Commitment Sunday — May 17
Commitment Sunday is when we ask our church members and families to prayerfully submit an “estimate of giving” for the coming year. The Finance Committee is preparing a church Operating Budget for the period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, and your estimates of giving will be used to work toward a balanced budget that provides financial resources that our congregation and community benefit from. The final version of the budget will be submitted for congregational approval at the Sunday June 14th Charge Conference. At present the total expenses are in the range of $450,000. The Stewardship Committee, in collaboration with the Finance Committee, has set the following goals for the current campaign: Commitments toward the Operating Budget- 230. Dollars Committed toward the Operating Budget- $320,000 Commitments toward the Building/Mortgage Fund-160. Dollars committed toward the Building/Mortgage Fund — $80,000. The suggested split for your offerings is 80% to the Operating Budget and 20% to the Building/Mortgage Fund, but you are free to designate your offerings as you wish.
Graduates — share your news with us!
Each year in the summer issue of the church newsletter, All of Us, we recognize the members of our church family that have graduated. If you would like us to announce your graduation, please provide the following information by June 7: your name, the name of the school that you graduated from, your parent’s names, your future plans (college, career, etc.), and any honors or awards that you would like to mention. Also, please drop off or email a photo to Kate Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Call Kate at the church, 457‑5180.
“Christmas in July” Drama Camp at LFUMC
July 20 — 24 6 to 8 p.m.
Dinner for families and volunteers at 5:30 p.m. every night
• Friday dress rehearsal with early dismissal at 7 p.m.
• Sunday 11 a.m. performance in Sanctuary
For children ages Pre‑K through 6th grade
Older youth are welcome to help as Junior Counselors
We will create a drama performance with options to sing, act, or create scenery while taking a deeper look at the Christmas story. We will sing and dance and create VBS style. It will be a blast!
Weird Animals Vacation Bible School
Sundays at 9:30 a.m. ALL summer!
Every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. we will gather to learn about God in VBS style! Invite friends to come and celebrate with music, games, science, and other fun activities.
Church-Wide Picnic June 7
After the 9:30 a.m. service on June 7th, all are welcome to grab food and fellowship together as we celebrate a wonderful year of faith development and friendship among our youth, families, and volunteers. Food will be served inside Fellowship Hall and games and face painting will be happening outside for kids. Feel free to bring a plate outside to a picnic table! This celebration is for everyone and we would love it if all joined in to celebrate our youth and thank our volunteers.
Bring Flowers to Honor loved ones on May 24
Remember to honor loved ones or persons who have served or are serving in any branch of military service by bringing a flowers to add to a Memorial Day bouquet on Sunday, May 24. These bouquets will be made into smaller arrangements for delivery to our home-bound members. Please sign up in Fellowship Hall if you or your family can deliver flowers to a member at their home during the week of May 24.
Senior Ministries Update
May 16th Sherwood Inn/Skaneateles Cruise SOLD OUT.…
For those of you who are attending the Saturday, May 16th Sherwood Inn luncheon and cruise: everyone is providing their own transportation and arriving at the Sherwood Inn at 11:45. Parking is either behind the Sherwood or on the street. Help yourself to a map of the downtown area which will be on our table in Fellowship Hall.
June 26th Dixie Land Dinner Cruise 1 seat available
July 1st Cortland Repertory Theater “1776” SOLD OUT
August 5th River Rat Luncheon Cruise SOLD OUT
September 18th Glenora Winery Tour 8 seats available
to make a reservation call 695‑6696
An additional luncheon cruise will be added in August to Canandaigua Lake — watch for details. Please check out the Senior Ministries table for new sign up instructions.
Olivebranch will meet May 18 starting with punch and appetizers at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The program will be a presentation by Erin Yeager from McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center. Her subject will be Sex Trafficking. Please call Pat Cupernall at 457‑6730 to make a reservation no later than Sunday, May 17. All are welcome to attend for dinner and/or just the presentation.
Bottle Collection supports youth ministries
We are collecting returnable bottles and cans to support the youth ministries here at Liverpool First UMC.
90 Volunteers Needed for 19th Annual BBQ
To avoid people having to cover multiple shifts, please look over the volunteer sign-up sheets posted in Fellowship Hall today to see where you might donate 2–3 hours of your time. Coverage on Thursday evening, Friday morning, and all day Saturday are critical for this biggest fund-raiser of the year.
Waters of Repentance
May Justice Flow Down Like Water: Bring an ounce of Water to Worship on May 24. The Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) of the Upper New York Conference has invited each church in our Upper NY Conference area to bring a contribution of water to a Worship Service of Repentance and Reconciliation at 7 p.m. in the OnCenter on Wednesday, May 27. Waters drawn from lakes, streams, rivers, and ponds across NY state will be combined as a symbol of water that has nurtured both indigenous and immigrant people within the United Methodist church, though we have not always recognized our unity. Liverpool First will collect and bless contributions of water at all services on May 24. A sample of our collected water will be carried to the Annual Conference by our Lay Members of Annual Conference, Pat Cupernall and Kay Phillips. Everyone is invited to attend the Service of Repentance and Reconciliation.
Preparing the packets for the 1,800 members that attend the Upper New York Annual Conference session is a large undertaking. The Conference is looking for volunteers to help prepare the packets the week of May 18–22. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the third floor conference room at the Conference Office in Syracuse. To volunteer or for more information, contact Julie Valeski, administrative assistant to Benefits and Finance, at (315) 424‑7878 or JulieValeski@unyumc.org.