Church ~ April
We thank You, God, for the beauty of this day, for the
glorious message that all nature proclaims: the Easter lilies with their waxen
throats eloquently singing the good news; the birds, so early this morning,
impatient to begin their song; every flowering tree, shrub, and flaming bush, a
living proclamation from You. O open our hearts that
we may hear it too!
Lead us, we pray, to the grave that is empty, into the
garden of the Resurrection where we may meet our risen Lord. May we never again
live as if you were dead!
In Your presence restore our faith, our hope, our joy. Grant to our spirits refreshment,
rest, and peace. Maintain within our hearts an unruffled calm, an
unbroken serenity that no storms of life shall ever be able to take from us.
From this moment, O living Christ, we ask You to go with us wherever we go; be our Companion in all
that we do. And for this greatest of all gifts, we offer You
our sacrifices of thanksgiving. Amen
[From: The Prayers of Peter Marshall,
Edited by Cathering Marshall]
1 – Milly Bloomquist 15
– Shelley Bicksler
7 – Brittany Griffin 17
– Ralph Clancy
9 – Alice Wise 23
– Don Lawrence
13 – April Colf 24 – Kathryn
April Board Meetings
- Mission - Thursday, April 3rd at 10:00
- Monday, April 7th at 6:30 pm
Education - Thursday, April 10th at 7:00 pm
Lenten Lunches Continue Thursdays, April 3, 10
The Penn Yan Council of
Churches invites you to gather for the Lenten Luncheon Series, taking place Thursdays
at noon at First Baptist Church.
April 3 “Washing
Will Not Deny You”
Lunches begin at noon and cost $5.00 per person. Meals
this year are being provided by the Wagner Restaurant.
Monday Church Suppers are Back! Beginning
That’s right, the Monday
Church Suppers are
starting back up again! With a big thanks to Bill Decker we look forward to our
fellowship time. (If you would like to help out with the suppers: setting up,
cleaning up, or preparing, contact Bill at 607-243-5843).
Serving from 5:30 –
7 pm, Mondays beginning April 7th - Only $3.00 per person
7th – Ziti w/sausage or meatballs
Tossed salad, Chocolate or Yellow Cake
Chicken ‘n Biscuits
Tossed Salad, Cream Puffs
21st Pulled Pork Sandwich
Tossed Salad, Fruit Salad
28th Macaroni & Cheese
Tossed Salad, Sugar-Free Jello or Pudding
Easter Egg Hunt - Sunday, April 13
See information in
the Board of Christian Education report below
Directory - Thursday, April 24
The next 2014 Church
Directory Picture Day will be on Thursday, April 24th. Be sure to
sign up to have your picture taken for our directory.
Women’s Convention - Friday -
Sunday, April 25-27
See information in
the American Baptist Women’s report below.
FBC Men’s Group – Saturday, April 26
The men of the church have been busy working on the
baptistery; replacing the drywall, painting and getting ready to install
handrails. The next meeting will be on Saturday, April 26th. As
always there will be coffee, doughnuts, and devotions. All of the church young
men and men are invited to come and take part!
It’s time to adorn our sanctuary with beautiful Easter
Flowers.If you would like to place a flower in honor
and/or in memory of a loved one, you are invited to bring in your plant by
Friday morning, April 18th (the church is open Mon-Fri from 9 am to
noon). Please remember to label your plant for easy identification so you can
take it home with you on Easter morning. Please leave the information below at
the church office, or call the office at 536-9821. Your information needs to be
received by Wednesday, April 16th in order for it to be printed in
the Easter Sunday bulletin.
In Memory of: _________________________________________
In Honor of: ___________________________________________
Organization for the Deficit Reduction Yard-Craft-Bake
Sale is under
way. It will be held on July 5th from 8 am - 4 pm and July 6th
1 pm - 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.
Communion at Home
Are you home-bound?
Do you know of someone who is, who would like to receive communion at home? 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 so that we
may pay you a visit.
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.
Plaque from the Bloomquists
By now you may have noticed
the plaque hanging by the door. This has been donated by Milly
Bloomquist and her family. It was made by an artist
who was a part of Earl W. “Bud” Bloomquist’s
congregation in Charleston, WV in the 1950s in response to a sermon that Bud
preached, probably based on Galatians 3:28. “There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you
are all one in Christ Jesus”. Daughter Becky Holder said that this was a “text
my dad often used about the inclusive message of Jesus. The name of the artist
was not available. We are proud to have this plaque as a part of our church and
are thankful to the Bloomquist family for sharing it
with First Baptist.
