DECEMBER 23, 2007



                                          FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                    December 23, 2007

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 Christmas Joy        

“Angels We Have Heard on High”  No. 23 vs. 1

“In the Bleak Midwinter”                 No. 36 vs. 1

“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”   No. 48 vs. 1


Welcome and Announcements


The Lighting of the Advent Candle

                                    John, Nancy, John & Tom Tharp

                                          Advent Meditation Reading

                                          Scripture   Luke 2:13-20


                                          Lighting the candles


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


Anthem                       “Prayer At the Manger”                 Price & Besig


Children’s Time         Church School Presentation                 See below

                                        “Trust in the Lord” 

        Proverbs 3:5-6     


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


*Prayers of the people          


Scripture                     Luke 2:8-15                                         Pg. 79 NT


Message                      The Songs of Christmas

Heavenly Voices: The Songs of Angels

                                                                                  Rev. John R. Tharp



*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                        “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”         No. 38






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



Church School Presentation –

A Sharing of the Lessons Learned

During this past Church School Season:


Forgiveness            Choices              Worship

                                       Honor                    Kindness               Faithfulness

      Wisdom            Reliable           Devotion           Trust


Pianist – Barbara Stewart

Father – Shane Furman

Mother – Lily Scheel

Mary – Tatiana Scheel

Joseph – Keith Fuller

First Child – Gary Fuller

Second Child – Kyle Miller

Third Child – Erik Miller

Fourth Child – Kevin Conrad

Fifth Child – Ralph Estimo

Sixth Child – Calista Conrad

Seventh Child – Christian Modafarri

Eight Child – Peyton Hansen


                                           Thought: Prayer sends your words to heaven on wings.


The Christmas Poinsettias on the Altar are given:


In Memory of Warren “Baldy” Morse

~ with our love Fran Morse and Cheryl Stewart


In Honor of our parents: Georgia Ovens and Donald & Beverly Hall

~ Stan and Cindy Ovens


In Honor of our children: Brian, Don, Kim John and Kathleen

~ Stan and Cindy Ovens


In Loving Memory of our parents: Mary & Henry Hartwell

~ Frances and Margaret Hartwell


In Memory of Robbie Mills ~ with my love Margaret Mills


In Memory of Frank Mullins ~ with love Erma Mullins,

Mindy Johnson, Ginny Fenton and Roger Mullins


In Memory of Esther & Wallace Washburn, Jean Neilson and Annette & Herb Damico ~ Paula Washburn and Robert Neilson


In Memory of Manuel Estimo, Katherine Inglis, Charles Clancy and Caridad Castro ~ Jack and Ethel Clancy


In Memory of Elsie Gillette ~ The Scutt Family


In Memory of Floyd and Gordon Cornell ~ Marge Cornell


In Memory of John & Carolyn Lewis ~ Tom and Barbara Burke


In Memory of Patty Burke ~ Tom and Barbara Burke


In Memory of Carol Jean Willson ~ Tom and Barbara Burke


In Loving Memory of Clarence & Marion Miller and Georgia Reilly

~ Greg, Tammy, Kyle and Erik Miller


In Memory of Gertrude & Gregory Marion, Sr.

~ Greg and Nancy Marion


In Memory of Bernice  & Harold Paul ~ Nancy and Greg Marion


In Memory of All parents: Walter & Harriet Guild, and

Lauren & Gladys Horning ~ Gene and Marlene Guild


Greeters: Jack & Ethel Clancy

Ushers: Ed & Rita Castillo, Sheryl Robbins, Matt Scutt

George Slocum, John F.M. Tharp

Organist: Carrie Fuqua

Choir Director: Nancy Tharp

Pastor: John R. Tharp

Church Phone: 315-536-9821


                                              Church Website:


Our Prayer Concerns…


At the Homestead:                

Onnalee Mallory        Luella Passage           Alberta Gottshall

                                    Willie Nelson              Alice Wise


Clinton Crest:             Ralph Seager             Milly Burke


Friends with long term-illness: Elmer Cranmer


Loved ones serving in the Armed Forces:

Jennifer Willson                      Jamie Twist               Conal Smith Shane Slayton (Keuka College Student)


Our Special Interest Missionaries: *see bulletin boards for more info

Rev. Virgil Nelson                 Kathy Pearce            


Prayers for


Marge Cornell                      Lori Lawrence

Helen Ansley                         Bill Gillette                              Doug Passage

Mary Armstrong                    Mary Beth Greene                Billie Potts

Roy Bell                                Marlene & Gene Guild          Linda  Potts

Eva Jean Best                       Frances Hartwell                     Nancy Putnam

Bessie Bliss                           Kim Strong Imisides               Lucas Ryska

Milly Bloomquist                  Carolyn Johnson                     Corrina Schultz

Pat Carroll                              Don Johnson                          Necia Smith

Rachel Carter                        Bob & Mary Jones                Charlie Taylor

Mickie Christiansen              Bill LaRock                            Jean Wager                                                                        Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck


Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones

Church News


Support our Youth!

2008 will be here soon and you want to be ready with a new calendar that gives you an inspirational message every month. See a member of the Christian Education Board or stop into the office. $12


Save the Stamps from your Christmas Cards!

We are still collecting stamps, Campbell Labels and Boxtops for Education. We would like to send these on by the end of the year. Please bring your donations to the church as soon as possible.


Inquirers Event – January 16 @ 7 p.m.

If you would like information about baptism and being a member of our church, you can find it at this event. Our Deacons will provide a delicious assortment of homemade desserts and there will be a short program about the church and what it means to be a member here. If you have any questions about this event please contact the church office at 536-9821 or one of the Deacons.


Annual Game Night Saturday, January 12, 2008!

Mark your calendar for a fun night at the Castillo’s. Bring a snack to share and we will see you at 7 p.m.



A ladies black jacket with red lining. Can be claimed in the office.




Keeping in Touch With…


Lianwei Zhong & Tao Tu

6578 Dysinger Rd, Lockport, NY 14094


Jeff Holtz

1400 Hammond Rd, Palmyra, NY 14522


This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


¨      There will be no Adult Sunday School class today or next week.

¨      Altay Baptist Church invites you to their Pre-Christmas Candlelight service tonight at 7 p.m.

Monday, December 24

¨      Christmas Eve – The office will be closed

¨      7 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service


Tuesday, December 25

¨     Merry Christmas!


               Next Week’s Theme & Scripture is:

The Songs of Christmas”

God’s Final Word: The Song of the Wise Men

Matthew 2:1-12



Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                           12/2           12/9           12/16

                                                                     72              85        46  (SNOW!)


Current Expenses                   $1,981       $1,851         $1,406  

Missions                                        936            625              378        

BT&T                                            460         5,205              150

Total                                         $3,377      $7,681          $1,934



Worry ends where faith begins.