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          A favorite TV show for many in years past is The Waltons.  For nine seasons, it told the stories about the family of John Walton Jr. (known as John-Boy): his six siblings, his parents John and Olivia Walton, and the elder John's parents Zebulon and Esther Walton. Often the plot found one of the seven children in a difficult situation with no apparent solution. As the episode drew to a close, a wise word fitly spoken by one of the elders in the family put everything in perspective and pointed the way to a happy ending. I came to call this “The Walton Syndrome” – the belief that if you just knew the right words to say you could take away the pain, correct a wrong, redirect the erring, or make everything work out appropriately. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way.

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!  
“When God Doesn’t Fix It” by Laura Story

'…what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise…

                                                from “Blessings”

Bell Choirs Starting Rehearsals

Chancel Bells:  Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. – rehearsals have begun.
Covenant Chimers:  Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. beginning October 10.
Ringers Jubilate:  Sundays, 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. beginning October 15. This is an intergenerational group. All ages are welcome to join from teens on up.
Joyful Ringers:  Sundays, during Young Disciples Time, beginning October 15. This is a children’s group – 2nd grade and up. Additional adults needed to meet Safe Sanctuary requirements. A sign-up sheet is posted on the practice room door.
Any questions, please meet Linda Miller in the bell room directly after church or call her at 315-440-6049 or 315-638-2509.

Adult Discussion Group

Our Adult Discussion Group meets on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room with open, all-inclusive discussions.   We begin with an ecumenical video and then share our views.   Our current video is "A Grace-Full Life: How We Experience It Along Life's Journey". All are welcome to join us.   Facilitators are Ann Horan and Craig Barrett.

Eureka! Book Club

Monday, October 23 – “Daring to Drive:  A Saudi Woman’s Awakening” by Manal Al-Sharif
“Eureka Book Club” participants meet monthly 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. for dinner, fellowship, and discussion.  Dinner is catered through a local establishment and the cost is split among attendees.  Estimated cost is $6 – 9, depending on the number of participants. Each month, participants will read a book that is fodder for discussion, growth, inspiration, and/or discipleship action leading to many “eureka” opportunities.   Please let Rev. Walz know or call the office if you would like to join “Eureka!”  3 copies of each book are available to borrow in the church office.
(Another book for October for those who have the time and will, "White Rage" by Carol Anderson, becasue it is very relevant NOW for what is going on in this country.)
Monday, November 27 – “Letters from Father Christmas” by J.R.R. Tolkien also called “The Father Christmas Letters”

Why Church Membership Matters

Classes on October 1, 15, and 22 at 10:30 AM in the church’s library
Church membership is not about privileges like assigned pews, having a say in important church decisions, or getting to the front of the line at potluck suppers.  Rather it is a call to participate as part of a fellowship of followers of Jesus Christ who seek to make the world more like the Kingdom of God.”
The Rev. Wilfried Nausner expressed it this way, “The task of any particular church and its members is to form the body of Christ...Nobody can love the church in general or the universal church.  It has always to be our neighbor that comes first.” The Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church will be welcoming new members on November 12.  Dave Horan is leading a short course for those who would like to know more about the United Methodist Church and our own church community. The course is not required for membership, yet may answer any questions you may have. 

Grief Support Group

Our next meeting is October 18 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 October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library; refreshments served.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. Our speaker will be Chris Smith from Food Bank of CNY. (Patricia Kline, 315-678-1694)


Saturday, October 21 to Carpenter Brook Fish Hatchery, 1672 Rt. 321, Elbridge. We'll meet in the church parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and carpool over or follow each other; admission is free. After, we'll go to Johnny Angel's in Skaneateles for lunch; everyone pay their own. Hope to have a good turnout. They are looking forward to seeing our group. Any questions, call: Eileen Rice--315-635-9644 or Jeanne Pray--315-638-1289.

Trunk or Treat

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Once again we will have a fun “trick or treating” experience in our church parking lot.  Last year we had over 20 cars participating!  Please consider being a part of this fun activity – what a safe, fun time, and memory this is for the children – and for the adults! Please contact the church office if you wish to have a spot for a decorated car or if you would just like more information (315-635-6442;

U.M.W. Monthly Meetings

United Methodist Women: Hannah-Sarah Circle
Our next meeting, November 1, is a lunch at Tassone's in honor of Beverly Frank.
Reservation requests should go to Olivia Oyer-Halen by October 24.


Children's Christmas Bazaar

It’s not too early to start thinking about the Children’s Christmas Bazaar! It will be held on Saturday, December 9 and children will be able to shop in secret for family and friends. Each item, regardless of size, will cost 50 cents! We welcome the following donations! Items can be brought to the church office.  Gift bags – (we have plenty of wrapping paper); Tissue paper, bows, tape, and gift tags; Gifts for men, women, and children of all ages.