Announcements for January 19, 2020

Everyone is encouraged to participate in Consultation Weekend January 24-26

Help determine the future focus of the church. A team from the Conference Vital Congregations office, led by the Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens, will come to listen, learn, and make recommendations.

January 24   7 to 8:30 pm – Focus Groups

January 25   10:15 am to 2:30 pm – Discussions (light lunch included)

January 26   9:30 am One worship service at 9:30 am led by Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens, then a presentation of the recommendations from the conference team at 10:30 am

February 4 (10:30 am & 6:30 pm) and February 9 at 10:30 am – Town Hall -Style Meetings to discuss the findings from Consultation Weekend, and plans for the future.

March 1 at 10:45 am – Church Conference for the congregationto vote on recommendations

Basic Lay Servant Course – March 20 & 21 Sharon Hartman and Kay Phillips will teach this class at Liverpool 1st UMC March 20 (6 – 9 pm) & March 21 (9 am – 4 pm).

Learn about the Galapagos Islands at the January 27 Olivebranch Women’s Group program Joanne and Ray Kozloski will present a slide show from a nature cruise that they enjoyed to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. 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.

Help the homeless with socks & suppliesCare 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 arranged in alphabetical order by name. If you do not have a box and wish to use them, contact Elizabeth at 315-457-5180 or

Souper Bowl Sunday We are collecting cans of ready-to-eat soup for Souper Bowl Sunday. Look for a bin outside of fellowship hall now 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.

Confirmation Class meets this winterConfirmation 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.

EXPLORE THE BIBLE — Meets Mondays at 1 pm

After more than 2-1/2 years, we will soon complete the Old Testament and begin studying the New Testament in time for Easter. It has been a rewarding journey! Everyone is welcome to join at any time. Led by Pastor Bob Vizthum

Crossroads District Training Day — Saturday, February 8 at the Upper New York Conference Center

7481 Henry Clay Blvd., Liverpool, NY 13088 9 am – 4:30 pm

Everyone invited to participate in this day of workshops. Attend one or more of the workshops. Cost is $10 and lunch is included. Register by February 1. Workshop descriptions and registration forms are at the church Information Center, or visit to download and print the registration form. For information, contact Anne at the district office (315-898-2029).

Now collecting ready-to-eat pasta

Blessings in a Backpack is seeking donations of ready-to-eat pasta meals (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.

Need help with school work?

Teens in the LIFE Youth Ministry offer tutoring! Children may come for help the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 pm. They help with all core subjects — math, science, English, and music. Contact LIFE Youth Director Zachary Martin at or 315-708-2004 for information.

Lunchtime Video Series: The 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 – explains the history, archeology, geography, and historical context surrounding the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

Altar Flower Sponsors Needed

Sponsors may take flowers after the worship service. Purchase an arrangement in honor of someone’s birthday, anniversary, or other special day — or in their memory.

Flowers are needed for most Sundays this winter and spring. Some dates fill up far in advance, so call or email the office staff if you have a
specific date in mind. 315-457-5180

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!

EVENING 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.

Noisy Can Collection for mission project: February 23Start collecting your change. Outreach will work with the Mission Central Hub to prepare hygiene kits in Fellowship Hall on February 23 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 differenceDonate 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 volunteersThe 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