Normal Worship Schedule

9:00 a.m. Sunday - Heritage Worship in the Sanctuary
6:00 p.m. Friday - Contemporary Service in the Chapel

Pastor's Page

Rev. William Mudge, pastor  (updated 06-029-22) 
Dear Members and Friends of the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church,  
          Grace to you, and peace from God who creates, saves, and sustains us! I am going to take this space – usually used for a seasonal word of encouragement within our newsletter – to address a national issue of concern and conversation. I want to take just a moment to speak to the recent ruling of the Supreme Court in the case of Dobbs vs Jackson Women’s Health Organization. I have received several calls and I have spent some time in conversation with members of our congregation around this and heard from several of these saints that the information we shared might benefit our larger church family. 

"Notes From Nancy"

Nancy B. James, Music Director  (updated 06-29-22)
Greetings Baldwinsville First Congregation!  As I sit here deciding what to write to you I am getting ready for a meeting tomorrow night with SPRC for my first-year review.  This has been a wonderful year in many different ways – musically, spiritually and personally.   I look forward to meeting with the committee to discuss future musical plans for Baldwinsville First and to look for ways to improve our worship experiences, to include diverse styles of music and to encourage more to join in the experience. 

Sunday's COOL

We will be offering Sunday’s COOL during Activity Time for Children ages 3 thru 6th grade. Children will be released following the Children’s Moment to attend Activity Time, which will take place in the Children’s Library on the 2nd floor. 3-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Church on the Island

Church on the Island runs thru September 4. The season features a 30-minute service at 8:00 a.m. with different guest preachers and musicians each week. July 3 - Rev. Bill Mudge, Lead Pastor, BFUMC; 
July 10 - Rev. Jeff Hodge, COTI coordinator, BFUMC/PUMC; July 17 - Rev.Dr. Carson Mouser, First Presbyterian Church; July 24 - Rev. Beth Quick, UMC, Ph.D. student;  
July 31 - Rev. Jeff Hodge. COTI coordinator, BFUMC/PUMC; August 7 - Rev. Bill Mudge, Lead Pastor, BFUMC; August 14 - Rev. Beth Quick, UMC, Ph.D. student;  
August 21 - Rev. BJ Norrix – Syracuse United Methodist Churches; August 28 - Rev. Jeff Hodge, COTI coordinator, BFUMC/PUMC; September 4 - Rev. Jeff Hodge, COTI coordinator, BFUMC/PUMC

BNS News and Notes

The Baldwinsville Nursery School:  Julie Madden, Director  
Last month, the preschoolers of Baldwinsville Nursery School wrapped up an extraordinarily successful school year with a variety of ceremonies and celebrations.
Our kindergarten-bound (4-year-old program) students enjoyed a carnival in the multipurpose room.  This end-of-year celebration has become a traditional last-week-of-school event at BNS.  What makes the carnival extra special is that the kids actually earn this party through daily acts of kindness in the classroom for the whole 2nd half of the school year.   In the 5 years of this tradition, no class has missed out on earning themselves Kindness  Karnval fun!

Knitting & Craft Group

Knit, crochet or whatever craft interests you!  
During June, July, and August, in good weather, we will meet at Mercer Park. Bring your own chair. If rain is in the schedule for the day, we will meet in the Church Chapel.
Interested? Please call Linda Miller (315-440-6049) or (315-638-2509)

A Summer Garden Labyrinth Walk

On Saturday, July 9th at 10:00 a.m., walk the outdoor beautiful Labyrinth at St. Augustine’s Church at 7333 O’Brien Road, Baldwinsville. Prayers, relaxation, reflections and fellowship. Light refreshments. Walking the Labyrinth is optional. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a folding lawn chair. Hands of Hope members and our Clergy will be present at this event. All are welcome. Free.

Eureka! Book Club

Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.  “Whole Hearted Faith by Rachel Evans
This book is for the doubter and the dreamer, the seeker and the sojourner, those who long for a sense of spiritual wholeness as well as those who have been hurt by the Church but can't seem to let go of the story of Jesus.

United Methodist Night at the Ballpark

July 28  ~~  Now in its 43rd year! Opponent is the Omaha (Nebraska) Storm Chasers, a farm team of the Kansas City Royals. At last year's game, due to not having a parking lot tailgate party with complimentary grilled hot dogs and coneys, we chose Dollar Thursday night, where several stadium stands have $1 dogs, coneys and Coke products, and so, because of the on-going Covid variants, we chose Dollar Thursday night AGAIN!   And we will lead the stadium in the singing of the National Anthem from Home Plate, and also have someone throw out the ceremonial First Pitch!  Also, like our 2021 game, we will hold a block of tickets on the 200 Level (so we have seats versus a bench, cup-holders, and no need to climb the extra stairs to the 300 Level! NEW this year though - THIRD BASE side tickets, so no bright setting sunshine in our faces!

SAMASAN ~ Onondaga Yacht Club

A Social Group Gathering:   S.A.M.A.S.A.N. (Some Are Married And Some Are Not) 
SAMASAN activities are truly social events for our whole church family. The group simply organizes them. On Saturday, July 30, they will be hosting a dinner at Onondaga Yacht Club in Liverpool (off Sycamore Street in Onondaga Lake Park). We will be eating at 6:00 p.m. with nibbles beforehand. Come about 5:00 and enjoy the evening. Located in the park is a salt museum, bike trail, and walking path. Then again, you can just sit back on the Club’s screened-in porch and watch the sailboats out on the lake. Call Jan Beall (635-1356) by July 10 if you can come. Please bring your own table service and beverage. The cost for the evening is $5.00. All are welcome!

Bell Ringers Needed!

Practice Time: Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
First Practice: September 20, 2022
Linda Miller, director: 315-440-6049 (leave a msg)

Save the Dates

Backpack Blessing & Sundae SundaySunday, September 11 at 9:00 a.m. and following worship
Sunday School Classes begin!Sunday, September 18 at 10:15 a.m. in upstairs classrooms
Fall FeteSaturday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – A celebration of our church and our community (Read on for more exciting details)
Anniversary Celebration in Worship – Celebrating 150+ years in this building and 200+ years as a faith community with a special worship on Sunday, September 25 at 9:00 a.m.

Fall Fete

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Some of you may have heard mention of the church holding a Fall Fete on Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. For others this may be news.  Either way you may be wondering, “What is this?” What it is, is an exciting new opportunity to open our doors to the community and celebrate 150 years and counting, centered in the heart of the community, and shine a light on the many non-profits that make Baldwinsville a community with a heart. 
A " Fete” is defined as a celebration which often benefits charities. To that end  we have invited and will be showcasing  Baldwinsville non-profits throughout our church. This is their chance to answer questions and explain their mission. 

Fall Rummage Sale

Rummage Sale dates have been set for October 12 - 15.
Please make note of this on your calendars and as always, thank you all for your continued support.