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 firstname.lastname@example.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.