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“But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.” 2Corinthians 4:7-10 NRSV 
          This is an exciting time to be part of the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church!  God is moving in our congregation! 

A Bible Study

A Bible Study has begun ~ Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.

Debbie Gunther will facilitate the group in reading and discussing the Living Word. Our group will start with The Book of Acts, the beginning of the church.    No preparation needed, simply come when you can as you are.   We will read aloud each chapter of the Bible Book we are studying and discuss what we read.   This will be a non-political group with a focus of reading  Gods Living Word and applying it to our daily lives.   Anything discussed during our study will stay in that room, not to be repeated. 

A New Class - A Journey of Faith

Wednesdays, June 5 – June 26, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.  The fourth class will involve looking at seniors and their faith. Ellen Jennings will draw from her experience as a social worker at Syracuse Home. As we take part in these discussions, and look at these biblical personalities, we will look back at our own journey. Hopefully, by the end of the four weeks, you will have a good start to writing your own faith story.

U.M.W. ~ Recognition & Remembrance

The United Methodist Women, Hannah-Sarah Circle, will meet on Wednesday, June 5, at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel. This will be our Memorial Service.  All are welcome. 

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 June 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library.  Refreshments served.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, June 20 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)

Eureka! Book Club

Monday, June 24, at 6:00 p.m.   
The Eureka! Book Club welcomes all readers to attend discussion of Wilson Rawls’ classic novel Where the Red Fern Grows on Monday, June 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the chapel. Books are available to borrow for free from the church office. Dinner will be catered through a local establishment with the cost split among attendees; Ron Waterbury is the dinner host this month. Please call the church office at (315) 635-6442 or RSVP to Mary Huling (, this month’s discussion leader, if you are able to attend.


These activities are truly social events for our whole church family; the SAMASAN group simply organizes everything. This year Mary Huling has stepped forward to lead the group. On Saturday, June 15, they will be hosting a covered-dish picnic at the Onondaga Yacht Club in Liverpool off Sycamore Street. We will be eating at 6:00 p.m. with nibbles beforehand. Come about 5:00 and enjoy the park. There is a tram ride, salt museum, bike trail, and walking path; OR, you can just sit back, on the clubs screened in porch, and watch the sailboats out on the lake. Call Jan Beall at 635-1356 by June 10 if you can come.  Please bring a dish-to-pass and your table service and beverage.  All are welcome.

U.M.M. Breakfast Meeting

The Next U.M.M. Breakfast & Meeting is on Saturday, June 29 at 8:00 a.m. in the church dining room. This will our last breakfast meeting until September.

UMC Family Fun Night at the Ballpark

It's time again for the United Methodist Night at the Ballpark, sponsored by the Crossroads District United Methodist Men! Join us on Tuesday, July 23rd at the NBT Bank Stadium, near DestiNY USA and the Regional Transportation Center on the north side of Syracuse.  The  UNY Conference-wide tailgate party begins at 4:45 pm. Bring a dish to pass and your own drinks and table service please. The district United Methodist Men will be grilling hot dogs and coneys for all. As we fill our stomachs, help us remember those who are less fortunate and bring along some non-perishable foods or canned goods to donate to the Food Bank of CNY. Just look for the collection barrels located at the tailgate party.  Join the Conference as we sing the National Anthem at home plate at 6:15.

Yoga Classes at BFUMC

Have begun!  Yoga means union of body and mind. It can lower stress, which is toxic to overall health and wellbeing. Many studies prove that practicing yoga, relaxation, and meditation can benefit all age groups. This is a safe environment with sensitivity to the needs of each student. All are welcome at any level of experience. My yoga practice is for the average person. You do not have to be excessively flexible to enjoy this class. Classes will end with a moment of gratitude and a closing prayer. Please bring a blanket and water bottle.
Adult Yoga: $10 per class or 6 classes for $50 and each additional member of a family can bring a non-perishable food item per class for the food pantry. Drop in for $10. 
               Wednesdays: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: very gentle class, appropriate for older folks  
                                      5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: for teens through adults