Announcements for February 16, 2020

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

February 254:30 – 7 pm

Free will offering accepted to support mission projects.

Gather for mission work – 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.

Ash Wednesday Worship

Join us on February 26 at 7 pm

Luncheon & Movies – February 23 Everyone is invited to gather at noon for lunch, then view one of these two movies. FREE, no reservation needed. Bring a friend!

Olivebranch Women’s Group Program
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, 315-457-5180.

Vital Congregations vote is March 1 at 10:30 am

Copies of the recommendations are available at the Information Center in the church corridor, or by email request to

Are you a member? You can check before the 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.

Fish Dinners Are Here!

Friday, March 6 and Friday, March 27 – our annual Lenten dinners.

Full haddock dinners with fish delivered fresh from Boston, plus homemade three-cheese macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, Italian bread, dessert.

Eat in or take out.

Volunteer sign-ups are posted in Fellowship Hall.

$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.

Crossroads District Training – NEW DATE! Saturday, March 7    9 am – 4:30 pm
Upper New York Conference Center 7481 Henry Clay Blvd., Liverpool, NY 13088

Cost is $10 and lunch is included.

Details at the church Information Center, or

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

John Tumino from In My Father’s Kitchen is coming to the Olivebranch Women’s Group meeting February 24 to share information about his program to feed the homeless. He also distributes white socks (no dress socks), travel size deodorant, wet wipes, and kleenex tissues to people in need.

Donations may be placed in the bin in the church corridor.

Contact the church at 315-457-5180 for information.

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.

Senior Ministries Events

Recently 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, 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.

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).


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

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.

New Olivebranch program for 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.


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.

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 church corridor.

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.