Church ~ December, 2013
Ways to Get Ready For Jesus This Advent
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.
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.
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.
– Kyle Miller 31
– Darryl Johnson
15 – Joyce Slocum 31 – Virginia
17 – Paul MacDougall
Christmas Decorating! - Saturday,
December 7, 9:00
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
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.
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.
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
First Baptist Church,
Rev. & Mrs. Vernon Kuehn Rev. & Mrs. Don O’Polka
Garfield St. Unit 3A 3204 Needle Palm Drive
Redford, MI 48240 Edgewater, FL
Mrs. George Munger Rev. &
Mrs. John Tharp
1539 Swallow Drive 523 Court
St. Louis, MO 53144 Penn Yan, NY
Mrs. Milly Bloomquist Rev.
Crest Manor 10 Oakwood Road
Clinton Street Huntington, NY 11743
Penn Yan, NY 14527
Rev. Linda Foody Rev.
& Mrs. Donald Lawrence
Burnside Place 349
Ridgewood, NJ 07450 Penn
Sunday Coffee Hour and Monday Church
Remember the fellowship times after Sunday’s services
and at 5 PM Monday evenings!
From the Board of Missions
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
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
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
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:
Christian Preschool/Day Care
Gymnastics & Kayaking Camps
KBM’s “Adventure” – an indoor/outdoor low/high ropes course
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
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
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
Candlelight Service of Lessons and
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
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
The Living Well needs
volunteers to keep their office open. Can YOU help?
Here is a basic list of jobs that volunteers would do:
the phone/take messages
emergency dry goods
referrals to other agencies
a listening ear
fill out paperwork for the utility assistance program
emergency restaurant meals
emergency gas cards
The Living Well is open
Monday – Thursdays from 9 am to 3 pm
Located on Elm
Street, next to the PY Diner. Phone:
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
224 Main Street
Rev. Stephen M. Sanden
NY 14527 Barbara Stewart: Music Director
Carrie Ahearn: Organist
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Peggy S Smart: Secretary
Office Hours: Mon thru Fri 9AM - Noon
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