Worship at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in December
Take a break for midweek worship on Wednesday evenings beginning Dec. 2. 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).
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.
11 a.m. Wednesdays (began Nov. 18)
11 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sundays beginning today
2 p.m. Mondays beginning Nov. 30
7 p.m. Tuesdays (began 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 call 457‑5180.
Candlelight remembrance service
Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
You and your family and friends are invited to participate in this time of remembering loved ones who have passed away, and thanking God for the gift of their lives. This annual service is sponsored by Maurer Funeral Home and the Liverpool Clergy Association. Liverpool First UMC is the host this year, and we need cookies for a reception following the service. Please sign up in Fellowship Hall if you can assist.
Gifts for Baby Jesus
During Advent and Christmas, the UMW collects items for the Teen MOPS participants who meet in our building. They need diapers, baby wipes, gas cards and toiletries for the young mothers and their children. A bin will be in the foyer for you to drop off donations.
Pick up a devotional
from the Society of St. Andrew
Sometimes when we walk out of the sanctuary after worship, it’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness and consumer culture the rest of the world tells us is important. This is never more true than in the weeks leading up to Christmas! This Advent, take time to focus on what really matters — the birth of Jesus, our great God coming to us in frail human flesh, as a tiny baby in Bethlehem. If you haven’t done so yet, pick up your copy of the devotional booklet, My Soul Magnifies the Lord this morning. Use the daily readings, reflections, and prayers to prepare your heart for the coming of the Christ-child, and commit to set aside a small gift each day during Advent that will be used by Society of St. Andrew to provide healthy food for hungry people in this country.
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 3 — 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 24: Family Christmas Eve Service 5 p.m.
Jan. 31: Family Sledding 2 — 4 p.m.
We need volunteers to become a part of the children’s ministry. Volunteer monthly, weekly or occasionally. Every minute you give matters to a child! Exciting changes are taking place in Discovery Zone, from new curriculum and new faces to the preparation of a new infant nursery!
Light a light to support mission work at Red Bird
Would you like to honor or remember a loved one this Christmas? Help light the church bell gazebo with Love Lights. An offering of any amount may be placed in envelopes marked Love Lights that are located in the sanctuary pew racks, and placed in the offering plate. Contributions support the April 2016 church mission team work trip to Red Bird Mission in Kentucky.
LIFE Youth Ministry
L.I.F.E. (Live In Faith Everyday), Liverpool’s ministry with teens, meets most Fridays at 6:30 p.m. for worship, followed by games, planning, and food. For information contact Pastor B at 457‑5180. Bottle Collection — Drop off returnable bottles and cans at church to support the youth ministry, or bring them to MSK Bottle Return on Rt. 57 near Wetzel Rd. for the Liverpool Methodist Youth account.
View lights display from the church bus
The Outreach and Missions Commission is hosting bus rides through Lights on the Lake on Monday evenings, now through Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy hot chocolate in Fellowship Hall too. The ride is no charge, however a donation is accepted for the ride or for gas money. Sign up in Fellowship Hall. Arrive early, as the bus leaves promptly at 6:30 p.m. If you need to cancel, notify the church staff at 457‑5180 before 3 p.m. on the day of the ride.
Support foster children through Project Christina
“Project Christina” supports the 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. There is a thank you letter from Social Services that can be used for tax purposes.
Want to receive church news by email?
The church newsletter, now published five times a year, can be emailed to you as a pdf document, approximately a week earlier than the printed copy is available. If you would like to receive church news this way, please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 457‑5180. This saves on printing and mailing costs, and gets news to you more quickly.