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Week of 10/13/19


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

This Week

  • Board of Trustees Meeting, Tuesday, 7:00 pm.
  • Upper Room Prayer Group, Wednesday, 10:00 am.
  • Adult Choir Rehearsal, Wednesday, 7 pm.
  • Memorial Service for Harold MacDougall, Saturday, 11:00 am, Sanctuary. Reception and meal to follow.
  • 30 Days of Prayer, Concerns about Poverty and the Poor, Month of October.
  • World Mission Offering, month of October.


  • World Mission Offering will be received, Sunday, October 27th.

Coming Soon

  • Trunk or Treat, 5 – 7 pm, Thursday, October 31st.
  • American Baptist Youth Convention, Nov. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, Syracuse, NY.

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.



Goal: $1500

Raised to Date: $1250

CROP Walk was Sunday, the 10th. You can still invite family and friends to donate. Have them copy this link into your browser:

and click on “DONATE” to make a donation.

30 Days of Prayer for Concerns about Poverty

In October, we are focusing on poverty as a whole-church prayer effort.

In your bulletin package today, you will find inserts that give you suggestions for prayer for each day of the week of October 7th – 13th.

You can also find the daily prayers on the calendar on our website: Place your pointer over the 30 Days of Prayer entry and you will see the prayer concern for that day.

World Mission Offering

Goal: $800.00

World Mission Offering Emphasis has begun, and the final offering will be taken on October 27. The theme is “Let Living Water Flow.” John 4:14

For the 2019 World Mission Offering, the Ministry Priorities of Evangelism and Discipleship, Immigrants and Refugees and Education are the focus. While these represent only a fraction of International Ministries, they provide a window into what God is doing worldwide through our 123 global servants, 900+ volunteers, 43 home staff and 250+ global partners.


Trunk or Treat:

We Need Your Help!

We need “Trunks.” If you need help with ideas or costumes, see Alan Gelatt or Pastor Dennis

Trunk or Treat is important to what First Baptist is doing in reaching out to the neighborhood. On Halloween, in the face of distorted beliefs about the dead, FBC wants to remind people that death and devils have no power over those who believe in Jesus Christ. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” We want to redirect people’s focus to life, not death!

Trunk or Treat is a fun, safe, child-friendly way to celebrate an old custom that you enjoyed yourself as a child. Last year, over 200 children came for Trunk or Treat. There are no scary clowns or gruesome costumes because the safety and comfort of young children is the chief concern. There will be fun games to play as children move from trunk to trunk. There will be warm cider and donuts for adults. T-burg Fire Department will light up our parking lot with one of their engines.


200 Anniversary News . . . Again!

Please see the Trumansburg Free Press front-page article about the church’s 200th Anniversary. A copy has been posted on the bulletin board in the foyer. Also, here’s a link to read the article on the Free Press’ website:

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.”

Introduction to Suicide Prevention

First Presbyterian Church is offering a program on “A Brief Introduction to Suicide Prevention” on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7 pm at the church, 69 East Main Street.

The program includes the most up-to-date suicide data and research and addresses what can be done to fight this leading cause of death.


  • November-December editions of the Upper Room Magazine are now available on the table outside the Pastor’s office.
  • Updated Church Histories are also available outside the Pastor’s office.
  • Don’t forget to pick up your shoebox for Operation Christmas Child!
  • Look in your mailboxes if you haven’t recently: 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.

For your convenience, the church is now able to receive your contributions on-line at our secure website: Just click on “GIVING” at the top of the home page and you’ll be directed to the giving page. Follow the simple directions on the page.

People Caring about People

People Caring about People (PCaP) is a comprehensive program that includes plans for Child Protection, Sexual Harassment, Fire Evacuation, Medical Emergency, and a Violent Intruder event. We have these plans in place to protect our congregation, visitors, and staff. We have implemented these plans because we are People Caring about People.

Our vision for serving ministry is that every person in the church will find an opportunity to participate in a mission or ministry that fits her or his God-given calling, gifts, and abilities, and physical, financial, and family circumstances.