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First Baptist Church                            February 2013


A message from Pastor Steve:



Since I penned the January letter before Christmas, I didn't have the chance to thank you for your wonderful gift. It is just another confirmation of your love for Karen and I, and we thank your from the bottom of our hearts.


It is mid-January as I write this, so I hope that the new sound system is at least begun by the time your read this. We have experienced delays with providers, but the good news is that with each delay we uncover better equipment at better prices. Since this is a long-term investment, we want to get it right the first time. So, thank you for your patience.


We are looking forward to inviting new members very soon. Several have expressed interest, and we are excited at the gifts they bring for ministry.


You have heard me speak about the importance of sharing our faith. I encourage each of us to do so on a personal level. But, we also need to spend time seeking God for direction as a church. We have wonderful people and many spiritual gifts; we need to know how best to leverage our Kingdom assets for Kingdom growth. Please make this a matter of prayer.


Over the next month or so you may notice that I'll be preaching a series based on the Sermon on the Mount. I don't often use series but, I think this warrants the attention.


Thank you all again for your love, gifts and support as we serve the Kingdom together.


Pastor Steve


Wish These Friends a Happy February Birthday

 9 ~ Peggy Smart                    24 ~ Leon Stiles

10 ~ Sheryl Robbins               26 ~ Cindy Ovens

15 ~ Eva Dillon                       27 ~ Chapita Shaver


Lenten Luncheons

The Penn Yan Area Council of Churches invites you to attend the annual Lenten Luncheons. They will take place at First Baptist Church beginning Thursday, February 14th, at noon.  The cost will be $5.00. This year's theme will center on “The Qualities of Christ”. As Jesus journeys toward the cross we observe inspiring qualities of our Savior revealed in Scripture.


  Date              Meal                                                 Message                                  Pastor_____                

Feb. 14   Stir Fried Pork/rice                        “Ten Bridesmaids Parable”         Rev. Jeff Childs         

               broccoli, salad, cherry pie                Matthew 25:1-13


Feb. 21   Sloppy Joe, vegetables                   “Helping One Another”              Rev. David Smith

               tossed salad, cookies                       Matthew 25:31-46


Feb. 28   Meatloaf, baked potato                   “Christ Promises the Spirit”      Rev. Richard Norman

               green beans, strawberry parfait       John 16:5-15


Mar. 7   Chicken/bis/gravy, peas                   “The Last Supper”                       Rev. Paul Malles

              Butterscotch pudding                          Luke 22:14-27


Mar. 14   Swedish meatballs/fettuccini           “Jesus' Agony in the Garden”     Rev. Michelle Fischer

                spinach bread, strawberry parfait      Luke 22:39-46


Mar. 21  Salisbury steak/gravy/mashed         “Jesus Stands Trial”                      Rev. Sandi Perl

               potatoes, brussel sprouts,                 Luke 23:1-12

               apple pie


Men’s Group

Are you interested in joining a Book Club? We'd meet monthly, have refreshments, discuss a book or do a Bible Study. If you are interested contact Don Lawrence, Ed  Castillo or notify the church office.


FBC Young People

Ever wonder what all these young people here at FBC do?

Let's take a look at some of the things they've been up to:


ü      Rolling Bandages

ü      Serve as Greeters and Lay Readers and Candle Lighters

ü      Pass out bulletins, move tables and chairs, help in kitchen and dining room

ü      Serve as teachers aides in Sunday School and VBS

ü      Bring in pets at Easter and VBS

ü      Share their favorite fossils and geccos at Sunday School and VBS

ü      Help in the church gardens and lawn

ü      Pack food packages at Thanksgiving

ü      Help at Fund Raisers such as summer concerts, bake sales, StarShine

ü      Serve Communion at Nursing Homes

ü      Help make subs for Habitat for Humanity fundraiser

ü      Show their talents in Christmas shows and skits

ü      Collect pennies for penny project

ü      Decorate church at Harvest and Christmas and

ü      Keep smiling for all of us!


When you see a FBC young person, be sure to thank them. They are our future!



From the Trustees


January Trustees Meeting highlights

The Bd. of Trustees met following the Annual Meeting on January 20, 2013.

-        Stan Ovens was appointed as Treasurer through the month of June 2013. WE WILL NEED A NEW TREASURER AS OF JULY 2013.

-        Appointed as Financial Secretary is Diane DeLooza

-        Appointed as Asst. Financial Secretary is Erma Mullins

-        Appointed Investment Committee – Judi Scheel, Kathie Lawrence,

            Rick Willson and Sheryl Robbins


Newsletter News – please respond

We wouldn't be good stewards of what we have if we didn't look at our expenses and look for ways to cut expenses and/or waste from time to time. In this sense, we would like to hear from you on the newsletter. Would you prefer to read it online? Are you able to pick it up from church when you come in for services? Do you need us to continue to mail it to you? Do you find that you just don't read it? (in which case you're probably not reading this). Please, if you would respond to this and let us know your wishes. Thank you to those of you who have already responded to the request. 


