Announcements for December 16, 2018

Har­mo­ny of Harps Con­cert — Decem­ber 17

Olive­branch Women’s Group invites every­one to attend this Christ­mas harp con­cert, which begins at 7:15 pm. There will be a free-will offer­ing tak­en to sup­port the pur­chase of music for the harpists. Refresh­ments will be served fol­low­ing the con­cert. 

Advent Wor­ship with Holy Com­mu­nion Wednes­day, Decem­ber 19, at 7 pm

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

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 — the book of Isa­iah

The ongo­ing study group meets Mon­days at 1 pm. It will not meet Decem­ber 24 or 31; it will resume on Jan­u­ary 7.

Advent Study — Sun­days at 1:30 pm

Dis­cuss the sto­ry by O. Hen­ry, The Gift of the Magi, and how it inte­grates Bible mes­sages in a fic­tion­al sto­ry. Study guides are avail­able at the church Infor­ma­tion Table.


Home­made cook­ies, muffins, and oth­er treats are sold by the small or large box,  today in Fel­low­ship Hall. Small stock­ing stuffer gift items are also avail­able.

Delta Son­ic car wash coupons for sale!

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

Senior Min­istries Lun­cheon — Decem­ber 19

For those attend­ing the Christ­mas lun­cheon on Wednes­day, arrive around 11:30 am to pick up name tags and get set­tled at assigned tables. Remem­ber to bring a wrapped tree orna­ment to exchange. Lunch will be served fam­i­ly style at noon.

Sup­plies need­ed for flood clean-up buck­ets

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

Bible study meets Decem­ber 21 at Donna’s

Break­fast at 9:30 am, study at 10 am. Call 315–457-5180 for direc­tions to Donna’s house. 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.

Help fam­i­lies pro­vide Christ­mas gifts 

To help par­ents in need pro­vide gifts for their fam­i­lies this Christ­mas, please take a tag from the giv­ing tree (locat­ed in the cor­ri­dor 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 (unwrapped) gift. Mem­bers of the church Out­reach & Mis­sions team will dis­trib­ute them to the fam­i­lies. Thank you for your kind­ness.

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.

Alter­na­tive gifts sup­port Heifer 

Pick up a Heifer Inter­na­tion­al gift cat­a­log from the church Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter to see how you can make a Christ­mas gift in hon­or of loved ones that will sup­port peo­ple in need. Checks can be made out to Liv­er­pool First Unit­ed Methodist Church, with a note that the gift is for Heifer, and placed in the offer­ing plate.


Christ­mas Eve Wor­ship

5 pm Children’s Pageant

7 pm Can­dle­light Wor­ship

9 pm Can­dle­light Wor­ship

11 pm Wor­ship & Holy Com­mu­nion


PEACE senior lun­cheon — Mon­days at noon

Call PEACE, Inc. at 315–470-3331 to reserve a meal. Sug­gest­ed con­tri­bu­tion, $3. Decem­ber 17 menu: Ital­ian sausage with pas­ta & mari­nara sauce, veg­eta­bles,
man­darin oranges, Ital­ian bread.

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. Con­tact Jean Jack­son for details or call the church at 315–457-5180.

Bless­ings in a Back­pack: 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 bin in the church hall­way, or call Jill Ertinger at 315–451-6145.

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

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 children’s choir direc­tor need­ed

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

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 Kate or Eliz­a­beth at 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, pro­duced by Enter­tain­ment Min­istries.

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. Learn about God’s will for your New Year.


How to con­tact church staff by email 

Dr. Bri­an Homan 

Karen Gloyd

Kate Smith 

Eliz­a­beth Men­gel 

Nan­cy B. James

Bill Young