First Baptist   NEWSLETTER   Penn Yan   

First Baptist Church                           July & August 2013


From the pastor


Dear FBC Family,


It has finally warmed up (though just now a bit too much for me). Summer is in full swing and people are coming and going.  Some are coming back from southern winter havens and others are going on vacation.  But, whether coming or going, visiting or just resting, it is good to know that we are family in Christ and we’re glad to see each other whenever we can. This holds true for those we’ve known or those we’ve just met.


  • 1 John 4:7    Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
  • John 13:35    If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.


Wherever you may be this summer, may you know that you are family and you are loved.


Love and Blessings to all, Pastor Steve


News and Activities


Summer Worship

July 7th – First Presbyterian Church will join us

August 4th – We will worship at First Presbyterian Church


July Birthdays

12 – Christian Modafarri                   21 -  Margaret Hartwell

20 -  Guy Love                                   31 – Kevin Conrad


August Birthdays

14 – Cheryl Stewart                           18 – Dick Johnson

15 – Necia Smith                                27 – Cristine Conklin

17 – Betty Johnson                            31 – Eleanor Stiles

18 – Rita Castillo                               31 – Cathy MacDougall


Monday Church Suppers

Our church suppers will continue through July and August. We hope to see you there. We begin at 5 pm and the cost is $3.00 per person. You are invited to bring a friend with you!


Men’s Gathering on Saturday, July 27 – 8 am

Our First Baptist Men’s Group will gather on Saturday, July 27, 2013 for coffee, donuts, fellowship and devotions. We will then work together

on projects to improve our church’s outdoor appearance – weather permitting. All men and young men are invited to join us.


AB Men NYS 2013 Gathering!!!

“Fearless in Christ” - August 9, 10 & 11 - Keuka College Campus

Featured Speaker: Rev. Terrence K. Porter, Senior Minister at Pilgrim Baptist Church, Red Bank, NJ

Small Groups - Youth Program – Workshops - Great Food - Fishing

See Don Lawrence for more information and/or registration forms, or you may visit


   Related - August 9th Sandwich Building

Just a reminder that on Friday, August 9th at 2 pm we will be assembling the sandwiches (in the FBC kitchen) for the AB Men’s Gathering that will be held at Keuka College. Of course we welcome anyone who would like to lend a hand. And a thank you to all those who have donated to the fixings for the sandwiches.


Keuka College Carnival

On Friday, August 30th at 6 pm Keuka College will hold it’s 2nd annual Religious Carnival for the incoming students. This carnival is an opportunity for the area churches to set up a booth of games for the students to try their hand at. And, at the same time they can become familiar with the worship opportunities. See Rev. Sanden if you would like to participate in this fun activity.


“Handy-Man Helpers”

Members of our American Baptist Men's Group are volunteering to do small repair or clean-up jobs for folks who need this kind of help in order to maintain their homes. If you have something like a leaky faucet, plugged gutter, or lamp that needs a new cord, we can help you. Please phone the church office at 315-536-9821 to add your name and needs to our Job List and we'll get back to you.


News from The Board of Trustees

Thanks to the congregation’s approval on June 23rd, we will be replacing the steeple roof slate with shingles. The Trustees also awarded a $3900 painting contract to Mast Roof and Coatings Co. to restore the steeple from the deck of the bell platform to the roof edge and the little north spire.


The Trustees are thrilled to appoint Mary Watkins as our new Treasurer starting July 1, 2013. She will be working with our bookkeeper, Jan Hafner. (Yes… it takes at least 2 people to fill a portion of Stan’s shoesJ


We have adopted a tobacco free policy. You will see new signs posted at all entryways.


The Trustees will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Wednesday night summer concert series starting June 26th, 2013. Anyone interested in helping is welcome! The money we raise will go towards the steeple restoration project. The concerts continue until August 14th.



Vacation Bible School Thank You

Susy Willson, Joan Strong, Jeff Champlin, Alec Champlin Pam Scutt, Lyle Conrad, Greg Marion, Nancy Marion, Diane DeLooza, Lisa Wood, Tammy Miller, Erma Mullins, Paulina Reid, Bernie Strada, Denise Jose, Betsey Comstock, Karen Sanden, Pastor Sanden, Eileen Modaffari, Calysta Conrad, McKenzie Arroyd, Rich Stewart, Cathy MacDougall, Barbara Burke and Karen Rasmussen. 2013 VBS wouldn’t have been possible without YOU!





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:                                   Peggy S Smart: Secretary


   Office Hours: Mon thru Fri 9AM - Noon  


Church Officers                                                        Our Schedule

   Moderator: Nancy Marion                                       Sunday Worship - 10 AM

   Vice Moderator: Rick Willson                                 Sunday School - 10:15 AM

   Church Clerk: Cheryl Stewart                                 Adult Sunday School - 11 AM

   Church Treasurer: Mary Watkins                          (Sunday School suspended during the summer months)

   Finance Officer: Diane DeLooza

   Missions: Ed Castillo

   Trustees: Sheryl Robbins

   Deacons: Barb Stewart

   Christian Education: Greg Marion

   ABW: Diane DeLooza