Announcements for January 27, 2019

Valen­tine’s Day Music & Fel­low­ship — Sat­ur­day, 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, and reli­gious beliefs. Every­one is wel­come for the 7:15 pm pro­gram.

Project Christi­na Sup­ports fos­ter chil­dren

Donate toys, books, tote bags for chil­dren in need

Dur­ing Feb­ru­ary, help fos­ter chil­dren through Project Christi­na. Con­sid­er show­ing love to chil­dren enter­ing fos­ter care by donat­ing a stuffed toy, chil­dren’s book or reuse­able tote bag. There will be a col­lec­tion box next to the Senior Min­istries’ table in Fel­low­ship Hall.

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.

2019 Offer­ing Envelopes are avail­able

Pick up 2019 offer­ing envelopes in Fel­low­ship Hall (arranged in alpha­bet­i­cal order). If you do not have a box and wish to use them, con­tact Eliz­a­beth at 315–457-5180.

Infor­ma­tion about The Way For­ward

On Feb­ru­ary 23–26, a spe­cial Gen­er­al Con­fer­ence ses­sion of the Unit­ed Methodist Church will be held to con­sid­er The Way For­ward con­cern­ing the church’s stance on homo­sex­u­al­i­ty. Three options were rec­om­mend­ed by a task force. These were dis­cussed at a meet­ing with our Bish­op Mark Webb, host­ed by our church. If you would like to review these plans or view the pre­sen­ta­tion by the bish­op please vis­it our Con­fer­ence web­site at Look for the link Resources and click on The Way For­ward. Copies of the three plans are avail­able from the office, or at the Infor­ma­tion Cengter in the church cor­ri­dor. We ask that you pray for the church, the del­e­gates, and for the spe­cial ses­sion.

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 Pas­tor Homan know (315–457-5180; He will cre­ate a group where par­tic­i­pants can sup­port one anoth­er.

What does it mean to be a Methodist?

Meets Sun­days at 12:30 pm, lunch includ­ed What do Unit­ed Methodists believe that is dif­fer­ent from oth­er church­es? Want to learn how you can join the church and serve Christ? On Sun­days through Feb­ru­ary 24, mem­bers and inquir­ing mem­bers may join Pas­tor Bri­an Homan to explore the Unit­ed Methodist faith. Call 315–457-5180 for infor­ma­tion. 

Chili Cook off Today! 12 pm

Taste Testers need­ed!

Join us for chili, fix­ings, choco­late, and com­e­dy!

Jan­u­ary 27 in Fel­low­ship Hall

Oth­er foods avail­able too.

Senior Min­istries — New 2019 Events!

Copies of the 2019 sched­ule, plus fly­ers for each event, are on the table in Fel­low­ship Hall. Space is avail­able on a Novem­ber 7–9 trip to Lan­cast­er, PA. Cost includes 2 nights lodg­ing, 2 break­fasts, 2 din­ners, The Mir­a­cle of Christ­mas at the Mil­le­ni­um The­ater, Joy to the World at the Amer­i­can Music The­ater, plus tax­es and gra­tu­ities. Cost per per­son: $519 for sin­gle; $430 dou­ble; $415 triple. A deposit of $25 per per­son is due by Jan­u­ary 31. Your deposit received is your reser­va­tion. State on check which accom­mo­da­tions you are pay­ing for. If you have room­mates, indi­cate names.

Mid­week Wor­ship — Wednes­days at 6:30 pm

Join us for a half hour of con­tem­po­rary praise led by the LIFE Praise Team begin­ning at 6:30 pm fol­lowed by teach­ing by Pas­tor Bri­an Homan. Cur­rent series is titled, Tran­si­tions: Cop­ing With Change. DELTA 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 on Feb­ru­ary 3

We need vol­un­teers to help serve at Brown Memo­r­i­al Unit­ed Methodist Church on the South­west side of Syra­cuse on Feb­ru­ary 3 from 2:15 pm to about 5 pm. You should make it back home for the Super Bowl kick-off. Con­tact a mem­ber of the Out­reach & Mis­sions Com­mit­tee today if you are inter­est­ed in help­ing.

Souper Bowl Sun­day

Food col­lec­tion now through Feb­ru­ary 3

Donate soup for Souper Bowl Sun­day. Place cans on the table in Fel­low­ship Hall now through Feb­ru­ary 3. We will donate it to the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Liv­er­pool and to Bless­ings in a Back­pack, which helps 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.

Game Bonan­za — Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 24 

Begin­ning at noon; Lunch & Snacks includ­ed

Join us for an after­noon of play­ing board games.

PEACE senior lun­cheon — Mon­days at noon

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

Sug­gest­ed con­tri­bu­tion, $3. Jan­u­ary 28 meal: 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

Bless­ings in a Back­pack is col­lect­ing easy-open canned pas­ta w/sauce, any vari­ety. Liv­er­pool BIB pro­vides week­end food for qual­i­fy­ing stu­dents in Syra­cuse. Infor­ma­tion is at the col­lec­tion bin in the church hall­way.

Kitchen vol­un­teer need­ed Mon­days

Our church hosts a PEACE, Inc. meal for senior cit­i­zens. Vol­un­teers help serve and clear. Call 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. Call 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.

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

Vol­un­teers tie quilts togeth­er with square knots (meets Tues­days at 10 am). Call 315–457-5180.

Reg­is­ter for Sum­mer Camp

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. Details 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.

Liv­er­pool First UMC hosts Safe­ty Train­ing

The Liv­er­pool Police Depart­ment will present CRASE (Civil­ian Response to Active Shoot­er Event) at 7 pm, Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 12 OR Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 28. The same train­ing is offered both nights so atte­nance is not need­ed both times. Reg­is­tra­tion is required and lim­it­ed to 40 par­tic­i­pants per ses­sion. FREE. Par­tic­i­pants will be taught how not to pan­ic, but sur­vive, many types of pub­lic emer­gen­cies, not just a shoot­ing. While church­es are among the safest pub­lic build­ings, emer­gen­cies can occur any­where. Call 315–457-5180 to reg­is­ter.