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Baldwinsville 1st UMC to “Adopt a Park” in Haiti

Kelly Carwell and the Rev. Patricia Walz of the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church gave to Melinda Miles of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization a check for $4000 donated by parishioners and the church’s Mission Fund.  Kelly represents the church’s “Eureka!  Book Club” who initiated an immediate two-week fundraiser by donations inspired by the book “The Insanity of God” by Nik Ripken. 

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!

“Wintergirls” by Laurie Halse Anderson

            Eating disorders can be life threatening for the sufferer and heart-breaking for their loved ones.  The extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding illnesses such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating are often misunderstood, alienating, and consuming.  As the brain is starved anxiety increases, the patient becomes highly sensitive to criticism, obsessiveness becomes more intense, and depression runs rampant.  Needless to say, everyone involved with an eating disorder is often on the edge of crisis health-wise, emotionally, and psychologically. 

Spring Rummage Sale & Bake Sale

April 28 & 29;  Bake Sale, April 28
Donation days: April 26 & 27, 9 am to 6 pm
Sale days: April 28, 9 am to 6 pm and April 29, 9 am to 1 pm
Donations wanted – clothing of all sizes, linens, bedding, kitchen items, puzzles, books, games, toys, tools, sporting equipment, leftovers from your garage sale, etc. If you would like to volunteer to help with the sale or if you have any questions about donations, please call Beverly Frank (638-4142) or Marlene Fredette (652-6989). The Cheery Visitors will be having a Bake Sale on Friday, April 28 in conjunction with the U.M.W. Rummage Sale. Your donations of baked goods would be most appreciated. Questions? Joyce Wilkinson (635-9763)

SAMASAN - "A Taste of the Netherlands"

Saturday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the church dining room.
Come and join us for a delicious Dutch dinner. Matt Luken, our Baldwinsville Rotary exchange student, will be sharing the evening with us and we will get an inside glimpse of his homeland through him.
Reservations and money need to be in by April 20th. Please make checks payable to Ann Horan for $15.00 per person. Send to the Horan residence (41 Edgewood Dr., B’ville), or find Ann in the congregation. Questions, call Ann Horan (315-638-2407), Melba Lindsey (315-638-1245), or Jeanne Pray (315-638-1289)

U.M.W. Monthly Meetings

Our next meeting is a picnic at the home of Clara Rose Thomas on Wednesday, May 3 at 12:00 p.m. Please bring a dish-to-pass; table service is provided.

Procession of Neighbors

May 7
You are invited to join the Ablaze Youth Group in the Procession of Neighbors, a prayerful procession in solidarity with refugees.  The walk begins at 3:00 p.m. at the White Branch Library on Butternut Street.  We will walk to several faith centers on a two-mile route.  If you would like to join us, please RSVP with Jackie Anderson (243-6477); we will meet at our church at 2:00 p.m. and carpool from there.

Hands of Hope

Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 in the Chapel
Hands of Hope sponsors the monthly Grief Support Group and the Remembrance Service in December. Harriet Mark will present material on grief that she has already presented at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. It will cover what to say to a grieving person and how to interact with those who have experienced a loss. Anyone who is interested in building these skills is encouraged to attend without feeling they will be expected to join the group.  The group, of course, is always open to having new people join so we can continue to function in our outreach. Folks are needed to help with the Remembrance Service and to act as a host for the Grief Support Group. Do consider dropping in on this meeting and learning more about Hands of Hope.

Campership Plant & Flower Sale

Saturday, May 13th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
All campers are expected to help and are required to sign up for a specific time slot.
Call Cheryl Metrick (315-657-1947) to sign up to help.
All proceeds go to support Camperships.

Grief Support Group

Our next meeting is May 17 at 6:30 p.m.
This is a monthly support group that meets on the third Wednesday of every month for those that have lost a loved one and would like to meet with others to talk or just to listen. A bereavement counselor is present. Our next meeting is May 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library; refreshments served.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. (Patricia Kline, 315-678-1694)

A Bible Study: The Book of Acts

May 23 – June 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Are you interested in attending a six-week Bible Study? I have written a Bible study based on the Book of Acts as a requirement for my ordination as a Deacon!  The cost for supplies and other materials will be $15 per person. You will end the study with a prayer journal, a set of Protestant prayer beads, and will have participated in a hands-on mission project! If you are interested, please call or email Susan Ranous (315-427-3668;

Camping/Campership News

Registration forms for summer camp have been sent out and can also be accessed at
Campership forms are available in the church office and should be returned by Friday, June 9
Camperships will be awarded on Sunday, June 18.

V.B.S. 2017

JUNE 26-30, 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for all children entering grades K-6
Registration forms are available in the church office. Check out the church website for online registration also. The theme this year is "Hero Central: Discover your strength through God". It will be a hero filled week, complete with hero capes and personal shields!   Our mission project goes along with the hero theme:  being heroes for others, especially the children in Gollisano Children’s Hospital. More to come!