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From Susan Ranous:

I wanted to update everyone on my progress toward ordination in the United Methodist Church. Many of you may have heard that I was approved by the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry for commissioning at this year’s Annual Conference. It has been a long journey, which will not end with the commissioning. The journey started here at Baldwinsville FUMC where I felt the call to ordained ministry. I met with our own Staff Parish Committee and was approved by a Charge Conference as a candidate for ordained ministry. Since that time I have met at least once a year with the District Board of Ordained Ministry, and multiple times a year with my mentor, Rev. Rhonda Kouterick.

Mission Fund News

Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church held its first “Show-Stopping High Tea Party,” a fund-raiser for the church’s Mission Fund, on Saturday, April 9.   Sharon Lighton and Anana Gifts of Baldwinsville provided Queen’s Palace Tea, fruit compote, cheese and crackers, finger sandwiches, and desserts and donated $590 of the proceeds to the church for its missions.

Sixty-two people attended the tea and had a grand time!  Performing were:  Marianne Miles, Peyton Anderson and Abby Hines from Faith Heritage School, Kate Noel Jensen from Rochester, and Emily Virgil from Fayetteville-Manlius High School.  Peyton Anderson, Abby Barker, Abby Hines, and Bryanne Reynolds, members of the Ablaze Youth Group, assisted in serving.

Summer Camp 2016

A representative from Casowasco will be here on Sunday, April 17, during the 9:00 a.m. service and the Sunday School hour to introduce camping opportunities. During the Sunday School hour, the children will learn some camp songs and participate in games and activities. There will be a display table in the dining room with camping brochures and campership forms.  Any child wishing to attend one of the Methodist camps can apply for a campership to help defray the cost of the camp (max. of $200). Camperships will be handed out on Sunday, June 19. There will also be a sign-up sheet to help with the Campership Flower Sale to be held on May 7.  All campership recipients are required to participate. The proceeds of the flower sale help to fund the camperships.

Chancel Bells Bell Choir

The Chancel Bells bell choir is looking for a new member to begin next fall. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. if interested, please contact Judy Herbs, 635-5947.

United Methodist Night at the Ballpark

Tuesday, June 7 ~ tailgating begins at 5:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Crossroads District United Methodist Men

Don’t miss out on the UNY Conference-wide tailgate party with grilled hot dogs and coneys provided by the District UMM. Please bring a dish-to-pass and your own drink and table service. As we fill our stomachs, remember those who are less fortunate and bring along non-perishable foods to go to the Food Bank of CNY. The 37th Annual Syracuse Chiefs’ United Methodist Night at the Ballpark begins at 6:35 p.m. If you are interested, at 6:15 we will also lead the singing of the National Anthem – AT HOME PLATE! Tickets are $7.00 each. Contact Steve Ranous at 445-1045 or

The Zimmermans Are Coming!

On Sunday, June 26, United Methodist Missionaries Dr. Mark and Deirdre Zimmerman and their sons Zachary and Benjamin will be joining us for 9:00 worship to share their ministry with us. 

            The Zimmerman family is assigned to Kathmandu, Nepal.  After completing his internal medicine training in 1986, Dr. Zimmerman began work in Nepal through funds through United Methodist Women.  This experience led Mark to become a long-term missionary in 1990.  Mark is currently the director of the Nick Simons Institute, an organization working in Nepal with a mission to train and support skilled, compassionate rural health care workers.  He is looking forward to a change in position in Nepal in the near future.  Mark is a member of Lehman Memorial UMC in PA and is affiliated with the State Street UMC in Fulton, NY.