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 – Special Dialogue Messages
January 7 “Some People We Would Like to Know…
played by Greg Marion
January 14 “Some People We Would Like to Know…
Martin Luther King, Jr”
played by Montrose Streeter
January 21 “Some People We Would Like to Know…
played by Barbara Burke
January 28 “Some People We Would Like to Know…
John Mason Peck”
played by Don Lawrence
Greeters & Lay Readers
Gladys Kjar & Shane Furman Jan. 7 Amber Ellis
Viola Gray & Margaret Mills Jan. 14 George Slocum
Rita & Ed Castillo Jan. 21 Judi Gibbs
Joyce & George Slocum Jan. 28 Barbara Burke
Annual Reports Due
January 8, 2007, is the deadline for secretaries of boards and committees to get their year-end -reports in to the office. The annual report needs to be completed for the congregation to view on Sunday, January 14, 2007. Your consideration for this date is appreciated.
New Member Dinner
On January 31, 2007 at 6 p.m. we will be hosting a new members informational dinner. This dinner/meeting is designed to explain the process of becoming a member of our church and to answer any questions you may have regarding membership. Please come as our guest and learn about how to become a member of our church family. Please RSVP to Peggy in the church office (536-9821), Erma Mullins (536-8730), or Pam Scutt (536-2791) by Sunday, January 28. We look forward to seeing you there! (Nursery care will be provided.)
Marion Miller, We think of her as active, busy, always on the move, full of ideas and opinions. Someone that loved her family greatly, enjoyed her grandchildren immensely and was very proud of all of the family. She enjoyed new places, people, parties and discussions on most topics. We remember trips, dinners, card playing, the “Dirty Dozen”, many laughs and so many church activities. We have fond memories of Clarence and she together and the good times. Now, she is with him again.
Judi and Warner Gibbs
Highlights of the Dec.12, 2006 meeting of the Board of Trustees:
v We have received our Storm Sewer Easement
v We have been offered a working safe in which to keep our important documents. This will be investigated further.
v The Rushville Health Center has asked to use our building for Nurturing Parenting Classes in January 2007.
v The Yates County Chamber Music Group (a nonprofit organization) has asked to use the building for a chamber music concert on July 20, 2007.
v We have only received about 50% of the pledges. Please, if you haven’t turned yours in, get it in soon.
v Stan Ovens reported that our Building Fund revenue is nearing depletion.
To everyone who worked so hard and contributed in so many different ways to help make Las Posadas such a success, THANK YOU! Special thanks need to go out to Mary Fullagar for her help with costumes, Barbara Burke for helping to organize the pageant and Kathy Mac Dougall for the set design. VIVA!
2 – Fran Hartwell
7 - Beth DeLooza
11 – Lianwei Zhong
20 – Paul Nelson
22 – Fran Morse
24 – Pastor John
A message from Rev. Dennis Christiansen, FBC, Elmira -
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Many people in Living Waters Association (formerly Chemung-Steuben) and in nearby associations have expressed an interest in continuing the Short Term Mission trips to Mexicali, Mexico which we began this past April. We would like to strengthen the relationship we have started with Tim and Patti Long and Rick and Mercy Barnes, ABC Missionaries in that region.
Living Waters Association will organize two Short Term Mission trips to Mexicali for 2007. These trips will be open to our friends from other associations, neighboring churches and denominations.
The first trip will be April 9-15. Youth Leaders, this trip has been planned during Easter break to provide an opportunity for youth to go on an STM trip. The trip is estimated to cost in the range of $1,000 and $1,500 per person
An introductory meeting will be held January 5 at 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Corning, NY, led by Susan Spencer, who was a member of the 2006 missionary team, and Dennis Christiansen. More details will be provided at that time along with ideas for fund-raising.
A deposit of $200 is required on or before January 5 (or at the close of the meeting). Deposits will go to Living Waters Association, Paul Miller, Treasurer, 3 Spruce Street, Big Flats, NY 14814. The remainder of the cost will be due on January 27 when the group will begin making airline reservations.
The second trip will be from October 6 –13. The deposit of $200 will be required for this trip by January 27 with the remainder due on April 30.
Please let us know if you plan to attend the introductory meeting. Reply to First Baptist Church, Elmira: 607-732-0869, email@example.com or to
Susan Spencer: 607-594-2127, firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessings to you all.
Rev. Dennis Christiansen
TIME AND TIDE
When we walk down the ramp at the side of our building, right there in front of us is the corner stone, which was placed at the completion of our building project. It has the year: 2003 and says, “Given to the glory of God, by the people of the Penn Yan First Baptist Church.” Behind this stone is a wooden box. Which contains a number of items which are somewhat representative of our time and our church. We placed this stone in hopes that the information about our church will be important to someone a hundred years from now.
Recently, I was reading a fanciful piece about what it might be to live 500 years from now. If a person went to the library in the year 2500, and took out a book on the most important events of the last 500 years, what would be in the book? What is of great importance to us today may not even be mentioned in that book. The optimistic works of science fiction predict exceeding the speed of light, mental telepathy, universal peace, instant healing, and long healthy lives. The more pessimistic ones show a dark world with no atmosphere, space wars, bitter factions, and a ruined planet.
Some say that cracking the genetic code and landing a man on the moon are the most last effects of our lives. However, at this time it is well to consider the words of the scripture. The Apostle Paul urged the people in Philippi to “stand firm in the Lord” (4:1). This advice was in the middle of and apparent conflict between two women – Euodia and Syntyche. Paul knew that in a little time, their argument would mean nothing, but their dedication to the Lord would mean everything.
Paul would later say that the most important event in his own life was the knowledge of “Christ and the power of his resurrection” (Philippians 3:10). He counted everything else as “rubbish” (3:8). What is the most valuable is the result of placing Christ first or as Jesus would say: “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these other things will be added unto you.” Or in Paul’s words:
“Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.” (4:8-9)
The key to what is going to be lasting for the next century is knowing what is timeless in our present day. Jane Fonda has many supporters and detractors. From this reality she wrote a book, My Life So Far, in which she recalls both the good and destructive choices she had made. Seeing the damage of the bad choices, she seeks forgiveness. One of the good, but painful choices she made was to be reconciled with her father, Henry Fonda. As Shakespeare noted: “The bad men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones”. Yet it is that good becomes a pillar of a solid future.
Our fellowship of faith has a shot at building, with help of the Holy Spirit, a powerful force for good which will stand strong in the future we may not see from this side of heaven. This is our task for 2007. Pastor John