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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of PENN YAN
We, as God's people, will use our gifts and talents to seek out and bring people to Christ
by maturing in our faith, by deepening our fellowship
and by caring for people for the honor and glory of God.
November Worship Schedule
Sermon: The Spiritual Discipline of Simplicity
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:12, 11:3 and Acts 2:46
Lay Reader: Erma Mullins
Greeters: Tom & Barbara Burke
Sermon: The Spiritual Discipline of Prayer
Scripture:1Thessalonians 5:16-18, James 5:16-18, Luke 18:9-14
Lay Reader: Lyle Conrad
Greeters: Ed & Rita Castillo
Sermon: The Spiritual Discipline of Giving Thanks
Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1, 4:4-5, Colossians 3:17
Lay Reader: Greg Marion
Greeters: Lisa Wood & Brittany
First Sunday of Advent
Sermon: Are You Spiritually Alert and Waiting?
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37
Greeters: Ethel, Ralph & Eli Clancy
November Coffee Hours: Bd. of Missions
2 ~ Jeanette O'Brien
11 ~ Eva Jean Best
11 ~ Barbara Gage
20 ~ Marge Cornell
21 ~ Judi Gibbs
27 ~ Margaret Drakely
A message from Rev. Foody
Dear Friends, Great opportunities can be hidden in a pastoral change. The time and attention that we invest in the mindful thought and responses that we bring to the change allow new opportunities and growth to take place. I am very excited about working with you during this time. Already, I have seen you invest mindful thought into your responses to this transitional period.
This month is a time to give thanks for all of God's provisions in our lives. May I suggest that you keep a gratitude journal this month so that God may fill you with joy that over flows. May people start asking: “What's going on over at that Baptist Church? They're so happy!”
Blessings on the Journey, Rev. Linda J. Foody
Psalm 45a: My heart overflows with a goodly theme.
News and Activities
Lunch With A Missionary - Tim Long: Missionary to Mexico
On Monday, November 7, we will host an informal lunch with Tim Long who serves with his wife Patti and their four children in Mexico as International Ministries Missionaries. Mark this date on your calendar! At noon, bring a brown bag lunch and questions you have and interact with Tim. Your Board of Missions will provide beverages and dessert. An invitation has been extended to all the churches in our association. Invite a friend to join you!
COME. GROW. CHANGE.
Thanksgiving for the Needy
Have you spotted it? The pretty basket decorated for the Diaconate Thanksgiving Project! Once again this year the Deacons will fill 42 Thanksgiving Food Baskets to help give needy families a thankful holiday. The Deacons, out of their funds purchase the turkeys and they are seeking donations from the congregation to purchase the remaining foods. They do the shopping for you!
On Sunday, November 20, you are invited to join them in the Great Room to pack the baskets. What a wonderful way to kick off the Advent Season!! Bring your donation to church and drop it in the basket. If you choose to mail your gift, mark it for “Deacon Thanksgiving Project”.
Won't you help us to help others?
Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service
Sunday, November 20, 3 pm at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The Penn Yan Council of Churches invites you to join in a service of Thanksgiving. Rev. Michelle Fischer of St. Paul's will deliver the message. There will be an Ecumenical Choir and an offering will be collected that will benefit our local food pantry. Please plan to attend this service of gratitude.
“The Invisible War” - Group
Have you ever wondered if Satan really IS waging some kind of war against us? The Bible clearly teaches us that Satan is on a mission to destroy God's people. The problem is, Satan doesn't telegraph is temptations and schemes. Instead, he's very secretive as he attempts to lead Christians down a delicate, subtle, gradual path of deception.
1. Is there an unseen battle?
2. How can I defend myself”
3. How can I win?
That's what we'll study in the upcoming SMALL GROUP MEETINGS beginning Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 pm in the Choir Room. These meetings are open to ALL INTERESTED in learning how we can have a sure victory over the enemy! May this study increase your wisdom and strengthen you for the future!
Keep Looking Up! - Cheryl Stewart
From the Search Committee
It is that time of year again. Time to prayerfully consider what you can contribute to your church in support of it's building and program. The Pulpit Search Committee sincerely asks that you do your best to support the local budget for 2012. The financial support offered by the congregation will determine if we can proceed with our search for a full time minister. This year's budget reflects the compensation package we are offering to our new minister. This is a conservative, bare-bones package. We are hopeful that it is enough to bring the pastor here whom God has chosen to lead this church and foster it's growth in the coming years. PLEASE give generously. Thank you.
The Pulpit Search Committee
From the Board of Christian Education
We are having fun in Pre-School with lots of little ones. We are learning about the Old Testament and how God loves us. Diane DeLooza is teaching the Exodus story with the older children and they love it when she is there to teach.
Eileen will begin the Kidz Klub in November. Come November 18th at 6:00 pm for a Pizza Party and movie. All kids K-8th grade are welcome. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Come join the fun! Volunteers always welcome to help.
On October 17th, Lyle Conrad led a 1/2 mile hike through beautiful Eggleston Glen. Four children and six adults tromped through the leaves along the creek. A few did manage to get wet, but most of them stayed dry. Thank you, Lyle for this adventure!
Reverend Foody has offered to lead the Children's Time once a month. We are going to try rotating the leaders of the Children's Time.
In order to comply with safety warnings of cribs with sliding rails, we are going to replace the two cribs in the nursery with Pack N Play cribs.
We will present the Christmas Pageant on December 18th. - Hope to see you there.
From Jane Lang - Interim Associate Executive Minister ABC-NYS
I want to update people on what is happening here in NYS as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. There have been four ABC/NYS churches with moderate to severe damage.
