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 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 has passed, but anyone may still attend the program at 7 p.m.
Candlelight Service of Remembrance — December 2
All are invited to an ecumenical memorial service sponsored by Maurer Funeral Home and the Liverpool Clergy Association. 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.
Sign up for Dec. 3 Advent Family Breakfast
Everyone is invited to begin the Advent Season at a Family Breakfast on Saturday, December 3, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Hosted by the Dinner/Fundraising Committee in Fellowship Hall, the menu is homemade 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. For food planning purposes, please sign up on the board in Fellowship Hall. Co-sponsored by Christian Education and Outreach, it is a fun and FREE morning.
Pen & Ink Art available for gift giving
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” gift in your choice of mat color. People and pets can be included if desired. You may also order custom Christmas cards. See the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 695‑6696. DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS SUNDAY, TODAY.
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.
Sermons available by e‑mail
Anyone who would like to have a copy of one of the Sunday sermons in a file (.mp3) to be played on a computer, tablet, cellphone, etc., just send an e‑mail to Kate at email@example.com to request one. Let her know which week you want, and she will e‑mail the file to you.
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: _________________________________________
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.
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.
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 last summer. New items for bedrooms, bathrooms or kitchens are neede. Place them in the collection box in the corridor by the end of November. Cash donations are also being sought to purchase mattresses. Call Norm at 559‑9413 for details, or see the flyer posted on the collection box.
Sign up to support the Dec. 18 Bake Sale
The annual Christmas Bake Sale will be Sunday, December 18 during morning fellowship time. Please sign up if you can donate homemade cookies, breads, candies, small pies or cakes to be sold in support of the church ministries.
Gifts for Baby Jesus
The UMW is collecting baby items this year for the Teen MOPS group that meets in our building. A list of items needed is posted on a designated, holiday wrapped box in the foyer. Donations will be collected through the holiday season and will conclude on Christmas Day.
Advent Devotion books available today
During Advent, take time to focus on the gift of Jesus by reading daily devotions provided by The Society of St. Andrew. The scripture, reflections and prayers help you to prepare your heart for the coming of the Christ child. As you reflect, set aside a small gift each day to support the Society of St. Andrew’s efforts to provide food for hungry people in this country. Take a coin box if you wish, or make checks out to the Liverpool First United Methodist Church with “Society of St. Andrew” in the memo line. Donations can be brought to church any time in December. If you prefer to receive a daily devotion in your e‑mail, go to www.endhunger.org to sign up and learn about this ministry.
Steve and Donna Auyer will host a Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 11 starting at 1 p.m. Please RSVP by December 9 at 451‑7359 if you would like to join us. Any adult is welcome to come and celebrate the holiday season.
Love Lights contributions support the food bank
The Mission and Outreach committee is sponsoring the “Love Lights” program again this Advent season. Please use the envelopes found in the pews for your contribution and be sure to drive by the church this holiday season after dark and observe the Gazebo decorated with lights. The proceeds will support the Food Bank as they continue to provide families.
Lights on the Lake church bus trips
We will be taking people to see the lights on the lake starting, Monday November 28. If you have any tickets you will not be using, we would appreciate them. Sign up on the sheet in Fellowship Hall. Thank you from the Outreach Commission.