- - - - NEWSLETTER FOR OCTOBER 2007- - - -  


 First Baptist Church

224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527

 (315) 536-9821 e-mail:

Rev. John R. Tharp, Pastor





Oct. 7        “Don’t Break The Chain”

         II Timothy 2:1-7

         Guest Preacher – Rev. Don Lawrence


Oct. 14      Guest Speaker – Rev. Daniel Chetti

               American Baptist Missionary


Oct. 21      Festival of Faith

         Guest Speaker – Randy Snavely

                Family Life Network Radio


Oct. 28      “The Church is Mission”

                Acts. 16:1-10


Greeters                                                     Lay Readers

Gladys Kjar & Shane Furman                    Oct. 7       Jack Clancy

Judi Gibbs & Fran Morse                        Oct. 14     Brittany Griffin

Milly Bloomquist & Marge Moulton               Oct. 21     George Slocum

Betty Johnson, Brittney Griffin & Lisa Wood  Oct. 28     Rita Castillo



                           OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS!

1 – Margaret Mills          16 – Greg Marion

2 – Rebecca Scouten       16 – Doug Passage

7 – Polly Logan              19 – Marlene Guild

8 – Jean Brewer            25 – Scott Robbins

14 – Christina Tharp        25 – Pam Scutt

                             25 – Bob Fullagar

The Pastor’s message


What I Do In Private Is My Own Business

¨ “It doesn’t hurt anyone but me.”

¨ “It’s my life, I can do with it as I please.”

¨ “Go for the gusto and forget about the consequences.”

We have all heard these kinds of statements. We may even have said them ourselves.


In a pamphlet entitled “Truckstop Ministries News”, given to me after one of his trips by Paul MacDougall, Chaplain Joe says, “This is simply not true.” In his monthly articles, Chaplain Joe tells how he had been hooked on pornography until God freed him from this addition. He had seen it destroy people, marriages, families, and churches. It has even lead some to take their own lives.


Chaplain Joe, reminds his readers that “the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10a) Satan is out to steal the joy in your life and to kill the spiritual life within you. If Satan cannot kill you, he will make you ineffective as a Christian witness, or as a Christian father, mother, or friend. After you have given in to Satan, he will drown you in guilt and further deplete your energy for doing good.


Because pornography can interfere with God’s plan for your life and turn you toward a destructive path, it affects everyone around you. A clear and beautiful mind becomes a twisted and defensive mind. Wholesome joy which might have been shared is covered over by the smut that always lingers from pornography.


The good news is that God wants to free us from all wrong so that our scarlet sins become whiter than snow. (Isaiah 1:18) For this reason Jesus came to preach freedom to the oppressed, sight to the blind, and healing for the broken hearted. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness!” (I John 1:9)


Just now, in the towns of Jerusalem and Benton, the town counsels are trying to find ways to hinder the establishment of “adult entertainment” stores. Usually these establishments come in without the invitation of the resident population and bring with them a very unsavory traffic. The social cost of damaged people and families, added police, and a moral smudge on our community makes the presence of these places a high cost and zero return kind of business.


I encourage you to contact your town council and see what has been done to keep the area free of these “adult entertainment” stores. Encourage your leaders by standing with them as they work on this issue. Pray for strength in the churches and in the groups around town that there might be commitment to a morally wholesome community.                                                 Pastor John



Tuesday, Oct. 2 @ 7 p.m. Board of Missions

Tuesday, Oct. 2 @ 7 p.m. Diaconate

Tuesday, Oct. 9 @ 10:30 a.m. Mary & Martha Circle

Tuesday, Oct. 9 @ 7 p.m. Board of Trustees

Thursday, Oct. 11 @ 7 p.m. Board of Christian Education

Wednesday, Oct. 17 @ Noon Fellowship Class

Wednesday, Oct. 17 @ 7 p.m. Nominating Committee

Thursday, Oct. 18 @ 7 p.m. Advisory Council

At this meeting there must be a representative present from each church board/committee. Each rep is required to present figures for your portion of the budget. We will discuss reports, and 2008 budget and goals.





