First Baptist   Newsletter   Penn Yan   

First Baptist Church    ~    July & August,  2014


From the Pastor


Beloved, Time sees to slip by quickly and we wonder where it has gone. Monday dinners are going very well as we get to know more of our community, both churched and unchurched. The fellowship and friendships we enjoy are a treasure. And the way folks step up to help in various ways is inspiring and gratifying. Thanks to all who participate.


Monday movie night has gotten off to a nice start. We had 11 for the first showing. The second week was pre-empted for our new missionaries to the Dominican Republic and Cuba (their gifts for this new work are promising!) We got the popcorn going for the third week and we hope to keep improving on the layout and correcting a few small errors.


The church yard sale is coming soon! July 5th and 6th will be upon us before you know it. As of now, we still need items for sale. This has the potential to be a big event. For some of us it can help with our spring cleaning; for others who can’t resist a sale it is an opportunity to at least shuffle things around and get some different things.


            Continuing with a longstanding tradition (if somewhat cutback) we will be sharing services with our Presbyterian neighbors. The first Sunday of July they will join us here, and the first Sunday of August, we will join with them in their facility. We look forward to enjoying fellowship with the broader Christian Community.


We’ve been here with you for two years now and we both still feel like we are on a honeymoon with you. I pray this never ends as our love for you all grows and deepens. We are blessed to be a part of this church family.


We have enjoyed growth in our fellowship with new members and new believers. I look to God to continue the work He has begun here. To that end, I encourage us all to seek God more diligently and pray for boldness to share Jesus with those who have not yet given their lives to Him.

Blessings, Pastor Steve


FBC News and Activities


July Birthdays

12 – Christian Modaffari                              

21 – Margaret Hartwell                    

31 – Kevin Conrad                            


August Birthdays

  5 – Charlie Watkins 17 – Betty Johnson                18 – Karen Sanden

14 – Cheryl Stewart  18 – Rita Castillo                   31 – Eleanor Stiles

15 – Necia Smith       18 – Richard Johnson            31 – Cathy MacDougall


Yard – Craft – Bake Sale  - July 5th, 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 Rasmussen, Bill Decker, Nancy Marion, Karen Sanden. We will also need help at the time of the sale. Thank you.

Church Fellowship Suppers - Mondays at 5:00 pm - Open to All - Only $3.00 per person

·        July 7              Pulled pork, tossed salad, dessert

·        July 14            Cold meat platter, chicken and potato salad, coleslaw, cupcakes

·        July 21            Chicken ‘n biscuits, mixed veggies, tossed salad, dessert

·        July 28            Mac & Cheese, green beans, tossed salad, dessert


·        August 4         Scalloped potatoes, peas, tossed salad, dinner roll, dessert

·        August 11        Lasagna, salad, dessert

·        August 18       Sloppy joes, corn, tossed salad, dessert

·        August 28       Chicken ‘n biscuits, mixed veggies, tossed salad, dessert

Dinner and Movie - You can now 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! Come for supper, stay for the free movie!

Summer Sizzle Walk - July 22

Raises money for Christmas for the Needy food baskets. The date has been changed from November to July due to an increasing number of other fundraisers in the fall. Sheryl Robbins and Diane DeLooza will be walking, contact either one of them if you would like to sponsor their steps in this cause.



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 few of these items to your grocery cart this month? Our donation box is in the sanctuary.


  • July Item - Fruit/Pudding/Applesauce Cups
  • August Backpack Item - Cereal/Granola Bars


Sound System Training

If you are interested in learning how to operate our new sound system, please see a member of the Trustee Board.


Volunteers are Valuable

The summer concerts will begin on Wednesday, June 25 and we will once again be cooking and serving hot dogs and hamburgers from 5:30 – 6:30 pm before the concerts begin. If you would like to volunteer to work one or more of the concerts, please see Greg Miller or Pam Scutt.


August 5th Sunday – Deficit Reduction Sunday

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 August 31st for whatever “extra” amount – large or small – that you feel you can contribute. Thank You!!!



Men’s Rally - August 8-10, 2014

on the campus of Keuka College, Sponsored by: N.Y.S. American Baptist Men & Boys ~ All Rooms Are Air Conditioned

Small Groups * Youth Program * Workshops * Great Food  *Saturday Morning Sunrise Service * Sunday Morning Communion Service


Featured Speaker: Jay Koshy

Jay is a graduate of Messiah College and Faith Heritage School. He is the Evangelical Chaplain at Syracuse University where he has the opportunity to minister to over 21,000 students. Jay’s focus is to reach out to students to show them God’s love. He has spoken and ministered in a number of countries including India, Australia, Thailand, and England. He is involved with an international church movement that has planted many churches in India and the surrounding countries of Asia, often in areas where there is little Christian witness. He is also very involved in international student ministry and has taught seminars on international ministry.


