Announcements for November 18, 2018

Pan­cake Break­fast — today, Novem­ber 18

The Liv­er­pool Unit­ed Methodist Men are serv­ing pan­cakes, sausages, apple­sauce, and bev­er­ages in Fel­low­ship Hall today from 8:45 to 11 am. There is no fee, but a free-will offer­ing will be accept­ed to fund UMM mis­sion and ser­vice projects.

Thanks­giv­ing Wor­ship — Wednes­day, Novem­ber 21 at 6:30 pm

Pas­tor Bri­an Homan leads an infor­mal wor­ship ser­vice fea­tur­ing con­tem­po­rary praise music, a cel­e­bra­tion of Holy Com­mu­nion, and a time for giv­ing thanks. Please join us, and bring friends and fam­i­ly.

What To Say? Learn about Alzheimer’s — Nov. 26
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 Com­mu­nion — Decem­ber 5, 12, & 19

Join a time of peace and prepa­ra­tion for Christ­mas at Wednes­day evening Advent Com­mu­nion Ser­vices, start­ing at 7 pm in the sanc­tu­ary. Organ­ist Bill Young and Rev. Can­dace Lawrence will lead tra­di­tion­al music and wor­ship. Focus our hearts on the mean­ing of this holy sea­son, grow in faith, and bring our faith to the cel­e­bra­tion of Advent and Christ­mas.

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. For infor­ma­tion,
call the church at 315–457-5180. Enjoy the lights and good cheer with up to 13 oth­ers on a warm bus.

FREE Advent Break­fast — Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 1

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

Sun­day after­noon Advent study begins Decem­ber 2

O. Hen­ry wrote a 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 Sun­days dur­ing Advent, begin­ning Sun­day, Decem­ber 2. 

Ser­vice of Remem­brance, Decem­ber 7 at 7 pm 

Cler­gy mem­bers from sev­er­al Liv­er­pool church­es lead this annu­al memo­r­i­al ser­vice at St. Matthew’s Epis­co­pal Church on Vine Street in Liv­er­pool. Spon­sored by Mau­r­er Funer­al Home, it offers com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers an oppor­tu­ni­ty to remem­ber loved ones that have passed away. All are wel­come.

Par­ents Time Out — Decem­ber 8, 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. Host­ed by the Hos­pi­tal­i­ty & Fel­low­ship Team.


The Star Christ­mas Event

The sto­ry of the first Christ­mas

Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 15

4 to 7:30 pm


Din­ner, activ­i­ties, movie, take-home memen­to. Bring friends & fam­i­ly

RSVP to church at 315–457-5180


Can­dle lighters & read­ers need­ed for Christ­mas

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

Pas­tor Homan 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.

Can­dy & snacks 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 is col­lect­ing pud­ding cups

Liv­er­pool chap­ter of BIB pro­vides week­end food for 200 of the 672 qual­i­fy­ing stu­dents at Sey­mour School on Syracuse’s south­west side. Infor­ma­tion is avail­able at the col­lec­tion bas­ket in the church hall­way.

Christ­mas Bake Sale is Sun­day, Decem­ber 16

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

Chan­cel Choir Can­ta­ta — Decem­ber 16 in wor­ship

The choir will per­form the can­ta­ta, God Came Near by Tom Fet­tke and Max Luca­do on Decem­ber 16 at both the 9:30 & 11 am ser­vices. This work is full of famil­iar tunes, new melodies, solos, cho­rus and nar­ra­tion. Sev­er­al guest musi­cians and con­gre­ga­tion mem­bers will par­tic­i­pate along with the choir.

Bible study meets first & third Fri­days of month 

Held at Don­na Greene’s house near Soule Road; light break­fast at 9:30 am, study is 10 am-noon. Call 315–652-5410 for direc­tions. Decem­ber 7 & 21 top­ics: Why They Left Atheism/Agnosticism

Vol­un­teer need­ed to direct children’s choir

Spir­it Singers youth choir needs a direc­tor. Con­tact Nan­cy, Direc­tor of Music Min­istries, at 315–457-5180 or

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 appre­ci­ate home-cooked meals. If you wish to receive meals from church vol­un­teers, con­tact the church at 315–457-5180.

Kitchen vol­un­teer need­ed Mon­days, 11 am to 1 pm

Our church hosts a PEACE, Inc. meal for senior cit­i­zens. Vol­un­teer would help serve and clear. Call the church at 315–457-5180.

How to con­tact church staff by email 

Dr. Bri­an Homan 

Court­ney Don­ald­son

Karen Gloyd

Kate Smith 

Eliz­a­beth Men­gel 

Nan­cy B. James

Bill Young 

Week­ly Study Through the Bible — Mon­days at 1 pm

The group will  meet on Novem­ber 19 but­not on Novem­ber 26.

Knit or cro­chet with Prayer­ful Threads
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 the month at 2 pm, or work on your own. Con­tact Paula Lam­ber­son through the church, 315–457-5180, for infor­ma­tion.

Come tie knots with the Prayer Quilt Min­istry

The Prayer Quilt Min­istry needs vol­un­teers to tie quilts togeth­er with square knots. They meet 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

Infor­mal wor­ship led by Rev. Dr. Bri­an Homan with con­tem­po­rary praise music pro­vid­ed by the youth praise group. Dur­ing Advent (Decem­ber 5, 12, & 19) a tra­di­tion­al ser­vice will take place instead — led by Rev. Can­dace Lawrence with organ music by Bill Young.

Har­mo­ny of Harps Christ­mas Con­cert

All wel­come to this free per­for­mance — Decem­ber 17 at 7:15 pm.

What does it mean to be a Methodist?

What do we believe that makes us dif­fer­ent from oth­er church­es? Begin­ning Jan­u­ary 6 and con­tin­u­ing for sev­en weeks, church mem­bers and inquir­ing mem­bers may join Pas­tor Homan to explore the Unit­ed Methodist faith. They will meet Sun­days from 3 to 4:30 pm.