- - - NEWSLETTER FOR JUNE & JULY 2009 - - -    


 First Baptist Church

224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527

 (315) 536-9821 e-mail:

Rev. John R. Tharp, Pastor




June 7             New Life, New Community

                        Act 2:43-47


June 14           Praying for Boldness

                        Acts 4:23-31

                        Children’s Sunday


June 21           The Power to Change (Part 1)

                        Acts 8:26-40

                        Father’s Day


June 28           The Power to Change (Part 2)

                        Acts 9:1-19



Greeter’s                                                                    Lay Readers

  7 - Erma Mullins & Eva Dillon                                Bob Fullagar

14 - Kevin & Calysta Conrad                                     Erik Miller

21 - Cathy & Paul MacDougall                                  Greg Miller

28 - Margaret Mills & Jennifer Slocum                    George Slocum


June Birthdays

5 ~ George Slocum                 23 ~ Gerry Lane

5 ~ John FM Tharp                25 ~ Diane DeLooza

11 ~ Bessie Bliss                    25 ~ Warner Gibbs

16 ~ Tom Tharp                      25 ~ Stan Ovens

19 ~ Anne Perry                     26 ~ Jim Best



During the months of July and August we will join services with the Presbyterian Church. In July they will be our guests and in August we will be their guests.

~ We need volunteers to host coffee hour in July. Call the office to sign up or watch for the sign up sheet during worship service soon.





July 5    Pastor Paul Malles                                      

 “Strengths and Weaknesses”                                  

  Communion Sunday

   II Samuel 5:1-5,9-10                                              

   II Corinthians 12:2-10                                           

   Greeters - Christine Conklin                             

                   Barb Stewart                                                                

                Lay Reader - Erma Mullins                        


July 12 Pastor Paul Malles                                        

   “God’s Purposes”                                                      

   II Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19                                                

   Ephesians 1:3-14                                           

               Greeters - Shelley Bicksler                                          

                             Cindy Ovens                                                               

   Lay Reader -            Nancy Marion                                       


July 19 Rev. John Tharp

“What Is the Difference?”

 Matthew 7:28-29

 John 7:25-31

 Greeters - Bethany DeLooza

                            Diane DeLooza

 Lay Reader - John FM Tharp


July 26 Rev. John Tharp

“The People Whisperer”

 Mark 7:31-37

 Greeters - Pam Scutt

                            Cheryl Stewart

 Lay Reader - Lyle Conrad




Aug. 2 Rev. John Tharp                                                                   

“The Prime Directive”                                                

 Matthew 22:34-40                                                    

  Communion Sunday                                                                                                             


Aug. 9 Rev. John Tharp                                           

            “Texting God”                                                                           

             Romans 8:26-30                                                       


Aug. 16 Rev. John Tharp

             “Feeding 5000 People On a Small Budget”                                                              

               Matthew 14:13-21


Aug. 23 Pastor Paul Malles

            “Being Ready”

  I Kings 8:22-30, 41-43

  Ephesians 6:10-20


Aug. 30 Pastor Paul Malles

“Just Do It”

  Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9

  James 1:17-27



A message from Pastor John


“If God be for us, who can be (stand) against us?” Romans 8:31


            God is so totally convinced that love will conquer evil and grace will defeat sin, that he staked everything on it. When the apostle Paul realized what this meant, he could not contain his excitement. In the seventh chapter of Romans, Paul details all the ways he messed up his life and how he kept on falling short. Yet, when he was grabbed by the meaning of God’s grace, he came out with this amazing statement: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who live in union with Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) Stand on this powerful truth, the invincible nature of those who live in Christ is now plainly evident. But for those who would so live, there is a need to embrace this new perspective, (or in better terms, be embraced by this perspective.)


            Recently I read two books on American history, one on the Revolutionary War and the other on the War of 1812. Both of these have been written from the British perspective. I am mildly amused by the fact that both of these books portray the American forces as poorly outfitted, badly lead and misguided in their goals and methods. On the other hand, the British soldiers were well trained, well equipped, gifted with superior leadership, and properly supported. On reading these books one had the feeling that all the American errors were the result of blunders and foolishness, while the British mistakes were understandable because of their supply problems, and distance from London - not to mention the unsporting conduct of the American soldiers who refused to stand in straight lines so they could be shot. History will note that, in spite of all this favorable reporting, the British did not win either war.


            The world is always ready to write the epitaph of the Christian Church. From the world’s perspective, the message of the saving work of Christ is fantasy and foolishness, which does not stand a chance against the sophistication of a scientific age. New “religions” rise up against Christianity and then fade away. Governments ban the teaching of Christianity and those governments fail. Professors of philosophy “prove” the superiority of human wisdom over faith in Christ and their books gather dust. Against all that the world can muster the working of God’s love is still warming hearts, freeing souls, and turning people to new and wholesome lives.


            The perspective of Romans 8:35 is “that there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.” With this perspective, the world looks a whole lot different.


