First Baptist   Newsletter   Penn Yan   

First Baptist Church    ~    November, 2013


From the Pastor



Fall is my favorite time of year. There are lots of reasons. I like the cooler temperatures. I like the color of the trees. And, I like the approaching holiday season.


Harvest time and Thanksgiving remind us of the goodness of God’s love and provision. And while some of us have less than others, even the least of these, our brothers, have more than 90% of the rest of the world. So, while we celebrate our blessings, and set aside our stores for winter let us set aside a portion for blessing others around the world.


The work of the church is to love God and to obey him. Let him use us as instruments of his love and channels of his blessings both near and far.


Blessings, Pastor Steve


News and Activities


November Birthdays


10 – Clarence Ansley                         21 – Judi Scheel

11 – Barbara Gage                             22 - Carrie Ahearn

20 – Marge Cornell                           27 – Margaret Drakeley


Can You HelpRing the Bell? Friday, November 8th

First Baptist Church members and non-members will be ringing the bell for Christmas for the Needy at Tops Supermarket on Friday, November 8th, 9 am to 4 pm. A sign-up sheet will be available for all who can help.


100th Birthday Party for Marg! - Saturday, November 23rd

You are Cordially Invited to Attend the 100th Birthday Celebration for Marjorie Cornell Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, 2 pm to 4 pm. First Baptist Church Great Room. Please RSVP  - Jeanne: 536-6003 or Bob: 570-884-7000


Sunday Coffee Hour and Monday Church Suppers

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


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.


Attention Snowbirds:

Be sure to contact the church office at 536-9821 or with the date (and address) you will be temporarily leaving the area (and please don’t forget to let us know when you return too) so that you will continue to receive the church newsletter on a timely basis. Thank you and safe travels!


Can You Help?

First Baptist Church members and non-members will be ringing the bell for Christmas for the Needy at Tops Supermarket on Friday, November 8th, 9 am to 4 pm. A sign-up sheet will be available for all who can help.


Cleaning Crew

There will be a very thorough cleaning of the sanctuary done before decorating for the holidays. Anyone willing to lend a little “elbow grease” to the project please contact Cheryl Stewart. A date will soon be announced.


Community News


Turkey Hunger Walk - Sunday. November 3rd

Please help us buy meat for the Christmas for the Needy distribution. The walk is Sunday, November 3, 2013. It starts at the First Presbyterian Church at 1:00 pm. For info: Donna Johnston – 536-2683 or


Grieving During the Holiday Season - Tuesday, November 12th

On Tuesday, November 12th, Lorrie Zone, LMSW, Medical Social Worker for Ontario Yates Hospice, will talk about the experience of grief during the holiday season. The discussion will take place from 7-8 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Penn Yan, 211 Main St. The program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated by calling Keuka Comfort Care Home at 536-1690.


Community Thanksgiving Service - Sunday, November 24th

The Penn Yan Area Council of Churches Invites you to Celebrate as a Community of Faith at the annual Community Service of Thanksgiving Sunday, November 24th at 3:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church of Penn Yan. Please join with others from our faith community as we give thanks for all of God’s blessings in our lives.


It feels great… to let people know how thankful you are for them no matter what day it is.


The Living Well

The Methodist Churches have taken over the former Red Cross location on Elm Street and opened up an outreach called “The Living Well”.  Types of assistance offered are emergency food, help paying for utilities/fuel, vouchers for necessary items from the Once Again Shoppe, etc. and there are computers available (and training) for applying for SNAP. It is staffed by volunteers from the Methodist Churches but, if contacted by other churches, help would be most appreciated. The Living Well hours are Mon-Thur: 9-3, Tue: 5-7.


Holiday Church Bazaars

·        2nd Milo Baptist Church will hold a bazaar on Saturday, November 9th, 9 am to 3 pm. There will be seasonal items, gift items, baked goods, home furnishings, books and a luncheon of soup, sandwich, pie and beverage. Sales will help to support: YC Habitat for Humanity, Ministries in Japan tsumani area and local services.

