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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PENN YAN
224 Main Street Penn Yan, New York
October 19, 2008 10:00 A.M.
We, as God’s people, will use our gifts and talents
to seek out and bring people to Christ,
by maturing in our faith,
by deepening our fellowship,
and by caring for people
for the honor and glory of God.
Song of Praise & Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Scripture Reading Luke 24:44-49 Pg. 122 NT
*Hymn “In My Heart There Rings a Melody” Insert
Birthday song for Marlene Guild
*Silent Prayer & Invocation
Open our minds, Lord. Keep us from wasting our time by walking down the same old alley ways. Lift our sights to new vistas. Shake us free from doubts that slow our pace and weaken our ministry. Give us a readiness to see scriptures in a new light and a new place. We want to walk with Jesus and do those things, which honor your name. Now lead us into the deeper fellowship of your Holy Spirit as we share together in the prayer Jesus taught us…
*The Lord’s Prayer
Anthem “Go Into the World” Natalie Sleeth
*Hymn “Open My Eyes, That I May See” No. 324
Prayer’s of the People
Scripture John 20:19-23 Pg. 154 NT
Message “Every Baptist A Missionary” Dr. Denton Lotz
*Doxology Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen
*Prayer of Dedication
*Hymn “Take My Life” No. 391
Birthday choice of Pam Scutt
*If you wish to and are able, you are invited to stand.
Lay Reader: Brittany Griffin
Greeters: Mary & Bob Fullagar
Ushers: Sean Ahearn, Meghan Fuqua, Margaret Hartwell, Clifford LeBarr, Cindy & Stan Ovens
Organist: Carrie Ahearn
Choir Director: Nancy Tharp
Church Phone: 315-536-9821
Our Prayer Concerns…
At the Homestead: Luella Passage Alberta Gottshall
Virginia DeLooza Willie Nelson
Helen Ansley Alice Wise
Loved ones serving in the Armed Forces: Jennifer Willson
Our Special Interest Missionaries:
Rev. Richard & Mrs. Susan Harding ~Dr. James & Rev. Debra Kelsey
Mary Armstrong Alicia Hurlburt Barbara Stewart
Eva Jean Best Kim Strong Imisides Brad Stewart
*Bessie Bliss Don Johnson Charlie Taylor
Pat Carroll Lori Lawrence Phil Trautman
Judi Gibbs *Mary Ellen Mattison Jean Wager
Bill Gillette *Doug Mattison Ralph Wilkes
*Marlene Guild Barbara Mortensen Jean Whitaker
*Doug Seager Phyllis & Elwood Whitbeck
* Fran Hartwell was moved to Hospeace House in Naples
Hospeace House 7824 W. Hollow Rd., Naples 14512
*Indicates that special prayers are needed.
Please keep the church office updated on your loved ones
Today, October 19
¨ Happy Birthday to Marlene Guild!
Monday, October 20
¨ 9 a.m. November Newsletter deadline
¨ Noon Fellowship Class
¨ 7 p.m. Youth group
¨ 7:30 p.m. Advisory Board Meeting
¨ 10 a.m.-Noon Lay Studies Class
¨ 10 a.m. Fall Fest Work Day at home of Cindy Ovens
¨ Happy Birthday to Pam Scutt!
¨ Happy Birthday to Bob Fullagar!
¨ Happy Birthday to Scott Robbins!
There will be an Advisory Council Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 23, at
7 p.m. All Boards and Committees MUST have a representative present with budget figures.
Christmas for Utica Project
Under the direction of Lisa Wood, the Teen & Tween class is making 100 Star Tree Toppers. These decorations will be sent out to Utica to be given to the Burmese Refugee families. In addition, we are accepting small tree decorations that we can also give them. Our hope is to be able to mail these out by the first week of November, which is approaching fast. The refugee center is donating 3 ft. Christmas trees to the refugee families, let’s help them decorate! Leave your donations in the box provided in the church office.
This year’s Turkey Walk is scheduled for Sunday, November 2. Walkers will start from FBC, at 1 p.m. Sponsor sheets can be found on the table in the foyer. Walkers and Sponsors are needed! Money raised will go towards purchasing turkeys for the Christmas for the Needy Baskets.
