Paper Mill Island Amphitheater, Baldwinsville. This informal, ½ hour, non-denominational worship begins at 8:00 a.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the cool breezes, rising sun, inspiration, and fellowship. The Theme for next Sunday, August 13, is "Christmas in August".
A summer reading suggestion: “The High Mountains of Portugal” by Yann Martel.
We will meet again in September.
New Book in the Church Library (that can be borrowed)
The Baldwinsville First UMC has been supporting the work of United Methodist missionaries Dr. Mark and Deirdre Zimmerman in Kathmandu, Nepal through donations received from our congregation and organizations. Our contribution for this past year was $1369.68, an increase of over 100% from the prior year.
Mark, Deirdre, and sons Zach and Ben were able to visit our congregation last summer and share their ministries with us. Dr. Zimmerman is a physician at Patan Hospital in Kathmandu, works an out-patient clinic, and teaches medical students.
Deirdre, a nutritionist and dietician, works as an advisor to Nutrition Promotion and Consultancy Services addressing malnutrition in women and children through training and education.
This fall we will be offering an adult study on grace in the life of a Christian and the world. Dr. Lundgren will start the study reminding us of what grace is and encouraging us to come up with our own definition of grace. Debbie Mott-Lundgren will continue the study over 5 more sessions utilizing the book and video Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey. These units will explore what kind of news is good to a culture that thinks it has rejected the Christian version. The sessions are entitled "We've Got Problems," "What Can We Do?" "Who Are the Grace Dispensers?" "Is It Really Good News," and "Holy Subversives." Please come and join us on Tuesdays and mark your calendars for September 12th, 19th, 26th, and October 3rd, 10th, and17th.
Children of all grade levels, bring your backpacks to the 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday, September 17th. There will be a short blessing of the backpacks to jump start the journey through your new school year!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the sneaker fund. We were able to meet our 2017 goal!! BUT, the collection always continues for the next year so please keep checking your pockets, sofa cushions and car seats for all those stray pennies! The penny jar is in the dining room on Sundays. Thank you!
Friday, August 25
The SAMASAN group will be hosting a covered-dish picnic at Onondaga Yacht Club, in Liverpool off Sycamore Street on a Friday evening this year. It is open to anyone who would wish to come. 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 August 20th if you can come. Please bring a dish-to-pass, your own table service, and your beverage. All are welcome.