First Baptist Church
224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527
(315) 536-9821 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. John R. Tharp, Pastor
WORSHIP WITH US
December 3 1st Sunday of Advent
“Loving God’s Law”
Old Testament Challenge #9
December 10 2nd Sunday of Advent
Natural Church Development
“A Mountain Brought Low”
December 17 3rd Sunday of Advent
“The Meaning of a Child”
December 24 4th Sunday of Advent
“New Life, New Hope”
Christmas Eve “A New Star”
7 p.m. Candlelight Service
December 31 “Another Lap Around the Sun”
Dec. 3 Joyce & George Slocum
Dec. 10 Judi Gibbs & Marion Miller
Dec. 17 Viola Gray & Fran Morse
Dec. 24 Frances & Margaret Hartwell Dec. 31 Jean Brewer & Margaret Mills
In our fast moving world, we seem to generate new words and new definitions for old words, that seem something different than they did just a few years ago. Of course, the present generation has been terrifically impacted by the ubiquitous computer and other technological marvels. Consequently, it is natural that a whole new dictionary of “techno-speak” has emerged.
· “Blackberries” are no longer picked off the vines in your side yard, they cost $400 a piece and are tine little hand held computers that work through satellite hook ups.
· “Bytes” used to be spelled differently and was something akin to a nibble, but now they are strings of ones and zeroes that fill up computer programs.
· “Times” comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and normally shows us that we are behind it (the times, that is).
Since Einstein declared that time is a “relative” term, relative, that is, to how fast we are going, it has become a little confusing about what time it really is. Now we may thing that his problem is a recent occurrence. If you have little kids, you may be on “school time”. If you are employed, you are on “work time”. If you are retired you may be on everyone else’s time. If you are wondering where this piece is going, then it is time that we looked at how, “our time” relates to “God’s time”.
I looked up the definition of “real time” on the web, and I found that it means: “the time in which a computer system processes and updates data as soon as it is received from an eternal source”. An alternate definition is: “the actual time during which something happens”.
According to Romans 8:19, “… all creation waits with eager longing” for the time of Christ’s rule on earth. The prophets of old, “tried to find out when the time would be and how it would come”, when God’s salvation would be experienced. (I Peter 1:10-12) The scripture that I find the most helpful is Galations 4:4-6: “When the right time finally come, God sent his own Son. He came as the son of a human mother and lived under the Jewish Law to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might become God’s sons (and daughters).
This is the Christmas Story. It happened in “the right time”, “ the fullest of time”, in God’s time. The date, December 25, will come and go with its usual rush of activities. God is hoping that we will fill it with his spirit so that the grace and peace for which this world longs can be fully experienced. When Jesus preached at Nazareth, he said he used the words of Isaiah to “announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people”. (Luke 4:19) Our best Christmas gift to each other is the gift Christ gave to us, the gift of the grace and peace, which is the mark of his saving love.
God bless you in the fullness of His “real time” this Christmas season.
Our Christmas Pageant is December 17!
We are looking for Inn Keepers, Prophets,
Pinata breakers, and Songsters!
See a member of the Board for details.
The Penn Yan Area Council of Churches has announced that a donation from The Once Again Shoppe, has been made to the Humane Society of Yates County in honor of Alice VanBuren in the sum of $500.00.
Sunday, December 3 – The Community Chorus will present their annual Christmas Concert here at First Baptist Church at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9 – “Our Father’s Children” will present two “Reason for the Season” concerts to benefit Food for the Needy.
The Friday night concert will feature “Our Father’s Children.” On Saturday night the Folk group, “We Are Instruments” will open the concert, followed by another performance by “Our Father’s Children.” The concerts will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is a new and unwrapped toy or a canned food donation.
Mary & Martha Circle & Fellowship Class –
In the month of December, these two women’s groups will join as one when they meet for lunch at the Antique Inn on Wednesday, December 20 at Noon. If you would like to attend see Marge Cornell or phone her at 536-6607.
When you are planning your Christmas shopping, please sign on the White Cross request list in the Sanctuary and share with Neighborhood Ministries, Campbell, Ohio and Cameron Community Ministries Rochester, NY.
· Campbell has asked for 5 women’s sweatshirts and 5 women’s sweatpants.
· Cameron has asked for a baby layette and a personal kit for a new mother.
Check the list to see what you can share or speak to Kathie Lawrence.
1 Marge Moulton
4 Kyle Miller
15 Joyce Slocum
30 Karen Rasmussen
31 Betty Wood
Poinsettias for the Altar
Anyone who wishes to place a Poinsettia on the altar for the Christmas Season in honor of or in memory of someone who is close to their heart may do so.
Plants may be brought in anytime after December 10 and they may be picked up after the Christmas Eve service.
You should call the church office by Monday, December 18, and leave your name and the name for whom the plant will be placed for.