Announcements for December 18

 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 kate.smith@liverpoolfirstumc.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.

Food Pantry

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.