Announcements for January 29

Pan­cakes served today

The Unit­ed Methodist Men are serv­ing a pan­cake break­fast today from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in Fel­low­ship Hall. There is no fee for the meal, but please con­sid­er mak­ing an offer­ing to con­tin­ue tuition pay­ments for “Maxo” Luc­serne, the Hait­ian stu­dent that they spon­sor. Menu includes pan­cakes, sausages, apple sauce and bev­er­ages.

Brady Bread for sale today & March 5

Brady Bread is avail­able for sale in Fel­low­ship Hall  today, Jan­u­ary 28. $3 a loaf will sup­port the mis­sions of the Brady Faith Cen­ter.

          Souper Bowl Sun­day

We will col­lect soup for the local food pantry until Feb­ru­ary 5. Buy soup now and be ready for Souper Bowl Sun­day.

Sheets and tow­els need­ed for new Amer­i­cans

The Cen­ter for New Amer­i­cans has an urgent need for twin sheets and tow­els. We are col­lect­ing new or gen­tly used (no stains or tears please) twin sheets and tow­els of all sizes. These may be left at the church offices until Feb­ru­ary 1.

Valen­tine’s Day at Bel­la Domani

Mem­bers of Liv­er­pool First  plan to gath­er at Bel­la Domani in North Syra­cuse for a coun­try-style buf­fet meal, fol­lowed by music by the TJ Sac­co Band. Tick­ets must be pur­chased in advance; cost is $49.95 (plus tax) per cou­ple. Feb­ru­ary 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 5988 East Taft Rd., North Syra­cuse. Sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall, call the church office at 315–457-5180 or email kate.smith@liverpoolfirstumc.org. Call the restau­rant at  315–458-2514 for reser­va­tions, or go to www.belladomani.com for details.

Red Cross Blood Dri­ve

The Amer­i­can Red Cross is in great need of blood dona­tions. Liv­er­pool First Unit­ed Methodist Church will spon­sor a blood dri­ve at the Red Cross Cen­ter on Rt 57, Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 12. Signup sheets will be in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Pick up your offer­ing envelopes

2017 Offer­ing Envelopes are in the hall­way. If you leave by the pur­ple doors, please make a detour through the main cor­ri­dor to get your envelopes for 2017.

Con­fir­ma­tion pro­gram needs adult helpers

Adult Men­tors are need­ed for teens going through Con­fir­ma­tion. Per­sons inter­est­ed should con­tact the office and they will be con­tact­ed to pro­vide infor­ma­tion on what serv­ing as a men­tor requires.

Ush­ers need­ed

Ush­ers are need­ed to assist on Sun­day morn­ings. Please sign up on the sheet post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall, or con­tact Ed Betts at 373‑7718 or Tom Pelkey at 559‑3832.

Campbell’s Soup “Labels for Edu­ca­tion” pro­gram

The Labels for Edu­ca­tion pro­gram has end­ed. If you have any Campbell’s prod­ucts at home that still car­ry the cut-off label, please turn those in by May 30. Redemp­tion ends in August. The church will still be a col­lec­tion point for oth­er “edu­ca­tion” labels, so please con­tin­ue to save and turn in.

Would you like to become a mem­ber of Liv­er­pool First?

If you reg­u­lar­ly par­tic­i­pate with us we hope you feel like fam­i­ly, but being fam­i­ly involves 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.

Become a Con­gre­ga­tion­al Care­giv­er!

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

Dinner/Fundraising Com­mit­tee Thanks

To all who attend­ed the recent din­ner and to the com­mit­tee mem­bers and 25 vol­un­teers who planned, pre­pared, served, and cleaned up, many thanks! Togeth­er we raised $685 for the min­istries of our church!

Thank You from the UMW

The UMW thanks every­one who donat­ed items to our recent col­lec­tion for Gifts for Baby Jesus. The Teen MOPS Group great­ly appre­ci­ates every­thing  that is done for them. Thanks!