From the Board of Christian Education
Easter Egg Hunt
Community Easter Egg Hunt for Children in K – 6th grade. Sunday,
April 13th from 1-3 pm, on the Courthouse Lawn
Your FBC Board of
Christian Education is reaching out in ministry to our community by sponsoring
an Easter Egg Hunt. We are hoping for your
enthusiastic support! Please keep in prayer, this event and all those involved.
There are several activities planned to go along with the Easter Egg Hunt and the team is busy pulling all the details
together to make this happen. Can we count on your support and help?
We need donations
of small individually wrapped candies that will fit inside the plastic
eggs. Also, listen for announcements in church on Sunday, regarding other
information on ways you can help. The BIG thing is PRAYER. We need your prayers
to help this come together in a way that brings smiles to the children’s faces
and that GLORIFIES GOD.
Baptist Women’s Ministries of NYS – Convention 2014. April 25-27, 2014, Desmond
Hotel and Conference
Center, Albany NY
~ Learn more about
God and yourself through scripture and workshops
~ Celebrate 200
years of ministry in Myanmar/Burma through the eyes of Ann
Judson. Some of the Karen women from Tabernacle Baptist Church
there as our
~ Worship and
If you are
interested in attending, please let Diane DeLooza or
Cheryl Stewart know as soon as possible so we can arrange travel plans and
reserve hotel rooms.
Report from Your Board of Mission
By the time you
read this, the AMERICA
FOR CHRIST OFFERING will have been received. As of March 16th you
gave $698, which is just $127 short of our goal of $825.
On July 31st, Roberta Stephens will be retiring.
She will have served 37 years as an ABC/USA missionary to Japan. She will return to the USA on May 31st.
Be sure to read her journal, “Seed Planting” on the
readers table. She gave a
speech to the Yokohama
YWCA. Both men and women were in the audience. Two very good questions were
asked during the Q & A session by a man claiming to be and agnostic.
HOW DID HE SEE
Roberta gave us a
suggestion. She suggest we place an “ENTRANCE” sign at
each building exit. WHY?
You received THANK
~ Cameron Community Center
~ Milly’s Pantry for the end of the year contribution of
~ Springbrook for $350
~ Vick &
Pathfinder Camp & Conference Ministry for $190 each
(This was a special end of the year gift)
Please Note: It will soon be time for the Easter and Lent
Offerings. The Easter Offering goes to support your MISSION
The PENNY PROJECT is in full swing. We will be collecting all the
pennies we can through the end of April.
FOR YOUR PERUSAL ON
THE READERS TABLE
Be sure to see
BIM’s “ON LOCATION”. There is quite a story that goes along with our showing of
the DVD – The Life of Adoniram Judson. In December
32,000 people had registered for the Bicentennial Celebration of the arrival of
ABC missionaries Adoniram and Ann Judson. Some 14,000
more showed up at the Myanmar
Baptist Convention event. Be sure to read the whole exciting story.
annual report is available.
HOPI MISSION SCHOOL’S winter
newsletter is available. Of special interest is how they use BOXTIPS FOR EDUCATION.
Many people don’t think they are worth saving. However, since August 2013 the Hopi Mission
School has received
$6,134.40 by redeeming 61,344 Boxtops for Education. Campbell Labels are just
as important. To date they have collected 1,398,612 labels. Just 201,388 more
and they can buy a new 7 – passenger van. WoW!!
The April Backpack Item:
Your Board of Mission
At the Women’s
Convention, April 25-27, there will be a celebration of the 200 years of
ministry in Myanmar/Burma as seen through the eyes of Ann Judson – the first
American missionary to that area. The work of the Judson’s should have even
more meaning for us here at First Baptist of Penn Yan
because of our connection to the Tabernacle Baptist Church of Utica and their
work with the Karen people from Burma. If you would like to be “a step ahead”,
you might consider reading one of these fascinating biographies available in
our church library.
- Ann Judson by Basil Miller
- Golden Boats from Burma (about Ann) by Gordon
- To the Golden
Shore – the Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson
A Closer Walk sponsor night
Mary & Martha
Chr. Ed Meeting
Mobil Food Pantry
YC Food Set-up
YC Food Distribution
FBC Men’s Group
April Backpack Item:
First Baptist Church Church
224 Main Street
Rev. Stephen M. Sanden
Penn Yan, NY 14527 Barbara
Stewart: Music Director
firstname.lastname@example.org Jan Hafner:
Peggy S Smart: Secretary
Hours: Mon thru Fri 9AM - Noon
Church Officers Our Schedule
Sunday Worship - 10 AM
Sunday School - 10:15 AM
Clerk: Cheryl Stewart Adult Sunday School - 11 AM
Treasurer: Mary Watkins
Officer: Diane DeLooza
Education: Greg Marion
ABW: Diane DeLooza