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