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          Some of you know that of all the colors in the world the pigment that I like least is pink; and that may be an understatement. Upon learning this some people have taken great delight in “pinking” me. I once arrived at my office to discover that I had been anonymously gifted a complete ceramic nativity set - each figurine painted pink and dusted with pearlescent glitter. Not wanting to offend the unknown donor, each Advent it was displayed on the bookcase near the door. That is until someone confessed to having bought it at rummage sale and spray painted it just to annoy me. I’ve been given too many pink shirts (gift receipt enclosed only once) to count. And there are always bulletins or letters printed on pink paper because “It’s all we have left.” (Whether you believe it or not mauve and fuchsia are just other names for pink.)

Pastor of Congregational Care

Saturday, May 12: Roamer Mtg & Training 9-10 a.m. // Safe Sanctuaries Training 10 am to 1 pm
The Safe Sanctuary Committee is committed to assuring that our church community is safe for all people.  As a result, our church leaders, staff (including clergy), and all persons who work with children and vulnerable adults, must undergo a background check and complete Safe Sanctuary Training through the Upper New York Annual Conference. Our church also provides Roamers  --  two volunteers each worship service from 8:45 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. to serve as monitors in the hallways of the church. We are always looking for new volunteers to be Roamers and to minister in a number of ways here at BFUMC.
Roamer Meeting & Training on Saturday, May 12

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.  All are welcome to join us.  Facilitators are Ann Horan and Craig Barrett.

Community Dinner

We invite anyone in the Baldwinsville area to our delicious, homecooked meal. October - May, please join us on the 2nd Thursday of the month, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., to socialize and eat.

Spring Rummage Sale & Bake Sale

Donation days are April 25-26, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Sale days are April 27, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and April 28 (Bag Sale), 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
We will take clothing of all sizes, books, puzzles, toys, dishes, kitchen items, bedding, linens, craft items, tools, sporting equipment etc. Please save for us: grocery bags, especially from Kinney Drugs. Thank you!
We can't take bowling balls, computers, printers, large furniture. If you have any questions or would like to help with the sale, please call Wayne Gilbert (315-638-4653) or Marlene Fredette (315-652-6989).
The Cheery Visitors will be having a Bake Sale on Friday, April 27 in conjunction with the U.M.W. Rummage Sale. Your donation of baked goods would be most appreciated. Questions? Call Alice Nykaza (315-635-5569).

Christian Education News

Sunday, May 20, (during the 9 o’clock service) join us as we recognize our wonderful educators. During Fellowship Time our celebration will continue with a Sundae Sunday—ice cream for all! Thank you to all our educators!

Christian Education is currently looking for interested Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Sunday School teachers. If you are interested, please contact Frankie Nicole Weaver in person or through emailing: christianeducation@bvillefirstumc.org.

One-Day Can Collection Drive

Our Sunday School youth will have a one-day can and bottle collection drive on Sunday, April 29. If you have cans or bottles to be returned, please bring them to church on that Sunday. Students will be collecting them in the entrance connected to the parking lot. OR you can drop them off any time at Baldwinsville Bottle & Can Return (River Mall, 2685 Downer St.) under account ‘BFUMC Youth’. Funds raised from the can drive will benefit campership scholarships. Thank you for your donations!

Eureka! Book Club

Eureka! Book Club ~ (please note: information change from the April Visitor)

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 30, at 6:00 p.m. in the church chapel. The book for April is "Capital Gaines" by Chip Gaines. Dinner will be catered through a local establishment and the cost will be shared among attendees. Please call the church office (315-635-6442) by noon on Friday, April 27, if you would like to attend. Copies of the book are available in the church office to borrow.

United Methodist Women

Hannah-Sarah Circle
Our next meeting is a picnic at the home of Clara Rose Thomas on Wednesday, May 2 at 12:00 p.m. Please bring a dish-to-pass; table service is provided. Please note: dues will be collected at this time.
 

Food Collection Sundays

May 6
Children will be collecting food donations as you enter the Sanctuary. Needed in May: mac n' cheese & soupMonetary donations are also gladly accepted.

Summer Camp Preview Day

Camp Preview Day
On May 6th we will welcome a visitor from the Upper New York Camp and Retreat Ministries to teach us about youth camp programs. Information on camp opportunities will be provided during, and proceeding, the 9 o’clock service.  There will be no Sunday School classes this week. Instead, parents can learn about camp programs, while children enjoy fun camp-related activities in multipurpose room.

Campership Plant & Flower Sale

Saturday, May 12th, 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.

Grief Support Group

Our next meeting is May 16, 2018 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; we meet in the church library; refreshments served.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, May 17 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)

SAMASAN ~ Safe Haven Museum Trip

Saturday, June 2 at 9:45 a.m. we will meet at the church parking lot to carpool to Safe Haven Museum in Oswego followed by lunch at Bridie Manor. All are invited to this event. Please contact Mary Anita Berry (263-6628) or Nancy Brotherton (638-2949) with your reservation and $5.00 Museum fee by May 18th.

Vacation Bible School 2018

“Rolling River Rampage”: Monday, August 13 – Friday, August 17, 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
This is a free camp for children going into Kindergarten through 6th grade. On Camp Preview Day (see announcement above), there will be a VBS table with activities for young campers, and for early registration. If you are interested in volunteering for VBS (either as an older youth or adult teacher), please contact Frankie at christianeducation@bvillefirstumc.org.