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

ALL AGES WELCOME

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.

 

TWO NEW DEVOTIONAL BOOKS ARE COMING SOON!

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.