Bake Sale Today!
Stop into Fellowship Hall today to select from an assortment of homemade goodies at $6 per pound.
Olivebranch Candle Crèche — tomorrow at 7:15 p.m.
Listen to the Christmas story told through scripture readings, instrumental and vocal music, and candles. Readers and musicians make this story new and inspiring. Program will be in the Sanctuary tomorrow, December 19, beginning at 7:15 p.m. Everyone is invited to the program.
Pick up 2017 Offering Envelopes in Fellowship Hall
2017 Offering Envelopes are on tables in Fellowship Hall arranged in alphabetical order by last name. Please take yours home today. If you’re in the habit of leaving by the purple doors, please make a detour through Fellowship Hall to get your box of envelopes for 2017.
Join us on Christmas Eve!
5 p.m. Worship especially for families with young children
7 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlight Worship
9 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlight Worship
11 p.m. Candlight Worship with Holy Communion
Christmas Day & New Year’s Day — Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Celebrate Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. There are no nursery care or Discovery Zone programs those days; children are encouraged to worship in the sanctuary with their families.
Gifts for Baby Jesus
The UMW is collecting baby items for the Teen MOPS (mothers) group that meets in our building. A list of items needed is posted on a holiday wrapped box in the foyer. Donations are collected through the season and will conclude on Christmas Day.
Advent Devotions available by email
Focus on the gift of Jesus by reading daily devotions provided by The Society of St. Andrew. As you reflect, set aside a gift to support the society’s efforts to provide food for hungry people in this country. Take a coin box from the desk in the church corridor, 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 Mondays 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.
Volunteers needed to provide 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 bulletin board in Fellowship Hall and also call Kay Phillips at 451‑6619 so she can update her list.
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, send an e‑mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to request one.
Advent Communion worship — today at 4
All are welcome to attend worship with communion today at 4 p.m. Take time to renew faith in the midst of the Christmas season. The service is led by Pastor Candace Lawrence and organist Bill Young.
Hand-drawn pen and ink sketches for sale
The Dinner/Fundraising Committee is selling hand-drawn pen and ink sketches matted and framed. 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. You can also order custom Christmas cards. See our display in Fellowship Hall. Pre-made sketches of our church and local landmarks are also available as prints or note cards.
Confirmation program offered this winter
A Confirmation program for youth ages 12 to 18 will be offered this winter and early spring. Young adults will explore what they have been taught at home and church about being a Christian. Through 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.
Ushers needed for January
Ushers are needed to assist on Sunday mornings in January. Please sign up on the sheet posted in Fellowship Hall, or contact Ed Betts at 373‑7718 or Tom Pelkey at 559‑3832.
Support the work of the Liverpool food pantry at St. Joseph the Worker Church by placing food (and also toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap & shampoo) in the container labeled food pantry that is located in the main corridor.
Keep in touch, snowbirds
A snowbird is anyone who travels to a warmer climate during our cold season. Please leave your name and address with the church office so we can keep in touch with you and notify you in the spring of the annual social gathering when you return.
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 created the Church Library as a place to keep study materials, Christian resource books, and books for children to supplement Church School. Now, 70 years later, the Church Library is 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: 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. The collections are 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.
LIFE youth program meets Wednesdays
All teenagers in grades 7 through 12 are welcome to attend the LIFE (Life In Faith Everyday) youth program on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at church. Youths gather to discover and strengthen their faith journeys through discussions and activities building faith and friendships. Friends are welcome to attend. Contact Marshall Bailey or Melissa Karnath for information, or call the church at 457‑5180.
Church Council meets January 16
Everyone is welcome to attend meetings of the Church Administrative Council, the main decision-making body of the church. At these meetings, which generally take place every other month on the third Monday of the month, reports are presented from all of the committees, commissions and other groups that lead programs and ministries for the congregation.