Lent

Fridays:
Lenten Service in the Chapel at 12:05 p.m. and Lenten Lunch in the dining room at 12:30 p.m.
March 22: Service led by Rev. Carl Chapman; lunch hosted by Community Wesleyan and First Baptist Churches

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“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished.  13 When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.”   Luke 4:1-2;13 NRSV   
           With all of the upset and anxiety in our world today, I suppose it’s not surprising that I find myself drifting back into memories of what were, for me at least, simple easy times.  As we move into the month of March, we will celebrate Ashe Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten Season in the church. 
           Two of my clearest memories of Lent as a little boy were; 1) giving something up, and 2) quarter, dime, and nickel folders. 

Eureka! Book Club

Everyone is welcome to join the Eureka! Book Club dinner and discussion of Fredrik Backman’s “My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry” on Monday, March 25, 6:00 p.m. Rev. Patti Walz will lead our discussion. Copies of the book are available to borrow in the church office. Dinner will be catered through a local establishment, and the cost split among attendees. Please call the church office at (315) 635-6442 or email Frankie at christianeducation@bvillefirstumc.org to RSVP. We hope that you can attend!

Rosewood String Quartet Concert

The Baldwinsville Center for the Arts is presenting in the BFUMC Sanctuary the Rosewood String Quartet on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 7:30 PM. This event is part of the on-going 2019 Winter Arts Series.  The Rosewood String Quartet featuring Maggie and Bill Mercer will present a family-friendly evening of popular and classic string music. Tickets are $5 for adults.  Children under 12 years are free. Tickets can be purchased on-line at  https://baldwinsvillearts.org or at the door.

Summer Camp 2019

Our church has a long tradition of sending children to camp. Last summer our congregation provided generous camperships for 13 children to attend the Upper New York Conference of the UMC, camp Casowasco. We accept campership donations throughout the year. If you would like to help send a child to camp, please contact the church office or Frankie Weaver at christianeducation@bvillefirstumc.org. Thank you for supporting this important ministry!

SAMASAN International Night

All are welcome to join us!!!   We're going French for our International Dinner this year!   It will be held on Saturday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. in our dining room.   We have invited Rotary exchange student Josephine Dole to speak and share a Power Point presentation on her native France.   She is having a  very busy and interesting year here. Come and explore France as you enjoy a delicious French dinner (all recipes happen to be gluten free) prepared by our own Alan Lindsey.   The cost is $15.00 per person, payable by March 29.   You may catch us in person or mail to Jeanne Pray, Ann Horan or Melba Lindsey (checks payable to one of us).

Easter Egg Hunt

Save the Date!   Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Egg Hunt will begin at 9:30 a.m. sharp! This event is scheduled before the Baldwinsville School District spring vacation to encourage a good turnout. As usual, the egg hunt takes a lot of coordination and we need your help. Please contact Frankie if you can contribute as a greeter, baker (nut-free baked goods welcomed and appreciated), serving refreshments, running crafts, and/or giving out prizes/candy. There will also be an Easter Bunny and bunny helper, a photo booth, crafts, games, and hopefully (like last year) live animals. This is always a fun event, please let me know if you are able to contribute. Thank you!

Grief Support Group

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 April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library.  Refreshments served.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)

ERT Training

Another new Basic ERT Training class has been scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at the UNY Conference Center in Liverpool. Anyone interested in the training can register online at http://bit.ly/LiverpoolERTMay19