Announcements for November 11, 2018

Join us for a Chili Dinner – Wednesday, November 14

The LFUMC LIFE Youth Group will serve a chili dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 pm for a cost of $5 per person or $12 per family. All are welcome to then gather in the sanctuary at 6:30 pm for informal praise and worship.

Food donations needed for Ingathering – November 18

Please support the peopled served by our community food pantries on Ingathering Sunday, November 18, by bringing canned or boxed foods. Collections will be delivered to the food pantries at Brown Memorial UMC in Syracuse and St. Joseph’s the Worker Church in Liverpool.

Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, November 18

The Liverpool United Methodist Men will host a breakfast in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, November 18, from 8:45 – 11 am with pancakes, sausages, applesauce and beverages. There is no fee, but a free-will offering will be accepted to fund UMM mission and service projects.

What Do You Say? Learn about Alzheimer’s
Learn to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language to communicate with family, friends, or neighbors with Alzheimer’s. A program presented by Carrianne Wilson, Associate Director CNY Alzheimer’s Association at Olivebranch Women’s Group at 7:15 pm on November 26. All are welcome to the program and all women are invited for appetizers at 5:30 pm and a light dinner at 6 pm. Cost for dinner $5. Call in reservation for dinner, program, or both to the church office, 315-457-5180, by Tuesday, November 20.

Advent study beginning December 2

The author O. Henry wrote a famous short story entitled The Gift of the Magi that has inspired many. Pastor Brian Homan will lead a four-week study on the story from 3 to 4 pm on Sunday afternoons during Advent beginning Sunday, December 2. 

Pastor Homan is available to meet by appointment 

Pastor Brian Homan is available to meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 9 am and noon. Call him at church 315-457-5180 or at 315-345-6534 to make an appointment.

Tour Lights on the Lake on the Church Bus

View the Lights on the Lake display at Onondaga Lake Park with church friends. Drivers from the Outreach & Missions Team will take groups on Monday evenings throughout the season, beginning November 19. Sign up in Fellowship Hall. Or, arrange to go
on other evenings by contacting the church at 315-457-5180. Enjoy the lights and good cheer with up to 13 others on a warm bus.

Candy & snack donations needed for Family Ministries

Individually wrapped candy, fruit snacks, or mini packs of cookies or crackers needed. Donations may be left in the box in the hall outside Fellowship Hall.

Blessings in a Backpack collecting pudding cups

The November and December collection for Blessings in a Backpack is pudding cups, any brand. Special thanks is extended to those who contributed to sponsoring a child. Your generosity is very appreciated. Blessings in a Backpack, Liverpool chapter, provides weekend food for 200 of the 672 qualifying students at Seymour School on Syracuse’s southwest side. Information is available at a collection basket in the church hallway, or call Jill Ertinger at 315-451-6145.

Candle lighters and readers needed for Christmas

If you would like to light the Advent Wreath during a worship service in December, or read a scripture verse, please notify Pastor Brian Homan or call the church office at 315-457-5180 by November 27.

FREE Advent Family Breakfast – Saturday, December 1

People of all ages are welcome from 8:30 – 10 am for homemade French toast, sausage, orange juice, milk, and other beverages. Features nativity crafts for children, tree decorating, and conversation with and photo opportunity with Santa. For planning purposes, please sign your family up on the board in Fellowship Hall. Co-sponsored by Dinner/Fundraising, Christian Education, and Outreach.

Annual Christmas Bake Sale is Sunday, December 16

Please sign up to donate goodies for our annual bake sale.  Will be sold by the small or large box. We need many donations to be successful. See the sign up in Fellowship Hall for to help.

Bible study meets first & third Fridays of each month 

November 16: Sitting on the Fence

December 7 & 21:  Why They Left Atheism/Agnosticism

Held at Donna Greene’s house near Soule Road Elementary

9:30 am for light breakfast, 10 am-noon study

Call 315-652-5410 for directions.

Create Christmas shoebox gifts for Red Bird Mission 

The Upper New York Annual Conference is helping our sisters and brothers in an economically poor part of the US by packing small gifts in shoeboxes. Endwell UMC is collecting shoeboxes and will deliver them to Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky. Please use a store-bought plastic shoebox as they are easier to pack if they are a uniform size. Or send money (any amount) and the church will buy in bulk and host an event to pack all the boxes for delivery. Checks can be made payable to Endwell UMC, note for Red Bird Mission. Mail to: Dave Alexander, c/o Endwell UMC, 3301 Watson Boulevard, Endwell, NY 13760. There is also a great need for sheets and blankets for children’s beds. Donations of money are also needed to cover delivery costs. Donations collected until November 17.

For children’s shoe box (label boy or girl): comb or brush, shampoo, full-size bath soap, washcloth, toothbrush & toothpaste, body lotion, lip balm, gloves, hat, socks, small flashlight, school items, small toy, Christian bookmarks, wrist bands, other spiritual items.

