Announcements for February 17, 2019

Tech­ni­cal help need­ed dur­ing wor­ship

The use of pow­er point in the church ser­vice is an impor­tant tool to lead us in wor­ship and keep us informed about events and activ­i­ties. The Wor­ship Team is look­ing for peo­ple to run the pow­er point dur­ing the 9:30 am ser­vice. The task is sim­ply to run the slides. There is no pro­duc­tion required. Pas­tor Bri­an will show you how the sys­tem works.  We hope to put togeth­er a group of assis­tants to share in this work. Please see Can­dace Lawrence, Wor­ship Com­mit­tee Chair, or Pas­tor Bri­an if you wish to serve in this way.

Restor­ing bro­ken lives, ful­fill­ing dreams — Teen Chal­lenge is focus of Feb. 25 pro­gram

The mis­sion of Adult and Teen Chal­lenge is to help peo­ple caught in the cycle of drug and alco­hol abuse and life con­trol­ling prob­lems to becom­ing men­tal­ly sound, emo­tion­al­ly bal­anced, social­ly adjust­ed, phys­i­cal­ly well, and spir­i­tu­al­ly alive. Learn about the pro­gram from Direc­tor David Pilch and a pro­gram grad­u­ate at Olive­branch Wom­en’s Group on Mon­day, Feb­ru­ary 25. Appe­tiz­ers at 5:30 pm and din­ner at 6 pm for $5 dona­tion. Call in reser­va­tion to 315–457-5180 by Fri­day noon Feb­ru­ary 22.

Teen Chal­lenge needs chlorox, clean­ing prod­ucts, floor clean­ing solu­tions, paper tow­els and toi­let tis­sue. Every­one is asked invit­ed to drop off sup­plies in the hall col­lec­tion bas­ket. Thank you.

Learn about help­ing refugees on March 10

Join your Out­reach Com­mis­sion in wel­com­ing Daryl Files to our church on Sun­day, March 10, at 2 pm. Daryl works with the inter­faith com­mu­ni­ty and share how we can help refugees. Lis­ten to her sto­ries of the fam­i­lies that have set­tled here and the new ones that will be com­ing. There are many tasks we can assist with as a church com­mu­ni­ty.

Can­ta­ta will be April 14 at 9:30 & 11 am

Our Chan­cel Choir will present a spring can­ta­ta on Palm Sun­day, April 14, at both the 9:30 & 11 am ser­vices. This year’s can­ta­ta is “It Is Fin­ished” A Tene­brae Ser­vice, by Mary McDon­ald. This 30-minute work will be accom­pa­nied by a small instru­men­tal cham­ber ensem­ble of local musi­cians.

Futures Team to study church poten­tial

In Decem­ber, the church Admin­is­tra­tive Coun­cil vot­ed to study the needs of our com­mu­ni­ty and the present min­istry of the church, to pro­pose changes nec­es­sary to assure our impact for Christ. This process will be done in con­junc­tion with the Vital Con­gre­ga­tions Team of the Annu­al Con­fer­ence led by Rev­erend Aaron Bouwens. 

    The Futures Task Force includes: Charles McCh­es­ney, Pat Toukat­ly, Karen Gloyd, Eric Holmes, Bill Pat­ton, Pat Cuper­nall, Robin Folk, and  Miguel Pati­no. They will work over the next 18 months to review, dis­cern and pro­pose changes in min­istry for our lead­ers to con­sid­er. Please pray for the team and their work.

Project Christi­na Sup­ports fos­ter chil­dren

Donate toys, books, tote bags for chil­dren in need

Help fos­ter chil­dren through Project Christi­na. Show love to chil­dren enter­ing fos­ter care by donat­ing a stuffed toy, book, or tote bag. Col­lec­tion box is at the Senior Min­istries’ table in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Game Bonan­za

Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 24 

Begin­ning at noon.

Lunch & snacks includ­ed.

Join us to play board games.

Senior Min­istries — updates & new pol­i­cy

New pol­i­cy for reser­va­tions: they can only be made 2 months pri­or to each event. Checks may be sent in dur­ing the month of Feb­ru­ary for the April 26th din­ner. Checks may be sent in dur­ing March for May, April for June, May for July, June for August, July for Sep­tem­ber, August for Octo­ber, Sep­tem­ber for Novem­ber, and Octo­ber for Decem­ber. This allows every­one an oppor­tu­ni­ty to attend regard­less of their finan­cial sit­u­a­tion. The excep­tion is on our overnight trips.

