First Baptist   Newsletter   Penn Yan   
From the Pastor
June, 2016

These are some things I’ve been wanting to share with you.

First, We Love You.

Second, it saddens us to see the infighting between boards and members. To help repair our relationships we have prayerfully started quarterly fellowship meetings. It is my hope that most of us can attend and share our concerns and goals. I am expecting boards to share a brief synopsis of their activities and some of the things they are concerned about and their projected activities.

The first of these was held after church on May 15th. I hope that we can learn to trust each other and not simply go back to our familiar cliques to talk behind each other’s backs again. It may just be me, but I think we are starting in the right direction and I have a good feeling about it. (I would have liked to hear more thoughts on some future projects, but maybe you needed more time to ponder them.)

Third, we do have some big opportunities before us and, thanks to some generous bequests, we are not far from affording to implement them.

I am praying for God to bless and grow this congregation in His own way and according to His will and plan. If we want to live up to our calling in Christ we need to pray and to listen carefully to the Holy Spirit.

Last, I was strongly encouraged to publish a sermon I delivered in April. You will find it in this newsletter.

I count it a privilege to be your pastor, and both Karen and I love you, our church family and our community.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

Upcoming Events

Celebrating June Birthdays 

4 – Marivic Dalglish		25 – Diane DeLooza                            
10 – Russ Scheel		25 – Stan Ovens
17 – Emma Scharping		29 – Calysta Conrad	

Church & Community Suppers - Good Food, Good Fellowship
5:00 pm, Mondays ~ $3.00 per person

June Supper Menu:
6 – chicken ‘n biscuits – (IM visit – see below)
13 – hamburg stroganoff
20 – meatloaf
27 – macaroni ‘n cheese

International Missionaries Visit - Monday, June 6
International Missionaries Ketly and Vital Pierre Coming to First Baptist Church

We hope you will make special arrangements to attend the Monday Church and Community Supper on June 6th in order to meet the Pierre’s.

For the past 16 years they have served in Nicaragua and last year they moved their operations to the Dominican Republic applying their skills to strengthen local congregations and encourage existing churches to start new ones

. This is an evening you won’t want to miss. You will be encouraged as you listen to their amazing story. The evening begins at 5 pm. The cost for the meal is only $3 per person.

Commissioning Stan Oven's Waters of Blessing mission - Sunday, June 12
On Sunday, June 12th we will commission Stan Oven’s for his Mission Trip to Nicaragua. Stan will join others from The American Baptist Churches of New York State, in partnership with the ABC of Pennsylvania & Delaware, June 18-26, to continue an ongoing mission project. The Mission Team consist of Team Leaders: Jim Kelsey and Tim Spring; and Team Volunteers: Greg and Ryan Buschmeyer, Rebecca Cetta, Karen Davis, Caleb Fortwangler, Stan Ovens, Rachel Peterson, Olive San.

Father’s Day Picnic - Sunday, June 19th
Come celebrate the end of the Christian program year and the beginning of summer. There is no better way to do that than to have a family picnic and that will happen on Sunday, June 19th. The Christian Ed and Diaconate boards will be co-hosting the picnic by providing most of the meal. The Deacons will provide hot dogs and hamburgers and Christian Ed will provide a very special dessert. All you have to do is to bring a side dish and your own place setting. This all takes place in our Great Room following Sunday Service around 11 am. Show your appreciation for the good works that all our boards have done this program year.

Hymn Sing - Sunday, June 26
Your Board of Deacons will be hosting a HYMN Sing in place of the regular service on June 26th. This special service is to acquaint you with the new hymn books that we were blessed to receive. There may be a skit or two provided by the Christian Ed and there will be a brief dedication and thank you for all those who made this possible. We are asking the congregation to select their favorite hymns or songs that you would like to sing and write them down on a clipboard that will be on the front pew. Come and enjoy this unique service and invite any music lovers to attend. Then stay for coffee hour where the Deacons will provide a special ice cream sundae dessert. Hopefully strawberries will be ready by then! Support music appreciation day in church on Sunday, June 26th

Vacation Bible School - June 27 – July 1
Fiesta! Where Kids are Fired Up about Jesus!

Fiesta! Is an exciting way for kids to learn more about the love of Jesus. They will take part in a mission project, sing catchy songs, play team-building games, and create Bible Point crafts.