                                                                                    Pastor John





Crocodile Dock

Where fearless kids shine God’s light


June 29 - July 3


We will be learning about Life on the Bayou with games, and plenty of

Swamp Stompin’ Music.






Everyone can spend a day at Camp Vick for free.


Our Board of Mission is sponsoring a trip on Saturday, June 20, 2009 for

the annual Camp Vick Open House.


We will leave early in the morning and be at camp from 10 am to 3 pm for tours, activities, and lunch. This will be a good time for “old campers” to refresh their memories of great times learning about God in the out-of-doors and for “new campers” to learn about the activities and facilities offered for children, youth and adults.


We are looking for drivers who are willing to transport the “young and old” one-day campers for a fun day.


Please call the church office (536-9821) if you would like to come to camp with us.

Summer Camping Schedules are also available and scholarships toward the cost, too!



Mary & Martha Circle/Fellowship Class - out to lunch      

June 24, noon

The two ladies groups will meet at the Antique Inn at noon.

Call Marge Cornell for reservations at 536-6607. 

All ladies of the church are invited! Bring a friend!



Our Mission Project this year will be to support

The Humane Society of Yates County with donations of

dog/cat foods, kitty litter, toys, beds, etc.



ABC/NY Summer Institute at Keuka College

The following courses are scheduled for Mondays, July 6 through Fridays, July 10.

·         Christian Ethics: 8 am - Noon with Ed Carey, Pastor

·         Ministry to Individuals: 8 am - Noon with Rev. Darryl Powell, FBC Manchester

·         Ministry Through the Small Church: 1 pm to 5 pm with Rev. Jeremy Spencer, Pastor, Odessa FBC.

See Greg Marion for more information.


Food for the Needy News

Remember the Food Pantry needs over the summer months.

Drop off donations of non-perishable foods in the Great Room.


The Backpack Program also continues all summer long for those children who attend summer reading programs. Many of these kids rely on the school’s reduced price or free lunch program for their nutrition. Donations of the following are needed:

Cash                plastic bags                  mac & cheese              fruit cups         tuna

Snack bars       applesauce cups          fruit/pudding cups                   cereal bars


American Red Cross Needs~n~Things

hand soap                    laundry soap                paper towels                Diapers sizes 4,5,6     

kleenex                        toothpaste                    feminine products


Items for donation may be left in the box marked “Red Cross Needs-n-Things” in the front of the sanctuary.





Now is the time to indicate your preference for a Memorial  bulletin cover.

The cost is $10 for one Sunday. In purchasing Memorial Bulletin Covers, you will help defray some of the church’s operating costs and at the same time memorialize or recognize a loved one. Printed in the bulletin will be the information you provide below. Please send the following information to the church office along with your payment.


            Date Preferred _______________  From _______________________


            In Honor of ______________________________________________


            In Memory of _____________________________________________



Community Chorus Concert

Sunday, June 7, at 3 pm

Penn Yan First Baptist Church

Free admission


Beethoven Mass in C

Soloists: Aimee Stempien, Corinne DeRue, Hans Walter-Peterson, John Stuart


Other music includes songs of JS Bach, John Rutter; selections from

The Music Man, songs celebrating spring, and a tribute to Abraham Lincoln


Peg Patterson, Director                  Lucinda Loomis, Accompanist




June 6-7

The relay is an all night walk, held at the Fireman’s Field, to raise money to fund cancer research, education and patient services.  Anyone interested in being on a team or making a donation is encouraged to call Beth DeLooza (Team Eastview) at 536-3162 or Pam Scutt (Team Footprints) at 536-2791.



Flag Day is Sunday, June 14. We hope you enjoy this


Commentary on



As a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton’s teachers explained the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class. Skelton later wrote down, and eventually recorded, his recollection of this lecture. It is followed by an observation of his own.


I - Me; an individual; a committee of one.

Pledge - Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.

Allegiance - My love and my devotion.

To the Flag - Our standard; Old Glory; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody’s job.

United - That means that we have all come together.

States - Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country.

And to the Republic - Republic - a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it’s from the people to the leaders; not from the leaders to the people.

For which it stands One Nation - One nation meaning, so blessed by God.

Indivisible - incapable of being divided.

With Liberty - Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one’s own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.

And Justice - The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.

For All - For All - which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.


I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God. Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said that it is a prayer, and that it would be eliminated from schools, too?

Red Skelton (also a Mason)




Question: What are the two periods of life where men do not understand women?

Answer: Before and after marriage.


“Blessed are the husband and wife who continue to be affectionate, considerate, and loving long after the wedding bells have ceased ringing.”


Comedian Red Skelton’s recipe for a good marriage:

“We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.”

                                                                                              ~ The Joyful Noiseletter


Reflection on Love, Weddings and Marriage


A young woman had dated her boyfriend for a long time without his ever mentioning marriage.

Her boyfriend took her to a Chinese restaurant one day, and asked her, “How do you like your rice? Steamed or fried?”

She looked at the menu and replied, “Thrown.”              

    ~ Joyful Noiseletter