Church ~ May
Dear Family in Christ,
What a joy to have had a busy Easter Season! In
addition to the usual activity around Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunrise and our regular Easter Service, we
baptized Alec Champlin and Tracey White on Palm
Sunday. We look forward to welcoming them to membership through the Right Hand
of Fellowship on May 4th, along with the rest of the Champlin Family.
Fellowship dinners have returned and are well
attended. Kudos to Bill Decker for his leadership in this
area. Others are invited to help with set-up or clean-up, and help with
doing a supper or making dessert.
We also look forward to see what May flowers our April
showers may bring, and a few days in Florida
to celebrate Karen’s mom’s birthday. She, by the way, sends her love and
Blessings, Pastor Steve
3 – Lyle Conrad 20
– Kathie Lawrence
3 – Paul Nash 22
– Janice Knecht
5 – Ethel Clancy 23
– Jennifer Slocum
6 – Erma Mullins 23
– Mary Fullagar
7 – Ed Castillo 25
– Clifford LaBarr
16 – Trevor Conrad 27
– Eileen Modaffari
– Erik Miller
May Board Meetings
Ed. - Thursday, May 1st at 7:00 pm
- Monday, May 5th at
- Mission - Friday, May 9th at 10:00 am
- Sunday, May 18th
at 11:15 am
American Baptist Women - Saturday, May 3
American Baptist Women’s Ministries Finger
Lakes Association Spring Gathering May 3, 2014 at the Clifton Springs Baptist
Continental Breakfast is at 8:30 am.
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Muniga, Neighborhood Action/Christian Center (Cameron Community Center).
See Diane DeLooza
if you would like to car-pool.
ABW is challenging all of us to help fill their wish
list which includes the following:
Baby items: formula, clothes, blankets, diapers
Campbell Soup labels
Peanut butter, jelly, applesauce, spaghettios,
canned fruit, juice boxes, pasta
Personal size shampoo, conditioner, soap
Re-useable shopping bags
New socks/underwear for men, women, children
Blanket Sunday - Mother’s Day, May 11
Every year, Church World
Service ships thousands of blankets within and outside of the U.S. to help people struggling
daily with poverty and those whose lives have been turned upside down by
disaster. And hope comes in many forms; blankets wrapped around shoulders,
seeds to replant fields, a cup of clean, drinkable water. Please be generous in
your support of Blankets+. Send a powerful message to people in crisis: “You
matter to us.”
Blankets + … providing
blankets and so much more!
FBC Men’s Group - Saturday, May 31
The next meeting will be on Saturday, May 31st.
As always there will be coffee, doughnuts, and devotions. All of the church young
men and men are invited to come and take part!
Monday Church Suppers are Back!
the Monday Church Suppers are starting back up
again! With a big thanks to Bill Decker we look forward to our fellowship time.
Serving is from 5:00 –
6:00 pm, Mondays. Only $3.00 per person.
Note: there will not be a
supper on Memorial Day.
If you would like to help
out with the suppers: setting up, cleaning up, or preparing, contact Bill at
A Thank You
We received a very nice
thank you card from the Penn Yan Council of Churches,
thanking us for hosting the Lenten Lunches. Those within FBC who helped set up
(you know who you are), and clean up, thank you. And we definitely need to
thank the Yates County employees who helped us all out
by keeping our parking lot clear for the Lenten Lunch patrons. Job well done, everyone.
As of April 13th,
the Love Gift total was $316. Thank you to all who give so generously to help
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.
May Backpack Item:
Canned Chicken and Tuna –
great protein opportunity ! Add some extra cans to
your shopping cart the next time you shop. There is a box in the sanctuary in
the first pew. Let’s fill it to overflowing!
Looking Forward - Suggestions and Items Needed:
Movie Night Returns! - Monday,
We are looking for suggestions of your
favorite family friendly movies in either DVD or VHS format. See Don Lawrence,
Greg Marion or Rev. Sanden. This would be a great opportunity for outreach to
those who don’t have a home church; a young family, someone who lives alone,
those new to the neighborhood, etc.
It’s Spring! Have you been doing any spring cleaning?
Please donate your “junk” so it can become someone else’s “treasure”!
Organization for the Deficit Reduction
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.
