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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of PENN YAN

March 2012

 

We, as God's people, will use our gifts and talents to seek out and bring people to Christ,

by maturing in our faith by deepening our fellowship,

and by caring for people for the honor and glory of God

 

March Worship Schedule

 

March 4

Communion Sunday

Guest Preacher: Rev. Janice Bourne

 

March 11

Sermon Series: “Praying the Our Father”

 

March 18

America for Christ Offering received

Sermon Series: “Praying the Our Father”

 

March 25

Sermon Series: “Praying the Our Father”

 

Wish These Friends a Happy Birthday!

1 ~ Nancy Tharp                    8 ~ Sherri Jensen

2 ~ Lisa Wood                        10 ~ Tammy Miller

4 ~ Marion Perry                   18 ~ Charlie Miller

8 ~ Nancy Marion                  23 ~ Richie Taylor

8 ~ Barbara Stewart               26 ~ Tom Burke

 


 

From the Pastor’s Desk

 

Dear Members and Friends: Even though we have had a mild winter, I find myself getting excited about spring. Spring is a regular reminder that new life is just around the corner even after the bleakest of life's seasons.

 

This month on Saturday, March 24, we will be meeting for an all day (9am-4pm) workshop on The Life Cycle of a church (bring a bag lunch). It is important that as many of you as can, come to this event. This workshop was given by Tom Beers to the churches in ABCOPAD, when I was serving a church in that region and I have a DVD of the workshop. It is an opportunity to look at where we are on the  life cycle curve and what it will take to infuse new life into FBC! It seems quite appropriate that we have this event just a few days after the beginning of spring!

 

As we approach Easter, let us be mindful of the great price Christ gave on our behalf so that we might have real hope for our future!   

                               

Blessing on the Journey - Rev. Linda J. Foody


 

News and Information

 

Lenten Lunches

This year the Lenten Luncheons will be held at First Baptist Church in Penn Yan. The fee for the lunch is $4 for over 60 and $5 for under 60. Lunch will be served at 12:05 followed by meditations and ending at 12:55.

 

Feb. 23            Self-Examination                    Pastor Linda Foody

Mar. 1             Repentance                            Pastor Paul Malles

Mar. 8             Prayer                                     Pastor Sandi Perl

Mar. 15           Fasting & Self-Denial            Pastor Rich Norman

Mar. 22           Reading God's Word             Pastor Jeff Childs

Mar. 29           Meditating on God's Love    Pastor Michele Fischer

 

The meditations for the lunches will be focused on the spiritual practices which we associate with the Season of Lent. But these spiritual practices were never intended to be limited to Lent. They are, in fact, the disciplines of a grounded experience of faith in the Christian tradition. Come join with us as we strengthen our relationship with God.

 

Mary & Martha Circle Tuesday, March 13, at 10:30 am

We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month We have fellowship, and we have a devotion, and then we get into our project of cutting and rolling bandages followed by a light lunch and dessert.  Bring your own sandwich for your lunch and we sure hope to see you at this months meeting!!!

 

Statement of Giving

The Financial Secretary has prepared a 2011 statement of giving for all of you who contributed regularly to our church. This can be used for your taxes or just for your own information to see how faithful you have been over  the past year. Contact Diane DeLooza if you are interested in having your own copy

 

Special Notes of Thank You

~ Thank you to for the cards, calls and prayers during my illness. Your support has meant to much. ~ Marge Moulton

~Thank you all for the cards and prayers at the time of my mother's passing.          ~ John & Nancy Tharp

 

Community Garden

There is a group interested in creating a Community Garden in Penn Yan. They meet the first Saturday of the month at the Cafe Next Door on Main Street. The next meeting will be March 3rd. For more information you can call Meredith Dumez at 617-244-1547 or visit pygarden.blogspot.com

 

From the Diaconate

To increase the Deacon's Fund (which helps the needs of people), there will be an offering plate at the door on Communion Sundays. We hope you will prayerfully consider your gift.

 

From  the Board of Missions

            As you are well aware, the PENNY PROJECT is off and running. Over 120,000 pennies were contributed to support the BACKPACK program of Milly's Pantry in 2010 and 2011. The funds go to feed needy children over summer weekends.

 

We made 126 SUPER SUBS on Feb. 4th. As of this date, we realized $651.77 for Habitat for Humanity. With the help of the following, we were able to assemble 126 subs in less than 2 hours: Richard Davis, Don & Kathie Lawrence, The Miller Family-Greg, Tammy, Kyle and Erik, Sheryl Robbins, Judi Scheel, Rev. Foody, Ed & Rita Castillo.

