- - - - NEWSLETTER FOR FEBRUARY 2009 - - - -    


 First Baptist Church

224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527

 (315) 536-9821 e-mail:

Rev. John R. Tharp, Pastor



Services of Worship and Praise


Feb. 1              “Fanning the Flame”

                                    I Thessalonians 5:12-22


Feb. 8              “Finding God in the Movies”

                                    Isaiah 55:6-11


Feb. 15            “Putting Faith on the Line”

                                    Romans 12:9-16



Feb. 22            “Adventures in Giving”

                                    Luke 6:37-38



Greeters in February                                                 Lay Readers

Feb. 1              Necia Smith & Guy Love                                           George Jensen

Feb. 8              George Jensen, Clifford LaBarr, Paul Nash              George Slocum

Feb. 15            Lisa Wood & Betty Johnson                                      Matt Scutt

Feb. 22            Brittany Griffin & Stephanie Fulkrod                         Pat Ames       



February Birthdays

5 ~ Karen Taylor                    24 ~ Leon Stiles

6 ~ Chris Fuqua                      26 ~ Cindy Ovens

10 ~ Sheryl Robbins               27 ~ Chapita Shaver

15 ~ Eva Dillon



A message from Pastor John



            Most of us saw at least one of the highlight replays of the Presidential Inauguration. It was a day replete with old and new. The 44th President took his oath of office with his hand on the Bible used by the 16th President. With all the sign of newness and change, the ancient foundations were clearly evident. “… to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, to the best of my ability, so help me God.” With these words, Barach Obama stepped into the stream of history. Each man, who has stood where he stands, feels the presence of those who have gone before him. Washington,  DC is filled with monuments and statues of the men and women of valor who hold up a high standard before the new president. The White House is filled with pictures and names of heroes and gallantry. Yet it is on the next page of history that he must write his story.

            One of my seminary professors told us about a church that had learned to handle change. Each year this church held an “Old Home Day.” People came from all over to be a part of the festivities - pie baking contests, dramas about how it was done 100 years ago, honoring the eldest members, pictures from way back when, and so forth. It was fun and a lot of people looked forward to it each year. At the end of the day, during the close of the evening worship, the announcement would be made for what new and exciting plans the church had for the coming year. The people, who had spent all day remembering, were now ready to take on a new adventure.

            Our history is a gift to us and we cannot do the “new thing” without it. On the other hand, our history is dead unless it produces the “new thing.” If we look at he words of our Lord, we find that he often cited the words of the former people of faith (“You have heard it said of old… but I say unto you.”) those words became the launching pad for the new that Jesus was and the new which he wants us to experience. Jesus expects us to use “that which has been” to fashion a better “yet to be.”

            I often walk my dogs about sunrise out in a county place. Each day the Lord creates a new “sunrise experience.” Some of the days start in great multicolored beauty; others are grey and forbidding. Yet each one has the content of a living promise: “I will be with you always, even unto the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)


            When Jesus talks about the new, it is always rich with the presence of the Holy Spirit. And our moving out into the world in the footsteps of Jesus is the path we are called to take. And we will have to give and account for how many steps we have taken. Trusting in the Spirit of Christ is the new, that springs from the foundation of what has been, toward the goal of what will be.

                                                                                    -Pastor John


It’s A Date!

Say “I Do” all over again with the No. 1 inspirational film. The creators of Facing the Giants brings Fireproof!  This action packed love story is a natural ministry tool for inspiring couples. We have set a tentative date of Sunday, Feb. 22, to show this film. Watch for more details.




Mary & Martha Circle                                       Fellowship Class

Tuesday, February 10                                                 Wednesday, February 25

10:30 am                                                                                 12:00 Noon

Marge Cornell will bring desserts and lead devotions for the meetings this month.



Bd. of Trustees Meeting report~ Jan. 18


A short meeting was held after the Annual Meeting on Jan. 18, to welcome new members and to elect new officers. Cheryl Stewart will remain as Chairperson and Nancy Tharp will remain as Secretary. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 10.




Lenten Lunches!

This year’s theme is “Bad Guys of the Bible.”

The Villains of the Passion Story.


Each week we’ll take a look at one of the bad guys - people we’d love to hate,

but, who played a key role in events leading up to Jesus’ death?

What does their story have to say to us as followers of Christ today?


This year the lunches will be held at the Penn Yan United Methodist Church downstairs in the fellowship hall. The hall is handicapped accessible with an elevator. The schedule will be as follows:


Feb. 26            Judas

Mar. 5             Caiaphas

Mar. 12           Pilate              

Mar. 19           Herod

Mar. 26           The Soldiers who mocked and beat Jesus

Apr. 2              The Two Theives


Bringing Up Boys


In March a new parenting class will begin meeting with a focus on “Boys.” This is another series by Dr. James Dobson and we hope it can be useful to those who parent boys.


The class will be offered twice a week and will be led by Eileen Modaffari.

You may choose to attend on Sundays, following worship service starting

March 15 and running through June 7, or on Friday evenings at 7 pm, when

classes will run March 13 through May 29. This is a 12-week series.


This class is open to everyone and anyone, church members or not, parents, caretakers, grandparents, guardians, aunts, uncles etc.


Attend with your spouse! Or make it a girls night out or a guys night out and invite some friends to attend with you!


Childcare will be available here at the church nursery.




American Baptist Women Breakfast

The annual ABW Breakfast will be held on Saturday,

 February 7, at 8:30 am at the Essenhaus. There will be

a short program delivered by Erma Mullins, with devotions led by Bethany and Diane DeLooza. Reservations are required by calling Erma at 536-8730 by Wed. Feb. 4.

 If you need a ride to the breakfast call Erma or Diane DeLooza at 536-3162.

All women of the church are invited to join us!



Valentine’s Day

Did you know …

·         Of the 188 million cards exchanged on Valentines Day, over 50% of them are purchased in the 6 days prior.

·         The top five classic favorite romantic movies:

1. Casablanca                                      4. From Here to Eternity

2. Gone with the Wind                        5. An Affair to Remember

3. Roman Holiday