Fri­day, April 26: 50’s Din­ner catered by LFUMC Men’s Club

Fel­low­ship Hall — 6 pm — $15 per per­son

Hoff­man hot dogs & coneys, salt pota­toes, mac­a­roni sal­ad, beans, chips, iced tea & lemon­ade, ice cream floats or dish­es of ice cream. Meal will be served Fam­i­ly Style.

Pro­gram: The Sto­ry of the Schu­bert Broth­ers pre­sent­ed by Gregg Tripoli, Ononda­ga His­tor­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor — Learn how Syra­cuse built Broad­way as we know it, and how the Jew­ish neigh­bor­hood of the 15th ward helped the Schu­bert Broth­ers cre­ate the largest the­atri­cal empire the world has ever know. Every­one of all ages is Invit­ed to attend. Seat­ing is lim­it­ed to 100 so don’t delay — this is a pop­u­lar event!

Infor­ma­tion about The Way For­ward

A spe­cial Gen­er­al Con­fer­ence ses­sion of the Unit­ed Methodist Church will be held Feb­ru­ary 23–26 to con­sid­er The Way For­ward con­cern­ing the church’s stance on homo­sex­u­al­i­ty. To review the options to be con­sid­ered, vis­it the Upper New York Con­fer­ence web­site at A descrip­tion of the plans is also at the church Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter.

Lenten Fish Din­ners — March 8 & March 29

Had­dock din­ners with fish fresh from Boston, home­made three-cheese mac­a­roni and cheese, cole slaw, Ital­ian bread, dessert. Eat in or take out. Vol­un­teer sign-ups are post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall. Please help your church by attend­ing and / or help­ing! Meals cost $11, or for ages 6–12 $5, ages 5 and under FREE. Pre-order and pre-pay on Sun­days in Fel­low­ship Hall (or return form below, with pay­ment, by March 4 (for March 8) or March 25 (for March 29).

Fish Din­ner Order

Cir­cle Date:     March 8      March 29

Name ____________________________________

Phone Num­ber _____________________________

Dine In Take Out

Adult ________ ________

Child age 6–12 ________ ________

Child 5 & under FREE ________ ________

Total $__________

Vol­un­teers need­ed Sun­days at 11 am 

Vol­un­teers are urgent­ly need­ed to ush­er at the 11 am
wor­ship ser­vice. Con­tact Tom Pelkey at 315–559-3832 or add your name to the ush­er sched­ule on the Fel­low­ship Hall sign up sheet, post­ed on the bul­letin board.

Prayer Room is open for every­one

Every­one is wel­come to vis­it the church Prayer Room,
locat­ed off Fel­low­ship Hall. Open Sun­day morn­ings and dur­ing office hours (9 am to 3 pm Mon­day-Thurs­day, 9 am to noon Fri­day), it con­tains prayer guides, devo­tion­al books, and oth­er resources.

Spring Women’s Retreat

Be All That You Can Be

May 4, 2019

Host­ed by the
Unit­ed Methodist Wom­en’s groups

More infor­ma­tion to fol­low

PEACE senior lun­cheon — Mon­days at noon

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

Sug­gest­ed con­tri­bu­tion, $3. Feb­ru­ary 25 menu: Ital­ian sausage, pas­ta and mari­nara sauce, veg­eta­bles, man­darin oranges, Ital­ian bread. There is no meal on Feb­ru­ary 18.

News from the Out­reach & Mis­sions Com­mit­tee

by Eric Holmes, Chair­man

Out­reach con­tin­ues to do God’s work, from host­ing Lights on the Lake bus trips, help­ing needy fam­i­lies with Christ­mas gifts, sup­port­ing the Brown Memo­r­i­al “Christ­mas Store”, prepar­ing and serv­ing Sun­day din­ner at Brown Memo­r­i­al UMC, prepar­ing cook­ies for the Res­cue Mis­sion, putting togeth­er flood cleanup splly buck­ets, and col­lect­ing Super Bowl Soup for the St. Joseph’s food Pantry and Bless­ings in a Back­pack. All are wel­come to join in our mis­sion.

