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From Susan Ranous:

I wanted to update everyone on my progress toward ordination in the United Methodist Church. Many of you may have heard that I was approved by the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry for commissioning at this year’s Annual Conference. It has been a long journey, which will not end with the commissioning. The journey started here at Baldwinsville FUMC where I felt the call to ordained ministry. I met with our own Staff Parish Committee and was approved by a Charge Conference as a candidate for ordained ministry. Since that time I have met at least once a year with the District Board of Ordained Ministry, and multiple times a year with my mentor, Rev. Rhonda Kouterick.

Mission Fund News

Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church held its first “Show-Stopping High Tea Party,” a fund-raiser for the church’s Mission Fund, on Saturday, April 9.   Sharon Lighton and Anana Gifts of Baldwinsville provided Queen’s Palace Tea, fruit compote, cheese and crackers, finger sandwiches, and desserts and donated $590 of the proceeds to the church for its missions.

Sixty-two people attended the tea and had a grand time!  Performing were:  Marianne Miles, Peyton Anderson and Abby Hines from Faith Heritage School, Kate Noel Jensen from Rochester, and Emily Virgil from Fayetteville-Manlius High School.  Peyton Anderson, Abby Barker, Abby Hines, and Bryanne Reynolds, members of the Ablaze Youth Group, assisted in serving.

U.M.W. Monthly Meetings

The next gathering of the U.M.W. is Wednesday, May 4 for a picnic lunch at the home of Clara Rose Thomas beginning at 12:00 p.m. Please bring a dish to pass.

Summer Camp 2016

A representative from Casowasco will be here on Sunday, April 17, during the 9:00 a.m. service and the Sunday School hour to introduce camping opportunities. During the Sunday School hour, the children will learn some camp songs and participate in games and activities. There will be a display table in the dining room with camping brochures and campership forms.  Any child wishing to attend one of the Methodist camps can apply for a campership to help defray the cost of the camp (max. of $200). Camperships will be handed out on Sunday, June 19. There will also be a sign-up sheet to help with the Campership Flower Sale to be held on May 7.  All campership recipients are required to participate. The proceeds of the flower sale help to fund the camperships.

Monthly Community Dinner

Please join us Thursday, May, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. for a community dinner featuring hot dogs & hamburgers.

Chancel Bells Bell Choir

The Chancel Bells bell choir is looking for a new member to begin next fall. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. if interested, please contact Judy Herbs, 635-5947.

Year-End 8-4-F Potluck

Our final 8-4-Fun gathering is a potluck supper on Friday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the church dining room. Rebecca Jensen (635-7312)

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 Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library.  Refreshments served.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. 
Nancy Brotherton, 638-2949.


Saturday, May 21st
We have made reservations at RFH’s Hideaway, 1058 County Route 57, Phoenix, NY 13135. The cost is $18.50 per person. You can make your checks out to Nancy Brotherton by May 8th or RSVP as soon as possible. We are hoping to have a minimum of 30 reservations, so please get your reservations in early. A veggie tray will be out at 3:45 pm and we hope to start the meal around 4:00 pm. This will be our last gathering until fall. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Debbie Mott-Lundgren, Jackie Anderson, and Jenoyce Wooldridge

The Zimmermans Are Coming!

On Sunday, June 26, United Methodist Missionaries Dr. Mark and Deirdre Zimmerman and their sons Zachary and Benjamin will be joining us for 9:00 worship to share their ministry with us. 

            The Zimmerman family is assigned to Kathmandu, Nepal.  After completing his internal medicine training in 1986, Dr. Zimmerman began work in Nepal through funds through United Methodist Women.  This experience led Mark to become a long-term missionary in 1990.  Mark is currently the director of the Nick Simons Institute, an organization working in Nepal with a mission to train and support skilled, compassionate rural health care workers.  He is looking forward to a change in position in Nepal in the near future.  Mark is a member of Lehman Memorial UMC in PA and is affiliated with the State Street UMC in Fulton, NY.