Announcements for Dec. 20

Christ­mas Eve Wor­ship

12:15 p.m. Lunchtime ser­vice with Holy Com­mu­nion

5   p.m. Wor­ship with Chil­dren’s Christ­mas Pageant

7   p.m. Can­dle­light Wor­ship

9   p.m. Can­dle­light Wor­ship

11 p.m. Can­dle­light Wor­ship with Holy Com­mu­nion

 

Bake Sale — today

Join us in Fel­low­ship Hall and pur­chase all kinds of Christ­mas good­ies. Shop ear­ly for the best selec­tion.

2016 Offer­ing Envelopes are avail­able for pick­up

Stop in Fel­low­ship Hall after today’s ser­vice and pick up your 2016 offer­ing envelopes.  They are arranged alpha­bet­i­cal­ly.  If you have a friend, neigh­bor or rel­a­tive who is not able to get their envelopes please take their envelopes to them. Using your num­bered envelopes helps to insure that your offer­ings are record­ed accu­rate­ly and direct­ed toward the funds you intend.

Christ­mas Eve invi­ta­tion cards

Have you invit­ed a friend to the Christ­mas Eve ser­vices with your post­cards yet?

Gifts for Baby Jesus

Dur­ing Advent 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 is in the foy­er for you to drop off dona­tions.

Advent wor­ship Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.

Take a break for wor­ship this Wednes­day evening. In con­trast with the Christ­mas music play­ing in stores, Bill Young will play Advent hymns on the organ. In con­trast with the con­sumer grat­i­fi­ca­tion lan­guage of our cul­ture, the Ser­vice of Word and Table IV will be used for the com­mu­nion litur­gy.

Renew your covenant – Jan. 3

You are invit­ed to a Covenant Ser­vice on the first Sun­day of 2016. Dur­ing the 9:30 and 11 a.m. wor­ship ser­vices, enter into a covenant in the Wes­leyan tra­di­tion. John Wes­ley encour­aged ear­ly Methodists to make a plan and a promise to fol­low God’s lead­ing in their lives. The ser­vice will offer time to com­mit to serv­ing God in every aspect of liv­ing – at church, home, school, work, play and else­where.

Dis­cov­er the Bible — study begins in Jan­u­ary

An eight-week dis­ci­ple­ship study, Dis­cov­er the Bible, begins the sec­ond week in Jan­u­ary. Dis­cus­sion groups will meet Sun­days at 11 a.m., and Wednes­days at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. This overview of the Bible helps par­tic­i­pants to bet­ter under­stand its con­tents and grow deep­er in their rela­tion­ship with Christ. Con­tact the church at 457‑5180 or lfumc@liverpoolfirstumc.org to sign up.

Dis­cov­ery Zone — Dec. 20

There will not be a Chil­dren’s Moment dur­ing the 9:30 a.m. ser­vice today; the chil­dren will stay in the Dis­cov­ery Zone. Sign your chil­dren into their Dis­cov­ery Zone class­es.

Chil­dren’s Christ­mas Eve Rehearsal, Car­ol­ing & Piz­za

All chil­dren who would like to par­tic­i­pate in the 5 p.m. Fam­i­ly Christ­mas Eve Ser­vice should attend a rehearsal in the sanc­tu­ary on today at 2:30 p.m. At the rehearsal, fam­i­lies are wel­come to join in car­ol­ing at Green­point (an oppor­tu­ni­ty for chil­dren to prac­tice the songs for the Christ­mas Eve ser­vice). We will return to the church at 4 p.m. for piz­za and fel­low­ship. The church bus will be avail­able for those who need trans­porta­tion to Green­point. Call Karen Gloyd at 457‑5180 with ques­tions.

