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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.unyumc.org
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 http://www.unyumc.org/ 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 crophungerwalk.org/syracuseny/ 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
Donations from outside groups using our facilities
Pastoral and staff compensation
Worship and music
Outreach and missions
2) Building Fund
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