·        PY United Methodist Church will hold a Craft/Bake sale on Saturday, November 16th from 9 am to 3 pm. Crafters from all around the region will be selling their handy-work. Homemade baked goods, church cookbooks and a luncheon will be among the local favorites


From the Board of Missions


Board of Mission Report:

We thank you heartily for your continuous faithful support of the Mission budget of FBC. Thanks to you, in addition to our monthly support to UNITED MISSION BASICS ($900), $350 was sent to COLGATE ROCHESTER CROZER SEMINARY, $300 to FAIRPORT BAPTIST HOMES, $350 to KEUKA COLLEGE and $300 to KEUKA COLLEGE CHAPLAINCY. By the time you read this, the WORLD MISSION OFFERING has been taken. You gave $877 toward our goal of $1000.


Be sure to read the report of the Delta Lake Mission Conference elsewhere in this newsletter.  We discussed changing from supporting TWI International Missionaries to supporting one international missionary and one national missionary.


With one quarter of the year to go, the following budget items still need to be paid. UNITED MISSION BASICS: $2700; INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT: $450, MISSIONARY CHRISTMAS: $150; EMERGENCY: $200; MISCELLANEOUS: $50. TOTAL: $3500. This is approximately $1200 per month. ~ Your Board of Mission


News from Our Missionaries:

~ The Longs tell us that in 2014, the youth and young people of the Baja Baptist Convention will be hosting the annual gathering of Mexican Baptist youth. They expect hundreds of young people from all over Mexico to come to Ensenada.


~ Roberta Stephens, in her latest journal, tells us of several volunteer groups who visited Japan. Of particular interest was group of seven people from the First Baptist Church of Pomona, CA. They were on a Friendship Evangelism mission. Although they spoke no Japanese, this didn’t prevent them from introducing themselves to Japanese people. They were particularly effective in communicating with Japanese students by visiting the Kanto Gakuin University cafeteria. A second interesting group were four Junior-Senior High students (with their adult chaperones) from the Japanese Baptist Church of Seattle, Wa. According to a youth chaplain, Japanese youth think of Christianity as ancient history since there are so few Christians among the Japanese. Meeting young Christians made a considerable impact on the Japanese youth.


~ Our Special Interest missionary, Chuck Fox, tells of the work he and his team did in establishing a water system for an Akha village in Thailand. To establish a partnership with the villages to manage the water system took a lot of preparation and intensive communication between Chuck and the villagers. An interesting anecdote involving the village’s Shaman (witch doctor) is included in Chuck’s Journal.


Be sure to read all three journals on the readers table ~ Your Board of Mission


Report on Delta Lake ABC/NYS Mission Meeting:

Friday night’s worship program “Baptist Around the World” featured 5 Missionaries and 2 volunteers who told how ABC/USA is working in the world.


Volunteer Leon Oaks-Lee told of his trip to Thailand to visit 12 refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border. Even though over 150,000 Burmese (Karen, al) have immigrated to various countries, the camps now have even more refugees than 5 years ago.


Jim and Suzi Harriff (BIM) told of their work in Rwanda. Until the movie “Hotel Rwanda” came out several years ago, most Americans didn’t know that over one million Rwandians had been killed in inter-tribal warfare. Jim and Suzi report that now great strides are being made in getting the Tutsis and Hutus to respect each other and get along peacefully. They even know of inter-tribal marriages.


Anita Gutierrez (BIM) showed a video on South Africa and the problems facing the native population.


Volunteer Holly Nichols told of her trip to Haiti with ABC/NYS to build “Rubble” houses. Her power point message showed pictures of how the houses are built.


Daniel Chetti (BIM) gave a presentation showing Lebanon and its neighboring countries. Four of the 5 had overthrown governments during the Arab Spring. Only Syria has not suffered an overthrown government. The refugee problem is severe in Lebanon – a country of five million with 500,000 refugees.


Peirre Yorougou (BIM) gave a power point talk on his mission as an Optical Surgeon in Ivory Coast. One of every 5 persons in Ivory Coast has an eye problem. Things considered minor here in the USA, such as cataracts, cause complete blindness in Ivory Coast.


Jim Kelsey, ABC/NYS Executive Minister, told of the work the Kelseys did in Italy with the huge number of immigrants coming to Europe via Italy. A very large number of the immigrants are Muslim. This creates a whole different set of problems.


