Announcements for January 20, 2019

Valen­tine’s Day Music & Fel­low­shipSat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 9 at 1:30 pm

Enjoy light refresh­ments and desserts while
lis­ten­ing to Steve Pfanestiel’s acoustic music. Host­ed by the Hos­pi­tal­i­ty & Fel­low­ship Com­mit­tee.

Gath­er at 1:30 pm; music starts at 2 pm.

RSVP by call­ing the church at 315–457-5180
or sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall. 

Learn about Zim­bab­we at the Jan­u­ary 28 Olive­branch Women’s Group pro­gram

Pas­tor Blessed Sikhosana Bird will share her expe­ri­ences of  grow­ing up in Zim­bab­we: tra­di­tions, fam­i­ly life, edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties, and com­mu­ni­ty life, plus rit­u­als and beliefs that are part of mar­riage vows, death cer­e­monies, and
reli­gion. Every­one is wel­come at the 7:15 pm pro­gram.

All women may also attend din­ner: appe­tiz­ers at 5:30 pm and din­ner at 6 pm. Cost for the meal is $5. Reserve meal by con­tact­ing the church at 315–457-5180 or by noon on Jan­u­ary 25.

Chick­en & Bis­cuits — Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 2

Look­ing for Super Bowl lunch? Or din­ner before the SU away bas­ket­ball game? Hun­gry din­ers need­ed 4 to 6 pm. Eat in or take out. $11 adult dona­tion, $5 youth, 5 and younger FREE. Vol­un­teers need­ed SATURDAY to help set up, pre­pare, serve, and clean up. Sign-up sheet post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Care­giv­er Team meets Jan­u­ary 21 at 6 pm

Join the Care­giv­er Team and those inter­est­ed in serv­ing as Care­givers at a train­ing ses­sion at 6 pm in the church lounge. Review the mis­sion of the Care­giver’s min­istry, reg­is­ter for back­ground checks if you choose to serve (required every two years for those who inter­act with vul­ner­a­ble youth or adults). Pas­tor Pen­ny Hart shall pro­vide train­ing on lis­ten­ing skills and update us on new infor­ma­tion on car­ing for peo­ple suf­fer­ing from demen­tia.

Tun­ing Up The Tem­ple

 “Don’t you know that you your­selves are God’s tem­ple and that God’s Spir­it lives in you? God’s tem­ple is sacred, and you are that tem­ple.” 1 Corinthi­ans 3:16–17

Do you want to be health­i­er? Want to lose weight, gain strength and grow spir­i­tu­al­ly? Let us know (315–457-5180; as Pas­tor Bri­an Homan will be cre­at­ing a small group where par­tic­i­pants can help one anoth­er to address these con­cerns.

What does it mean to be a Methodist?

Meets Sun­days at 12:30 pm, light lunch includ­ed

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? On Sun­days through Feb­ru­ary 17, mem­bers and inquir­ing mem­bers may join Pas­tor Bri­an Homan to explore the Unit­ed Methodist faith. Call 315–457-5180 for infor­ma­tion. 

Senior Min­istries — New 2019 Events!

The new­ly-revised 2019 sched­ule is avail­able. Copies of the sched­ule, as well as indi­vid­ual fly­ers for each event/trip, can be found on the table in Fel­low­ship Hall along with new reser­va­tions direc­tions.

Mid­week Wor­ship — Wednes­days at 6:30 pm

Join us for a half hour of con­tem­po­rary praise led by our LIFE Praise Team begin­ning at 6:30 pm fol­lowed by a teach­ing by Pas­tor Bri­an Homan. Cur­rent series is titled, Tran­si­tions: Cop­ing With Change. DELTA — an edu­ca­tion­al pro­gram for chil­dren, is offered dur­ing the ser­vice in the edu­ca­tion space down­stairs.

