First Baptist   Newsletter   Penn Yan   

First Baptist Church        October 2013


From the pastor




The seasons roll around and we are enjoying my favorite right now. Temperatures are a little cooler, and sleeping is better. The colors of fall are beginning to show and the lawn doesn’t need to be mowed as often.


But, though nature is winding down to a slower, and then seeming sleeping, time, our life continues with vigor. It is exciting to have people expressing their commitment to Christ in baptism, and their commitment to First Baptist by joining us as members. Some have been following Jesus for some time already and others are making their decision for the first time. Either way, it thrills my heart to see others committing to follow the God that I love and serve


We need always to keep in mind that ours is a fellowship, not of good people, but of forgiven sinners and followers of the one who gave his life to pay for our sin, and who commands our love and obedience. As we celebrate those who have chosen to obey and follow, we too need to renew or continue our commitment. Let us encourage and strengthen each other as the seasons of our journey to heaven bring us closer to our goal.


Pastor Steve


News and Activities


October Birthdays


1 – Margaret Mills                            14 – Jayda Schroo

7 – Polly Logan                                  16 – Greg Marion

8 – Jean Brewer                                 25 – Pam Scutt

8 – Pastor Steve                                 25 – Scott Robbins


Sunday Coffee Hour and Monday Church Suppers

Remember the fellowship times after Sunday’s services and at 5 PM Monday evenings!


Hearts & Hands Ministry – October 6

We will be meeting on Sunday, October 6, from 11:15 - 2 pm in the 2nd floor alcove. We plan to assemble Welcome Bags, Sunshine Baskets and make cards.  All you need is a loving heart and hands ready to work. Bring your own bag lunch.


Recycle Your Greeting Cards

The Hearts & Hands committee can use your greeting cards! Just cut off the front and drop it into one of the blue/green polka-dotted recycle boxes at church. We have a new project we are working on.


Steeple Restoration

On June 23rd the congregation voted to accept a bid of $15,448 for the restoration of the steeple. The money to cover the cost of the project is to come from Memorial Funds, our church’s general fund and individual contributions. Since we have many plans for future improvements to our church it is very important that we do not deplete our church’s memorial funds and general fund. So please, let’s try to cover as much of this expense with individual contributions as possible. Please give what you can and designate it for the steeple restoration. You may send a check to the church office at any time. Thank you for your continued generosity.   ~ Nancy Marion, Moderator


From the Trustees Board

-          A big thank you goes out to Peggy for working so hard to have our honey bee infestation removed.

-          Thanks to all for the additional donations towards the $15,448 steeple roof restoration costs. Please stop and look up to see the shingles and spires. Also, notice the beautiful paint accents Mast Roofing and Coatings Co. has done in addition to the roof project.

-          For those who have noticed the stains in the carpets, Sandy will be cleaning all the carpets in the church. Thanks Sandy!



Our Stewardship Campaign is coming up soon. Please begin to prayerfully consider your pledge for next year. Also, a reminder that the church brokerage account is available for donations.


Nursery Help

We are looking to fill some vacancies in our nursery now through December. See Ethel Clancy (536-6265) if you are able to rotate in once in a while.


Community News


Bereavement Presentation

A presentation entitled, “Loss and Grief: New Perspectives”, will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, on Tuesday, October 8, at the First Baptist Church, in the Great Room. The speaker will be Michele Allman, LMSW, Medical Social Worker and bereavement support group facilitator for Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County, Inc. The program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated by calling Keuka Comfort Care Home at 536-1690.


A second discussion will take place on Tuesday, November 12, at the First Presbyterian Church of Penn Yan. This talk will be on the experience of grief during the holiday season.


Turkey Hunger Walk

Sunday, November 3, 2013  -  Starting from First Presbyterian Church at 1:00 pm

Please help us buy meat for the Christmas for the Needy distribution


Walkers: pledge forms are now available on the table at church entrance. Now is the time to start talking to those who will sponsor you!


For additional info: Donna Johnston – 536-2683 or


From the Board of Missions


Tim & Patti Long

Both Tim and Patti are busy organizing their schools for the new school year. From registrations, a full one third of the students at Mt. Horeb Grade School will be enrolled in Patti’s special needs classes. There will be more students than ever at the Mexicali Baptist Seminary. Expecting 13 full-time students to return, Tim says 7 new students are also enrolled. There are also 50 extension students attending the seminary or one of its satellite centers. Tim also tells us of Teresa Miranda, a graduate of the Mexicali Seminary, who is a missionary for the Baja Baptist Convention to Southern Mexico. She specializes in training people called to cross-cultural ministries. This will be her fifth year of doing this work.


Roberta Stephens

Volunteers from Pomona FBC arrived in Japan June 1st.  Seven people came to work in the Kato Gakuio Schools and to work in NE Japan.



After 15 years of volunteering in South America and Zambia, the Wests returned to the USA for God’s direction to a new mission assignment.
Since the giving for their personal support goal was very low, Sarah West resigned as a missionary and is seeking employment. (How Sad). Charles in invited by the All African Baptist Fellowship to serve as a Regional Missionary to Africa.


