Announcements for March 15, 2020

Fish Din­ner — Fri­day, March 27

Had­dock din­ner with fish deliv­ered fresh from Boston, plus home­made three-cheese mac­a­roni and cheese, cole slaw, Ital­ian bread, dessert. Eat in or take out.

$11 for adults         $5 for ages 6–12         free for ages 5 and under

Vol­un­teer sign-ups are post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Pre-order and Pre-pay at the table in Fel­low­ship Hall by Mon­day, March 23.

Lenten craft time, Sun­days at 10:30 am

Join us in Fel­low­ship hall each Sun­day dur­ing Lent for a Lent-relat­ed craft or col­or­ing activ­i­ty. Chil­dren and adults wel­come. Art teacher Sara Bai­ley leads the activ­i­ties — March 15, 22, 29, and April 5.

Spe­cial music pre­sen­ta­tion to be offered Sun­day, March 29 at 10:30 am

In between the 9:30 and 11 am wor­ship ser­vices, Michael King, Bill Young, and Nan­cy B. James will present The Shep­herd on the Rock by Franz Schu­bert. Wel­come spring with this pre­sen­ta­tion of clar­inet, piano, and vocal music.

Small gifts need­ed for shut-in bas­kets

The Hos­pi­tal­i­ty and Fel­low­ship Com­mit­tee is col­lect­ing items for spring gift bas­kets for home­bound shut-ins and those in health care facil­i­ties, now through April 12. Items need­ed: small pack­ages of tis­sues, lotion, pens, mini col­or­ing books, col­ored pen­cils, cards, devo­tion­als, & sta­tionery.

Olive­branch pro­gram for March 23: Move to the Sounds and Rhythm

San­dra Sabine facil­i­tates class­es at the Liv­er­pool Art Cen­ter. Join this inter­ac­tive ses­sion of rhythm, music mak­ing, and cre­ative con­nec­tion mod­ules. All will be able to par­tic­i­pate.

7:15 pm pro­gram is open to every­one.

Women wish­ing to attend the 6 pm din­ner (appe­tiz­ers at 5:30 pm) should reserve by March 20, 315–457-5180.

Spe­cial offer­ing next week for Vera House

Next Sun­day, March 22, we will take a spe­cial offer­ing on behalf of Vera House, a Cen­tral New York social ser­vice agency that pro­vides sup­port to vic­tims of domes­tic vio­lence, sex­u­al assault and elder abuse.

If you have per­son­nel ques­tions

Please con­tact Co-chair Jason Hoy at 315–374-0059 or should you need to com­mu­ni­cate with SPRC dur­ing the month of March. Thank you.

Train to be an ERT — May 16

At the Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, 7481 Hen­ry Clay Blvd. Become cer­ti­fied or re-cer­ti­fied for 3 years as an Ear­ly Response Team mem­ber. Learn to help com­mu­ni­ties clean up after nat­ur­al dis­as­ters. Reg­is­tra­tion is online, so call Kate at the church office to have details emailed to you: 315–457-5180.

Senior Min­istries Upcom­ing Events

Fri­day, April 24

Annu­al 50’s Din­ner catered by LFUMC Men’s Club

6 pm — Fel­low­ship Hall — $15 per per­son

Pro­gram: Strolling Down Sali­na Street: A Walk Down Mem­o­ry Lane pre­sent­ed by Robert Sear­ing, Ononda­ga His­tor­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion. Lim­it­ed seat­ing so don’t delay.

Wednes­day, May 27

Lunch & Movie at Spaghet­ti Ware­house

$20 per per­son

The Princess & the Pirate star­ring Bob Hope

Car pool­ing can be arranged

Enjoy great food, fel­low­ship and laugh­ter.

Wednes­day, August 12

Dessert Cruise on the Erie Canal

$18 per per­son — your own trans­porta­tion is required — set sail at 6:30 from Sim’s Store in Camil­lus and trav­el over the Nine Mile Creek Aque­duct towards Rt. 173.

Enjoy a sum­mer evening with deli­cious dessert choic­es, bev­er­ages, great enter­tain­ment, and the glow of sun­set as you cruise along the canal.

His­toric Bing­ham­ton — Sat­ur­day, August 22

$50 pp with $5 ice cream vouch­er

Max­i­mum num­ber for this trip is 40

Depart at 8:15 am — esti­mat­ed return at 5:30 pm

Windy Hill Can­dle & Can­dy (can­dle mak­ing demon­stra­tion & shop­ping for retro can­dy)

Lunch at Lit­tle Venice Restau­rant — Old Fash­ion Ice Cream at Jones Humdinger — guid­ed tour of the city via the motor coach — ride on the beau­ti­ful Her­schell Carousel.

