Announcements for December 9, 2018

Advent Wor­ship with Holy Com­mu­nion — Wednes­days at 7 pm — Decem­ber 12 & 19

Join a time of peace and prepa­ra­tion for Christ­mas. Organ­ist Bill Young and Rev. Can­dace Lawrence lead tra­di­tion­al music and wor­ship to help wor­shipers focus their hearts on the mean­ing of this holy sea­son.

Har­mo­ny of Harps Con­cert — Decem­ber 17   Olive­branch Women’s din­ner at 6 pm

An Olive­branch Women’s din­ner pre­ceeds the harp con­cert, begin­ning with appe­tiz­ers at 5:30 pm and din­ner at 6 pm. All women are wel­come; $5 dona­tion for din­ner. There will be refresh­ments fol­low­ing the 7:15 pm con­cert. Your friends and the pub­lic are invit­ed. There will be a free-will offer­ing tak­en to sup­port the pur­chase of music for the harpists.


The Star Christ­mas Movie 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 315–457-5180


Tour Lights on the Lake on the Church Bus

View the dis­play at Ononda­ga Lake Park. Dri­vers from the Out­reach & Mis­sions team take groups on Mon­days. Sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall. For infor­ma­tion, call 315–457-5180.

Through the Bible — new study to begin this Mon­day, Decem­ber 10, on the book of Isa­iah

This study will extend for six weeks and there are three study guides avail­able should you like to join the class. The ongo­ing Through the Bible Class meets Mon­days from 1 — 3 pm, is enjoyed by 16 stu­dents, some who come from oth­er church­es in our area. The class will not meet Decem­ber 24 or 31. We will resume on Jan­u­ary 7.

Advent Study time change! Now 1:30 pm

The study, which meets Sun­days, will now meet at 1:30 pm so mem­bers can get home before dark. Dis­cuss the sto­ry by O. Hen­ry, The Gift of the Magi. It inte­grates the Bible with the fic­tion­al sto­ry. Study guides con­tain­ing the sto­ry, study notes, and dis­cus­sion ques­tions, are avail­able at our Infor­ma­tion Table. If you missed last week, don’t despair, we will review our dis­cus­sion from the first ses­sion.

Chan­cel Choir Can­ta­ta — Decem­ber 16

The choir will per­form the can­ta­ta, God Came Near by Tom Fet­tke and Max Luca­do at the 9:30 & 11 am ser­vices. Guest musi­cians will par­tic­i­pate with the choir.

Christ­mas Bake Sale — Decem­ber 16

Please sign up to donate good­ies to be sold by the small or large box. We need many dona­tions. See the sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall for sug­ges­tions and to help.

Delta Son­ic car wash coupons again avail­able!

For gift-giv­ing and win­ter dri­ving. Lim­it­ed num­ber. Buy one for $5, get one FREE. Coupons are good for 2 months.

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 7 weeks, mem­bers and inquir­ing mem­bers may join Pas­tor Homan to explore the Unit­ed Methodist faith.

Sup­plies need­ed for flood clean-up buck­ets

In the after­math of hur­ri­canes Flo­rence & Michael, peo­ple need sup­plies to clean their homes. Out­reach is col­lect­ing Flood Buck­ets. Infor­ma­tion is in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Bible study meets Decem­ber 21 

At Don­na’s house; break­fast at 9:30 am, study at 10 am. Call 315–457-5180 for direc­tions. Top­ic: Why They Left Atheism/Agnosticism

UMW col­lects Gifts for Baby Jesus 

The Unit­ed Methodist Women’s group is col­lect­ing baby items to give to the Teen MOPS (moth­ers of preschool­ers) group that meets in our build­ing. A list of items need­ed is post­ed on a col­lec­tion box in the foy­er. Dona­tions will be col­lect­ed through­out Advent, con­clud­ing on Christ­mas Day.

How good is your mem­o­ry?

Have fun with church his­to­ry. Pick up a hand­out of pho­tos of the church and its activ­i­ties from the past. See how many of the dates of the pho­tos you can guess cor­rect­ly. They are in a bin at the Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter.

Bid on a Quilt for Christ­mas Giv­ing

Silent auc­tion: Decem­ber 2–9. Quilt on dis­play in hall­way. Per­fect for gift or your­self. Place bid, name, and phone num­ber on sheet locat­ed on hall table. High­est bid­der will be noti­fied. Quilt­ing min­istry will use mon­ey for sup­plies.

Help fam­i­lies in need pro­vide Christ­mas gifts 

Take a tag from the giv­ing tree (near Fel­low­ship Hall) and pur­chase the gift indi­cat­ed. Place it in the pur­ple bin (bring gift cards to office) by Decem­ber 21. Attach the tag to the gift.

PEACE senior lun­cheon — Mon­days at noon

Call PEACE, Inc. at 315–470-3331 to reserve a meal. Sug­gest­ed con­tri­bu­tion, $3. Decem­ber 10 menu: chick­en marsala, wild rice, veg­eta­bles, and choco­late cream pie.

Come tie knots with the Prayer Quilt Min­istry

The Prayer Quilt Min­istry needs vol­un­teers to tie quilts togeth­er with square knots. They meet Tues­days at 10 am. Call the church at 315–457-5180 for infor­ma­tion.

Bless­ings in a Back­pack needs 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 at the col­lec­tion bas­ket in the church hall­way.

Fam­i­ly Min­istries needs can­dy & snacks

Indi­vid­u­al­ly wrapped can­dy, fruit snacks, or mini packs of cook­ies or crack­ers may be left in the col­lec­tion box.

Kitchen vol­un­teer need­ed Mon­days, 11 am

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

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.

Let us know if you need a meal
If you are recov­er­ing from ill­ness, surgery, or injury you may appre­ci­ate home-cooked meals. To receive meals from church vol­un­teers, con­tact the church at 315–457-5180.

Vol­un­teer need­ed to direct children’s choir

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

Miss­ing Any­thing? Check the Lost & Found

If you are miss­ing gloves, hats scarves, glass­es, etc, please check the bin locat­ed on the shelf in the main cor­ri­dor. Call 315–457-5180 for assis­tance.

Pas­tor Homan avail­able by appoint­ment 

To meet Mon­day, Wednes­day, or Fri­day morn­ings, call him at 315–457-5180 or 315–345-6534 to make appoint­ment.



Pas­tor Homan fre­quent­ly offers devo­tion­al books authored by his friend, Stephen Skel­ton and pro­duced by Enter­tain­ment Min­istries. Com­ing soon:

The First Christ­mas in Amer­i­ca tells the sto­ry of the Christ­mas Mir­a­cle of 1776. Six months after sign­ing the Dec­la­ra­tion, Amer­i­ca had all but lost the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War. How­ev­er, on Christ­mas Day 1776, Gen­er­al George Wash­ing­ton launched a last-chance effort. Through a series of mirac­u­lous events, God turned the tide for the Amer­i­can side. 

A Hap­py & Holy New Year pro­vides a bib­li­cal mod­el for cel­e­brat­ing. While New Year’s Eve is not­ed for par­ties and res­o­lu­tions, we may ask if these are in accor­dance with God’s will. The Bible pro­vides a prece­dent for how to cel­e­brate the first day of the New Year. It also pro­vides instruc­tions for how to make res­o­lu­tions for bet­ter liv­ing. Gain a bet­ter under­stand­ing of God’s will for your New Year.