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          A child was sitting on her grandfather's lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. As the grandfather continued reading she would alternately stroke her own cheek and then his. Finally, she spoke up, "Grandpa, did God make you?" "Yes, sweetheart," he answered, "God made me a long time ago." "Oh," she paused, "Grandpa, did God make me too?" "Yes, indeed," he said, "God made you just a little while ago." Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, "God's getting better at it, isn't he?

Pastor of Congregational Care

Dear friends, 
I was probably as surprised as anyone that my life’s path led me back to Baldwinsville First UMC, and I could not be more pleased to be re-joining the staff. As you know, on January 1 I begin service as the Associate Pastor for Congregational Care, a quarter time position to plan and provide pastoral care on behalf of the congregation. I join you in thanking and praying for Rev. Patti as she joins the ranks of the retired and begins enjoying life from that perspective. I expect to be in worship twice a month and will be finding other ways to re-connect with the many of you that I already know; and connect with the many of you that I have yet to meet. My regular office hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays (beginning 01/03/18). For pastoral emergencies, please call me at 315-383-4384. See you soon. Blessings in the new year! Peace, Jeff

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 "Ask: Faith Questions in a Skeptical World". 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.

Grief Support Group

Our next meeting is January 17, 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, January 18 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)

SAMASAN Movie Night

On January 20 at 5:00 p.m. we will be viewing “The Shack” in the church chapel. Pizza, veggies, and dessert will be provided. Please RSVP to the church office (315-635-6442), Nancy Smith (315-635-7145; or Debbie Mott-Lundgren (315-484-8297;

Food Collection Sundays

February 4
Children will be collecting food donations as you enter the Sanctuary. Needed in February: peanut butter, jelly, & soupMonetary donations are also gladly accepted.

Eureka! Book Club

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 26, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the church Chapel. The book for February is, "An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith" by Barbara Brown Taylor. Dinner will be catered through a local establishment and the cost will be split among attendees. Please call the church office (315-635-6442) by noon on Friday, February 23, if you plan to attend. Two copies of the book will be available in the church office to borrow.

United Methodist Women

The U.M.W. Hannah-Sarah Circle will next meet on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel.