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. 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. Small group opportunities to discuss the Biblical values portrayed in the film will meet during Advent. Mix and match discussion groups according to your schedule and availability:
11 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Nov. 18
11 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sundays beginning Nov. 29,
2 p.m. Mondays beginning Nov. 30,
7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Nov. 24 at Virginia Tilden’s home
Each session includes a video clip from the film and questions focused on the Biblical principles of Goodness, Godliness, Prayer, and Miracles. Sign up in Fellowship Hall or register at the movie night.
Thanksgiving basket for a family in need
To help provide Thanksgiving meals for families in Syracuse who are struggling financially, we will be collecting food to be delivered to our neighbors through Brown Memorial UMC. Sign up sheets are in Fellowship Hall; please bring in foods by November 22. Thank you!
Extending the Communion Table
On Sunday, Nov 29, we will celebrate Holy Communion in our worship services. Volunteers are needed to take communion to our members who are not able to attend. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall after worship if you can assist in delivering communion. And, please be sure to sign the cards that will be delivered to our housebound members.
Ingathering of Food for Local Food Pantry Next Sunday
Please take home a bag as a reminder to bring canned goods/non-perishable food items to church next Sunday for donation to the Food Pantry at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. We will bring the harvest forward during the first hymn.
Family Breakfast is Saturday, Dec. 5
Begin the Advent season with a free family breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8:30 — 10 a.m. The menu includes homemade French toast, sausage, orange juice, milk, and beverages. There will be Nativity crafts for children, tree decorating, and you can have your picture taken with Santa. Please sign your family up in Fellowship Hall.
For those attending the Dec. 14 Merry Go Round Playhouse production of “Forever Plaid” please note that there are no refunds. If you are unable to attend, please check the flyer on our table in Fellowship Hall for names of people who would like to go, and contact them and have them reimburse you.
Support foster children through Project Christina
Sarah Bieling, a member of our congregation, coordinates “Project Christina”, which supports Onondaga County Social Services Foster Care Agency by providing stuffed toys and reusable shopping bags to children who must be removed from their homes. Consider purchasing a $5 stuffed animal from the Kohl’s Care for Kids program. Social Services also needs diapers, pacificers & bottles. Donations may be left in the Project Christina box in Fellowship Hall. For those who have contributed, there is a thank you letter from Social Services that can be used for tax purposes.
All women invited to Olivebranch Nov. 23
Olivebranch, a group of Liverpool first women, meets Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m. for appetizers, then dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. Colleen Bland, community business development manager at Barnes and Noble, will present “Curl up With a Good Book”. Discover new fiction and nonfiction best reads for winter time or gift giving and tips on new technology for reading. Examples will be for sale. The cost is $5 for the catered dinner. Call Pat Cupernall at 457‑6730 for reservations.
Women’s Advent Wreath Craft
Nov. 22, 2 — 4 p.m.
Women of all ages: Gather for an inter-generational afternoon of creativity as you create an advent wreath for your home while enjoying coffee, dessert, and fellowship with other women at LFUMC. Come alone or bring a friend. R.S.V.P. to Melissa Cornell at email@example.com or by calling/texting 491‑6362. Today is the last day to sign up.
Ecumenical Memorial Service — Dec. 4 at LFUMC
In the midst of this “most wonderful time of the year,” many of us feel the absence of our deceased loved ones more acutely. All are welcome to participate in this time of acknowledging our grief and cherishing the memories of those who have passed away. This annual service, which is followed by a reception, is sponsored by Maurer’s Funeral Home and the Liverpool Clergy Association.
Upcoming events for children & families
Dec. 5: Breakfast with Santa 8:30 — 10 a.m.
Dec. 12: Parents Night Out 4 — 7 p.m.
Dec. 20: Caroling at Greenpoint time TBA
Dec. 24: Family Christmas Eve Service 5 p.m.
Jan. 31: Family Sledding 2 – 4 p.m.
Details and more events to be announced, keep an eye on your bulletin!
We need volunteers to become a part of the children’s ministry. Volunteer monthly, weekly or occasionally. Every minute you give matters in the life of a child! Exciting changes are taking place in Discovery Zone, from new curriculum and new faces to the preparation of a new infant nursery!
Hearing enhancement devices are available
The new hearing enhancement devices, which some of you have been using for the past few weeks, were given in loving memory of Warren Tilden by his family and friends. If you haven’t had a chance to try one of those devices, ask an usher to assist you in finding the best one to make your worship experience one you can enjoy more fully.
Red Bird Mission Trip 2016
Will you join the April 23–30, 2016 Service Trip to Red Bird Mission in Kentucky? The Dec. 1 deadline is fast approaching! The cost per person is approximately $550 for the week long trip. This includes transportation, meals, lodging, and all materials. A nonrefundable $75 deposit will secure your space on the bus. After Dec. 1, the deposit required will be $100 per person. Contact Mike Nortman (firstname.lastname@example.org) now if you are interested.
Thank you for your cards and prayers during the time of my hip replacement surgery and recovery. I certainly felt your prayers, and often told people I was doing well because so many great people were praying for me. Thank God for you. God bless you, Candace Lawrence
State of the church
We owe $19,000 to shared ministries, $15,000 to Trustees for mortgage and debt reduction.
$8,307 needed weekly.
$5,160.50 received 11/8
$ 630.00 Thanksgiving offering to date
Leading Worship Course — begins Nov. 23
Advanced Course for Lay Servants, “Leading Worship” will be held on four Mondays, Nov. 23 — Dec. 14, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Manlius UMC. This course will focus on basic worship leadership skills. If interested, contact Pastor Joseph Kim at email@example.com; church office (315–682-8021); cell (315–530-8568) for information.
Communion Service Offered During Advent
A traditional communion service will be offered on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning Dec. 2, including Holy Communion, in the sanctuary. In contrast with the Christmas music playing in shopping centers, Bill Young will play Advent hymns on the organ. In contrast with the consumer gratification language of our consumer culture the Service of Word and Table IV will be used for the communion liturgy. To participate as a greeter, candle-lighter, or reader, please contact the church office (457‑5180).