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Week of 10/20/19


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

This Week

  • Upper Room Prayer Group, Wednesday, 10:00 am.
  • Adult Choir Rehearsal, Wednesday, 7 pm.
  • Deacons Budget Meeting, Thursday, 6:30 pm.
  • 30 Days of Prayer, Concerns about Poverty and the Poor, Month of October.
  • World Mission Offering, month of October.
  • Upcoming
  • World Mission Offering will be received, Sunday, October 27th.

Coming Soon

  • Trunk or Treat, 5 – 7 pm, Thursday, October 31st.
  • Annual Mission Banquet, following worship, Sunday, November 3rd.
  • 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: Over $2000.00

Thank You to all who participated in the CROP Walk and to those who made donations. Congratulations to all who emailed friends, relatives, and neighbors asking them to contribute. This is a way to contribute financially much more than you could give yourself.

Thanks to David Brust for heading up this great campaign.

As soon as final figures are available, we will publish the amonts.

Annual Mission Banquet

Sunday, November 3rd

Guest Missionaries:

Jonathan and Bonnie Moore

Jonathan and Bonnie Moore, Missionaries to Niger, will join us for the Annual Mission Banquet, Sunday, November 3rd after worship. Jonathan will bring the message during the worship service and Bonnie and Jonathan will answer your questions during the desert portion of the meal.

Jonathan is the son of Charles and Alice Moore who were part of our church for several years after Charles’ retirement from forty years of missionary service in the Congo.

There is an attendance posting to assist servers in determining food quantities and making preparations. Please sign-up by Sunday, October 27th.

Also, a second posting to request desserts. Dessert offerings are “your choice.” If you know what you will be providiong, please indicate on the sheet along with your name.

The main course for dinner is ham

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 21st – 27th.

You can also find the daily prayers on the calendar on this 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 Trunk!

We need “Trunks.” If you need help with ideas or costumes, see Alan Gelatt or Pastor Dennis. The event has been advertised and signs have been set out. Let’s not disappoint those looking forward to the event.

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. No scary clowns or gruesome costumes because the safety and comfort of young children is the chief concern. There will be warm cider and donuts for adults. T-burg Fire Department will light up our parking lot with one of their engines.

Halloween is the epitome of distorted beliefs about the dead. We want 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!


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!

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.