First Baptist Church

224 Main St. Penn Yan, NY 14527

 (315) 536-9821 e-mail:

Rev. John R. Tharp, Pastor

  - - - - MARCH 2007 NEWSLETTER - - - -  





March 4       “Wounded For Our Transgressions

                   Isaiah 52:13; 53:9


March 11      “For God So Loved”

                   John 3:14-21


March 18     “The Greatest Must Be Your Servant”

                   John 13:12-17


March 25     “Father, Forgive Them”

                   Luke 23:26-34




Greeters   &   Lay Readers

Milly Bloomquist & Marge Moulton              March 4                      Erma Mullins

Eva Dillon & Erma Mullins                             March 11                     Necia Smith

Charlie Miller & Matt Scutt                         March 18                    Meghan Fuqua

Margaret Hartwell & Frances Hartwell     March 25                    Judi Gibbs



                                                MARCH BIRTHDAYS!

March 1 – Nancy Tharp

March 8 – Nancy Marion

                                                             Barbara Stewart

                                            March 11 – Tammy Miller

March 17 – Meghan Fuqua

March 18  -  Charlie Miller

March 19  - Tom Bicksler, Sr.

March 26 - Tom Burke



You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating the

90th Birthday of


Milly Bloomquist


Sunday, April 1, 2007

In the Great Room of First Baptist Church

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.


We politely decline gifts

However if you would like to contribute to a Memory Book for Milly, you may send any photos, cards, remembrances, humerous stories, etc. There is a Birthday box in the church office or you may send them to:

Becky Holder

14663 W. Lake Rd

Pulteney, NY 14874 





A reminder from the Diaconate that flowers for the altar should be in place by Palm Sunday, April 1. If you would like to have the name of the person the flowers will be place in honor of or in memory of, printed in the bulletin, you may call the church office at 536-9821.




A BIG THANK YOU to all those who contributed sweat shirts and sweat pants for the Neighborhood Center in Campbell, Ohio and the items for the baby layette and mother’s personal care kit for Cameron. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.




The FBC Youth Group under the direction of Barbara Burke will once

again adopt a Burmese baby through the Utica Tabernacle Baptist Church. Throughout the month of March items can be donated and left in the box in the sanctuary. In April the group will take the trip to Utica to meet the baby and  parents and to deliver our gifts to them. For more information your contacts will be: Brittney Griffin at 531-8316 or Lilya Scheel 536-6152.

Monetary donations are always welcome, mark them “adopt a baby!




As you know, the ABW Convention is coming up at the end of April.

There is a detailed notice included elsewhere in this newsletter.

If you wish to go but did not receive a packet please see Cheryl Stewart ASAP.

It is of the UTMOST IMPORTANCE that you get your convention registration and workshop choices mailed by MARCH 31st! It’s also imperative that you contact Cheryl by MARCH 31st to let her know you will be attending. Room/hotel arrangements are due by that date as well. Since that’s the only hotel in the area it’s important that we get our rooms booked early.




March is: Emergency Month   Red Cross Needs & Things

Smoke detectors ~ first aid kits ~ flashlights/batteries ~ ipecac

 peroxide ~ rubbing alcohol ~ thermometers

Please leave items in box marked with a “Red Cross” in the sanctuary.

Thank you for your continued support!







Roberta assists small preaching places located in rural towns outside Sendai. She also ministers to the non-Christian kitchen staff of Morigo Christian Campsite, through Bible study, as well as to the management staff as they reach out to the campers.


Roberta’s first assignment was to work with students at Shokei Jo Gakuin in the northeastern city of Sendai. She later taught English conversation, spoke in daily chapel services and worked with small group Bible clubs for 17 years. She also coordinated the Shokei Abroad American home-stay program through the school. Through this program more than 250 students have spent Christmas with American Baptist families. Roberta has also led adult Bible studies for educators from various schools, and has enjoyed teaching kindergartners at her church and ministering to their mothers. Language used in ministry: Japanese.


Roberta will be delivering the message during our April 1 worship service. Please plan to join us.




Last fall the heavy rains in the central part of our state did more than just cause floods. The road by which campers and supplies get to the lake at CAMP PATHFINDER was completely washed out. In order for PATHFINDER to function this summer, the road must be completely rebuilt. This involves engineered plans. The estimated cost is in the 5 figures - $60,000 to $75,000. American Baptist Men of NYS have taken on as their Booster Club project the raising of funds to finance the rebuilding of the road. If this work touches your heart, please send your contribution to        Mr. Harold Files, Treas.

                                    291 Miramar Road

                                    Rochester, NY 14624


Yours, in support of ABC/NYS Camping,


Edward Castillo,

Area 4 Vice-pres.



In Sympathy


To Rev. Don & Edie O’Polka in the death of their son Doug on February 5, 2007. Cards may be sent to: 3204 Needle Palm Drive, Edgewater, FL 32141


To the family of Rev. Ralph Casperson, former pastor of Reed Corners Federated Church, Canandaigua. Cards may be sent to Dianna Casperson, 3082 Lake to Lake Rd., Stanley, NY 14561