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 11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord, and the king's house: and all that came into Solomon's heart to make in the house of the Lord, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, “I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice. 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:11-14  

Congregational Care & Family Ministries

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,(Eccl 3: 1,4)
We have entered a new season – a time of return and renewal. After 18 months absence, many Sunday School and Family activities that were postponed or cancelled, are returning. Please join us in prayer and in person as we resume Sunday School and other activities that help us connect with our faith and with one another – Pastor Jeff  
Sunday, September 12 during & after 9:00 a.m. worship 
Bring your backpacks for a special blessing during our Sunday Morning Worship at 9:00 a.m. Immediately following church, we will have “Sunday Sundae” to kick off our Sunday School Season. Registration for classes pre-k thru 6th grade will be available.

UNYC Director of Stewardship

Rev. Susan M. Ranous, Deacon of Stewardship (updated 08-27-21) 
As you’re reading this article, consider that it has been over 533 days since the world changed, a pandemic raged and, for a time, everything seemed to shut down. There have been over 36,832,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with over 629,612 deaths in the United States, 2,166,366 cases in New York State alone (of which I was one!), and 53,539 deaths of New Yorkers, one of which was a coworker. Keep in mind that not everyone that had COVID was tested; so the numbers are probably actually higher! 
          Many of us were extremely careful and were doing all the right things and still got sick; some died. Even after “recovering”, some still suffer with lost of smell, lost of taste, hair loss, scarred lungs, difficulty breathing, extreme fatigue, shaking, brain fog, joint pain…and that’s just people I know. 

"Notes From Nancy"

          Summer Greetings my new church family!! As the summer begins to wind down and the fall plans begin to rev up there is so much to be grateful for.  I, for one, am so very grateful to be your new Director of Music. Even with the slightly slower pace of summer I have been met and welcomed by so many here at BFUMC.  I already feel at home.  Like most of you, I have felt such a longing for some sense of normalcy from this pandemic, especially with the restrictions that it placed on music and singing.  Music fills our souls and the absence of it depletes us.  We need the nurturing element of music in our lives now more than ever.

Wonderful Wednesdays

 Wonderful Wednesdays:  A weekly Family Night with a light meal & activities from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Begins September 22 
Join us for a time of food, fun, and fellowship every Wednesday beginning on Wednesday, September 22 with a family Minute-to-Win-it. This is a mid-week opportunity for intergenerational fellowship and friendship. Each week will look a little different as we shape this new time together. We will have a schedule of our Wonderful Wednesdays planned for the fall at our first get-together on the 22nd. If you have any questions, or want to be part of the planning team, please see Pastor Jeff or e-mail him at Jhodge312@yahoo.com

Sunday School News

Blessings of the Backpacks ~ Sunday, September 12, 2021  During & after the 9:00 a.m. Worship Service  
Bring your backpacks for a special blessing during our Sunday Morning Worship at 9:00 a.m. Immediately following church, we will have “Sunday Sundae” to kick off our Sunday School Season. Registration for classes pre-k thru 6th grade will be available.
Sunday Morning Sunday School  Classes for Pre-K/ Kindergarten, 1-2-3-, 4-5-6 
Join us for Sunday School beginning September 19 from 10:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. Register on the 12th, classes begin on the 19th.       
Children’s Time & Activity Time During Worship Begins on September 19  

A Fall Study: "Half Truths"

A Fall Study: “Half Truths”  A 5-week study: September 15 – October 13, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 
The class will begin this Wednesday. The first week we will look at the statement, “Everything Happens for a Reason”. Have you ever heard this said? Where does free will fit in? If you haven’t signed up and would like to attend, contact Jan Beall (315-635-1356). The last class is October 13.

Eureka! Book Club

Join us each month at 6:00 p.m. We are bringing our own dinner and sharing in conversation and fellowship. Our book discussion begins at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 28 – “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
Tuesday, October 26 – “Memories of Glass” by Melanie Dobson
Tuesday, November – Date TBA – “Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers & Fresh Food Makers” by Margaret Feinberg
Tuesday, December – Date TBA – “Advent in Plain Sight – A Devotion through 10 Objects” by Jill Duffield       

Fall Rummage Sale

Donation days are September 29 & 30, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sale days are October 1, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and October 2, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (bag day)
Donations wanted – clothing of all sizes, linens, bedding, kitchen items, puzzles, books, games, toys, tools, sporting equipment, leftovers from your garage sale, etc.
(Please Note: we cannot accept suitcases, bowling balls, VHS tapes, and large furniture)
If you would like to volunteer to help with the sale or if you have any questions about donations, please call Dave Horan (638-2407) or Mickie Lorenz (635-5182)