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.