Announcements for September 1, 2019

Welcome Back! Regular

Schedule Resumes September 8

• 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.

District Laity Gathering, September 5

Church friends are invited to a laity gathering at the United Methodist Conference Center, 7481 Henry Clay Blvd. in Liverpool, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Thursday, September 5. Come for fellowship, worship, review of charge conference forms, and an opportunity to learn about opportunities in lay ministry from Crossroads District Lay Leaders.

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

Cost is $20. Come for all or part of the weekend!

Donate books for children in Ghana

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

CROP Hunger 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!

Syracuse Ride for Missing Children

The Syracuse Ride for Missing Children –  Recap- 100 to 150 bikes two by two will ride to six different school stops and several school “ride-by’s”  Liverpool First has, in the past, provided the church bus for a SAG Wagon ( for riders who can’t keep up or need a break) we will do that again this year (This is a huge help for the ride).  We also have cleaned up after the closing ceremonies.  The riders will finish their ride at 5:00pm Friday, September 27th and should be done eating etc. by 6:30 or 7.  Liverpool will breakdown tables and chairs and stack them near the doors for pick up. There will be food available and ICE CREAM.   In the past we have had 4 or 5 people and it took about 20 minutes.  This year we are at a different location.  The Sports Center 481 at 6841 Collamer Road in East Syracuse.  This is just off the 481 exit north of the Thruway. Here is the website…

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 am

followed 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)

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.