Our Mission Team leaves this Saturday, Oct. 25 for Mexicali, where they will be helping to make repairs to a new church.
Those attending are: Beth DeLooza, Eileen Modafarri,
John FM Tharp, Nancy Tharp and Pastor John.
Sponsored by the American Baptist Women
November 15, 2008
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Great Room
A silent auction will feature themed baskets, quilts and more
Baked goods & handmade items will also be for sale
Come right after breakfast, and stay for lunch.
Soup or Chili starting at 11:30 a.m.
In preparation of this event, the women of ABW invite
anyone interested in helping to create theme baskets
to join the ladies at 10 a.m. on October 25 and November 1,
at the home of Cindy Ovens.
Tabernacle Baptist Church of Utica
The Refugee Ministry of Tabernacle Baptist Church was formed in late 2000 to help the congregation minister to the first ethnic Karen refugees to arrive in Utica from the Burma-Thai border. In 2004, with the presence of several African families from Sudan, The Republic of Congo, and Liberia, the ministry’s focus expanded. We try to be helpful and welcoming to all the refugees in our midst, but we give special attention to newcomers and those who have limited English.
The Karens: the Karen Community at Tabernacle now numbers more that 75 families with approximately 300 individuals. All are refugees who have fled the persecution of the brutal military regime that rules Burma (Myanmar). Although there are other Christian and Buddhist Karens in Utica, Tabernacle has become the spiritual, social and cultural center for Refugees, we have welcomed over 100 newcomers in 2006. And we expect and other large influx in the coming months.
The Caring Corner exists to supplement the church’s spiritual care with a program ministering to the physical needs of refugees. Clothing, household items and small furniture in good condition are donated by church members and community friends. These are stored, sorted and displayed in the Sanctuary balcony. Through a partnership with Compassion Coalition ( a local food pantry ministry) we purchase bulk quantities of food, toiletries, paper goods and diapers at a minimum cost. Since only edibles can be purchased with food stamps, these items are both necessary and highly prized.
Home Maintenance Course: A grant received from ABC/USA One Great Hour of Sharing in 2004 enabled us to provide 24 hours of instruction for twelve refugees in basic home repair and maintenance. In addition, we presented each student with a set of basic tools upon completion of the course.
Telling the Story: The Karen Community is eager to share its story of trial, perseverance, and faith. The Karen have an especially rich tradition of beautiful music and dance. The Refugee Ministry Team and Karen Community has presented programs at the Children’s Museum of Utica, the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, a Summer Union Worship Service in Hamilton, Tully Community Church, New Hartford Presbyterian Church, and at the World Concerns Fair sponsored by First Baptist Church Hamilton. The Karen Community has shared its story at the 2002 and 2006 Biennial Meetings of the ABC/NYS the Finger Lakes Association Annual Meeting, the Mohawk/Oneida Baptist Association Annual Meeting, the Iroquois Baptist Annual Meeting, and the Fransego Baptist Association Annual Meeting.
Validated Ministry: In 2004, the American Baptist Churches of NYS designated this outreach a validated ministry of the 329 member church region. This designation recognizes that the ministry with refugees Tabernacle Baptist of Utica is spearheading has significance beyond its local community. It also enables local American Baptist congregations to financially support the ministry through the ABC/USA mission support process.
How Can I Support The Refugee Ministry?
Volunteer- Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of tasks: assisting in the Caring Corner, transporting furniture and household goods, accompanying refugees to appointments, introducing refugees to a new culture, teaching English language skills, and simply being a friend in a new country.
Donate – Items needed include: clothing for
men, women, teens children, and babies,
outerwear, furniture, household items,
tableware, cooking pots, utensils, working
tv’s, VCR’s, car seats, and automobiles.
Donations are tax deductible.
Give -The needs always far exceeds our budget.
Your gifts of financial support will make a
difference in the lives of some of the most
recent arrivals in our community. Make your
check payable to:Tabernacle Baptist Church –
Refugee Ministry. You will receive a
confirmation of your contribution for tax purposes.
Help Spread the Word – If you are a member
of an American Baptist Congregation, encourage
your church to add the Refugee Ministry to its
mission budget. If you are a member of a
charitable or service organization, encourage
your organization to support the Refugee Ministry.
Thought: Along the road of life, you’re never lost if the Lord is your guide.