Announcements for Sept. 18

Olive­branch Wom­en’s Group Sep­tem­ber 26

Olive­branch Wom­en’s Group’s Sept.  26 pro­gram is about being on point. On Point removes bar­ri­ers that inter­fere with inner city stu­dents going to col­lege and stay­ing in col­lege. Samuel Rows­er over­came obsta­cles in his life and became Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of On Point on Sep­tem­ber 1. He worked his way up in 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.


                    Join one of our four Choirs!

Adult Chan­cel Choir 

Chan­cel Choir meets on Thurs­days 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. 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 Sun­days, from 12:30 — 1:30 p.m. in the choir room. For infor­ma­tion, call Direc­tor Kathy Nort­man at 744‑4448.

Bell choir rehersal meet­sThurs­days at 6 p.m.

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

Save Oct. 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 — an influ­en­tial woman of the Bible.

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. It’s time to seek spon­sors and spon­sor sheets are avail­able.  Ask Mike Nort­man, Kay Phillips or any oth­er mem­ber of the Out­reach & Mis­sions Com­mis­sion for details, or stop in to the office dur­ing the week to pick up a pack­et, or call the church at 315–457-5180. 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.

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. For a list of things need­ed see the poster on the church Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter bul­letin board.

“Brady Bread” sup­ports two local pro­grams

Mark your cal­en­dars, Brady Bread will be sold here on 2 Sun­days this fall:  Oct 9 and Nov 13. For $3 you can pur­chase a loaf of home­made cin­na­mon raisin bread; the mon­ey helps inmates and their fam­i­lies in Ononda­ga Coun­ty Jus­tice cen­ter or ped­al for pos­si­bil­i­ties that helps home­less earn their bike, hel­met and a lock to pro­vide them with trans­porta­tion, exer­cise and com­mu­ni­ty.

              Bless­ing of the ani­mals

Join us on Sun­day, Octo­ber 2, at 12:30 p.m. at church in hon­or of St. Fran­cis Day with Pas­tor Pen­ny. Bring your pets, stuffed animals,or pho­tos of your pets for a spe­cial bless­ing.  All pets are wel­come! (Bring a leash or crate/carrier if need­ed.) {dona­tions of pet food, bed­ding, etc. will be accept­ed for the SPCA. Join in songs, scrip­ture, and prayer. All are wel­come!

Oppor­tu­ni­ties for study and ser­vice

Won­der-filled Wednes­days

Begin­ning Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 28, we will offer a new pro­gram. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with a light sup­per, fol­lowed by three oppor­tu­ni­ties: infor­mal wor­ship at 6:30 fol­lowed by an adult study, a scout­ing type Chris­t­ian Edu­ca­tion the chil­dren, and Youth Fel­low­ship.  Nurs­ery care will be avail­able for infants and tod­ders.


Dis­cov­er­ing our Gifts Bible Study

Dis­cov­er and under­stand your unique­ness and pur­pose! An adult study on RELEASING OUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS will be offered WEDNESDAYS, begin­ning SEPTEMBER 28, both at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. We will explore what the Bible teach­es are the spir­i­tu­al gifts, their pur­pose and how we can find deep­er joy in life by build­ing upon them. We will include a spir­i­tu­al gifts inven­to­ry to help clar­i­fy which gifts might be part of your make­up.

Not a Bible Study begins Sep­tem­ber 29

Adults wish­ing to deep­en their com­mit­ment to Jesus are invit­ed to attend a six-week, Thurs­day evening study, begin­ning at 7 p.m. on Sep­tem­ber 29. Based on the book, Not a Fan: Becom­ing a Com­plete­ly Com­mit­ted Fol­low­er of Jesus, by Kyle Idle­man, the study calls you to con­sid­er the demands and rewards of being a true dis­ci­ple. Not a Fan invites you to make Jesus not mere­ly the object of your admi­ra­tion, but the very cen­ter of your life. Through Bib­li­cal teach­ing, anec­dotes, and humor, Kyle Idle­man explores what it means to tru­ly be a fol­low­er of Christ. Led by Bill Pat­ton and Ali­son Mapes.

Is God call­ing you to care for oth­ers?

Care­givers are those who are will­ing to serve oth­ers in the con­gre­ga­tion. They may adopt a home­bound mem­ber (make reg­u­lar phone calls or vis­it to check up on their wel­fare and noti­fy pas­tors of needs), vis­it mem­bers in nurs­ing homes and hos­pi­tals, help lead ser­vices at senior res­i­dences and com­mu­nion at mem­ber’s homes. Qual­i­fi­ca­tions to be care­givers: are attend wor­ship reg­u­lar­ly, inves in grow­ing faith by par­tic­i­pa­tion in a Bible study or small group, attend quar­ter­ly train­ing of care­givers, and com­plete safe sanc­tu­ary require­ments. If you are unsure if you want to serve, come to the train­ing to learn more or speak to one of our pas­tors.   Two train­ing ses­sions will be offered at two dif­fer­ent times. Ses­sion I will be Wednes­day, Octo­ber 19, from 7–8:30 p.m. and again on Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 22 from 10 a.m. — noon. Ses­sion II will be Wednes­day, Octo­ber 26 and on Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 29. Top­ics include Lis­ten­ing and Vis­it­ing Skills, Using the Bible in pro­vid­ing care, lead­ing prayer, wor­ship and serv­ing Holy Com­mu­nion. Instruc­tors will be Gayle Spauld­ing, Pas­tors Can­dace Lawrence, Pen­ny Hart, Shirley Moore-Krack­hardt and Pas­tor Homan. To par­tic­i­pate, please com­plete a reg­is­tra­tion form at the Wel­come Desk in the hall­way.

Senior Min­istries Upcom­ing Events

For those attend­ing the trip to Corn­ing Muse­um of Glass, please arrive at LFUMC at 8 a.m. for depar­ture prompt­ly at 8:30 a.m. and return­ing at 6 p.m.

New event: 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.

Prayer Quilts for Project Christi­na

The quilts on dis­play this morn­ing were made by the Prayer Quilt Min­istry for Project Christi­na. The women who made these gave their time and resources to show love to a child in the midst of their trau­ma.

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.

        Start­ing Sep­tem­ber 28 

Excit­ing new expe­ri­ences await chil­dren  in 1st — 6th grade in our Wednes­day Night DELTA pro­gram from 6:30–8 p.m.

Games — Skills — Bible Explo­ration

Bib­li­cal lessons help them learn about God, the Bible and them­selves as they explore, join in fun activ­i­ties, make new friends and earn rewards! Reg­is­ter for DELTA at the infor­ma­tion table or call 457‑5181.

Sup­plies for UMCOR flood clean up due by Octo­ber 1

Syra­cuse church­es are col­lect­ing sup­plies to pre­pare flood clean up buck­ets to be dis­trib­uted by the Unit­ed Methodist Com­mit­tee on Relief (UMCOR). Please con­sid­er prepar­ing a buck­et, or donat­ing some of the sup­plies, by Octo­ber 1. A col­lec­tion bin is locat­ed at the back entrance of the church. A list of things that are need­ed are on the col­lec­tions box­es by the door.