First Baptist   Newsletter   Penn Yan   

First Baptist Church    ~    May 2014


From the Pastor


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 greetings.


Blessings, Pastor Steve


FBC News and Activities


Nay Birthdays

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

                                                31 – Erik Miller


May Board Meetings

  • Christian Ed. - Thursday, May 1st at 7:00 pm
  • Trustees -        Monday, May 5th at 6:30 pm
  • Mission  -        Friday, May 9th at 10:00 am
  • Diaconate -      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 Church.

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:

Ø      Baby items: formula, clothes, blankets, diapers

Ø      Campbell Soup labels

Ø      Peanut butter, jelly, applesauce, spaghettios, canned fruit, juice boxes, pasta

Ø      Personal size shampoo, conditioner, soap

Ø      Re-useable shopping bags

Ø      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!

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.

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 607-243-5843.


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.

Yard-Craft-Bake Sale


Love Gift

As of April 13th, the Love Gift total was $316. Thank you to all who give so generously to help others.



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, June 2

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.


Yard-Craft-Bake Sale
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 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.


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

and we’ve 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

the fellowship we shared.



From Your Board of Mission


Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

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 Colgate Rochester Crosier Seminary in 2013.


Please Read on the Reader’s Table:

  • 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 anniversary celebration.
  • 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.


From the Church Library…


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.


Biography: Home – 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 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 thru Fri 9AM - 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: Ed Castillo

Trustees: Greg Miller

Deacons: Barb Stewart

Christian Education: Greg Marion

ABW: Diane DeLooza