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So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.”  Acts 1:6-9 NRSV  
              I have spent a lot of time this past year studying the scripture accounts of Jesus mission statements for us as disciples, the church.  I want to make sure that I am attempting to lead our congregation in the direction that Jesus instructed us to go. 

Yoga Classes at BFUMC

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.

Men's Bible Study

The 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night Men’s Bible Class will begin a six-week discussion on October 8th of the Top 10 United Methodist Beliefs.  These beliefs will in part equip us for good works. A passionate Wesley will inspire us to travel the road to perfection using UMC basic beliefs as signposts, not hitching posts, so that we can more fully follow Jesus, preparing us to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. “Are you able?” as the old hymn asks. Yes, Lord, in the Wesley tradition we are able through the power and love of God to be accountable to Jesus and each other. Questions: Call Dave Horan (638-2407)

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. 

Mission Trip to Uganda

At the end of October, Pastor Bill will be going to Uganda for 17 days on a mission trip and it is important for our congregation to be a part of this trip. Pastor Bill would like us to develop a daily prayer book for the mission team. This will include scriptures and notes from the congregation. Please consider submitting a note for the trip. Also, he would like to raise funds from this congregation. The cost of his trip is approximately $4,500. Any money raised beyond this will be designated to a publishing fund for future books for the seminary and/or a car for Rev. Davis Mutovu, the director and main evangelist for the Nexus Seminary. Please consider helping Pastor Bill with this important mission by submitting a note or helping to provide funds for the trip. Blessings, Dave Greer

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 October 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library.  Refreshments served.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. Vicki will be serving Swedish meatballs over noodles and a veggie for $8.00; dessert will be provided. The speaker is Melissa Bonnell, PEACE, Inc., Senior Nutritionist. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)

Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts

October 18 & 19, 2019  
 Do you know what your spiritual gifts are and how you can use them in your life? Attend the Advanced Lay Speaking Class, Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts, at PENNELLVILLE UMC, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville. Classes on are Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19. Friday’s class begins with registration at 5:30 p.m.; class from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Lunch provided. Registration forms are available in the office. Completed forms can be dropped in Pastor Jeff’s mailbox.

SAMASAN: "Zoo-to-You"

Saturday, October 19 at 1:30 PM ~ Rosamond Gifford’s,  Zoo-to-You, is coming to BFUMC! 
A program on the topic of "Amazing Adaptations" will begin at 2:00 PM in the multi-purpose room. Plan to arrive one half hour earlier. Animals will be brought as part of the total presentation.  Seating is limited. Please purchase your ticket (yes, a real ticket) through Jeanne Pray in Church or at the church office.  Cost is $8.00 per person. Reservation AND payment required by Sunday, October 13. Refreshments will be served. Unfortunately, our request for an elephant was denied!

Youth Group News

The first Youth Group meeting will be on October 20 at 2:30 p.m. following the CROP Walk. We will meet in the multi-purpose room. The youth group is for 9-12 graders and will meet twice a month on Sundays as well as other times for special activities and service projects. Sunday School: Pre-K - 1st Grade in Room #207;  2nd - 4th  Grades in Room #209;  5th – 7th Grades in Room #211;  8th - 12th Grades in Room #210

U.M.M. Breakfast Meeting

The Next U.M.M. Breakfast & Meeting is on Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 a.m. in the church dining room.

Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 26, begins at 5:30 p.m. in the BFUMC Parking Lot  
Please consider being a part of this fun activity What a safe and fun memory this is for the children - as well as for the adults! Please contact the church office if you wish to have a spot for a decorated car or if you would just like more information (315-635-6442; secretary@bvillefirstumc.org). · Children ages 2-12 wear costumes and go car “trunk” to car “trunk” to receive Halloween treats!; · We will also have refreshments and games!; · Children must be accompanied by an adult; OPTIONAL: Decorate your “trunk” and be part of the fun. Please bring 100-150 wrapped candies, snacks or non-food items like pencils, toys, etc.

Eureka! Book Club

Eureka! Book Club ~ welcomes all readers!! On Monday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel Our October book club, which begins at 6:00 p.m., will be led by Pastor Jeff. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown re-defines what it means to truly belong in an age of polarization…she argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection and introduces four practices of true belonging. Each meeting begins with dinner (cost ranges from $5-$10). RSVP by calling the office at 315-635-6442

Children's Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, December 14, 9:00 – 12:00 a.m.   It’s not too early to start thinking about the Children’s Christmas Bazaar! It will be held on Saturday, December 14 and children will be able to shop in secret for family and friends. Each item, regardless of size, will cost 50 cents! We welcome the following donations! Items can be brought to the church office.  Gift bags – we have plenty of wrapping paper; Tissue paper, bows, tape, and gift tags; Gifts for men, women, and children of all ages.