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of PENN YAN FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Newsletter for January 2012
A Message from Rev. Foody
Dear Friends - The New Year always gives us an opportunity to reflect on where we have been and where we are going. This often starts for me in the weeks before Christimas. I like to sit in the quiet and dark with the tree lights on and meditate. It's peaceful and I can listen for God. I remember the past and give thanks for things that have meant a lot to me. I take stock of areas in my life that need improvement or attention. Then I begin to dream of the future. Where might I best focus my energies? I ask for God's guidance.
It is important for me to reflect on these areas of life. They draw me inside myself in the presence of God. I feel centered and all is well. As a church in transition, these are also important areas to reflect on. They can help us to gain balance as we look forward. They can help us to put God at the center of all that we do.
As we approach Epiphany, let's remember that old saying.. “Wise Men Still Seek Him.” May we each seek the light of Christ in a world of uncertainty and darkness!
Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the time when Herod was king. Soon afterward, some men who studied the stars came from the East to
and asked, “Where is the baby born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him.” Jerusalem
Blessing on the Journey - Rev. Linda J. Foody
Wish These Friends a Happy January Birthday!
7 Beth DeLooza Travis
12 Melvin Cornell
22 Fran Morse
24 John R. Tharp
29 Eli Clancy
Annual Reports - by Monday, January 2
All boards and committees should have their annual reports in to the office by January 2, 2012.
Advisory Council Meeting – Thursday, January 5
The Advisory Council will meet on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 7 pm to set the proposed budget. All boards should have a representative present.
Martha Circle- Tuesday, January 10,
We will be meeting at 10:30 am - Ladies, come if you can, we will be rolling bandages.
Annual Meeting - Sunday, January 15
The Annual meeting will be
Sunday, January 15, 2012
with the meeting starting
at 11:00 am and a dish-to-share
luncheon following the meeting.
We Are Caregivers - Thursday, January 26
A casual support group that meets with others going through similar caregiving circumstances. We meet the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Church Library. For questions contact the church office: 536-9821.
We Are Caregivers ~ WAC ~ We Aren't Crazy ~ We Are Courageous!
January Coffee Hours: Bd of Christian Education
From the Board of Trustees
Thank You: We would like to thank all the “elves” who helped clean out the old kitchen. It looks great!!! A special thanks goes out to Greg Miller for the use of his tools and truck.
Help from the ARC: We will be employing a client from the ARC to help with routine housekeeping and custodial care of the church.
Door Repair: Marble's Glass will be repairing the crash bar on the main side door.
Pledge Drive Reminder: Have you turned yours in yet? We have received many pledges, but are still waiting to hear back from several others. If you have not already done so, please be sure to return your pledge card ASAP. We need this information to assist with the budget planning for next year. Thank You!!!
From the Board of Missions
We wish to thank all of you so much for your continuous, faithful support of the
MISSIONBUDGET of FBC Penn Yan. You took a chance and adopted a faith budget with a potential deficit of $4,181. THANKS TO YOU all the budgeted items have been met and some of the extra items above the adopted budget will be supported. HALLELUJAH!
In addition, you have been most faithful in supporting the special offerings: American for Christ, One Great Hour of Sharing, World
MissionOffering, and the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering. We have also continued to support the Penny Project-raising funds for the Backpack Program of Milly's Pantry. You can truly say that you are a member of a !!! Mission Minded Church
Start saving your pennies. We will support the Penny Project during February, March and April. We also remind you that we are still collecting
Product Labels, Gold Medal Boxtops for Education and cancelled stamps. Please keep bringing them in. Campbell
You will want to read the latest edition of “On Location”. The focus is on our missionaries in Africa, Europe and the
Middle East. American Baptist have been working in Africasince 1821. There is a neat story about Lott Cary, an African-American who was our first missionary in . Sierra Leone
Be sure to read about second generation missionaries in the Democratic
; missionary kids becoming missionaries. There are also articles about our missionaries in Europe and the Republicof Congo Middle East.
In May 2012, the 200th anniversary of Ann and Adoniram Judson's sailing from
Burmawill be celebrated at the from May 18 – May 25. If you are interested in being a part of the celebration, see the latest “On Location”. The celebrated speaker Tony Campolo will be on the program. Green Lake Conference Center
ABW and Church World Service Hygiene Kits
During the month of January the American Baptist Women will be collecting items for the CWS Hygiene Kits. Each kit should contain the following:
1 washcloth 1 hand towel 16X28
1 wide-tooth comb 1 nail clipper
1 bath size bar of soap (in wrapper)
1 toothbrush (in original sealed wrapper)
6 standard size band-aids
Don't feel that you have to donate a complete kit. Just do what you can and we will put everyone's efforts together. If you wish to contribute money instead of shopping we will use the cash to purchase missing items and to pay for the required shipping and handling fees.
In the fall we were able to put together 13 school kits. There are still some items left over that can be used for more kits if we supply the missing items – it's not too late. Following is a reminder list of what is needed for a school kit:
3 - 70 page spiral notebooks (not loose leaf paper)
1 pair of rounded tip scissors
1 - 30 centimeter ruler (12 inch)
1 hand-held pencil sharpener
1 large eraser
1 box of 24 crayons (only 24!)
Thank you to everyone for their interest and participation in this project.
Do you have someone that you would like to remember or give honor to? You can with a $10 bulletin dedication that will go towards the building fund. The information you provide below will be printed in the bulletin. Leave this in the offering plate or send to the church office
In Honor of ________________________________________
In Memory of ______________________________________
Preferred date _______________
A New Year's Blessing
On New Year's Day and the whole year through
I hope the kindness you've given to others
returns many times to you.
May hope, love and warmth
be in your heart's possessing
and may the New Year
bring you and yours
Happy New Year!