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From the Pastor's Desk
November 2015
Dear Church Family,
I thought the summer was unusually busy and I was waiting for September to begin slowing down and hoping for October to settle into a groove before gearing up for the holidays. God had other plans and He provided everything we needed to carry them out. He’s good that way.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

I believe we have enjoyed a relatively peaceful time to rest and to grow together. You all have become our dear family and we are as comfortable with you as with old friends.

Dear Ones, I believe that we are entering a season of restoring and building; a time to prepare for growth.

The restoring part is brought into focus with the needs of our organ (we could still use another person to join that committee), not to mention some maintenance issues with our building. But, we need to go beyond simply preserving our past and look to the future God has prepared for us in ministering in this community.

As with all things God plans for us, He will provide. We need to pray:

1) That God will reveal His plan for us.
2) That we will respond faithfully and confidently.
3) That He will send new workers to the harvest.
4) That He will provide in ways that will accomplish His will and strengthen our faith.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

News and Upcoming Events

Celebrating November Birthdays

     11 – Barbara Gage      22 – Carrie Ahearn
     20 – Marge Cornell     22 – James Dalglish
     21 – Judi Scheel       27 – Margaret Drakeley

Dear First Baptist Congregation-
At the October Advisory Council meeting it was decided to proceed in updating our organ and procuring a projector for our sanctuary. We will be doing this in cooperation with the Wellspring church that meets in our building.

In order to see that this project is successful, we are asking for volunteers for two committees:

Committee no. 1 – will be a group of people from both churches interested in determining how the organ is to be updated and what type of a projector is to be used.

Committee no. 2 – will be a group of people from both churches to determine how the project is to be financed.

We ask you to take your time and seriously, prayerfully consider how you can work to make this project successful. If you are interested in either of these committees contact either our Moderator, Nancy Marion or Pastor Steve. Volunteers will be accepted until Sunday, November 8th.

Please pray for the success of this project.
Thank you for your attention.

Church & Community Suppers – Each Monday
Good Food, Good Fellowship 5:00 pm, Mondays. $3.00 per person

Planned for November:
2 – Chicken ‘n Biscuits
9 – Meatloaf ‘n mashed potatoes
16 – Macaroni ‘n cheese
23 – Roast turkey breast, herb roasted potatoes and glazed carrots
30 – Sloppy joes

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.

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

Turkey Walk - Thursday, Sunday, November 8
Sunday, November 8th - PY First Presbyterian Church
100% of monies raised stay RIGHT HERE IN PENN YAN!
*Diane DeLooza and Sheryl Robbins will do the walking. Can you sponsor them? See either one to make your pledge.

Ring the Bell - Friday, November 20
Ring the Bell for Christmas for the Needy on Friday, November 20th. 8 am to 4 pm, at Tops Supermarket, Liberty Street, Penn Yan.

See the sign-up sheet on the Reader’s Table. Sign up for an hour or two hours - by yourself or with a friend!
A perfect way to begin the holiday season.

Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service - Sunday, November 22
This year's Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service will be held at the Penn Yan United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 22, at 3:00 pm

You are invited to come together as a community of faith as we worship our God who blesses us each and every day.

God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!

Stewardship Sunday - Sunday, November 22nd
Fearless Generosity - Ephesians 3:20-21

As you prayerfully consider your 2016 pledge, please consider all that God has given you. Return your pledge card on or before Nov. 22nd. Additional pledge cards can be found on the Reader’s Table.

Advent Season begins Sunday, November 29th
We will celebrate the birth of our Savior with the lighting of the Advent candles each Sunday during Worship. During Advent the colors of purple and pink are used. Purple signifies seriousness, repentance and royalty. Pink signifies joy, because we know that in our yearning for God to come to us, we know that he did in fact, come in the person of Jesus.

We hope you will make a special effort to attend worship during this joyful time. Life does get busy and we do get pulled in many directions with all the demands on our time. Lessen the stress that accompanies this busy time of year. Come to church, quiet yourself and let God re-energize you with love, hope and peace. Then go out and tackle that to-do list, hang the lights, attend the concerts and you will find yourself with sufficient energy because you made time to be re-freshed.

Backpack Program Needs for November
Hot Cocoa - A warm treat for cool days ~ Love in a cup!
Donations can be left on the front pew on the sanctuary

Dear Father in heaven –
All good gifts come from you – faith, family, friends, fun, food. Help us always to receive these gifts with thanksgiving. As we enjoy our meal together, may the food nourish our bodies and may our hearts be stirred to remember all of Your mercies which we receive through Your love toward us in Jesus Christ, our Savior. 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:        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