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 #: ____________________________________