      In Jan­u­ary, the Out­reach Com­mit­tee met at the Mis­sion Cen­tral HUB for a talk by Mike Block (Direc­tor of Mis­sion Engage­ment). The HUB gives us the oppor­tu­ni­ty to get togeth­er and be the hands and feet of God right here in Upper New York and around the world. It is locat­ed at the Unit­ed Methodist Cen­ter on Hen­ry Clay Blvd. We became aware of mul­ti­ple vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties that we expect to take advan­tage of. 

      This Spring we are plan­ning on serv­ing at the Samar­i­tan Cen­ter, serv­ing a Shrove Tues­day Pan­cake din­ner and hold­ing a Mother’s Day Plant sale to raise mon­ey for the Mis­sion Pos­si­ble fund that sup­ports Red Bird and oth­er mis­sion efforts. 

      Final­ly, Out­reach brings to mind a favorite Chris­t­ian singer-song­writer, Jason Gray, with these lyrics from his song “With Every Act of Love”. Out­reach efforts are essen­tial­ly acts of love.: With every act of love Jesus, help us car­ry You. Alive in us, Your light shines through. With every act of love, We bring the king­dom come.

      Check out our bul­letin board in Fel­low­ship Hall or con­tact one of the Out­reach Com­mit­tee mem­bers. There are oppor­tu­ni­ties for you to par­tic­i­pate. Out­reach is not just for com­mit­tee mem­bers. And please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact me at or 315–546-3515.

Shrove Tues­day Pan­cake Sup­per

March 5      5 to 7 pm

Pan­cakes, sausages, apple­sauce, and bev­er­ages
pre­pared and served by mem­bers of the
Out­reach & Mis­sions Com­mis­sion.

A free-will offer­ing will be accept­ed
to sup­port mis­sion projects.

Reg­is­ter for Sum­mer Camp

Reg­is­tra­tion is open for 2019 Sum­mer Camps & Retreats in the Upper New York Camp & Retreat Min­istries. They offer many oppor­tu­ni­ties for spir­i­tu­al growth. Details at, or call 1–855-414‑6400.

Liv­er­pool First UMC hosts FREE safe­ty train­ing

Liv­er­pool Police Depart­ment will present CRASE (Civil­ian Response to Active Shoot­er Event) at 7 pm Feb­ru­ary 26 and 28 (same pro­gram each night). Reg­is­tra­tion is required. Par­tic­i­pants will be taught how to sur­vive many types of pub­lic emer­gen­cies, not just a shoot­ing. While church­es are among the safest pub­lic build­ings, emer­gen­cies occur any­where. Call 315–457-5180 to reg­is­ter.

Mid­week Wor­ship — Wednes­days at 6:30 pm

Join us for con­tem­po­rary praise led by the LIFE Praise Team, fol­lowed by teach­ing by Pas­tor Bri­an Homan. The DELTA chil­dren’s pro­gram is offered at the same time in the edu­ca­tion space, and the nurs­ery is open for infants and tod­dlers.

St. Patrick­’s-themed fel­low­ship — March 16

Every­one is wel­come to a lun­cheon and movie day on
Sat­ur­day, March 16, at the church. Save the date — details will be announced soon.

Safe Sanc­tu­ary Train­ing — March 2

At Syra­cuse Brown Memo­r­i­al UMC. Con­tact Lori Wyman at to attend. Required for vol­un­teers and staff that work with chil­dren and vul­ner­a­ble adults.

Feb­ru­ary 10, 2019 wor­ship ser­vice is on YouTube

9:30 am Children’s Mes­sage Jesus Says

9:30 am Ser­mon Stretch­ing The Lim­its Of Faith

9:30 am Com­plete Wor­ship Ser­vice

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.

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.

Tie knots with the Prayer Quilt Min­istry

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

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.

Spon­sor Sun­day Altar Flow­ers

Hon­or a loved one in recog­ni­tion of a birth­day, anniver­sary, or oth­er event. Some dates fill ear­ly, so if there is a spe­cif­ic date that you would like to spon­sor,
call 315–457-5180, write to, 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 #: ____________________________________