Announcements for December 22, 2019

Christmas Eve Worship

5 pm – Family Worship

7 pm – Candlelight & Carols

9 pm – Candlelight & Carols

Lunch & Movie Afternoon — Sunday, December 29

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

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

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

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

Lunchtime Video Series

The Extraordinary Life of Jesus of Nazareth

Wednesdays at noonJoin us for lunch and view Drive Thru History: The Gospels video series. Continues weekly throughout the winter. Come for one or all of them. Call the church at 315-457-5180 for information.

Shows more than 50 sites in Israel and explains the history, archeology, geography, and historical context surrounding the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

Pick up your 2020 Offering Envelopes

Please stop in the main corridor to pick up 2020 offering envelopes. Boxes are on a table next to the coat racks and are arranged in alphabetical order by last name.

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

2019 Christmas Love Light contributions support A Tiny Home for Good

This local group builds small houses for the homeless and veterans. Love Lights adorn the bell gazebo on the church lawn. Donations will be collected through the end of December – envelopes are in the pews.

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!

Confirmation Class meets this winter

Confirmation Class will be offered for youths in 7th grade or higher on the following Sundays 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.

PEACE Senior Luncheon — Mondays at noon at LFUMC

For senior citizens 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 23 meal: cheeseburger, seasoned potato wedges, blended vegetable slaw, applesauce

December 30 meal: sweet & sour shredded pork, sesame rice, oriental blended vegetables, apricots

Monthly menu and other details at

Retirement Party for Rev. Everett Bassett — Open House on December 29

2:30 – 5:30 pm at Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820

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

The Vital Congregations Consultation weekend 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.

Thank you 

Thank you to the congregation for their generosity in providing gifts for the Brown Memorial Christmas Store. A car load of clothes, toys, and other items was taken to Brown Memorial for their Christmas Store event this past Tuesday. You have made a better Christmas for those who may not have the same opportunities as the rest of us.

200th Church Anniversary gift-giving

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