Announcements for December 1, 2019

The Star Christmas Event – Saturday, December 7

The Bethlehem Cafe – Free breakfast from 8:30 – 10 am

(French toast, sausage, orange juice, milk, & beverages)

Activity Stations – Open at 9 am

The Star – Movie will be shown in the downstairs theater room at 10:30 am

Bring a friend, family, or just yourself to enjoy the spirit of Christmas with fun activities, a warm breakfast, and a movie about the First Christmas! Children and adults can visit with Santa as well.

Reservations required. Sign up in Fellowship Hall or call 315-457-5180.

Harp 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.

Bake Christmas cookies for others

Please join us after the 9:30 am service on December 8 to help bake cookies for the Rescue Mission and for local shut-ins. The LIFE Youth will be caroling and delivering cookies to our shut-ins. We will bake three kinds of yummy cookies: pumpkin chocolate chip, sugar cookies, and gingersnaps. We will set up in the small dining room and work in small teams to make the cookies. Helpers are needed to monitor the ovens and package the cookies. Sign up in Fellowship Hall on the Outreach & Missions bulletin board.

Christmas gifts sought 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 Committee member for information.

Quilt ministry seeks volunteers

The Prayer Quilt ministry meets on Tuesdays at 10 am to measure, cut, iron, sew, and tie knots. They thank those who have anonymously donated funds and supplies recently. They are seeking more volunteers
to assemble quilts. Stop by church on Tuesdays or call 315-457-5180 for information.

Confirmation Class meets this winter

Confirmation Class will be offered for youths in 7th grade or higher this winter on the following Sunday afternoons starting at 4 pm: February 2,9,16,23; March 1,8,15,22. Palm Sunday will be the day the Confirmands are welcomed as full members of the church. Please let either Pastor Bob or Karen Gloyd know if your child will be part of this experience (315-457-5180).

Community Service of Remembrance — Friday December 6 at 7pmat 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 to light candles in memory of those you miss. Light refreshments will be served.

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

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

Christmas Choir Cantata — Sunday December 15

Chancel Choir will perform A Thrill of Hope by Joel Raney at the 9:30 & 11 am worship services. They will be accompanied by piano, flute, violin, and cello. This work includes new Christmas music as well as new arrangements of old favorites.

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!

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.

2019 Christmas Love Light contributions will support “A Tiny Home for Good”

Love Lights are back this year! Envelopes for donations can be found in the pews, with donations going to “A Tiny Home for Good”, a local organization building small houses for the homeless and veterans. We plan to light the Love Lights on the gazebo at the end of The Star Family Christmas event on December 7.

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.

200th Church Anniversary gift-giving

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

Revitalization Weekend: January 24-26

 January 24-26 will be an important time in determining the future focus of the church, an effort in which we hope you will be involved – 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.

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.

Other dates to remember:

January 13 at 6:30 pm – Pre-Consultation Meeting – Everyone is invited to ask questions of members of the Upper New York Annual Conference Vital Congregations team about the upcoming Consultation Weekend.

February 4 at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm, and February 9 at 10:30 am – Town Hall Meeting – an opportunity to discuss the findings from Consultation Weekend, and plans for the future.

March 1 at 10:45 am – Church Conference

Wednesday Evening Bible Study Meets at 6:45 pm

Led by Pastor Bob Vizthum

Come with your Bible and an open heart!

Meets in the Memorial Lounge.

Senior Ministries Update

Our first overnight trip for 2020: 

Cape May, New Jersey

3 days – 2 nights (May 1 – May 3)

$445 pp dbl occupancy  (includes driver’s tip)

Lodging at the Grand Hotel, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, including dinner at the Marion Inn • trolley tours of the Historic District & Mansions on the Sea • shopping at the Washington Mall and Cape May’s Whale & Dolphin Watch Cruise

A $25 deposit per person secures reservations – make checks payable to LFUMC Senior Ministries and place in church mailbox or mail to Sarah Bieling – 2 Cty Rte 10,
Pennellville 13132 by December 13.

Flyers for this and other overnight trips are 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.

Starting December 1

Buy one /get one for $5 

Delta Sonic car wash coupons!

Good toward ANY Delta service at ANY Delta Sonic.

Makes a great gift!

Good for 2 months!