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From the Pastor's Desk
February 2015
The year has gotten off to a great start.

The financial news was good and the budget news was good. The Mission news was good and attendance has been good. We are encouraged in so many ways!

I am very excited that we will be getting new hymnals soon. Your commitment and your generosity in this project have been great. We already have a number of pledges. While the flexibility in finding music in various places has been good, the work in trying to format it to fit into bulletin inserts will not be missed. I have to commend and thank our church secretary, Peggy, for the finagling (a technical term) she has had to do to get everything in. I’m sure the fact that we won’t have to run as many copies is a good thing, too.

I look forward to all the things we can accomplish in the Lord this year! God bless us, everyone! - Pastor Steve

News and Upcoming Events

February Birthdays
6 ~ Chris Fuqua
10 ~ Sheryl Robbins
24 ~ Leon Stiles
26 ~ Cindy Ovens
27 ~ Chapita Shaver

Hearts & Hands Gathering - Saturday, February 7th
We will be meeting on Saturday, February 7th, 9 am - ?, to bake some cookies and put together some casseroles. Anyone who enjoys “working” in the kitchen is welcome and encouraged to some join the fun! So mark your calendar and bring along your apron – the more the merrier!

Also, if you know of someone in our church family who is going through a time of difficulty/illness, or is celebrating a joy, contact the church office at 536-9821 and let Peggy know. H&H Ministry would like to let them know we are thinking of them. Anyone wishing to make a donation to H&H to help cover the cost of supplies, please contact Peggy or Pam Scutt at 536-2791. Thank You!

Game Night - Saturday, February 14
A Game Night will be held at the home of Ed & Rita Castillo in Keuka Park at 7:00 PM, Saturday, February 14. Everyone is invited! Bring a snack to share with the group!

A Message from the Moderator
The Advisory Council has approved a motion made by the Board of Deacons to purchase new hymnals in 2015. Our Praise books are becoming worn and our current hymnal is not a Baptist hymnal. A new Baptist hymnal has been located that contains both praise songs and the favorite traditional Baptist hymns. The cost is $15.00 per copy. We would like to purchase 150 new hymnals for the church. We are requesting that each member of the congregation purchase their hymnal if they have the means to do so. Anyone may also purchase additional hymnals to be dedicated to the honor of or in memory of another individual. We will designate the gift with a certificate in the front of the hymnal. We have had a generous offer by a church member to match the first $500 donated toward the cost of this project. Please clearly mark your donation as “New Hymnal”. You can put your donation in the Sunday collection plate or send it or drop it off to the church office. We would like to have the funds collected by April 1st. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Stewart, Rev. Sanden or myself. Thank You Nancy Marion, Moderator

Church & Community Supper - Good Food, Good Fellowship
5:00 pm, Mondays - $3.00 per person
Followed by a free-family-friendly movie at 6 pm!

Monday, Feb. 2 – Chicken ‘n Biscuits Movie: An unusually intense storm pattern catches some commercial fisherman unaware and puts them in mortal danger.

Monday, Feb. 9 – Macaroni ‘n Cheese Movie: The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain’s self-destructive obsession to hunt a white whale. From the classic novel by Herman Melville.

Monday, Feb. 16 – Hamburger Stroganoff Movie: Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornados.

Monday, Feb. 23 – Baked Ziti Movie: Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadows of Mount Kilamanjaro. From Ernest Hemmingway’s short story.

Backpack Program Needs - Mmmmmm … Hot Cocoa!<
Need we say more?

Sharing Resources
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A Prayer

A Prayer for The President of the United States, and all in Civil Authority

Lord, our heavenly Father, the high and mighty Ruler of the universe, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth; Most heartily we beseech thee, with thy favour to behold and bless thy servant THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and all others in authority; and so replenish them with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that they may always incline to thy will, and walk in thy way. Endue them plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant them in health and prosperity long to live; and finally, after this life, to attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This prayer is from the Book of Common Prayer adopted by the Episcopal Church in the United States of America in October 1789. It has been in continuous use since that date. It is modeled after A Prayer for the King’s Majesty in the 1662 and 1559 editions of the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England.

It is said to have been adapted from prayers for the ruling authorities in the 6th century Sacramentary of St. Gregory, and can be traced back to the admonition, “…that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty…” (I Tim. 2:1-2).

In 1800 the entire federal government was relocated from Philadelphia to Washington. John Adams, the country’s second president (1797-1810), moved into the still unfinished presidential mansion on November 1st and the next night wrote in a letter to his wife, Abigail Adams:

“I Pray Heaven Bestow the Best of Blessings on This House and All that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under this Roof”.

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: Jack Clancy
Trustees: Greg Miller
Deacons: Barb Stewart
Christian Education:
ABW: Diane DeLooza