Focus on the Family: The Essentials of Discipline

On Sunday, September 23, a group of parents started meeting for a video/discussion group that will focus on parenting and discipline issues. The group will last 12 weeks for 1 hour following worship service. The basic idea of this group is to take a practical look at child raising and discipline in today’s society. Anyone is welcome to join us; even those who have already raised their children or who have older children and can offer insight or mentoring to us “beginners.”

We all have our questions, doubts and fears when it comes to raising our children. I know I do. My desire is to bring us together so we can support and help each other through this challenging time. I would like to see the group continue on after the 12 weeks as a means of continuing the support. We can accomplish great things together,



Ithaca Science Center Trip

A trip especially for the youth of the church is being planned for October.  Anyone who is interested in attending, please contact Eileen. I need input as to a good date to go!



The Gad-Abouts will start Gadding again! On Sunday, October 7,

at 12:15 p.m. we will go to Atlanta for chicken and biscuits.

If you would like to join us, call Ed and Rita Castillo at 536-3631.



Betty’s Local Harvest Celebration - Saturday, October 13

               Sponsored by HUBBA (Helping Us Build Better Assets)

Hubba is a school-community initiative involving both youth and adults. Assets are things that all children need to succeed in life-positive adult role models, development of values such as integrity, honesty, and caring, as well as encouraging service to others and caring neighborhoods and schools. HUBBA has been providing positive opportunities for adults and youth to learn form each other, and strengthen the connections between relationships in our community for over 6 years.


In honor of Betty Bistoff, a founding HUBBA member HUBBA will be hosting

Betty’s Local Harvest Celebration

Saturday, October 13

Yates County Fairgrounds

4 p.m. – Scarecrow building contest, sling shot gourd throwing, pumpkin decorating, relay races, music by Crooked Lake Fiddlers

6 p.m. – Sit down family style dinner made with all local produce

7-9 p.m. – Community Dance with a live band and caller for a variety of different dances – no dancing experience necessary, and all ages welcome.

Free event open to all in the community.


Any donations received that evening will be given to Christmas for the Needy – one of Betty’s dearest passions for over 50 years. It is our hope that the positive, family-oriented activities and intergenerational focus will continue to strengthen community spirit and provide nurturing and safe bonds with adults for our children.


*Note – All area churches have been asked to donate 10 pies each for the free dinner. If you can help, please call Peggy in the church office at 536-9821 and give your name (I will forward info to HUBBA). Pies need to be dropped off the day of the event.





The Rev. Daniel Chetti, American Baptist Missionary who has been serving in Lebanon, will be our guest Preacher on Sunday, October 14. He is currently spending this year on “Home Assignment” with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Rachel, with relatives in Oregon. Dan will be one of the leaders at the World Mission Conference in Canandaigua, October 12-14.


Dan and Sarah have spent the last four years at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon, where he taught theology, coordinated graduate studies and provided administrative assistance to the academic dean, while Sarah worked on the development and management of the seminary’s library. Together, they were also involved in ministries in a local prison and with the Sudanese Congregation that meets at Fanar Baptist Church.


In the midst of the Hezballah/Israel war last July, daughter Rachel was evacuated to Oregon and completed her High School Education there. She is attending the Community College in Eugene, Oregon this year. Dan and Sarah are spending much time this year visiting churches and providing seminars on topics such as:

“MORE THAT MEETS THE EYE: Understanding Islam and Muslim People”.


He asks that we pray for the following concerns:

For the people of the U.S. as they try to fathom the senseless violence in the Middle East

For the safety and effective witness of the minority Christians in the Middle East and the Muslim lands.

For the ministry and service of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beiruit, Lebanon.

For daughter Rachel as she is still having health issues with increase in blood pressure



          FESTIVAL OF FAITH 2007  -  OCTOBER 19 & 21


Friday, Oct. 19

    6 p.m.  Our world famous Baked Spaghetti Dinner

7 p.m. Festival Worship with “The Common Ground” (Christian Blue Grass Band), from Canandaigua United Church, and Randy Snavely as our keynote speaker. He will speak on: “When God Looks Down” Psalm 14:1-3 You will love the kind of “hearts wide open to worship” experience this band and this speaker provide.