The Ark Encounter & Cre­ation Muse­um

5 day 4 night trip Novem­ber 5–9th.

For all of the above events/trips and more, check out our table in Fel­low­ship Hall.

The cut off for reser­va­tions for the 50’s din­ner on Fri­day, April 24, is Sun­day, March 29.

Basic Lay Ser­vant Course — April 3 & 4

Sharon Hart­man & Kay Phillips will teach at Liv­er­pool First UMC Fri­day, 6 — 9 pm & Sat­ur­day, 9 am — 4 pm

Send reg­is­tra­tions (copies at the church Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter) to church: 604 Oswego Street, Liv­er­pool, NY 13088, marked as Lay Ser­vant Class. Par­tic­i­pants need to pur­chase the Basic Course Par­tic­i­pants book by Sandy Jack­son and Bri­an Jack­son avail­able at or This is the pre­lim­i­nary class for those inter­est­ed in learn­ing about Lay Ser­vant Min­istries. Par­tic­i­pants must attend both days to obtain course cred­it. For infor­ma­tion con­tact Sharon Hart­man at 315–457-6267 or


Meets Mon­days at 1p m

We will begin study­ing the New Tes­ta­ment in time for East­er. Every­one is wel­come to join at any time.

Led by Pas­tor Bob Vizthum

Holy Week Wor­ship

Palm Sun­day

9:30 & 11 am — Choir Can­ta­ta dur­ing Wor­ship

Behold the Lamb! by Mol­ly Ijames, Lloyd Lar­son, and Jay Rouse with flute, cel­lo, and piano

Maun­dy Thurs­day

7 pm — Wor­ship with Holy Com­mu­nion

Good Fri­day

12 pm at St. Paul’s Luther­an on Hazel Street in Liv­er­pool

East­er Sun­day

7 am — Sun­rise Wor­ship in John­son Park

9:30 am — East­er Sun­day Wor­ship

11 am — East­er Sun­day Wor­ship

Vital Con­gre­ga­tions Imple­men­ta­tion Team

Mem­bers announced on March 8 include: Pat Toukat­ly, Mar­shall Bai­ley, Chick McCh­es­ney, Sharon Hart­man, and Rich Ertinger. The team also includes the pas­tor and the Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens.

If you can tie a knot, cut and pin fab­ric, or iron, con­sid­er join­ing the
Prayer Quilt min­istry. Meets Tues­days at 10 am at church.

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.


Wednes­days at 6:45 pm

Led by Pas­tor Bob Vizthum

Come with your Bible and an open heart!

New par­tic­i­pants wel­come at any time.

Meets in the Memo­r­i­al Lounge.

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.

Menu for March 16: cran­ber­ry wal­nut chick­en sal­ad served on a crois­sant roll, toma­to flo­ren­tine soup, fruit cock­tail.

Intro­duc­ing our new pas­tor, Pas­tor Ray Gilman, who begins his appoint­ment at LFUMC on July 1

Pas­tor Ray Gilman was born in Syra­cuse, NY and spent a major­i­ty of his youth in and around the Greater Syra­cuse Area. He is a grad­u­ate of Sandy Creek Cen­tral School and holds a B.A. in Lib­er­al Arts from Knox Col­lege in Gales­burg, IL. His pas­sion for the Lord and a deep­er Scrip­tur­al under­stand­ing inspired him to sur­ren­der to the Lord’s call and ‘go wher­ev­er Christ com­mands’ to do good work for the King­dom of God.

In 2012, he received his first appoint­ment as a Licensed Local Pas­tor. He brought with him an exten­sive back­ground in busi­ness, mar­ket­ing, and adver­tis­ing. In Decem­ber 2017, he grad­u­at­ed from a joint pro­gram from North­east­ern Sem­i­nary at Roberts Wes­leyan Col­lege and Unit­ed The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary of Day­ton, OH with a Mas­ter of Divin­i­ty. In May of 2018, Pas­tor Gilman was robed and for­mal­ly received by the UNYUMC annu­al con­fer­ence as a Pro­vi­sion­al Elder.

Pas­tor Gilman and his wife Andrea bring their joy with them wher­ev­er they go in the pres­ence of their three daugh­ters. Pas­tor Gilman’s old­est child, Dylan, lives and works in the Rochester area.