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