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Experiences of failure, emptiness, and uncertainty are unavoidable; they are also critical for finding our way through life. During Lent we will look at how our experiences of walking through the "dark woods" can provide clues to our "calling" or "life path." How can the struggles of life be the seedbed of spiritual awakening to the fullness of life?
March 1 (Ash Wednesday) Where We Find Ourselves: We should examine each place we find ourselves-not just the seemingly stable and blessed places; even the ones that feel like utter failure, or the most tenuous at the least. These are the places where Jesus says "Do not be afraid, it's me calling you out here to find the depths of your very soul."
March 5 The Gift of Uncertainty: Life is messy. Life is uncertain. Rather than a problem to be solved, what if we saw uncertainty as a gift helping us let go of all we cannot know so that we can live more wholeheartedly?

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!
“Hillbilly Elegy:  A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D.Vance
from 1 John 4:20-21  “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother …cannot love God ….”

Men's Study Group

On Tuesday, January 17th at 6:30 p.m. we will begin a 34-week class titled "Disciple 1: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study". This classic United Methodist study of the Old and New Testaments emphases the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God.Disciple 1 draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participants, and dynamic group discussions to aid in our understanding of the Bible.  Questions: George Ramseyer, 638-8177, ramseyerg@gmail.com.

Grief Support Group - DATE CHANGE

The February 15 meeting has been postponed until Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the church Library.
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.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, February 16 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. (Betty Morrow, 635-6228)

U.M.M. Shoe Drive

The Upper New York United Methodist Men will be conducting a 'Shoe Drive' in March to raise money for various Veteran organizations. The Baldwinsville U.M.M. is a part of this fundraiser and we are looking forward to this project. There will be boxes at the church entrances March 1st thru March 31st to collect your new/used/worn out shoes, boots (no ski boots, please), and other types of footwear. Should you have any questions please contact a U.M.M. member.

Lenten Bible Study

Join us in following three women named Mary: Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene, as their lives are changed through their encounters with Jesus.  Our guide for this Lenten Bible Study will be the latest nonfiction book, The Women of Easter, by Liz Curtis Higgs.   Discussions, led by Barbara Jones, will be held on Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. for four sessions - March 22 through April 12.  Please prepare for the first session by reading chapters 1 and 2. If you wish to purchase a copy of the book for $11.00, please contact the church office as soon as possible (deadline March 8.)

Eureka! Book Club (CHANGE OF BOOK)

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 27 at 6:00 p.m. The book for February is “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance

“Eureka” will meet on:  Feb. 27, March 27, April 24, and May 22. 

Ash Wednesday Supper & Service

In the Christian tradition, Lent is the period of the liturgical year from Ash Wednesday to Easter. It is a time for remembrance, renewal, and hope.  We begin this season of Lent with an Ash Wednesday Soup Supper where we join together for a simple meal of soup, bread, and cheese in the Fellowship Hall, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. before the Ash Wednesday church service at 6:30 p.m.  Chicken Noodle and Vegetable/Bean soup is being provided by Dawn Custer of the Canal Walk Café and bread from the Columbus Bakery. There is no cost, but a free will offering will be accepted, if you are able. 

Lenten Book Study

“Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” by Marcus J. Borg
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., March 2 through April 13. This will be a challenging class which should produce a stimulating discussion. The class will be led by Jan Beall. Let Jan (635-1356) or the church office know if you would like a book. The books can be picked up in the office at a cost of $5.00.