- - - - NEWSLETTER FOR APRIL 2008 - - - -    


 First Baptist Church

224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527

 (315) 536-9821 e-mail:

Rev. John R. Tharp, Pastor





April 6                  We Are Family

                             Galatians 6:1-10


April 13      Dealing With Loneliness

                             Romans 11:1-6


April 20      God’s Own People

                             1Peter 2:9-10


April 27      Prayer ~ New Testament Teachings





Serving the Church in April:

Date        Lay Readers                                  Greeters

April 6             Ed Castillo                       Charlie Miller & Matt Scutt    

April 13     Greg Miller                       Christine T. & Pat Ames        

April 20     Pat Ames                         Bob & Mary Fullagar                   

April 27     Judi Gibbs                       Christine T. & Necia Smith                         





1 ~ Milly Bloomquist                    15 ~ Shelley Bicksler

7 ~ Brittany Griffin                    17 ~ Ralph Estimo

9 ~ Alice Wise                   22 ~ Jennifer Link-Cooke

11 ~ Ralph Wilkes               23 ~ Don Lawrence

13 ~ April Colf                  24 ~ Kathryn Warren

15 ~ Emily Taylor                25 ~ Robert Faery



Are you tired of seeking after things that never seem to satisfy you?

Do you want to “set the compass of your soul” toward true spirituality

and launch you on a journey that will change your life?




New Small Group

Beginning Thursday, April 3 @ 7 p.m.

Leader: Cheryl Stewart


Come join us for food, fun, and friendship as we begin a journey

that calls you to experience God in a deeply personal way.

The goal is to know Him better ~

and it happens as you travel with Him one day at a time.



Groups for the Ladies

       Mary & Martha Circle ~ Tuesday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m.

              Kathryn Warren will provide dessert and lead devotions

              Bring your own sandwich

       Fellowship Class ~ Wednesday, April 23, at noon

              Erma Mullins will provide dessert and lead devotions

              Bring your own lunch



Strasenburgh Planetarium Field Trip

A trip is being planned for Saturday, April 19, to visit the Planetarium. Please contact Eileen Modafarri if you would like to attend. If we have enough people attending we may qualify for a group discount rate.


Check out the Nursery!

The nursery is cleaned and opened for business. The 2008 Nursery Monitor Schedule is set and posted. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help in the nursery, please contact Eileen.

*A big thank you goes out to Nancy & Greg Marion, Eileen Modafarri, Barbara Burke and Jeanne Schuck for cleaning, sorting, and washing the toys and equipment.





Has your child explored the exciting adventure of Camp Vick? Camp is a place where your child will experience a positive and supportive Christian environment with children from across New York State.

From June through August, a new theme such as Creative Arts, Sailing Camp, Equestrian, or Frontier Survivor, is introduced each week. Each week, is packed full of fun activities, adventure and growth. Make a week of your child’s summer a memorable one.  Call Beth DeLooza at 536-3162 for more information regarding the theme weeks, enrollment and fundraising for Camp Vick.





There will be a meeting of the Vacation Bible School planning team on

Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m.


Vacation Bible School is planned for June 30-July3. This year’s theme is

The Jerusalem Marketplace. We are looking for help. We need more Tribe Leaders, Shop Keepers, and Tribe Helpers. The planning meeting on April 8, is for anyone who would like to be a part of our team.

*Note to Congregation ~ Keep in mind that we are looking for artifacts from the Holy Land to have on display for the children. Contact Barbara Burke at 536-7020.




Trip to Utica

We have a third trip planned to take the trailer to Utica to help with the Burmese Refugees. Now is the time to do your spring cleaning! Needed items include:


Kitchen utensils                         Linens

Irons and boards                       Dishes

Bicycles                                 Towels                                 

Adult & children’s Summer clothing    Pots & Pans

*anything to set up a new home with

The trip is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, and we will announce when items can be brought to the church to load into the trailer. Thank you for all your help!


Finger Lakes Baptist Association Meeting

The next meeting of the Association will be held at Canandaigua United Church.

Registration: 2:30 p.m.

Hymn Sing: 2:45 p.m.

Program: 3 p.m.

Speaker: Rev. Garth Brokaw, Fairport Baptist Homes

Dish to Pass Supper: 5 p.m.

Van ride from the church is available





Mission Accomplished!

We did it! Thanks to the help of so many hands and hearts we were able to make our first crochet/knit “quilt.” We are donating the quilt to the Keuka Comfort Care Home, where it will be used to bring warmth and comfort to those needing an extra “hug.” Our appreciation goes out to each and every one of you who helped to make this happen. As Mother Teresa said, “We can do no great things - only small things with great love.”                          Sheryl Robbins and Pam Scutt




Project # 2 (Your next mission, should you chose to accept it)

There has been an interest in making a 2nd crochet/knit project. Several different ideas have been suggested which include a prayer shawl, lap throw or another quilt. The “prayer shawl” would be shared within our own congregation and passed from family to family as needed. We may donate the throw/quilt to the American Red Cross. Soooooo, if you still have leftover yarn and an “itch to stitch” keep those 6 inch squares coming. Remember, they can be either crocheted or knitted and can be any pattern you choose as long as they measure as close to a 6 inch block as possible. We will be collecting them through April 27. Thanks again!! Sheryl and Pam




Faster Pastor Race

Our church has been invited to participate in the first ever, Faster Pastor race at Black Rock Speedway in conjunction with their 20th year celebration. Area churches are being asked to assist with pre-sale ticket sales and each church will retain 50% of the proceeds from their sales to be used in their own ministry. Black Rock Speedway will provide up to 2 front wheel drive, automatic transmission, 4 cylinder stock cars for the race. The race, or races, depending on participation will consist of 10 laps being held midway through the evening’s events. All participants in each Faster Pastor race will be from area churches. Because our own Faster Pastor will be away to visit his mother in Illinois, Johnny Tharp and Stan Ovens will take his place. This is an event for the whole family and will benefit our church at the same time. See Pastor John and plan to purchase a ticket!

Faster Pastor Race

Friday, April 18

6:45 p.m.

Black Rock Speedway



The Board of Trustees would like to thank those who have submitted their pledges for the year 2008. If you did not pledge, we would

greatly appreciate any donations. If you are still thinking about pledging, it is never too late to submit your pledge.




A live off-Broadway

and U.S. touring performance


Sunday, May 4

St. Michael’s Church

3 p.m.


The Gospel of John is a one-man  “live” performance of the fourth gospel in its entirety.  The performance is free and a free-will offering will be taken. More information can be obtained by contacting the St. Michael’s parish at 536-7459.




CLOSET OF HOPE ~ Fashion Show & Tea

Sunday, April 6

1-3 p.m.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Tickets: $12 per person (pre-sale only).

The Closet of Hope is a clothing ministry providing clothing and accessories to women in need or transition at no cost to them. All proceeds from the show will be used for closet customer needs. To purchase tickets call St. Mark’s office at 536-3955 of stop by the office W/W/F from 1-4 p.m. or T/T from 9 a.m. to noon.




Altay Baptist Church is sponsoring a Roast Beef Dinner with homemade pies!  on April 5th, to benefit maintenance side of church and new roof fund. Dinner will be held at the Tyrone Fire House on Route 226. Serving 4:30 until ?

Adults:  $7

Kids 5-12:  $3.50

Under 5:  free



This year’s CROP WALK

is scheduled  for Sunday, May 4. Pastor John is the recruiter for FBC. He is looking for walkers and sponsors. Please see him to obtain your sheet if you will be walking, or see him if you have a donation. Checks may be made out to CWS/CROP.

Rain or shine, we walk because they walk!