Pastor's Page

It is my privilege to extend the hand of fellowship to the Rev. William Mudge who will be appointed as the Senior Pastor here at BFUMC beginning July 1, 2018. At my invitation he offers the following words of introduction.  Please feel free to express your own words of welcome to him at BillMudge@unyumc.org. In grace and peace,  Larry Lundgren 

Pastor of Congregational Care

Safe Sanctuaries Training Offered at District Training Day
Friends,           
          Please consider taking a Safe Sanctuaries Training in 2018 if you work with children or vulnerable populations at BFUMC and have not taken a training since 2015. If you are ready to volunteer in any of those affected areas, you will want to participate in a training this year. There will be a training as part of The Crossroads District Training Day from 1:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. The cost for registration is $5 and it includes the entire day, which begins at 9:00 a.m., and lunch, which is from 11:45 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. 
          The Training Day is at the new conference center, located at 7481 Henry Clay Boulevard. If you have questions, please see me. Registration forms are in the office.
In grace and peace, Jeff

Adult Discussion Group

Our Adult Discussion Group meets on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room with open, all-inclusive discussions.   We begin with an ecumenical video and then share our views.  All are welcome to join us.  Facilitators are Ann Horan and Craig Barrett.

Community Dinner

We invite anyone in the Baldwinsville area to our delicious, homecooked meal. October - May, please join us on the 2nd Thursday of the month, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., to socialize and eat.

Mission Project: Hygiene Kits

During each Lenten season, the Sunday School classes organize a mission project. This year we will be collecting materials to be included in Hygiene Kits that UMCOR distributes in areas hit by natural disasters.  This past year has seen an increase in the number of places UMCOR has helped, thus diminishing the supply of Hygiene Kits. We will be collecting the following supplies to be included in individual Kits, which will be assembled in April, immediately after Easter. Collection boxes will be placed in the entrances of the church.  Please help make this Lenten Mission Project a success. 
   All items must be new:

  • 1 Hand towel: 15x25 in. to 17x27 in. (Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable)

  • 1 Washcloth

  • 1 Toothbrush (Adult size only. Do not remove from original packaging)

Grief Support Group

Our next meeting is February 21, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
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; we meet in the church library; refreshments served.

U.M.M. Breakfast

The next U.M.M. Breakfast is Saturday, February 24 at 8:30 a.m. in the church dining room.
Bob Burt will be speaking about the Federal Emergency Mangement Association (FEMA).

Eureka! Book Club

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 26, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the church Chapel. The book for February is, "An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith" by Barbara Brown Taylor. Dinner will be catered through a local establishment and the cost will be split among attendees. Please call the church office (315-635-6442) by noon on Friday, February 23, if you plan to attend. Two copies of the book will be available in the church office to borrow.

Food Collection Sundays

March 4
Children will be collecting food donations as you enter the Sanctuary. Needed in March: potted meat, crackers, & soupMonetary donations are also gladly accepted.

"Simply Christian", A Book Study

This 10-week class is based on the book “Simply Christian”. We will meet Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning March 7. The author, N. T. Wright, is an Anglican Bishop and scholar.  He deals with the questions of justice, beauty, and relationships that take one to the heart of who God is and what is wanted from us. The class is supported by a video. This course was offered some years ago, so if anyone has materials from that time and would like to make them available, it would be appreciated. Sign-up in the church office; the cost is $15 which includes the book. If you have any questions, contact Jan Beall. 315-635-1356

SAMASAN Baker Musical

It’s time to secure seats for the Baker High musical! Peter Pan will be presented! 
     Where:       Baker High School (in the new theater!)
     When:        1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 10
     Tickets:      $8.00 special price for seniors
     Car Pool:    If you wish, meet in the church dining room or parking lot BEFORE 12:15
Soup Potluck: you may bring your food contributions to the church dining room any time after 11:00 a.m. and we’ll take care of them. If you haven’t been contacted, please call Bonnie at 315-415-9717 or Becky at 315-720-2965.
We need to reserve tickets right away. To do so, we’ll need a check made out to “Baker HS Musical”. Also, let us know what you’d like to bring–crockpot soup, stew or chili, or crusty bread and butter or dessert. Bonnie & Harlow Kisselstein, Rebecca Jensen and Peggy Warne

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, March 15 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24, at 9:30 a.m. 
The actual egg hunt will begin at 9:40 a.m. inside the church sanctuary. Children will find eggs filled with small toys and others that they can be traded in at the candy prize table. Following the egg hunt, refreshments will be served in the dining room, and children can play games, make crafts, or visit with the Easter Bunny in the multi-purpose room.
Easter Egg Hunt Volunteers are Needed for baking (breads, cookies, cupcakes, coffee cake), running the refreshments table, working at the prize table, and as craft leaders. If you are interested, please contact Frankie Nicole Weaver in person, or by emailing christianeducation@bvillefirstumc.org. Thank you for your participation!

Holy Maundy Thursday

This year Holy Maundy Thursday falls on March 29. Please plan on attending dinner at 5:30 PM followed by a 6:30 PM service (in the multi-purpose room). The service investigates the theme of listening deeply and remembering the last time Jesus ate with his disciples. Similar to years past, the service will involve dramatic readings and music. Please contact Frankie Nicole Weaver if you are interested in reading. We are looking for some new voices and would like at least 6 youth and 6 adults.

United Methodist Women

The U.M.W. Hannah-Sarah Circle will next meet on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel.