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.