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He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him.  And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons.  So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);  James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder);  and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean,  and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.”  Mark 3:13-19 NRSV   

Adult Choir News

It’s September and soon Fall will be upon us. What better way to beat the cooler weather than to put on a nice warm CHOIR robe! By the time you read this article, choir season will already be in full swing.  But that does not mean that you cannot still join the choir! We rehearse Friday nights from 7-8:30pm and would love to have new members.   OR    If the adult choir commitment isn’t quite your speed, the Intergenerational Choir will also be getting together after church on Sunday’s to just spend some time singing together.  We will meet on Sunday’s from after church until 10:30am.  Grab a cup of coffee and come try a low impact way to see if singing in a group is something for you!

Yoga Classes at BFUMC: beginning in September

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.

2019 - Men's Bible Study

AMEND Together (Amending through Faith)  
We will be meeting again starting on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. The Christian community should play a critical role in creating an atmosphere where all women and girls are valued and safe. Extensive work by experts in the prevention of gender-based violence reveals that this is accomplished through education, and then applying the learned principles. This 4-week study is an innovative, primary prevention initiative dedicated to ending violence against women by engagement and education.  Additional details: George Ramseyer

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.   Our first title will be Adam Hamilton's "Family Tree".   Three weeks later we will begin Margaret Feinburg's "Taste and See".

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, September 19 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)

U.M.M. Breakfast Meeting

The Next U.M.M. Breakfast & Meeting is on Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 a.m. in the church dining room.

SAMASAN ~ "Car Cruise-In"

“Car Cruise-In” Classic & Vintage Cars  
September 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Eileen & Ray Rice’s (7667 East Dead Creek Road, Baldwinsville). Call Eileen at 315-635-9644 or Linda Froats at 315-622-2185. Come for an interesting and fun afternoon!

Eureka! Book Club

Eureka! Book Club ~ welcomes all readers!! On Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel: Topic: Holy Land Night with the April 2019 Travelers using, "The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi" by Kathie Lee Gifford. Book & Food Hosts: April 2019 Travelers.   We hope you can attend and please let church office know of your plans at (315) 635-6442 or  

Fall Rummage Sale & Bake Sale

Donation days are September 25 & 26, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm;
Sale days are September 27, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and September 28 (Bag Sale), 9:00 am to 1:00 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 Wayne & Judy Gilbert (315-638-4653) or Beverly Frank (315-247-0934).
The Cheery Visitors will be having a Bake Sale on Friday, September 27 in conjunction with the U.M.W. Rummage Sale. Your donations of baked goods would be most appreciated. The sale starts at 9:00 a.m. Questions? Alice Nykaza (635-5569).

Book Study, "The Cup of Our Life", with Jan Beall

Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., September 25 to October30  “The Cup of Our Life”, a book by Joyce Rupp, will be used for a new study on Wednesday mornings beginning September 25.  A component of the class includes  daily study which can take 15 minutes or more. During the weekly class session, we will be looking back and sharing what was found most meaningful. It will include reflection, scripture, meditation, visualizations, and a refocusing on prayer using a cup of one’s own choosing. The cup will provide images such as the open cup, the chipped cup, the broken cup, and the blessing cup for reflection.

Pennellville Christmas Cantata Rehearsals begin

Rehearsals for the Pennellville Cantata Choir will begin on Sunday, September 29th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Pennellville UMC, 389 County Route 54, Pennellville. Anyone is invited to sing. “Night of the Father’s Love” by Pepper Choplin has been selected as this year’s cantata. Performance dates are December 7 & 8 and Terry Sivers will be directing. If you like to sing, come to rehearsal on September 29. Cost: $16.00 (includes music, gifts & punch supplies).

Grief Yoga Class (Hands of Hope)

On Sunday, October 6, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in the BFUMC Chapel, we will be viewing the DVD "Grief Yoga, Moving into Empowerment with Paul Denniston" with yoga instructor Melissa Turner and a counselor. For all yoga levels (you may sit quietly in a chair and listen as a guided meditation OR  bring a square pillow and exercise floor mat/towel.) A limited number of mats available at church.  Free and light refreshments. We hope you can attend.  RSVP: Church Office (315-635-6442 or

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 October 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library.  Refreshments served.

Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts

October 18 & 19, 2019  
 Do you know what your spiritual gifts are and how you can use them in your life? Attend the Advanced Lay Speaking Class, Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts, at PENNELLVILLE UMC, 389 County Route 54 in Pennellville. Classes on are Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19. Friday’s class begins with registration at 5:30 p.m.; class from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Lunch provided. Registration forms are available in the office. Completed forms can be dropped in Pastor Jeff’s mailbox.

SAMASAN: "Zoo-to-You"

Saturday, October 19 at 1:30 PM ~ Rosamond Gifford’s,  Zoo-to-You, is coming to BFUMC! 
A program on the topic of "Amazing Adaptations" will begin at 2:00 PM in the multi-purpose room. Plan to arrive one half hour earlier. Animals will be brought as part of the total presentation.  Seating is limited. Please purchase your ticket (yes, a real ticket) through Jeanne Pray in Church or at the church office.  Cost is $8.00 per person. Reservation AND payment required by Sunday, October 13. Refreshments will be served. Unfortunately, our request for an elephant was denied!


Think Globally, Act Locally!  CROP WALK is Sunday October 20 at 1:00 p.m. 
Please join us in the fight to stop hunger both globally and locally! There are two ways you can participate: 1) Sign up to walk on October 20 at 1:00 Onondaga Lake Park; 2) Sponsor a walker with a generous donation. Information is available at coffee hour in the dining room or in the office during the week

Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 26, begins at 5:30 p.m. in the BFUMC Parking Lot  
Please consider being a part of this fun activity What a safe and fun memory this is for the children - as well as for the adults! Please contact the church office if you wish to have a spot for a decorated car or if you would just like more information (315-635-6442; · Children ages 2-12 wear costumes and go car “trunk” to car “trunk” to receive Halloween treats!; · We will also have refreshments and games!; · Children must be accompanied by an adult; OPTIONAL: Decorate your “trunk” and be part of the fun. Please bring 100-150 wrapped candies, snacks or non-food items like pencils, toys, etc.

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.