- - - NEWSLETTER FOR JANUARY 2010 - - -    

 First Baptist Church

224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527

 (315) 536-9821 e-mail:

Rev. John R. Tharp, Pastor


Our January Worship Services


3 ~       “What Am I Doing Here?”

            Mark 1:29-39


10 ~     “About This Hole In My Roof”

            Mark 2:1-12


17 ~     “A House Divided”

            Mark 3:20-30


24 ~     “Peace, Be Still”

            Mark 4:35=41


31  ~    “My Name is Legion”

            Mark 5:1-20




3 ~ Matt Scutt & Charlie Miller

10 ~ The Clancy Family

17 ~ Mary Lou Hainsworth & Karen & Charlie Taylor

24 ~ Barbara Burke & Sue Willson

31 ~ Gladys Kjar, Shane & Karen Furman



7 ~ Bethany DeLooza Travis                                    22 ~ Fran Morse

12 ~ Melvin Cornell                                       24 ~ John R. Tharp

20 ~ Paul Nelson                                            29 ~ Elijah Clancy



Church News, Meetings, and Announcements


Ÿ         During the months of January and February we will hold our worship services in the Great Room. Service times will still be at 10 am. We do this so that we can conserve heating the sanctuary.


Ÿ         The Advisory Council will meet on Thursday, January 7, at 7 pm to set the proposed budget  for 2010. All boards and committees should have a representative present.


Ÿ         The Annual Meeting and Potluck Luncheon will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2010. Lunch will be at noon with the meeting immediately following at 12:45 pm. Bring a dish to share and your own table service.


Pledge Cards

Remember to turn in your pledge cards. They help us when we prepare our budget for the coming year. As always, if you can’t locate it, please note your name and pledge (intentions) on a piece of paper and mail it into the church office.



On  January 13 and 14, Olan Mills will be here to photograph for the directory. Sign up sheets are in the church office during the week or sign up at the table located in the foyer. As part of our church family we will surely miss you if you are not in our directory. We hope to see you there!!


Mary & Martha Circle –

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, the Circle will meet at 10:30 am in the church library. They will be assembling bandages to send out to the Congo.


Nursery Notes

A new sign up for volunteers for the nursery will start in February. It would be great to have a variety of people who can share the Sundays, so that everyone has an opportunity to attend worship services. Contact Ethel Clancy at 536-6265.


Congratulations to Greg & Nancy Marion on the birth of their first grandchild.  Riley Autumn Marion was born on December 22, 2009. At birth she weighed 6 lbs 3 oz.


Board of Christian Education Report

Board members met on December 10, to discuss:

Ÿ         The upcoming Christmas pageant on Dec. 20.

Ÿ         The need for new board members, as individuals will be completing their term. Continuous participation from those leaving  the board is encouraged even though they will no longer be an acting member or chairs on this board.

Ÿ         The current curriculum program will change from Group to a program called One Room School House. This will make it easier to keep our group of kids together in one large class rather than small separate classes. This in turn encourages interaction among the children of varying age groups as well as making it easier for the teacher to prepare the lesson for that week. Information about the program will be sent out to parents.

Ÿ         Nursery attendee scheduling is working well. Anyone who would like to help is encouraged to talk to a board member or Ethel Clancy.


Report of the Board of Trustees

Trustees met on December 8, 2009. Highlights of the meeting are as follows:

Ÿ         Approved use of the kitchen by the Boy Scouts to bake cookies for Keuka Comfort Care.

Ÿ         Approved use of the building by the Rotary Club with a  request for a monthly fee.

Ÿ         Discussed projects for the coming year: Silicone treatments of the outside of the building, Fund Raiser for the  Building Fund, Establishing a Safety/Security policy for the property and people.

Ÿ         Looked at “Pay a Bill” program.

Ÿ         Discussed progress of the Stewardship Campaign.

Ÿ         Bid farewell to outgoing board members.

The next Trustees meeting will be after the Annual Meeting on January 17, 2010.




Now is the time to indicate your preference for a Memorial  bulletin cover. The cost is $10 for one Sunday. In purchasing Memorial Bulletin Covers, you will help defray some of the church’s operating costs and at the same time memorialize or recognize a loved one. Printed in the bulletin will be the information you provide below. Please send this form to the church office along with your payment.


            Date Preferred _______________  From _______________________

            In Honor of ______________________________________________

            In Memory of _____________________________________________



Greetings Received


From Keith & Linda Seager, Cape May, New Jersey

Thinking of you. May the love of Jesus light your way throughout the coming year.


From Jessica & Dan LaVarnway, Wilmington, North Carolina

Merry Christmas! Thank you again for marrying us. Hope you all have a great holiday.


From Marion Phelps, Reedy, West Virginia

I send my blessings this wonderful time of year. I miss you all but have found a wonderful church family here and we are doing good. The Holy Spirit is a good guide and I’m getting good direction. Our little church is just full of the Holy Spirit. We can’t testify enough  how much our lord has done for us. Make yourself happy by making someone else happy.


From Cub Scout Den 1 and Pack 44

We thank you very much for your support. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Happy New Year!


Irish Toast

            In the new year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want.