224 Main Street                                                        December 23, 2012

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


Prelude ~ Chimes


Welcome & Announcements 


Lighting of the Advent Candles


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


*Call to Worship                   


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


Anthem                       “Calypso Lullaby”


Children's Time


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


*Hymn                        “Joy to the World!”                                   No. 40


Sunday School Play


Pastor's Remarks                                                 Rev. Stephen Sanden


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


*Benediction ~ *Postlude                                      


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


Greeters:                    The Clancy Family  

Lay Reader:               Russ Scheel

Ushers:                       Sheryl Robbins, Matt Scutt, Ed Castillo,

                                    Cheryl Stewart, Brittany Griffith

Organist:                    Carrie Ahearn

Choir Director:          Barbara Stewart        

Pastor:                        Rev. Stephen Sanden      

Pastor's Phone:         Cell 386-986-6961

                                    PO Box 695, Penn Yan

Pastor's E-Mail:

Church Phone:            315-536-9821

Church E-mail: 

Church Website:

Please  be  in  Prayer  for:


Tom Burke                             Julanne Guild                Barb Mortensen

Rachel Carter                        Ben Loomis                   Fran Morse

Doug Gibbs


Our Special Interest Missionaries:

Rev. Charles and Mrs. Sarah Clement-West, Zambia

Courtney Crisler, The Place, Norwich, NY


Quail Summit:            Alice Wise

Clinton Crest:             Necia Smith                Doris Barcliff

                                    Margaret Drakeley

The Homestead:        Helen Ansley              Virginia DeLooza

                                    Dick Sharman            Willie Nelson

The Manor:                Margaret Hartwell        Billie Potts

                                    Mary Armstrong

Geneva Living Ctr:    Irene Wachala 


Our Service Men and Women and their familiee

Our Country and  Leaders

Please keep the church office updated on your loved one.

This week at First Baptist



Special Coffee Hour – Christmas in the Philippines!

5 pm Wellspring Fellowship Service


Monday, December 24

7 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service


Tuesday, December 25

Merry Christmas!


Next Sunday:

Lay Reader: George Jensen - Greeter: Paul Nash

December Coffee Hour Hosts: Trustees


Church  News


Pre-Christmas Eve Service

Altay Baptist Church will hold their Pre–Christmas Eve Service tonight (Sunday, December 23rd) at 7 pm. All are invited to attend.


Dear Santa:

We've tried to be really good this year; doing God's work and spreading the news. On our list this year are some new dish towels and dish cloths for our church kitchen. You may leave them in the kitchen. Thank You!


Lay Studies

Evelyn Emerson will lead a series of classes on “Christian Education  for the Finger Lakes Baptist Association. Classes will be held here at PYFBC on January 12 and 26th, February 9 and 23rd, and March 9. Contact Evelyn by January 4th, at 536-0225 if you are interested.


Annual Report Deadline

Committee reports are due by Wednesday, January 2, 2013.


Mission Treasury

A BIG thank you from the Board of Mission to those who have contributed to the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering. We received another $398 on December 16th. The total is now $803! (The goal was $700) We also received $518 for the Treasury, $2.50 in “Pennies” and a special gift of $600 for ABC-NYS. Thank you. (Just a reminder: Pennies for Milly's Pantry for 2012 should be turned in by December 30th)


Attendance and Financial Report

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

                                                 70                 64                   65

 Current Expenses           $2,435          $1,312            $2,684

BT&T                                    272                 90              2,091

Total                                 $2,707           $1,402            $4,775


The Flowers at the altar are placed in Loving Memory of:

Our Parents ~ Greg and Nancy Marion

Our Son, Grandson and all our loved one who are now angels watching over us ~ Harold and Karen Rasmussen

John & Carolyn Lewis ~ The Burke and Willson Families

Bill & Elsie Gillette ~ Pam and Jerry Scutt

Dr. Carol Jean Willson ~ The Burk and Willson Families

Warren “Baldy” Morse ~ Fran Morse and Cheryl Stewart

Warner Gibbs ~ Judi (Gibbs) Scheel and his children

Floyd & Gordon Cornell ~ Marge Cornell

Clarence & Marion Miller ~ Greg, Tammy, Erik and Kyle Miller

Richard Kemp & Sherman McClure ~ Rev. Stephen Sanden

Georgia Reilly ~ The Miller Family

Georgia Ovens & Steven A. Ovens ~ Stan and Cindy Ovens

Katherine & Harvey Sanden ~ Rev. Stephen and Karen Sanden

Our Children and Granddaughter Leah ~ Stan and Cindy Ovens

Mary Hutson ~ Rev. Stephen and Karen Sanden


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.


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.


Remember, if Christmas isn't found in your heart,

you won't find it under a tree.


                                       ~ Charlotte Carpenter