1. Community Baptist Church in Wappingers Falls had moderate damage which will be covered by insurance.
2. Central Baptist Church in Greene had flooding in the lower level of the church, used by Head Start and the youth, and in the lower level of the parsonage. Head Start has decided to not return to the church as this is the second time in five years this area has been flooded. The church has spent approximately $22,000 for clean-up and sanitizing the areas. They are still thinking about how they will use the church space in the future, and the parsonage repairs will be done by some local volunteers in the near future.
3. First United Church of Waterford had damage to their slate roof and is awaiting an estimate. Other damage was minimal, but they have been very busy in helping the poor in the village which suffered severe damage; many people have been displaced.
4. First Baptist Church of Owego had severe damage. They have spent approximately $50,000 in clean-up and sanitization of their buildings. They are currently meeting in the Nazarene Church for worship. They are probably going to wait until spring to begin the rebuilding process. They will be using this time to think through how to best reconstruct the interior of their building.
5. The clean -up work continues in the Waverly/Sayre/Athens area, and the ABMen's disaster trailer is still in Waverly. In this community volunteers are needed, and those who are there are getting very tired. Volunteers will be needed in the future in Owego when they are ready to do the repairing of the building next spring. Money is needed and can be sent directly to the churches affected as God leads. You can send money to the Region or through One Great Hour of Sharing marked for NY Flood Relief. OGHS funds have been released but, in speaking with coordinator Victoria Goff, more requests have been received than there are current resources.
Thank you for sharing this with the members of your congregation and other groups and I trust that God's Spirit will direct each of us in the distribution of our resources so that God will indeed be glorified.
Stewardship – 2012
Dear Friends - “Make it Simple” is this year's stewardship campaign theme. Life can get complicated enough, so let's keep it simple when thinking about Christian stewardship. This year we will focus on simplicity and generosity. Each Sunday morning during the month of November, we will share one aspect of the theme during our “Moment for Stewardship”: Following Jesus, Facing the Truth, Acting Together, and Sharing Enough. Most Americans associate the month of November with Thanksgiving. In American Baptist Churches, we also think of November as a time to express our thankfulness to God for his many gifts to us. We do this as generous disciples by promising to return a portion f our financial resources to God through the ministry of our local churches. In many churches, this giving is celebrated on “Stewardship Sunday”, which we will celebrate on the third Sunday of the month, November 20, 2011.
As you prayerfully consider our request for your 2012 pledge, may God's spirit prompt you to new levels of faithfulness and generosity. We area people blessed by God to do God's work. Whether we are young or older, rich or poorer, a long-time participant or newly arrived, we are all invited to share in the work.
Below is the 2012 Pledge Card and we ask that you return the pledge card on or before “Stewardship Sunday” (Nov. 20). We would like to thank you for your past support and hope that we can count on you for your continued support for First Baptist Church of Penn Yan. An annual pledge would be most appreciated, but event the smallest one-time donation for the upcoming year (if that is simpler for you) will help us keep our doors open and stay committed to God's community. Please return the card even if you can't pledge at this time. May God bless you richly as you partner with First Baptist Church of Penn Yan!
Many blessing to all... Board of Trustees, First Baptist Church of Penn Yan
A Stewardship Commitment
For Our Church Ministry
With gratitude to God and as an expression of my personal commitment to Jesus Christ and His Church, it is my intention to offer for the Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2012 period:
1. The equivalent of __________hours/week for the Lord's work,
2. my personal talents for ____________________________________.
3. and financial support payable as follows:
a. ____ I plan to contribute: $________, ___ Weekly ___ Monthly ___ Quarterly ___ Annually
to be divided as follows: $____ Local Church Budget
$____ Mission Budget
$____ Building Fund
b. ____ I am making a one time donation in the amount of $________.
c. _____I am unable to pledge at this time.
My total estimate commitment is $_________.
Please indicate your offering envelope choice:
______ Weekly ______ Monthly
For My Records:
I have pledged: $_____ weekly $____ monthly $____ quarterly $____annually
Faithful Giving: Footprints in Generosity - by Cliff Stout
In these challenging economic times, it is not uncommon for us to exercise more care with how we spend “our” money. Satan tempts us to look inwardly so that we'll horde it, worrying about ourselves. But God's children should have a different, brighter outlook.
We need to recognize that what we consider to be “our” resources are what God has already given to us. It is not ours – it is God's. We are merely the managers, the stewards. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians that if we choose to sow sparingly, we should not expect to reap a fantastic return; quite the opposite. It is the true believer, the good manager, the faithful steward, who sows generously even in tough times, who will be rewarded with a bountiful harvest.
Maybe it's time for us to slow down, step back from the world's enticements and re-focus our efforts on doing what God would have us do with only part of what God has so graciously given us.
As you make a decision about how to support the work of your church and your denomination in the coming year, please take time, examine your heart, pray about it, and ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance. Then remember what God has already done for you and make the choice to honor God with a cheerful financial pledge to work for God's Kingdom through God's church.
It doesn't take faith to give out of one's abundance; it takes faith to stand up after you have been knocked down by the world and to continue to trust in the promises of God. Therefore, let us choose to sow bountifully and cheerfully, knowing that the the funds we give will be used to do the work of the Lord in each local community and around the world.
If you believe you already have a bright, eternal life from God, what would you be willing to give to make that same life possible for a person who is lost in darkness?
The Five Finger Prayer
- Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loves ones is, as C.S. Lewis once said, a 'sweet duty.'
- The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.
- The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.
- The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.
And lastly comes our little finger – the smallest finger of all which is where we should place our selves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, 'The least shall be the greatest among you.' Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.