Announcements for September 4, 2016

Senior Min­istries Upcom­ing Events

For those attend­ing the Sep­tem­ber 8 trip to Cort­land Reper­to­ry The­ater, arrive at church at 11 a.m. for lunch. The bus departs at 12:15 to arrive in Cort­land at 1 p.m.  The musi­cal is from 2–4 pm with arrival back atL­FUMC at 5:45 p.m.

A new event has been added: Din­ner at Ichiban Japan­ese Steak­house on Wednes­day, Octo­ber 26. Meet there at 6:15 p.m. for din­ner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per per­son. See fly­er in Fel­low­ship Hall for infor­ma­tion.

Sup­port fos­ter chil­dren through Project Christi­na

The num­ber of chil­dren being placed into fos­ter care is now the high­est in many years. Social work­ers give toys from Project Christi­na to these chil­dren when they are removed from their homes. It gives the chil­dren some­thing to hold on to dur­ing this trau­mat­ic expe­ri­ence. If you would like to help ease the pain of a child, please place a stuffed toy in the box in Fel­low­ship Hall. Deliv­er­ies are made every few months. Thank you for mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

Join one of our four Choirs!

Adult Chan­cel Choir 

Chan­cel Choir returns for wor­ship on Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 11, with the first rehearsal on Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 8, at 7 p.m. If you would like to be a part of the choir, con­tact Direc­tor of Music, Nan­cy B. James, at or at 256‑7509. It helps if you can read music, but even if you can’t, all are wel­come!

Spir­it Singers Chil­dren’s Choir to rehearse at 8:45 a.m. on Sun­days

NEW TIME for the Spir­it Singers Choir rehearsal this Fall will be from 8:45–9:15 a.m. on Sun­days, begin­ning Sep­tem­ber 11. We are blessed to have a won­der­ful choir for our chil­dren and need enough time to ade­quate­ly rehearse. We hope that par­ents and chil­dren will be will­ing to make this com­mit­ment to their chil­dren’s musi­cal wor­ship expe­ri­ence!

Alleluia Choir (5th — 12th graders) wel­comes new mem­bers

Join the Alleluia Choir and sing praise to God. Week­ly rehearsals start Sun­day, Sept. 25 from 12:30 — 1:30 p.m. in the choir room. For infor­ma­tion, call Direc­tor Kathy Nort­man at 744‑4448.

Bell choir rehersal starts Sep­tem­ber 8 at 6 p.m.

Any­one may join the Bell Choir — even if you have not played an instru­ment before.

Save Octo­ber 15 for a Wom­en’s Bible Study and  Break­fast

Women are invit­ed to attend a Women of the Bible break­fast at the church on Octo­ber 15. Enjoy a buf­fet, fel­low­ship, and learn about Phoebe — one of the many influ­en­tial women of the Bible.


“Brady Bread” sup­ports two local pro­grams

Do you like home­made cin­na­mon raisin bread? Do you believe in jail min­istry? Do you believe in help­ing the home­less? If you answered yes to any of these ques­tions, then look for “Brady Bread” at our church this fall. Pur­chase a loaf of home­made cin­na­mon raisin bread for $3, and the pro­ceeds help inmates in the Ononda­ga Coun­ty Jus­tice Cen­ter and their fam­i­lies, or “Ped­al for Pos­si­bil­i­ties” that helps home­less peo­ple earn a bike, hel­met, and a lock to pro­vide them with trans­porta­tion, exer­cise and com­mu­ni­ty.

What is Teen MOPS?

Please look at the sign-up sheet and expla­na­tion on the board in Fel­low­ship Hall. Help to make a dif­fer­ence in a young fam­i­ly’s life.

Help pro­vide house­wares to refugees

This year the Refugee Reset­tle­ment pro­gram from Inter­faith Works in Syra­cuse has wel­comed 600 new Amer­i­cans. In the next few months they antic­i­pate an addi­tion­al 200 from Soma­lia, the Con­go, Syr­ia and Iraq. Help is need­ed to set up house­holds. Look for an arti­cle in the autumn All of Us list­ing things need­ed and where to put them; or see the poster on the church Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter bul­letin board.


Sup­port the Ride for Miss­ing Chil­dren, Sep­tem­ber 16

The Syra­cuse Ride for Miss­ing Chil­dren is Sep­tem­ber 16. 150 or so bicy­cle rid­ers will ride 100 miles through cen­tral New York to raise mon­ey and aware­ness for the plight of miss­ing and exploit­ed chil­dren. Each rid­er must raise $300 that is used in our area for edu­ca­tion, aware­ness and recov­ery. Liv­er­pool First Unit­ed Methodist church has made a com­mit­ment to help, pro­vid­ing the church bus for a SAG wag­on (for rid­ers that can­not not fin­ish a sec­tion in time). Bill Mann will dri­ve the bus. We will also help clean up at the CNY Fam­i­ly Sports Cen­ter on Fri­day night. Please sign up on the sheet post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall if you can help. The route will be post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall so peo­ple can see where rid­ers will be. We also have a few peo­ple that will ride in the event, so if you can­not help in oth­er ways, please donate to this cause. Pro­ceeds sup­port the Nation­al Cen­ter for Miss­ing and Exploit­ed Chil­dren. Infor­ma­tion can be found at

A Tiny Home For Good — work day planned Octo­ber 1

Church vol­un­teers will help at the Syra­cuse build­ing site of A Tiny Home for Good on Octo­ber 1. Sign up on the sheet post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall to help pro­vide hous­ing for the home­less.

