Start­ing Wednes­day, Sept. 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 457‑5180.

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. 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.

            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.

The Greater Syra­cuse CROP Walk is Octo­ber 2

The CROP Walk will be Sun­day, Octo­ber 2, start­ing from Wil­low Bay at 1:30 p.m. It’s time to seek spon­sors.  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.

Mem­bers encour­aged to men­tor a col­lege stu­dents

Mem­ber­ship Care has pre­pared a list of col­lege stu­dents. Mem­bers are encour­age to sign up on the bul­letin board in Fel­low­ship Hall to men­tor a stu­dent by send­ing a card, note, scrip­ture, or prayer once a month and maybe once a semes­ter a treat box of good­ies or Dunkin Donut or Cof­fee Card. Extend your faith and con­nect with one of our grad­u­ates. More names will still be added as they are con­tact­ed and address­es updat­ed for Fall Semes­ter.

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 for chil­dren, and Youth Fel­low­ship.  Nurs­ery care will be avail­able for infants and tod­ders.


Dis­cov­er­ing our Gifts Bible Study begins Sep­tem­ber 28

Dis­cov­er and under­stand your unique­ness and pur­pose! An adult study on RELEASING OUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS will be offered, begin­ning Sep­tem­ber 28 at both 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 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 serve com­mu­nion at mem­ber’s homes. Qual­i­fi­ca­tions to be care­givers: are attend wor­ship reg­u­lar­ly, invest in grow­ing faith by par­tic­i­pa­tion in a Bible study or small group, attend quar­ter­ly train­ing, 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 Bri­an Homan. To par­tic­i­pate, please com­plete a reg­is­tra­tion form at the Wel­come Desk in the hall­way.

Senior Min­istries Upcom­ing Events

Din­ner at Ichiban Japan­ese Steak­house on Wednes­day, Octo­ber 26.  Meet there at 6:15 p.m. for din­ner at 6:30 p.m.  The cost is $30 per per­son.  Your check received is your reser­va­tion.  Dead­line for reser­va­tions is Sun­day, Octo­ber 16. For infor­ma­tion see the fly­er in Fel­low­ship Hall.

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.

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.

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.

“Brady Bread” sup­ports two local pro­grams

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 (helps home­less a bike, hel­met and lock to pro­vide them with trans­porta­tion, exer­cise and com­mu­ni­ty).

Thanks from the Dinner/Fundraising Com­mit­tee

Many thanks to the 45 com­mit­tee and con­gre­ga­tion vol­un­teers who pre­pared and served our 4 sum­mer BBQs. Togeth­er, we raised $3,300 for the Oper­at­ing Bud­get. We look for­ward to our Novem­ber and Decem­ber events and ask for your sup­port again!

You, Your Family and Friends are Invited

to an exciting new education program:

Financial Planning With a Christian Perspective

Presented by fellow members of the Methodist Church:

 Ed Ruppmann & John Henderson


Did you know:

• Med­ic­aid eli­gi­bil­i­ty requires spend­ing your life sav­ings & sell­ing your house.

• At 65, 50% will require 3‑year nurs­ing home stays – cost exceeds $400,000.

• Most peo­ple do not save enough for retire­ment

• At 65+, 55% of US pop­u­la­tion has income includ­ing Social Secu­ri­ty below $15,000 per year.

• With­out finan­cial aid, many par­ents could not send their child to col­lege.

• Col­lege costs are grow­ing at 8 + % each year.

• Health care costs are climb­ing at dou­ble-dig­it rates.

US Gov’t. estate tax is 50%, Income tax aver­age* is 30+% Cap­i­tal Gains tax is 15%

• Giv­ing appre­ci­at­ed stock to the Church is tax free — it’s a “win win” for you and your Church.

Learn how to man­age your mon­ey effec­tive­ly, such that:

• You can have a stress-free retire­ment!

• You will have enough for your child’s col­lege edu­ca­tion!

• You have a plan in place to pur­chase your new home!