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.