Weekly News for June 2, 2019

All wel­come at Snow­bird Recep­tion

June 4 at 6:30 pm in the church Memo­r­i­al Lounge

Any­one that trav­eled to a warmer cli­mate this past win­ter (plus those who want to recon­nect with them) are invit­ed to gath­er for straw­ber­ries, cake, and con­ver­sa­tion. Call the church at 315–457-5180 or sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall. Host­ed by the Hos­pi­tal­i­ty & Fel­low­ship Com­mit­tee.  

Stew­ard­ship Update

Please remem­ber to hand in pledge cards

We are com­ing to the con­clu­sion of our annu­al cam­paign.  Please con­sid­er your com­mit­ment of trea­sure, time, and tal­ent over the next year. Your esti­mate of giv­ing card can be mailed, dropped off at the church, or placed in the offer­ing plate on Sun­day. Thank you and God bless you all!

Invi­ta­tion to par­tic­i­pate

• Tran­si­tion meet­ings between change of
pas­tors will take place June 17 & 19 at 7 pm

June 17 in the Sanc­tu­ary

For mem­bers of the Admin­is­tra­tive Coun­cil
and SPRC, plus all oth­er church mem­bers

Cof­fee and refresh­ments will be avail­able in
fel­low­ship hall before and after the meet­ing

June 19 in Fel­low­ship Hall

For mem­bers of the Admin­is­tra­tive Coun­cil & SPRC

Cof­fee and refresh­ments will be served dur­ing the meet­ing

The Upper New York Con­fer­ence is facil­i­tat­ing the
pas­toral tran­si­tion process with these meet­ings. Through this process, a con­gre­ga­tion receiv­ing a new pas­tor is
assigned a con­sul­tant to guide the pas­tors, church lead­ers, and con­gre­ga­tion mem­bers involved in the tran­si­tion.

The Rev. Bob Kolvik-Camp­bell from UMC in Sher­rill is our pas­toral tran­si­tion con­sul­tant. In the meet­ings he will help pas­tors, lead­ers, and con­gre­ga­tions be aware of the nor­mal griev­ing process, help us say good­bye in a healthy way, and help us get off to a great start with a new rela­tion­ship.

Our new pas­tor, Bob Vizthum, who arrives July 1 and gives his first ser­mon July 7, will be with us in the June meet­ings.

Cards are being col­lect­ed for Pas­tor B 

To be pre­sent­ed at good­bye recep­tion on June 23

Any­one wish­ing to offer notes, gift cards, or oth­er good­bye gifts may bring them to church on or before June 23 to be
pre­sent­ed to Pas­tor Bri­an dur­ing the spe­cial cof­fee hour to be held in his hon­or. One wor­ship ser­vice will take place at 10 am that day (the start of the sum­mer sched­ule), and the recep­tion will fol­low at 11 am.

Pen­te­cost Sun­day is June 9

We dress up for Christ­mas and we dress up for East­er. Let’s hon­or Pen­te­cost and dress up in some­thing red for this third great fes­ti­val of the church, and joy­ful­ly cel­e­brate the gift of the Holy Spir­it.

Every­one invit­ed to cel­e­bra­tion at the home of Pas­tor Blessed & Bernie Bird

Pas­tor Blessed and Bernie Bird invite every­one to attend a cel­e­bra­tion of their first wed­ding annniver­sary on Sat­ur­day, June 15, at their home. Begin­ning at 2 pm with a renew­al of vows, it also includes a cook­out. RSVP to Pas­tor Blessed by June 7 by email: bsikosana@hotmail.com

Senior Min­istries Update

Sat­ur­day, July 13, 2019

Motor Coach trip to Albany

Tour of the USS Slater — the only destroy­er
escort remain­ing afloat in the US

Lun­cheon Cruise on Albany’s River­boat

Cost is $60 per per­son


Wednes­day, July 31, 2019

Motor Coach trip to Auburn

MGR’s pro­duc­tion of “Grand Hotel”

fol­lowed by din­ner at Las­ca’s. 

Cost is $70 per per­son


Detailed fly­ers for both can be found in
our 3‑ring binder in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Your check received is your reser­va­tion.

