Announcements for January 8

Not a fan small group study begins Jan­u­ary 11

Adults wish­ing to deep­en their com­mit­ment to Jesus are invit­ed to attend a 7 week Wednes­day evening study begin­ning at 7 p.m. on Jan­u­ary 11. Based on the book, Not a Fan: Becom­ing a Com­plete­ly Com­mit­ted Fol­low­er of Jesus, by Kyle Idle­man, the study calls you to con­sid­er the demands and rewards of being a true dis­ci­ple. Not a Fan invites you to make Jesus not mere­ly the object of your admi­ra­tion, but the very cen­ter of your life.

Olive­branch wom­en’s group meets Jan­u­ary 27

All women are invit­ed for appe­tiz­ers at 5:30, light din­ner at 6 p.m., and pro­gram at 7:15. Cost of din­ner $5. You are also wel­come to come for the pro­gram only. Make din­ner reser­va­tions by call­ing Kate Smith at 457‑5180 or email kate.smith@liverpoolfirstumc.org by Fri­day noon, Jan 20. Learn what’s spe­cial about the church’s hand­bells and chimes, and how they ring and make dif­fer­ent sounds. Our Direc­tor of Hand­bells, Becky Dun­stone, will give us the oppor­tu­ni­ty to ring a bell and a chime and learn a song. The pro­gram is very dif­fer­ent than the one done for the Seniors.

Would you like to become a mem­ber of Liv­er­pool First?

If you reg­u­lar­ly par­tic­i­pate with us we hope you feel fam­i­ly amongst us, but being fam­i­ly involves own­ing the rela­tion­ship and invest­ing in car­ing and nour­ish­ing the rela­tion­ship with oth­er mem­bers of the fam­i­ly. Please con­tact Kate at  457‑5180, or kate.smith@liverpoolfirstumc.org or Pas­tor B (bshoman@aol.com, 345‑6534) to indi­cate your inter­est and Pas­tor B will con­tact you regard­ing the process.

Become a Con­gre­ga­tion­al Care­giv­er!

A Care­giv­er is a mem­ber of our con­gre­ga­tion will­ing to be trained and assigned  home­bound mem­bers or liv­ing in a Senior Liv­ing facil­i­ties to con­tact on a reg­u­lar basis. They may vis­it by phone or in the home. They will sup­ple­ment the care of our pas­tors and inform them of par­tic­u­lar needs requir­ing imme­di­ate atten­tion. If you would like to become a Con­gre­ga­tion­al Care­giv­er train­ing will be offered Feb­ru­ary 11 and 18 from 10 a.m. till noon. Con­tact the office at 457‑5180 to indi­cate your inter­est.

Chick­en & Bis­cuit Din­ner Jan­u­ary 21

Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 21 serv­ing from 4–6 p.m. or until sold out. The menu is: chick­en and gravy over but­ter­milk bis­cuit, veg­etable, tossed sal­ad, dessert, and bev­er­age. Adults $10.  6–12 $4.  Chil­dren 5 and under are FREE. Take-outs avail­able. Vol­un­teers are need­ed to serve and clean up!  Sign-up sheets for vol­un­teers and desserts are post­ed.  Teens need­ing “com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice     hours” are wel­come to sign up, too.

Pick up Offer­ing Envelopes in Fel­low­ship Hall

2017 Offer­ing Envelopes are  in Fel­low­ship Hall. If you leave by the pur­ple doors, please make a detour through Fel­low­ship Hall and get your envelopes for 2017.

Church Coun­cil meets Jan­u­ary 16

Every­one is wel­come to attend meet­ings of the Church Admin­is­tra­tive Coun­cil, the main deci­sion-mak­ing body of the church. Reports are pre­sent­ed from groups that lead pro­grams and min­istries.  All com­mit­tee lead­ers are expect­ed to attend, and to sub­mit a report of activ­i­ties to the church office ahead of time. The next meet­ing begins at 7 p.m. on Jan­u­ary 16. Although only Coun­cil mem­bers may vote on actions, every­one has a voice in the dis­cus­sions.

Con­fir­ma­tion pro­gram begins soon

If you are a par­ent of a teen age 12 to 18 who would like to involve your child in a Con­fir­ma­tion expe­ri­ence please con­tact the church office. Con­fir­ma­tion is a time when young adults explore what they have been taught about being a Chris­t­ian. They are giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to define what and why they believe. There will be a spe­cial ori­en­ta­tion meet­ing for par­ents and prospec­tive stu­dents on Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 15, at 2 p.m. to review the cur­ricu­lum and ask ques­tions.

ADULT MENTORS are need­ed for teens going through Con­fir­ma­tion. Men­tors work with a con­fir­mand and share the with them. Per­sons inter­est­ed should con­tact the office to indi­cate inter­est and will be con­tact­ed to pro­vide infor­ma­tion on what serv­ing as a men­tor requires.

End of Year Dinner/Fundraising Com­mit­tee Report

Thank you to all the won­der­ful bak­ers who donat­ed their good­ies to the annu­al Bake Sale and to all of you who sup­port­ed it by pur­chas­ing.  You made our last event of the year a huge suc­cess!  We raised $651.00 dol­lars for church min­istries bud­get sup­port! The Decem­ber Delta Son­ic car wash coupon sale has almost sold out, with a prof­it of $240.  3 sets left.

Plan ahead for the Lenten Fish Din­ners on March 3 & 24.

Brady Bread for sale Jan­u­ary 29 & March 5

Fresh-baked cin­na­mon bread will be sold for $3 a loaf dur­ing cof­fee hour on Jan­u­ary 29 and March 5. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Brady Min­istries (jail min­istry and ped­als for pos­si­bil­i­ties) in Syra­cuse.