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Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.  All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.  Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.”  Acts 2:43-47 NRSV  
            Life is a grand adventure!  What an amazing blessing the last eleven months have been as my family and I have been woven into the family of the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church.  It is a great privilege to be your pastor and to watch as God leads us through these days into a glorious future of God’s design. 

Vacation Bible School!

August 19 – 23, 2019
8:45am – 12:15pm

Join us for a FREE camp for children entering grades K – 5th!

Register Today Online !!
(don't like all that online stuff?  No problem.. download the registration form and drop it off at the church office)


This year's theme is...

To Mars and Beyond!

Each day campers will learn a Bible story, and participate in science, recreation, and craft sessions. Campers will also enjoy a fun snack.

A Bible Study ~ Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.

Debbie Gunther facilitates this group in reading and discussing the Living Word. No preparation needed, simply come when you can as you are.   We will read aloud each chapter of the Bible Book we are studying and discuss what we read.   This is a non-political group with a focus of reading  Gods Living Word and applying it to our daily lives.   Anything discussed during our study will stay in that room. Debbie Gunther’s home is located at 3104 Lupine Drive, Unit #6, Baldwinsville, NY 13027 (Radisson).  FYI: there are a few steps that lead to my apartment, but I am glad to assist anyone who had difficulty with the steps.   If you need a ride reach out to Debbie after 4:30 pm  at on her cell 631-521-6689. 

Church on the Island

June 16 - September 1 at 8:00 a.m. The informal ½ hour non-denominational worship services have become a popular destination at the Papermill Island Amphitheater in Baldwinsville. Coffee, tea, pastries, and fellowship abound! Revs. Walz, Hodge, Mudge, and Ranous will be preaching during the summer as well as various other pastors from the area.
Worship is inclusive and inspiring and offers artistic complements. Parking is available in front of the Red Mill Inn in the public parking area or in the lot next to JessiCakes. Bring your friends and your lawn chairs! Picnic table seating is limited. In case of inclement weather, services will be at the Red Mill Inn.

Grief Support Group (Note: Change of Meeting Date)

Please Note: Due to work on the church buildilng during the week of June 17, this meeting has been changed to the following week, June 26.

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 June 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library.  Refreshments served.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, June 20 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. Lunch will be a meat tray with rolls, various salads, and fruit for $8.00. The Village Singers will lead a sing-along after lunch. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)

Eureka! Book Club

Monday, June 24, at 6:00 p.m.   
The Eureka! Book Club welcomes all readers to attend discussion of Wilson Rawls’ classic novel Where the Red Fern Grows on Monday, June 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the dining room. Books are available to borrow for free from the church office. Dinner will be catered through a local establishment with the cost split among attendees; Ron Waterbury is the dinner host this month. Please call the church office at (315) 635-6442 or RSVP to Mary Huling (, this month’s discussion leader, if you are able to attend.

U.M.M. Breakfast Meeting

The Next U.M.M. Breakfast & Meeting is on Saturday, June 29 at 8:00 a.m. in the church dining room. This will be our last breakfast meeting until September.

Yoga Classes at BFUMC

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 

Save the Date: UMC Family Fun Night at the Ballpark

It's time again for the United Methodist Night at the Ballpark, sponsored by the Crossroads District United Methodist Men! Join us on Tuesday, July 23rd at the NBT Bank Stadium, near DestiNY USA and the Regional Transportation Center on the north side of Syracuse.  The  UNY Conference-wide tailgate party begins at 4:45 pm. Bring a dish to pass and your own drinks and table service please. The district United Methodist Men will be grilling hot dogs and coneys for all. As we fill our stomachs, help us remember those who are less fortunate and bring along some non-perishable foods or canned goods to donate to the Food Bank of CNY. Just look for the collection barrels located at the tailgate party.  Join the Conference as we sing the National Anthem at home plate at 6:15.