First Baptist   Newsletter   Penn Yan   
From the Pastor's Desk
October 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We were well represented at our Association Meeting on September 13th. I was gratified to have so many of our folks in attendance. The meeting was engaging and informative with a presentation from the chaplain at Keuka College, Eric Detar, and another from Jerrod Hugenot, our Associate Regional Minister.

Eric told us a bit about the work he does as a chaplain providing support for the different religions at the college and developing programs for spiritual exploration. He is not allowed to share personal information (like who the Baptist students are) about the students, but could provide sign-up sheets for those who are willing to receive information from us.

Keuka College was founded by a Baptist minister with a great vision and that is the basis for its designation as a Baptist related school. But, over the years that connection has weakened and the only real connection is that the ABC provides for American Baptist Students attending the school. I believe that the school also provides scholarships on that basis, but it is a one or the other sort of proposition.

My hope is that we can find ways to endear ourselves more to the students and faculty of Keuka with outreach and relationship building ministries.

The other important presentation was given by Jerrod, who managed to keep things light and engaging as he presented some dry, but important information. It was interesting to find that the state of New York has a section of laws for religious organizations and even one specifically for Baptists. We many need to review our organizing documents to make sure we are in compliance.

On the topic of the organ we are still gathering options and pricing. When we have more information we can organize it so we can make a clear presentation to you and see how you want to proceed. The way we proceed with the organ may also affect how we approach projecting in the sanctuary.

With the new hymnals the issue of projecting songs we don’t have (we don’t have to run a lot of copies) is less of a concern, but I hear now that some folks would still like projection because the print is not big enough. There are also short videos that the ABC sends that I’d like to share with you all. And there are lots of visual aids and multimedia segments that would aid in presenting messages on Sunday.

Lots to think about, I know, and as we get more options and information we’ll call a meeting to present them and discuss them.

Looking forward to see how God leads and provides in the days to come!

Pastor Steve

News and Upcoming Events

Celebrating October Birthdays

     1 – Margaret Mills		14 – Jayda Schroo
     7 – Polly Logan		16 – Greg Marion
     8 – Jean Brewer		25 – Pam Scutt
     8 – Rev. Sanden		25 – Scott Robbins
     10 – Clarence Ansley	28 – Gail Yonge

Remembering Lyle Conrad - Saturday, October 3
Lyle Conrad - May 3, 1938 - September 22, 2015
We will miss Lyle; his “artful insights”, his concern for the environment, and the way he captures FBC moments with his camera. Lyle loved his family fiercely and was always bragging about the doings of his children and grandchildren. A service celebrating the life of Lyle Conrad will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at First Baptist Church at 11:00 am.

Church & Community Suppers – Each Monday
Good Food, Good Fellowship 5:00 pm, Mondays.
$3.00 per person
5 – Whit Yonge’s Church Ham Loaf
12 – meatloaf ‘n mashed potatoes
19 – macaroni ‘n cheese
26 – baked ziti, sausage & meatballs

Hour of Prayer - Each Thursday
We have a small but “heart”y and faithful group of people that have been attending our prayer meetings that is focused on praying for our church, community and social issues. Everyone is welcome. Come see what this group is all about. We meet on Thursdays at 7:00 pm

Advisory Council Meeting - Thursday, October 15, 7:00 pm
All church boards are required to have a representative present with 2016 budget figures to present at the council meeting. In addition, all church boards need to select a member for the nominating committee for this meeting.

…forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, I press on toward the goal… Philippians 3:13-14 (ASV)

God is doing new and surprising things in once-Communist Hungary!

Forgetting what is behind: Hungary is still recovering from four decades of repressive Communist rule, during which schools were controlled by the government.

And stretching forward to what is ahead: Churches now have the opportunity to run schools, where they can teach the Bible, nurture students in their faith and open new doors by providing courses in conversational English.

As part of this new approach to education, International Ministries partner Hungarian Baptist Aid has been given the opportunity to manage 49 schools throughout this eastern European country – serving 17,000 students in grades K–12. And the impact has been staggering!

Students and teachers alike are blossoming in grace-filled environments as they study the Bible and see firsthand what a difference Jesus can make in their lives.

After-school clubs are reaching students with the gospel message, practical Bible teaching and the joy of the Lord.

Students are stretching their conversational English skills, thanks to American Baptist who are responding to the immediate and ongoing need for English-speaking teachers.