Kristy Engle

Kristy is changing her role after 13 years in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. She is now working with ministries all over the world promoting health care and starting New Health Partnership. Her journal details the work she is doing in Haiti, Bolivia, Mexico and Nicaragua. She is also visiting Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, India and Nepal.


Be sure to real all the journals on the Reader’s Table.


Bd of Mission Report

We thank you profusely for maintaining your giving to the mission program throughout the summer. We start September with a balance of $1164.60!


We have received many Thank You’s for your gifts:

            Milly’s Pantry $275.32 for the Backpack Program

            Christmas for the Needy $100

            ABC Home Mission Society $370.67 for a total of $876 for the

                     America for Christ Offering

            PY Area Council of Churches $200 for Jail Ministry.

            Cameron Community Center $300

            NYS Council of Churches $100

            Church World Service $454 for Blankets Plus


World Mission Offering promotion started in September. We will receive the offering on October 20th. This year’s goal is $1000. We hope to exceed 2012’s WMO of $1050.


It is with great joy that we report the country of Myanmar (Burma) has opened its door again to the ABC missionaries!!!


You will be pleased to learn that $50,000 has been given to International Ministries (BIM) by Christian Community Credit Union. This year’s contribution is being used for AIDS Prevention in Africa, Medical Assistance in the Caribbean, Church Planting in Central America and evangelistic efforts in Asia.


General Secretary Rev. A. Roy Medley has been busy representing ABC/USA. He traveled to Green Lake, WI for the Holy Spirit Conference, gave greetings to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship at their annual meeting in Jamaica. Dr. Medley also attended “Rhythms of the Spirit” in Green Lake, WI. This is a new conference sponsored by ABC/USA.


To wrap up this report, we want you to learn about actions by the kids who attend Cameron Community Center programs. In May the Rochester D&C published an article “Neighborhood Besieged”. The article described the horrible crime spike on Rochester’s west side-6 shootings in 8 days with 10 people either injured or dead.

Two of the shootings forced Cameron to bring children inside from their playground.
Cameron kids and staff decided to do something about these conditions. They organized a Peace Walk on June 4th. They took participants on the usual route to Lyell Ave. library thru many of the streets where recent violence had occurred. They were joined by the Rochester Chief of Police as well as other neighborhood officials, many Cameron supporters and some of the press. ~ Your Board of Mission


Dear Members of FBC and Friends,


Part of what it means to be a follower of Christ is to share the good news of Jesus not only in our neighborhood but also around the world. Each year, the World Mission Offering (WMO) gives the opportunity to learn what is happening around the world thru International Ministries (IM) and to support those important mission efforts.


On four Sundays in our worship services from Sept. 22nd to Oct. 13th, we will gain information about WMO, using the theme EMBRACE THE CAUSE. You, your children and grandchildren have heard how God promised Abram that all the peoples on earth would be blessed through him. Genesis 12:3b reminds us that we are called to be a blessing to others. We can bless others by being active in mission in our community and globally.


We will celebrate how our WMO gifts make possible the ministries of 109 long-term missionaries and more than 1800 short-term missionaries and volunteers. They, along with more than 200 partner organizations, work in more than 70 countries in


                                                HEALTH AND HEALING

                                                ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICING

                                                THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION

                                                ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


                                                PEACE AND REFUGE


We believe that when we EMBRACE THE CAUSE, God will lead us to provide increased support for our world-wide missions. Our 2013 goal is $1000. We hope that we will exceed our 2012 giving of $1050. ~ Your Board of Mission


FYI – There is going to be a Mission Conference featuring BIM Missionaries on October 4th and 5th at Delta Lake Conference Center. There is going to be a car going from FBC for the Saturday program. This conference is open to all. There is money in the Jessup Education Fund to help people attend. If you are interested contact Don Lawrence or Ed Castillo


Prayer for Our Nation


God of our fathers and our God, we thank you for this good land which you have given us for our heritage. For the statesman’s wisdom, the citizens’ devotion and the toil of hands and brain by which we have become strong and great, we give you thanks. For the homes and schools and the government of free people under your sovereignty we give you thanks this day. In the crucial days in which we live, keep ever before us the vision of our founding fathers – of a people dedicated to justice, righteousness and truth – a nation under God whose citizens’ highest incentive is to serve others. Make us fit for our times, correct what is wrong, confirm what is right, spare us from idolatry of the past and the fear of the future. Enable us to cherish all that is holiest in tradition and to welcome all that is healthiest of the new world which is yet to be. Be especially with the youth of this land wherever they may be – in institutions of learning, on missions of mercy around the world, in the Armed Forces – guarding them in moments of temptation and strengthening them in hours of peril. Lift all consultations for peace into the higher order of the kingdom. Bless us all in our efforts to conserve ideals of duty, honor and country, to create and nourish new objectives for freedom and to keep our spiritual sinews strong. And to you shall be all praise and glory, world without end. Amen.







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                         

   Finance Officer: Diane DeLooza

   Missions: Ed Castillo

   Trustees: Sheryl Robbins

   Deacons: Barb Stewart

   Christian Education: Greg Marion

   ABW: Diane DeLooza