What’s Up Downstairs?

portrait of Sara Bailey

Sara Bai­ley, Direc­tor of Chris­t­ian Edu­ca­tion

by Sara Bai­ley, Direc­tor of Chris­t­ian Edu­ca­tion
Oper­a­tion Christ­mas Child update — box­es sent to Zam­bia and Liberia We tracked a box this year sent by our Sun­day School youth and found that it end­ed up in Zam­bia, Africa. 185,427 chil­dren will receive shoe­box gifts in Zam­bia this year. Praise God that more than 1,772,600 chil­dren have received a shoe­box since 1999, when Oper­a­tion Christ­mas child began dis­trib­ut­ing gifts here. Zam­bia is a South­ern African coun­try with a pop­u­la­tion of 14.6 mil­lion peo­ple. 46% of the pop­u­la­tion is 14 years old or younger. Our sec­ond box end­ed up in Liberia, a coun­try in North­west­ern Africa. 40,320 chil­dren will be receiv­ing gifts in this coun­try. Liberia has 4.1 mil­lion peo­ple. Please pray for every child receiv­ing Christ­mas box­es that they will receive Christ into their lives!

Sledding Party — Sunday, Jan. 25 2 to 4 p.m. at Longbranch Park

Sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall to ride the bus there or just meet us there at 2 p.m. All are wel­come so please invite fam­i­ly and friends to join us. Hot choco­late and snacks will be pro­vid­ed at the hill for all who would like some! *If rid­ing the bus, please meet at the church by 1:30 p.m.

Family Painting Party — Saturday, Feb. 28 1 to 4 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Learn how to paint a beau­ti­ful paint­ing and eat fun themed snacks at our paint­ing par­ty. All adults and chil­dren who would like to spend an after­noon paint­ing togeth­er are wel­come. Please sign up at the wel­come desk or Fel­low­ship Hall. All friends and fam­i­ly are wel­come so please invite oth­ers!

Vacation Bible School Call for volunteers to share your talents!

Last year we expe­ri­enced a short­age of vol­un­teers to run our VBS pro­gram and so we were unable to run it. If you are inter­est­ed in being a part of its revival in some form this year please con­tact me at sara.bailey@liverpoolfirstumc.org or 315–430-2768. If you have tal­ents that you would like to share with chil­dren, we would be blessed if you would give us time this sum­mer for VBS or Sun­day School. Tal­ents could be any­thing! Exam­ples might be cook­ing, art, sewing, wood­work­ing, sci­ence, nature, music, sports, _____ fill in the blank!

Five cents can make a difference!

Our church has an account at MSK Bot­tle & Can return (7871 Oswego Rd), to ben­e­fit our LIFE youth pro­gram. Any­one can deposit emp­ty con­tain­ers under the church name, to donate the return.