First Baptist   Newsletter   Penn Yan   

First Baptist Church    ~    March 2014


A Message from Reverend Sanden


Dear Church Family,

I’m excited to have the Spirit Borne group from Youth for Christ with us on Sunday morning, March 9th. Their program will take most of the service and consist of a drama with music from contemporary Christian recording artists. Please bring all your family, especially the young folks, (target audience is teen and adult) for this promises to be a great time and we are looking for the Spirit to speak to all of us.


AND!!! Set aside time on Monday, March 24th for … Pictures!!!


Our Church Directory has become outdated (as they always do) and it’s time for a new one. I’m told that our snow-birds will not be left out since Life Touch (the company producing the directory) has shooting locations all around the country. So hitch up the wagons and bring the young’uns, Aunt Frieda and Cousin Clem, but you might not want to bring Jeffie’s pet python. We look forward to having a large collection of all your pictorial splendor.


We love you all, Pastor Steve

FBC News and Activities


March Birthdays

1 – Nancy Tharp                     11 – Tammy Miller

2 – Lisa Wood                         13 – Mary Watkins

4 – Marion Perry                    17 – Meghan Fuqua

8 – Nancy Marion                   18 – Charlie Miller

8 – Sheri Jensen                      26 – Tom Burke

8 – Barbara Stewart                 


March Board Meetings

Trustees -  Monday, March 3rd at 6:30 pm

Mission - Thursday, March 6th at 10:00 am

Christian Education - Thursday, March 6th at 7:00 pm

Diaconate - Sunday, March 16th at 11:15 am


Youth for Christ Coming to FBC! - Sunday, March 9

You are in for a real treat!! On Sunday, March 9th we will have Spirit Borne a group of 51 high school students who make up the chorus, cast, band and tech crew of a Christian performing arts group from Youth For Christ here in our worship service. YFC is an “organization on a mission to bring the message of Jesus to young people across the world.” Since 1944 YFC has played a pivotal, catalytic role in youth evangelism. They will perform “Baggage Claim, a Modern Day Parable” with a message about getting rid of unnecessary baggage through the power of Christ, featuring songs made popular by Newsboys, U2, and Michael W. Smith. This production is sure to engage, inspire and challenge audiences. Encourage others to come Sunday, March 9th, bring your friends!!! 


Lenten Lunches - begins Thursday, March 6

The Penn Yan Council of Churches invites you to gather for the Lenten Luncheon Series, taking place at First Baptist Church of Penn Yan. This year’s theme will be: “Peter’s Journey with Jesus”.

March 6          “Peter Gets Out of the Boat”

March 13        “Upon This Rock”

March 20        “High Upon the Mountain”

March 27        “How Often Should I Forgive?”

April 2             “Washing Feet”

April 9             “I Will Not Deny You”

Lunches begin at noon and cost $5.00 per person. Meals this year are being provided by the Wagner Restaurant.


Women’s Sunday – Sunday, March 23

Be sure to join us for a special service led by our own ladies, constructed around this year’s ABW theme – “A Time to Serve”. Cheryl Stewart and Diane DeLooza will present a skit titled “Mary and Martha”. We will dedicate our White Cross donations and Love Gift Offerings as well.


Casseroles, Cookies and Fellowship - Saturday, March 29

Come be a part of our Heart & Hands Ministry on Saturday, March 29th at 9:00 am at church. We will be putting together some casseroles and baking some cookies to share with others. All you need to do is show up and we’ll provide the “work/fun”. There will be plenty of mixing, stirring, wrapping, labeling, etc. plus, loads of fun and fellowship to go around. Bring a friend too!!!


FBC Men’s Group - Saturday, March 29

The next meeting will take place on Saturday, March 29. As always there will be coffee and doughnuts, devotions and a church work project. All of the church boys and men are invited to come and take part!


Deficit Reduction Sundays

There are 4 months this year – March, June, August and November – that have 5 Sundays. The Advisory Council has voted to designate these “extra” Sundays as dates to encourage “extra” giving toward the reduction of the $12,000 deficit in this year’s budget. Special envelopes will be placed in the pews and in the bulletins for whatever “extra” amount – large or small that you feel you can contribute.

“…This is impossible for man but for God; everything is possible.”

