First Baptist Church
224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527
(315) 536-9821 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. John R. Tharp, Pastor
August 5 Wheat and Grapes
August 12 Sailor in a Wheatfield
August 19 Man Kind
August 26 How To Please God
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
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
CUBITS, INCHES, AND MEASURING WORTH
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.
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
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.
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.
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