We hope you’ll spread the news about this year’s VBS. Each day begins with a light breakfast and concludes with a Fiesta Finale. Family members and friends are encouraged to join us daily at 11:30. For more information call 53-9821.

American Baptist Girls of NYS Conference 2016 - June 30 – July 3 at Houghton College
Enjoy a great experience with girls from across the state in a warm Christian atmosphere – filled with fun, food, fellowship and the word of God.

Open to girls in grades 4-12 ~ Fee $175 ~ Register by June 20

More information and registration forms are available in the church office.


ABW News
Nine of our ladies attended the ABW convention in Owego, NY April 22-24. The Spiritual Leader, Dr. Christine Roush, spoke four different times. The main gist of her talks was that we need to stop sitting around trying to think of ways to get people INTO our churches. Instead, we need to get out of our comfortable pews, GO OUT into our neighborhoods and serve there, where the people already are. Joyce Camp did an excellent workshop on two nameless, but important woman of the Bible. We are hoping for part 2 next year.

It was the first convention for Marianna, Hannah, Sarahlyn, and Emma, and they were treated to a pillow fight – a tradition started years ago by our beloved Edith Calvin. The girls enjoyed the chances to swim in the pool and eat at the elaborate tables at the banquet.

Christian Education News
> The Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for camp scholarships held on May 8th, resulted in $465. The sponsoring youth group wish to thank Bill Decker and all the adults that helped with the project.

> The Camp and Conference display set up in the Great Room has needed information for those attending. Please encourage our young people to attend. Financial help is available. Call Tammy Miller for 595-2893 for more information.

> The 20th annual Cruisin’ Night will be held on June 17th from 4:30 – 9:30 on downtown Main Street, Penn Yan. Stop by the display table for Vacation Bible School registration located in from of Long’s Bookstore. For more information call Pam Scutt at 536-2791 or Cathy MacDougall at 536-2899.

> Family Day Church Picnic will be held on Sunday, June 19th after church in the Great Room. The Christian Education Committee will furnish ice cream sundaes and plan entertainment.

> Vacation Bible School happens June 27 – July 1st from 8:30 am to 12 noon. The theme is “Fiesta! Where Kids Get Fired Up! About Jesus”. This program, designed to plant the seeds of faith, will include breakfast at 8:30, a mid-morning snack of Mexican delights, stories, games singing and crafts all designed to know Jesus. Registration sheets are available at the office. Register early to be sure of materials for projects. Attendance is free. For more information call Suzie Willson, chairman at 1-585-526-1004.

> Craft leader, Ethel Clancy needs oatmeal round containers, crepe paper and help if you can in any way. Call Ethel at 536-6265.

> The Youth Group, under the direction of Cheryl Stewart is making helpful materials for the Living Well to give to those in need. If you have any ideas, call Cheryl at 536-2570. Their earlier projects for the Well have been greatly appreciated by those receiving them. The study for this group is, “We Are Baptist”.

> The Elementary Class, led by Ethel Clancy is continuing to study how to use and find information in the Bible. Ethel’s number is 536-6265.

> The Adult Class is reorganizing. If you have any ideas for study, call Mary Fullagar at 536-3569. Teachers are needed.

> The Board of Christian Education members wish to thank Carrie Ahearn, Barbara Stewart and the Choir for the year’s beautiful music as well as Charlie Miller for his dependable bell ringing each Sunday that calls folks to worship. Our church is blessed.

News from the Trustee Board
Once again we plan to offer hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and cold drinks before the Yates County Summer Concerts on the Courthouse Lawn. We can use help with cooking and serving and your help is always appreciated. The concerts will begin on Wednesday, June 22.

June Backpack Program
This month we are seeking your donations of granola bars. They are a quick snack for the kids, full of carbohydrates for staying power.

Note: the Backpack Program continues year ‘round, because the need doesn’t end. The folks from Milly’s Pantry collect donations and then pack every Tuesday from 4-5 pm in our Great Room. Your Board of Mission needs your help as we at FBC strive to impact our community for Jesus.

Leaders and Would-Be Leaders
Keep in mind that the church office receives various catalogs for Bibles, books, Bible Study resources etc from Christian Books, LifeWay, Cokesbury, and Bible Study magazine. You are welcome to browse the catalogs. Acts 5:42 ESV – And every day in the temple and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

The July and August newsletters will be combined as one. Please have your information in to the church office by June 20th. Thank you

Community Chorus Concert -
Sunday, June 5, at 2:00 pm, First Baptist Church Sanctuary

Under the Direction of Jennifer Kraemer Wood the theme this spring is Hearth and Soul, featuring folk songs and spirituals. Lucinda Loomis and Linda Payne will accompany the chorus on piano. There is no admission charge for this concert however, a free-will offering is collected to help support the chorus’ financial needs.

