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In Loving Memory of Ed Castillo
On February 13th we lost a good friend and faithful servant. A Memorial Service for Ed Castillo will be held on Saturday, March 12th here, at First Baptist Church at 2:00 pm. A reception will be held in the Great Room following the service, as we gather in fellowship and in celebration of Ed Castillo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Memorial Fund.

From the Pastor's Desk
March, 2016
Dear Friends,

Let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is Love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

(1 John 4:7-10)

This is the love we are to live in and reflect to others. Easier said than done, but with the help of the Holy Spirit we can get closer and closer to the mark. Let us focus on that during this Easter season.

Easter comes a little early this year and Lenten Lunches are well underway. I will be speaking at the March 10, lunch, on Faithfulness.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

Upcoming Events

      Celebrating March Birthdays
      2 – Lisa Wood		9 – Andrea Champlin
      6 – George Jensen		11 – Tammy Miller
      6 – Hannah Scharping	13 – Mary Watkins
      8 – Barbara Stewart	17 – Meghan Fuqua
      8 – Nancy Marion		18 – Charlie Miller
      8 – Sheri Jensen		23 – Barbara Champlin

Church & Community Suppers - Good Food, Good Fellowship
5:00 pm, Mondays ~ $3.00 per person
March Supper Menu:
7- chicken ‘n biscuits
14- goulash
21- meatloaf
28- macaroni ‘n cheese

The Penny Project
Donation jars for the Penny Project have been distributed to banks in Penn Yan. Everyone is asked to drop their pennies (nickels, dimes, quarters etc) in the jars for the benefit of the Penn Yan Backpack Program, which provides nutritious foods to needy schoolchildren on weekends. Contribution jars can be found at both Community Bank offices; at Lyons National Bank; at Five Star Bank and at the Penn Yan Diner. Collection will continue for about 8 weeks, till mid-April. Over the years the Penny Project has raised over $3000, including $483.20 in 2015 alone. Thank you for ALL that you do for this worthwhile cause. You are making a difference in a young person’s life!

A Giving Reminder
Lent giving = Local Expense Budget
Easter offering = Mission.

Final Tally $870 Thank you for a Super Sub Sale!
We have exceeded last year’s total amount raised to help Yates County Habitat for Humanity build another home by $100 dollars! Our church bought the most subs at 49, followed by Bluff Point who bought 43 and PYUMC bought 38! St. Paul’s Lutheran, First Presbyterian, St. Mark’s Episcopal, 2nd Milo and Benton UMC also helped us out. 100% of the proceeds go directly to Yates County Habitat for Humanity. We would also like to thank those who came to help assemble the sandwiches: Don & Kathie Lawrence, Ed & Rita Castillo, Tammy, Greg, Erik and Kyle Miller, Karen Rasmussen, Sheryl Robbins, Karen & Rev. Sanden, Jean Vaughn, Cheryl Stewart, Ralph & Jack Clancy. Thank you everyone!

Backpack Program: Need for March - Macaroni & cheese
Kids of all ages love mac ‘n cheese! It is easy to prepare and it can be purchased in the traditional boxes and in microwavable cups too! (perfect for the little ones) This provides the carbohydrates that kids need to stay fueled as they dive into homework, come home from sports practice, and it is a nice warm-up on those chilly days.

Hearts & Hands Card Ministry
Use these cards to share God’s Love! In the rear of the Sanctuary there is a table dedicated for the card ministry provided by Hearts & Hands. These cards are provided for all to use, free of charge.

Nursery Ministry
Volunteers are needed to help in the Nursery.
Safety regulations require that two people serve together whenever children are present.
Keep in mind that we don’t have children in there every Sunday however, if the need arises can we call on you? See Ethel Clancy (536-6265) if we can add your name to a rotating list of volunteers.

Thank You: for Hearts & Hands
“To the thoughtful people for the many cards you have sent and the beautiful crocheted throws, I can’t thank you enough! Who would have thought that “granny squares” would be so colorful and right in style? How can I say THANKS loud enough!

Regards, Billie Potts

Getting to Know… Maravic, Marianna and Marisole Dalglish
Marivic met her husband, James Dalglish in Dubuai where he was teaching there as a professor of English. Marivic had left the Philippines to work there. They married in Dubuai before moving to the U.S.A. The family really likes it here but, Marivic misses her family back in the Philippines.

Marianna 11 years old, attends the PYMS and enjoys soccer, the violin and chorus. Marisol is 8 years old, just having had a birthday on February 13th, enjoys soccer, violin and reading.

February will be the first anniversary of them being with FBC. They enjoy singing in the choir, and the friends they’ve made here. Marivic feels the spirit of God and a sense of belonging. Her family was always active in church and as a teenager she would go many times during the week as there were always activities taking place. In the Philippines her home was 2 hours from Manila. Marivic feels fulfilled taking care of and loving her family and doing things together.

(Next month, we will get to know Emma, Hannah and Sarahlyn Scharping)

That’s Not My Job
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and NoBody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody thought Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it but, Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.

You’ve probably seen this one before but, behind the play on words, there is some great advice. It reminds us of the importance of taking personal responsibility for our success. If you want to create the life and success you want, don’t be like Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. Be true to yourself. Take responsibility. Action can be scary. When you act, you run the risk of failing. Procrastination is the physical manifestation of fear and is a confidence killer. Act: especially when you’re afraid. Don’t be a nobody. Do what you need to do to create the success you want and deserve.

Say, “Yes, I’ll act as board secretary”, and “I’m not sure how to go about this but, yes, I can tackle that project.” Create the success you want in your church.

A Prayer for Easter and Everyday
Almighty God who brings new life back again out of the deadness of the winter, we thank you for the symbol of everlasting new life you have given to us, the resurrection of your son, Jesus Christ. In him we see hope of new life in the midst of our despair over not being the people we would like to be. We pray that through your son, Jesus Christ, we might be able to die to our old life of hurts, frustration, and sin, and rise to a new life of love, joy, and peace. May we be able to rejoice with the disciples that Jesus Christ is risen indeed, and because of it, we can live also. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

From: USAF Chaplians’ Book of Prayers

MARCH 2016

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: Greg Marion 
ABW: Diane DeLooza