Dis­trict Train­ing Day — Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 9

All are wel­come to the Cross­roads Dis­trict Train­ing Day on Feb­ru­ary 9 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Unit­ed Methodist Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, 7481 Hen­ry Clay Blvd, Liv­er­pool, NY

Sched­ule and reg­is­tra­tion form will be avail­able soon. Work­shops address all areas of min­istry and lead­er­ship roles and are open to Methodists through­out cen­tral New York.

Help pro­vide a meal at Brown Memo­r­i­al

Help feed wor­shipers on the South­west side of Syra­cuse on Feb­ru­ary 3. LFUMC Out­reach and Mis­sions Com­mit­tee mem­bers are prepar­ing a meal to serve at Brown Memo­r­i­al UMCs week­ly meal for the com­mu­ni­ty. Call the church at 315–457-5180 to vol­un­teer.

Souper Bowl Sun­day food
col­lec­tion — now through Feb­ru­ary 3

We are col­lect­ing cans of soup for Souper Bowl Sun­day. Place them in the bin out­side of Fel­low­ship Hall now through Feb­ru­ary 3. We will donate the soup to the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Liv­er­pool and to the Bless­ings in a Back­pack pro­gram, which helps feed Syra­cuse chil­dren.

House­hold sup­plies need­ed

The Olive­branch Wom­en’s Group pro­gram in Feb­ru­ary is about the Adult & Teen Chal­lenge, an addic­tion-treat­ment pro­gram based on God. It has a 75% cure rate. The live-in pro­gram needs dish soap, bleach, and toi­let tis­sue. Tis­sues, paper tow­els, and oth­er basic clean­ing prod­ucts also need­ed. There is a col­lec­tion box in the hall­way or fel­low­ship hall. Olive­branch would like to present them with sub­stan­tial sup­plies.

PEACE senior lun­cheon — Mon­days at noon

Call PEACE, Inc. at 315–470-3331 to reserve a meal.

Sug­gest­ed con­tri­bu­tion, $3. Upcom­ing meals: Jan­u­ary 14 — cheese­burg­er; no meal Jan­u­ary 21; Jan­u­ary 28 — lasagne.

Through the Bible study meets week­ly

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

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.

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

Upper New York Camp & Retreat Min­istries (CRM) has announced that reg­is­tra­tion is open for its 2019 Sum­mer Camp & Retreat pro­grams. CRM offers var­ied pro­grams, includ­ing clas­sic favorites and new adven­tures. All pro­grams offer oppor­tu­ni­ties for spir­i­tu­al growth and renew­al, and diverse styles of mean­ing­ful wor­ship expe­ri­ences. Campers learn how God calls us to be Agents of Change, and how we can trans­form our com­mu­ni­ties through gen­eros­i­ty, com­pas­sion, inclu­sion, jus­tice, and for­give­ness. 

Pro­gram details are avail­able at
Or, con­tact CRM at
or 1–855-414‑6400.

Clean­ing sup­plies need­ed for flood relief

Please 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.

Jan­u­ary 13, 2019 Wor­ship now on YouTube

9:30 am Chil­drens’ Mes­sage Prayer Is Our Life Vest

9:30am Ser­mon Los­ing the Grip of Fear

9:30am Com­plete Wor­ship Ser­vice

How to con­tact church staff by email 

Dr. Bri­an Homan 

Karen Gloyd

Kate Smith 

Eliz­a­beth Men­gel 

Nan­cy B. James

Bill Young 

Spon­sor Sun­day Altar Flow­ers

Spon­sors are need­ed for Sun­day Altar Flow­ers. Hon­or a loved one in recog­ni­tion of a birth­day, anniver­sary, or oth­er spe­cial event. 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,,
or com­plete 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 #: ____________________________________

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.

Tie knots with the Prayer Quilt Min­istry

The Prayer Quilt Min­istry needs vol­un­teers to tie quilts togeth­er with square knots (meets Tues­days at 10 am). Con­tact Jean J. for details or call 315–457-5180.