Please Note:

The Church Office will be closed on MONDAYS: July 12 - August 30
The Baldwinsville Community Food Pantry WILL BE OPEN its usual times:
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30/1:00 p.m.


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“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:19-25 NIV 

UNYC Director of Stewardship

Rev. Susan M. Ranous, Deacon of Stewardship (updated 06-04-21) 

          The last time I wrote for The Visitor, I wrote about reconciling the words “happy days are here again”, Christ’s return, and all the stuff going on in the word around us.

          I wanted to share something that has been on my heart. I am a trained facilitator for the Upper New York Conference’s Imagine No Racism (INR) curriculum. I underwent the initial training back in 2018, and was privileged to lead a small group at that time. I then took additional updated training, and just this week started leading a new small group in one of our sister churches through the updated INR curriculum.

Eureka! Book Club

Tuesday, July 27 at 6:00 p.m.   Join us this summer for an evening of conversation and fellowship. In July, Barbara Jones will lead us through the book “Where the Crawdad Sings” by Delia Owens. Bring your own dinner at 6:00 p.m. and we will eat together in the chapel.
Tuesday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m. we will share our favorite essays from the book “World of Wonders” by Aimee Nezhukumathil. Bring your own dinner at 6:00 p.m. and we will eat together in the chapel.                             

Church on the Island

Each week at 8:00 a.m. we celebrate worship with an informal, non-denominational 30-minute service on Papermill Island in Baldwinsville. Our worship time focuses on joy, hope and an uplifting message. Please bring your chair and join us in this beautiful setting for a time of meaningful worship.
July 25             Rev. Patti Walz, The United Methodist Church, retired
August 1          Rev. Bj Norrix, The Syracuse United Methodist Churches
August 8          Rev. Mike Grinnals, Plainville Christian Church, United Church of Christ
August 15        Rev. Elizabeth Quick, The United Methodist Church
August 22        Rev. Bill Mudge, First United Methodist Church, Baldwinsville
August 29        Rev. Bj Norrix, The Syracuse United Methodist Churches

Vacation Bible School!

Sparky the Dragon and our team at BFUMC are ready for this summer’s Vacation Bible School – Knights of North Castle -- from 9:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. every day from August 9 until August 13.   
The King’s valiant knights are on a quest in search of the King’s Armor. But the armor isn’t what they think it is. In their quest, children are invited to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of God’s power by exploring how we put on the armor of God. As the valiant Knights explore Old and New Testament stories, they will discover different pieces of protective armor: The belt of truth, the breastplate of justice, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation. 

Sunday School

In-person Sunday School to Resume in the Fall.  
Our tentative plan is to return to in-person Sunday School this fall. We will have our Blessing of the Back Packs during the 9:00 a.m. worship service and Ice Cream Sunday! (Sundae-Sunday) on Sunday, September 12 following worship. Registration for our fall Sunday School will happen at that time. Classes will begin at 10:15 a.m. on September 19.

A Fall Study: "Half Truths"

A 5-week study:  September 15 – October 13,  10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays   
This study on Wednesday mornings is using the book “Half Truths” by Adam Hamilton and will be supported with a video. Hamilton is a well-known Methodist minister from Kansas City who speaks across the country explaining questions of faith. This study takes common Christian phases that capture some elements of truth yet miss the point in important ways. They include such statements as “Everything Happens for a Reason”, “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”, “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle” and other phases that the Bible doesn’t say. Contact Jan Beall (315-635-1356) to sign up for the class.  Let her know as soon as possible if you wish her to order you a used book for $7.00. This is a book you will enjoy having and you can order your own book on-line if you wish. A sign-up sheet will be in the church office.

Fall Rummage Sale

Donation days are September 29 & 30; Sale days are October 1 & 2
Hope your summer will be enjoyable and if you clean out a closet on a rainy day, please think of donating to our Church Fall Rummage Sale!
Donations wanted – clothing of all sizes, linens, bedding, kitchen items, puzzles, books, games, toys, tools, sporting equipment, leftovers from your garage sale, etc.
(Please Note: we cannot accept suitcases, bowling balls, VHS tapes, and large furniture)
If you would like to volunteer to help with the sale or if you have any questions about donations, please call Dave Horan (638-2407) or Mickie Lorenz (635-5182)