Announcements for January 12, 2020

Everyone invited to participate in Revitalization Weekend – January 24-26

This Vital Congregations Consultation Weekend is an important time to determine the future focus of the church. We hope you will be involved. 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 ideas in the months since the Futures Team was formed. Come share those ideas again with the consulting team and the rest of the congregation.

Also plan to attend these related meetings

  • January 13 at 6:30 pm Pre-Consultation Meeting: Everyone may ask questions of members of the Upper New York Annual Conference Vital Congregations team about the Consultation Weekend.
  • February 4 (10:30 am & 6:30 pm) and February 9 at 10:30 am Town Hall Meetings: Discuss the findings from Consultation Weekend, and plans for the future.
  • March 1 at 10:45 am Church Conference to vote on recommendations

Help the homeless with socks & supplies

Care to help the homeless? John Tumino from In My Father’s Kitchen is coming to the Olivebranch Women’s Group meeting in February to share information about his program. He also distributes white socks (no dress socks), travel size deodorant, wet wipes, and kleenex tissues to people in need. Donations of these items will be accepted at a bin in the church corridor. Thank you for supporting this ministry. Contact the church at 315-457-5180 for information.

Pick up 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, arranged in alphabetical order by last name. If you do not have a box and wish to use them, contact Elizabeth at 315-457-5180 or

Weekly Bible Study – Wednesdays at 6:45 pm Led by Pastor Bob Vizthum Come with your Bible and an open heart! New participants are welcome at any time for this ongoing study. Meets in the Memorial Lounge.

Lunchtime Video SeriesThe Extraordinary Life of Jesus of Nazareth  —Wednesdays at noon — Join us for a light lunch and viewing of 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.

Learn about the Galapagos Islands at the January 27 Olivebranch Program

Hear about the wonders and history of the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador at the January 27 meeting of the Olivebranch Women’s Group.
Joanne Kozloski will present a slide show from a nature cruise that she and her husband enjoyed. They saw amazing wildlife including giant tortises and marine iguanas. Everyone is welcome at the 7:15 pm program. Women planning to come for dinner should call the church at 315-457-5180 or email to reserve a meal by noon on January 24. Appetizers at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm, program at 7:15 pm.

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).

Chicken & Biscuit Luncheon

Sunday, February 2 10:30 am to 1 pm

Serving our traditional dinner as a luncheon on Sunday morning.

Eat in or take out!

Chicken & gravy on buttermilk biscuit, vegetables, dessert, beverage.

$11 adult, $5 youth, 5 and under free

Volunteers needed to serve and wash up.

Crossroads District Training Day

Saturday, February 8 at the Upper New York Conference Center in Liverpool 9 am – 4:30 pm

Everyone is invited to participate.

Attend one or more of the day’s workshops.

More information will be published soon.

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.

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

Meal for January 13: cheeseburger, potato wedges, vegetable slaw and apple cobbler

Monthly menu and other details at

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. They are free, but donations to cover their cost are welcome.

Altar Flower Sponsors Needed

Now taking reservations for Sundays in 2020

Sponsors may take flowers after the worship service.

Purchase an arrangement in honor of someone’s birthday, anniversary, or other special day — or in memory of a family member or friend.

Church staff order the flowers, and the florist sends a bill directly to the sponsor.

Call the church at 315-457-5180 or email or
to schedule a date.

Flowers are needed for most Sundays this winter and spring. Some dates fill up far in advance, so please call or email the office staff if you have a specific date in mind.

Delta Sonic car wash sale ends January 26!
Coupons are good for $5 each until February 3 and $2 each until April 3. Wash that salt off now!

Souper Bowl Sunday

We are collecting cans of ready-to-eat soup for Souper Bowl Sunday. Look for a bin outside of fellowship hall next Sunday through February 2. We will donate the soup to the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Liverpool and to the Blessings in a Backpack program that provides weekend meals for children in need.

Noisy Can collection for mission project

Start collecting your change. Outreach will work with the Mission Central Hub to prepare hygiene kits in Fellowship Hall on February 9 after the 9:30 am service. More than 1000 hygiene kits have been used to support relief efforts due to this Fall’s flooding to the east of us. To help with purchasing materials for the kits, we will take a noisy can collection on February 2. Please help weigh down the cans, so we can lighten the load for others.

Five cents makes a difference

Donate returnable beverage containers to the LFUMC Youth account at MSK Bottle/Can Return on Rt. 57 to support Casowasco camperships. Or, leave them in the church kitchen for our volunteers to return. Thank you!

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.

Quilt ministry seeks volunteers

The Prayer Quilt ministry meets on Tuesdays at 10 am to measure, cut, iron, sew, and tie knots. They are seeking more volunteers to assemble quilts. Stop by church on Tuesdays or call 315-457-5180 for information.

How to contact church staff

Church Office: 315-457-5180
Pastor Bob Vizthum: 717-885-3498

Karen Gloyd

Kate Smith 

Zachary Martin

Elizabeth Mengel 

Nancy B. James

Rev. Bob Vizthum

Dan Williams

Bill Young