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(updated 11-28-23)   “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”  Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7 NRSV  

Congregational Care & Family Ministries

(updated 11-28-23)   Advent Calendars are a meaningful way to Countdown to Jesus’ birth -- Advent calendars are a fun and popular children's Advent activity as well as a great catechesis tool. Advent calendars teach children to join with the Church in the waiting, expectation, and preparation of the coming of Jesus Christ. The Advent Calendar is believed to have been created by Christians in the early 19th  century to mark the days of Advent leading up to Christmas. The first known Advent calendar was handmade in Germany in 1851. Be sure to pick up your free advent calendars in the education wing lobby or the dining room and enjoy opening a new window each day as you journey closer to Christmas! 
Advent Study via zoom begins on Wednesday, November 29   

Sunday Morning Offerings for Families

Nursery Care is available in the Nursery Care Room on the first floor of the Education Wing.. Come meet Mrs. Theresa Piedmont, our nursery caregiver. For more information about the nursery and ways to help, please contact Marsha Plucinik at Marshaplucinik@gmail.com.
Acolytes for 2023-2024 – If you want more information or want to sign up your child to serve as an acolyte, be sure to check the information at the acolyte stand at the back of the sanctuary.

Children's Church

Children’s Church, our new Sunday School for children ages 3 thru grade 6. Immediately following Children's Time children will be escorted to the Sunday School classrooms upstairs adjacent to the Sanctuary. Our time together will include stories, worship, crafts, and playtime. Parents and guardians can meet their children after worship in the children’s library.

Men's Discussion Group

Tuesdays at 6:30 PM  The "Acts of the Apostles" will be discussed. We shall follow the journeys and activities of the Apostles, primarily focusing on the missionary efforts of Peter and Paul. We will learn the details of the early spread of Christianity, the conversion of Gentiles, and the challenges faced by the early Christian community, providing insights into the growth and establishment of the Church in the years following the crucifixion of Jesus. The purpose of this study is to know God better. From this we will glean insights into how we too can be a more effective part in spreading the Word of God to others in Baldwinsville and beyond.  Additional information: David Horan (315-638-2407), George Ramseyer (315-720-6184).

Zoom Advent Study

Four Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. Books are available for $10 each. Checks may be made payable to Jeff Hodge. E-mail: jhodge312@yahoo.com to receive zoom link. The Uncluttered Heart: Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas  by Beth A. Richardson  | Aug 1, 2009. It's a time when we prepare our lives--hearts, minds, and spirits--for the coming of the Christ child. We sweep out the corners of our hearts, cleaning up the clutter, to make space for God's hope, peace, joy, love, and presence.

Children's Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, December 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Again, this year the multi-purpose room will be transformed into a Children’s Christmas Bazaar where children (up through grade 5) can shop in secret for Christmas presents for friends and family and have them wrapped. Children should bring;  A list of people – gift tags will be available; A shopping bag for bringing home their treasures; Money to spend – all items will cost 50c. We will provide:  A shopping “Elf” to help small children pick out gifts and keep up with the cost of the items; Gift wrapping. Mom and Dad: take a coffee break in our pastry “café” while the children shop for friends and family.  Any questions, please contact Janet Brooks: JBrooks48@aol.com; 315-415-6416

S.A.M.A.S.A.N. Christmas Party

Everyone is invited! Join us on Saturday, December 9, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the church. Please bring an appetizer to pass and a gift that costs no more than $10.00. Label the gift for a man or a woman. Please call: Mickie Lorenz (315-877-0087) or Patty Maxwell (315-569-5077). It’s an Exciting and Fun night!

Polar Express Adventure at Pennellvile UMC

Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. –Pastor Jeff and the Christian Education Team at Pennellville UMC invite you to “Hop Onboard!” for an afternoon of adventure. The event includes readings, film excerpts, crafts, and many experiences – including hot chocolate of course – that help prepare the whole family for Christmas. Pennellville UMC is about 20 minutes from BFUMC. The address is 389 County Route 54, Pennellville, NY13132.

Eureka! Book Club for December

Eureka! Book Club is Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. The final book for Eureka! Boook Club in 2023 is Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah. Kristin Hannah is a familiar author to our book club. She is beloved by readers around the world for her unique blend of powerful emotion and exquisite storytelling. In Comfort & Joy, she offers a modern-day fairy tale--the story of a woman who gets a miraculous chance at happiness.
Begin 2024 with the invitation --- and challenge—to grow in faith, to deepen your walk with God. Pastor Bill will be the book host on January 23, leading us through a thought provoking conversation of Keith Idelman’s challenging book on spirituality and discipleship, not a fan.

Advent Book Discussion

Advent...  a season for reflection, preparation, and renewal; a time to revisit the Christmas story as told in the Gospel of Luke and through the perspective of three women: Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna.  Join us on December 13 from 1-3 p.m. in the chapel for fellowship and conversation centering on Liz Curtis Higgs’ book The Women of Christmas...  To register, as well as borrow or purchase a book, please contact either Jeanne Pray (jwpray@aol.com; 638-1289) or Barbara Jones (barbaraj73@gmail.com; 727-4692).

Live Nativity

On the Move - "Las Posadas" & Happy Birthday Jesus - Join us on Saturday, December 16.    Join the procession at 4:00 p.m. or meet in front of the church at 4:00 p.m. The "Live Nativity" procession featuring an adaptation of "Las Posadas" will begin in the Seneca Federal Parking Lot (Village lot) and move down Oswego and Genesee Streets and end at Baldwinsville First UMC. There will be caroling in the procession and at the church. 

Children & Family Christmas Eve Service

Join us Sunday, December 24 at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary  for our Children and Family Service 
Join us at 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve for this interactive service focused on celebrating Christmas with children and families. Pastors Jeff and Bill team with a company of Christmas Story storytellers to bring the good news to life. This year we are adapting a Skit Guys play, “You Can’t Have Christmas Without…” by Rebecca Wimmer. The meaningful and upbeat service ends with the singing of “Silent Night” as children and families fill the room with light using LED Christmas light and  rope lighting and LED Christmas candles.