|- - - NEWSLETTER FOR FEBRUARY 2010 - - -|
First Baptist Church
224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527
(315) 536-9821 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. John R. Tharp, Pastor
Sermons for February
7 ~ “Touching Jesus”
14 ~ “The Tough Part of Serving”
21 ~ Dialogue with Dr. Joseph Burke, President Keuka College
In preparation for America For Christ Offering
28 ~ “What Makes Us Clean”
Guest - Ken Mast, Gideon International
10 ~ Sheryl Robbins 26 ~ Cindy Ovens
15 ~ Eva Dillon 27 ~ Chapita Shaver
24 ~ Leon Stiles
Happening in February
Tuesday, February 2 3 pm - 9 pm
Olan Mills picture day
Sunday, February 7 at Noon in the Great Room
Bridal Shower for Beth DeLooza Travis
Beth is registered at Macy’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Pampered Chef, JCPenney
Beth will be leaving soon to join her husband at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
so this will also be a farewell party. Everyone is invited!
Tuesday, February 9, the Mary & Martha Circle will meet at 10:30 am in the church library.
They will be assembling bandages.
Bring a sandwich for lunch. Erma Mullins will share a devotion, and provide dessert.
All ladies are welcome!
Sunday, February 14 at 6 pm in the Great Room
Valentines Square Dance Event
This event is for singles and couples.!
No experience is necessary Dress is casual
Caller: Bob Ellis of the Penn Yan Friendship Squares
Refreshments will be served
A good-will collection will be taken.
Report from the Board of Deacons
The Diaconate met on January 17, 2010.
Meetings will remain to be held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm.
John FM Tharp will continue as chair until June, Rita Castillo - Vice Chair, George Jensen - Treasurer, Jennifer Slocum - Secretary.
We still need another Deacon’s member.
We are still looking for an organist.
ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING
Thursday, February 4 , 7 pm
At our Annual Meeting, Pastor John announced he will retire at the end of June. The congregation voted to accept his resignation with regret.
At the Advisory Council meeting, Thursday, February 4, at 7 pm, members of a search (pulpit) committee will be nominated.
The church constitution requires that a 7 member search committee be appointed within 30 days. The search committee shall consist of a representative from each of the following: Diaconate, Christian Education and Missions. Also, the Advisory Council shall nominate 3 at large members, one not older than age 18.
Once nominations are made by the Advisory Council, the Diaconate will call a congregational meeting to formally appoint the committee.
I am asking each board to report its nominee to the Advisory Council on February 4, and asking Advisory Council members to be prepared to nominate the at large members.
If you would like to be considered, please contact Vice Moderator Nancy Marion or church clerk Cheryl Stewart prior to February 4.
Jack Clancy, Moderator
I truly appreciate messages from Penn Yan Church. My year was fine although I fell and cracked my femur and tail bone so I spent four months recouping. I now walk alone but teeter a bit. I so appreciate your Christmas card, message and signatures!
Love, Leslie Munger
Thank you for all of your support with both Mom and Dad. He is doing much better- stronger, gaining mobility and much more himself due to improved pain management. Calls may be made to: 607-739-8711 and ask for him.
Reports From Your Missionaries
Katherine Niles reports on distributing a 12 ton container of WHITE CROSS medical supplies. You ladies might find some of your donations in one of her pictures.
Wayne Niles describes his project “MicroDevru”. An “Early Adopter”, a person who sees the potential of a new idea and uses it, planted some new varieties of seeds on his farm. The resulting profits allowed this individual to build a new substantial home replacing a grass thatched hut. A very interesting article.
Roberta Stevens tells how the Japanese treat cancer as a “Hidden Disease”. She tells of her interactions with Japanese cancer victims as she was undergoing cancer treatment in Japan.
Mercy Gonzales Barnes tells of “Gerardo’s Rap”. Gerardo, one of the Barnes’ seminary students started a new church plant. A most interesting anecdote is how he wrote a “Rap Song” (though he detests Rap) in order to reach young people.
The complete reports are found on the Reader’s Table by the entrance to the Great Room.
Report from Your Bd. Of Missions
Your Bd of Missions wishes to thank all of you who kept your pledges up to date and gave generously. We ended 2009 with a balance of $2,325.61.
We received thank-yous from ABC/NYS Camping for $98.34 given for “camperships” and from Cameron Community Center in Rochester for $105.
Having adopted a 2010 “FAITH BUDGET” of $21,910 which has a projected deficit of -$2,019 we are calling on you to be ever more dependable and generous. Our 2010 budget has a new item of $600 for missionary support. All ABC/USA missionaries are being asked to raise as much financial support for themselves as possible, at least $80%.
