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Baldwinsville 1st UMC to “Adopt a Park” in Haiti

Kelly Carwell and the Rev. Patricia Walz of the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church gave to Melinda Miles of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization a check for $4000 donated by parishioners and the church’s Mission Fund.  Kelly represents the church’s “Eureka!  Book Club” who initiated an immediate two-week fundraiser by donations inspired by the book “The Insanity of God” by Nik Ripken. 

Pastor Patti's Picks

I am an avid reader and consumer of various media. Each month I will share with you that which I’ve found to be spiritually motivating and/or relevantly informative. Enjoy!

“Wintergirls” by Laurie Halse Anderson

            Eating disorders can be life threatening for the sufferer and heart-breaking for their loved ones.  The extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding illnesses such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating are often misunderstood, alienating, and consuming.  As the brain is starved anxiety increases, the patient becomes highly sensitive to criticism, obsessiveness becomes more intense, and depression runs rampant.  Needless to say, everyone involved with an eating disorder is often on the edge of crisis health-wise, emotionally, and psychologically. 

"Fan the Flame Fitness": May-June 2017

Introduction to T’ai Chi:  Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, & 22; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.; Cost $40
Hula Hooping: Wednesday, May 31, June 7, 14, & 21; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $35/4 classes or $10 per class for walk-ins
Registration forms are in the church office

A Bible Study: The Book of Acts

May 23 – June 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Are you interested in attending a six-week Bible Study? I have written a Bible study based on the Book of Acts as a requirement for my ordination as a Deacon!  The cost for supplies and other materials will be $15 per person. You will end the study with a prayer journal, a set of Protestant prayer beads, and will have participated in a hands-on mission project! If you are interested, please call or email Susan Ranous (315-427-3668;

Camping/Campership News

Registration forms for summer camp have been sent out and can also be accessed at
Campership forms are available in the church office and should be returned by Friday, June 9
Camperships will be awarded on Sunday, June 18.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, June 15 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. (Patricia Kline, 315-678-1694)

Grief Support Group

Our next meeting is June 21 at 6:30 p.m.
This is a monthly support group that meets on the third Wednesday of every month for those that have lost a loved one and would like to meet with others to talk or just to listen. A bereavement counselor is present. Our next meeting is June 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library; refreshments served.

Eureka! Book Club

A summer reading suggestion: “The High Mountains of Portugal” by Yann Martel.
We will meet again in September.

V.B.S. 2017

JUNE 26-30, 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for all children entering grades K-6
Registration forms are available in the church office. Check out the church website for online registration also. The theme this year is "Hero Central: Discover your strength through God". It will be a hero filled week, complete with hero capes and personal shields!   Our mission project goes along with the hero theme:  being heroes for others, especially the children in Gollisano Children’s Hospital. More to come!