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 ©(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.