Announcements for March 24, 2019

Volunteers needed at Saturday’s event

Welcome others to Liverpool First! March 30 at 11 am

Families in the Liverpool area have been invited to the annual church Scavenger Hunt and lunch. Volunteers are needed to assist with the hunt, greet families at the doors, and talk with them during lunch. Call Karen at 315-457-510 to volunteer. This event has been well attended by the community in the past three years – let’s welcome them again!

Lenten Communion Services – 7 pm

Join us at Wednesday evening communion
services on March 27, April 3, 10, and 17. Led by
Rev. Candace Lawrence and organist Bill Young, this service is a great way to prepare for the celebration of Easter. Come to one service or to all.

Sight & Sound movies: Sundays at 12:30 pm

View Biblical-themed musical dramas produced by Sight & Sound Theatres. Bring a bag lunch and meet in the downstairs gathering area to eat before the movie begins.

Joseph – March 24    • Moses – March 31

    • Jonah – April 7    • Ruth – April 14

Special Offering Appeal – Vera House

Today we will collect an offering to support Vera House. This non-profit organization in central New York addresses domestic and sexual violence and abuse. It provides services to victims of these crimes and also conducts education within our community to help end these violent acts. Please be generous in support of these important social services.

Lenten Fish Dinner – Friday at 5 pm

Haddock dinners with fish fresh from Boston, macaroni & cheese, cole slaw, Italian bread, dessert. Eat in or take out. Meals cost $11, or for ages 6-12 $5, ages 5 & under FREE. Order and pay by noon March 25.

Welcome, new members!

We extend a warm welcome to three new members that joined the congregation on March 17: Eileen Carr, Kathy LaRue, and Donna White. 

Pastor Bob Vizthum appointed to LFUMC

Bishop Mark Webb will appoint Pastor Bob Vizthum to pastor at Liverpool First United Methodist Church beginning July 1. Pastor Bob’s biography is below:

Robert A. (Bob) Vizthum was born and raised in the city of Detroit, Michigan. His family moved outside of Detroit to the small town of Stockbridge, Michigan, in 1971, where Bob attended High School. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1979 with a degree in Business Administration. He worked as a branch manager of Ann Arbor bank and Trust Company, Ann Arbor, Michigan, before taking a civilian position as an analyst with the US Navy – first in Philadelphia, PA, then in Mechanicsburgh, PA. 

Bob was married to Eileen Joyce in August of 1981. Eileen was a native of Harrisburg, PA. She went to the University of Michigan as a student and Bob and she met in 1980 while both were working at Ann Arbor Bank. They were married for 35 years. Eileen was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in September of 2015 and passed away on May 29, 2016. She was employed for years as an Administrative Assistant to three different District Superintendents of the Susquehanna Conference of the UM Church.

Involvement in a United Methodist Church in the mid 1980s kindled a desire to explore a call to full time ministry for Bob. The church, Colonial Park UMC, Harrisburg, gave Bob many opportunities to discover and use the spiritual gifts God has given him.  With the support of the church community as well as family and friends, Bob, Eileen and their two children moved to Wilmore, Kentucky, in 1989, to attend seminary. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Seminary and has served five different parishes in Bloomsburg, Altoona, and York, PA.

Bob’s daughter, Jennifer, is a graduate of Syracuse University, 2005. She met her husband Matt while attending Syracuse. He is also a 2005 graduate of SU. There were married in 2005 and settled down in the Syracuse area. Jen taught at VVS High School outside of Utica as a history teacher for 8 years. She is now in her 6th year as a history teacher at Baker High School in Baldwinsville. Matt is a Regional Sales Manager for optical services company Alcon. His region spreads from Buffalo to Albany, and down into Pennsylvania. Jen, Matt, and their two children, Avery (11) and Trey (8), reside in Baldwinsville.

Bob’s son, Jim, is a graduate of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, 2007. He then served in the US Navy for 6 years as an Arabic linguist. He and his wife, Ann, now reside in Brighton, Michigan. Jim is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan as well as being a Teaching Assistant in the Arabic linguistics program. Ann is an Assistant US Attorney in the city of Flint, Michigan, having graduated from Ohio State University with an engineering degree and Harvard University with a law degree.

