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First Baptist Church
224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527
(315) 536-9821 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. John R. Tharp, Pastor
JUNE SERVICES HELD AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH AT 10 AM
June 7 New Life, New Community
June 14 Praying for Boldness
June 21 The Power to Change (Part 1)
June 28 The Power to Change (Part 2)
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
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 SERVICES HELD AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH AT 10 AM
July 5 Pastor Paul Malles
“Strengths and Weaknesses”
II Samuel 5:1-5,9-10
II Corinthians 12:2-10
Greeters - Christine Conklin
Lay Reader - Erma Mullins
July 12 Pastor Paul Malles
II Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19
Greeters - Shelley Bicksler
Lay Reader - Nancy Marion
July 19 Rev. John Tharp
“What Is the Difference?”
Greeters - Bethany DeLooza
Lay Reader - John FM Tharp
July 26 Rev. John Tharp
“The People Whisperer”
Greeters - Pam Scutt
Lay Reader - Lyle Conrad
AUGUST SERVICES HELD AT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AT 10 AM
Aug. 2 Rev. John Tharp
“The Prime Directive”
Aug. 9 Rev. John Tharp
Aug. 16 Rev. John Tharp
“Feeding 5000 People On a Small Budget”
Aug. 23 Pastor Paul Malles
I Kings 8:22-30, 41-43
Aug. 30 Pastor Paul Malles
“Just Do It”
Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9
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.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WENT TO CHURCH CAMP?
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.
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.
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.
Community Chorus Concert
Sunday, June 7, at 3 pm
Penn Yan First Baptist Church
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
RELAY FOR LIFE
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
“THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE”
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)
IN THE “MARRY” MONTH OF JUNE
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