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Newsletter - April 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.


April Worship Services


April 1             Palm Sunday/Communion Sunday

                        “From Celebration to Humiliation” 


April 5 Maundy Thursday

                        Service of Re-enactment and Communion 7 pm


April 8 Easter Sunday

                        “The Triumphant Power of God”


April 15           Guest Preacher: Rev. Don Lawrence


April 22           Candidate: Rev. Stephen M. Sanden


April 29           “The Unstoppable Power of God”


Holy  Week   Services  in  the  Community


FBC Palm Sunday Worship   10 am


Palm Monday Women's Breakfast   9 am PYUMC

            This event is open to all women in the area. Come for a light         breakfast of delicious muffins for a free will donation.

            Rev. Foody will be speaking, Kelly Hamilton the soloist.


FBC Maundy Thursday Re-enactment with Communion 7 pm


FBC Good Friday 9 am- Noon

            Our sanctuary will be open for a time of personal reflection and    and prayer.


Good Friday Service St. Mark's Episcopal 12 Noon, 5:30 pm


Good Friday Service at St. Paul's Lutheran 7 pm


Good Friday Service at PY United Methodist Church 7:30 pm


Easter Vigil at St. Mark's Episcopal 7:30 pm


Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at Indian Pines Park 7 am

            Watch the sunrise and welcome Easter day at lakeside.


FBC Easter Sunday Worship 10 am


A Message from Rev. Foody


Dear Members and Friends:

It seems fitting that in this season of Easter and spring that First Baptist Church will have the opportunity to call a new pastor! I am excited for you! This is a hopeful moment of new life! I have no doubt that God has wonderful things in store for you. You are in my prayers as you contemplate this important decision. As the future becomes clearer, I will have much more to say...


For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 1:6


Blessing on the Journey ~ Rev. Linda J. Foody



From the Search Committee


Rev. Sanden and his wife Karen will be here to meet our members on the weekend of April 21-22, 2012. There will be an informal open house from 3-5 pm on Saturday, April 21, from 3-5 pm for members to come and meet Rev. Sanden and Karen.


Rev. Sanden will be conducting the worship service on April 22, 2012. The vote to accept Rev. Sanden as our new minister will occur following the worship service in which Rev. Sanden preaches. You must be a member of  the church to cast a ballot. Thank you.


There are pictures of Rev. and Mrs. Sanden in the Great Room along with copies of Rev. Sanden's resume. This information is the same as what was in the letter that was sent to your home.



Other notes


Wish These Friends a Happy Birthday!

1 ~ Milly Bloomquist                         15 ~ Shelley Bicksler

7 ~ Brittany Griffin                            17 ~ Ralph Clancy

9 ~ Alice Wise                                    23 ~ Don Lawrence

11 ~ Ralph Wilkes                             24 ~ Kathryn Warren

13 ~ April Colf                                    25 ~ Robert Faery


Easter Lilies

It's that time of year again when we decorate our sanctuary with beautiful Easter flowers. If you would like to place a flower in honor and/or in memory of a loved one, we ask that you purchase your own flower and bring it to the sanctuary by Friday, April 6. Please remember to label your plant on the back or bottom for easy retrieval on Easter morning. If you wish to give flowers in honor or memory of a loved one, please provide the following information by Wednesday, April 4, in order to have your information printed in the Easter Sunday bulletin.

Given by: ________________________________________

In Memory of: ____________________________________

In Honor of: ______________________________________


Attention Men

We are interested in establishing a Men of FBC group. There  will be an organizational meeting of all interested men on Saturday, April 28th, at 9:30 am at our church. Coffee and donuts will be provided. We hope to see all men of the church at this meeting.


Mary & Martha Circle - Tuesday, April 10, at 10:30 am

We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month. We have fellowship and have a devotion,  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!!!


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 April 7th. For more information you can call Meredith Dumez at 617-244-1547 or visit


Notes from the ABC-NYS Office

The Executive Minister Search Committee is seeking input as they create the job description for the next Executive Minister for the American Baptist Churches NYS. Please keep them in your prayers.


