Announcements for February 9, 2020

Vital Congregations Town Hall Meeting – today at 10:30 am

This is an opportunity to ask questions about the recommendations that were presented on January 26, and discuss them before the March 1 vote.

Plan to vote at the Church Conference March 1 at 10:30 am — Copies of the report are available at the Information Center in the main church corridor, or by email (request to

Are you a member? You can check before the March 1 vote    Only members can vote on whether or not to accept the recommendations. See Sharon Hartman in Fellowship Hall today to check your membership status. 

SPRC aims to keep members informed as new pastor is appointed

Members of the Staff Parish Relations Committee are working to keep you informed and share what we can with you. 

The Bishop and Cabinet will review and assess the church profile. This assessment includes updating the information about our community, its assets, challenges, people not being reached. Also assessed are the church’s strengths, challenges, opportunities, and theological stance. And finally the committee and lay leadership, ministries, and staff are reviewed, as well as Revitalization recommendations.

The District Superintendent presents this information to the Cabinet and Bishop to help them discern the best recommendation for a church pastor for LFUMC. The final part of the process involves the opportunity for SPRC to have a conversation with the selected pastor. A decision is made and after the selected pastor announces the appointment to their church, the announcement will be made here.

SPRC pledges to keep you informed. Rev. Nola Anderson indicated information that is confidential and what is shareable. We hope to soon have a new pastor to announce. We urge you to worship strong and be part of the farewell and welcoming transition.

SPRC members are: Pat Cupernall, Brian Crispin, Jason Hoy, Noah Loncosky, Darlene Patton, Kathy LaRue, Robin Folk, Ken Blechl, Kay Phillips, Pat Toukatly, Ginny Tilden, chair

Gather for mission work on February 23

Join Outreach & Missions Committee to prepare hygiene kits in Fellowship Hall on February 23 after the 9:30 am service. More than 1000 hygiene kits were used by UNY conference mission teams to support relief efforts following recent flooding to the east of us.

Confirmation Class begins today

Confirmation Class will be offered for youths in 7th grade or higher on February 9, 16, 23; March 1, 8, 15, 22 at 4 pm. Confirmands will be welcomed as full members of the church on Palm Sunday. Please contact Pastor Bob or Karen Gloyd for information (315-457-5180).

Olivebranch Women’s Group Programs
February 24 In My Father’s Kitchen

Until 2009 John Tumino was a chef at a Syracuse restaurant. One day as he worked, he heard God say in my father’s kitchen. It will be a place where you and your wife feed the homeless’ bellies and I will feed their spirits. John will tell how he and his wife feed the homeless in Syracuse and also meet other needs. The 7:15 pm program is open to everyone. Women wishing to attend the 6 pm dinner (starting with appetizers at 5:30 pm) should reserve by noon on February 21, call 315-457-5180.

New Olivebranch program – April 27: Woven and Spun

Learn about prayer dancing, a sacred form of dance used to worship and praise God by combining sign language with simple movements to portray a story through song. Linda Underwood, leader of the group Woven and Spun, has led workshops in the Eastern United States and brought sacred dance to worship services in area churches since 1977. The group also leads worship in coffee houses. They have been worshiping together for more than 20 years.

New Senior Ministries Events Just added to our 2020 schedule:

Wednesday, June 24 Buffet Dinner at Borio’s, Oneida Lake

We will have a private room with a view of the lake. Special entertainment from 8-9 pm, then stroll by the water or sit to view the sunset.

Your own transportation is required 6-9 pm   $30 per person

Buffet: Italian bread & butter, chef salad, ambrosia salad, fried chicken, roasted potatoes, ziti in sauce, meat balls in sauce, ice cream sundaes, and beverages.

Wednesday, August 12 Dessert Cruise on the Erie Canal

(maximum number: 24)

$18 pp – your own transportation to 5750 Devoe Rd., Camillus is required. Start at 6:30 pm from Sim’s Store and travel over the Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct. Delicious dessert choices, beverages, & entertainment.

We have been invited to join this Cicero United Methodist Church Caring Support Group Trip: 

Lancaster, PA Sight & Sound to see Queen Esther – Chalk Talk Artists – Ice Cream Factory – Soft Pretzel Factory & more. March 12-15 (flyer on our table in Fellowship Hall)

Canastota/Lenox Seniors trip to Nashville, Tennessee Music City – November 8-14

Tour Nashville-Ride on the Delta Flatboats-Opryland Hotel-Belle Meade Plantation-tour Grand Ole Opry Backstage-Country Music Hall of Fame-Kentucky Derby Museum and more. Check out their flyer on our table in fellowship Hall.

We still have space for a few people (any age) to join us on our trip to Cape May, New Jersey May 1-3.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner — February 25 4:30 – 7 pm 

Free will offering accepted to support mission projects.

Ash Wednesday Worship – JOIN US ON FEBRUARY 26 AT 7 PM

Fish Dinners Are Here!

Friday, March 6 and Friday, March 27 – our annual Lenten Fish Dinners.

Full haddock dinners with fish delivered fresh from Boston.

Menu includes homemade three-cheese macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, Italian bread, dessert.

Eat in or take out.

Volunteer sign-ups are posted in Fellowship Hall.

Please help your church by attending and / or helping!

$11 adults      ages 6-12 $5      ages 5 and under free

Pre-ORDER and Pre-PAY at the table in Fellowship Hall or by Monday, March 2 or Monday, March 23.

EXPLORE THE BIBLE Meets Mondays at 1p m

We will soon complete study of 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

Basic Lay Servant Course – April 3 & 4 (new dates)

Sharon Hartman and Kay Phillips will teach this class at Liverpool 1st on April 3 (6 – 9 pm) & April 4 (9 am – 4 pm).

Four 8-foot tables available – Free

Looking for a sturdy 8-foot work table? The church has four heavy tables (that do not fold) that have seen years of service, FREE to a good home. See them in the Small Dining Room. You must move them. Please let the church office staff know if you are interested: 315-457-5180.

Blessings in a Backpack is collecting ready-to-eat pasta

Blessings in a Backpack is seeking donations of ready-to-eat pasta meals (any brand, any child-favorite flavor such as Chef Boyardee Ravioli or Spaghettios). Please make sure that cans have the easy-to-open pull tabs. For many children, food is their most important school supply.Information is at the collection bin in the main corridor.

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. We just received our latest check – $120. Thank you!

Lunchtime Video Series  The Extraordinary Life of Jesus of Nazareth

Wednesdays at noon Join us for a light lunch and view Drive Thru History: The Gospels video series. Call the church at 315-457-5180 for information. Filmed in Israel, videos explain the history, archeology, geography, and historical context of Jesus’ story.

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.

Help the homeless by donating socks, tissues, and other personal care supplies

Want 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. Contact the church at 315-457-5180 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 is $3.50

Spouses & guests under age 60 welcome for suggested $7

Find the monthly menu and other details at or pick up a printed copy at the church Information Center. The meal for February 10 is chicken a la king over biscuit, steamed asparagus, and diced peaches.