- - - - NEWSLETTER FOR FEBRUARY 2008- - - -  


 First Baptist Church

224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527

 (315) 536-9821 e-mail:

Rev. John R. Tharp, Pastor





Feb. 3              Finding the Truth

              Matthew 7:15-23


We begin a Lenten series on the teachings

 of Jesus on: How to Live Life.

Feb. 10     Be Prepared, Stay Prepared

              Matthew 25:1-13


Feb. 17     Use Your Talents for God             

              Matthew 25:14-30                    


Feb. 24     Be a Person for Others                  

              Matthew 25:31-46



Serving the Church in February:

Lay Readers                                                Greeters

Feb. 3       Marge Cornell                    Marge Moulton & Jeanette O’Brien

Feb. 10     Judi Gibbs                       Eva Dillon & Erma Mullins

Feb. 17     Betty Johnson                   Ed & Rita Castillo

Feb. 24     George Slocum                   TBD




5 ~ Karen Taylor          24 ~ Leon Stiles

9 ~ Peggy Smart          26 ~ Cindy Ovens 

10 ~ Sheryl Robbins             27 ~ Chapita Shaver

15 ~ Eva Dillon



Why Do We Pray?

There is a story about a Sea Captain who in his retirement skippered a boat taking day-trippers to the Shetland Islands. On one trip, the boat was full of young people. They laughed at the old Captain when they saw him say a prayer before sailing out because the day was fine and the sea was calm.


However, they were not long at sea when a storm suddenly blew up and the boat began to pitch violently. The terrified passengers came to the Captain and asked him to join them in prayer. But, he replied, ’I say my prayers when it’s calm. When it’s rough I attend to my ship.’


Here is a lesson for us…


If we cannot and will not seek God in quiet moments of our lives, we are not likely to find Him when trouble strikes. We are more likely to panic. But, if we have learned to seek Him and trust Him in quiet moments, then most certainly we will find Him when the going gets rough.



Lenten Lunches

Once again this year our church has been chosen to host the Lenten Luncheons. We will be in need of volunteers to come in on Wednesday evenings at 6:45 to get the tables and chairs set up. This doesn’t take very long to do, and the more help we have the faster it goes.

We will be looking for you beginning Wednesday, February 6. Luncheons begin on the 7th. See below for the schedule topics.



2008 Lenten Luncheon Speaker Series



Sponsored by the Penn Yan Area Council of Churches

Thursdays, Feb. 7 – Mar. 13

Noon – 1 p.m.

First Baptist Church

$4.00 each payable at the door


Feb. 7              “Gates to the Holy City”

Feb. 14     “In the Upper Room”

Feb. 21     “The Garden of Gethsemane”

Feb. 28     “The Courtyard of Caiaphas”

Mar. 6      “Golgatha”

Mar. 13     “A Garden Tomb”



Book of Matthew Bible Study

Pastor John is leading a Bible study on Wednesday afternoons at 2 p.m. This small group study is held at the Meadowside Apartments on Himrod Road next to the American Legion, in the community room. The Gospel according to Matthew tells the good news that Jesus is the promised Savior, the one through whom God fulfilled the promises he made to his people in the Old Testament. The Gospel presents Jesus as the great Teacher, who has the authority to interpret the Law of God, and who teaches about the Kingdom of God. Consider joining this group, all you need to bring is your Bible!


Thank You!

What a wonderful, caring church

family! We were so taken by

the outpouring of love at the

baby shower in January.
Thank you so much!

Jack, Ethel and Ralph



Everyone is invited as

The Youth Group of First Baptist Church presents:






Come enjoy this hour of fellowship as the youth of our church

entertains you with songs, poems and skits.

Meet St. Valentine and taste of refreshments.

All of this will be served up with a

Heart-full of Valentine Love!


FEBRUARY 10th @ 11 a.m.

in the Great Room



Cookie Project for Shut Ins

Once again this year the Youth Group will be collecting round oatmeal containers. The plan is to decorate the containers, make LOTS of oatmeal cookies (under the direction of Barbara Burke and Cindy Ovens) and deliver them to our shut ins. Donations of containers can be left upstairs in Barbara Burke’s room #200.