BNS News and Notes

We are very pleased to announce that Mrs. Julie Madden, current teacher of our afternoon 3 year old class, has accepted an offer from our Board Members to become Director of Baldwinsville Nursery School.  Mrs. Madden will assume the duties of Director beginning Sept. 1, 2015, following the retirement of Mrs. Julie Dillon, effective Aug. 31st, 2015.

Africa 360

pesky_mosquito_0.jpgA Pesky Mosquito buzzed into Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church before worship on June 21 and threatened a parishioner who was under an umbrella covered with mosquito netting.  Fortunately, a few of the church’s children managed to scare the pest away with their busy fly swatters and the parishioner stayed protected, calm, and peaceful.

The church is embarking on a challenge with Hilton UMC to see who can raise the most funds for Africa 360 that offers support to the UMC “Imagine No More Malaria” initiative.  In Africa, only female mosquitos spread malaria and they bite at night.  The UMC is very involved in providing education, communication, health facilities, and mosquito netting to cover bedding to assist in eradicating this disease. 

Summer Contributions

The Baldwinsville First United Methodist church is in need of your time, talents, and giving throughout the summer so we may reach people in need of God’s love.  God’s work does not stop during the summer. If you find it difficult to keep your giving regular during the summer because of traveling, vacations, etc., please consider making a gift either as a withdrawal from your bank account or via a debit or credit card.  Forms are available to set this up.  Please contact the office (635-6442) or Susan Ranous as Treasurer (427-3668) to request this form.

Vacation Bible School Needs . . .

We have several needs to help us prepare for a fun week of VBS:
Our Science Zone needs:

  • 10  1-liter empty soda bottles with the tops (20 oz.)
  • 6  empty coffee cans with lids
  • 6  9-volt batteries (we will return the batteries if you put your name on them!)

Our Craft Zone needs:

  • Empty paper towel rolls (NOT toilet paper rolls!) We need lots of these since we usually have 50-60 children enrolled.

Our Snack Zone needs: (Jackie Anderson has a sign-up sheet. Please see her during coffee hour to sign up to donate items.)

  • Can of vanilla frosting, rice cakes, marshmallow fluff, fruit roll-ups, pretzel rods, M & Ms, goldfish crackers, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, raisins, celery, baby carrots, cucumbers.

Save the Date

Baldwinsville Nursery School 40th Anniversary and New Playground Dedication
Sunday, August 23, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
 (Rain date is August 30)

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!

Parishioner Janet Beall and I have found we have something in common– reading books of all kinds – especially those that evoke thought and further our knowledge.  So, when she lent me “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and said, “It’s really written for teens but I found it quite good.  You really should read it,” I did.  And then I realized it is the first book in a series.  So, I read the rest, too!  And now… I think you should read them, if you haven’t already.

Annual Conference 2015

On May 27-30, 2015 the Sixth Session of the Upper New York Annual Conference titled “The Promise of Harvest” was held at the On-Center in Syracuse, NY.  Bishop Mark Webb led the gathering, including telling us that “It’s our time to fully and completely, passionately, and boldly live the purpose for which we have been created and called. It’s our time to partner with Holy Spirit power to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” At this meeting of Holy Conferencing, there were celebrations of the ordinations and commissioning of new clergy, retiring Pastors, and Memorial Services for clergy and clergy spouses.  Also, there were times of worship and prayer, as well as Bible study.  Additionally:

  • Several members of the BFUMC participated as delegates, including Rev. Larry Lundgren, Rev. Patti Walz, Mr. Kevin McAllister, Susan Ranous, Steve Ranous, Jeanne Pray, Lisa Kisselstein, and George Ramseyer.


Saturday, August 22
The SAMASAN group will be hosting a covered-dish picnic at Onondaga Yacht Club in Liverpool off Sycamore Street. This is open to anyone who would wish to come. We will be eating at 6:00 p.m. with nibbles beforehand. Come about 5:00 p.m. and enjoy the park. There is a tram ride, salt museum, bike trail and walking path. Or you can just sit back on the clubs screened in porch and watch the sailboats out on the lake.

Call Jan Beall at 635-1356 by August 21 if you can come.  Please bring a dish-to-pass and your own table service and beverage.  All are welcome.