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Experiences of failure, emptiness, and uncertainty are unavoidable; they are also critical for finding our way through life. During Lent we will look at how our experiences of walking through the "dark woods" can provide clues to our "calling" or "life path." How can the struggles of life be the seedbed of spiritual awakening to the fullness of life?
March 1 (Ash Wednesday) Where We Find Ourselves: We should examine each place we find ourselves-not just the seemingly stable and blessed places; even the ones that feel like utter failure, or the most tenuous at the least. These are the places where Jesus says "Do not be afraid, it's me calling you out here to find the depths of your very soul."
March 5 The Gift of Uncertainty: Life is messy. Life is uncertain. Rather than a problem to be solved, what if we saw uncertainty as a gift helping us let go of all we cannot know so that we can live more wholeheartedly?

Pastor Patti's Picks

I am an avid reader and consumer of various media. Each month I will share with you that which I’ve found to be spiritually motivating and/or relevantly informative. Enjoy!
“Hillbilly Elegy:  A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D.Vance
from 1 John 4:20-21  “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother …cannot love God ….”

Zimmerman Letter 02-15-17

He brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:19
15 February 2017

Dear Friends,
The house we live in was built forty years ago by a Gurkha soldier and its solid walls endured the 2015 earthquake with only minor cracks in the plaster. The soldier's son and family stay on the ground floor, while our family rents the second and third floors as an apartment with separate entrance. One of the things I like most about the place is its openness - rooms leading onto a total of six airy verandas. Deirdre and I sleep on the second floor and our boys each have a bedroom upstairs. It's not grand, but it is homey.

U.M.M. Shoe Drive

The Upper New York United Methodist Men will be conducting a 'Shoe Drive' in March to raise money for various Veteran organizations. The Baldwinsville U.M.M. is a part of this fundraiser and we are looking forward to this project. There will be boxes at the church entrances March 1st thru March 31st to collect your new/used/worn out shoes, boots (no ski boots, please), and other types of footwear. Should you have any questions please contact a U.M.M. member.

Spring Rummage Sale

April 28 & 29;  Bake Sale, April 28
Donation days: April 26 & 27, 9 am to 6 pm
Sale days: April 28, 9 am to 6 pm and April 29, 9 am to 1 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 Beverly Frank (638-4142) or Marlene Fredette (652-6989). The Cheery Visitors will be having a Bake Sale on Friday, April 28 in conjunction with the U.M.W. Rummage Sale. Your donations of baked goods would be most appreciated. Questions? Joyce Wilkinson (635-9763)

"Fan the Flame Fitness": March 15 - May 11

Yoga:  Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.; March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 26, May 3
            Chapel: $80; Lee Mosseau, certified instructor

T’ai Chi:  Thursdays; March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 27, May 4, 11
            10:30 – 11:30 – Level I - $80
            11:00 – 12:00 – Level II - $80
            10:30 – 12:00 – (for those who would like to combine sessions) - $140
             Randie Hughes, Master instructor

BNS Children's Book Fair ~ WE LOVE BOOKS!

Focus on Early Literacy week at Baldwinsville Nursery School is coming.  Again, this year, we will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair at BFUMC and hope that you’ll stop in to shop the great selection of high interest, affordable books geared mostly toward children age 2 to grade 2.  Easter, Christian, and some adult titles will be included as well. All purchases earn scholastic dollars for the nursery school to put more great books in the hands of our young students. The Book Fair will kick off on Sunday, March 26 and will be open before, between, and after church services.   Sales will continue Monday thru Thursday (3/27 - 3/30) during pre-school hours.  Hope to see you at the Book Fair!

Eureka! Book Club

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m. The book for March is "The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected" by Nik Ripken

“Eureka” will meet on:  March 27, April 24, and May 22. 

A Movie Night

Hosted by the Hands of Hope Committee and Grief Support Group
We will be viewing "Shadowlands" on Wednesday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m. The movie is based on the life and writings of author C. S. "Jack" Lewis (specifically his book, "A Grief Observed") and how his wife Joy's illness and death from cancer challenged Lewis's Christian faith.  Paul Darnell, a pastoral counselor and advisor to the Grief Support Group, will be present.  Free, open to all, refreshments served.

Grief Support Group

April 19 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. Our next meeting is April 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library; refreshments served.

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. Please bring a dish-to-pass; table service will be provided. (Patricia Kline, 315-678-1694)