                                                                                            Matthew 19:26

Yard-Craft-Bake Sale

Organization for the Deficit Reduction Yard-Craft-Bake Sale is under way. It will be held on July 5th8 am to 4 pm and July 6th 1 pm to 5 pm here at the church. We will be accepting the following: furniture, small appliances, kitchen and home décor items and infant/toddler clothing and toys. Please no adult clothing. Bring your items to the church at any time. If you are unable to transport your items, please contact a member of the Men’s Group for assistance. If you have questions, please contact the Sale’s committee members: Karen Sanden, Karen Rasmussen, Bill Decker or Nancy Marion. We will also need lots of help at the time of the sale. Thank you.


Macaroni & Cheese

The outpouring of support for the Backpack Program has been awesome! Thank you so very much for putting a little something extra in your grocery cart each week to give to our YC Children to ensure that they have a bag of food to carry them through the weekend.

 For the month of March let’s move some mac & cheese!!!



to Ralph Clancy for being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society! Yeah, Ralph!!!



Are you home-bound? Do you wish to receive communion? We have several members of the Diaconate who would like the opportunity to come to you with communion. Please give the church office a call at 536-9821 to get on the list.


Band Instruments Needed

The Tabernacle Baptist Church of Utica serves over 900 Karen refugees from Burma who are either part of the congregation or who live nearby the church in the community. A program is being developed to offer teens beginning lessons on various band instruments. Do you have a: Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet or Flute or other instrument sitting unused and forgotten in a closet or attic? Your unused instrument can find a new home, make music again, and contribute to Christian Mission at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Bring your donated instrument to the FBC church office.


Report from Your Board of Mission


Dear Members of FBC of Penn Yan:

YOU know that there are many people in our area in need of Jesus’ love and help, not to mention people in NYS, the USA and the rest of the world.

How can YOU reach out and make a difference in so many lives? It’s a difficult challenge for an individual! If we partner with members of our church and other American Baptists, we can make a difference by supporting the AMERICA FOR CHRIST offering.


This year’s theme: “SEEK JUSTICE”, based on Isaiah 1:7 is a reminder to us that Jesus’ ministry on earth was all about standing up for people, working with people and having compassion for people in need.


Through the work of the American Baptist Home Mission Society, which is supported by the AFC Offering, we can continue Jesus’s ministry in seeking Justice for those in need in our churches and neighborhoods.

In 2013, our goal was $800 and YOU gave $876. This year’s goal is $825. Please give generously. Let’s surpass our goal again.


America for Christ Offering

The AMERICA FOR CHRIST OFFERING will be received on March 16th. Our goal for 2014 is $825. We hope to exceed last year’s offering of $876.


Penny Project

We remind you that we are again doing the “PENNY PROJECT” campaign in February, March and April to support Milly’s Pantry Backpack Program.


Thank You - Thank You - Thank You !

In case you haven’t heard, your Bd of Mission promoted the SUPER SUB project again. Your team of workers made 105 SUPER SUBS in 65 minutes. We cleared $726.09 for Yates County Habitat for Humanity.  We wish to thank the following for the great job they did: Jean Vaughn           ,  Sheryl Robbins, Greg, Tammy, Erik & Kyle Miller, Mary Hudson Rev. Steve & Karen Sanden, Judi Scheel, Karen Rasmussen, Ed & Rita Castillo, Rev. Don & Kathie Lawrence, Brittany Griffiths


You received a thank you from SPRINGBROOK (formerly Upstate Home for Children) for the $350 you gave them.


You also received a thank you from Milly’s Pantry Backpack Program for the 41,468 pennies you gave them in 2013. That amount provided weekend snacks and food for 3 needy children in Yates County for the entire year’s weekends.


American Baptist Women



The month of March not only brings us the first day of spring but ABW Women’s Sunday and our annual emphasis on Love Gift Offering. As you may recall from last year we learned that LOVE GIFT giving began in 1932 during the Great Depression when American Baptist Churches faced a ½ million dollar deficit. American Baptist Women were challenged to raise $150,000 to help meet the crisis… LOVE GIFT was born!


