First Baptist   Newsletter   Penn Yan   

First Baptist Church    ~    June 2014


From the Pastor


Dear Christian Family,


As I write this we need to be in prayer for those affected by weather and flooding here. We also need to put feet to our prayers and help wherever we can. It can take some time to get things back to normal.


We haven’t left yet for Karen’s mom’s birthday, but, we are looking forward to it. (Heat and humidity not withstanding!)


Time seems to be flying by and June will soon be upon us. That brings some special events upon us.


On Monday, June 2nd we will begin showing movies after the fellowship dinner. On the 9th, for those who don’t go to the association meeting on the 8th, we’ll have missionaries Pete and Sarah McCurdy after the dinner. (No, not for dinner) And the next week we’ll be back to movies.


Other highlights are Family/Father’s Day Picnic, and preparing for the big sale in July. Start saving up your valuable donations for this fundraiser to eliminate our budget deficit.


Blessings, Pastor Steve


FBC News and Activities


June Birthdays:

  5 - John FM Tharp               25 – Diane DeLooza

10 – Russ Scheel                    25 – Stan Ovens

12 – Jeff Champlin                 26 – Jim Best

16 – Tom Tharp                      29 – Calysta Conrad


June Board Meetings:

Trustees - Monday, June 2nd at 6:30 pm

Christian Education - Thursday, June 5th at 7:00 pm

Missions  - Thursday, June 12th at 10:00 am


Church Fellowship Suppers - Mondays, June 2, 9, 16, & 23

Mondays at 5:00 pm - Only $3.00 per person

~ Note: there will NOT be a church supper on June 30th due to VBS

$3 for Dinner and Movie Beginning Monday June 2nd, you can enjoy a great Fellowship Dinner and then see a family-friendly movie all for $3.00 per person. Movies will be shown in the church library and yes, there will be popcorn!


Choir Recognition - Sunday June 8th

Join us in showing our gratitude to our church choir members on this special recognition Sunday. We want to say thank you for sharing their time, talents and service! We will have cold plate and salads.


Missionarues to visit family dinner - Monday, June 9

Special Interest Missionaries Peter and Sarah McCurdy are missionaries will be in Penn Yan attending our family dinner on June 9th.  See Mission report below.


Family Day/Father’s Day Church Picnic - Sunday, June 15

Join us in the Great Room following worship for a Family Day Church Potluck Picnic. Bring your own table service.


One Great Hour of Sharing offering – Sunday, June 22

Information can be found in the Board of Missions report below.


FBC Men’s Group – Saturday. June 28

The next meeting will be on Saturday, June 28th. As always there will be coffee, doughnuts, devotions and a church work project. All of the church young men and men are invited to come and take part!


5th Sunday Deficit ReductionSunday, June 29

There are four months this year that have 5 Sundays in them and the Advisory Council has voted to designate these “extra” Sundays as dates to encourage “extra” giving toward the reduction of the $12,000 deficit in this year’s budget. Special envelopes will be in the bulletin on June 29th for whatever “extra” amount – large or small – that you feel you can contribute. Thank You!!!


Vacation Bible School - Monday, June 30 – Thursday, July 3

Hey Kids! Join us at the Jerusalem Marketplace this summer!!!

We would love to see you and your friends for crafts, singing, story-telling, snacks and more.

  • When: Monday, June 30 thru Thursday, July 3
  • Time: 9 am to Noon (breakfast will be available at 8:30 am)
  • Where: First Baptist Church, 224 Main Street, Penn Yan
  • Who: All Kids, pre-K thru 5th grade


June Backpack Item

Cereal and Granola Bars – Keeping in mind those children who, during the school year get to eat lunch only because they qualify for free or reduced price lunches; over the summer we do what we can to keep them fed when there isn’t enough food in the home. Can you add a box or two of breakfast bars to your grocery cart this month? Our donation box is in the sanctuary.


Yard – Sale – Bake Sale: Items needed!

The sale is July 5th from 8 am - 4 pm and July 6th 1 pm - 5 pm

We are 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.


