December 2016  
Upcoming Events


Adult Sunday School
8:45 AM
in the library
Sunday Worship
10:00 AM
Nursery care provided for small children.
Please stay afterward for fellowship in Whyman Hall.
Fellowship Hour
11:15 AM
Whyman Hall
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
5:00 PM


ACA Group
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
upstairs class room


Prayer Group
10:30 AM
Prayer Shawl Ministry
11:30 AM
come knit or crochet!
Prayer Group
7:00 PM
please call the office at 223-1168 and confirm your attendance.
Chancel Choir Rehearsal
8:00 PM
Choir Room


Star Thru Squares Dancing
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Whyman Hall


Staff and Volunteer Meeting
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
AA Meeting
7:30 PM
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
AA Meeting
9:00 PM
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Please take a minute to browse its pages  -- read about our ministries, check out the photo albums, read or listen to a recent sermon, and get a sense of who we are here at First Church.

And then, why not pay us a visit?  Join us for worship.  Take advantage of opportunities for service, education and spiritual growth that will nurture you on your own unique journey of faith.

We are a community of Spirit-filled people who promise "Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors."

We look forward to welcoming you!


Read: Matthew 24:33-44

Key verses: 24:42 Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 24:43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 24:44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.


ADVENT is a word for people anticipating the arrival of someone, something or some event. Christian people, you know the type still believing that Christ came and is coming back again, are preparing for another church year that begins on November 27th in 2016. Christian churches are being decorated. Great decorative events might happen in local churches, such as hanging of the greens or the placing of the Advent wreath and candles in worship areas. Looming huge in my mind are the four Sundays of Advent Candle Lighting, when families participate delivering messages of Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace on respective Sundays. 

I recall as an acolyte lighting regular Sunday morning candles signifying the life of Jesus Christ as Lord among us. But, as an acolyte and son of the pastor, I never would be requested to light the Advent Candle. During the four Sundays of Advent, lighting of the Advent Candle was always designated for families of laity to ignite the celebrated coming of Christ in the birth of Jesus and the anticipated Parousia (second coming). 

Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace are the messages given through words said and Scriptures read signifying the coming fulfillment of promises delivered through the first arrival of Christ in the world. Purple Candles each Sunday of Advent with the option of using a Pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent, which emphases "JOY". The candles, placed in a circular wreath, surround the Christ Candle (white) placed in the center of the Advent Wreath. It sets a joyous environment for makings of the other traditions that are included in the observance of Advent and Christmas.Choirs are preparing special music selections remembering the coming of Christ or long-awaited second coming of Christ. Still, each year I ponder questions such as: What are you expecting during Advent? What might be the yearning within your heart? In the coming four weeks, before thoughts of the coming of Christmas ends on Christmas Eve, might we extend celebrating the birth of Jesus and anticipating the second entrance of Christ?

Trying hard not to be detracted by the emerging challenges in life, Christian pastors may give overtime attention to the developments within their communities that offer opportunities of making disciples of Jesus Christ. The first season of the Christian church calendar ushers in with acknowledgement of the longings within our hearts, while our minds are recalling the historic longings of Jews for the Messiah. In the midst of mental recollections, this preacher is recommending a serious exercise important to neuro-theological reflections on the historic journey of Jews and the adoption of gentles into the plan of salvation. Are you ready for the essential recommendation for enjoying the discoveries of meaning in cognitive processing what is going on in the world, our nation, and our Baldwin community? Are you ready to know what is important to do as we awaiting the second coming of Christ?

My serious recommendation in 2016 is for you to attend Sunday School, hear the Word proclaimed on Sunday mornings at First Church Baldwin United Methodist, fellowship with Spiritual Champions at our coffee hour, and then do the crazy thing as though we are super bowl winners each Sunday: Go to Disney! That is right; go enjoy a Disney movie, for instance: Moana. 

The tendency is to become too involved or not involved at all in learning the promises of God through the historical events from the Creation to the Crucifixion, when God, Church, and family fun is all above what God has already done good in the world for the people of God. God has given the gift of life eternal, so be happy for our hope, love, joy and peace is assured from the cradle into eternal celebration. 

Yes, Jesus Christ has been here, done that, and He is coming back again. On the in between of the Alpha and Omega...might we enjoy the show? I plan to show up in the fruitful congregation of Baldwin, then Marie and I gonna pray, then stay awake for the show. Christ is showing up; Jesus is soon to come. Ready for the grand appearance? Our hope is set on Jesus.

Come Lord Jesus, come!!!

Luonne Abram Rouse

Contact Us  
First Church Baldwin, UM
881 Merrick Road
Baldwin, New York 11510
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Phone 516 223 1168
Regular Schedule  
  • Office Hours Tuesday - Friday
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Adult Education
    8:45 AM
  • Children's Sunday School (Sept. - May)
    10:00 AM
  • Morning Worship (Nursery care for small children)
    10:00 AM
  • Group Study
    7:00 PM
  • Alcoholics Anonymous - 7:30 PM and 9:00 PM
  • Prayer Group
    9:15 AM
  • Choir Rehearsal
    8:00 PM
  • Alcoholics Anonymous - 7:30 PM and 9:00 PM
Accompanist for Music Ministry

Historic First Church Baldwin United Methodist is seeking an experienced accompanist to provide organ and piano music for a fruitful congregation, which ministry of music includes but is not limited  to: congregational hymns, choral anthems, and additional worship music. The accompanist may assist youth and children music groups or soloists who shall be participants in the worship experiences. This part-time accompanist will work closely with the Pastor and worship leaders to prepare for worship experiences. The ministry in music includes rehersals and personal practice time. The accompanist may work on average 5 hours a week beginning December, 2016 or immediately, if the accompanist is available and reach mutual agreement for the music in ministry. There will be time off as arranged and agreed upon with the Pastor during a period between start and July 1, 2017. The accompanist will be expected to play for two Christmas Eve services, Lenten Services, Good Friday, and other special services. Compensation will be negotiated and paid as agreed. A complete job description is available through the church office, call 516-223-1168 and make request to the church secretary.

An interest letter and a resume, including names and contact information of references. Submit application materials to:

Judy Hasloecher, Chairperson of SPRC: First Church Baldwin United Methodist, 881 Merrick Road, Baldwin, New York 11510

Submit electronic application materials to:

Application are being reviewed upon receipt immediately. Search shall remain open until the position is filled.

Rev. Dr. Luonne Abram Rouse, Lead Pastor

Worship at First Church Baldwin, UM, Sundays at 10:00 am

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