Church ~ March
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
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Our Church Directory has become outdated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
We love you all, Pastor Steve
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,
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
March 6 “Peter
Gets Out of the Boat”
March 13 “Upon
March 20 “High
Upon the Mountain”
March 27 “How
Often Should I Forgive?”
April 2 “Washing
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.
is impossible for man but for God; everything is possible.”
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
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
Bring your donated instrument to the FBC church office.
Report from Your Board of Mission
Dear Members of FBC of
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.
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
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
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
“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE”
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
Last year we collected
$380 in March! With that said, YOU made First
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!!!
FLA/ABW “Love Gift
From Our Church’s Own Library…
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.
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
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)
March Coffee Hours:
Bd of Christian Ed
March Mission Backpack Item:
Mac & Cheese
(cup or box)
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
Boy Scout Meeting
for Christ Offering
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Boy Scout Meeting
5th Sunday budget deficit offering
Life Touch photo sittings
YC Food – set up
Boy Scout Meeting
YC Food distribution
FBC Men’s Group
Hearts & Hands
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
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
Isn’t it thrilling and
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.
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
224 Main Street
Rev. Stephen M. Sanden
Penn Yan, NY 14527
Barbara Stewart: Music Director
Carrie Ahearn: Organist
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Peggy S Smart: Secretary
Hours: Mon thru Fri 9AM - Noon
Church Officers Our Schedule
Sunday Worship - 10 AM
Moderator: Sheryl Robbins
Sunday School - 10:15 AM
Adult Sunday School - 11 AM
Treasurer: Mary Watkins
Officer: Diane DeLooza
Education: Greg Marion
ABW: Diane DeLooza