Make checks payable to LFUMC Senior Min­istries and leave in church mail­box.

May 26 wor­ship videos are on YouTube


9:30 am Chil­dren’s Mes­sage “Sac­ri­fic­ing For Oth­ers”


9:30 am Ser­mon “Sent By A Liv­ing God”


9:30 am Com­plete Wor­ship Ser­vice 

Sup­port Brown Memo­r­i­al UMC 

Mis­sion Trip

The Teen Life Skills Group at
Brown Memo­r­i­al UMC is rais­ing funds to
par­tic­i­pate in a mis­sion trip in July.
The group will be led by Pas­tor BJ Nor­rix.

They are host­ing a Spaghet­ti Din­ner
on June 15 at Belle­vue UMC (4–7 pm)
and a Beau­ti­ful Mess Con­cert
on June 21 at Uni­ver­si­ty UMC (7 pm).

For infor­ma­tion call 315–457-5180.

Wood­work­ers need­ed

For some time, a group of men at our church have tak­en on tasks involv­ing wood­work­ing. Some past projects include: rebuild­ing the bell gaze­bo on the front lawn of the church; build­ing the “old rugged cross” that sits in the back yard; design­ing and build­ing the com­mu­nion table; build­ing a stor­age rack for the brass pew-end can­de­labras; design­ing and build­ing the rail­ings adja­cent to the pul­pit and lectern; and mak­ing wood­en toys that are sold as a fund rais­er. 

Some mem­bers of the group with very good skills, and with the best equipped shops, have moved south, leav­ing us lim­it­ed in capa­bil­i­ty. We’ve been asked to take on a project to enhance our sanc­tu­ary. If you have wood work­ing skills and access to good tools and equip­ment, please con­sid­er work­ing with us. Con­tact Rich Ertinger for infor­ma­tion — 315–457-5180.

Delta Son­ic car wash coupons on sale

Per­fect for giv­ing to the “Dad” of your choice or to keep your car look­ing good all sum­mer. Buy one for $5 and get a sec­ond coupon free. Good toward any ser­vice at any Delta Son­ic. Good at full face val­ue for 2 months. Then $2 off on each coupon for 2 more months.

Give to the church with your IRA — save on tax­es

by Rich Ertinger, LFUMC Finan­cial Sec­re­tary

   A pos­si­ble income tax sav­ing strat­e­gy for your offer­ings to our church, or any char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tion, is to uti­lize your IRA. If you are age 70 and 1/2, or old­er, and have an IRA, fed­er­al law requires that you make an annu­al Required Min­i­mum Dis­tri­b­u­tion (RMD) with­draw­al from your IRA account. Instead of tak­ing all of your RMD your­self, you can ask your bank, bro­ker­age, or finan­cial insti­tu­tion that man­ages your IRA, to send a por­tion of the RMD direct­ly to a qual­i­fied char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tion (our church is qual­i­fied). Doing this will reduce your report­ed income for the year, which then reduces your income tax­es and per­haps even drops you into a low­er tax brack­et. This strat­e­gy became pop­u­lar for the 2018 tax year when the fed­er­al stan­dard deduc­tion was increased to the point where item­iz­ing deduc­tions was no longer the best path for many peo­ple.

  If you decide that this strat­e­gy works for your per­son­al finan­cial sit­u­a­tion, it prob­a­bly makes sense to ful­fill your pledge to the church via a sin­gle annu­al pay­ment, as opposed to week­ly, or even month­ly, offer­ings. The main point to remem­ber is that the pay­ment from your IRA must be made direct­ly to the char­i­ty, not to you, in order for this to com­ply with fed­er­al tax laws.

How to con­tact church staff

Please note that some email address­es have changed

Church Office: 315–457-5180
Pas­tor Homan:

Dr. Bri­an Homan   bshoman@aol.com 

Karen Gloyd   kgloyd@liverpoolfirstumc.org

Kate Smith   ksmith@liverpoolfirstumc.org 

Eliz­a­beth Men­gel   emengel@liverpoolfirstumc.org 

Nan­cy B. James   nbhdkidd@yahoo.com

Bill Young   byounglfumc@gmail.com