For adult shoe boxes (label male or female): comb or brush, shampoo, full-size bath soap, washcloth, toothbrush and toothpaste, hand or body lotion, deodorant, lip balm, disposable razors, shaving cream, scarf, hat, gloves, socks, work gloves,  nail care supplies, Christian bookmarks, wrist bands, other spiritual items.

Volunteer needed to direct children’s choir

Spirit Singers, the church youth choir, needs a director. If you feel called to lead, please speak with Nancy B. James, Director of Music Ministries: 315-457-5180 or nbhdkidd@yahoo.com or nancy.james@liverpoolfirst umc.org

Check the Lost & Found

Missing anything? Check the bin located on the shelf in the main corridor. Call Kate or Elizabeth at 315-457-5180 for assistance. 

Let us know if you need a meal
If you are recovering from illness, surgery, or injury, you may enjoy a home-cooked meal. Contact the church at 315-457-5180.

Kitchen volunteer needed Mondays, 11 am to 1 pm

Our church hosts a meal for senior citizens through PEACE, Inc. The staff needs a volunteer to serve and clear. To help, call the church at 315-457-5180.

How to contact church staff by email 

Dr. Brian Homan     bshoman@aol.com 

Karen Gloyd liverpoolfirstumc@gmail.com

Kate Smith kate.smith@liverpoolfirstumc.org 

Elizabeth Mengel elizabeth.mengel@liverpoolfirstumc.org 

Nancy B. James nbhdkidd@yahoo.com 

Bill Young bill.young@liverpoolfirstumc.org 

Weekly Study Through the BibleMondays at 1 pm

Knit or crochet with Prayerful Threads
Members knit or crochet scarves, hats and mittens for people in need, and blankets and sweaters for children. Join them the first and third Sundays of each month at 2 pm, or work on your own. Contact Paula Lamberson through the church, 315-457-5180, for information.

Please enter church through the glass doors

We invite members and guests to enter through the glass doors from the main parking lot or the front lot on Oswego Street. The purple doors are for exit only.

Come tie knots with the Prayer Quilt Ministry

The Prayer Quilt Ministry needs volunteers to help tie quilts together with square knots. The group meets Tuesdays from 10 am until noon. Contact Jean Jackson for details or call the church at 315-457-5180.

Wednesday Evening Worship – 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary

An informal service of Praise and Worship takes place throughout November, featuring contemporary praise music led by the Youth Praise group, and worship led by Rev. Dr. Brian Homan. On Wednesdays during Advent – December 5, 12, and 19 – a traditional worship service will be led by the Rev. Candace Lawrence, featuring organ music provided by Bill Young.

Coming up in December

December 1 – Advent Family Breakfast (8:30 – 10:30 am)

December 8 – Parents Time Out (11 am – 2 pm)

December 15 – Movie The Star and family activities (4 – 7:30 pm)

December 16 – Chancel Choir Cantata during worship

December 16 – Just in Time for Christmas Bake Sale

December 17 – Harmony of Harps Christmas Concert

December 19 – Senior Ministries Christmas Luncheon

December 24 – Christmas Eve Worship at 5, 7, 9 & 11 pm

Ecumenical Service of Remembrance – December 7

This year’s annual community-wide memorial service takes place at 7 pm at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Vine Street in Liverpool.

Volunteers needed

Wednesday evenings to assist with DELTA program for children in grades 3 – 6, and on Sunday morning education programs.

Hospitality & Fellowship Team to host Parents Time Out

December 8 from 11 am to 2 pm: Parents, drop your children off at church and enjoy time to get shopping or gift wrapping done, or to relax. The children will make crafts, enjoy pizza, decorate holiday cookies, and participate in games and stories led by our LIFE Youth Ministries group. Please sign up downstairs or in the Fellowship Hall so that we know how many to expect.

What does it mean to be a Methodist? 

What do we believe that makes us different from other churches? Would you like to learn more about how you can join the church and serve Christ with us? Beginning Sunday, January 6, and continuing for seven weeks, you are invited as a church member or an inquiring member to join Pastor Homan on an exploration of the United Methodist faith. We will meet on Sundays from 3 to 4:30 pm. Contact the office at 315-457-5180 to register.

Donations needed for flood clean-up buckets 

In the aftermath of hurricanes Florence and Michael, plus recent local flooding, there is a need for “Flood Buckets” to help people clean their homes. We are sponsoring a bucket collection. Please help the church fill buckets with supplies to send to those in need. See a member of Outreach in Fellowship Hall, take a bucket and a list of items needed, or just a list and do what you can to help.

 

The Star Christmas Event

The story of the first Christmas

Saturday, December 15

4 to 7:30 pm

ALL AGES WELCOME

Dinner, activities, movie, take-home memento

Bring friends & family

RSVP to church at 315-457-5180