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.