Once again we’re going to play “L” and “G” DOLLARS during the month of March. Church members are encouraged to set aside any currency bills on which the letter “L” and/or “G” appear on the serial no. At month’s end the bills will be donated to LOVE GIFT. It’s not merely a “Baptist Women thing” either - - men, you too can get involved. LOVE GIFT is a financial contribution over-and-above our regular giving. It’s given out of a sense of love, faith, and gratitude to God for all of His blessings and the recognition of our need to share these blessings with others!


Last year we collected $380 in March! With that said, YOU made First Baptist Church the highest contributor in the Finger Lakes Association for 2013! Let’s do it again and show God how First Baptist continues its work for His Glory!!!


Cheryl Stewart

FLA/ABW “Love Gift Chairperson”


From Our Church’s Own Library…


How about checking out a book from the church library to keep you occupied while you wait for spring. Here are two examples of what you can find.


Biblical Historical Fiction

Martha by Diana Wallis Taylor

In this fiction portrayal of Mary, sister of Lazarus, this woman we are familiar with from the stories of Mary & Martha in the New Testament, comes alive. Based on historical facts of the time, the author has imagined and created a full-fledged life of trials, triumphs and love for Mary. Reading this novel will make her even more real to you. (Found on Bible Based Historical Fiction Shelf)



My Vapor – the life and times of Stark Perry

Especially those of us who grew up in Penn Yan will remember seeing this remarkable man afflicted with cerebral palsy, pushing his cart around town selling Amway. In this his auto biography, Stark recounts the events of his life here in Penn Yan, Dundee and later at Freedom Village. It makes an interesting read to see things from his point of view and to hear about other people we might be familiar with – ie Elwood and Phyllis Whitbeck.

(Find this book in the biography section under Perry)


Calander for March 2014










March Coffee Hours:

Bd of Christian Ed




March Mission Backpack Item:

Mac & Cheese

(cup or box)










Trustee Meeting


K Quilters


Bible Quiz








Lenten Lunch

Homeschool group

Mission Meeting

Christian Education

Boy Scout Meeting


Wellspring Youth Overnight


Wellspring Youth Event


Youth for Christ

Spirit Borne “Baggage Claim” production at10 am Worship Setvice


Bible Quiz Group




Mary & Martha




Cub Scout


Lenten Lunch


Boy Scout Meeting




K Quilters


Clergy/Spouse meeting


America for Christ Offering





ARC Worship




Lenten Lunch




Boy Scout Meeting





Women’s Sunday



5th Sunday budget deficit offering


Life Touch photo sittings



Life Touch





Cub Scouts


Lenten Lunch


YC Food – set up

Boy Scout Meeting


YC Food distribution



FBC Men’s Group


Hearts & Hands


A Prayer for Lent


I will say unto my God, my Lord, and my King, “O how great is the abundance of your goodness, O Lord, which you have laid up for those who fear you.” But what are you to those who love you? What to those who serve you with their whole heart? In this especially you have shown me the sweetness of your love; that, when I was not, you made me, when I went far astray from you, you brought me back again, that I might serve you, and have commanded me to love you. I wish I were able, at least for one day, to do some worthy service for you. Truly, you are my Lord, and I am your servant, bound to serve you with all my might; and this I wish to do, this I desire; and whatsoever is wanting unto me I ask you to supply; through Jesus Christ my Savior. Amen.  ~ ~ Thomas a Kempis, 1379 – 1471


A poem – The “U” on Jesus


The  U”  In  Jesus


Before U were thought of or time had begun,

God even stuck U in the name of His Son.

And each time U pray, you’ll see it’s true

You can’t spell out JesUs and not include U.


You’re a pretty big part of His wonderful name,

For U, He was born; that’s why He came.

And His great love for U is the reason He died.

It even takes U to spell crucified.


Isn’t it thrilling and splendidly grand

He rose from the dead, with U in His plan.

The stones split away, the gold trumpet blew,

And this word resurrection is spelled with a U.


When JesUs left earth at His upward ascension,

He felt there was one thing He just had to mention.

“Go into the world and tell them it’s true

That I love them all – Just like I love U.”


So many great people are spelled with a U,

Don’t they have a right to know JesUs too?

It all depends now on what U will do,

He’d like them to know

But it all starts with U.


                               ~ Charleen Coleman




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 thru Fri 9AM - 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: Ed Castillo

Trustees: Greg Miller

Deacons: Barb Stewart

Christian Education: Greg Marion

ABW: Diane DeLooza