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If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.  Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.1 Corinthians 13:1-8a NRSV     

Yoga Classes at BFUMC

Have begun!  Yoga means union of body and mind. It can lower stress, which is toxic to overall health and wellbeing. Many studies prove that practicing yoga, relaxation, and meditation can benefit all age groups. This is a safe environment with sensitivity to the needs of each student. All are welcome at any level of experience. My yoga practice is for the average person. You do not have to be excessively flexible to enjoy this class. Classes will end with a moment of gratitude and a closing prayer. Please bring a blanket and water bottle.
Adult Yoga: $10 per class or 6 classes for $50 and each additional member of a family can bring a non-perishable food item per class for the food pantry. Drop in for $10. 
               Wednesdays: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: very gentle class, appropriate for older folks  
                                      5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: for teens through adults 

Grief Support Group

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. Our next meeting is February 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library.  Refreshments served.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. Vicki will be serving soups, sandwiches, and salad for $8.00 each. Members of the church choir will then lead a Valentine's sing-along. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)

U.M.M. Breakfast/Meeting & Special Program

The Next U.M.M. Breakfast & Meeting is on Saturday, February 23 at 8:00 a.m.   
Any NY Mets fans out there?  The B'ville U.M.M. have invited as their guest speaker, Syracuse Mets' General Manager Jason Smorol!  And because we think there would be interest in listening to him from ALL our male and female congregation, we are inviting YOU to attend!  Join us 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the church dining room as Jason describes his bridging the AAA Baseball "transition" from the Washington Nationals/Chiefs to the new Mets/Mets locally!  Coffee will be available and there will be plenty of seating.

Eureka! Book Club

Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner and discussion of Jennifer Worth’s “Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s” on Monday, February 25, at 6:00 pm. Ron Waterbury will lead our discussion. (We will also discuss last month’s book Nouwen’s Life of the Beloved since that meeting was postponed). Copies of the book are available to borrow in the church office. Dinner will be catered through a local establishment, and the cost split among attendees. Please call the church office at (315) 635-6442 to RSVP. You can also email Frankie at christianeducation@bvillefirstumc.org. We hope that you can attend!

Welcome Spring Book Exchange

Mark your calendars! We will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the coming of spring with a book exchange and extended Fellowship Time event on Sunday, March 17, at 10:15 am. All church members are welcome to bring in gently used books that they would like to exchange. For each book that you bring in you’ll receive a ticket which will be good for one free book at the exchange. We will have religious titles, fiction, non-fiction, and books for children, teens, and adults. (There are no Sunday School classes on this day since we follow the Baldwinsville School District calendar and there is no school on Friday, March 15th. We hope instead that youth and teachers will enjoy participating in the book exchange.)