Announcements for November 10, 2019

New mem­ber class & recep­tion planned

Indi­vid­u­als inter­est­ed in becom­ing mem­bers of Liv­er­pool First UMC are invit­ed to attend an ori­en­ta­tion class on Novem­ber 24 at 4 pm. Learn about the Unit­ed Methodist Church and pre­pare to be received into mem­ber­ship on Decem­ber 8 dur­ing the 9:30 am wor­ship ser­vice. Con­tact Pas­tor Bob Vizthum or the office staff at 315–457-5180 for infor­ma­tion.

Har­mo­ny of Harps con­cert — Decem­ber 16

Every­one is invit­ed to attend this free harp con­cert at 7:15 pm in the LFUMC sanc­tu­ary. Host­ed by the Olive­branch Wom­en’s Group, A Har­mo­ny of Harps is an ensem­ble based in Syra­cuse, com­prised of mem­bers of var­ied ages, voca­tions, and abil­i­ties, who all share a love for the harp. They play in styles includ­ing Celtic, Renais­sance, folk, clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary. A free-will dona­tion will be accept­ed.

Altar flower spon­sors need­ed 

Spon­sors are need­ed for Decem­ber 1, 8, and 15. The office staff is also tak­ing reser­va­tions for 2020. Spon­sors may take flow­ers after the con­clu­sion of Sun­day wor­ship. Con­sid­er spon­sor­ing an arrange­ment in hon­or of a loved one’s birth­day, anniver­sary, or oth­er spe­cial day — or in mem­o­ry of a fam­i­ly mem­ber or friend. Church staff order the flow­ers, and the florist sends a bill direct­ly to the spon­sor. Call the church at 315–457-5180 to sched­ule a date.

Need help with school work?

Teens in the LIFE Youth Min­istry are offer­ing tutor­ing! Chil­dren may come for help the sec­ond and fourth Tues­day of each month from 6 to 7 pm (Novem­ber 12 & 26, and Decem­ber 10). They will help with all core sub­jects — math, sci­ence, Eng­lish, and music. Con­tact LIFE Youth Direc­tor Zachary Mar­tin at or
315–708-2004 for infor­ma­tion.

Now col­lect­ing ready-to-eat soup

Dur­ing Novem­ber and Decem­ber, Bless­ings in a Back­pack is seek­ing dona­tions of ready-to-eat soups (any brand, any child-favorite fla­vors). For many chil­dren, food is their most impor­tant school sup­ply. Infor­ma­tion is at the col­lec­tion bin in the main cor­ri­dor.

Vol­un­teers need­ed to pro­vide DELTA meals

Fam­i­lies gath­er at LFUMC on Wednes­days to bring their chil­dren to the DELTA pro­gram. Many of the par­ents stay for Pas­tor Bob’s Bible study. Some come at 6 pm to share a meal and fel­low­ship time. Vol­un­teers are need­ed to pre­pare a main dish for these meals. There are about 20 adults and chil­dren that need to be fed each Wednes­day. If you can help serve the Lord in this way, please con­tact Karen Gloyd to sign up for a week. Call her at church at 315–457-5180 or email her at

Revi­tal­iza­tion Week­end: Jan­u­ary 24–26  — Futures Team encour­ages every­one to par­tic­i­pate

For months, mem­bers have been shar­ing their thoughts and hopes with the Futures Team. Those ideas have been dis­cussed and prayed over by the team and have been help­ful in devel­op­ing a vision for the revi­tal­iza­tion of our church.

The third week­end in Jan­u­ary will be an impor­tant time in this effort, an effort in which we hope you will be active­ly involved. Jan­u­ary 24–26, Liv­er­pool First Unit­ed Methodist Church will have a Vital Con­gre­ga­tions Con­sul­ta­tion Week­end. A team from the Con­fer­ence Vital Con­gre­ga­tions office, led by our for­mer co-Pas­tor Aaron Bouwens, will come to lis­ten, learn and make rec­om­men­da­tions.

The sched­ule for Revi­tal­iza­tion Week­end looks like this:

Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 24

• Inter­view with the Pas­tor Bob

• One-on-one inter­views with eight key lead­ers

• Con­sult­ing team will dine with Pas­tor Bob

• Evening focus group, every­one in the church is invit­ed

Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 25

• Meet with the Administrative/Church Coun­cil

• Teaching/Training time for the entire con­gre­ga­tion (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

• Con­sult­ing team final­izes the report

• Team meets with Pas­tor Bob to review the report

Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 26

• Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens will preach at both wor­ship ser­vices

• At a con­gre­ga­tion­al gath­er­ing, the report and rec­om­men­da­tions will be deliv­ered

We have heard many thought­ful com­ments and ques­tions in the months since the Futures Team was formed. This Jan­u­ary week­end is the time to share those ideas again with the con­sult­ing team and the rest of the con­gre­ga­tion.

We will have more details on the week­end as they devel­op, but for now please block off these three days in your cal­en­dar. Set time aside to think about what you’ll want to share. And, please, add Revi­tal­iza­tion Week­end to your prayer list.

Dri­ve Thru His­to­ry gospel videos & lunch meets Wednes­days begin­ning Decem­ber 4

Gath­er at 11:30 am for a light lunch and view­ing of Dri­ve Thru His­to­ry: The Gospels video series. It con­tin­ues week­ly through­out the win­ter. Come for one or all of them. Call the church at 315–457-5180 for infor­ma­tion.

Learn the sto­ry of Jesus from the loca­tions record­ed in the Bible. Dave Stotts trav­els to more than 50 sites in Israel to reveal the life of Jesus in a com­pelling way. The 18-part series dives into the his­to­ry, arche­ol­o­gy, geog­ra­phy, and his­tor­i­cal con­text sur­round­ing the birth, min­istry, death, and res­ur­rec­tion of Jesus.

Wednes­day Evening Bible Study meets at 6:45 pm

Pas­tor Bob leads this mid-week study on the gospel of John.

Come with your Bible and an open heart to explore this great gospel of Christ! Meets in the church Memo­r­i­al Lounge.

One Star­ry Night

Help plan this com­mu­ni­ty event!

Every­one is invit­ed to help bring the Christ­mas sto­ry to life. At One Star­ry Night, chil­dren and fam­i­lies head to Beth­le­hem, where they’ll see, touch, smell, and taste what life was like when Jesus was born.

This is a great way to reach into the com­mu­ni­ty dur­ing Advent. Fam­i­lies step back into Bible times to expe­ri­ence the night Jesus was born as they vis­it engag­ing sta­tions: the city gate, the sta­ble, the inn, the cen­sus tak­er’s office, and a mar­ket­place.

Fam­i­lies will talk with Joseph and Mary, ask them what it was like to stay in a sta­ble, and dis­cov­er that God used reg­u­lar peo­ple to ful­fill his promise 

Plan to attend on Decem­ber 7.

Call the church at 315–457-5180 if you can help with prepa­ra­tions.

Donate food on Ingath­er­ing Sun­day — Novem­ber 24

Bring non-per­ish­able food for place­ment on the altar dur­ing the wor­ship ser­vice on Novem­ber 24. Ingath­er­ing takes place every year on the Sun­day before Thanks­giv­ing. Dona­tions will go to the St Joseph’s Food Pantry in Liv­er­pool and Brown Memo­r­i­al Unit­ed Methodist Church’s food pantry in Syra­cuse.

Help pro­vide, pre­pare, and/or serve hun­gry neigh­bors on Novem­ber 24

Out­reach & Mis­sions Com­mit­tee mem­bers will pre­pare the Sun­day din­ner for Brown Memo­r­i­al Unit­ed Methodist Church on Novem­ber 24. Helpers are need­ed to pre­pare the meal, clean-up in our kitchen, and serve food at Brown Memo­r­i­al. Sign up on the Out­reach Bul­letin Board in Fel­low­ship Hall or talk to a mem­ber of Out­reach about how you can help.

Brown Memo­r­i­al UMC is locat­ed on Syra­cuse’s near west side — a low-income neigh­bor­hood. Vol­un­teers from through­out the Syra­cuse area take turns pro­vid­ing a meal to com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers every Sun­day after­noon before a wor­ship ser­vice.

Serve at the pota­to drop — Novem­ber 16

On Novem­ber 16, there is a pota­to drop sched­uled at the Upper New York Mis­sion Cen­tral HUB on Hen­ry Clay Blvd in Liv­er­pool. Spon­sored by The Soci­ety of St. Andrew, the pota­to drop will pro­vide 21 tons of pota­toes to more than 50 food pantries, church­es, and oth­ers orga­ni­za­tions in need. Vol­un­teers are need­ed from 8 to 11 am to help load 50-lb bags of pota­toes into cus­tomer’s cars. If you can help, even for part of the morn­ing, please con­tact Tom Pelkey at 315–559-3832 or

101 Enve­lope Chal­lenge sup­ports pro­grams for edu­ca­tion and fam­i­ly min­istries

Since Jan­u­ary 2019, our Chris­t­ian Edu­ca­tion and Fam­i­ly Min­istries have wel­comed 106 indi­vid­ual chil­dren to our church through our Sun­day School and DELTA pro­grams. That’s 106 chil­dren who heard a mes­sage about Jesus Christ! To help fund these out­reach min­istries, the 101 Enve­lope Chal­lenge takes place now until Decem­ber 1. See the insert for details, and call the church at 315–457-5180 if you have ques­tions. Thank you for sup­port­ing out­reach to fam­i­lies and chil­dren!

Project Christi­na — Will you help a child in cri­sis?

Pur­chase a $5 toy from Kohl’s, where the pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Golisano’s Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Syra­cuse; then donate that toy to the Ononda­ga Coun­ty Social Ser­vices Fos­ter Care Divi­sion.

When a child is removed from their home this toy will be giv­en to them to help ease their pain.

We also accept any oth­er new stuffed toys, chil­dren’s sto­ry books, and reusable, child friend­ly tote bags.

A labeled col­lec­tion box is on the Senior Min­istries table in Fel­low­ship Hall (through Novem­ber 24).

Novem­ber 25 Olive­branch Wom­en’s Group pro­gram — Herbal sup­ple­ments

Dr. Sara­beth Bax­ter, Phar­mD, BCPS, a clin­i­cal phar­ma­cist at Upstate Med­ical Uni­ver­si­ty, will speak about which herbal sup­ple­ments are help­ful to our bod­ies and which are dan­ger­ous — some have harm­ful side effects or inter­ac­tions with foods or com­mon med­ica­tions. 

Olive­branch is open to all women. Meet­ings begin at 5:30 pm with appe­tiz­ers fol­lowed by din­ner at 6 pm, pro­gram at 7:15 pm. Cost for din­ner is $5, payable at the door. Meal reser­va­tion required by noon on November22: 315–457-5180 or


Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 7 — Fam­i­ly Advent Break­fast and Christ­mas pro­gram: One Star­ry Night

Sun­day, Decem­ber 15 — Choir Can­ta­ta and Christ­mas Bake Sale

How to con­tact church staff

Church Office: 315–457-5180
Pas­tor Bob Vizthum: 717–885-3498

Karen Gloyd

Kate Smith 

Zachary Mar­tin

Eliz­a­beth Men­gel 

Nan­cy B. James

Rev. Bob Vizthum

Dan Williams

Bill Young