Saturday morning worship service featured Daniel Chetti speaking about Syria and how the turmoil there is affecting the whole region. He spoke of how difficult it is to connect with the Muslim world. His belief is that evangelizing is best done with one Muslim working one on one with another. Another problem is the culture. He told of spending a whole day with one Syrian family as they were hospitable. Only after several courses of food and drink, ending with fruit, could guests leave without offending their hosts.

Neil Strong of the Port Byron Federated Church gave a short description of what that church is doing. Only after 4 years of presenting community needs was the congregation ready to go out into the community and do mission work. Now they work with any community group on a community need. He didn’t tell of the numbers of trials and the number of failures. The newest project is to set up a free transportation system for any needy person in the area. Port Byron Federated seems to be a missional church


The rest of the morning was devoted to 5 workshops. Each person was able to participate in two.


“I Want to Help My Neighborhood” was led by Pastor Larry Polema from Cuba Baptist Church. Working with other churches in Penn Yan, we are doing many of the things he spoke of.


“I Want to Nurture Children” was led by Joyce Camp and the Pastor of the McGraw Baptist Church. This was very worthwhile and productive. A detailed report is being given to the Bd of Christian Ed at FBC Penn Yan.


The final session was a worship service featuring Anita Gutierriz. She gave a detailed description of their Mission in South Africa featuring their work as medical doctors. In a country of five million, two million are Indians. There are all kinds of hardships – a very high crime rate, 50% of the women have HIV, life expectancy is 49 ½ years on average. Now obesity is starting to become a problem with its attendant diabetes. Community involvement is being used to solve health issues. They use videos to teach good health practices. The people take readily to learning by video and so can go on and teach others. They also use Bible study as a way of connecting with the people. A successful Health Aid program is a take-off on the Heifer Project. They introduce a special breed of chicken. One that this larger, meatier and able to with stand the diseases that affect local chickens. An individual is given 10 chicks. When mature, the eggs provide protein, extra income and if fertilized, more chickens. When the individual has a large enough flock the chickens also provide meat. A recipient of chicks, when they have matured must give one away to a neighbor, friend or family member to help them prosper.



November Calendar









Backpack Spotlight item: Hot Chocolate

Coffee Hour Hosts: Bd of Trustees





ARC of Yates

Autism Conf.




Church Supper    

Comm Chorus Wellspring Bible Qz


6                   Backpack

7                    Homeschool

Mission Meeting       Christian Ed         

Boy Scout Meeting



 Mobile Food Pantry Cub Scout Event


Trustee Meeting                FL Assoc. Meeting       Wellspring


 Church Supper      

 Comm Chorus            Wellspring Bible Qz


 Mary Martha

13                      Backpack      

Cub Scout Meeting

14                    Homeschool   

Boy Scout Meeting

Advisory Council    



 K. Quilters

17                   Diaconate Meeting            Wellspring


Church Supper        Comm Chorus           Wellspring Bible Qz

19                    Investment Committee


ARC Worship        Backpack

21                        Homeschool 

 Food for the Needy …..set up                                      Boy Scout Meeting


Food for the Needy ……distribution


Marge Cornell’s 100th Birthday Celebration

24                      Community Thanksgiving Service at First Presbyterian




Church Supper        Comm Chorus       Wellspring Bible Qz

26                  Wellspring Thanksgiving Dinner



Cub Scout Meeting


Happy Thanksgiving!

29                   Church office is closed


FBC Men’s Group


Thanks Be to God!


The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving and Prayer

Governor William Bradford’s Thanksgiving Proclamation:

Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.

Now, I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.

~ William Bradford, Ye Governor of Ye Colony


(Since the Pilgrims did not believe in “set-out” prayers, they would have offered prayers from the Bible, such as Psalm 100)


Psalm 100    All Lands Summoned to Praise God

1 A Psalm of Praise. Sing ye loud unto the Lord, all the earth.

2 Serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyfulness.

3 Know ye that even the LORD is God; he hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter into his gates with praise, and into his courts with rejoicing; praise him and bless his Name.

5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting, and his truth is from generation to generation.


 [From THE GENEVA BIBLE 1599 The Bible of the Pilgrims who founded America and also the Bible of the Reformation.]




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