Sunday, Oct. 21

10 a.m. Festival Sunday Morning Worship

Choir Anthem “Is This Not the Land of Beulah”

Randy Snavely “When God Looks Up” Isaiah 66:1-2

11 a.m. Coffee with Randy in the Great Room


Randy Snavely  is the “sports guy” on The Family Life Network will be our keynote speaker for our special weekend. If you are not presently listening to the family network, it can be found in Penn Yan at 91.9 FM, or north of town, at 93.7 FM.






Chapel Dedication  - Nov. 4

During the worship service we will be dedicating our newly furnished chapel. Two members of our church family have donated new chairs and created an extraordinary stained glass piece to hang in the window! Please take the opportunity to visit the chapel and experience the loving additions. A huge “thank you”  too, to the generous donators!


2008 Stewardship Drive  - Nov. 4

Immediately following Sunday School at 12:15 the Trustees are sponsoring a

“POT LUCK” dinner to kick off our Stewardship Drive! The trustees will furnish beverages and desserts and the congregation is asked to bring a dish to share and your own place settings. We look forward to seeing you there! Plan on joining us for food, fun, and fellowship. If you have any questions see Cheryl Stewart.




November 17                 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

We are looking for ideas and contributions for theme baskets as well as donations of other craft items and baked goods. Be thinking of how you can join in the fun of preparing for and helping to make this annual event a success again this year.

Work /Planning day #1 ~ Oct. 13

Work/Planning day # 2 ~ Oct. 27

At the home of Cindy Ovens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ~ bring your lunch!







Promoting a Culture of Peace: Bridges of Shared Values


Can religion help to build a culture of peace?

Come hear what representatives of different traditions bring from their faith communities to promote harmony and peace.

Thursday, October 11, at 9 a.m. – noon

Our Lady of Peace Parish Center – Geneva

RSVP or questions: Contact Rhonda t 315-789-2686 ext. 104

Free Will Offering




Saturday, October 20, at 7 p.m.

Potter Baptist Church – Route 364, Potter

Everyone is welcome – Refreshments following!





*If you or someone you know would like to share your talent at our singspiration, please call 585-554-3532 by Oct. 6, to discuss details.




A special Thank You to everyone who helped with and supported the Almighty Jam on September 15. The Jam was a success, and the proceeds will enable two youth in the community to further their interest in music and community service. We look forward to next years event and we hope you’ll join us. Thank you again!


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Our White Cross Request for 2007-2008 has just been received. If you wish to help fill this year’s request, you may sign the sheet at the front of the sanctuary. Most of the items must be brought in by November 15. The following items are needed for Stewart Community Baptist Church in Carson City, Nevada: small toys, new Bibles, gift wrap, ribbon, gift tags, and hand puppets. The Veterans Village in the Philippines has asked for boy’s shirts and shorts or pants. We will also be making bandages and patchwork pieces. Please see Kathie Lawrence if you have any questions. Please sign up today to help with this year’s White Cross Request.

Thank You.



Board of Trustees report


¨ We are contacting a Steeple Jack to inspect and repair the roofing of the steeple.

¨ The meals served at the concerts in the park, the ice cream sale, and the ABW bake sale netted $1,311 which has been paid on the principle of our mortgage.

¨ We are planning to clean out the basement of the church. Watch for the date as we will need help.

¨ Kick off for the Stewardship Drive is scheduled for Nov. 4 with a pot luck dinner that will be hosted by the Trustees.

¨ Ivan Horning is going to be asked to inspect our sanctuary pews and give us an estimate for any needed repairs.

¨ There will be a dedication of the chapel during the Nov. 4 service.

¨ The coffee hour will start again this month. The Trustees will be in charge of September and October.

¨ Cleaning supplies are needed. Please leave your donations at the church office.

¨ Repair was made to the part of the furnace that collects condensation from the air conditioner.