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Dear Church Family
Celebrating December Birthdays
4 Ė Kyle Miller 17 Ė Paul MacDougall 15 Ė Joyce Slocum 31 Ė Virginia DeLooza
Church & Community Suppers - Good Food, Good Fellowship
5:00 pm, Mondays ~ $3.00 per person
Important dates from the Church Office
>>Articles for the January Newsletter should be into the office by Monday, December 21st.
Penn Yan Community Chorus Concert
Sunday, December 6th at 2:00 pm in our sanctuary
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
December 24 ~ 7:00 pm
ABW and Church News
The ABW has been requested for our White Cross Ministries to purchase sweatshirts and sweat pants for Cameron Community Ministries in Rochester. Any contributions from the congregation would be greatly appreciated either through monetary donations or purchase of these items:
A big ďThank YouĒ from the Board of Mission is sent to all those who contributed to the World Mission Offering in support of the work of International Missions. As of November 15th, we had received $1465 or $326 over our goal of $1139. Thank You!
Turkey Walk Update
A total of $4,453.25 was raised in this yearís Turkey Walk. There were over 60 walkers with Keuka College having the most walkers. The top three donations came from Keuka College, Penn Yan United Methodist Church and St. Paulís Lutheran Church. The students at Keuka College also helped with the set up and tear down and The Flour Shoppe donated refreshments.
If you havenít returned your 2016 Stewardship card yet, itís not too late. You may bring it to church with you or send it through the mail. Remember, any gift is greatly appreciated.
Backpack Program Needs for December
Advent comes from the Latin word meaning ďto come.Ē This special season of the Christian year includes the four Sundays before Christmas Day. It is a time to prepare for Godís greatest gift, the birth of Jesus Christ.
A CHRISTMAS PRAYER
We yearn, our Father, for the simple beauty of Christmas Ė for all the old familiar melodies and words that remind us of that great miracle when He who had made all things was one night to come as a babe, to lie in the crook of a womanís arm.
Before such mystery we kneel, as we follow the shepherds and Wise Men to bring you the gift of love Ė a love we confess has not always been as warm or sincere or real as it should have been. But now, on this Christmas Day, that love would find its Beloved, and from You receive the grace to make it pure again, warm and real.
We bring You our gratitude for every token of Your love, for all the ways You have heaped blessings upon us during the years that have gone.
And we do pray, Lord Jesus, that as we celebrate Your birthday, we may do it in a manner well pleasing to You. May wall we do and say, every tribute of our hearts, bring honor to Your name, that we, Your people, may remember Your birth and feel Your presence among us even yet.
May the loving kindness of Christmas not only creep into our hearts, but there abide, so that not even the festivities of our own devising may cause it to creep away weeping. May the joy and spirit of Christmas stay with us now and forever.
In the name of Jesus, who came to save His people from their sins, even in that lovely name we pray. Amen.
From: The Prayers of Peter Marshall
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Jan Hafner: Accountant Website: pennyanfbc.com 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