224 Main Street                                      Penn Yan, New York

December 22, 2013                                                 10:00 AM

Our Mission

 To Create a Caring Community

To Honor and Serve God.


Our Service of Worship and Praise


Forth Sunday of Advent


Prelude ~ Chimes


Welcome & Announcements


*Congregational Song           “O Come, All Ye Faithful”           No. 41


*Call to Worship


*Congregational Song    “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”    No. 5


Anthem                                   “Jesus Is Our Christmas Peace”     


Christmas Play


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                  Luke 2:25-29                          NT pg.  80


*Congregational Song     “Angels We Have Heard on High”    No. 23


Meditation          “Waiting for Christmas”           Rev. Stephen Sanden


*Congregational Song       “Joy to the World!”                          No. 40


*Benediction  ~ *Postlude


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


               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   Greg Miller, head usher

                   Eric Miller, Sheryl Robbins, Trevor Conrad

Church Phone:      315-536-9821

Office Hours:        Mon – Fri 9 am to Noon

Church Email:

Church Website :


Please  be  in  Prayer  for:


Tom Burke         Donald & Beverly Hall         Ben Loomis


Our Special Interest Missionaries:

Rev. Mr. Charles and Ruth Fox, Thailand

Rev. Matt Lundgren, Friendship House, South Billings, Montana


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 22

5 pm Wellspring Service


Monday, December 23

6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

7 pm Wellspring Bible Quiz Group


Tuesday, December 24

7 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service


Wednesday, December 25

Have a blessed Christmas!


Saturday, December 28

8 am FBC Men’s Group           


News and Upcoming Events


Note: No Church Supper

The Monday night church suppers have been temporarily discontinued.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Tuesday, December 24, 7:00 PM

Join us for a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Be sure to invite your family and friends to join you at this service which is always very special. This year our choir will present, “Nativity” a Christmas musical drama. Pastor Steve will bring the message of, “The Real Meaning of Christmas” and we close with the singing of “Silent Night” and the lighting of a hundred candles as we circle the sanctuary. Service begins at 7:00 pm.


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 reports needed by January 9

We are 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 (or before, would be nice too) 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

Visiting Those Who Need a Visit - Homemade casseroles are available for giving to someone who is recovering from an illness, surgery, or who just needs a “hug”.  Contact the church office at 536-9821, Pam Scutt at 536-2791, or Cheryl Stewart at 536-2570 to make arrangements.


Visit Marge!

Marge Cornell’s niece will be away from Dec. 27 to Jan. 13. Visits to check in on Marge at the Homestead, #320 would be appreciated.


Attendance and Financial Report:

Were you here?          11/24            12/1           12/8           12/15

                                          47               58                68              33

Local Budget                $491        $4,523         $1,517       $1,384


The Church’s Mission


Mission Nugget

Charles and Ruth Fox – Missionaries in Thailand

Chuck writes: “Recently I was invited to teach at a Pastor’s Training Program among the Ahka Churches of Thailand. Pastors and other interested lay people from 12 churches gathered for this training program which was designed to give them suggestions and helps for teaching and preaching about Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter. I was asked to teach sessions on effective ways of presenting these pivotal events in the life of Jesus. Most of these pastors and leaders only have about a 4th grade education and have to do other jobs in order to make a living. Often they work in the fields growing rice, ginger, coffee, or tea. They often do not have a lot of time to prepare messages and resources available to them are extremely limited. They don’t have libraries, or the internet, and because they are primarily an oral people, they do not have access to many other books or resource materials. One of my responsibilities is to help provide Biblical background for these events and give them suggestions for messages that they can take back to their villages.”


Mission Receipts

Mission income on December 15th for the Treasury was $21. Another $395 was received for the RMM Offering bringing that total to $660 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 5%, another $1471 needs to be pledged. To increase 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 mission. 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


Altay Christmas Service   Today, Sunday, December 22

Altay Baptist Church will be having a Pre-Christmas Service tonight at 7:00 pm. 4289 Six Corners Rd, Dundee.


Lunch & Learn at Keuka Comfort Care Home Thursday, January 9

A pizza lunch ‘n learn session will be held on January 9th from noon to 1:30 pm to give information to those wishing to learn more about becoming a caregiving volunteer at the KCCH. Come have your questions answered, meet current volunteers and see if this is right for you! For planning purposes call Anne at 536-1690 and leave your name and phone number.


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