works and His words, the King of all Kings, the

            Lord of all Lords.


X        is for Christ. It’s X in the Greek, Anointed, Messiah, mighty, yet meek.


Y        is for Yes, called God’s Yes in His Word; God’s answer to all is Jesus

           the Lord.


Z        is for Zeal as it burned in Christ’s heart. Lord, by thy Spirit to us zeal impart.