Announcements for December 15, 2019

Advent Com­mu­nion: Wednes­day, Decem­ber 18 at 7 pm

Wor­ship led by Rev. Can­dace Lawrence and organ­ist Bill Young, with tra­di­tion­al com­mu­nion served at the altar rail.

Join us to focus on Christ Jesus dur­ing Advent and pre­pare to cel­e­brate Jesus’ com­ing at Christ­mas.

Harp con­cert tomor­row — 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.

Reminder: Decem­ber is potluck din­ner month. Olive­branch mem­bers com­ing ear­ly for din­ner are asked to bring some­thing. Karen Ladd is coor­di­nat­ing the sign up list. Please call her if you plan to attend the din­ner. In addi­tion, every­one is asked to bring one dozen cook­ies to serve for refresh­ments after the con­cert.

Bake Sale — TODAY — Decem­ber 15!

Home­made baked goods are for sale by the small or large box. There is also a selec­tion of stock­ing stuffers! Join us in Fel­low­ship Hall dur­ing cof­fee hour.

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

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. The Love Lights adorn the bell gaze­bo on the front lawn of the church. Dona­tions will be col­lect­ed through the end of Decem­ber.

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 col­lec­tion box for the Brown Memo­r­i­al Christ­mas Store is avail­able for gift drop off today. Out­reach mem­bers will deliv­er gifts to Brown Memo­r­i­al. Con­tact a com­mit­tee mem­ber for infor­ma­tion.

Pick up your 2020 Offer­ing Envelopes

Boxed sets of 2020 offer­ing envelopes are ready for pick­up in the main hall­way oppo­site the coat racks. Please pick up your own box, and if you know of shut-ins pick up and deliv­er their box­es too. If you are in the habit of exit­ing wor­ship via the pur­ple doors, stop by the table first.

If you do not have a box and wish to use them, con­tact Eliz­a­beth in the office at 315–457-5180 or

PEACE senior lun­cheon — Mon­days at noon

For seniors age 60 and old­er.

Call PEACE at 315–470-3331 to reserve a meal.

Sug­gest­ed con­tri­bu­tion, $3.50.

Spous­es & guests under age 60 wel­come for sug­gest­ed $7.

Decem­ber 16 meal: sweet Ital­ian sausage, pas­ta, mari­nara sauce, veg­etable blend, Man­darin oranges, Ital­ian bread.

Month­ly menu and oth­er details at

Lunchtime Video Series

The Extra­or­di­nary Life of Jesus of Nazareth

Wednes­days at noon

Join us at 12 pm 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 about Jesus from Dave Stotts, who trav­els to more than 50 sites in Israel to explain the his­to­ry, arche­ol­o­gy, geog­ra­phy, and his­tor­i­cal con­text
sur­round­ing the birth, min­istry, death, and res­ur­rec­tion of Jesus.

Through­out Decem­ber

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!

Lunch & Movie After­noon: Sun­day, Decem­ber 29

Every­one is invit­ed to gath­er for lunch and movies in the down­stairs Gath­er­ing Area.

Lunch is served at 12 pm, movies begin at 12:30 pm. Choose one of these two movies:

Over­com­er (PG) is an inspi­ra­tional movie for peo­ple of all ages, that address­es the ques­tion: what do you allow to define you? 

Ralph Breaks the Inter­net (PG) is an ani­mat­ed adven­ture that explores
friend­ship in a fun way.

Con­fir­ma­tion Class meets this win­ter

Con­fir­ma­tion Class will be offered for youths in 7th grade or high­er 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).

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.

200th Church Anniver­sary gift-giv­ing

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

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.

Help your­self to a dai­ly devo­tion­al guide 

The Jan­u­ary-Feb­ru­ary issue of the Upper Room is avail­able in large print or pock­et-size. Pick one up in the narthex or at the Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter in the cor­ri­dor. These are free, but dona­tions to cov­er their cost are wel­come.

Every­one is asked to par­tic­i­pate in Revi­tal­iza­tion Week­end — Jan­u­ary 24–26, 2020

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 & 6:30 pm, & 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

The Vital Con­gre­ga­tions Con­sul­ta­tionweek­end is very impor­tant to the future of our con­gre­ga­tion.

We ask you to add the fol­low­ing prayers to your prayer time:

  • Open­ness to the week­end process

  • Move­ment of the Holy Spir­it in the con­gre­ga­tion

  • Telling of truth in love through­out the con­sul­ta­tion

  • Open­ness of the con­gre­ga­tion to poten­tial changes

  • Health and safe­ty of all those in the con­sul­ta­tion.

Let us know if you need a meal
If you are recov­er­ing from ill­ness, surgery, or injury you may appre­ci­ate home-cooked meals. To receive meals from church vol­un­teers, con­tact the church at 315–457-5180.