First Baptist   Newsletter   Penn Yan   
Letter from a Friend
April, 2016
I just had to write to tell you how much I love you and care for you. Yesterday, I saw you walking and laughing with your friends; I hoped that soon you’d want Me to walk along with you, too. So, I painted you a sunset to close your day and whispered a cool breeze to refresh you. I waited – you never called – I just kept on loving you.

As I watched you fall asleep last night, I wanted so much to touch you. I spilled moonlight onto your face – trickling down your cheeks as so many tears have. You didn’t even think of Me; I wanted so much to comfort you.

The next day I exploded a brilliant sunrise into glorious morning for you. But you woke up late and rushed off to work – you didn’t even notice. My sky became cloudy and My tears were rain.

I love you! Oh, if you’d only listen! I really love you! I try to say it in the quiet of the green meadow, and in the blue sky. The wind whispers My love throughout the treetops and spills it into the vibrant colors of all the flowers.

I shout to you in the thunder of the great waterfalls and compose love songs for birds to sing for you. I warm you with the clothing of My sunshine and perfume the air with nature’s sweet scent. My love for you is deeper than any ocean and greater than any need in your heart. If you’d only realize how I care!

My Father sends His love. I want you to meet Him – He cares, too. Fathers are just that way. So, please call on Me soon. No matter how long it takes, I’ll wait – because I love you!

Your Friend, Jesus

Upcoming Events

Celebrating April Birthdays 

      7 – Brittany Griffin    17 – Ralph Clancy (will be 16 yrs old !)
      15 – Shelley Bicksler   23 – Don Lawrence	

Church & Community Suppers - Good Food, Good Fellowship
5:00 pm, Mondays ~ $3.00 per person
April Supper Menu:
4- chicken ‘n biscuits
11- hamburg casserole
18- meatloaf
25- macaroni ‘n cheese

The Penny Project
Benefits 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 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!

News from the Christian Education Board
Vacation Bible School
VBS at FBC will take place June 27 – July 1
Collecting these supplies:
Crepe paper – any color
Ribbon – any size, color, length
They covet your prayers for the Board members and VBS 2016

Summer Camp

Be sure to visit the bulletin board for 2016 Camp information.
See a member of the Christian Education Board to pick up
Camper’s registration/medical form
Camp Staff application
Camp Volunteer application

Backpack Program: Need for April - Fruit, Applesauce, Pudding Cups
Your support puts foods that are easy to prepare into the hands of children when mom and dad might be away. Please keep the Backpack Program lifted in prayer.

Dear Members of First Baptist Church,
On behalf of Wellspring Fellowship I bring you warm Easter greetings!

In this Easter season, we as a church body are grateful for many things. We are deeply grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the eternal life he freely gives, but we are also sincerely grateful for the kind and gracious people of the First Baptist Church of Penn Yan

It takes a unique heart to open up one’s building to another group of people, especially those you do not know very well. Yet, you have done this in such a trusting way over these past six years. We are deeply grateful and this will never be forgotten by us.

Without your partnership to help us to plant a new church in Penn Yan, so much would not be possible. We would have no place to gather for our growing congregation and no place to offer special conferences and gatherings for many people, from near and far. Without it, we couldn’t have discipleship classes where students can gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, and without it, local home schoolers from various churches would not have a suitable place to meet for their special classes that further their education.

You make all this possible, which means you are making a difference in so many lives! We thank God for you and will continue to pray God’s blessing upon all you do.

Happy Easter to all!

Sincerely, Pastor Penn Clark
on behalf of Wellspring Fellowship

Getting to Know… Emma, Hannah and Sarahlyn Scharping
Emma and the girls moved to the U.S. in 2014, following the passing of her husband. She and her husband married in the year 2000, he was from Medina, NY and he was a Christian man.

The Scharping’s lived in the town of Sibulan, in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. Plans are that Emma will start in the next year to work on obtaining her U.S. citizenship. They are grateful for their First Baptist Church family.

Emma has a son, Edimar who is 20 years old and still lives in the Philippines. Hannah is 14 years old and in the 8th grade and Sarahlyn is 12 years old, in 7th grade. The girls enjoy their friends and having sleepovers. You see the three of them on Sunday mornings’ singing in the church choir. Please take a moment to say hello and to introduce yourself.

Something to keep in mind as we plant our gardens:
O Lord God of all creation, who made this world a garden and appointed us its stewards: help us so to care for your earth that it may produce good fruit and plenty. Keep us from preoccupation with convenience and our own gain, so that we will not despoil this garden and deprive others of its enjoyment. Keep us daily mindful of the hungry, Lord, and of the fact that they need not be so. Let us never forget that we have our abundance at the cost of others’ privation. So may we dedicate ourselves to making your earth a place of justice as well as of plenty. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, in whose name we are commanded to break bread with all. Amen.

Blessings of Olive Oil over the Centuries
Religious rites
Olive branches were used as peace offering
The olive was first grown in Northern India
The tree grows to the size of the apple tree
The Olive tree takes 15 years to bear fruit
Lives for hundreds of years
Solomon’s Temple was made out of olive wood
It takes 5,204 olives for one gallon of olive oil

“The Lord did not design the church to cater to people’s needs –
the Lord breathed life into the church to proclaim His truths.
When His truths are applied, people will be ministered to, the way God intended.”

~ Billy Graham

APRIL 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