 

With $22 contributed in January, the RMMO totaled $700!!!

 

Many of you may not know that American Baptist have been in the Foreign Mission field for 200 years! International Ministry will kick off a 3 year celebration of that fact this May. A WORLD MISSION CONFERENCE will be held May 18-25 at the Green Lake Conference Center. The noted speaker Dr. Tony Campolo will be on the program. Note: GLCC give scholarships to first time attendees. FBC Penn Yan also has funds in the Jessup Ed. Fund to support attendance at conferences. DON'T LET FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS KEEP YOU FROM ATTENDING!

 

We have received Thank Yous from several of the groups we support in our budget. From Food for the Needy for $600, note: their needs have increased 50% in 201l, 621 families provided for. From Keuka College for $280 to the Keuka Fund and $150 for the Keuka Chaplaincy. From the Foxes, our special missionaries in Thailand, for their Christmas gift. From the Fairport Baptist Home for $280. From Springbrook for $360. The AMERICA FOR CHRIST offering will be taken March 18. You gave $832 in 2011. Please see the special letter elsewhere in the newsletter.

Dear Friends,

 

As you know, we try to help local needs first and as much as we can. Yet we cannot ignore the fact that there are areas in the United States and Puerto Rico that are worse off than Yates County. In 2011 you gave $832 through the AFC offering to help those areas. Part of your offering went to the $50,000 children in Poverty grants given to ABC related organizations. This was in addition to the 5,000,000 pennies that stayed locally thru the PENNY PROJECT sponsored by National Ministries.

 

            In addition to the Children in Poverty projects, the AFC offering supports the following projects-

            Christian Centers such as Cameron in Rochester

            ABC Chaplains

            American Baptist Homes and Hospitals

            Evangelism Training

            Campus Ministries

            New Church Plantings

            Refugee Resettlement-4 Chin and Karen Centers in NYS

            Disaster Relief-$93,000 given in addition to the funds raised             

                 by the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

 

Please give generously. - Your Board of Missions

 


 

ENGAGING DISCIPLESHIP -

Open My Eyes, My Heart, My Hands - Mark 10:46-52

America for Christ Offering 2012

God Bends the Universe Toward Justice and United Mission

When we are united in God's mission, our United Mission will grow.

 

During the time of legalized slavery and during the period of reconstruction, many escaped slaves and other African Americans after the emancipation of the slaves, listened to the words of the Spiritual. They followed the drinking gourd to the northern Promised Land, that is , they looked in the sky for the Big Dipper that points to the North Star. But they found that the land in the North was not the Promised Land. They still found themselves counted as chattel.

 

Ending legalized slavery, taking Jim Crow laws off the books and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. did not end practices of racial discrimination in the United States. But there is still hope. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.”

 

Micah, one of the ancient Hebrew prophets, expressed God's priorities in these words: “...what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to practice steadfast love, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

 

Almost 65% of your church's United Mission giving supports American Baptist Churches of NYS, which makes it possible for our Region to provide more effective support for your church and others. In fact, most of the income for our Region comes from gifts to United Mission.

 

Our giving to UM pays the major parts of the salaries of our Region's staff who help provide services for search committees; assist in resolving church conflicts; maintain contact with individual pastors and with associations and small groups of churches; camping ministry; resources to assist your church in growth  and spiritual health; and education and training of pastors, youth, and lay leaders in congregational empowerment.

 

UM giving also supports: The Office of the General Secretary * American Baptist Men * American Baptist Women's Ministries (through the Love Gift) * ABC Information Services * American Baptist Home Mission Societies * International Ministries * Colleges, Seminaries, Home Hospitals, etc * Career Centers * Mission Resource Development * American Baptist Historical Society * American Baptist Personnel Services * Orientation to ABC Life

 

Among the ministries of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies are Justice Ministries. These include Children in Poverty, Disabilities Ministries, Immigration and refugee services, Office of Governmental Relations, Prisoner Re-entry and Aftercare Ministry, and Socially Responsible Investing.

 


 

From the Council of Churches

 

World Day of Prayer

We will be gathering to celebrate World Day of Prayer on Wednesday, March 7th at 4 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Penn Yan on the corner of Main Street and Clinton Street. Please join us as we unite as one body of Christ, praying for the needs of our world.

 

Council of Churches Help Needed

We are looking for people willing to serve on the worship committee of the council of churches. This committee only has responsibilities a few time a year. Committee members do not need to be voting representatives to the council. Volunteers will help to plan our ecumenical worship events which occur a few times each year. This includes our Thanksgiving Service, Good Friday Service, The World Day of Prayer events and Farm Day.

 


 

Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil,

It has no point.