A Prayer for Flag Day
Almighty God, we thank you for the flag that flies today with it’s great symbol of freedom. Keep love’s banner flying o’er us as we walk in the way of those who do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with you. Fashion our desires, our duties, and our deeds in accordance with your will that we may labor for a better world filled with better people for the betterment of all. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

Sermon delivered by Rev. Sanden, 04/17/2016
Scripture 1 Peter 2:4-2:10

Come to the Lord, the living stone rejected by people as worthless but chosen by God as valuable. Come as living stones, and let yourselves be used in building the spiritual temple, where you will serve as holy priests to offer spiritual and acceptable sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ. For the scripture says, "I chose a valuable stone, which I am placing as the cornerstone in Zion; and whoever believes in him will never be disappointed."

This stone is of great value for you that believe; but for those who do not believe: "The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all." And another scripture says, "This is the stone that will make people stumble, the rock that will make them fall." They stumbled because they did not believe in the word; such was God's will for them.

But you are the chosen race, the King's priests, the holy nation, God's own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvelous light. At one time you were not God's people, but now you are his people; at one time you did not know God's mercy, but now you have received his mercy.

How to Build a Church

A recent study shows that there are 195 million un-churched people in America. This makes America one of the top 4 largest "un-churched" nations in the world. Each year 3,500 churches close their doors forever, while only 1,000 to 1,500 new ones are started in the same timeframe. With 3 churches on every corner where we live, we may find it hard to believe, there is a need for more churches, but there is.

Through our giving to Home Missions Society and International Ministries, as well as our direct giving to our special interest missionaries, we contribute financially to starting these needed new churches. And there are faithful missionaries and church planters who are sacrificing, serving and doing their part to spread the good news all over the world and here in our own backyard. But we must understand that neither we nor anyone else can build a church! God is the One Who builds a church. We are told in scriptures that - Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it - Psalms 127:1 And unless the Lord builds a church, those who labor are laboring in vain. There are many people who are good at building buildings, but a nice building does not qualify as a great church!

We (the people) are the Body of Christ....Not a pile of brick and mortar. I know of some churches that are thriving without what we would describe as "nice facilities". There are congregations meeting in movie theaters, warehouses, strip malls and old barns that are doing a great work for the Lord. On the other hand, there are countless brick buildings, with large steeples, padded pews and stained glass windows that are plateaued, dead and dying.

We have a tendency to measure a church's success by how many cars are in the parking lot, how many people are in the pews and how much money is taken up on Sunday.

A church can have thousands of members, who give faithfully, with state of the art facilities and be a success in our eyes, and be a failure according to God's standards. On the other hand a church may meet in someone's basement with a handful of members who are obedient and faithful and God sees them as a success.

Every single week I get e-mails and flyers in the mail box, promoting the latest and greatest "church growth method". There is always a new program that will help build or grow the church. Don't get me wrong, I would love to see this church filled to the point that we have to tear walls out and build on. But large crowds and big buildings are not the goal. With that being said, I have good news... God wants this church to grow. God wants the church down the street to grow. God wants new churches to be built and God wants old churches to be revitalized.

We have the privilege to be a part of this process. But if any church is going to grow, if a true church is going to be built... it will be built by God NOT MAN!!! There is an area of theology that seeks to understand all aspects of the church. This is known as ecclesiology. It is derived from the Greek word "ecclesia”. This is a term referring to a gathering or assembly of believers. This involves more than attending church, IT IS ABOUT BEING THE CHURCH!

Fellowship, worship, edification and ministry are all performed by people, not buildings. As a result of their persecution first century Christians often met secretly in people's homes. And over time things have evolved into what we have today. In our text we get a glimpse of God's building program.

1 Pet 2:4: Come to the Lord, the living stone rejected by people as worthless but chosen by God as valuable.

Since the beginning God had a plan for His church. God chose His own Son to be the Cornerstone of the Church. Peter explained this in the previous chapter the fact that God had this plan before the world began. 1Pet 1:20-21: He had been chosen by God before the creation of the world and was revealed in these last days for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from death and gave him glory; and so your faith and hope are fixed on God.