AB Girl News
What a pleasure it is to have an ABW girl who actually
lets us know that she exists! We received a letter from Rachel Phillips. I will
share some highlights here and post the entire letter on the bulletin board by
the Great Room.
Rachel is a junior in college majoring in teaching
English as a second language. She has been accepted for an opportunity to
travel to China
for 5 weeks this summer to teach English in a community there. She is also
hoping this will give her the chance to spread the work of Jesus Christ. She
asks for prayers that she might be bold enough to do so in a way that will
speak to the hearts of her students.
A Note . . .
With illnesses, the winter
weather and such, our numbers have been a little thin recently. If you haven’t
been able to be in church for a while, this is for you:
We want to let you know that we
have missed you
for a while,
We’ve noticed that you’ve not been here
missed your friendly smile.
We think of you so very much
and we remember
you in our prayers.
We hope you’ll come back into
From Your Board of Mission
This past month has been a
double hallelujah month.
- You gave $853 to the AMERICA FOR CHRIST offering.
This was $28 above our goal! We just missed 2013’s giving by $23.
- ABC/USA notified us that you were in the top 50
churches in increased giving to UNITED MISSION in 2013.
- You gave $600 to Food for the Needy in March.
- You gave $726.09 to YC Habitat in March. It was
noted that in the past 11 years you gave $10,112 to YC Habitat.
The major “PENNY PROJECT”
Drive ended in April. We will have a total for you in next month’s newsletter.
Remember, even though the penny drive has “ended”, we will always continue to
accept your donations to the Backpack Program anytime. Keep bringing them in.
2014 First Quarter Mission Income Report
- The Profit from the Sub Sale
for Yates County Habitat for Humanity was
$726.09. The America
for Christ Offering total was $853.
- Pledges for the Budget were $109 over the Budget
and Secret Place
contributions were $6.75 over. However, the Loose Offering was under
Budget by $193 and the Church
School Offering was
under by $5.33. The bottom line, our income is under budget by $82.60.
- After giving $2700 to United Mission
Basics, $600 to Food for the Needy and $300 to Cameron Community, our
First Quarter balance was $903.34.
- Please remember that all of the
Easter Offering is for Missions. As of April 20th, that total
was $495 ($155 under our budgeted goal of $650).
For Your information
- We will be taking the ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
offering in June. With the horrible winter storms of 2013-14, lots of Disaster
Relief assistance is needed.
- You were among the donors of $333,000 to support
Crosier Seminary in 2013.
Please Read on the Reader’s
- The Spring Chronicle from Cameron Community
Center has interesting statistics from 2013
such as some 2200 volunteers gave over 8000 hours of service.
- BIM’s “On Location” focuses on the Judson’s and Myanmar (Burma) 200th
- Green Lake Conference Center tells of donations to renovate Roger Williams
Inn Hotel. Adding to the $42,000 given by their Bd
of Directors, $83,000 was given by friends and supporters. Read to see how
the $125,000 is being used in the renovation of RWI.
Fiction: At Home
in Mitford by Jan Karon.
This is the first book in a series about Episcopalian Father Tim Kavanagh. Just at the time when Father Tim is questioning
what he is doing and why, he makes the acquaintance of a needy young boy, a
large stray dog and an attractive new neighbor. Easy reading,
short chapters and much humor. And if you enjoy this delightful story,
there are nine more in the series.
– A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews. Complete with over 50
photos, this is the story of Julie’s life – from her birth in war-torn Britain in 1935 to her move to Hollywood in 1962 to begin the next stage of
her career with Disney Studios. Written with warmth and humor, this is a chance
to get to know the real Julie Andrews.
A Prayer for Memorial Day
O Lord our God, we give
you thanks this day for the remembrance of those who served their country and
laid down their lives for our sakes. We praise you for your great goodness to
us as a nation, for the strength and endurance given too our people in the dark
days of danger and sorrow, and for the deliverance you grant us from our
enemies. We bless you for all those who are working for justice and peace among
the nations, and above all for the ambassadors of Christ to whom you have given
the ministry and message of reconciliation. Grant that being mindful of your
goodness, we may be good citizens of our country and loyal servants of your
eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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
Moderator: Sheryl Robbins
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