U.M.W. Monthly Meetings

The United Methodist Women will meet in the dining room on Wednesday, December 3 at 12:00 noon for their Annual Christmas Luncheon.  Please bring a dish-to-share; table service will be provided. Following a seasonal program, prayer partners will be revealed.  All women of the church are invited.

Fan the Flame Fitness

fan_the_flames.jpgNovember 16 - December 22

 “Fan the Flame Fitness” is an inclusive faith-based program to promote Wholeness and Wellness within the church, Baldwinsville, and its surrounding communities.

Zumba
Zumba is an aerobic fitness program inspired by various styles of Latin American dance that benefits both body and mind.  It is fun, exhilarating, effective, and calorie burning. For teens and active adults.

Classes: 
Thurs., 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18
Mon.,  6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 22
Certified Instructor: Lynn Underwood Kwietniak
Cost:  $25
Multi-Purpose Room

Grief Support Group

This is a monthly support group that meets on the second Tuesday 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.

Due to our Service of Remembrance on Monday, December 8, there will not be a Grief Support Group meeting in December. Our next regular meeting is Tuesday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library. Please join us!

"Christmas Is Not Your Birthday!"

“Fan the Flame Fitness” – spiritual wellness
“Christmas Is Not Your Birthday!”
Tuesdays in the Chapel at 7:00 p.m.
December 2, 9, 16, and 23
Author and United Methodist Pastor Mike Slaughter encourages us to approach Christmas a little differently. Join an Advent Discussion Group led by Rev. Patti Walz. See Patti following worship if you would like to join the group, or call the office at 635-6442. Books are $10.oo and available from Patti or in the office.

Beginning of Advent Season

Sunday, November 30th, marks the beginning of the Advent season. All Sunday School classes will join together with the entire congregation for an Intergenerational Advent Event. There will be food, crafts for the children, family activities, and the “Hanging of the Greens” to decorate our church for the season. Please join us for this family event. It’s a great way to usher in the Christmas season!!

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!!

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 on Saturday, December 6, 8:00-10:00 a.m. The breakfast is hosted by Baldwinsville Nursery School.  All proceeds benefit the school’s scholarship fund. The breakfast, cooked 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 Santa!

Reservation forms are available in the dining room.

There is also a tree near the office with donation tags for supplies.  BNS is very grateful for any donations you can provide.  Just take a tag and place the item listed under the tree by the date on the tag. Thank you.

Christmas Caroling

Christmas Caroling
Do you love Christmas and singing?  Then consider joining the Ablaze Youth Group on December 7 to visit some of our church members who aren’t able to make it outside of their homes.  We want to share the joy and love of Christmas with all of our members and this is a great way to share with those who can rarely make it to worship alongside us.  If you're interested in joining (and especially if you're willing to drive a couple of youth if need be), please let Kevin know by e-mailing KevinJamesMcAllister@gmail.com.

Service of Remembrance & Hope

The Longest Night - A Service of Remembrance and Hope On Monday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m., the Hands of Hope Group will once again host a remembrance service 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, bring a framed picture (4 x 6 or smaller) to share on the Alter. Refreshments and fellowship will be served after the service in the dining hall.

Cantata

The Adult Choir is Preparing a Cantata!

We will present Pepper Choplin’s Night of the Father’s Love at the 9:00 a.m. service on December 14.
Last September, Oscar and I participated in an all-day rehearsal under the direction of Pepper and fellow composer, Heather Sorenson. This culminated in an evening concert of fourteen choral works (seven by each) accompanied by an orchestra. Two of the pieces were from Night of the Father’s Love. They were wonderful! Pepper told me this is his best-selling Christmas cantata and I can see why. He writes, “Throughout the process (of writing this work), I focused on the words ‘worship, mystery, and beauty.” My desire was not to be on the cutting edge, but to create a fresh telling of the Christmas story that is worshipful and beautiful.” We hope you find it so! Rebecca J.