First Baptist   Newsletter   Penn Yan   

First Baptist Church    ~    December, 2013


From the Pastor


Preparing The Way

Ways to Get Ready For Jesus This Advent Season


Prepare Your Home

Decorating your home inside or out with lights, candles, nativity scenes and Christian ornaments tells all who visit you that Advent for you is about awaiting the Light of the World, the Christ Child who came to make himself at home in our lives.

Prepare Your Gifts

Much of our time during Advent involves searching for and wrapping the “perfect” gifts for friends and loved ones. But as we prepare our gifts for others, we need to keep reminding ourselves that our gift-giving represents God’s giving of the greatest Gift of all, Baby Jesus, wrapped in flesh.

Prepare Your Heart

Spending time with Scripture and in prayer during the Advent season keeps our hearts in touch with the heartbeat of God, who is pouring out his love to us in Jesus Christ and desiring that we grow to know his Son more.

News and Activities


December Birthdays

4        – Kyle Miller                          31 – Darryl Johnson

15 – Joyce Slocum                       31 – Virginia DeLooza

17 – Paul MacDougall


Christmas Decorating! - Saturday, December 7,  9:00 am

Please come join us! Many hands make light work!


Community Chorus Christmas Concert - Sunday, December 8, 3:00 pm

“Christmas Through the Ages” - Music from Medieval, Baroque and contemporary times by composers such as Bach, Handel, da Vidana, Morley, Rutter and Z. Randal Stroope. The audience will sing traditional carols with the chorus throughout the concert. Refreshments will be served after the concert in the Great Room.


Christmas Pageant - Sunday, December 22, 10:00 am

“The Great Manger Mystery”   By Justin Walker    Directed by Shane Furman

Scenario: Five unsuspecting animals enter their barn after a hard day in the yard, only to find a baby lying in the food trough. But, who is he? And where did he come from? Is it a conspiracy… or something far greater? We hope you’ll plan to attend Service on Sunday, December 22nd for the annual Christmas Pageant. It promises to be a good one!


Shane’s plan is interesting and different. We will need volunteers both youngsters and adults. It is obvious to us all that an increase in the number of children present each Sunday would help our program. If you have friends or family with children, it would help if you would encourage them to attend our worship services. Furthermore, please keep a place in your prayers for the Board of Christian Education and its volunteers.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Tuesday, December 24

We hope you will join us for a special Christmas Eve service this year. Choir Director Barbara Stewart and the FBC Choir will present: NATIVITY, a Christmas Musical Drama which opens quietly and prayerfully to verses of Away in a Manger to three different carols: Mueller, Normandy, and Cradle Song.  Then a wonderful blend of carols spreads the good news of Christ’s birth with the delightful French carol, Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella. The final scene is of the shepherds in the field, featuring an inventive medley of carols, including  It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and closing with The First Noel.Pastor Steve will bring the Christmas Message and we will close with the traditional Circle of Lights as we light our handheld candles and sing the closing hymn Silent Night. Plan to bring your entire family to this special evening of worship.


Make a Note

FBC Boards: The date for the annual meeting has been set for January 19, 2014. Your reports are due to the church office before January 6th. Reports will be ready for the congregation to view on January 12, 2014.


Pledge Forms

It’s not too late to turn in your pledge form for the 2014 budget year. They can be placed in the offering plate, given to Diane DeLooza or turned into the church office. Thank You!


Sunday School Programs

The Board of Christian Education continues to offer Sunday School Programs for all ages from Nursery to Adult. We encourage families with babies or toddlers to take advantage of our well-equipped and staffed Nursery. Our Primary and Elementary teachers are ready with Christian oriented curriculums each Sunday during Service. Youth are expected to attend to attend Service in the Sanctuary and Adult Sunday School meets after Service in the Library.


Storm in the Philippines

Thank you for your concern. My family and relatives are safe as they are not close (they live in Manila) to the part where the typhoon hit the hardest. Just a few weeks ago the area was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake and they haven’t recovered from that and now the super typhoon hits the Visayas region again. Jack and I will be sending some help to Red Cross Philippines. Please pray for the Philippines, for our brothers and sisters that were affected by this devastating storm.   ~ Ethel Clancy

First Baptist Church, 224 Main Street,  Penn Yan, NY 14527 …Return Services Requested                                                       


The Living Well volunteers needed

The Living Well needs volunteers to keep their office open. Can YOU help?
See the report in the “Community News” section below.


ABW Scholarship Girl

This year we will be supporting Rachel Phillips. Her address is 225 Burdick Road, New Berlin, NY 13411.  She is a junior at Davis College with a major in Teaching English as a Second Language. Her birthday is May 12th. As we approach the holiday season it would be nice to greet her with many cards from our ABW group. Simple enclosures (stamps, stickers, bookmarks etc… but not money), would fun surprises.


Youth News

Our Youth Group went to a recreational farm in Pultney for a hay ride in late October, located off Gallagher Road, the place offers a lot of entertainment for the money. We plan to go again.



The Following Addresses are Made Available to You for Your 2013 Christmas Card List for Retired Pastors and Former Interim Pastors Related to

First Baptist Church, Penn Yan.


