Announcements for August 25, 2019

Sep­tem­ber Sun­days

Sep­tem­ber 1 — Sum­mer Sched­ule

• Prayer & Holy Com­mu­nion at 8:45 am

• Wor­ship at 10 am

• Nurs­ery open at 10 am

School-age chil­dren encour­aged to wor­ship with their fam­i­lies in the sanc­tu­ary (no Sun­day School).

Sep­tem­ber 8 — Reg­u­lar Sched­ule Resumes

• Prayer & Holy Com­mu­nion at 8:15 am

• Wor­ship at 9:30 & 11 am

• Nurs­ery open at 9:15 am

• School-age chil­dren begin the year’s Dis­cov­ery Zone  Sun­day School pro­gram at 9:15 am. Stay after for games and fam­i­ly fun on the back lawn; and for a spe­cial fel­low­ship time to greet Pas­tor Bob Vizthum (dur­ing cof­fee hours at 10:30 am and at 12 pm).

200th Anniver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion

Cel­e­brat­ing the Past, Embrac­ing the Future

Our con­gre­ga­tion was formed in 1820. Next fall we will cel­e­brate 200 years in Liv­er­pool!

Susan Slenker, church librar­i­an and his­to­ri­an, invites inter­est­ed indi­vid­u­als to join the 200th Com­mit­tee.

Pre­lim­i­nary plan­ning with Gin­ny Tilden has led to an out­line of a year-long cel­e­bra­tion, where church events will car­ry a 200th anniver­sary logo, to empha­size this church’s ongo­ing his­to­ry. Con­tact Gin­ny Tilden or Sue Slenker or leave your name with the church office staff at 315–457-5180.

First plan­ning meet­ing: Tues­day, August 27, 7 pm

Thank you for vol­un­teer­ing and donat­ing

Out­reach extends thanks to mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion that con­tributed time, food, or funds to sup­port the Brown Memo­r­i­al Sun­day cook-out on 4 August. Any efforts to help this com­mu­ni­ty in need is great­ly appre­ci­at­ed.

Olive­branch Women’s Group presents an Odyssey to Ghana — Sep­tem­ber 23

Expe­ri­ence a jour­ney from feel­ing lost in Mex­i­co, New York, to find­ing a life pur­pose in Ghana with Dawn La Flamm. She want­ed to learn what pover­ty was like and chose this Eng­lish-speak­ing coun­try on the east coast of Africa. It was a crash course in cul­ture and pover­ty in a coun­try with no social safe­ty net. Schools had no libraries and no books. So this became her project. Come hear her sto­ry.

Every­one can help by donat­ing gen­tly used books. Label dona­tions and place them in the col­lec­tion box in the main cor­ri­dor by Sep­tem­ber 23.

Olive­branch din­ners are open to all women; pro­grams are open to every­one. The group meets one Mon­day a month, begin­ning at 5:30 pm with appe­tiz­ers fol­lowed by din­ner at 6 pm, then pro­gram at 7:15 pm. Cost for din­ner is $5, payable at the door. Meal reser­va­tions required by 11 am on Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 20 — call the church at 315–457-5180 or email to reserve a meal.

Get to know Pas­tor Bob Vizthum
Meet & Greet Time With Pas­tor Bob — Wednes­day, August 28, start­ing at 6:30 pm

Share con­ver­sa­tion with Pas­tor Bob in an infor­mal gath­er­ing in the Memo­r­i­al Lounge. Enjoy cook­ies and cof­fee pro­vid­ed by SPRC. Par­tic­i­pa­tion is lim­it­ed to 20 peo­ple. Sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall or call 315–457-5180.

Donate books for chil­dren in Ghana

Olive­branch will host a pro­gram on a local woman col­lect­ing chil­dren’s books for school libraries in Ghana that have no books. If you care to donate gen­tly used books (preschool board books and soft cov­er pic­ture books and junior chap­ter books, please clear­ly label them and place in the col­lec­tion box in the main cor­ri­dor by Sep­tem­ber 23.

