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Week of 09/22/19


Here’s this Week’s Sunday News from First Baptist Church:

This Week:

  • 200th Anniversary Steering Committee Meeting, Tuesday, 6:15 pm.
  • Church Council Meeting, Tuesday, 7:00 pm.
  • Upper Room Prayer Group, Wednesday, 10:00 am.
  • Sexual Harassment Training for church employees, Thursday, 7:00 pm.


  • 30 Days of Prayer: Concerns and Effects of Poverty, Month of October.
  • World Mission Offering, month of October.
  • Christian Education Board Meeting, October 3rd, 6:30 pm.

Coming Soon

  • Board of Deacons Meeting, Thursday, October 10th, 6:30 pm.
  • CROP Walk from United Methodist Church, Trumansburg, Sunday, October 13th
  • Trunk or Treat, 5 – 7 pm, Thursday, October 31st.

Sunday School

  • Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday mornings. Class for all ages, pre-K thru adult.

Contact Us

Notification of announcements can be made by calling 607-387-7705 and leaving a message or by email: and

Announcements received later than Thursday of the week may not appear in the newsletter.


CROP Walk – 50 years of walking.

You know what hunger looks like. You’ve seen it in on local news stories and in the faces of kids around the world. It is everywhere. But, with your help, we can effectively respond to it. Don’t sit on your hands. Take positive steps. It’s easy.

The story of the CROP Hunger Walk goes back to 1969. Teens in Bismarck, North Dakota and York County, Pennsylvania decided it was time to do something for families who had to walk miles for food and clean water. They responded by walking, too. They didn’t sit on their hands, they walked.

This year’s CROP Walk is October 13th. Please walk to show our church’s support. Raise money to stop hunger. See David Brust for more info on how you can help.

Message from IM Executive Director, Sharon Koh

International Ministries, also known as the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, works around the globe to invite people to become disciples of Jesus Christ by sending out Global Servants, assisting churches in cross-cultural ministry and missions, promoting and providing opportunities for short-term mission, training and educating people for cross-cultural ministry.

IM Executive Director Sharon Koh says that IM has been forced to make drastic cutbacks in staff because of financial constraints. She writes:

“We remain committed to the vision and mission of responding to God’s call into cross-cultural mission by sending global servants in partnership with international partners. This has been our mission for 205 years, and it will continue to be so.

“Along with our churches, IM remains committed to God’s mission with focus on ministries relevant for today. As we have since our beginnings, we continue to respond in the areas of discipleship, evangelism and theological education and still at the core of our ministries are issues of injustice and oppression, the need for education, economic development, and health and wellness.”

How can we help? She says,

“Give generously to the World Mission Offering. The WMO and general fund covers the entire work of IM, often filling in shortfalls and gaps in other types of giving.”

Our Mission Committee will be receiving the World Mission Offering in October. Please keep the needs of International Missions in mind as you prayerfully consider your giving.

Float’s a Winner!

Our Church’s VBS float won third place prize in this year’s Fireman’s parade and has received a check for $75!

Congratulations to our VBS team, to the volunteers who helped put the float together, to those who walked and rode in the parade, to contributors of candy, and, especially to Alan Gelatt for his enthusiasm and tireless effort to bring the float project together.

Each year, our guys keep setting the bar higher!

Apples for the Pickin’!

You-pick Cortland and McIntosh apples” available at Robertsons (on East Seneca Road less than a mile east of our church). Please donate the cost of the apples to either our church’s “Homeworker Helper” program or “Trunk or Treat.”

Call Judy, 387-6488, for more information.


  • Don’t forget to pick up your shoebox for Operation Christmas Child!
  • Look in your mailboxes: new Church Directories are available.
  • The new lock on the Front Entrance requires that you turn the key to “lock” after unlocking the door. The mechanism does not lock automatically as the previous one did.