Bob strongly believes in the role of the local church to grow believers/disciples who will then impact their families, communities, and the world with the transforming love of Jesus Christ. He looks very much forward to being with you in ministry for the Lord Jesus!

Senior Ministries Policy & Schedule

Our reservations policy has returned to its original format. You can send checks/reservations for any event/trip at any time. If it is a hardship for you to book so far in advance, please notify Sarah Bieling.

2019 Schedule (detailed flyers are in Fellowship Hall)

Friday, April 26th 6 pm Fellowship Hall $15 – 50’s Dinner with Speaker – All Ages Welcome

Wednesday, May 15 11:30 am lunch & movie at Spaghetti Warehouse $20

Wed-Fri. May 20-31 Cape May

Wednesday, June 5 Euclid Restaurant & Schroeppel Mansion $25 11:15 am

Sunday, June 23 – Dinner Cruise on Skaneateles Lake 

$60 4:15 pm

Friday, June 28 Motor Coach- Cortland “Legally Blonde”  

2 pm dinner at Sherman House $55

Saturday, July 13th Motor Coach – Albany Luncheon cruise 

& tour of The USS Slater $60 7:15 am

Wednesday, July 31 Motor Coach – MGR Grand Hotel dinner at Lasca’s $70 noon

Saturday, Aug 10 Motor Coach MGR South Pacific lunch at Sunset 10 am

Saturday, Aug 24 Motor Coach to Cooperstown – Glimmerglass cruise – lunch at Otesaga – Fly Creek – $50  7 am

Saturday, Sept. 7 Motor Coach to Lake George – luncheon cruise $70 7:15 am

Wed. Sept 18 Motor Coach to Elma – Made In America Store – Hidden Valley Animal Adventure 7:30 am $65 joint trip with St. Joseph The Worker Seniors

Sat. Oct 5 Motor Coach to Old Forge – Train ride from Thendara Station – lunch at Van Auken’s Inne – Old Forge Hardware $65 9:30 am

Thur. – Sat. Nov. 7-9 Trip to Lancaster “Miracle of Christmas” “Joy to the World” and much more.

December 18th Christmas Luncheon

Syracuse Stage Performance of Beauty and the Beast will be added when available.

Message from SPRC

This is the last anticipated communication from SPRC about our transition of pastors. You should all have received the announcement about Pastor Bob Vizthum who will follow Pastor B. There will be an opportunity for some committees to meet him the week of April 22. It has been the goal of SPRC to keep all informed about the appointment process. Favorite Psalms 23 and 121 may provide you with added comfort during this change.         – Ginny Tilden, SPRC Chair

Learn about Adoption Bears on March 25 Olivebranch Women’s Group’s program

Sarah Easterly from the Onondaga County Department of Children and Family Services will share her experiences with giving teddy bears to children who can no longer be supported in their home as they transition to a foster home. The bears provide the child with something to cuddle during this stressful time. She will also describe services that this unit provides. Anyone wishing to donate a bear, please bring it to the meeting. Program beings at 7:15 pm. Everyone is welcome to the program, just call and reserve so we set up enough chairs and open the door to welcome you.

Upcoming programs: 

April 15 – Via Crucis, Path Of Suffering (Stations of the Cross)

May 20 – How Sweet It Is (Nestle Chocolate)

Sophie Graze College Scholarships program 

Applications for the Sophie Graze College Scholarship program are due May 15. Any active church member who is graduating from high school this June may apply. Applications and guidelines are available from Kate in the church office. Call 315-457-5180. Questions can be answered by Karen Gloyd.

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

Our Chancel Choir will present a Palm Sunday cantata titled, “It Is Finished” A Tenebrae Service, by Mary McDonald. It will be accompanied by an instrumental chamber ensemble.


9:30am Children’s Message “Planting the Seeds of Faith”


9:30am Sermon “Finding God in the Church”


9:30am Complete Worship Service

Women’s Retreat: Be All That You Can Be

Saturday, May 4 – hosted by the United Methodist Women.