SEPTEMBER 30, 2007



                                        FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN

224 Main Street                                                    September 30, 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.




Song of Praise & Worship    


Welcome and Announcements


Scripture Reading                  II Corinthians 5:16-19           NT Pg. 242


*Hymn                        “In My Heart There Rings a Melody”       Insert

                                    Birthday choice of Barbara Burke


*Silent Prayer & Invocation


            Take us into your heart, O Lord, so we can see people from your point of view. Keep us from judging people by human standards. We want to see the world from your perspective. We want to see people through eyes of love. We want to see them as new creatures who no longer belong to the old nature, but are reborn in the likeness of Christ. We pray for a world reconciled to the ways of Christ who taught us to pray…


*The Lord’s Prayer


Anthem                       “Jacob’s Ladder”                                     spiritual


Children’s Time


*Hymn                        “In the Garden”                                           Insert

                                    Birthday hymn for Margaret Mills


Prayers of the People


Scripture                     Acts 16:1-10                                       NT Pg.181


Message                     “A Vision for Mission”                 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                        “Come, Labor On”                                  No. 415





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


Anyone who would like to profess faith in Christ or seek membership in our church is welcome to come forward during the last hymn.


Thought: Being a believer takes more than just believing.


Lay Reader: Tammy Miller

Greeters: Kathryn Warren & Margaret Hartwell

Ushers: Frances Hartwell, Margaret Hartwell, Erma Mullins,

Stan Ovens, Barbara Stewart and Cheryl Stewart

Organist: Carrie Fuqua

Choir Director: Nancy Tharp

Pastor: John R. Tharp

Church Phone: 315-536-9821


Church Website:



Our Prayer Concerns…


At the Homestead:     Alberta Gottshall       Willie Nelson

                                    Onnalee Mallory        Luella Passage

                                    Glenna Allen              Alice Wise


Clinton Crest:             Ralph Seager             Milly Burke


The Manor:                Ruth Hollister


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:                          

Helen Ansley              Yvonne Decker                      Doug Passage

Mary Armstrong        Bill Gillette                             Billie Potts

*Anna Arredondo (Mother of Anna Scheel)            Linda  Potts

Roy Bell                     *Mary Beth Greene              Nancy Putnam

Eva Jean Best            Marlene & Gene Guild         Lucas Ryska

Bessie Bliss                Kim Strong Imisides              Corrina Schultz

Milly Bloomquist       Carolyn Johnson                    Necia Smith

Pat Carroll                  Bob & Mary Jones                Charlie Taylor

Rachel Carter            Bill LaRock                            Jean Wager

Sherry Case               Lori Lawrence                         Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck

Marge Cornell           *Erma Mullins          

*Family of Roger Perry in the death of his mother, Virginia Ruth Perry                                      

* indicates those in particular need of prayer         


This Week’s Schedule & Announcements


Sunday, September 30

¨      11 a.m. Essentials of Discipline small group

¨      Reception for Lianwei and Tao following the worship service.

¨      Happy Birthday to Barbara Burke!

Monday, October 1

¨      Happy Birthday to Margaret Mills!

Tuesday, October 2

¨      7 p.m. Board of Missions will meet in the alcove

¨      7 p.m. Diaconate will meet in the library

Saturday, October 6

The Tharp Family will leave for missions trip to Mexicali, Mexico


Next Week’s Theme is:

“Don’t Break The Chain”    II  Timothy 2:1-7

Guest Preacher  - Rev. Don Lawrence


Church News



The Gad-Abouts  will start Gadding again! On Sunday, October 7 at 12:15 p.m., we will go to Atlanta for chicken and biscuits! If you would like to join us, call Ed & Rita Castillo at 536-3631.


Youth Trip to Ithaca Science Center

A youth trip to the Science Center is being planned for October. Call Eileen at 315-694-8267 or 536-7983 and let her know if you are interested!


Nominating Committee

There will be a meeting of the Nominating Committee on Wednesday, October 17, beginning at 7 p.m. in the library.


Advisory Council

The Advisory Council will meet on Thursday, October 18, beginning at 7 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to plan the budget for 2008. Each board and committee is required to have a representative attend who will present the figures for your portion of the budget.


White Cross

Our White Cross Request for 2007-2008 has just been received. If you wish to help fill this year’s request, you may sign the sheet at the front of the sanctuary. Most of the items must be brought in by November 15. The following items are needed for Stewart Community Baptist Church in Carson City, Nevada: small toys, new Bibles, gift wrap, ribbon, gift tags and hand puppets. The Veteran’s Village in the Philippines has asked for boy’s shirts and shorts or pants. We will also be making bandages and patchwork pieces. Please see Kathie Lawrence if you have any questions. Sign up today to help!


Turkey Walk

The Penn Yan Area Council of Churches annual “Turkey Walk” will take place on Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m. departing from FBC. For more information on being a walker or sponsor, contact

Mickie Christiansen at 536-6345.



Thank You’s


A special Thank You to everyone who helped with and supported the Almighty Jam on September 15. The Jam was a success, and the proceeds will enable two youth in the community to further their interest in music and community service. We look forward to next year’s event and we hope you will join us. Thank you again!

                                                              Pam Scutt and Beth DeLooza


A very special Thank You to Ed and Rita Castillo for their work in the Memorial Chapel. They have been busy cleaning and preparing for the dedication that will take place in November. They have donated a wonderful piece of stained glass art that hangs in the window!


Thank You!    To all my church friends for their prayers, cards, visits, phone calls and food during my recent illness. Words can’t fully express what you all mean to me.                                      Erma Mullins



Community News


Interfaith Peace Forum

Our Lady of Peace Parish Center in Geneva will be hosting an Interfaith Peace Forum on Thursday, October 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. Come to hear what representatives of different traditions bring from their faith communities to promote harmony and peace. 789-2686 ext. 104 for more information.


Betty’s Local Harvest Celebration

In honor of Betty Bistoff, a founding HUBBA member who recently passed away, HUBBA will be hosting a Harvest Celebration on Saturday, October 13, at the Yates County Fairgrounds. Along with other activities, we will have a sit down family style dinner made with all local produce. This is a FREE event for the community.


HUBBA (Helping Us Build Better Assets) is a school-community initiative involving both youth and adults. We seek the help of local church congregations to each provide 10 pies for our free community dinner (Betty’s Local Harvest Celebration). If you are willing to make a pie, call Peggy in the church office at 536-9821and give your name. Pies need to be dropped off the day of the event.



Be content with what you have but never with what you are.


Attendance and Financial Report

            Were you here?                            9/9              9/16            9/23

                                                                    55                 73               72


Current Expenses                  $1,358         $2,116        $1,023

Missions                                       307              148             213

BT&T                                           387              950             293

Total                                        $2,052         $3,214        $1,529