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May 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.


Dear Members and Friends:

It is with joy at your success in finding a new pastor and with sadness as I prepare to say good-bye and transition to whatever God has in store for me next that I write my last newsletter greeting! I have enjoyed my time in Penn Yan. First Baptist Church, the community and a great clergy group have all contributed to memories that I will carry with me.


This church has so much to be proud of. I will look forward to hearing about the new directions that you take and the ministries that you strengthen!

May God Bless you all and grant success to you and the Sanden's in your ministry together.


Blessings for the Journey, Rev. Linda J. Foody


p.s. Sunday, May 20, will be my last time in worship with you. Please come and plan to stay for coffee hour so that we have adequate time to say our good-byes.


Philippians 1:6 - 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.


May Worship Schedule

May 6             Communion Sunday

                        “Fulfill Your Ministry” - John 3:1-17


May 13           Mother's Day & Blanket Sunday

                        “Be A Person of Integrity” - Psalm 15


May 20           “A Farewell Admonition” - 1 Corinthians 16:13-14


May 27           Guest Pastor


Wish These Friends a Happy Birthday!

3 ~ Lyle Conrad                                 20 ~ Kathi Lawrence

3 ~ Paul Nash                                     22 ~ Janice Knecht

5 ~ Ethel Clancy                                 23 ~ Jennifer Slocum

6 ~ Erma Mullins                               23 ~ Mary Fullagar

7 ~ Ed Castillo                                    25 ~ Cliff LaBarr

16 ~ Trevor Conrad                           27 ~ Eileen Modaffari

18 ~ Helena Cranmer                        31 ~ Erik Miller


From the Search Committee

The turnout for the reception held on April 21, for candidate Rev. Stephen Sanden and his wife Karen was very well attended. Refreshments were provided by the Hospitality Committee and everyone had a good time. Rev. Sanden conducted the worship service on April 22, with a sermon entitled, “The God of All Comfort”. The congregation was introduced to Rev. Sanden's wonderful sense of humor, his ability to preach a meaningful sermon and his exceptional singing voice.


The business meeting held following the worship service resulted in a unanimous vote to accept Rev. Sanden as our new minister. There were 58 members voting. A reception following the service and business meeting gave additional members an opportunity to get acquainted with our new minister. Following the reception, a letter officially offering the pastorate to Rev. Sanden was signed by the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Sheryl Robbins. The Search Committee and Rev. and Mrs. Lawrence completed the afternoon's activities by taking our new minister and his wife out to dinner at the Antique Inn.


We will now anxiously await the arrival of Rev. Sanden to take over the leadership of our Church on June 1, 2012. The Search Committee would like to thank everyone involved in this weekends activities for such an outpouring of support for the Committee and our new pastor and his wife.

God has blessed us.


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


Mary & Martha Circle - Tuesday, May 8

Attention Ladies! The last meeting of the season for the Mary & Martha Circle will be a “Date for Lunch” at the Antique Inn on Route 54a. If you would like to attend, please contact Marge Cornell at 536-6607 or Erma Mullins at 536-8730 by Friday, May 4th for reservations.


Blanket Sunday  May 13

Put Your Caring Into Action... blanket the world with love! Providing blankets and other humanitarian assistance in emergency situations has long been what the CWS Blanket Program is all about. The “plus” enables CWS to help displaced families rebuild their lives in the months and years after a disaster. When people identify what it will take to reconstruct their communities and restore livelihoods to area residents, the Blankets+ funds provide the resources they need. Something as simple as a blanket can grow... and grow... into a community restored. If we raise $350 that will provide blankets to 70 people displaced by a disaster! Let's make that our goal!!! Meeting emergency needs and building food security in partnership around the world.


On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13,

we will receive our Blanket+ Offering.

Our First Baptist Church challenge:

a gift of $5 from every member of the congregation;

that's the cost of a blanket!


Kidz KlubFriday, May 25

The next meeting of the Kidz Klub will be on Friday, May 25th at 6 pm. We will be planning a summer fund-raiser! Come, enjoy a snack and let's brain-storm!


