Announcements for Nov. 1

New com­ers class — today at 11 a.m. 

What does it mean to be a Unit­ed Methodist? Grab cof­fee and join a dis­cus­sion in the Con­fer­ence Room. Learn about the mean­ing of bap­tism, com­mu­nion, mem­ber­ship, or the Unit­ed Methodist “method” of fol­low­ing Jesus. New­com­ers and per­sons con­sid­er­ing join­ing are espe­cial­ly encour­aged to attend. For infor­ma­tion con­tact Pas­tor Ali­son at 457‑5180.

Quilt auc­tion sup­ports prayer quilt min­istry

Today the Prayer Quilt Min­istry will hold a silent auc­tion after each ser­vice for a child’s quilt. The quilt will be dis­played in Fel­low­ship Hall along with forms to record your bid. Open­ing bid is $35. Dona­tions for the quilt will be used to pur­chase quilt­ing sup­plies.

            Safe Sanc­tu­ary

Safe Sanc­tu­ary Train­ing will be offered at Bald­winsville First Unit­ed Methodist church Nov. 14 from 9 until noon.  If you work with chil­dren and/or seniors, teach, vol­un­teer, or sub­sti­tute on occa­sion, or are in a lead­er­ship posi­tion, and have not already com­plet­ed Safe Sanc­tu­ary Train­ing, please con­tact the church office at 457‑5180.

Cor­rect­ed Dates For Olive­branch

Nov. 23-Curl Up With a Good Book

Dec. 14-Tra­di­tion­al  Can­dle­light Nativ­i­ty Sto­ry

Jan 25-Next 10 Months in Polit­i­cal Process, Wom­en’s Issues and Con­cerns

Pas­ta Din­ner  

Tues­day, Nov. 3

 5 — 7 p.m. 

Menu:

Pas­ta and sauce (meat & meat­less)

Tossed sal­ad & dress­ings

Ital­ian bread & but­ter

Dessert

Bev­er­age

A free-will offer­ing will be accept­ed to sup­port the church team mis­sion trip to the Red Bird Mis­sion in rur­al Appalachia.

             Pan­cakes Are Com­ing

The Liv­er­pool Unit­ed Methodist Men will hold one of their famous pan­cake break­fasts on Sun­day, Nov. 15th.  Break­fast will be served from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and will con­sist of all-you-can-eat pan­cakes, sausages, apple sauce and bev­er­ages.  A free-will offer­ing will be col­lect­ed to sup­port our church’s oper­a­tions and min­istries.

Young Life fund rais­er

Join us on Fri­day, Nov. 13, for a hot gourmet soup din­ner and a live con­cert by the Har­mo­ny Katz. A dona­tion of $10 for the meal and con­cert sup­ports the Young Life pro­gram — a Chris­t­ian fel­low­ship group for teenagers. The Har­mo­ny Katz bar­ber­shop cho­rus of near­ly 50 men per­forms in many Syra­cuse con­certs to sup­port char­i­ties such as the Food Bank of Cen­tral New York, assist­ed liv­ing homes, and area church­es, as well as  Young Life. For infor­ma­tion call the church at 457‑5180.

Sup­port fos­ter chil­dren through Project Christi­na

Sarah Biel­ing coor­di­nates “Project Christi­na” with the Ononda­ga Coun­ty Social Ser­vices Fos­ter Care Agency, pro­vid­ing stuffed toys and reusable shop­ping bags to chil­dren who must move out of their homes. Con­sid­er pur­chas­ing $5 stuffed ani­mals from the Kohl’s Cares for Kids pro­gram; the $5 sup­ports Golisano Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal at Upstate. Social Ser­vices also needs dia­pers, paci­fiers, and bot­tles. Dona­tions may be left in the Project Christi­na box in Fel­low­ship Hall.

It is a Won­der­ful Life!

The Christ­mas clas­sic “It’s a Won­der­ful Life,” star­ring Jim­my Stew­art and Don­na Reed, is the focus for our Advent Study dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son. Our adven­ture starts with a Movie Night on Sat­ur­day, Nov. 21, when we will present the movie in the down­stairs Wor­ship Cen­ter at 6 p.m., and serve pop­corn and oth­er refresh­ments.

Sev­er­al small group oppor­tu­ni­ties to dis­cuss the Bib­li­cal val­ues relat­ed in the film will meet dur­ing the four weeks of Advent.

Take your pick of dis­cus­sion groups and mix and match accord­ing to your sched­ule and avail­abil­i­ty. Study groups will meet …

 

11 a.m. on Wednes­days begin­ning Nov. 23

11 a.m.  & 5 p.m. on Sun­days begin­ning Nov. 29,

2 p.m. on Mon­days begin­ning Nov. 30,

Each study will include a video clip from the film and ques­tions from a work­book pro­duced by Stephen Skel­ton of Enter­tain­ment Min­istries. Ques­tions focus on the Bib­li­cal prin­ci­ples of Good­ness, God­li­ness, Prayer, and Mir­a­cles. Reg­is­ter for the study and pick up work­books at the movie night, or by con­tact­ing the church at 457‑5180.

Red Bird Mis­sion Trip 2016

April 23 — 30       Join us. Sign up now through Dec. 1 and the reg­is­tra­tion fee is $75. From Dec. 1 through the dead­line of Dec. 15, the fee is $100. We hope to have about 20 peo­ple go with us. Youth, 14 or old­er (14–15 need to be accom­pa­nied by an adult) are wel­come. If you are inter­est­ed, let us know and we will give you all the infor­ma­tion you need (call the church at 457‑5180).

Vol­un­teers need­ed

Elder­wood at Birch­wood needs pas­toral vis­i­tors, approx­i­mate­ly 2 hours per week, for vis­i­ta­tion and prayer. If inter­est­ed please con­tact Pas­tor Pen­ny, Chap­lain, at 278‑4937.

Sewing machines and mate­ri­als need­ed

Dona­tions of sewing machines, fab­ric, thread, notions etc. are need­ed for a Women Tran­scend­ing Bound­aries pro­gram enter­ing its sixth year, Sewing With Refugees. After com­plet­ing their class­es, each refugee is giv­en a sewing machine, mate­r­i­al and notions. Any ques­tions, call Jen­nifer at 633‑2817.

 

State of the church

We owe $19,000 to shared min­istries, $15,000 to Trustees for mort­gage and debt reduc­tion.

$8,307 need­ed week­ly.

$4,399.50 received 10/25

Basic Lay Ser­vant Course — begin­ning Nov.  14

Train­ing will be held on two Sat­ur­days, Nov. 14 and 21, at First UMC, Oswego, 7111 State Route 104, Oswego, NY 13126 from 9:45 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Lay Ser­vant Min­istries offer peo­ple a vari­ety of oppor­tu­ni­ties to serve God and neigh­bor. If you are inter­est­ed in this course, please con­tact Pas­tor Joseph Kim (an instruc­tor) at jkim1107@gmail.com; church office (315–682-8021); cell (315–530-8568); or First UMC, Oswego (315–343-6335) for infor­ma­tion.

Lead­ing Wor­ship — begin­ning Nov. 23

Advanced Course for Lay Ser­vants, “Lead­ing Wor­ship” will be held on four Mon­days, from Nov. 23 through Dec. 14, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Man­lius UMC, 111 Wes­ley Street in Man­lius. This course will focus on basic wor­ship lead­er­ship skills. If inter­est­ed, con­tact Pas­tor Joseph Kim at jkim1107@gmail.com; church office (315–682-8021); cell (315–530-8568) for infor­ma­tion.