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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS JUNE 13.
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
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS JUNE 13.
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
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.
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: 315–345-6534
Dr. Brian Homan email@example.com
Karen Gloyd firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Smith email@example.com
Elizabeth Mengel firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy B. James email@example.com
Bill Young firstname.lastname@example.org