Pastor's Page

Rev. William Mudge, pastor   (updated 10-29-21) 
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”  And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.  Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.” Revelation 21:3-7 NRSV   

Congregational Care & Family Ministries

Rev. Jeff Hodge   (updated 10-29-21)
Friends, There are so many opportunities for connection and fellowship, study, service, and worship. Working with the Christian Education team and other Congregational Life teams, we have developed many programs and offerings intended to help you make new connections, strengthen old connections, and go deeper in your faith. Whether it is our weekly Sunday’s Cool for children or Wonderful Wednesdays, the Eureka! Book Club or our Advent Study, I hope you will consider trying something new in this season and in the coming season of Advent.   Pastor Jeff  

UNYC Director of Stewardship

Rev. Susan M. Ranous, Deacon of Stewardship   (updated 08-27-21) 
As you’re reading this article, consider that it has been over 533 days since the world changed, a pandemic raged and, for a time, everything seemed to shut down. There have been over 36,832,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with over 629,612 deaths in the United States, 2,166,366 cases in New York State alone (of which I was one!), and 53,539 deaths of New Yorkers, one of which was a coworker. Keep in mind that not everyone that had COVID was tested; so the numbers are probably actually higher! 
          Many of us were extremely careful and were doing all the right things and still got sick; some died. Even after “recovering”, some still suffer with lost of smell, lost of taste, hair loss, scarred lungs, difficulty breathing, extreme fatigue, shaking, brain fog, joint pain…and that’s just people I know. 

Sunday's COOL has changed!

We will be offering Sunday’s COOL during Activity Time for Children ages 3 thru 6th grade. Children will be released following the Children’s Moment to attend Activity Time, which will take place in the Children’s Library on the 2nd floor. 3-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Men's Discussion Group

The Men’s Discussion Group meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the church conference room.
Our initial study will be on Sanctification: A Life Pleasing to God. Dave Horan and George Ramseyer, coordinators

Wonderful Wednesdays

Wonderful Wednesdays:  
A weekly Family Night with a light meal & activities from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a time of food, fun, and fellowship every Wednesday. This is a mid-week opportunity for intergenerational fellowship and friendship. Each week will look a little different as we shape this new time together.
Wednesday, December 1:  It’s a Wonderful Wednesday as we watch It’s a Wonderful Life! 

SAMASAN: Books for Christmas Bureau

Book Donation Benefit for the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau. Please bring one or more new books or books in excellent condition, for men, women, or children of  any age, that has non-religious content.  Through Sunday, December 12, book donations can be placed in a drop-off box INSIDE, at either the Church Front door or the Church Office door. Thank you! Nancy Brotherton (315-399-0212), Ellen Jennings (315-638-1377), or Nancy Smith (315-635-7145).

Advent Study: "Advent in Plain Sight" (Zoom only)

Let’s enter Advent in Plain Sight Together Tuesdays, beginning November 30 at 6:30 p.m. (Zoom only)
You are invited to do a joint study with the Pennellville-Baldwinsville congregations via zoom this Advent season. We will use Jill Duffield’s book, “Advent in Plain Sight” to explore how God, who came into our ordinary world in the form of a child, is still at work through the ordinary stuff of life, if we train our eyes to see. Please sign up in the office or on the sign-up table in the dining room. Books are $10 each and available in the office or from Pastor Jeff.

SAMASAN Christmas Party

SAMASAN is hosting a Christmas party on Saturday, December 4th at 2:00 in the church dining room. If you would like to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift (around $10 value) labeled female or male. Light refreshments will be served. Questions can be directed to Anna Smallwood at 631-830-7004. 

The Longest Night - A Service of Remembrance & Hope

Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. The Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church is offering to the Community, an In-Person Church Service: "The Longest Night: A Service of Remembrance and Hope"
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one or other losses, the holidays can be a difficult time and we need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern and to know that we are not alone.