Fund-raising Dinner

Altay Baptist Church is sponsoring a Roast Beef Dinner with homemade pies on Saturday, April 14, from 4:30 pm until ?, at the Tyrone Fire House on Route 226. Adults $8, kids 5-12 $4, kids under 5 eat free. Proceeds will go to help with up-keep and general funding.


ABW Association  Spring  Rally - Saturday, May 5

Ladies of First Baptist Church, you are invited to attend the Spring Rally, (here at FBC PY) for the American Baptist Women Finger Lakes Association. Come, gather with other Christian Women for fellowship and encouragement, you don't need to currently be an ABW member. Please come!

Continental Breakfast – 8:30 am

Program: Song & Scripture

(led by Diane DeLooza and Sheryl Robbins)


CROP Walk - Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty

It's time for the annual CROP Walk which will be held May 6, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church beginning at 1 pm. There is a five mile route and a one mile Golden Mile route. We need walkers as well as sponsors. The CROP Walk helps support the International Relief and Development work of Church World Service as well as local hunger-fighting efforts. Please give prayerful consideration in your help in this endeavor. You may contact the church office at 536-9821 for donation envelopes and more information.


Sunday Bulletin Dedications

A fun way to remember someone's birthday, anniversary or accomplishment! A loving way to remember someone who has passed on. Sunday Bulletin Dedications are a way to do that. With a $10 donation we will print the information that you provide in the bulletin. Proceeds will go towards the FBC Building Fund. Leave this in the offering plate or send to the church office

In Honor of ________________________________________

In Memory of ______________________________________

From ____________________________________________

Preferred print date _______________


Did You Know?

Part of the outreach and ministry of First Baptist Church is to make our facility available to the community. You may be surprised to learn how many organizations benefit.


Boy Scout Troop 44 Meetings

Catholic Charities staff training

Community Chorus rehearsals and concerts

Council of Churches Lenten Lunches

Council of Churches meetings

Cub Scout Pack 44 Meetings

Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival

Food for the Needy: twice a month distributions

Friendship Square Dance (summer sessions)

Girl Scout events

Habitat for Humanity monthly meetings

Keuka Quilters

Milly's Pantry Backpack Program

Yates County Chamber of Commerce Starshine

Yates County Summer Concerts

Wellspring Sunday Services, Bible studies, youth events, conferences


A Report from the Board of Missions

A REMINDER that the 2012 WORLD MISSION CONFERENCE will be held at the GREEN LAKE CONFERENCE CENTER May 18-25. The celebrated speaker Rev. Tony Campolo will be on the program. GLCC gives scholarships to first time attendees and the Jessup Educational Fund also assists persons attend ABC conferences. Don't let finances keep you from considering going to this conference.

THE AMERICAN FOR CHRIST OFFERING was taken in March. You gave $607.50. You are to be commended.

THE PENNY PROJECT through which we raise funds for the summer BACK PACK program of MILLY'S PANTRY WILL END APRIL 29TH.  To date $98.46 has come in. Please get your pennies, nickles, dimes, quarters and dollars in by April 29.

THANK YOU - You received a very nice thank you from Yates County Habitat for Humanity for the $651.77 you gave through the SUPER SUB sale.

A REMINDER. Please give generously to the EASTER OFFEING ENVELOPES!!!  The EASTER OFFERING ENVELOPE goes to support the MISSION budget. Part of the Mission budget goes to support our international missionaries – Roberta Stephens,  and Tim and Patti Long.


Please Note: the April Board of Mission meeting will be held on Thursday, April 5, at 3:30 pm.



ñ     Roberta Stephens reports that to date that $460,000 of OGHS funds have arrived in Japan to help with earthquake relief efforts.

ñ     The first funds went as “Condolence Gifts” to Baptist related families who lost loved ones and those whose homes were damaged or destroyed.

ñ     While earthquake survivors are rebuilding homes and businesses, tsunami and radiation evacuees are struggling with what to do.

ñ     Pastors from Okinawa Baptist churches went on a mission to Northeast Japan last June to encourage and comfort survivors.



to Kevin Conrad for a job well done for his performance in the Penn Yan Academy production of Footloose! What a thrill it was to see you up there, Kevin!