STRETCH FORWARD with International Ministries
through the World Mission Offering - Sunday, October 25, 2015

The amazing transformation that we see in Baptist-run schools in Hungary is just a snapshot of what is happening through IM’s partners and nearly 1,800 missionaries and global workers in more than 70 countries around the world.

Now more than ever, there is an urgency to stretch forward all around the world. And you are encouraged to be part of the new and surprising things God is doing through International Ministries with your support of the World Mission Offering.

Gifts directed to IM’s current global servants are crucial. But there is also a great and continuing need for IM to coordinate with partners worldwide to prepare, place and support new global staff and volunteers who can bring God’s love, hope and healing to new areas of the world-and this important work is only possible thanks to support for the whole of IM.

Two-thirds of the world still does not know the fullness of God’s love through Jesus Christ. That’s why, this October, we will focus on the wide-ranging impact of the World Mission Offering, using the theme Stretch Forward found in Philippians 3:13-14.

This special offering will be received during worship on Sunday, October 25, 2015.

I believe that, as we Stretch Forward together, God will lead us to provide increased support for worldwide missions. Our 2015 WMO goal is $1,139.

Whether God is calling you to GO as a global volunteer or worker or to GIVE of your financial resources, let us join together in touching as many lives as possible in more than 70 countries around the globe.

Give generously and expectantly to the World Mission Offering as, together, we help people everywhere come to Christ, grow in their relationships to God and change their worlds through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank You!
From your Board of Mission

Rochester Christian Colleges Fair - Tuesday, October 27
from 7 – 9 pm at Pearce Memorial Church, 4322 Buffalo Road, North Chili, NY 14514. Representatives from 20 Christian colleges around the country will be available to talk with area youth and their families. More information can be found at

AB Youth Convention - Nov. 6-8, 2015
Holiday Inn, Syracuse, NY
Leading Worship: Nate Maxfield
$150 per person

Backpack Program Needs
Instant Oatmeal!
Imagine how a warm, satisfying breakfast can make a difference in a child’s school day. A good anytime fuel-up for both body and brain.

A Prayer for World Communion Sunday
O God, we join with our sisters and brothers around the world in remembering Christ’s sacrifice for us. For the opportunity to eat and drink together and for the life we have received, we give you thanks and praise. In the abundance of your many gifts, grant us grace to fill one another’s lives with love. Redeem, restore and remold us until we are made new. Transform our daily bread into the bread of life, and the cup that we drink into the cup of salvation. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

When gems of summer look tired and sad, we clean up reluctantly; When autumn colors replace summer’s jewels, it happens gradually. By the time summer’s packed and put away, warm russets and reds catch our eye; Crimson and gold step softly in and we haven’t had time to spy. When we watch flocks of geese flying south, suddenly all it clear; The seasons have changed in the blink of an eye – the fall of the year is here. When we take a deep breath of crisp autumn air, it’s a tonic and a relief, And we know we have secretly waited for this – the season that’s hallowed, but brief. Stately spruce, green balsam and pine accentuate amber and cream; And when colored leaves float silently down they’re a blanket of which we can dream of pumpkin and spice, and family, gathered around the fire, Mesmerized by autumn’s treasures – all that a heart could desire.

A young man had lost his job and didn’t know which way to turn. So he went to see an old preacher.

Pacing about the preacher’s study, the young man ranted about his problem. Finally he clenched his fist and shouted, “I’ve begged God to say something to help me, preacher, why doesn’t God answer?”

The old preacher, who sat across the room, spoke something in reply, something so hushed it was indistinguishable. The young man stepped across the room. “What did you say?” he asked. The preacher repeated himself, but again in a tone as soft as a whisper. So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the preacher’s chair.

“Sorry,” he said. “I still didn’t hear you.” With their heads bent together, the old preacher spoke once more. “God sometimes whispers,” he said, “So we will move closer to hear him.” This time the young man heard and he understood.

We all want God’s voice to thunder through the air with the answer to our problem. But God’s is the still, small voice… the gentle whisper. Perhaps there’s a reason.

Nothing draws human focus quite like a whisper. God’s whisper means I must stop my ranting and move close to Him, until my head is bent together with His. And then, as I listen, I will find my answer. Better still, I find myself closer to God.

--Author Unknown

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-Fri, 9-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: Jack Clancy
Trustees: Greg Miller
Deacons: Barb Stewart
Christian Education: Greg Marion 
ABW: Diane DeLooza