Rev. & Mrs. Vernon Kuehn                          Rev. & Mrs. Don O’Polka

17137 Garfield St. Unit 3A                            3204 Needle Palm Drive

Redford, MI 48240                                        Edgewater, FL 32141


Mrs. George Munger                                    Rev. & Mrs. John Tharp

1539 Swallow Drive                                       523 Court Street

St. Louis, MO 53144                                      Penn Yan, NY 14527


Mrs. Milly Bloomquist                                  Rev. Richard Burke

c/o Clinton Crest Manor                                10 Oakwood Road

411 Clinton Street                                          Huntington, NY 11743

Penn Yan, NY 14527


Rev. Linda Foody                                           Rev. & Mrs. Donald Lawrence

255 Burnside Place                                        349 Clinton Street

Ridgewood, NJ 07450                                    Penn Yan, NY 14527


Sunday Coffee Hour and Monday Church Suppers

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


From the Board of Missions


Missionary News

Tim and Patti Long send Thanksgiving Greetings. Patti is very busy with 30 special needs kids. As these kids are mainstreamed into regular classrooms lots of extra work is involved – orientation, counseling, practical help to teachers, help to family members and classmates.

84 students are enrolled this year in Mexicali Seminary programs. This is the largest member of students in the 30 year existence of the seminary.

A real accomplishment for the seminary is that a seven year project of building student housing, study rooms and classrooms is on target to be completed in September of 2014. Dormitories and married student apartments are now in use. See the journal on the Mission Bulletin Board for the complete story.


Can You Help?

Rev. Peter and Sarah McCurdy of Painseville, Ohio are endorsed as missionaries to the Dominican Republic.

Peter started his pastorate at the Bliss BC (NY) and was ordained while at FBC LeRoy (NY). They are in the midst of establishing their Mission Partnership Team. They must raise 25% of their support in order to be officially appointed missionaries. Can YOU help these new missionaries get started?


Can You Help?

VICK & PATHFINDER Ministries have an annual budget of $150,000. They need to raise $40,000 this last quarter in order to come out in the black. They serve over 400 children and some 2000 adults annually. They charge $350 for a child to go to camp. They true cost is $700 per child. Yet NO CHILD IS TURNED AWAY! Can YOU help keep our camping program going?


Bd of Mission Report

You are truly amazing! At the last count, you have contributed $1,129 to the WMO. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! At this point we need just $2200 to complete our 2013 budget. Keep up the good work. Keep the pledges coming in.


Your Board has made a change in our MISSIONARY SUPPORT for 2014. Instead of supporting two international missionaries, we will continue to support the Longs in Baja Mexico and will support a national mission – THE KODIAK BAPTIST MISSION in Kodiak, Alaska.


The KODIAK BAPTIST MISSION (KBM) is an ABC/USA mission in existence since 1893. KBM focus is on serving children and their families. Among the services provided by KBM are:

            Sunshine Christian Preschool/Day Care

            After School Programs

            A Food Bank

            Summer Day Camp

            Horse, Gymnastics & Kayaking Camps

            KBM’s “Adventure” – an indoor/outdoor low/high ropes course

            Camp Woody


We will be collecting the RETIRED MINISTER AND MISSIONARIES OFFERING on December 15th. Please read the special letter below. Our GOAL for 2013 is $800. Please give generously.

Your Board of Mission


Dear Friends:

This culture of gratitude is deeply engrained in the Christian faith.


In 1948, American Baptist churches began designating the November Communion Fellowship Offering for providing financial assistance to the denomination’s elderly ministers, missionaries and their widowed spouses.


In 1977, ABC/USA officially launched the RETIRED MINISTERS AND MISSIONARIES OFFERING (RMMO) to continue this tradition of thankfulness. Since 1980, MMBB has sent “THANK YOU” checks to eligible retired church employees.


The RMMO commemorates the anonymous gift in 1981 of a Vietnamese woman worshiping with the First Chines Baptist Church of Fresno, CA. Not knowing the full intent of the offering, but understanding the words, “thank you” on the offering envelope, she slipped off her watch, her only possession of value, and put it in the envelope.


The RMMO supports those who have devoted their lives to God’s service by providing emergency assistance in times of need. The RMMO also provides a “THANK YOU” check for those eligible each year.


In 2012, RMMO provided “THANK YOU” checks to more than 3,300 recipients.


We will receive the RMMO on December 15, 2013. Our goal is $800 for 2013. Please be thankful and give generously.


Your Board of Mission


Community News


Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols  Tuesday, December 3

7 pm, Norton Chapel at Keuka College. This annual tradition is quite beautiful and is a service by and led by the students. The event is open to the public.


The Living Well

As you may know, the Red Cross no longer has a presence in Yates County. The area United Methodist Churches have accepted the responsibility of helping the needy in Yates County. They call their mission “The Living Well”. Part of the program is to serve as a clearing house for the area churches to serve the special request of the needy. They have kept the name “The Wish List” for this program. Our church has given $1000 from the Passage Bequest to the Wish List. These funds are to be used for heating system repairs during the coming winter. HEAP funds no longer cover heating repairs.


The Living Well needs volunteers to keep their office open. Can YOU help?

Here is a basic list of jobs that volunteers would do:

~ Receptionist

            -answer the phone/take messages

            -provide emergency food

            -provide emergency dry goods

            -give referrals to other agencies

            -provide a listening ear

            -help fill out paperwork for the utility assistance program

            -provide emergency restaurant meals

            -provide emergency gas cards

~ Cleaners

The Living Well is open Monday – Thursdays from 9 am to 3 pm

Located on Elm Street, next to the PY Diner. Phone: 315-521-6883


A Prayer for Our Nation

A Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson

Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds and the worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world.

Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be your children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus; sake. 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:                                   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