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A few months ago one of the staff at a medical center handed me a gown and said, “Here put this on.” Fortunately, Debbie was with me and able to secure the ties in the back, or else there would have been less covered than anyone would have been comfortable with. Awhile later the staffer reappeared and said, “You can follow me” and led me down and around a series of hallways. What an awkward set of feelings I experienced. Here I was a grown man who needed help getting dressed only to be taken to places unknown.

Church on the Island

Rev. Patti Walz is leading worship services at the Paper Mill Island Amphitheater, Baldwinsville, July - August.  The informal, ½ hour, non-denominational worship will begin at 8 AM.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the cool breezes, rising sun, inspiration, and fellowship. 

Bread Ministry ~ Mission Funds

We once again have an opportunity to help our mission fund with a bread ministry.  Tops Supermarket on Route 11 in North Syracuse has offered to give us their left-over bakery products on Friday morning, which we will then be able to offer to you on Sunday morning after the worship service, for a donation to the mission fund.  This is a call for volunteers to help pick up the baked goods Friday mornings between 9:00 a.m. and noon.  We started picking up the bakery products four weeks ago, but we are in need of additional help.   If you can help us with this new opportunity, please contact Tom Fredette at 315-652-6989 or Dave Greer at 315-635-6629. There will be another opportunity in the near future to pick up left-over baked goods at Tops on Wednesday mornings for the Community Food Pantry.  We will keep you posted regarding this new opportunity.

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!

OK.  So, there are a couple of events that led to this month’s “Pastor’s Picks,” and I’ll try to keep what could be a full-fledged sermon into a page or less – not an easy task! 

"Fan the Flame" Fitness! July - August 2016

Sign up for fitness classes today!
Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church, 17 W. Genesee Street, Baldwinsville, NY  13027
“Fan the Flame Fitness” is an inclusive faith-based program to promote Wholeness and Wellness within the church, Baldwinsville, and its surrounding communities.

Hula Hooping!
“Find yourself in the hoop!” Burn calories as you increase your flexibility and balance! Hula Hooping is a low-impact workout for people of all ages, shapes, and sizes.  Certified instructor, Shannon Vogt, is inspiring and energetic!  She is also a 9th grade Earth Science teacher and was a 2015 finalist for the North Syracuse School District’s 2015 “Teacher of the Year” competition.

Become a Bell Ringer!

Joyful Ringers, a children’s bell choir, is looking for new members. You must be at least in 2nd grade to join. Practice is during the Activity Time portion of the 9:00 a.m. Worship Service. If you are interested, please contact Linda Miller (440-6049).

Ringer Jubilate bell choir is an inter-generational group accepting teens and adults. They practice directly after Sunday school. If you are interested, please contact Melissa Turner (638-2509).

Fall Study~Values Begin at Home

We easily recognize the stages of physical developmental of children as they progress from being completely dependent on adults as newborns to independence as young adults. Sometimes we don’t think about other types of development and what impact we have as we guide our children.

Beginning in September, Dr. Lundgren is offering a 6-week series of one and a half hour sessions on Wednesday evenings at 6:30. The class will study the developmental needs of children and youth from birth through high school with a focus on physical development, cognitive development (how they think), psycho-social development (how they interact with others), moral development (how they make decisions) and faith development.

New Adult Sunday School Class

(during regular Sunday school hour beginning September 11)
Weaving Your Life is a journey into the soul. While hands are busy weaving, the mind and heart connect in exploring the inner life, allowing for the creation of balance and wholeness. Actual weaving will be done on small frame looms while exploring scripture and researching the weavings of life. Please contact Linda Miller if interested in joining (440-6049).