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 First Baptist Church of Penn Yan

224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527

 (315) 536-9821



Worship Themes & Scriptures for October


3        “Exercising Our Faith”

            Luke 17:1-10


10      “Receiving A Full Reward”

            Ruth 1:1-7, 8-19A


17      “Jesus’ Mission: Come, Grow, Change”

            Luke 19_1-10


24      “An Unexpected Prayer”

            Luke 18:9-14


31      “A Love That Holds”

            Mark 12:28-34



1 ~ Margaret Mills                25 ~ Pam Scutt

7 ~ Polly Logan                      25 ~ Bob Fullagar

8 ~ Jean Brewer                     25~ Scott Robbins

16 ~ Greg Marion                 


Lay Readers                                                   Greeters

3 ~ Cristine Conklin                                                   Joni Campbell, Gary & Keith Fuller

10 ~ Shane Furman                                                    Ed & Rita Castillo

17 ~ Nancy Marion                                                  Jennifer Slocum & Brittany Griffin

24 ~ Kathie Lawrence                                                Margaret Mills & Jean Brewer

31 ~ Greg Marion                                                      Greg, Tammy, Erik & Kyle Miller



A message from Rev. Burke


Dear Church Family,


Words can hardly describe the feeling of welcome I experienced when I arrived to be your interim pastor.


Everything from the welcoming tour of Penn Yan by Rita Castillo to the gifts of household supplies and delicious dishes of food contributed to that feeling.


The provision of a beautiful home in which to live helped me feel right at home.

On the first Sunday when I met the church family and was treated to a very nice reception, I felt so thankful that the Lord had given me this opportunity to serve here. Thank you to all of you who participated in this warm welcome.


Already, I have been very impressed with the many aspects of First Baptist, especially outreach program you have and the involvement of so many of the church family.


As I look forward to working with you during this transition period, it is my prayer that our Lord will use this as an effective time of reflection and preparation as you seek God’s person to be your next pastor.


                                                                        Faithfully Yours,

                                                                        Rev. Richard Burke



Meet Rev.Burke


            “Interim Ministries – ABC” is please to introduce the Rev. Richard D. Burke. Rev. Burke attended an Interim Ministries - ABC pre-Biennial training seminar conducted in Washington DC and there discovered that this is the area of ministry in which he would like to invest his senior years of service. In addition to the churches he has served, Rev. Burke managed a Pastoral Care Hospital Visitation Program in the greater New York City area, conducted a weekly radio ministry broadcast, served in a range of educational positions, including Assistant Professor of speech and drama, and was director of Student Activities and Campus Ministries at Baptist colleges.


Of interim ministry Rev. Burke says, “Having spent thirty years in pastoral ministry with an emphasis on healing and congregational unity, I feel a calling at this time in my ministry to help churches that are in a transition period. I love preaching and teaching and feel I can help churches build bridges of communication.” Having taught communications on the college level and conducted communications training for many years he feels “that communication help is so important to churches in transition.”


Ministries & Churches Pastored


Ÿ         1976-1998             First Baptist Church of New York City, 

                                 (The oldest Baptist Church in New York City)


Ÿ         2002-2008 First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon in Bronxville, New York


Ÿ         1978-1995 Weekly Radio Ministry on WOR-Radio



With The Lord


~ On September 8, the Lord called the Rev. Dr. Douglas Passage home.

Rev. Passage,  pastor from 1972 to 1986, served the Lord faithfully and was greatly  loved by our church family.  His wife Luella, also loved, passed away in January of this year.


~ On September 16, Viola Gray passed away. Viola became a member in 1978 by letter and has served on various committees including Trustees and Deacons.


~ On Monday, September 20, the Lord called Alberta Gottshall home.  Alberta had been a resident of the Homestead for  many years. She joined the church by baptism in 1989 and was faithful in her church attendance.



American Baptist Women ~ Finger Lakes Association


Speakers - Madeline Flores-Lopez,

Coordinator of Mission Volunteers in the Caribbean

and Pastor Jacqueline Bollista.


Saturday, October 2, Dundee Baptist Church

~ Continental Breakfast at 9:30 am ~

We will carpool, leaving from FBC at 9 am


Advisory Council Meeting


Thursday, October 14 @ 7 pm


All boards and committees MUST have a representative

attend the meeting with their budget figures for the year 2011.





It’s that time of year again! Time for our annual trip to Atlanta for

Chicken & Biscuits! Anyone is welcome to join us, and if we have

enough wanting to go we will take the church van.



Chicken & Biscuit Dinner in Atlanta

Sunday, October 17

Leaving from the church following Sunday School (noon).



Board of Mission for the October Newsletter:


We THANK all of you who kept your pledges up to date over the summer. We have been able to pay our monthly budgeted items. NOTE: We still have $2300 for Institutional Support, $3690 for United Mission Support and $600 for Missionary Support among the budgeted items for the rest of the year.


We received THANK YOUS from CWS BLANKETS + for $221 and from the HOME MISSION SOCIETY for $59.10 for AFC Offering and $250 for Friendship House (Hamtrank, MI).


We are so pleased that you passed the goal for OGHS. You gave $765 and $50 for Haiti.


You will be pleased to learn that the $603.27 that you gave to the PENNY PROJECT went to MILLY’S PANTRY and provided BACKPACK meals throughout the summer for kids in the Penn Yan and Dundee School systems.


Speaking of the PENNY PROJECT - another $200 has come in. Several of you tell us that your penny containers are overflowing. We will accept your pennies any Sunday you bring them in. We will do a concentrated drive for the PENNY PROJECT in February, March and April of 2011. Again, all contributions will go to Milly’s Pantry for the Backpack Program.


The WMO is coming up. We will take the offering on October 17th. Our goal for this year is $1150. The funds all go to support missionaries in the field, particularly those whose support teams have not achieved full support. Please read the letter found elsewhere in this newsletter promoting the WMO. PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY!!!


Some of you may be concerned that the AMERICAN BAPTIST FOUNDATION is undergoing reorganization. REST ASSURED! All funds are SECURE. Rev. Bill Carlson, retired Executive Minister of ABC/NYS is the interim director for ABF.


Last but not least: We are still collecting CAMPBELL LABELS - these go to SPRINGBROOK (Upstate home for Children), BETTY CROCKER “BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION”  they go to PYE and the HOPI INDIAN SCHOOL and CANCELLED STAMPS - these go to a mission for children. KEEP BRINGING THEM IN!!!


~ Your Board of Missions



From the Board of Trustees September Meeting:


~ Plans are underway for a silicone treatment on the exterior of the church to be completed by the end of September.

~ A huge thank you to all those who helped at the concession stand at the Wednesday night summer concerts. We made a profit of $1373.70 which was contributed to the building fund.

~ We welcome Rev. Richard Burke as our interim pastor and look forward to working with him over the coming year.






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A church member wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to the church every Sunday.  “I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons to all.”


This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editors” column. Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:


“I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But, I do know this … They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”


When you are down to nothing, God is up to something!

Faith sees the invisible

Believes the incredible and

Receives the impossible!

Thank God for our physical and our spiritual nourishment!