Senior Min­istries upcom­ing events:

Fri­day, March 10 at 6 p.m. in Fel­low­ship Hall — $20 per per­son — 50’s Theme Din­ner catered by the LFUMC Men’s Club. Menu: Hoff­man hot dogs & coneys, salt pota­toes, mac­a­roni sal­ad, beans, ice cream floats, ice tea, lemon­ade, cof­fee & dessert. Pro­gram: Syra­cuse Chi­na Rides the Rails: Reflec­tions on the Grand Era of Rail­road Pas­sen­ger Trains pre­sent­ed by Ononda­ga His­tor­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion’s Cura­tor of His­to­ry, Den­nis Con­nors. Every­one of all ages is invit­ed to attend this event. Please make checks payable to LFUMC Senior Min­istries and leave in the  mail­box in the hall­way. For infor­ma­tion on oth­er trips and events check out the table in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Project Christi­na — toys for chil­dren

Would you like to help a child in cri­sis? Here is a win-win project. Pur­chase a $5 stuffed toy from Kohl’s where all the pro­ceeds go to Golisano’s Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, and the toy is passed on to the Ononda­ga Coun­ty Social Ser­vices Fos­ter Care Divi­sion. When chil­dren  are removed from their home a stuffed toy will be giv­en to them to help ease their pain. We also accept  new stuffed toys pur­chased else­where, books and re use­able child friend­ly tote bags. There is a red col­lec­tion box in Fel­low­ship Hall. Thank you for help­ing these chil­dren.

Vol­un­teers need­ed to pro­vide 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.

Olive­branch Sched­ule 

CHOC KO LATFeb­ru­ary 27

Feb­ru­ary is for love and choco­late. Mike Wolozyn, choco­lati­er and own­er of Lune Choco­lat will delight you with the tales of growth in this local spe­cial­ty can­dy com­pa­ny and the sto­ry of choco­late. It will be an evening of sen­so­ry treats. You will be able to see, feel, and smell cocao beans and forms of choco­late and taste choco­late treats.

Keep­ing Our Elders Safe — March   27

Inter­faith Works and Vera House are work­ing to raise com­mu­ni­ty aware­ness about the safe­ty of our elders and in par­tic­u­lar about elder abuse. Mary Anne Coras­an­ti, an Out­reach Work­er and Jen­ny Hicks, Direc­tor of the Elder Jus­tice Pro­gram of Vera House, will describe issues relat­ed to the preva­lence of this under rec­og­nized and increas­ing issue. They will dis­cuss how to dis­tin­guish the sub­tle signs of elder abuse and share strate­gies and com­mu­ni­ty resources to deal with the prob­lem.

Bloom For Spring — April 24

Pat Mur­ray, a Mary Kay Con­sul­tant, shares tech­niques for clean­ing and nur­tur­ing your skin, as well as apply­ing make­up. Learn how and where to apply prod­ucts for a long last­ing and pol­ished look. Pat will demon­strate on 2–3 mod­els from the group. Every­one will have a chance to apply blush and eye shad­ow if they desire.

60 Years A Pen Pal — May 22

In 1956 a girl named Yuki in far away Okaya­ma, Japan, began cor­re­spond­ing with a girl named Mary in Athens, GA, USA. With the excep­tion of about 15 years when the cor­re­spon­dence lagged, Yuki and Mary have com­mu­ni­cat­ed on a year­ly basis.  In April of 2016, they met in per­son for the first time in Okaya­ma, Japan. Mary Roberts-Bai­ley will share high­lights of this vis­it. Mary is a for­mer social work­er, attor­ney, and law school admin­is­tra­tor. She is a mem­ber of Peb­ble Hill Pres­by­ter­ian Church in DeWitt and vol­un­teers at Inter­Faith Works.

Women Dine Out — June 26

Enjoy din­ner out. Venue to be select­ed.