From Your Board of Mission


Congratulations! The spring “Penny Project” drive netted $323.24. With pennies still coming in, we should surpass 2013’s total of $414.68. Keep those pennies coming.


During the month of April, you gave $204 to Love Gift, $250 to ABC/NYS Camping Scholarships, $50 to PY Area Council of Churches for dues, $200 to PY Area Council of Churches Jail Ministry and $200 to Rushville Health Center.


We have new Special Interest Missionaries for 2014-15.

Peter and Sarah McCurdy are missionaries to the Dominican Republic on the island of Santo Domingo. They will be in Penn Yan attending our family dinner on June 9th. Please plan to come and meet them.


Missionary News

  • Roberta Stephens - Roberta’s latest Journal “Memory Trip” conclusion is in. She tells or her 25 day trip to North Eastern Japan. She tells of People, Places, and Experiences. A good read.
  • Tim & Patti Long - Tim and Pattie are soliciting support for their programs in Baja California. Look for their brochures.
  • Kathy & Wayne Niles - Second Milo was nice enough to share the latest journal from Wayne & Kathy Niles in Congo. Kathy tells of the beginning of construction of a new Nursing Arts building in Vanga. The project was a dream of Kathy’s mom, Miriam Fountain. Dan and Miriam Fountain are well known missionaries to many of you.


Read all the Journals mentioned above. They are found on the Reader’s Table or Bulletin Board in the foyer to the Great Room.

One Great Hour of Sharing Letter to the Congregation


One Great Hour of Sharing offering – Sunday, June 22

During the month of June, we will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering. The offering will be received on June 22nd.  You gave $724 in 2013. Our goal for 2014 is $700. With of the terrible weather and disasters so far this year, the need for emergency funds is greater than ever. Here is a report:


Dear Friends, - “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, so that they may be one, as WE ARE ONE, I am in them and you in me, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:22-23)


With his beloved disciples, Jesus prayed for connection and unity. Perhaps he knew that understanding our oneness would be one of our greatest challenges as human beings, and that is why one of his very last acts was to pray for unity.


For 7 decades now, nine denominations in the U.S., united as one, have been connecting people though the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Men and women living in poverty who might have been overlooked, or outrightly forgotten, have been assisted by our gifts to the OGHS offering. The woman who was a victim of war, attempting to raise a family on her own, has been helped by funds from the OGHS. Families across our country, struggling to overcome devastation from the deadly storms ravaging our country, are helped by funds from OGHS.


Each time a gift is given, a connection is made. Each donation to the OGHS offering, no matter how large or small, reveals our unity, that in Christ Jesus we are one family.


We are the hungry, the thirsty, the homeless, the hurting. We are the one with the need. We will answer Christ’s call until all are fed.  UNTIL  ALL  ARE  FED.


Please give generously to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.


A Prayer for Our Nation on Flag Day, June 14


Almighty God, we pray that you will bless our country, that it may be a blessing to the world. Help us to adopt aims and policies that are in accordance with your will. May we see ourselves as others see us, and avoid self-deception and hypocrisy. Lead us to sound government, equal justice under law, wise education, and incorruptible media of news. Grant us a true sense of fairness in our dealings with one another, and a spirit of service that will banish pride of place and give equality of opportunity. May we respect our country and our flag and worthily represent what they stand for in the way we live.


June Calendar











Community Chorus Concert



Church Supper       & Movie

Trustee Meeting



Friendship Square Dancing






Boy Scout Meeting          


Christian Ed meets






Choir Recognition Luncheon



Church Supper

Peter McCurdy-missionary to Dom. Rep speaking



Friendship Square Dancing





Cub Scout Meeting


YC Office of the Aging Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Mission Meeting

Boy Scout Meeting




Mobile Food Pantry



Family Day Picnic



Church Supper    & Movie







YC Food – set up


Boy Scout Meeting



Yates County Food Distribution




One Great Hour of Sharing Offering



Church Supper

& Movie




YC Summer Concerts on the Courthouse Lawn begin






5th Sunday Deficit Reduction Offering





Movie Night

No Church Supper










Backpack item: cereal/granola bars




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