Announcements for November 27

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 sbieling@hotmail.com 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 kate.smith@liverpoolfirstumc.org 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.

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 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.

Open House

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.