Addi­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Greeters Need­ed

Our first year of Secu­ri­ty Greeters was very suc­cess­ful. Three or four new vol­un­teers are need­ed to replace those rotat­ing off. There is a short ori­en­ta­tion. Con­tact Jason Hoy through the church at 315–457-5180 to serve one Sun­day a month.

Cross­roads Dis­trict offers Life in the Spir­it Sem­i­nar — Sep­tem­ber 20–22

Learn about the per­son and work of the Holy Spir­it — the third per­son of the Trin­i­ty — and enter the full­ness of Jesus Christ through the pow­er of the Holy Spir­it. It is not just an event about the Holy Spir­it. It is an event with the Holy Spir­it, where the Spir­it is an active par­tic­i­pant.

This team-taught sem­i­nar includes scrip­ture ref­er­ences and per­son­al tes­ti­mo­ny. The mate­r­i­al is designed to break down bar­ri­ers, dis­pel myths and fears, and cre­ate a hunger for the gifts of God’s Spir­it to be man­i­fest­ed in a new and vital way in the life of the believ­er and in the life of the church.

A relat­ed devo­tion­al guide is offered for every day from now through Sep­tem­ber 20. Copies are on the table at the church Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter, and online at

Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 20, 2019 from 7 — 9 pm and Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 21, from 9 am — 4 pm at Bel­lvue Heights UMC, 2112 South Ged­des Street, Syra­cuse

Down­load reg­is­tra­tion form at images/uploads/Life_in_the_Spirit_Registration.pdf
Cost is $20. Come for all or part of the week­end!

Bless­ings in a Back­pack is col­lect­ing fruit & grain (cere­al) bars for Sey­mour School

Any brand or fla­vor is great – just no nuts. We are prepar­ing to feed 200 chil­dren each week­end dur­ing the school year. For a lot of kids, food is their most impor­tant school sup­ply. Infor­ma­tion is at the col­lec­tion bin in the cor­ri­dor.

Vol­un­teer Care­givers Need­ed

Con­tact Karen Gloyd to help care for infants and tod­dlers dur­ing wor­ship.

Walk is Octo­ber 20 begin­ning at 1 pm

Starts at Ononda­ga Lake Park in Wil­low Bay — vis­it for details and to make a dona­tion, start a per­son­al fundrais­ing page, or start a team!

Inter­est­ed in Methodist His­to­ry?

UNY Unit­ed Methodist His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety annu­al fall meet­ing is Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 14 at the Cort­land UMC. Depart at 10 am, return by 4 pm. The meet­ing will be at 11 amfol­lowed by the pro­gram: a cos­tumed “cir­cuit rid­er” telling what his life was like 200 years ago. Dona­tion lunch at 1 pm. See Sue Slenker for a ride if inter­est­ed.

Plan ahead: The North­east Juris­dic­tion­al Com­mis­sion on Archives and His­to­ry meets May 19–21, 2020, in Auburn. High­lights will be on the 100th anniver­sary of women’s right to vote and on Har­ri­et Tubman’s hero­ic life and fight from slav­ery to free­dom. Some pro­grams open to the pub­lic.

Live faith through action as a vol­un­teer

Call the church at 315–457-5180 to get in touch with lead­ers

Help need­ed dur­ing Sun­day wor­ship to oper­ate the pow­er point pre­sen­ta­tion — con­tact Eliz­a­beth Men­gel

Chris­t­ian Edu­ca­tion & Fam­i­ly Min­istries 

Assist a teacher or serve as a sub­sti­tute for Sun­day morn­ing or Wednes­day evening pro­grams, help set up or clean up from events, direct games, serve snacks, lead songs, mon­i­tor hall­ways, or wel­come new fam­i­lies. Con­tact Karen Gloyd 

Lead in Faith 

Assist with wor­ship, teach a short term Bible study for
Advent or Lent, host a small group dis­cus­sion.

