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.