We are adding one other new project this year. We are joining other ABC churches and the Board of National Ministries in the “PENNY PROJECT”. ABC/USA & National Ministries are trying to raise 14,000,000 (14 million) pennies to represent the 14 million hungry children in the USA who live below the national poverty level. NOTE: ALL FUNDS COLLECTED - pennies, nickels, dimes, even dollars will be kept here in Yates County. We will give the funds collected to the local “BACK-PACK” program of Milly’s Pantry. This project provides food over the weekend for needy children.
Your Bd. Of Missions
Vallet Named “Ambassador for United Mission”
The Rev. Dr. Donald Rasmussen, Interim Executive Minister of American Baptist Churches of NYS, announced that the Board of Mission has named the Rev. Dr. Ronald Vallet as the region’s volunteer Ambassador for United Mission. He will begin his new responsibilities immediately.
Dr. Vallet has previously served as pastor of three churches in NYS, National Director of Stewardship Services for American Baptist Church in the USA, Executive Director of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, and Minister for Stewardship and Mission Support for ABC/NYS.
Dr. Rasmussen said that he is very pleased to be working with Dr. Vallet in this new position. Rasmussen emphasized the strategic importance of gifts to United Mission, noting that they provide the major source of income for the region.
In accepting his new position, Dr. Vallet reaffirmed his heartfelt support for American Baptist United Mission. He will be available for a limited number of speaking opportunities. Vallet noted: “When we are united in God’s mission, our United Mission will grow.”
Dear friends, In light of the possible deficit in the Bd. Of Missions budget, we are trying to economize where we can. One item you can help us with is the SECRET PLACE. We spent $115 in last year and took in $27.
In order to continue to supply the SECRET PLACE, we need to know how many regular and how many large print issues are needed. Please complete the attached form and return to a member of the Bd. Of Missions or to the church office. A contribution to offset the cost is greatly appreciated.
Name ________________________________________________ would like a
Regular / large print (circle one) SECRET PLACE.
WHERE TO CALL IF YOU NEED INFORMATION ABOUT…
ABC/NYS Biennial Convention Don Lawrence 536-7674
American Baptist Men Rev. John Tharp 536-9821
American Baptist Women Diane DeLooza 536-3162
Erma Mullins 536-8730
Audio/Visual System Richard Johnson 595-2827
Box Tops/Labels/Stamps Ed Castillo 536-3631
Building & Property Needs Sheryl Robbins - Trustees 789-6751
Borrow/Rent Church Property Cheryl Stewart 536-2570
Building Use Peggy Smart- church office 536-9821
Camperships Christian Education
Choir Nancy Tharp 536-8490
Church Clerk Cheryl Stewart 536-2570
Coffee Hour Advisory Council
Council of Churches Erma Mullins 536-8730
Betty Johnson 536-2020
Marge Moulton 536-0461
Fall Fest Bazaar Diane DeLooza 536-3162
Finances Stan Ovens 536-2485
Finger Lakes Association Don Lawrence 536-7674
Flowers for Altar Deacons
Food Pantry Milly Bloomquist 536-8190
Greeters/Lay Readers Deacons
Home Communion Deacons
Hospitality Committee Cindy Ovens 536-2485
Knitting Ministry Pam Scutt 536-2791
Library Diane DeLooza 536-3162
Membership Classes Rev. John Tharp 536-9821
Memorial Bulletins Peggy Smart - church office 536-9821
Memorial Fund Ed Castillo 536-3631
Nursery Care Ethel Clancy 536-6265
NYS/ABC Biennial Convention Don Lawrence 536-7674
Photography Lyle Conrad 607-868-4673
Prayer Chain/e mail Richard Johnson 595-2827
Quilting Ministry Diane DeLooza 536-3162
Staff Issues Trustees
Thanksgiving Baskets Deacons
Vacation Bible School Suzy Willson 585-526-1004
Van Drivers/Pick up Rita Castillo 536-3631
Web Page Richard Johnson 595-2827
Women’s Class Marge Cornell 536-6607
Don’t let the littleness in others bring out the littleness in you.
To belittle is to be little.
Christians keep the faith…but not from others!
Can’t sleep? Try counting your blessings.
Never give the devil a ride. He will always want to drive,
A clear conscience makes a soft pillow.
Prevent truth decay. Brush up on your Bible.
The best vitamin for a Christian is B1.
Tithe if you love Jesus! Anyone can honk!