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You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
          The first time that Debbie and I flew together as a couple was early on a Monday morning from the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport - the major (only) transportation hub for the Southern Tier. There was no hassle finding the departure gate as there was only one gate. We were the first ones there and were a little surprised when we weren’t given a seat assignment. The waiting area soon filled with business travelers making their connection to larger airports. When the flight was called there was a stampede to the gate, so much for first come first served. We soon discovered why these seasoned travelers were so anxious to be first to board.

Pastor Patti's Picks

I am an avid reader and consumer of various media. Each month I will share with you that which I’ve found to be spiritually motivating and/or relevantly informative. Enjoy!  
“Anxious for Nothing:  Finding Calm in a Chaotic World” by Max Lucado 
 “Dear Lord,  You spoke to storms.  Would you speak to ours?...  We are weary from our worry, battered and belittled by the gales of life… Oh, Prince of Peace, bequeath to us a spirit of calm… Quench anxiety.  Stir courage.  Let us know less fret and more faith. In Jesus’ name, amen. Max Lucado 
            Are you feeling frustrated and/or confused about conflicting viewpoints and political stances?  Are you anxious about the climate, the ways of the world, and all the natural disasters occurring?  Are you losing sleep because you’re worrying about loved ones or what may happen?  Well, you aren’t alone. 

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.  Our current video is "The Redemption of Scrooge-Teachings of Jesus found in Dickens". All are welcome to join us.  Facilitators are Ann Horan and Craig Barrett.

Eureka! Book Club

Monday, November 27: “Letters from Father Christmas" by J.R.R. Tolkien
(also called "The Father Christmas Letters")

“Eureka Book Club” participants meet monthly 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. for dinner, fellowship, and discussion.  Dinner is catered through a local establishment and the cost is split among attendees.  Estimated cost is $6 – 9, depending on the number of participants. Each month, participants will read a book that is fodder for discussion, growth, inspiration, and/or discipleship action leading to many “eureka” opportunities.   Please let Rev. Walz know or call the office if you would like to join “Eureka!”  Three copies of each book are available to borrow in the church office.

Advent Study: "Because of Bethlehem"

“Because of Bethlehem” by Max Lucado, will be offered Wednesday mornings 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for 4 weeks starting November 29. Max Lucado is a New York Times Bestselling author: “God has shown himself through Jesus”, “The manger is the message”, “A remarkable gift can arrive in an unremarkable package”, “Long after the guests left, the caroler have gone home and the lights have come down the promise of the gift endures”. The class will be led by Jan Beall using a video to enrich the 4 lessons. Take the time to slow down, join together, and enjoy the Christmas season. The cost for the book is $5. Let the office know as soon as possible if you are interested in joining the class.

Advent Study: "The Women of Christmas"

As Advent approaches, revisit the season through the eyes of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna.  Join discussion leaders, Jeanne Pray and Barbara Jones, as we explore “The Women of Christmas” by Liz Curtis Higgs.   We will gather in the library on the following Wednesdays: November 29, December 6 and 13,  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Please bring your copy to the first session and prepare to focus on Elizabeth by reading chapters 1& 2.  If you are interested, please let us know by contacting either Jeanne (jwpray@aol.com) or Barbara (barbaraj73@gmail.com.) 

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 2, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
If your family is looking for a fun way to begin the Christmas season, please plan to join us for our annual All You Can Eat Breakfast with Santa.
The breakfast is hosted by Baldwinsville Nursery School and all proceeds benefit the school’s scholarship fund.

SAMASAN-December 2

All are welcome to join SAMASAN for a visit to see the Everson Museum's Festival of Trees. The museum is transformed into a forest of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, which will put you in a festive mood! We'll meet at church at 1:00 p.m. to carpool. Admission is $8.00 per person for non-members and $5.00 for museum members. After, we'll walk/drive to the Modern Malt Bakeshop in Armory Square for dessert and hot drinks; cost is on your own. Please RSVP to Jackie Anderson or Joyce Ramseyer by November 20.

Advent ~ 'Hanging of the Greens'

December 3rd marks the beginning of the Advent season. Help is needed to decorate the church sanctuary. Following Fellowship Time on December 3, please stop back upstairs to help hang the wreaths and boughs for another grand Christmas season! It's a great way to usher in the Christmas season.

The Longest Night - A Service of Remembrance & Hope

Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.
The candle lighting service is extended to all people in the Baldwinsville Community. On Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m., the Hands of Hope Group will once again host a remembrance service in the church Sanctuary for those that have lost a loved one. The holidays can be difficult when we are grieving, and this is a special time to remember that person and light a candle in their memory.
If you would like, come early so you may print your loved one’s name on paper and set a framed picture on the altar table before the service begins. Fellowship in the dining room after the service; refreshments will be served.
If you would like to make memorial donations for flowers, candles, cookies, or expenses, please contact Debbie Mott-Lundgren or Lisa (635-6442).

Children's Christmas Bazaar

It’s not too early to start thinking about the Children’s Christmas Bazaar! It will be held on Saturday, December 9 and children will be able to shop in secret for family and friends. Each item, regardless of size, will cost 50 cents! We welcome the following donations! Items can be brought to the church office.  Gift bags – (we have plenty of wrapping paper); Tissue paper, bows, tape, and gift tags; Gifts for men, women, and children of all ages.

Community Dinner

PLEASE JOIN US! 
Our next Community Dinner is on Thursday, December 14, serving 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

 

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is a Christmas lunch on Thursday, December 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. Please bring a dish-to-pass. Shirley Eisenhauer and the McHarrie Singers will provide some wonderful holiday music. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)

Grief Support Group

Please Note: due to the Service of Remembrance & Hope on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, there will not be a regular  Grief Support Group in December.
Our next meeting is January 17, 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.