First Baptist   Newsletter   Penn Yan   
From the Pastor's Desk
MAY 2015
Dear Family,

We have had a season of ups and downs with the celebration of Easter in drama from the Covenant players, the enjoyment of new hymnals that restore to our pews the classics of our faith and adding new ones and the passing of dear friends.

The celebration of Easter reminds us of our own resurrection and removes the sting of death, if not our sorrow of separation from loved one. But, even that separation is only temporary. I am reminded of the passage in 2 Samuel 12:15-23 in the loss of a child David summed up the passage with: 2Sa 12:23 “But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” (NIV)

Things to look forward to:
May Flowers
Mother’s Day
Memorial Day
Finger Lakes Association meeting and picnic on June 14th

Other things to pray about:
Organ repairs
Video projection for the sanctuary
The big summer yard/bake sale.

Blessings to all, Pastor Steve

News and Upcoming Events
May  Birthdays

2 – Whit Yonge		16 – Trevor Conrad
3 – Lyle Conrad		20 – Kathie Lawrence
3 – Paul Nash		22 – Janice Knecht
5 – Ethel Clancy	23 – Jennifer Slocum
6 – Erma Mullins	23 – Mary Fullagar
6 – Tracey White	25 – Eileen Modaffari
7 – Ed Castillo		31 – Erik Miller

Church & Community Suppers – Good Food, Good Fellowship
5:00 pm, Mondays. $3.00 per person, Followed by a free-family-friendly movie

May 4 – There is NO supper tonight
May 11 – Macaroni & Cheese
May 18 – Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
May 25 – Memorial Day, NO church supper tonight

Youth Group Retreat - May 15-17
For Junior and Senior High ages! At Pathfinder Lodge, Cooperstown, NY. Registration begins Friday at 5 pm. Program starts Friday at 7 pm, ends Sunday at 12 pm. $40.00 per person

Theme: “Thrive” – Galations 3:19. Speaker: Jillene Narraway, site director – Camp Vick, Worship with the Praise Team, Josh Narraway and The Abnormal Worship Band

Sponsored by: Adirondack Association and Vick & Pathfinder Camp & Conference Ministries. For information or to register (by May 12th), call Keith Griffin 518-747-4838, or email :

A retreat designed for youth groups of any size.
Time for large group worship with other youth groups from around New York.
Time for smaller group discussion on topics where our youth live.
Time for looking into God’s word in a vibrant and life-changing way.
Time for games, campfires, fellowship, good food and plain old fun with youth groups.

Hearts & Hands Gathering - Saturday, May 30
We will be meeting on Saturday, May 30th, from 9:00 am to ?, at the home of Cindy Ovens to make cards, put together Sunshine Baskets and enjoy a morning of fellowship and fun. Mark your calendars and be sure to come – bring a friend along too! Please call Pam Scutt with any questions at 315-536-2791.

Backpack Program Needs for May
Canned Tuna and Canned Chicken. Both are a nutritious means for a snack, lunch or supper meal. Kids can make a sandwich when they are home alone. The protein is good brain food.

Yard Sale items needed
Organization for this year’s Yard/Bake Sale is underway. We will be accepting the following: furniture, small appliances, kitchen and home décor items and infant/toddler clothing and toys. Please no adult clothing or TVs. Bring your items to the church at any time (storage in the basement). We will also need lots of help at the time of the sale. Although the date has yet to be determined, please keep this on your radar. Thank you.

Partnership Opportunities
VP (Vick and Pathfinder) Ministries ministers to over 500 children and teenagers a year and over 1,000 adults. We never turn people away due to financial reasons because we believe the Good News of God’s love should be available to everyone. We provide a safe environment to bring people of all ages into a vital living relationship with Jesus. We do so by introducing people to Christ and equipping them to grow spiritually and to minister to their world.

Partnership opportunities are available: Sponsor a week of meals at camp:
Breakfast $500
Lunch $800
Dinner $1000
Scholarships: send a child to camp $340

Just a few examples of how you can partner with Vick and Pathfinder Camps and how you can make a difference in the life of a child. Brochures are available on the FBCPY bulletin board or you may give by check or through PayPal on their website:

News from American Baptist Men, NYS
Save the date of August 7-9, 2015. AB Men NYS will have their annual conference at beautiful Keuka College. AB Men from across the United States will come together to worship, attend workshops and many other activities. The ABMEN announce their Booster Club project: The Evangelical Chaplain program for Syracuse University which especially focuses on the needs of international students regardless of their faith.

Upcoming Upcoming ABW Elections
Our ABW is in need of someone willing to serve as Coordinator of Personal Development. The other office up for election is that of secretary. We usually hold our elections in May or early June. Please let Diane DeLooza know if you might be interested in filling either of these positions. Womem Elections Our ABW is in need of someone willing to serve as Coordinator of Personal Development. The other office up for election is that of secretary. We usually hold our elections in May or early June. Please let Diane DeLooza know if you might be interested in filling either of these positions.

Thank You!
The feedback on the new hymnals has been very positive and we are pleased with the response to help with the cost. We’d like to close this project and we are down to just $200.00 yet to be paid. If you would like to make a contribution please clearly mark your donation as “New Hymnal”. Thank you!

How Can You Help?
There are various opportunities for you to do a little something that will impact others. Look over this list and see if there is a way you can help:

PY Elementary & Hopi Indian School: collecting Box Tops Labels
Missions: cancelled stamps
Living Well Needs & Things: laundry detergent, paper towels
Yates County Food Pantry: peanut butter, tuna fish, cereal

A Prayer for Memorial Day
Our heavenly Father, on this Memorial Day, we stand in grateful acknowledgement of our past history. We thank you for those who have lived and worked to bring us to this present hour. We acknowledge our debt to those of our nation who have given their lives for their country, for freedom, justice, and liberty. May we never forget the value of their sacrifice, nor the nobility of courage nor the tenacity of endurance, which have purchased for us peace, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Now, O God, help us to prize and keep this heritage that we may be true as they were true, loyal as they were loyal. Grant unto us the wisdom to weigh and evaluate the greater issues of life and forever live, fight and die for these great causes. We humbly pray for peace. Not only among nations, but among and within ourselves. Amen.

Who Led You to Faith in Christ?
In 1980 church growth researcher Win Arn, conducted one of the largest studies of how people come to faith in Christ and to the church in the United States and Canada. Over 17,000 persons were asked, “What or who was responsible for your coming to Christ and to your church”? The report showed that a friend or relative was the main link for bringing 75-90% of those surveyed to faith in Christ.

In the early 2000s, Gary L. McIntosh, editor of Growth Points, started noticing that people’s comments no longer matched Arn’s statistics as closely as they once did. Between 2005 and 2010 he engaged in a study to discover how people are coming to faith in Christ and into responsible church involvement. His study eventually involved surveys of over one thousand people in forty-three states. He found that although it is not as high a percentage as it once was, family and friends are still the main link for bringing others to faith in Christ. In answer to the question, “What person was it that led you to come to faith in Christ?,” 43.2% named a family member and 15.7% a friend, for a combined total of 58.9%. The total results were as follows:

Family Member 43.2%
Staff Member 17.3%
Friend 15.7%
Other 10.9%
Lay Teacher 8.3%
Neighbor 2.9%
Work Colleague 1.8%
What person led you to faith in Christ? How about others in your network of friends and family? Why not explore this question with others with month and see what you discover?

~ Used by Permission – Growth Points, Nov. ‘14 ~

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