The Greater Syra­cuse CROP Walk is Octo­ber 2

The CROP Walk will be Sun­day, Octo­ber 2, start­ing from Wil­low Bay at 1 p.m. Make a dif­fer­ence fight­ing hunger in our com­mu­ni­ty as well as world­wide. Reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able online at  We are pro­vid­ing soup and chili. We need help prepar­ing that, and the CROP Walk needs vol­un­teers as well. Sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall. If you can’t vol­un­teer, walk; if you can’t walk, donate.

Church Greet­ing Card Min­istry

Mem­ber­care Com­mis­sion offers a card min­istry to encour­age mem­bers to send greet­ings to shut-ins and to friends and mem­bers on spe­cial occa­sions. The cards are free – take as many as you can use. They are sort­ed by Birth­day, Get Well, Thank You, and Think­ing of You cat­e­gories and are in a box on the Library table.

Hear­ing enhance­ment devices are avail­able

We pro­vide hear­ing enhance­ment devices for use in the sanc­tu­ary. If you haven’t had a chance to try one, ask an ush­er to assist you in find­ing the best one to make your wor­ship expe­ri­ence one you can enjoy more ful­ly.

Jane Axtmann has moved

Jane Axtmann has moved to The Cross­ings in Minoa, 217 East Avenue, Minoa NY 13116. She would love to hear from you or have you vis­it. She is as live­ly as ever at 99!

Olive­branch Wom­en’s Group Sep­tem­ber 26

Olive­branch Wom­en’s Group’s Sep­tem­ber 26 pro­gram is all about being on point. And that’s what On Point does — it removes bar­ri­ers that inter­fere with inner city stu­dents going to col­lege and stay­ing in col­lege. More than 200 vol­un­teers assist in the mis­sion of trans­port­ing the stu­dents to col­lege. Samuel Rows­er over­came obsta­cles in his own life and became  Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of On Point Sep­tem­ber 1. He has worked his way up through this orga­ni­za­tion for 15 years and wit­nessed remark­able accom­plish­ments and growth serv­ing youth. All women are invit­ed to attend din­ner at 6 p.m. (come at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy appe­tiz­ers). Call Pat Cuper­nall at 457‑6730 for a din­ner reser­va­tion. A spe­cial invi­ta­tion to the 7 p.m. pro­gram is extend­ed to Out­reach and Mis­sion mem­bers as well as any­one else that is inter­est­ed.

BBQ vol­un­teers need­ed for Sep­tem­ber 17 & 18

A chick­en-ONLY BBQ is planned Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 18 for church peo­ple (not adver­tised to the pub­lic). This is your last chance to get some halves for your freez­er for those “win­ter pic­nics”. We need vol­un­teers on SATURDAY to set up the grill, sea­son the chick­en halves, and most impor­tant­ly on SUNDAY, COOK! Please sign up on the board in Fel­low­ship Hall. Also – make sure you get your order into the com­mit­tee by Mon­day,  Sep­tem­ber 12! Thank you!

Help need­ed at St. Joseph the Work­er Food Pantry

Dona­tions to the Liv­er­pool Food Pantry can be placed in the bin in the hall­way: non-per­ish­able foods, toi­letries (soaps, lotions, deodor­ant, tooth­paste, tooth­brush­es) and clean­ing sup­plies. Vol­un­teers are need­ed to unload and sort deliv­er­ies on the first Tues­day and sec­ond Thurs­day of each month. If you can help, con­tact Jen­nifer Wood­burn at  457‑6060.

Help pro­vide meals at Brown UMC

Vol­un­teers and food are need­ed to sup­port a min­istry at Brown Memo­r­i­al Unit­ed Methodist Church on the near west side of Syra­cuse. The Out­reach & Mis­sions Com­mis­sion will pro­vide and serve meals on Sep­tem­ber 11 and Octo­ber 23. To sup­port this out­reach, con­tact Mike Nort­man or Kay Phillips, or call the church at 315–457-5180 for infor­ma­tion.

Prayer and Holy Com­mu­nion — Sun­days at 8:15 a.m. 

A qui­et ser­vice of prayer, scrip­ture, and Holy Com­mu­nion takes place Sun­days from 8:15 to 9 a.m. Read the litur­gy and prayers of the day, and lis­ten to God’s Word. Share in the pres­ence of Christ among us through the sacra­ment of Holy Com­mu­nion. If your week could use a time of qui­et reflec­tion, please try  it. The Chapel, locat­ed down­stairs to the left of the stairs from the back park­ing lot entrance, is acces­si­ble by ele­va­tor.