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Rev. William Mudge, pastor   (updated 12-30-21) 
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:2-6 NRSV  
         When I sat down at the keyboard to write a report to the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church and for the 2021 Church Conference, I had to begin with that scripture from the pen of the Apostle Paul to his friends in Philippi. Paul had great affection and regard for the believers in Philippi, and he gushes occasionally when he speaks of them. I understand that feeling, I am blessed to serve Christ with you. 
         The past year was very difficult in many, many ways.  COVID has impacted every aspect of our lives.  Our nation and the entire world it seems has been closed, interrupted, or broken by this pandemic.  And yet the Church of Jesus Christ has persevered.  We have persevered.   I have thought many times this past year of a quote I heard and remember from my youth.  The quote is, "Adversity does not build character, it reveals it." (Author James Lane Allen) 
         So, I ask you to ponder, my friends and family in Christ, what has this journey revealed about us and our character as Disciples of Jesus Christ? 
         We began our fall ministry together with 10 weeks of prayer that led us into the fall and concluded on Thanksgiving Day. I have witnessed miracles in our congregation and in my own spiritual life during these intentional days of prayer. God is moving in and around us, God is moving in this congregation. 
         As we turn the calendar into 2022, we will begin with 3 weeks of prayer and reflection built around John Wesley’s Prayer of Covenant Renewal. I believe our Intentional Discipleship plans will gain momentum. We will be organizing and inviting every member of our congregations to join a Class Meeting group and plot a course for deeper Biblical literacy. We will organize and invite people of all ages to engage in one missional adventure in 2022.  These will be available in house, in our towns, around the state and nationally and internationally God being our helper! It’s past time for the Church to leave the building and take God’s with us. 
         Come and join us for worship this Sunday morning at 9:00 A.M. for our Heritage worship service featuring our choir and familiar hymns. Stop in for Praise and Contemporary worship lead by Nairobi Smith at 6:00 P.M. on Friday nights. We have pizza and fellowship and a great time together! It has been exciting to have our church family returning and worshipping together, but both services will be available online through Facebook and YouTube. We’ll save you a seat! 
Blessings, Pastor Bill Mudge