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
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
THERE WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NO SALES PITCH
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!