Con­tact Rev. Bob Vizthum or Sharon Hart­man

Help a Com­mit­tee 

Dinner/Fundraising, Out­reach & Mis­sions, Finance, Edu­ca­tion, Library & Archives, Prayer Quilt Min­istry, Prayer­ful Threads Knit & Cro­chet group, Office Helpers Con­tact Kate Smith

Share your Song 

Wes­ley Bell Ringers, Chan­cel Choir, Praise Band Con­tact Nan­cy B. James or Becky Dun­stone (Bells)

Care for Oth­ers 

Vis­it home­bound and nurs­ing home res­i­dents, pre­pare meals for those recov­er­ing from ill­ness or surgery

Con­tact Lor­rie LaDuke or Tom Pelkey (meal pro­gram)

Hos­pi­tal­i­ty, Safe­ty, & Wel­com­ing 

Greet at entrances, ush­er dur­ing wor­ship, serve cof­fee and refresh­ments Con­tact Ron­i­ca Put­man (greet); Tom Pelkey (ush­ers), Jason Hoy (safe­ty), Lor­rie LaDuke (hos­pi­tal­i­ty)

Ush­ers need­ed for wor­ship ser­vices

Vol­un­teers are need­ed to ush­er dur­ing wor­ship ser­vices. Please sign up on the sheet post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall, or con­tact Tom Pelkey for infor­ma­tion.

Office Build­ing Man­ag­er

This requires approx­i­mate­ly 6–10 hours a week of inspec­tions, main­tain­ing ten­ant rela­tions, han­dling sim­ple repairs such as light bulb replace­ment, and attend­ing to com­mon bath­room upkeep. Michael Gloyd is cus­to­di­an. The man­ag­er works week­ly with the Trustees pres­i­dent. Trustees han­dle major repair issues, ven­dors, and billing. Peo­ple skills and sim­ple repair skills are a neces­si­ty. If you are inter­est­ed in try­ing out this vol­un­teer job, please speak to Sue Slenker.

Senior Min­istries Update

Reser­va­tions are being accept­ed for these events:

Sep­tem­ber 7 Motor Coach to Lake George for buf­fet lun­cheon cruise on the Lac Du Saint Sacre­ment. Depart at 7:30 am, return at 6:30 pm   $70 per per­son.

Sep­tem­ber 18 Joint trip with St. Joseph the Work­er Seniors on Motor Coach to Made in Amer­i­ca Store, lunch at Hid­den Val­ley Ani­mal Adven­ture and an hour-long Wild Game Safari tour. Depart at 8 am, return at 6:30 pm   $65 per per­son.

Octo­ber 5 Motor Coach to Old Forge for lunch at Van Auken’s Inne, train ride from Then­dara to Otter Lake and back, and shop­ping at Old Forge Hard­ware. Depart at 8:30 am, return at 6:30 pm   $65 per per­son

Decem­ber 14 Buf­fet lunch at Phoe­be’s and Syra­cuse Stage pro­duc­tion of Beau­ty & The Beast

All ages wel­come:

$65 for adults/seniors;  $55 for children/youth

Your own trans­porta­tion is required. 

Arrive at 11:15 am, per­for­mance ends at 4:30 pm.

Church Finances 101

Some of our mem­bers have expressed con­fu­sion about the struc­ture of our church’s finances.  This arti­cle illus­trates, in sim­ple terms, the var­i­ous income streams and expense items that exist to main­tain the life and oper­a­tions of our con­gre­ga­tion.  There are three basic finan­cial enti­ties
involved, and below is a list­ing of their major com­po­nents.

1) Church Oper­at­ing Bud­get


Your offer­ings

Fund rais­ers

Dona­tions from out­side groups using our facil­i­ties


Pas­toral and staff com­pen­sa­tion


Fam­i­ly min­istries

Wor­ship and music

Out­reach and mis­sions


Shared min­istries


Office expens­es

Cus­to­di­al ser­vices

2) Build­ing Fund


Your offer­ings


Mort­gage for the 2002 build­ing ren­o­va­tion and

2008 kitchen addi­tion

3) Trustees Account


Div­i­dend and inter­est income from bequests and


Main­te­nance, repairs, and upgrades to church
      build­ings and grounds

Church bus main­te­nance


Sophie Graze Endow­ment schol­ar­ships

For clar­i­fi­ca­tion or addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion con­tact

   Mar­shall Bai­ley, Finance Chair

   Rich Ertinger, Finan­cial Sec­re­tary

   Sue Slenker, Trustees Pres­i­dent