- - - - NEWSLETTER FOR SEPTEMBER 2007- - - -  


 First Baptist Church

224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527

 (315) 536-9821 e-mail:

Rev. John R. Tharp, Pastor





September 2      “Going Through Life With God”

                     Psalm 112

                     Guest Preacher; Rev. Don Lawrence


September 9      Rally Day


September 16     Women’s Sunday


September 23     “Bury The Keys”

                     Philippians 3:12-21


September 30     “A Vision For Mission”



Greeters                                                                            Lay Readers


Eva Dillon & Erma Mullins               Sept. 2             Necia Smith

Viola Gray & Marge Moulton        Sept. 9             Brittany Griffin

Matt Scutt & Charlie Miller            Sept. 16           Margaret Hartwell

Joyce & George Slocum                 Sept. 23           Marge Moulton

Kathryn Warren & Margaret Hartwell  Sept. 30           Tammy Miller




                                 SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS!


       9 ~ Sylvia Ansley         25 ~ Jack Clancy

17 ~ Matt Scutt          28 ~ Viola Gray   

24 ~ Greg Miller          30 ~ Barbara Burke      




Interested in baptism or becoming a          There will be a meeting of the

member of our church? Then come,          Pastoral Relations Committee on

and join us for this informational meeting    Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in the

on September 19, at 7 p.m. Be sure to             Library. Those wishing to speak to

bring your questions with you.                the committee without the

Coffee and desserts will be provided.         Pastor’s presence should be there

between 7 and 7:30. Members of the committee are: Lianwei Zhong, Gene Guild, Marg Cornell, Greg Marion, Shane Furman and

Cindy Ovens.             





A sincere thank you to those who contributed sandwiches and sandwich-fixings for the AB Men’s Conference Friday night meal. They were much appreciated. Thanks also to Cheryl Stewart for helping me make the sandwiches.  - Kathie Lawrence




Our Father’s Children Productions, Inc.

presents in commemoration of Betty Bistoff and Don DeLooza


2nd Annual Almighty Jam


Saturday, September 15, 2007 beginning at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary

Refreshments of baked goods, hot dogs and hamburgers

 will be available in the Great Room.

A sign up sheet is available on the table by the office. Help will be needed to:

 get set up, donate baked goods, grilling, serving/cashiering and clean up.

For more information you may call OFC @ 315-694-1453 or 536-9560.

FBC contacts are: Pam Scutt at 536-2791 or Cindy Ovens @536-2485





Tee Shirts

“Got Jesus?” Tee Shirts are available @ $12 a shirt. We would like all to have a shirt for Rally Day on the 9th. See any member of the Bd. of Christian Education: George Slocum, Tao Tu, Tammy Miller, Susan Willson, Barbara Burke, Lyle Conrad, Joyce Slocum and Greg Marion. All proceeds go to the Christian Education Program.


The Finger Lakes Association Fall Rally will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2007, at the Reed Corners Federated Church, (Route 247, 2 miles South of Routes 5 & 20) with registration beginning at 3:00 p.m.


       The afternoon program will begin at 3:30 p.m. with brief devotions by the Host Pastor, The Rev. Deborah Kamm and a presentation by Dr. Mustafa Abushagur on “Getting to Know Our Muslim Neighbors”. Dr. Abushagur is a Professor at RIT and has spoken to many groups on the beliefs and practices of traditional Islam.  He will help us to understand the differences between the majority of Muslims who live peaceful, faithful lives and the minority who espouse terrorism.


       A Dish-to-Pass Dinner will be held at 5 p.m., with those attending being asked to bring a menu item other than dessert to share with the group and their own table service. Dessert and beverages will be provided by the host church. Out of respect for our guest speaker and his wife, we are requesting that none of the menu items contain pork, which Muslims do not use. A Business Session will follow the dinner.


       All interested persons are invited to attend the afternoon program and stay for dinner, if they wish. Church representatives should plan to stay for the evening Business Session.


       Also, please keep the World Mission Conference (with programs for adults and youth) at The United Church in Canandaigua, Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, 2007 at a cost of $20/day or $60 for the weekend. Six American Baptist Missionaries will make presentations and be available for individual conversions. Our Association has voted to make Association Green Lake Scholarship funds available for those wishing to attend. Letters of Application for Association Green Lake Scholarships should be sent to: Shirley Zimmerman, Christian Ed. Chair, 317 North Pleasant Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424.





Looking for a way to use up that left over yarn? I have just the answer for you. I am collecting 6-inch squares to put together for a quilt. The plan is to donate the quilt to the Keuka Comfort Care Home from our church. Any color and pattern you choose is fine. The most important thing to remember is to keep it as close to a 6-inch square

as you can. Thanks for joining me in this group mission project to help others right here in our community. Call Pam Scutt with any questions at 536-2791.



The Network of Spiritual Progressives presents:

Harvest Celebration Coffee House


An evening of music, dance and storytelling

to benefit

Food for the Needy’s Backpack Program


Saturday, September 29, 2007 from 6:30 – 9p.m.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

179 Main Street, Penn Yan