- - - - NEWSLETTER FOR SEPTEMBER 2008 - - - -    


 First Baptist Church

224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527

 (315) 536-9821 e-mail:

Rev. John R. Tharp, Pastor





Sept. 7 “Let the Little Children Come to Me”

                        Luke 18:15-17

                        Communion Sunday


Sept. 14           Baptist Church School History


Sept. 21           Women’s Sunday

                        Special Guests from Utica Tabernacle Church


Sept. 28           “The Greatest of These is Love”

                        I Corinthians 13:1-13




Serving the Church in September:

Date                Lay Readers                                                  Greeters

Sept. 7             Jack Clancy                                        Margaret Mills & Viola Gray          

Sept. 14           Sean Ahearn                                       Eva Dillon & Erma Mullins

Sept. 21           Meghan Fuqua                                   Mary & Bob Fullagar

Sept. 28           Cheryl Stewart                                   Necia Smith & Pat Ames






7 ~ Kathryn Clayson                          20 ~ Pat Ames

7 ~ Sean Ahearn                                 24 ~ Greg Miller

8 ~ Mary Lou Hainsworth                 25 ~ Jack Clancy

9 ~ Sylvia Ansley                               28 ~ Viola Gray

17 ~ Matt Scutt                                  30 ~ Barbara Burke






September is going to be a “WOW!” experience for the people of Penn Yan First Baptist. The boards and committees have been working over time to bring us the finest and most exciting worship and fellowship experience one can imagine.


September 7                 

Rally Day – “Let the Little Children Come to Me” (Luke 18:15-17)

Starting the church school year off with a BANG, the Christian Education Board is making this a super inviting day. More information below.


September 14

Bring a Friend Sunday

An exciting worship and fellowship time put together by one of our worship teams: Sean Ahearn, Greg Marion, and Barbara Burke. We will learn of the roots of our faith by looking at the exciting history of our church school. There will be a fellowship time after worship and an invitation for all to join in the Christian Education experience. There will be an “Apple Theme” dish to pass luncheon to follow. All are welcome. That afternoon J. Brent Walker, director of the Baptist Joint Committee, will be speaking at Geneva FBC for the Finger Lakes Association Meeting.


September 20, 6 p.m.

Dinner and Science Show Entertainment

Len Ortenzi, nephew of Ralph Wilkes and professor of physics at Finger Lakes Community College, will present a program of science and Christian teaching; which will delight young people of every age. Some of what he does is break wine glasses with sound waves, a “Myth Buster” presentation, makes aluminum rods sing, shows how “Star Wars” gets its sounds, explodes marshmallows, and lays on a bed of nails. It will be a great evening! More information below.


September 21

Women’s Sunday

Edith and Jim Davison will be coming from the Utica Tabernacle Church, with a group of the Karin tribes peoples (twelve altogether) in their native costumes. One of the women who is an interpreter in the public schools, Khin Sae Moe, will speak about the experiences of the refugees. The children will be singing. There will be fellowship meal at noon. More information below.


September 28

Love Sunday

This is a good day to bring your husband or wife. Paul and Cathy MacDougall plan to renew their wedding vows during worship and husbands and wives are invited to join them in doing so. Rev. Bruce Westerdahl will join the pastor in this time of special meaning. The message is “The Greatest of These is Love.”