In the New Testament we have several images of the Church: In Ephesians the church is a body: by speaking the truth in a spirit of love, we must grow up in every way to Christ, who is the head. Under his control all the different parts of the body fit together, and the whole body is held together by every joint with which it is provided. So when each separate part works as it should, the whole body grows and builds itself up through love.

In Revelation 21:9: it is a bride: One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came to me and said, "Come, and I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb."

In 2 Corinthians 6:16 it is a building, “How can God's temple come to terms with pagan idols? For we are the temple of the living God! As God himself has said, "I will make my home with my people and live among them; I will be their God, and they shall be my people." The image of the church as a building is seen here in v5: let yourselves be used in building the spiritual temple. How amazing is it to think that before the world began we were a part of God's master plan.

Let us never forget that "Faithful people do not build the church of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ builds his church through faithful people."

Not only did God have a "Vision" for His church, He prepared the proper foundation for His church. His only Son laid that foundation! - 1 Corinthians 3:11 For God has already placed Jesus Christ as the one and only foundation, and no other foundation can be laid.

Notice: Peter speaks of the Cornerstone. A Cornerstone is defined as a stone that forms the base of a corner of a building, joining two walls and metaphorically an important quality or feature on which a particular thing depends or is based. Jesus is both! He is literally and metaphorically the Cornerstone of the Church. The “chief corner stone” is the basic, essential, and most important part of a building…it’s the foundation. In these verses Peter references - Isaiah 28:16 I am placing in Zion a foundation that is firm and strong. In it I am putting a solid cornerstone on which are written the words, 'Faith that is firm is also patient.'

God had laid a foundation (Christ) and the Jews rejected Him 7-8: This stone is of great value for you that believe; but for those who do not believe: "The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all." And another scripture says, "This is the stone that will make people stumble, the rock that will make them fall." They stumbled because they did not believe in the word; such was God's will for them.

The religious leaders in Israel examined Jesus' credentials as the Messiah and they rejected Him. They despised and abused Him. And eventually they scourged and crucified Him. But even after all they did, on that first Resurrection morning He came out of the grave alive forevermore. God's plan for His church would be accomplished!!! Though the Jews and others throughout history have rejected Jesus, We who trust in Him recognize the honor God has given Him

We know that salvation through Christ is the greatest thing we could have ever received! v7 "Unto you therefore which believe, he is precious". - The fact that Christ is the foundation of the church brings us great assurance. As the foundation of the Church, Christ will endure forever. Death, decay and depreciation cannot destroy the church. The reason that the church has survived and will continue to do so is because of the Chief Cornerstone, on which the whole building rests.

Any church that is ever going to be successful for God MUST BE BUILT ON JESUS CHRIST! Not people...Not traditions... Not man made measures of success... Nothing other than Jesus!!!

Peter also states that we are "a holy priesthood" This is a great privilege because a priest was one who had access to God. We have that access! - Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. As a part of this "holy priesthood" we are to “offer up spiritual sacrifices” How do we do this? We offer ourselves - We offer service - We offer prayers - We offer worship - We offer thanksgiving. We are "priests" in the sense of being servants. But Jesus Christ is our Great High Priest. This verse indicates that "Spiritual sacrifices" are the motivation for God's church! This may come as a surprise to many in the church today. Because somewhere along the way people came to the conclusion that church should be all about them. They leave church on Sunday and complain because: Someone didn't shake their hand. The sermon was too dry or too long. Some say it was too shallow, while others say it was over their head. Some don't like the music because it was too old and others don't like it because it was too new.

You can tell that the church has lost its focus when you hear comments like: "I can't believe she didn't speak to me today". "No one ever notices what I do!” "Things just aren't exciting anymore". "I wish things were like they used to be". "Why can't we do what X Church is doing". Consider the author of this letter, the Apostle Peter. A man who went hungry and thirsty following Jesus. A man who left everything he knew behind to be a disciple. He was cursed, beaten, imprisoned, persecuted and eventually crucified for the cause of Christ. Can you imagine what his response would be if he heard some of the self-centered garbage coming from the mouths of modern day Christians?

Regardless of your motivation... God's motivation for His church is that His people "as living stones offer Him spiritual sacrifices!!" God has a Vision for His church, He laid the Foundation for His church. Are we following through and following His plan letting him use us to build His Church?

JUNE 2016

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