Registration forms are available at the church office. For more information and on-line registration, visit



Special End of Summer Dinner - Sunday, August 31st

Roast boneless pork loin w/honey mustard sauce

Oven roasted potatoes

Green beans almondine

Tossed Salad and dinner rolls


Remember Your Church

Summer is finally here and many of us look forward to time off from regular routines, vacations, or just some time to relax and enjoy the warm weather. But, remember that the business of the church continues and bills still have to be paid. Please make every effort to keep your pledges up to date or even pay ahead if you know you will be out of town.


School Bags for Church World Service

In September ABW will once again be collecting school items for School Bags for Church World Service. I have already started making the bags – my goal is to do at least 25. I challenge you to fill them all. Keep your eyes open as the back-to-school sales will start in August. Thank you for any items you can contribute.


Each completed school kit should include:

~ One pair of blunt (round tip) metal scissors

~ Three 70 – count spiral notebooks (no loose-leaf or filler paper)

~ One 30 centimeter ruler (12 inch)

~ One hand-held pencil sharpener

~ One large eraser

~ Six new pencils with erasers (do not sharpen)

~ One box of 24 crayons (only 24!)



From Your Board of Mission


At the time you receive this, we will have collected the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. To date you gave $635.


It is our hope that some funds from OGHS will be given to the Penn Yan environs to aid with flood relief.


In May you gave $179 to Church World Service for the Blanket Plus Offering. You gave $100 to Christmas for the Needy and $323.24 to Milly’s Pantry for the Backpack Program.


You received Thank Yous from ABC/NYS for your gift to the Regional Offering and for your gift of $200 to the Rushville Community Health Center.


For Your Information

Even though it was not a direct action of your Bd. of Mission, by action of the Advisory Council of FBC, $5000 of the Passage Bequest was expended for flood relief. $1000 went to Christmas for the Needy to help replace toys lost in the flood, $1000 went to the Living Well for cleaning supplies used in flood clean- up and $3000 went to the Deacon’s Fund to help members of our congregation affected by the flood.


Your Bd of Mission


From the Church Library


If relaxing with a good book is on your list of summer activities here are a few suggestions from your church library, or don’t hesitate to go in and browse for yourself – you might be pleasantly surprised at all the interesting choices you will find.


“The Highly Suspicious Halo” by Eileen Berger. This is only one title in a series called “Church Choir Mysteries”. Join Gracie Parks, her Uncle Miltie, her cat Gooseberry, her friends and neighbors in Willow Bend, Indiana, as they laugh, pray and solve mysteries together.   Light reading sure to make you smile. (And maybe even wish you were in the church choir?)


“The Meeting Place” by Jeanette Oke and T. Davis Bunn. In 1753 the lines of separation were clearly drawn in Acadia. One village rarely spoke to another. But in this first book in this exciting series, two young women, one French the other English – begin a friendship that will change their lives forever.  Historical fiction that will keep you turning pages and coming back for the next book.


A Prayer for Independence Day


Behold, O God, this, our beloved Country:

            The old, the young, the little children, rich and poor, ignorant and  learned;

            The laborers and managers of industry; workers in factory and  mine, office and home;

            A people of many traditions, many colors, divergent hopes and fears.


Behold America:

            Its mountains and plains, rivers and forests, its inland seas and shining coasts.

            Upon this land, upon these people, pour down your life-giving Spirit of nobility and truth.

            Where there is strife, bring co-operation for the common good;

            Where greed and envy abound, control us with that divine perspective which sees in every man the dignity of a growing soul;

            Where interests clash, set free in us the higher impulse which seeks first your righteous kingdom, where we may enjoy the

             glorious liberty of the children of God.


Behold, O Father this, our Nation.

             Bless it, make it strong with your strength, and fill it with the beauty of holiness;

             Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ~ ~ ~ From: Prayers of the Spirit  By John Wallace Suter


A “Recall Notice”


The Maker of all human begins (God) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been identified as “Sub-sequential Internal Non-morality,” more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.


Some of the symptoms include:

1.      Loss of direction                              6. Depression of confusion

2.      Foul vocal emissions                        7. Fearfulness

3.      Amnesia of origin                             8.  Idolatry

4.      Lack of peace and joy                      9. Rebellion

5.      Selfish or violent behavior


The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this defect. The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required. The number to call for repair in all areas is: P-R-A-Y-E-R. Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.


No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:

1.      Love                                                    6. Kindness

2.      Joy                                                      7. Faithfulness

3.      Peace                                                  8. Gentleness

4.      Patience                                              9. Self-Control

5.      Goodness


Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E (Best Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.


Warning: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list, and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded. For free emergency service, call on Jesus.


Danger: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility. Thank you for your attention! – God

P.S. Please assist where possible by notifying others of the importance of this recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by “Knee-Mail”.




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