- - - - NEWSLETTER FOR AUGUST 2007- - - -  


 First Baptist Church

224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527

 (315) 536-9821 e-mail:

Rev. John R. Tharp, Pastor





August 5    Wheat and Grapes

              John 6:25-35


August 12  Sailor in a Wheatfield

              Acts 22:1-16


August 19  Man Kind

              Mark 16:1-8


August 26  How To Please God

              Isaiah 58:1-12

Rev. Don Lawrence - guest preacher




Greeters                                                                            Lay Readers

Cheryl Stewart & Cindy Ovens          August 5           Marge Moulton

Erma Mullins & Eva Dillon               August 12          Bob Fullagar

Greg & Tammy Miller, Erik & Kyle            August 19          Judi Gibbs

Betty Johnson, Lisa Wood & Brittany  August 26          Marge Cornell                                        


                                 AUGUST BIRTHDAYS!


  5 ~ Ruth Hollister             18 ~ Dick Johnson

14 ~ Luella Passage       23 ~ Anna Scheel

14 ~ Cheryl Stewart             27 ~ Christine Conklin

15 ~ Necia Smith         31 ~ Eleanor Stiles

17 ~ Betty Johnson              31 ~ Cathy MacDougall

                                    18 ~ Rita Castillo                 


A message from the pastor




          The July 16th issue of the “Democrat and Chronicle” newspaper had an article about how the world is passing Americans in terms of physical height.  In the 1960’s northern and western Europe had grown taller than us.  As you watch sports programs you will see oriental basketball players and African soccer players or unusual height.  According to the article, the people in Holland are two inches taller than their American counterparts.  Taller people are thought to be healthier, wealthier, and smarter than their diminutive companions.


          Another source declares that the perception that people of today are, on average, taller than those of past generations is a untrue.  Average skeleton heights over the past several hundred years show a remarkable consistency.


          Jesus said, in the Sermon on the Mount, (Matthew 6:27) that a person cannot by being anxious add even one cubit to the length of one’s life.  Now a cubit (the span between a person’s elbow and the tip of his fingers) is long to add to height but not very long to add to a life time.  The point Jesus was making was that longer, taller, wider, more expensive, newer, etc. have little to do with the quality of one important assets.


          A famous rabbi, who attained a great following in the 1980’s, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, was known to stand for long hours giving out blessings and advice to the many people who came to him.  Someone asked him how he was able to endure that long time of standing.  He replied, “When you are counting diamonds, you don’t get tired.”


          Jesus said that our greatness does not have much to do with the things that the world considers to be great.  Rather our greatness of stature in God’s eyes is the greatness of our willingness to not be great.  When we become like a little child, a servant, accept our cross, accept persecution, mourn, give our all for peace, share the burdens of others, tell the truth in love – in all those ways and many more, we then become giants in the sight of God.


          We have been having a great summer.  The autumn is going to be rich with good things.  I invite you to come and enjoy them as we fellowship in the shadow of God’s grace.


                                                                                                    Pastor John



Report from Board of Missions


OOPS! We forgot “Undies Sundays” scheduled for May 2007! This one got by us somehow and because you have been so generous in the past we want to rectify the error. A box will be placed in the sanctuary the first week of August and will remain there through August for our annual collection of underclothing for the Cameron Community Center in Rochester, NY. Please look for our Undies Sundays box and continue your generosity for this worthwhile local mission project. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

The Board of Missions



INQUIRERS’ CLASS                 

Interested in baptism or becoming

a member of our church? Then              

come join us for this                          BAKE SALE

informational meeting on                      Friday, August 3, is the date for

September 19, at 7 p.m. Be sure            the annual Board of Trustees

to bring your questions with you.             Bake Sale at Five Star Bank.

Coffee and desserts will be                   Contributions of baked goods are

provided. See you there!                      being accepted at the church the

                                                day before. Be sure to stop in to

buy something for someone




Report for Phase II Building for Today & Tomorrow Campaign


For Mortgage Payment on Memorial Building June 2007 - June 2008


12 Pledges                       $14,763.25

ABW Seed Money                     1,446.55

Matched Pledge                     10,000.00

2007 Annual Campaign Pledges        5,685.00


Total Raised               $31,894.00


Thanks to all that donated, pledged, and worked for this successful campaign. Please remember that this is the 6th year of a 15-year mortgage.


A message from Jim and Edith Davison


The following is an excerpt from a letter sent to Barbara Burke, from Jim & Edith Davison. They came from Utica with four Burmese Refugee children to VBS in June.


Dear Barbara,


What a delightful time we shared with you and all of the children and staff of your Vacation Bible School. We were greatly impressed by the great planning and creative preparations you all had done, as well as the obvious excitement of the children involved.


We are grateful for your invitation to come and share something of our ministry  with Karen refugees. The four who came with us - Kapru Htoo, Moo Moo, Htee Moo and Hon - talked about the experience on the way home and had a wonderful time!


Please convey our gratitude to all who made possible the gift of the 5 rice cookers. I can assure you that they will be a blessing to the new families arriving in the next few weeks.


It was good to see you again. We are deeply grateful to you and your congregation for your interest in and generous support of our Karen refugees.


Blessings in Christ,

Jim and Edith Davison