Christmas Cantata features music by
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.
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
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.