Announcements for November 24, 2019

New member class – Today at 4 pm

Interested in becoming a member of Liverpool First UMC? Come to an orientation today, 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 for information.

Harp Triptych concert – December 16

Everyone is invited to attend this free concert at 7:15 pm in the LFUMC sanctuary. Hosted by the Olivebranch Women’s Group, Harp Tryptich plays Celtic, Renaissance, folk, classical and contemporary. Donations will be accepted.

200th Church Anniversary gift-giving

During December, the Planning Committee will display a table of commemoratives for sale for gift-giving.

Christmas Bake Sale – December 15

Sign up in Fellowship Hall to donate goodies for a bake sale (to be sold by the small or large box). There will also be a selection of stocking stuffers! Thank you for donations!

Shirley Jefferson welcomes visits

She is adjusting to her new home and appreciates visitors. She is in room 221W: Elderwood, 4800 Bear Rd., Liverpool NY 13088.

Christmas gifts needed for needy families

Brown Memorial United Methodist Church needs donations for a Christmas Store where participants in their Life Skills groups have an opportunity to give gifts to their families. They shop using points earned through the groups. A wish list is posted on the Outreach Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall. Outreach members will deliver gifts to Brown Memorial before the December 18 distribution date. Black Friday is an excellent time to get a gift for those in need. Contact an Outreach member for information.

The Star Breakfast & Family Event – Dec. 7

Sign up to attend the Bethlehem Café breakfast the morning of The Star 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 activities, movie, and photo opportunity with Santa. For food planning purposes, please sign your family up on the board in Fellowship Hall. Activities start at 9 am. Movie starts at 10:30 am.

Choir Christmas Cantata – December 15

Chancel Choir will perform A Thrill of Hope by Joel Raney. They will be accompanied by Bill Young, piano; Lisa Kisselstein, flute; Kara Zimmerman, violin; and Alex Kantak, cello. This work includes new Christmas music as well as new arrangements of some old favorites. Accompanying narrations will be read by Jackie and Brian Crispin.

101 Envelope Challenge supports education & family ministry programs 

Since January, Christian Education & Family Ministries have welcomed 106 individual children to our Sunday School and DELTA programs. To fund this outreach, 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 envelope). An anonymous donor will match every contribution. Place envelope in the office mailbox or inside the window. Call 315-457-5180 if you have questions. Thank you!

Wednesday Advent Communion Services: December 4, 11, & 18 at 7 pm

You are invited to Wednesday Advent communion services on December 4, 11, and 18 at 7 pm.

The service is led by Rev. Candace Lawrence and organist Bill Young, with traditional communion at the rail. Join us as we keep focused on Christ Jesus during Advent and prepare to celebrate Jesus’ coming at Christmas.

Purchase poinsettias for our Christmas altar

Honor loved ones while helping to adorn the altar for Christmas worship by purchasing poinsettias. Return form with payment (plants are $9 each) by noon on December 5.

Number of poinsettias ____________________

Total enclosed $ _________________________

In memory of __________________________________________________________________

In honor of ____________________________________________________________________

Given by _______________________________

_____ Pick up after Christmas (must pick up by December 29).

_____ Donate the plant to one of the church homebound or nursing home residents.

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.

UMW supports local charity

UMW members recently delivered items to Sarah’s Guest House that are on their wish list. Sarah’s Guest House provides lodging, transportation, meals and comfort to patients and their families receiving medical care here in Syracuse.

Help serve Syracuse neighbors – TODAY!

Outreach & Missions Committee members are preparing the Sunday dinner for Brown Memorial United Methodist Church today. Helpers are needed to cook, clean our kitchen, and serve food at Brown Memorial. Talk to a member of Outreach about how to help. Brown Memorial is in Syracuse’s near west side – a low-income neighborhood. Volunteers in the area take turns providing a meal to community members every Sunday afternoon before worship.

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 and which are dangerous – some have harmful side effects or interactions with foods or common medications. Program begins at 7:15 pm. All those interested in the program are welcome. Dinner reservations closed last Friday. Call 315-457-5180 for information

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.

Senior Ministries Update

You are invited to join St. Joseph the Worker Seniors trip Chattanooga Choo Choo

Chattanooga, TN

6 days & 5 nights (June 15-20, 2020)

$825 per person (dbl occupancy)


Overnight lodging to & from Chattanooga in Staunton, VA

3 nights lodging in TN

5 breakfasts, 2 dinners, Southern Belle Dinner Cruise

Natural Bridge & Indian Village

3 Train Rides: The Missionary Ridge Local, Lookout Mountain Incline Railroad & Blue Ridge Scenic Railway; admission to Ruby Falls, Rock City Gardens, Flight 93 Memorial

Deposit of $25 made payable to St. Joseph Seniors can be mailed to Tom Blanch 100 Cleveland Ave., Liverpool 13088

Flyers for the Cape May, New Jersey & Chattanooga, TN trips can be found on our table in Fellowship Hall.

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

Gather at noon 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.