Announcements for November 20

Olive­branch Wom­en’s Group — Novem­ber 28

Olive­branch meets at 5:30 p.m. for appe­tiz­ers, din­ner ($5) and pro­gram. The pro­gram is the Sec­ond Chance Canine Adop­tion Shel­ter, which pulls dogs from death row in the City of Syra­cuse to give them a sec­ond chance. Select­ed inmates at Jamesville Cor­rec­tion­al Facil­i­ty vol­un­teer their time at the shel­ter, clean­ing ken­nels and train­ing dogs. The dogs are placed up for adop­tion. The pro­gram gives both home­less dogs and inmates a sec­ond chance. Board Mem­ber Ste­fanie Heath and a for­mer inmate who par­tic­i­pat­ed in the pro­gram will share their expe­ri­ences. Dur­ing the meet­ing there will be a silent auc­tion of baked goods and oth­er home­made edi­bles. At the end of the evening, the high­est bid­ders will take home good­ies. This replaces the annu­al auc­tion of trea­sures. Reser­va­tion dead­line is noon on Nov. 25, call Kate at 457‑5180 or e‑mail kate.smith@liverpoolfirstumc.org.

Can­dle­light Ser­vice of Remem­brance — Decem­ber 2

All are invit­ed to an ecu­meni­cal memo­r­i­al ser­vice spon­sored by Mau­r­er Funer­al Home and the Liv­er­pool Cler­gy Asso­ci­a­tion. Take time this sea­son to remem­ber loved ones that have passed away, with a time of qui­et reflec­tion and prayer. The ser­vice is Fri­day, Decem­ber 2 at 7 p.m. at Liv­er­pool First Unit­ed Methodist Church. Light refresh­ments will be served at a recep­tion in the church Fel­low­ship Hall fol­low­ing the ser­vice. For infor­ma­tion call 315–457-5180.

Advent Fam­i­ly Break­fast — Sat­ur­day, Dec. 3

Begin the Advent Sea­son at our annu­al Fam­i­ly Break­fast on Sat­ur­day, Dec. 3, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Host­ed by the Dinner/Fund rais­ing Com­mit­tee in bright­ly dec­o­rat­ed Fel­low­ship Hall, the menu is French toast, sausage, orange juice, milk, and bev­er­ages. There will be Nativ­i­ty crafts for chil­dren, tree dec­o­rat­ing, and con­ver­sa­tion with and pho­to oppor­tu­ni­ty with San­ta. Please sign your fam­i­ly up on the board in Fel­low­ship Hall soon. Cospon­sored by Chris­t­ian Edu­ca­tion and Out­reach, it is a fun and FREE morn­ing.

Hand-drawn pen and ink sketch­es

The Dinner/Fundraising Com­mit­tee is sell­ing hand-drawn pen and ink sketch­es mat­ted and framed and ready for giv­ing. Sim­ply sub­mit a clear dig­i­tal pho­to of your pet, or home, camp, busi­ness, etc. or favorite scene, and it will be turned into a framed 11 x 14” fin­ished gift in your choice of mat col­or. Peo­ple and pets can be added to this sketch if desired. You can also order cus­tom Christ­mas cards. See our dis­play in Fel­low­ship Hall. Due to the lead time need­ed to make your sketch by Christ­mas, plan to get your order in as soon as pos­si­ble. Pre-made sketch­es of our Church and local land­marks are also avail­able as prints or note cards.

Senior Min­istries Upcom­ing Events

Wednes­day, Decem­ber 14 — Christ­mas Lun­cheon — Noon at church

Catered by Tabatha’s:  baked chick­en, mac­a­roni & cheese, steamed veg­eta­bles, roast­ed sweet pota­toes with maple syrup, gar­den sal­ad, din­ner rolls, dessert & bev­er­age. $25 per per­son plus canned food item for the food pantry. A musi­cal pre­sen­ta­tion under the direc­tion of Becky Dun­stone will include: ring­ing chimes, singing car­ols, learn­ing the his­to­ry of some car­ols and vio­lin solos. This will be a won­der­ful way to end our fan­tas­tic year. Dead­line for reser­va­tions is Sun­day, Novem­ber 27.

Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 8, 2017 — Syra­cuse Stage’s Pro­duc­tion of Mary Pop­pins

820 East Gene­see Street, Syra­cuse. Mati­nee at 2 p.m. $35 per per­son, $15 for chil­dren 18 and under (bring your grand­chil­dren or oth­er spe­cial child in your life). Checks must be received by Novem­ber 27. Your own trans­porta­tion is required but car­pool­ing can be arranged. If you need a ride or if you can pro­vide trans­porta­tion, please con­tact Sarah at sbieling@hotmail.com or 695‑6696. DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4.

Your check received is your reser­va­tion.  Make checks payable to LFUMC Senior Min­istries and either drop off at church or mail to Sarah Biel­ing 2 Cty Rte 10, Pen­nel­lville 13132.

We will take a win­ter break after the Jan­u­ary 8 event and will resume in the Spring.

Order Christ­mas poin­set­tias by Dec. 4

Would you like to hon­or loved ones by
pur­chas­ing poin­set­tias to dec­o­rate our altar for Christ­mas?

Please return this form, with pay­ment, to the church office.

Thank you for help­ing to pro­vide a beau­ti­ful altar this Christ­mas.

Please order ___________ poin­set­tias at $8 each. Total enclosed $ ____________

(  ) In Mem­o­ry of: _________________________________________

(  ) In Hon­or of: _________________________________________

Giv­en by: _____________________________________________

Phone:  ____________________

Focus on faith at 

com­mu­nion wor­ship dur­ing Advent 

All are wel­come to attend wor­ship with com­mu­nion on each of the Sun­days in Advent begin­ning Novem­ber 27 at 4 p.m. The ser­vices pro­vide a time to refo­cus and renew faith in the midst of the busy Advent-Christ­mas sea­son. They will be led by Pas­tor Can­dace Lawrence and organ­ist Bill Young. Invite fam­i­ly, friends, and neigh­bors, and come and wor­ship: Novem­ber 27, Decem­ber 4, 11, and 18.

Com­mu­nion brings us into the sto­ry of Jesus, both his first and sec­ond com­ing. Com­mu­nion reminds us why Jesus was born. Com­mu­nion con­firms the promise that Jesus will come again. Com­mu­nion is a sig­nif­i­cant way we expe­ri­ence Jesus as Emmanuel, “God with us”, because Jesus is the Host at his Supper–until that day when we feast with him at the Heav­en­ly Ban­quet. Com­mu­nion is a gift of grace that helps us live our faith more ful­ly.

Christ­mas Eve ush­ers

We need ush­ers for the four  wor­ship ser­vices on Decem­ber 24: 5 p.m. (4 ush­ers); 7 p.m. (8 ush­ers); 9 p.m. (8 ush­ers) and 11 p.m. (2 ush­ers). Please con­tact Tom Pelkey at 315–559-3832 if you would like to help. Please let him know which ser­vice you plan to attend.

Vol­un­teers need­ed for Teen MOPS din­ners

The Out­reach com­mis­sion is seek­ing indi­vid­u­als, pairs, or groups to fur­nish meals for this won­der­ful group of young moth­ers, their chil­dren and their sup­port­ers. Please sign up on the Out­reach bul­letin board in Fel­low­ship Hall and also call Kay Phillips at 451‑6619 so she can update her list. Thank you.

Track­ing snow­birds

A snow­bird is any­one who trav­els to a warmer cli­mate dur­ing our cold sea­son. Please leave your name, dates that you will be gone, and address if you have one while away, with the church office. Your church would like to keep in touch with you and put you on the list to receive com­mu­ni­ca­tions while you are away and to noti­fy you in the spring of the annu­al straw­ber­ry and whipped cream social hour when you return.

Sup­port flood vic­tims

Oper­a­tion North­ern Com­fort is col­lect­ing new house­wares to sup­port Louisiana res­i­dents whose homes were dam­aged in floods this past sum­mer. Please bring in new items for bed­rooms, bath­rooms or kitchens and place them in the marked col­lec­tion box in the church cor­ri­dor by the end of Novem­ber. Cash dona­tions are also being sought to pur­chase mat­tress­es for flood vic­tims. Call Norm at 559‑9413 for details, or see the fly­er post­ed on the col­lec­tion box.