Announcements for November 17, 2019

New member class & reception planned

Interested in becoming a member of Liverpool First UMC? Attend an orientation on November 24 at 4 pm to learn about the United Methodist Church and prepare to be received into membership on December 8 in 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.

Advent Family Event – December 7

Sign up to attend the Bethlehem Café breakfast the morning of the Starry Night family Christmas program. Breakfast is from 8:30 to 10 am and includes homemade French toast, sausage, orange juice, milk, and beverages. After breakfast, visit downstairs, where there will be conversation and photo opportunity with Santa. For food planning purposes, please sign your family up on the board in Fellowship Hall.

200th Church Anniversary gift-giving

The Planning Committee will have on display a table of commemoratives out for sale during December for your gift-giving consideration.

Annual Christmas Bake Sale is Sunday, December 15 (Cantata Sunday)

Please sign up to donate goodies for our bake sale. Will be sold by the small or large box. There will also be a large selection of stocking stuffers! We need many, many donations to be successful. Please sign up in Fellowship Hall to help out. Thank you!

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. 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

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.

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.

Revitalization Weekend: January 24-26

Everyone encouraged to participate

For months, members have shared 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 involved. January 24-26, the church will have a Vital Congregations Consultation Weekend. A team from the Conference Vital Congregations office, led by the Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens, will come to listen, learn and make recommendations.

The weekend schedule is:

Friday, January 24

• Interview with Pastor Bob

• One-on-one interviews with 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 a report

• Team meets with Pastor Bob to review the report

Sunday, January 26

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

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

We heard many thoughtful comments and questions in the months since the Futures Team was formed. This weekend is the time to share those ideas again with the consulting team and the rest of the congregation. We will have more details as they develop. For now please block off these three days in your calendar and think about what you’ll want to share. Also, please add Revitalization Weekend to your prayers.

Please help provide DELTA meals

Families gather at church on Wednesdays – children for the DELTA program, and adults for Pastor Bob’s Bible study. Volunteers are needed to prepare a main dish for those that come at 6 pm for a meal. There are about 20 adults and children that need to be fed each Wednesday. If you can help, contact Karen Gloyd to sign up for a week (315-457-5180 or

The Star

Help plan this community event!

Everyone is invited to help bring the Christmas story to life. At The Star, 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.

Plan to attend on December 7.

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

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! Meet in the church Memorial Lounge.

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.

101 Envelope Challenge: Please support programs for education and family ministries

Since January 2019, our Christian Education & Family Ministries have welcomed 106 individual children to 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 until December 1. 

To support the challenge, take an envelope from the bulletin board located across from the side entrance to the sanctuary. Place cash or check for any amount in the envelope (suggestion is the amount numbered on the outside of the envelope). An anonymous donor will match every contribution. Leave the donation in the office mailbox
or slip the envelope inside the window.

Call the church at 315-457-5180 if you have questions. Thank you for supporting outreach to families and children!

Senior Ministries Update

Check out the pictures in Fellowship Hall of our trip to Lancaster, PA.

Reservations for our May 1-3, 2020 trip to Cape May, New Jersey are being accepted. A $25 deposit will hold a spot for you. Make checks payable to LFUMC Senior Ministries and place in our mailbox or mail to Sarah Bieling 2 Cty Rte 10, Pennellville NY 13132  —  $445 per person dbl occupancy: 2 nights lodging at the Grand Hotel, 2 breakfasts – 2 dinners (Grand Hotel & the Marion Inn), Trolley Tour of the Historic District, Shopping at the Washington Street Mall, Cape May Whale & Dolphin Watch Cruise, Mansions by the Sea Trolley Ride. Flyers are on our table in Fellowship Hall.

Community Service of Remembrance: Friday December 6 at 7pm at Liverpool First Presbyterian Church

Every year at the beginning of the holiday season the Liverpool Clergy Association along with Maurer Funeral Homes holds a service of remembrance for loved ones who have passed away. When we are missing people, the holidays can be anything but joyful. The days of decreasing light can add to the sadness. You are invited to come join with others in hope and love and light candles in memory of those you miss. Light refreshments will be served.

Project Christina concludes November 24

Sunday, November 24, is the last day to donate to this cause until spring. Consider blessing a foster child with a stuffed toy, reuseable tote bag or story book.Collection box on Senior Ministries table in Fellowship Hall.

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

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