Community Supper - Tuesday, April 24

The Penn Yan United Methodist Church hosts a free supper for the community the last Tuesday of each month, it starts at 5:30 pm. All are invited.



Notes from the ABC-NYS Office

The Executive Minister Search Committee is seeking input as they create the job description for the next Executive Minister for the American Baptist Churches NYS. Please keep them in your prayers.


The ABC/NYS Mission Conference on May 4-5, to be held at First Baptist Church, Manlius NY. Mark your calendars now. Come, learn about opportunities for hands-on-mission (local and international) with other NYS Baptist, gather helpful information for your mission committee, celebrate local mission around our churches, and hear from national leaders: Stan Slade from International Ministries and Jeff Johnson from Home Mission Societies.


Notes from the Region ABC/NYS

Ø      The Executive Minister Search committee continues to move forward the the help of Jeff Woods (ABC/USA).

Ø      ABC/NYS Mission Conference at FBC Manlius, May 4 & 5, 2012.

Ø      FBC Owego is moving forward with recovery efforts. The parsonage, damaged by the flood has been renovated. It is now in use.

Ø      Memorial Baptist Church, Vestal continues to support flood relief efforts with a Friday evening spaghetti dinner. Anyone interested in going?

Ø      Volunteers from ABC/NYS plan to work with FBC Owego in April. Anyone interested in volunteering?


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.


American Baptist Churches of New York State

    5865 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville, NY 13078

    March 2012

    To: The Churches of the American Baptist Churches of NYS

   From: Wayne M. Paulsen, Interim Executive Minister for Administration

   Re: 2011 Mission to Support the Region


Thank you for your generous support of ABC/NYS and the wider American Baptist family during 2011. The staff, officers, and Board of Mission members are grateful for the faithful support that the churches of the Region provided for our ministry together. Your gifts have provided:

a.  Funding for our staffing needs

b.  Funding to enable a wide variety of ministries that include expenses for:

~ Our Region Enhancement team members and Pastoral       Care Team members in their work with search committees and pastors

~ Our Lay Study Team planning

~ Our various committees doing work on behalf of our churches and Region

~ Our ministry with the American Baptist Youth through their annual convention

c. Funding for maintaining our Region Office-making possible communication, record-keeping, and support services for our common life together as a Region family


Thank you for your faithful support of our work together during 2012. The staff, officers, and Board of Mission members are dependent upon the faithful support that the churches of the Region will provide for our ministry in 2012. In addition to the programmatic items in the previous section of this letter that are supported by our Region budget, let me share two additions to our 2012 budget planning:

a.  ABC/NYS will be providing support to Vick and Pathfinder Camp and Conference Ministries Inc. during this time of transition. Though administrative salaries for VPM Inc will no longer be included in the Region's budget, an amount of $75,000 for the first twelve months of the operation of VPM Inc. will be paid from the Region. The budget for the  following two twelve-month periods will be $50,000 and $25,000 respectively.

b. ABC/NYS anticipates the calling of a a new Executive Minister during the year. It is time for that to happen, and the Search Committee is working diligently toward that goal.


By the way, did you know that,Approximately 85% of the income for the annual budget of ABC/NYS comes from the following sources?

a. Nearly 65% of the United Mission Contributions from our Region churches.

b. Approximately 30% of the America for Christ Offering contributions from our Region churches.

c. Region Offering contributions from our Region churches and individuals.

d. Contributions identified as “specifics” to the Region.

e. General Contributions received by the Region.

f. Year-End contributions received by the Region.

Nearly 75% of the total of these sources of income are generated through United Mission receipts. When United Mission receipts decrease, our budget is negatively impacted. Obviously, when United Mission receipts increase it makes our budgeting process less worrisome. The end-of-the -year report shows that United Mission receipts for the 2011 were just over $20,000 less than for 2010. We have experienced larger decreases in recent year, so we are grateful for this evidence of slowing the decline.

I am grateful to God for the faithful support to our mission together that comes from so many churches in ABC/NYS.


~ Wayne M. Paulsen, Interim Executive Minister for Admin.