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He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him.  And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons.  So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);  James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder);  and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean,  and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.”  Mark 3:13-19 NRSV   

Congregational Care & Family Ministries

Join us for FIRST FEST ~ Sunday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m.  
A “first hand opportunity to get excited about ministry at First UMC!  
Get a “first-hand” look at the many exciting things going on at B’ville First UMC! Our church-wide celebration begins immediately following the 9:00 a.m. worship service and includes: free appetizers & a time for fellowship, exhibits by church groups. opportunities to sign up for Sunday School classes, a chance to learn about new groups & activities  

Adult Choir News

It’s September and soon Fall will be upon us. What better way to beat the cooler weather than to put on a nice warm CHOIR robe! By the time you read this article, choir season will already be in full swing.  But that does not mean that you cannot still join the choir! We rehearse Friday nights from 7-8:30pm and would love to have new members.   OR    If the adult choir commitment isn’t quite your speed, the Intergenerational Choir will also be getting together after church on Sunday’s to just spend some time singing together.  We will meet on Sunday’s from after church until 10:30am.  Grab a cup of coffee and come try a low impact way to see if singing in a group is something for you!

Yoga Classes at BFUMC: beginning in September

Yoga means union of body and mind. It can lower stress, which is toxic to overall health and well-being. A typical class will begin with warm-ups and a Kriya (set of exercises) followed by deep relaxation and meditation. This is a safe environment with sensitivity to the needs of each student. All are welcome at any level of experience. You do not need to have experience with yoga to receive benefit from the class. You don’t have to be excessively flexible to enjoy this class. Bring a blanket, water bottle, and anything else you may need for a yoga class. Chairs will be available for all classes if necessary. Non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry are always welcome as well. $10 per class or 6 classes for $50. Drop in for $10. Wednesdays:     5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. Checks should be made out to “Baldwinsville FUMC”.  Families are encouraged to come together.

2019 - Men's Bible Study

AMEND Together (Amending through Faith)  
We will be meeting again starting on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. The Christian community should play a critical role in creating an atmosphere where all women and girls are valued and safe. Extensive work by experts in the prevention of gender-based violence reveals that this is accomplished through education, and then applying the learned principles. This 4-week study is an innovative, primary prevention initiative dedicated to ending violence against women by engagement and education.  Additional details: George Ramseyer

Adult Discussion Group

Our Adult Discussion Group meets on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room with open, all-inclusive discussions.   All are welcome!!   We first view an ecumenical video presenting thought-provoking issues and ideas.   We then have a very open discussion including all who are with us.   Our first title will be Adam Hamilton's "Family Tree".   Three weeks later we will begin Margaret Feinburg's "Taste and See".

Safe Sanctuary Class

The First UMC of Phoenix, 49 Jefferson Street in Phoenix, is hosting an Upper NY Conference Safe Sanctuary Training Class on Wednesday, September 18, 5:00 8:00 p.m. It will be held in Wesley Lounge.  Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Betsy Scheussler, Camp & Retreat Ministries Executive Assistant, and Judy Craigmile will co-lead the class. This class is open to all churches in our Crossroads District. Homemade soup and salad will be provided along with coffee, tea, and water.  Please contact Judy Craigmile at 315-720-5994 or to register for this class – or sign up today at FIRST FEST. Provide your full name, your church's name & address, your email address and best contact phone # if responding via email.

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 September 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library.  Refreshments served.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, September 19 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)

U.M.M. Breakfast Meeting

The Next U.M.M. Breakfast & Meeting is on Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 a.m. in the church dining room.

SAMASAN ~ "Car Cruise-In"

“Car Cruise-In” Classic & Vintage Cars  
September 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Eileen & Ray Rice’s (7667 East Dead Creek Road, Baldwinsville). Call Eileen at 315-635-9644 or Linda Froats at 315-622-2185. Come for an interesting and fun afternoon!

Eureka! Book Club

Eureka! Book Club ~ welcomes all readers!! On Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel: Topic: Holy Land Night with the April 2019 Travelers using, "The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi" by Kathie Lee Gifford. Book & Food Hosts: April 2019 Travelers.   We hope you can attend and please let church office know of your plans at (315) 635-6442 or  

Fall Rummage Sale & Bake Sale

Donation days are September 25 & 26, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm;
Sale days are September 27, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and September 28 (Bag Sale), 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Donations wanted – clothing of all sizes, linens, bedding, kitchen items, puzzles, books, games, toys, tools, sporting equipment, leftovers from your garage sale, etc. If you would like to volunteer to help with the sale or if you have any questions about donations, please call Wayne & Judy Gilbert (315-638-4653) or Beverly Frank (315-247-0934).
The Cheery Visitors will be having a Bake Sale on Friday, September 27 in conjunction with the U.M.W. Rummage Sale. Your donations of baked goods would be most appreciated. The sale starts at 9:00 a.m. Questions? Alice Nykaza (635-5569).

Book Study, "The Cup of Our Life", with Jan Beall

Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., September 25 to October30  “The Cup of Our Life”, a book by Joyce Rupp, will be used for a new study on Wednesday mornings beginning September 25.  A component of the class includes  daily study which can take 15 minutes or more. During the weekly class session, we will be looking back and sharing what was found most meaningful. It will include reflection, scripture, meditation, visualizations, and a refocusing on prayer using a cup of one’s own choosing. The cup will provide images such as the open cup, the chipped cup, the broken cup, and the blessing cup for reflection.

Pennellville Christmas Cantata Rehearsals begin

Rehearsals for the Pennellville Cantata Choir will begin on Sunday, September 29th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Pennellville UMC, 389 County Route 54, Pennellville. Anyone is invited to sing. “Night of the Father’s Love” by Pepper Choplin has been selected as this year’s cantata. Performance dates are December 7 & 8 and Terry Sivers will be directing. If you like to sing, come to rehearsal on September 29. Cost: $16.00 (includes music, gifts & punch supplies).