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From the Pastor's Desk
January 2015
Happy New Year All!
I hope your 2014 was blessed with a sense of God’s presence. We as a church have experienced God’s blessings even as we have gone through illnesses and the passing of loved ones. Our hope and His presence are a comfort and a peace to our spirits.

My prayer for us all in the coming year is to know the comfort and guidance of the Holy Spirit more closely and clearly. May the Spirit keep before us the purpose of our fellowship and our life in Christ. And by that same Spirit may God glorify himself in us as we follow Christ.

God bless us, everyone! - Pastor Steve

News and Upcoming Events

January Birthdays
12 – Melvin Cornell
22 – Fran Morse
29 - Elijah Clancy

Church & Community Supper 5:00 pm, Mondays - $3.00 per person
Followed by a free-family-friendly movie!

January Meetings
Missions – Sunday, January 4, 11 am
Advisory Council – Thursday, January 8, 7 pm.
The purpose of this meeting is to set the 2015 budget. All boards need to have a representative present.
Trustees – immediately following the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 18.

Annual Meeting - Sunday, January 18th
11:00 am immediately following worship service on Sunday, January 18th. There will be a pot-luck luncheon afterwards. Please bring a dish-to-pass and your own table service. Annual report books will be available for you to view on Jan. 11th, the Sunday before.

Offering Envelopes
Your 2015 envelopes are available at the back table. The estimated cost per box is $5.00. Whatever amount your can put into the “initial offering” envelope will be appreciated will be appreciated to help offset the cost. If you need a statement of giving for your 2014 tax purposes, see Diane DeLooza

Church Directories
The new church directories are now in! You will find them in the sanctuary. They are available – one per family.

Backpack Program Needs- Oatmeal!
Hmmm, cold winter mornings call for something nice and warm in a child’s stomach. Oatmeal is a good carb that delivers lasting energy. Can we put an extra box or two of instant oatmeal in our grocery carts? A collection box is in the sanctuary. Thank you!

White Cross
Part of our White Cross request this year is to make and send 25 drawstring bags to the Philadelphia Racetrack Mission work in Pennsylvania. They will be used as laundry bags, like luggage for carrying belongings and various other things. The requested size is 30” by 40” which means almost 2 yards of material to make each bag. Anyone who has some fabric they would like to donate for this project can bring it to the church or let Karen Rasmussen or Diane DeLooza know.

Church World Service
During January we will again be collecting items to create hygiene kits to send to Church World Service. Items can be brought to the church and placed in the box on the front pew in the sanctuary. Any items you can contribute will be appreciated. You do not need to provide an entire kit. Each complete kit will include the following:
One hand towel measuring about 16” X 28”
One washcloth
One wide-tooth comb
One nail clipper
One bath size bar of soap (in wrapper)
One toothbrush (in original sealed wrapper)
Six standard size band-aids

Missions Report

A huge Thank you! from your Board of Mission. You gave another $55 to the RMMO for a total of $914. You also gave $237.34 in pennies on December 21st, making the total for the year $584.38 for the Backpack Program. In addition, the $99.50 given for the Budget has helped us meet our obligations for the year. Thank You! Your Board of Mission

From the Board of Christian Education

We had our first Teen Group meeting in December. It was a small beginning, but mighty things can be done with even a “mustard seed”. Pray for our teens. They have in them a huge potential for this congregation.

The Nursery is being maintained satisfactorily although we do not have a list of assigned people to help during Sunday service. The Nursery door is open and the lights are on at that time. Families with infants and toddlers are encouraged to use the Nursery.

The Primary Class being taught by Sue Willson is hearing the Christian message of Christmas this month. The Elementary Class taught by Diane DeLooza, this quarter is hearing the parables of Jesus. Diane plans to end her time with the class with Luke’s story of Christmas.

The Adult Bible Study group is led by Ed Castillo and meets after Sunday Service in the Library. The class works with the Journey’s Series published by Judson Press. The class continues with the topic of Hope as found in the Book of Jeremiah.

A Prayer for the New Year

A Prayer for the New Year Lord of the universe, we stand on the threshold of a New Year mindful of the events of this past year and aware of the uncertainties facing us and our world. As we move into the New Year, anxious yet hopeful, help us, O Lord, to make real the unrealized dreams we cherish. Strengthen us in our resolve to walk in better paths, growing in our love for family, friends and country. Let this year bring us one step closer to our ultimate dream of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

"Five Finger Prayer"

1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C.S. Lewis once said, a ‘sweet duty.’
2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Prayer for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.
3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance.
4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.
5. And lastly comes our little finger – the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, ‘The least shall be the greatest among you.’ Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

Taken from the Country Courier, December 2010

First Baptist Church              Church Staff	
224 Main Street                   Rev. Stephen M. Sanden	
Penn Yan, NY 14527                Barbara Stewart: Music Director
Phone: 315-536-9821               Carrie Ahearn: Organist
E-Mail:	  Jan Hafner: Accountant
Website:           Peggy S Smart: Secretary
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9-Noon

Church Officers                    Our Schedule
Moderator: Nancy Marion            Sunday Worship - 10 AM
Vice Moderator: Sheryl Robbins     Sunday School - 10:15 AM
Church Clerk: Cheryl Stewart       Adult Sunday School - 11 AM
Church Treasurer: Mary Watkins
Finance Officer: Diane DeLooza
Missions: Ed Castillo
Trustees: Greg Miller
Deacons: Barb Stewart
Christian Education: Sue Willson
ABW: Diane DeLooza