Pastor's Page

Last week I received an e-mail from The Upper Room regarding the outreach of its Living Prayer Center. Each day, hundreds of people request prayer by calling the Living Prayer Center's toll-free number 1-800-251-2468 (available 7 am - 11 pm EST) or they submit prayers through the website ( The phone lines are answered by Phone Volunteers who answer the call, pray with the caller, and forward the prayer concern to Prayer Partners for additional prayer. Nearly 800 people every day call for prayer support. You may be aware that at 6:15 p.m. on the second Friday of each month volunteers gather in our conference room to answer the Upper Room Living Prayer Center phone and respond to such requests for prayer. These volunteers and others from the congregation then receive a follow up e-mail with a summary of the prayer concerns so we might pray for them over the next days.

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!

Chanie Wenjack and more… “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”  James 3:17

Sometimes the “wisdom” that mankind follows in the name of Christianity seems mistaken, deceptive, and it certainly doesn’t follow the Jesus that I’m familiar with.   Today, I embarked on a lengthy unexpected journey– one of learning, sadness, prayer, and repentance.

I was struggling to write the monthly “Pastor Pix.” Obviously, the book I had chosen just wasn’t inspiring enough.  Then I ran an errand and on the way home I started listening to an NPR interview with Canadian author Joseph Boyden. 

Zimmerman News

We are supporting the work of United Methodist missionaries Dr. Mark and Deirdre Zimmerman in Kathmandu, Nepal with donations received in the amount of $1369.68 as of July 2016.  This is an increase of over 100% from last year’s donations. 

Election Day Food Booth & Pie Sale

Our church is a polling place for the upcoming election. The polls will be open on Tuesday, November 8, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The U.M.W., U.M.M. and the O.W.L.S. will be serving coffee, tea, hot chocolate, donuts, sandwiches, soup, chili, chowder, and pie. Whole pies will be for sale also. We need your help to make this successful.

If you can help for 2 hours or more, please sign-up during Fellowship Time or contact Betty Morrow.

Donations of pies are also welcome. Please help to show our neighbors what a wonderful church we have. Betty Morrow, 635-6228

Advent Class

“The Journey”
This 5-week study is based on a book and video by Alexander Hamilton. He takes material that we have all read or heard about and puts it in a fresh light. He mixes Jewish and Christian tradition dating as far back as the 2nd century and re-examines each character and what their journey means to us in modern times. We will meet on Wednesdays, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. beginning November 16 (we will not meet on November 23). Contact the office to reserve a book for $5 so you can be prepared for the first class. The class leader is Jan Beall.

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat will be held on Sunday, October 30, at 5:30 p.m., in the church parking lot; inside will be games and food. If you would like to participate in Trunk or Treat by providing treats in your trunk, please RSVP to Jackie Anderson.  Plan to arrive by 5:10 p.m., and plan for 120-150 children. Please consider offering some non-food items for those with food allergies. We also need bakers to provide desserts! If you can make cookies or cupcakes, please let Jackie Anderson know. Decorated cupcake liners will be provided for your use. Thank you!

U.M.W. Monthly Meetings

The next gathering of the U.M.W.'s Hannah-Sarah Circle is Wednesday, November 2 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel.

Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch to benefit the Baldwinsville FUMC Mission Fund on November 13, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, at Mohegan Manor, 58 Oswego St., Baldwinsville
To prepare fresh quantities and better serve, reservations are highly recommended. Call the church office at 635-6442 or sign-up after 9am worship in the dining room.
Coffee, Tea, Juice, Milk; Omelet to Order, Bacon, Sausage and Carved Meat; Antipasto table with Chef's Salads, Fruit, Cheeses, Meats...; Soup Table; Sushi and Bagels, Lox and Cream Cheese; Waffle and Fruit Station with various Berries, Banana, Syrup, Fresh Whipped Cream; Hot options include, Pasta, Greens, Potatoes...; Dessert Display
$23 adults ($10 donation to Mission); $15 Children 6-15 yrs. ($5 to Mission); Free under 5 (please request high chair or boosters with Reservation)

Grief Support Group

Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the church library.
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.  Refreshments served.

Safe Sanctuary Training

God calls us to make our churches safe places, protecting children and other vulnerable persons from abuse.  Unfortunately, high-profile cases have brought more awareness of how predators operate and the prevalence of this issue in our society.   As a response, there is increased public awareness, better law enforcement, and policies and training have been implemented in organizations to protect children and at-risk adults. 

The United Methodist Church is determined to do all that it can to assure that our church communities be safe for all people.  As a result, our church leaders, staff, and all persons who work with children, disabled, and seniors must undergo a background check and complete Safe Sanctuary Training through the Upper New York Annual Conference. 

O.W.L.S. Luncheon

Our next gathering is on Thursday, November 17 at 1:00 p.m. in the church dining room. Join us for a turkey dinner, catered by Vicki. Police Lieutenant Mike Lockwood will speak about senior awareness of frauds and scams.
Betty Morrow, 635-6228.

Eureka Book Club

Our next gathering is November 28 at 6:00 p.m.
The book for November is “O Great One: The Awesome Power of Recognition” by David Novak

“Eureka” will meet on:  Nov. 28, Dec. 21 (Wednesday), Jan. 23, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24, and May 22. 
Please let Rev. Walz know if you plan to participate.

Breakfast with Santa

Annual Community Breakfast with Santa Sponsored by Baldwinsville Nursery School
Saturday, December 3rd, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Start writing your list, mark your calendar, and plan to join us for this fun event. All you can eat menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, and beverages. There will also be crafts and fun activities for the children and of course a visit with Santa!!
Look for registration forms and a food donation tree in November. This helps with the food supplies needed for the breakfast. Donations are greatly appreciated.
All proceeds go to the Nursery School Scholarship Fund.Walk-ins are welcome. Hope you can join us. Please contact Julie Madden, 635-5723 with any questions. Best Wishes to all for a Blessed Holiday Season from the BNS Staff

Children's Christmas Bazaar

It’s not too early to start thinking about the Children’s Christmas Bazaar! It will be held on Saturday, December 10
This year the multi-purpose room will be transformed again into a “store” where children (up through grade 5) can shop in secret for Christmas presents for friends and family and have them wrapped. 
All items will cost 50c. But, we need items, new and gently used, for the children to purchase. We love homemade items too!
Some suggestions to get you thinking! Bookmarks, coasters, potholders, hot pads, table decorations, hats, scarves, mittens, placemats, napkins, eyeglass cases, mug rugs, wooden items…
Don’t forget the men – children want to buy for dads, grandpas, uncles too: key chains, handkerchiefs, ties, small tools, manicure sets, coffee mugs…
All items can be brought to the church office.