Announcements for Nov. 29

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 lfumc@liverpoolfirstumc.org  or call the church office at 457‑5180. This saves on print­ing and mail­ing costs, and gets news to you more quick­ly.