Christmas Services

Christmas Eve:
6:00 p.m. Family Service in MP Room
8:00 p.m. Service in Sanctuary
Christmas Day:
9:00 a.m. in Sanctuary, Communion

Normal Worship Schedule

9:00 a.m. Sunday - Heritage Worship in the Sanctuary
6:00 p.m. Friday - Contemporary Service in the Chapel

Pastor's Page

Rev. William Mudge, pastor  (updated 11-30-22)    
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:5-7 NRSV  
              I heard a story recently that made me smile.  I offer it to you here as an invitation to come home this holiday season and join our friends and family at the Baldwinsville First united Methodist Church.  This story was written by Dr. John MacArthur, and it speaks to me of our need for fellowship, our need for each other.
The Lonely Ember  

Congregational Care & Family Ministries

Rev. Jeff Hodge  (updated 12-01-22)  
Advent Calendars are a meaningful way to Countdown to Jesus’ birth.  
Advent calendars are a fun and popular children's Advent activity as well as a great catechesis tool. Advent calendars teach children to join with the Church in the waiting, expectation, and preparation of the coming of Jesus Christ. The Advent Calendar is believed to have been created by Christians in the early 19th century to mark the days of Advent leading up to Christmas. The first known Advent calendar was handmade in Germany in 1851. Be sure to pick up your free advent calendars in the education wing, lobby or the dining room and enjoy opening a new window each day as you journey closer to Christmas!
Advent Resources for Families  

SAMASAN Christmas Party

S.A.M.A.S.A.N. Christmas Party  Saturday December 10 at 3:00 p.m.  in the Church Dining Room
Come join the fun as we celebrate the Holidays. Bring a gift to exchange/steal. Limit the gift to $10 please. Also, bring a plate of Christmas Cookies to share. Confirm your attendance to: Patty Maxwell: 315-569-5077; email: or Rocky Maxwell: 315-488-5700; email:

Men's Bible Study

Men’s Bible Study  
Please join a Biblical Study of The Gospel of Luke in which Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension brought the forgiveness of our sins. We will systematically discuss Luke, leading us to more fully appreciate how this gospel molds our lives as Christians. We meet Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  George Ramseyer ( and David Horan (

Advent Study: "The Dawn Chorus"

An Advent Devotional on the Wonder of Birds will be held on zoom, beginning on Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m.  This a joint study for Baldwinsville First and Pennellville UMC. There is no cost, but you must be registered to participate. Please sign up with your name and e-mail address in the dining room or office by Wednesday, November 23.  Songbirds know a thing or two about singing into darkness: in the wee hours of the morning, before the sun appears over the horizon, they begin a great symphony that scientists call the “dawn chorus.” Advent is the church’s dawn chorus. In this devotional designed for families of all shapes and sizes, we walk with scripture through the season’s four weeks of hope, peace, joy, and love, singing into shadows and looking to the light. A notice will be sent weekly with an agenda/study plan as well as some supplemental materials.

Children's Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, December 10, 2022,  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.     We welcome the following donations: Gift bags and tissue paper; Gifts for men, women, and children of all ages; We also need the help of all available “elves”! Please let us know if you can help in any of the following ways: Bake for the parent’s waiting room Coffee House (bring baked goods to the church by Friday, Dec. 9); "Man"

Eureka! Book Club

Eureka! Book Club for December ~ We will meet on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. 
We gather at 6:00 p.m. for anyone who wants to bring their meal and enjoy table fellowship. Our final book of 2022 is– Bright Evening Star: Mystery of Incarnation – Madeline L’Engle, the author of A Wrinkle In Time. Bright Evening Star provides a glimpse into the life stories of this prolific author and her encounters with God. With a foreword by John Tesh, L'Engle invites us on a spiritual adventure that leads to hope, joy, and a closer relationship with Jesus. "Christmas," says Madeleine L'Engle, "should be a time of awed silence." If you're looking for a unique and Christ-centered Christmas meditation, Bright Evening Star will be a rich and delightful discovery – year-round! (from Books are available on Kindle -- $10.99, Audiobook, 1 credit; Paperback, $16.00. Also check your local library.

Live Nativity

This year’s Live Nativity is a “Moving” Experience! 
Join us on Sunday, December 18 for a moving experience as our Nativity Characters journey through the village and make their way to the manger scene on the church’s property on Genesee Street. The Nativity begins outside at 2:00 p.m. At 3:00 p.m. you are invited inside for a Birthday celebration for Jesus that includes refreshments, music, and a pinata. This church and community celebration, which first started in 2008 at BFUMC, takes a lot of help. Please consider being part of this special event as we share the Christmas story with the B’ville community.

Family Christmas Eve Service

Our Family Christmas Eve Service  6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 24.  It is an interactive service in our multi-purpose room that brings the Christmas Story alive for all ages.