Announcements for December 11

Christmas Cantata features music by

Handel

December 18 during 

9:30 & 11 a.m. worship

The Chancel Choir will present “Messiah Christmas Trilogy” edited and arranged by Hal H. Hopson. It is an arrangement of George Frederic Handel’s Messiah with three of the big choruses, and accompanied narrations that will be read by Linda Loomis and Candace Lawrence. The program will be augmented with solos from the Messiah and organ accompaniment by organist Bill Young.

Christ­mas Car­ol­ing — Decem­ber 14

Join us Wednes­day evening, Decem­ber 14, as we accom­pa­ny our Youth to the homes of sev­er­al home bound mem­bers to sing car­ols and deliv­er cook­ies they made. We will enjoy a dish-to-share meal at 6 p.m. and leave to sing after din­ner.

Sign up to sup­port the Dec. 18 Bake Sale

Sun­day, Dec. 18 – “Just In Time for Christ­mas” Bake Sale — all morn­ing Good­ies of all kinds for home and gifts, offered at $6 per pound. Many vol­un­teers need­ed to bake items for sale. Cook­ies, tarts, pies, can­dies, muffins, cup­cakes, treats of all kinds need­ed.

Olive­branch Can­dle Crèche — Decem­ber 19

Lis­ten to the Christ­mas sto­ry told through scrip­ture read­ings, instru­men­tal and vocal music, and can­dles. Read­ers and musi­cians will make this sto­ry new and inspir­ing. Pro­gram will be in the Sanc­tu­ary. All women are invit­ed to din­ner ($5) before or to only the pro­gram at  7:15 p.m. Call Jill Ertinger 451‑6145 or Bettyan Rine­fierd 622‑1691 for din­ner reser­va­tion by Decem­ber 16.

Christ­mas fam­i­ly project

We are pro­vid­ing Christ­mas for three fam­i­lies in need. Please check our Christ­mas tree adorned with cards list­ing an item desired by a par­tic­u­lar fam­i­ly mem­ber. Some cards will list a dol­lar amount for a gro­cery card or to pay a util­i­ty bill. Checks should be made out to the church with a nota­tion “Christ­mas Fam­i­ly.” Please bring your unwrapped gifts and place under the tree in the hall­way by Sun­day, Decem­ber 18.

Gifts for Baby Jesus

The UMW is col­lect­ing baby items 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 sea­son and will con­clude on Christ­mas Day.

Advent Devo­tions avail­able by email

Dur­ing Advent,  focus on the gift of Jesus by read­ing dai­ly devo­tions pro­vid­ed by The Soci­ety of St. Andrew. As you reflect, set aside a small gift each day to sup­port the soci­ety’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 wish to receive a dai­ly devo­tion in your e‑mail, go to www.endhunger.org to sign up.

Love Lights con­tri­bu­tions sup­port the food bank

The Mis­sion and Out­reach com­mit­tee is spon­sor­ing the “Love Lights” pro­gram this Advent sea­son. Please use the envelopes found in the pews for your con­tri­bu­tion and be sure to dri­ve by the church after dark to observe the Gaze­bo dec­o­rat­ed with  lights.  Con­tri­bu­tions will sup­port the Food Bank of Cen­tral New York.

Lights on the Lake church bus trips

We are tak­ing peo­ple to see the lights on the lake on the church bus on Mon­day evenings at 7 p.m. through Jan­u­ary 2.  If you have tick­ets you will not use, we would appre­ci­ate them. Sign up on the sheet  in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Christ­mas Eve ush­ers

Ush­ers are need­ed for  wor­ship on Decem­ber 24 for the 7 p.m. ; 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ser­vices. 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 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.

Focus on faith at 

com­mu­nion wor­ship dur­ing Advent 

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

Look­ing for a Great Christ­mas Gift?

Stop by the Unit­ed Methodist Men table in Fel­low­ship Hall after today’s ser­vice and you may find the Christ­mas gift you’ve been look­ing for.  Avail­able are long sleeve den­im shirts with an embroi­dered logo of the church with the pur­ple doors and dog beds that have been repur­posed from old suit­cas­es. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Men’s Club mis­sion projects includ­ing tuition sup­port for Maxo, the Hait­ian stu­dent they spon­sor.

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. Sub­mit a 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.

Con­fir­ma­tion to be offered this win­ter

A Con­fir­ma­tion Expe­ri­ence for youth ages 12 to 18 will be offered this win­ter through ear­ly spring. Con­fir­ma­tion is a time when young adults explore what they have been taught at home and church about being a Chris­t­ian. Through a process involv­ing read­ing, dis­cus­sion and hands on expe­ri­ences, the teens will be giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to define what and why they believe. There will be an ori­en­ta­tion meet­ing for par­ents and prospec­tive stu­dents on Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 15, at 2 p.m. to review the cur­ricu­lum and address ques­tions.

Food Pantry

The food pantry is always in need of food but espe­cial­ly at this time of year. Please donate as you are able.

Senior Min­istries Upcom­ing Events

Wednes­day, Decem­ber 14 — Christ­mas Lun­cheon — noon at church

Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 8 — Syra­cuse Stage — Mary Pop­pins

Hap­py Birth­day

Janet King, a long term mem­ber,  was 99 on Nov. 28. Fam­i­ly had a par­ty for her at Syra­cuse Home. We are sure she would enjoy get­ting a card: Mrs. Janet King, Syra­cuse Home, 7740 Meigs Rd., Bald­winsville, NY 13027.

Win­ter Delta Son­ic BOGO

Just in time for Christ­mas giv­ing and the win­ter dri­ving sea­son, the Dinner/Fundraising Com­mit­tee is sell­ing $5 coupons for basic Delta Son­ic car wash­es. The “Delta Deal” is “buy one, get one FREE”.  Good for 2 months and ful­ly up-grad­able toward any Delta ser­vice.  They make great stock­ing-stuffers and “thank-you” gifts.

Church Library Ready For Advent 

In the 1950’s, our church, like Liv­er­pool, grew by leaps and bounds.  The women’s cir­cles want­ed a place to keep study mate­ri­als, gen­er­al Chris­t­ian resource books, and books for chil­dren to sup­ple­ment Church School.

They con­tributed mon­ey and books, and so began the Church Library.  Now, 70 years lat­er, the Church Library is a ded­i­cat­ed room and is both lend­ing library and Church Archives.  The lat­ter is thanks to our first his­to­ri­ans, Lor­raine and Bob Thor.  No mat­ter your inter­est, in the present or the past, there are mate­ri­als here to strength­en your faith.  We have fic­tion and non-fic­tion books for adults and chil­dren, Chris­t­ian music CDs and CDs of week­ly and spe­cial ser­vices, guides for prayer and wor­ship,  and exten­sive Bible ref­er­ence and study mate­ri­als.  Our col­lec­tions are specif­i­cal­ly designed to meet the needs of an enquir­ing Chris­t­ian, which can’t be found in oth­er types of libraries. Stop in to look over books to enhance your prepa­ra­tion for Christ’s birth.  From old favorites, to recipes, to dec­o­rat­ing, to children’s clas­sics, sign one out today.  Locat­ed next to the Con­fer­ence Room.