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.