Farm Day! – June 3

As a part of the Penn Yan Area Council of Churches, on Sunday, June 3, Milo Center United Methodist Church will host Farm Day. This afternoon event will be a community blessing of our farmers and tractors and prayers for a plentiful harvest.  The event will begin at 2 pm. All communities are welcome to come together!


Congratulations to Brittany Griffin!

Brittany has received the “Outstanding Junior Award” from the  Future Farmers of America at PYA. This is the 3rd year Brittany has received this award; as she was named Outstanding in her Freshman and Sophmore year as well. At the awards ceremony it was also mentioned that Brittany has shown proficiency at Sheep Production. Congratulations Brittany!! Can't wait to see what you do at National Level in the summer!!!


Our Congratulations to Ralph Clancy!

We want to congratulate Ralph on having an art piece selected for showing. Ralph attends school in Sanibel, Florida where a collection of art was on display for the community. Students in grades 1-5 had pieces that were designed around a “Values” theme, Picasso, Van Gogh or O'Keefe. Only 8 students from each grade were selected. Congratulations Ralph!


Church World Service Kits and White  Cross

17 School kits and 24 hygiene kits are now on their way to the Church World Service distribution center in New Windsor, Maryland. These kits are then dispersed as need arises,  often as a result of a natural disaster, both here in the United States and overseas.


Our White Cross quota is also on its way to hospitals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

            ~ The packages of 4”x4” fabric squares will be used for    a variety of things – much like we would use a tissue or          a piece of cheesecloth.

            ~ The 60 rolled bandages – (torn and rolled by the Mary   Martha Circle) are an ongoing necessity to the doctors            there.

            ~ The 6 baby gowns will be given to newborns leaving        the hospital.


Our ABW will also be sending a check of $150 to White Cross – International Ministries in Valley Forge. This money will be used to purchase other supplies needed by hospitals in the Congo.


Thank you to everyone who helped with or contributed to these projects in any way.


Mission Report as of April 15th:

1. The America for Christ total for the year to date is $697.50. We have received $108.46 for the “Pennies” for the Backpack Program at Milly's Pantry. The Easter Offering has reached $633 toward a budgeted goal of $800.

2. In March we were only able to pay $900 for United Mission Basics. Thanks to your generosity at Easter and every Sunday, we expect to pay the following on April 30, Penn Yan Council of Churches dues and Jail Ministry $250; United Mission Basics $900; Camping Scholarship $250. The “Pennies” will be sent in also. Any received after that will be sent in at the end of the year. Thank You.

3. Don Lawrence, Richard Davis and Ed Castillo will attend the ABC/NYS Mission Conference on May 4th. Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Johnson will be speaking on personality based evangelism- “Got Style?”

4. The Bd of Mission put on a simple meal for “Stepping Stones.” Stepping Stones is a local program assisting families to improve their lives.

5. We reviewed “Life Style of a Congregation.”

We viewed two short video of  Dr. Tony Campolo's invitation to the World Mission Conference at Green Lake, WI. 32 Missionaries and 14 Global Christian Leaders will be in attendance.

6. The Community CROP Walk will be May 6. 25% of money raised goes to Food for the Needy here in Penn Yan. The Walk starts at the Presbyterian Church at 1:30 pm.

7. ABC/NYS Biennial will be held at various locations in Sept. and Oct. See the Bulletin Board for further information.

8. Christian Community Credit Union donated $50,000 to AB International Ministries.


Trustees Meeting Highlights:

Mortgage Payment: We agreed to apply another lump sum payment of $5,000 to the mortgage principle, bringing our balance down to $44,461.17.


BT&T Drive: We will be doing our annual drive in June 2012. We are excited that we are below $50,000 and are on the homestretch now!


Exterior Doors: We are going to have the main doors re-painted this year. Look for other renovations throughout the building too!


Mechanical Room: We will be cleaning out the mechanical room (located off the library) by the end of the month. If anyone has any items currently stored in there, please remove them.


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 information in the offering plate or send to the church office

In Honor of ________________________________________

In Memory of ______________________________________

From _____________________________________________

Preferred print date _______________




Life's Most Urgent Question Is:

What Are You Doing For Others?

                                                        ~ Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.