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The next days will include times of goodbye as I complete my time with you as your pastor and opportunities for you to welcome your new shepherd, the Rev. William Mudge. I recall the Apostle Paul’s words of appreciation to Timothy for how a people of faith responded to him and led in ministry to God’s people. 
          Onesiphorus supported and refreshed me and he was not ashamed of my chains of imprisonment. On the contrary, after I arrived in Rome, he quickly searched hard for me until he found me… You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus. 2 Timothy 1:16-18 NIV
You have been welcoming, renewed my spirit, and have accepted me despite my limitations. As Debbie and I enter a new phase of life, we would echo the words Paul wrote to the church at Philippi:

Vacation Bible School 2018

“Rolling River Rampage”: Monday, August 13 – Friday, August 17, 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
This is a free camp for children going into Kindergarten through 6th grade. On Camp Preview Day (see announcement above), there will be a VBS table with activities for young campers, and for early registration. If you are interested in volunteering for VBS (either as an older youth or adult teacher), please contact Frankie at
Download the registration form today! Thank you to the Oriental Trading Co., for generously donating supplies to our Aug. 2018 VBS!

Church on the Island

Church on the Island will begin its third season on Sunday, June 17 at 8:00 a.m. and will run through September 2. The informal ½ hour non-denominational worship services have become a popular destination at the Papermill Island Amphitheater in Baldwinsville. Coffee, tea, pastries, and fellowship abound!

Rev. Patricia Walz, recently retired, has been contracted by the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church to continue to be the Church on the Island coordinator and director. Revs. Walz, Hodge, Mudge, and Ranous will be preaching during the summer as well as various other pastors from the area.

Church on the Island Schedule

Worship Services – 8:00 AM
June 24 – Rev. Patricia Walz - Church on the Island, Developer/Facilitator; UMC, Upper NY Conference
July 1 –   Rev. Jeff Hodge - Pennelville United Methodist Church & Baldwinsville 1st UMC
July 8 – Rev. Hannah Benedict - St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Baldwinsville
July 15 –  Rev. Monica Styron – First Presbyterian Church of Baldwinsville
July 22 – Rev. Bill Mudge - First United Methodist Church of Baldwinsville
July 29 – Rev. Susan Ranous – Ira United Methodist Church
August 5 – Rev. Michael Grinnals – Plainville Christian Church, United Church of Christ
August 12 - “Christmas in August”– Rev. Patricia Walz, Church on the Island, Developer/Facilitatoπr; UMC, Upper NY Conference
August 19 – Rev. Bill Mudge - First United Methodist Church of Baldwinsville
August 26 – Rev. Catherine Carpenter – Grace Episcopal Church, Baldwinsville

Food Collection Sundays

July 1
Children will be collecting food donations as you enter the Sanctuary. Needed in July: cereal, spaghetti sauce (in plastic container) & soupMonetary donations are also gladly accepted.

United Methodist Night at the Ballpark

Tuesday, July 17
Tailgating begins at 4:45 p.m.; Game begins at 6:35 p.m.

Bring a dish-to-pass and your own drink and table service; hot dogs and coneys provided. Remember to bring non-perishable food to donate to the Food Bank of CNY. All ticket holders will receive a Chiefs' baseball cap; tickets are $9.00. See in church or contact Steve Ranous (427-3515) or Dave Greer (635-6626) for tickets or with any questions.

Grief Support Group

Our next meeting is July 18, 2018 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; we meet in the church library; refreshments served.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

We will not be meeting in July and August. Our next gathering is on Thursday, September 20 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)