Announcements for September 15, 2019

Quilt on display for Silent Auction

Support the Prayer Quilt Ministry by bidding on the quilt that is displayed in the church corridor, near the Information Table. Funds raised will  be used to purchase supplies for new quilts which are given to people in need of care and comfort during illness or other difficult times.

LIFE Youth Ministry and Praise LIFE band

Teens are invited to the LIFE Youth Ministry weekly gatherings on Fridays at 6 pm. Singers and instrumentalists are also welcome to gather at 5 pm on Fridays to rehearse with the Praise LIFE praise band. Contact Dan Williams for information about the praise band, and Darlene Patton for more about LIFE. 315-457-5180

Senior Ministries Update

Balance due for our November 7-9 trip to Lancaster is due TODAY!

For those traveling with St. Joseph the Worker Seniors on September 18 to the Made in America store and Hidden Valley Animal Park, please arrive at LFUMC at 7:30 am for departure at 8 am. We return around 6:30 pm. Feel free to bring snacks, water, pillows, blankets or whatever
else you need to make your trip enjoyable.

Our motor coach trip to Old Forge is sold out.

There are seats available for our Christmas event on 

December 14 to Phoebe’s and Syracuse Stage to see Beauty & the Beast. This event is open to all ages.

St. Joseph Seniors have two trips that you may join: October 15 to Montezuma Wildlife Refuge and Sauders, and November 20 to Johnny Appleseeds.

Both trips cost $20 (lunch on your own).

For information call Maureen Andrzewski at 315-451-0068

Check out our latest picture board in 

Fellowship Hall from our trip to Cooperstown

Church Conference – October 20 at noon

Everyone is welcome to attend the church conference on Sunday, October 20, at noon. Church leaders will share plans for 2020 with Crossroads District Superintendent Rev. Nola Anderson, elect committee members and trustees for 2020, and discuss ministry and financial plans.

Crossroads District offers Life in the Spirit Seminar – September 20-21

Learn about the Holy Spirit – the third person of the Trinity – and enter the fullness of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is an event with the Holy Spirit, where the Spirit is an active participant.

This team-taught seminar includes scripture references and personal testimony, and 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 way in the life of the believer and in the life of the church.

September 20 (7 – 9 pm) & September 21, (9 am – 4 pm) at Bellevue Heights UMC, 2112 South Geddes St., Syracuse

Registration form at images/uploads/Life_in_the_Spirit_Registration.pdf

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

Help harvest food for the needy

Matthew 25 Farm in Tully needs people to help harvest crops. If there is enough interest for helping this Saturday, September 21, the Outreach & Missions Committee will use the church bus to transport volunteers. Contact Eric Holmes at 315-546-3515 if you are interested.

   The Matthew 25 Farm project provides fresh produce to food pantries and good-will organizations in Central New York. The farm is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) run by a board of trustees consisting of members from the community. Although the farm is run using mostly volunteer help, there are two permanent employees, a farm administrator and a farm manager. During the growing season the farm hires an assistant and an intern. Groups and individuals volunteer to help with planting, rock picking, and harvesting.

The annual Crop Walk will be held at Onondaga Lake Park starting at Willow Bay at 1 pm on October 20. Outreach members will serving soup and chili for the walkers. If interested in helping with soup and chili preparations, please contact a member of Outreach. If interested in walking, please join the Liverpool First Team. You can support our team by donating on-line at

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 (preschool through junior chapter books). 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.

Live faith through service

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

Help is needed during Sunday worship

to operate the power point presentation!

Contact Elizabeth at

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 

Nursery Caregivers

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

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)

Volunteer needed to manage the church office building

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 serving, please speak to Sue Slenker.

PEACE senior luncheon – Mondays at noon

For seniors age 60 and older. Call PEACE at 315-470-3331 to reserve a meal. Suggested contribution, $3.50. Spouses & guests under age 60 welcome for suggested $7. 

September 16: corned beef sandwich, beets, fruit; September 23: breaded chicken filet sandwich, potato salad, mixed vegetables, melon; September 20, Polynesian pork with brown rice, peas with mushrooms, peanut butter cookie. Full menu at

Syracuse Ride for Missing Children – September 27

More than bicyclists ride two-by-two to six different school stops and several school “ride-by’s” to raise awareness and funds for efforts to protect and rescue children through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Volunteers from Liverpool First have, 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, and will also help clean up after closing ceremonies. The riders finish their ride at 5 pm Friday, September 27 and should be done eating by 6:30 or 7 pm. Volunteers are needed to  breakdown tables and chairs and stack them near the doors for pick up. There will be food available and ICE CREAM. This will be at the Sports Center 481 at 6841 Collamer Road in East Syracuse (just off the 481 exit north of the Thruway). 

Visit for details.

Contact the church at 315-457-5180 for volunteer.

BIB collection: macaroni & cheese cups

Any brand of ready-to-eat mac & cheese is great. 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 main corridor.

Help yourself to a daily devotional guide 

The September-October issue of the Upper Room is available in large print or pocket-size. Pick one up in the narthex or at the Information Center table in the corridor. These are free, but donations to cover their cost are welcome.



Mary Magdalene: Saint, disciple, or victim of malicious tweets?

Presented in Fellowship Hall on October 26.