Name _______________________________

I prefer to receive the First Baptist Church Newsletter each month by:

_____ church website

_____ Email - my email address is _______________________________________

_____ Pick up at church

_____ Mailed to my current mailing address

_____ I prefer not to receive the newsletter at this time


Please return this information to the church office as soon as possible. You may call it in at 536-9821, mail it to: 224 Main Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or you may email it to:


Memorial Bulletins

Now is the time to indicate your preference for Memorial Bulletins for 2013.

This is a special way for you to honor your loved ones. The cost is $10, and monies raised will go to help defray some of the church's operating costs.  Printed in the bulletin will be the information you provide below. Send this form to the church office along with your payment or you may leave it in the offering plate.


I would like to recognize my loved one on the date of: _________________________

In memory of: _______________________________________

In honor of: _________________________________________

From: _____________________________________________



Board of Missions Reports


We thank all of you who increased your pledge for 2013. Our 2013 budget of $16,150 was met. If your giving holds true we will end 2013 with a balance in the black. We also thank you for exceeding our goal of $750 for the RETIRED MINISTERS & MISSIONARIES OFFERING. You gave $813.


You will find a letter regarding the AMERICA FOR CHRIST offering elsewhere in this newsletter as well as an AFC OFFERING envelope. This offering goes to support Missions and Projects in the USA. Our goal for 2013 is $700.


A reminder that the PENNY PROJECT starts this month and will run through April. Please continue to save STAMPS, CAMPBELL LABELS and BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION. Every little bit helps.


We received a thank you from SPRINGBROOK for our gift of $350. One of the new enterprises at SPRINGBROOK is the TOM GALISANO CENTER FOR AUTISM. This facility provides a home for up to 25 students who are Autistic. Please see the latest letter from SPRINGBROOK on the bulletin board.


A Reminder to Those of You Who Believe in the ABC/NYS Camping Program:

The ABC/NYS “Camping & Conference Ministries” has TWO YEARS to become self-supporting. Please be thinking of ways you can contribute and help.


America for Christ Offering

The America for Christ (AFC) 2013 theme is “Building Communities of Hope”, based on the text in Matthew 5:13-16. This Scripture is a reminder that we are to be “salt and light” in the world. Those first disciples would have been very familiar with the function of salt. Without refrigeration, the fish that they caught would quickly spoil, unless they were packed in salt. Once salted, the fish could be stored and used when needed. Christians, as salt, are to be agents of change that thwart destructive forces in society.


In Matthew 5:14, Jesus tells his disciples, “You are the light of the world.” As “light”, we are to illuminate or make visible. Our lives are to be a witness to the reality of Christ's hope in our lives. When we love others as ourselves and do good, we are lights shining. It is important, however, to know that it is not our light, but the light of the world-Jesus Christ -that people will see in us.


This year's theme - “Building Communities of Hope” - encourages us to be involved. We are asking you to join us in becoming “salt and light” by giving generously to the AFC Offering. Help us reach our goal of $700.


United Mission

Many of you wonder why UNITED MISSION is such a large part of the MISSION BUDGET. You recall we took two years to fill our pulpit. The Search Committee worked through ABC/USA who provided our interim pastors. The Search Committee also worked through ABC/NYS in looking for candidates and evaluating them. Both ABC/USA and ABC/NYS are funded by UNITED MISSION.

One reason to support UNITED MISSION is to provide interim pastors.


From ABC/NYS Rev. James Kelsey – Exec. Minister

From “NYS – Open for Ministry”


Jesus says in his church there is a new way for people to live:

            You show wisdom, by trusting people

            You handle leadership, by serving

            You handle offenders, by forgiving

            You handle money, by sharing

            You handle enemies, by loving

             and you handle violence, by suffering.


In fact you have a whole new attitude toward everything, toward everybody.

Please read this article on the bulletin board.


“Christmas Greetings from Tim & Patti Long”

Please read the letter from the Longs on the bulletin board.

It tells of how they celebrated Christmas with their

Seminarians and the Special Needs children in Patti's School.



Important Lessons from Noah's Ark

1.      Don't miss the boat.

2.      Remember that we are all in the same boat.

3.      Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

4.      Stay fit. When you are 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

5.      Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

6.      Build your future on high ground.

7.      For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

8.      Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

9.      When your stressed, float awhile.

10.  Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

11.  No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.