Weekly News for January 6, 2019

Sup­port dis­as­ter relief efforts by help­ing to fill flood clean-up buck­ets to donate to the Unit­ed Methodist Com­mit­tee on Relief. Infor­ma­tion is at the dis­play in the main church cor­ri­dor. Take an emp­ty buck­et to fill, and a list of items need­ed. Or, you may bring in items to be added to buck­ets to be assem­bled by mem­bers of the Out­reach & Mis­sions Com­mit­tee.

Learn about Zim­bab­we at the Jan­u­ary 28 Olive­branch Women’s Group pro­gram Learn what it is like to grow up in Zim­bab­we: tra­di­tions, fam­i­ly life, edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties, and com­mu­ni­ty life for a girl. Appre­ci­ate the rit­u­als and beliefs that are part of mar­riage vows, death cer­e­monies, and reli­gion. Speak­er Pas­tor Blessed Sikhosana Bird will share her expe­ri­ences. Every­one is wel­come at the 7:15 pm pro­gram.

All women are invit­ed to attend the month­ly din­ner of the Olive­branch group, includ­ing appe­tiz­ers at 5:30 pm
and din­ner at 6 pm. Cost for the meal is $5. Reserve a meal by con­tact­ing the church at 315–457-5180 or lfumc@liverpoolfirstumc.org by noon on Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 25. Oth­er Olive­branch pro­grams for 2019 will take place on Feb­ru­ary 25, March 25, April 15, and May 20.

What does it mean to be a Methodist? Sun­days at 12:30 pm begin­ning today, Jan­u­ary 6

What do Unit­ed Methodists believe that makes us dif­fer­ent from oth­er church­es? Would you like to learn more about how you can join the church and serve Christ? Begin­ning Jan­u­ary 6 and con­tin­u­ing for 7 weeks, mem­bers and inquir­ing mem­bers may join Pas­tor Bri­an Homan to explore the Unit­ed Methodist faith. The group will meet on Sun­days from 12:30 to 2 pm. A light lunch will be pro­vid­ed. Con­tact the office at 315–457-5180 or lfumc@liverpoolfirstumc.org to reg­is­ter. 

Through the Bible study resumes Jan­u­ary 7 The ongo­ing study group meets Mon­days at 1 pm to dis­cuss chap­ters of the Bible. All are wel­come to join at any time.

Chili & Com­e­dy: Jan­u­ary 27 at noon.  Every­one wel­come to enjoy chili. Con­tact Karen at church, 315–457-5180 to sign up to make chili.

Senior Min­istries plans 2019 events Our 2018 events have come to a close. Check our table for pic­tures of recent events: Elf the Musi­cal at Syra­cuse Stage and our Christ­mas lun­cheon. Copies of our 2019 sched­ule of events is on the table. Pric­ing will not be avail­able until the end of Jan­u­ary on most trips/events. The excep­tion are the two overnight trips: Cape May is sold out but there is still space avail­able on our trip to Lan­cast­er.

New Year’s devo­tion­al book avail­able Avail­able at the infor­ma­tion table in the main cor­ri­dor: A Hap­py & Holy New Year, authored by Stephen Skel­ton of Enter­tain­ment Min­istries, shares the Bible’s instruc­tions for how to make res­o­lu­tions for bet­ter liv­ing. Learn about God’s will for your New Year.

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.

Last Chance for Delta Son­ic Coupons! Buy one, get one sale ends today. VERY lim­it­ed num­ber left. Stop at the table in Fel­low­ship Hall.

PEACE senior lun­cheon — Mon­days at noon Call PEACE, Inc. at 315–470-3331 to reserve a meal. Sug­gest­ed con­tri­bu­tion, $3. 

Bless­ings in a Back­pack: canned pas­ta Dur­ing Jan­u­ary and Feb­ru­ary, Bless­ings in a Back­pack is col­lect­ing easy-open canned pas­ta w/sauce, any vari­ety or brand. 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 E. 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 nbhdkidd@yahoo.com.

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.

Offer­ing Envelopes are in Fel­low­ship Hall Please stop in Fel­low­ship Hall to pick up your box of 2019 offer­ing envelopes. They are near the ele­va­tor and are arranged in alapha­bet­i­cal order by name. If you do not have a box and wish to use them, please con­tact Eliz­a­beth in the office at 315–457-5180.


Win­ter church din­ners

Feb­ru­ary 2, 2019 — Sat­ur­day, 4 — 6 pm

Chick­en ’n Bis­cuit Din­ner. Come before watch­ing SU basketball’s away game. Take-outs avail­able!

March 8 & 29, 2019 — Fri­days, 5 — … pm

Lenten Fish Din­ners. Pre-orders need­ed. Sign-up forms will be avail­able in this week­ly newslet­ter and in Fel­low­ship Hall on Sun­days in March.


Game Bonan­za: Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 24 begin­ning at noon

Join us for an after­noon of play­ing board games. Lunch & Snacks includ­ed


Spon­sor Sun­day Altar Flow­ers

Spon­sors are need­ed for Sun­day Altar Flow­ers. Hon­or a loved one in recog­ni­tion of birth­days, anniver­saries, or oth­er spe­cial events. Some dates fill ear­ly, so if there is a spe­cif­ic date that you would like to spon­sor, con­tact Eliz­a­beth or Kate at 315–457-5180, lfumc@liverpoolfirstumc.org, or return the form below. The church florist will send an invoice to you after the flow­ers are deliv­ered. You may take flow­ers home with you after wor­ship.

Pre­ferred date: _______________________________

In Mem­o­ry of: ________________________________

In Hon­or of: __________________________________

Giv­en by: ____________________________________

Phone #: ____________________________________


How to con­tact church staff by email 

Dr. Bri­an Homan       bshoman@aol.com 

Karen Gloyd           liverpoolfirstumc@gmail.com

Kate Smith          kate.smith@liverpoolfirstumc.org 

Eliz­a­beth Men­gel       elizabeth.mengel@liverpoolfirstumc.org 

Nan­cy B. James        nbhdkidd@yahoo.com

Bill Young         bill.young@liverpoolfirstumc.org