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

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Good toward ANY Delta ser­vice at ANY Delta Son­ic.

Makes a great gift!

Good for 2 months!