Mark Lawrence will present a concert on this evening.

~~~ CONCERT ~~~

Mark Lawrence, Tenor
Accompanied by Bill Cowdery

Sunday, September 28, 3:00 PM
~ Donation - $5.00 ~
For New Building Mortgage
Tickets available at the door

A time of refreshments and fellowship will follow the concert



RALLY DAY – Sept 7


Rally Day 2008 will be Sunday, September 6. At this time you can sign up for church school and we have church school for all ages.


¨      Adult                                            

¨      Middle & High School

¨      Elementary

¨      Primary

¨      Parenting Classes


The day will also feature an ice cream social and sing – a – long!

ABW Scholarship Fund

This year’s ABW Ministries Scholarship girl is Janielle Barrett. She is a sophomore at St. Francis College. Her address is: 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11261.

 In this newsletter is a “Giving Calendar” – a fun way to think about our scholarship girl, the program and suggestions for contributing to the fund. If you choose to donate to the scholarship fund, please give your money to our treasurer, Nancy Tharp, and she will forward it on.

                                                                                    Thank You

                                                                                    Sheryl Robbins

                                                                                    Chair, Church & Community


Mary & Martha Circle – Sept. 9

The ladies of the Circle will resume their meetings beginning Tuesday, September 9. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., everyone should bring their own sandwich. We will set up our calendar of meetings, and organizing turns for devotions and desserts. Bring along someone new!

Finger Lakes Association Meeting

Sunday, September 14

First Baptist Church, Geneva

                                      Registration – 2:30 p.m.                                 Devotions – 2:55 p.m.

                                      Hymn Sing – 2:45 p.m.                                    Program – 3 p.m.

Dish –to-Pass supper at 5 p.m.


                Guest Speaker: J. Brent Walker, Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee, Religious Liberty.


Fellowship Class Sept. 17

The third Wednesday of the month brings the Fellowship Class together. This group of ladies will meet on September 17, at noon in the library. Please bring your own sandwich. At our first meeting we will sign up for monthly turns for devotions and desserts. Bring a new friend!



Seeing Scripture in Science!


A collection of fun science demonstrations by

Educational Astronaut Finalist Professor Len Ortenzi, FLCC


Sunday, September 20th at 6 p.m.

in the Great Room


Professor Ortenzi is the nephew of Ralph Wilkes


¨      Hear aluminum rods sing

¨      See sound waves on a slinky

¨      Watch a wine glass shatter with sound

¨      Witness a cinder block smashed on the chest of a crazy guy

                                                 laying on a bed of nails!

¨      And much, much more!


This fun and educational evening also includes biblical truths that are revealed in these scientific demonstrations. Please come and be entertained and blessed



Women’s Sunday – Sept. 21


Women’s Sunday is designed to give Pastor John a well -deserved day off, and gives the women a chance to take over the Sunday services.  We have an exciting morning planned for you! This year we have special guests Jim and Edith Davison from Utica Tabernacle Church. Along with them, will be guest speaker, Khin Sae Moe. Khin came to Utica from a refugee camp after being displaced by the Burmese Army. She and her husband have been U.S. citizens for 7 years. There will also be several school children with them and they will sing during our service. Don’t miss this special Sunday service!



Lay Studies Course


Finger Lakes Association will offer a course in Baptist Church History.

The class will be held on Saturdays, Sept. 20 – Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. – noon.

This is a course in the history of the Christian Church from the Resurrection

to the present. Ed Carey will lead the course and completion will earn a certificate in Lay Studies. Call Greg Marion at 536-6771.



ABCNYS Biennial Meeting - Oct 12-14


A special opportunity will come this fall when the ABCNYS Biennial Meetings are held at Keuka College, October 12-14. As you know, Ruth Spencer Is ABCNYS President and we should do all we can to support her in this great event. There is always a need for local churches to be involved in the work of a Biennial, and this one is no exception.

The following areas will need our involvement and support:

            Child Care                              Ushers

            First Aid                                  Transportation

            Flowers                                   Signs



If there is any way that you can help with any of these functions, or have any questions about them, please call Ruth Spencer at 536-3412.






The church library now has over 250 CD’s (mostly classical music) available for you to borrow and enjoy at home. We certainly appreciate this generous donation from Carrie Ahearn.


Also, a number of videos and DVD’s from the collection of Don DeLooza have been donated to the library by his son, Tom.


As always, thank you to the many church members who continue to share and donate new books to our collection – most recently; Erma Mullins, Judi Gibbs, Evelyn Emerson, Milly Bloomquist and several JOY Circle members.


Come, browse, and borrow. You are bound to find something to suit your interests. Please, remember to sign out what you borrow on the clipboard on the table. If you have any requests or suggestions for additions, please let me know.


Does anyone know the whereabouts of Bad Girls of the Bible, by Liz Curtis Higgs?






to those who contributed food for the

sandwiches for the ABMEN’s Conference and to Erma and Diane who

helped make them. They were really appreciated and enjoyed.                                                                            

                                                                                                     ~ Kathie Lawrence


A Note from Suzie Willson; VBS Director

I’m sending a Jerusalem Marketplace full of thank yous to all staff members, helpers, material seekers, donations and prayer givers, for helping with our 2008 Vacation Bible School. Once again with all of your input our project was a great success. A special thank you to our church secretary, Peggy Smart, whose enthusiastic help, ideas and flexability (even last minute drama part) was another vital key to our success. God Bless You All!



Send A Note

Sharon Brink, a former member of our congregation, who moved to Texas has expressed how she misses FBC and it’s people. If you would like to correspond with Sharon and her family you can write to her at:

Sharon Brink

2401 Monte Carlo Drive

Arlington, Texas, 76015




A small town had one bank and three churches. Early one Monday morning, the bank officer called all three churches with the same request: “Could you bring in Sunday’s collection as soon as possible? We’re out of one-dollar bills.”  ~ Joyful Noiseletter via Rev. Dean Jurgen


An Atheist in the Woods

An atheist was walking through the woods.

“What majestic trees!”

“What powerful rivers!”

“What beautiful animals!” He said to himself.

As he was walking alongside a river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing in on him.

He looked over his shoulder again and the bear was even closer. He tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him.

At that instant the Atheist cried out, “Oh my God!”

Time stopped.

The bear froze.

The forest was silent.

As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky.

“You deny my existence for all these years, teach others I don’t exist and even credit creation to a cosmic accident.” “Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count on you as a believer?”

The atheist looked directly into the light, “It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask You to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps You could make the BEAR a Christian?”

“Very Well,” said the voice.

The lights went out. The sounds of the forest resumed.

And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head and spoke:

“Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty

though Christ our Lord, Amen.”


Signs and Wonders

Sign outside Covenant Moravian Church, York, PA:     

 “Seasons change. God doesn’t.”