Lent

Good Friday - the Sanctuary will be open 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Easter Services: 7:30 a.m. in the Church Chapel; 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Pastor's Page

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”  1 John 3:1-3 NRSV  
              Sometimes I get a word stuck in my head and it just rolls around and around in my thoughts for days – sometimes weeks!  Often, I feel as if God is trying to teach me something and this repetition and constant reminder of the word or concept is a way God is driving the concept deep into my soul. 
           I have been working with a word for the past few weeks that comes back over and over to me.  The word is “EXTRAVAGANT”. 

Christian Education & Family Ministries

Camp Preview Day – Sunday, April 28  
Information will be provided during and proceeding the 9 o’clock service. There will be fun camp-related activities in the multi-purpose room during fellowship time (10:15 AM).

Summer Camp 2019 
Our church has a long tradition of sending children to camp. Last summer our congregation provided generous camperships for 13 children to attend the Upper New York Conference of the UMC, camp Casowasco. We accept campership donations throughout the year. If you would like to help send a child to camp, please contact the church office or Frankie Weaver at christianeducation@bvillefirstumc.org. Thank you for supporting this important ministry!

Eureka! Book Club

Monday, April 29, at 6:00 p.m.   
Everyone is welcome to join the Eureka! Book Club dinner and discussion of Jennifer Worth's “Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s”. Ron Waterbury will lead our discussion. Copies of the book are available to borrow in the church office. Please sign-out a copy and after reading it, return it so another reader can borrow it. Dinner will be catered through a local establishment, and the cost split among attendees.
Please call the church office at (315) 635-6442 to RSVP. You can also email Frankie at christianeducation@bvillefirstumc.org. We hope that you can attend!

B.S. #71 Ice Cream Fundraiser & Bottle Drive

Saturday, May 4, 9 am - 2 pm at Stewarts Shops
Baldwinsville Boy Scout Troop #71 is having an Ice Cream Fundraiser and Bottle Drive! 
1. Purchase an item from Stewarts Ice Cream Counter anytime on May 4
2. Donate bottles and cans at McBride's on Smokey Hollow at anytime and mention Troop #71, OR bring to Stewarts on May 4 and we will take care of them for you!
3. Enter to win at Stewart's 9 am - 2 pm. Basket Themes: Buffalo Bills, Basketball Galore, Movie Basket, Feeling Lucky Basket, B'ville Dining, and more!
What your donation supports: camping and community service projects - we are a unit of 22 active scouts, 6 recent Eagle Scouts, and 4 soon-to-be Eagle Scouts. Your continued support helps us ensure their journey and the younger boys who follow behind them!

SAMASAN Year-end Banquet

We're going to Tassone's in B'ville on Saturday, May 4th at 12:30 PM.  The cost is $18.00 per person which will include a buffet lunch, coffee, tea, soda and cake.  There will be some entertainment.  Please pay by April 21st.  You can give checks to Bev Archer or Peggy Miller or mail them to Peggy Miller at 4210 Mistral Circle, Liverpool, N.Y. 13090. Please make checks out to Margaret Miller. 

Annual Campership Plant & Flower Sale

Saturday, May 11th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  
Our annual plant sale (held the day before Mother’s Day) is a great opportunity to do something special for Mom or Grandma all while supporting the summer campership program! Please mark your calendar and plan to buy some flowers. Thank you!

ERT Training

Another new Basic ERT Training class has been scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at the UNY Conference Center in Liverpool. Anyone interested in the training can register online at http://bit.ly/LiverpoolERTMay19

Grief Support Group

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 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library.  Refreshments served.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)

U.M.M. Breakfast Meeting

The Next U.M.M. Breakfast & Meeting is on Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel.   

A Journey of Faith

Take a look back at how your faith began and the journey it has taken you on.  This will be the focus of a four-week class being offered Wednesday mornings 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. beginning in June. We will look at Moses, David, Jesus and others to understand how God guided them. Each week a guest will help discuss faith at a different stage of life from childhood to our senior years. Watch the upcoming bulletins to see who these guests will be. The hope is that by the end of the four weeks individuals will have a good start to writing the story of their own faith’s journey.  There will no cost for this class led by Jan Beall (635 1356) but it will be helpful to let the church office (635 6442) or Jan know if you are interested in joining the class so materials will be ready for you.