Dis­cov­ery Zone Heifer Project

Dis­cov­ery Zone is sup­port­ing a Heifer Project. The chil­dren are col­lect­ing mon­ey so they can donate baby chicks to help fam­i­lies strug­gling to sur­vive. Every $20 that Dis­cov­ery Zone rais­es will pur­chase a flock of chicks and train­ing for a fam­i­ly, pro­vid­ing food and income for years to come. This is a gift that con­tin­ues to give! If you would like to donate $1, find a child today and let them know you would like to donate to their project!

 Light a light 

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 mis­sion trip to Red Bird Mis­sion in Ken­tucky.

View lights dis­play from the church bus

The Out­reach and Mis­sions Com­mis­sion is host­ing bus rides through Lights on the Lake on Mon­days, 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

Pro­vide 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. The Coun­ty Social Ser­vices Agency also needs dia­pers, paci­fi­cers & bot­tles. Dona­tions may be left in the Project Christi­na box in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Great Last Minute Christ­mas Gifts

Stop in Fel­low­ship Hall after today’s ser­vice and look at the long sleeve den­im shirts embroi­dered with our church logo that the Unit­ed Methodist Men are sell­ing.  They’re only $20, and all pro­ceeds will go towards the med­ical school schol­ar­ship for the Hait­ian stu­dent our men are sup­port­ing.

Con­fir­ma­tion Infor­ma­tion  Meet­ing — Jan. 6

Are a par­ent of a child age 13 years or old­er and believe he/she is ready for a Con­fir­ma­tion expe­ri­ence?  Liv­er­pool First will part­ner with the Syra­cuse Church to offer a Con­fir­ma­tion pro­gram. An infor­ma­tion­al meet­ing will be held on Jan. 6. Con­fir­ma­tion is an intense time for study of the Chris­t­ian faith and requires a sig­nif­i­cant invest­ment of par­tic­i­pa­tion that will lead them to a place where they will define their beliefs and be giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to com­mit them­selves to Christ and active mem­ber­ship in the Church. They will study, dis­cuss faith issues, and attend road trip expe­ri­ences. Youth who have pre­vi­ous­ly com­plet­ed Con­fir­ma­tion may par­tic­i­pate as Youth Men­tors. We are also plan­ning anoth­er Con­fir­ma­tion expe­ri­ence in the autumn of 2016.

Win­ter Delta Son­ic BOGO coupons for sale

Just in time for Christ­mas giv­ing and the win­ter dri­ving sea­son, the Din­ner/­Fund-rais­ing Com­mit­tee is sell­ing $5 coupons for basic Delta Son­ic car wash­es. The Delta Deal is buy one, get one FREE. Good for 2 months (Dec-Jan) at any Delta Son­ic in NY, as well as Penn­syl­va­nia and Illi­nois, and up-grad­able toward any Delta ser­vice. They make great stock­ing stuffers and thank-you gifts.

 

Pick up a devo­tion­al from the Soci­ety of St. Andrew

The wait­ing is almost over! Christ­mas is near­ly here. I chal­lenge you, between now and then, to reflect on the time and love that has gone into gifts that are beneath your tree. How great a love is that? Remem­ber our love is only a dim reflec­tion of God’s abun­dant love for us! This week, put a coin in your coin box for Soci­ety of St. Andrew for every hug you give or receive.

UMC Mar­ket — shop­ping to sup­port our church

UMC Mar­ket is an online buy­ing pro­gram of the nation­al Unit­ed Methodist Church that gen­er­ates dona­tions to our church when you make online pur­chas­es from par­tic­i­pat­ing mer­chants. It costs you noth­ing. You get the best pric­ing from mer­chants, and the mer­chants donate a per­cent­age of your pur­chase to Liv­er­pool First. This includes trav­el, shop­ping and, ser­vices of all kinds — thou­sands of choic­es. Stop in Fel­low­ship Hall and see demon­stra­tions.

Free Ham din­ner

The Open Table — a free month­ly com­mu­ni­ty meal (no strings attached) — will be served Sun­day Dec. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Epis­co­pal Church on Vine Street in Liv­er­pool. All are wel­come. This mon­th’s menu is a ham din­ner.