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Rev. William Mudge, pastor  (updated 04-27-22)
“Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” Acts 2:43-47 NRSV 
                The congregation of the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church has begun a Ministry Assessment process under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens.  Our Administrative Council voted last month to undertake this thorough look at our mission, our finances, or gifts, and the Call that God has placed upon us.  It is a very exciting process! 
            A small group of our leaders met in April with Rev. Bouwens to discuss the process for this ministry audit – it is very similar in some ways to a person undergoing a thorough physical exam with their doctor. We will take a look at our vital signs, our strengths and our weaknesses, and we will lay out a plan together for where we will head together as a congregation moving toward greater health and vitality. 
            I am using this space this month to ask for two things from you. 
            #1 – PLEASE pray for our congregation!  For all of the leaders that work together here from our gifted laity and Church Secretary, to our Baldwinsville First United Methodist Nursery School Director and staff, to our musicians and finance people and our custodians and our pastors. We all need your prayers and encouragement as we work together! 
            #2 – Take some time to imagine what the future of the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church might look like.  Take a moment to answer these questions and leave them in the offering plate, or email them to us at the church: What are our congregations’ strengths? What are the challenges we face? What are the future opportunities? Where do you see us in the future as a congregation?  
            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 of these services will be available on line through Facebook and YouTube. We’ll save you a seat!
Serving Christ with You, Pastor Bill Mudge