Lenten Service & Lunch Series ~ Fridays at BFUMC
Meditation at 12:05 in the Chapel; Lunch at 12:30 in the dining room.
Lenten Service & Lunch Series ~ Fridays at BFUMC
Christians often debate which holiday, Christmas or Easter, is more important. Without the religious underpinnings Christmas becomes just an excuse to give/get presents and Easter becomes the occasion to say “spring is here.” For me, Easter is the most important day of the year. It is a time to celebrate hope and remember that not even death could prevent God’s love from being victorious. If asked “What is the symbol of Easter?” one might answer “The Cross!” But the Cross reminds us of Christ’s death not his resurrection. An empty tomb most directly proclaims “Christ is risen” but honestly, we don’t see many empty tombs on Easter cards and in holiday (holy day) celebrations. Or do we?
The Safe Sanctuary Committee will offer Roamer Training on Sunday March 18, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. to review rule changes and provide orientation and refresher for existing and potential Roamers. We will offer pizza and salad at 5:30 p.m. for anyone who is interested in sharing in table fellowship before the meeting. We need two volunteers each worship service from 8:45 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. to serve as monitors in the downstairs hallways. Please let Lisa Kane (Secretary@bvillefirstumc.org ) or Rev. Hodge (Jhodge312@yahoo.com) know if you can attend.
Our Adult Discussion Group meets on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room with open, all-inclusive discussions. We begin with an ecumenical video and then share our views. All are welcome to join us. Facilitators are Ann Horan and Craig Barrett.
We invite anyone in the Baldwinsville area to our delicious, homecooked meal. October - May, please join us on the 2nd Thursday of the month, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., to socialize and eat.
During each Lenten season, the Sunday School classes organize a mission project. This year we will be collecting materials to be included in Hygiene Kits that UMCOR distributes in areas hit by natural disasters. This past year has seen an increase in the number of places UMCOR has helped, thus diminishing the supply of Hygiene Kits. We will be collecting the following supplies to be included in individual Kits, which will be assembled in April, immediately after Easter. Collection boxes will be placed in the entrances of the church. Please help make this Lenten Mission Project a success.
All items must be new:
1 Hand towel: 15x25 in. to 17x27 in. (Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable)
1 Toothbrush (Adult size only. Do not remove from original packaging)
By studying different authors, we strengthen our own beliefs. Our faith wants us to respect differences and as we ruminate over them we grow in our faith. N.T. Wright brings a different concept to us in his book "Simply Christian". He builds his premise around the idea that Heaven and earth at times over lap and that is where we find God. Consider joining the class that will be discussing this book on Wednesday mornings, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for 10 weeks beginning March 7. The cost of the course is $15 which includes the book. If you think you would like to join this class contact Jan Beall (315-635-1356). There is also a sign-up sheet in the office.
The next U.M.M. Breakfast is Saturday, March 17 at 8:30 a.m. in the church dining room.
Our next meeting is March 21, 2018 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; we meet in the church library; refreshments served.
Our Children’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. The actual egg hunt will begin at 9:40 a.m. (sharp) inside the church sanctuary. Children will find eggs hidden in the pews and aisles filled with small toys and others that they can be traded in at the candy prize table. Following the egg hunt, refreshments will be served in the dining room, and children can play games, make crafts, or visit with the bunny in the multipurpose room.
Eureka! Book Club ~ Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the church chapel. The book for March is “The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman. Dinner will be catered through a local establishment and the cost will be split among attendees. Please call the church office (315-635-6442) by noon on Friday, March 23, if you would like to attend. Copies of the book will be available in the church office to borrow.
This year Holy Maundy Thursday falls on March 29. Please plan on attending dinner at 5:30 PM followed by a 6:30 PM service (in the multi-purpose room). The service investigates the theme of listening deeply and remembering the last time Jesus ate with his disciples.
Children will be collecting food donations as you enter the Sanctuary. Needed in April: potted meat, vegetables & soup. Monetary donations are also gladly accepted.
Registration for 2018 Summer Programs is now open!
Visit campsandretreats.org/summer-camp-2018 to browse all of our 2018 summer programs and to register.
Don't forget to take advantage of our discounts: Early Bird - ($10 before May 1); Sibling - ($20 per camper); Refer-A-Friend - ($40 for the referring friend)
Our next gathering is on Thursday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. (Terry Miller, 315-409-4063)
Spring Rummage Sale will be here before we know it. Donation days are April 25 & 26; Sale days are April 27 & 28. Put a box in the corner of a room and start collecting things you no longer need - we will be glad to have them! Any questions, call Wayne Gilbert (638-4653) or Marlene Fredette (652-6989)
The U.M.W. Hannah-Sarah Circle will next meet on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel.