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