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Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.”  John 14:1-3 NRSV  

Congregational Care & Family Ministries

As you gather around the table this thanksgiving – whether it be with friends or family; or if you find yourself helping and serving others – be sure to include everyone in the table grace! It can be as simple as taking turns around the table to “give thanks”. Here are some prayers – traditional and not-so-traditional to guide you this Thanksgiving.
Traditional Prayer: For each new morning with its light; for rest and shelter of the night. For health and food; for love and friends; for everything thy goodness sends, we give you thanks – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Superman Prayer:  Thank you Lord for giving us food! Thank you Lord for giving us food! For the food that we eat here! and the friends that we meet here! Thank you Lord for giving us food! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++  

Yoga Classes at BFUMC

Yoga means union of body and mind. It can lower stress, which is toxic to overall health and well-being. A typical class will begin with warm-ups and a Kriya (set of exercises) followed by deep relaxation and meditation. This is a safe environment with sensitivity to the needs of each student. All are welcome at any level of experience. You do not need to have experience with yoga to receive benefit from the class. You don’t have to be excessively flexible to enjoy this class. Bring a blanket, water bottle, and anything else you may need for a yoga class. Chairs will be available for all classes if necessary. Non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry are always welcome as well. $10 per class or 6 classes for $50. Drop in for $10. Wednesdays:     5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. Checks should be made out to “Baldwinsville FUMC”.  Families are encouraged to come together.

Adult Discussion Group

Our Adult Discussion Group meets on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room with open, all-inclusive discussions.   All are welcome!!   We first view an ecumenical video presenting thought-provoking issues and ideas.   We then have a very open discussion including all who are with us. 

Eureka! Book Club

Eureka! Book Club on Tuesday, November 19 features 
“The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle”  
Our November book club, which begins at 6:00 p.m., will be led by Patty Maxwell. “The 13th Gift:…”, by Joanne Huist Smith, is a  heartwarming Christmas story about how a random act of kindness transformed one of the bleakest moments in a family's history into a time of strength and love.  Note that the November meeting is a Tuesday and a little earlier than usual because of holidays and other events. Each meeting begins with dinner (cost ranges from $5-$10). RSVP by calling the office at 315-635-6442

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, November 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. Vicki will provide Chicken n’ Biscuits with a veggie for $9.00. Pumpkin pie will be provided; and we will have a discussion on Thankfulness. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)

SAMASAN Book Story Night

SAMASAN Book Story Night - Saturday, November 23, at 5:00 p.m. in the Church dining room. Pizza, salad, dessert, and beverages will be served and a free-will offering will be collected to cover food costs. Please bring a new book (for any age) to be donated to the Christmas Bureau. Books may also be dropped off at the Church Office. Please RSVP by noon Friday, November 22, so we have enough food for all.

The Longest Night - A Service of Remembrance & Hope

This candle lighting service is extended to all people in the Baldwinsville Community. On Tuesday, December 2 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 Karen Picco (652-2917) or Lisa (635-6442).

Breakfast with Santa

Sponsored by Baldwinsville Nursery School:  Saturday, December 7, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  
Start writing your list, mark your calendar, and plan to join us for this fun event. 
          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. 
          The meal, deliciously prepared by the United Methodist Men, includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, and beverages. There will be crafts and activities for the children and, of course, a visit with that top VIP of the season, Santa Claus! Registration forms are available at the church. 

Children's Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, December 14, 9:00 – 12:00 a.m.   It’s not too early to start thinking about the Children’s Christmas Bazaar! It will be held on Saturday, December 14 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.