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.