From time to time the Sunday School teachers in my childhood churches would hold competitions to encourage us to memorize verses from the Bible. Someone, myself included, would inevitably repeat John 11:35 “Jesus wept.” This is the shortest verse in the Bible and comes from the story of the raising of Lazarus from his grave. I wondered why Jesus stood outside the tomb of Lazarus crying when he knew that in just a few minutes Lazarus would be once more among the living. Eventually I concluded that Jesus wept, not because he was saddened over the death of Lazarus, but because he felt the deep pain of loss that Lazarus’ sisters Mary and Martha were experiencing. It has encouraged me to know that when I experience grief or loss that God not only understands my pain but weeps along with me.
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!
“The Shack” by Wm. Paul Young, book and movie
In our Lenten worship series, “Gifts of the Dark Wood”, we have been journeying to find holiness in the midst of dark times. In an increasingly violent and troubled world, people often wonder “Where is God in all this?” Paul Young tries to answer this question and more in a poignantly beautiful and creative way through his novel “The Shack.”
The congregation of Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all children and youth, disabled, and vulnerable adults who participate in ministries and activities sponsored by the church.
April 28 & 29; Bake Sale, April 28
Donation days: April 26 & 27, 9 am to 6 pm
Sale days: April 28, 9 am to 6 pm and April 29, 9 am to 1 pm
Donations wanted – clothing of all sizes, linens, bedding, kitchen items, puzzles, books, games, toys, tools, sporting equipment, leftovers from your garage sale, etc. If you would like to volunteer to help with the sale or if you have any questions about donations, please call Beverly Frank (638-4142) or Marlene Fredette (652-6989). The Cheery Visitors will be having a Bake Sale on Friday, April 28 in conjunction with the U.M.W. Rummage Sale. Your donations of baked goods would be most appreciated. Questions? Joyce Wilkinson (635-9763)
Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. The book for April is "The Color of Water" by James McBride
“Eureka” will meet on: April 24 and May 22.
Saturday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the church dining room.
Come and join us for a delicious Dutch dinner. Matt Luken, our Baldwinsville Rotary exchange student, will be sharing the evening with us and we will get an inside glimpse of his homeland through him.
Reservations and money need to be in by April 20th. Please make checks payable to Ann Horan for $15.00 per person. Send to the Horan residence (41 Edgewood Dr., B’ville), or find Ann in the congregation. Questions, call Ann Horan (315-638-2407), Melba Lindsey (315-638-1245), or Jeanne Pray (315-638-1289)
Our next meeting is a picnic at the home of Clara Rose Thomas on Wednesday, May 3 at 12:00 p.m. Please bring a dish-to-pass; table service is provided.
Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 in the Chapel
Hands of Hope sponsors the monthly Grief Support Group and the Remembrance Service in December. Harriet Mark will present material on grief that she has already presented at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. It will cover what to say to a grieving person and how to interact with those who have experienced a loss. Anyone who is interested in building these skills is encouraged to attend without feeling they will be expected to join the group. The group, of course, is always open to having new people join so we can continue to function in our outreach. Folks are needed to help with the Remembrance Service and to act as a host for the Grief Support Group. Do consider dropping in on this meeting and learning more about Hands of Hope.
PLEASE JOIN US!
Our next Community Dinner is on Thursday, May 11, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 13th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
All campers are expected to help and are required to sign up for a specific time slot.
Call Cheryl Metrick (315-657-1947) to sign up to help.
All proceeds go to support Camperships.
Our next meeting is May 17 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 May 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library; refreshments served.
Our next gathering is on Thursday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. (Patricia Kline, 315-678-1694)
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration forms for summer camp have been sent out and can also be accessed at http://www.casowasco.org/.
Campership forms are available in the church office and should be returned by Friday, June 9.
Camperships will be awarded on Sunday, June 19.
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!