Announcements for Feb. 8

Remem­ber­ing our young peo­ple
We are plan­ning to have a cor­re­spon­dence board to enable you to send let­ters and care pack­ages to remem­ber church mem­bers who are cur­rent­ly serv­ing in the Armed Forces or who are in col­lege. Please noti­fy the church office with names and address­es of these young peo­ple by March 1.

Ash Wednes­day Services‑7 a.m., noon, & 7 p.m.
Ash Wednes­day, Feb. 18, is the first of the 40 days of Lent, a time of prepar­ing and repair­ing our hearts and lives for Christ’s Res­ur­rec­tion at East­er. In the midst of our sin and mor­tal­i­ty, we claim and pro­claim Christ’s pow­er over sin and death as we receive a cross, the sign of the res­ur­rec­tion, drawn in ash­es on our hand or fore­head. Each of the ser­vices will include impo­si­tion of ash­es; the 7 p.m. ser­vice will also include Holy Com­mu­nion.

Sun­day Soup Sup­per and Study
Lent, the forty days of pen­i­tence in prepa­ra­tion for East­er, has its own vocab­u­lary: pen­i­tence, jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, atone­ment, pro­pi­ti­a­tion, expi­a­tion, and res­ur­rec­tion to name a few. Pas­tors Bri­an and Ali­son will lead six Sun­day evening stud­ies, “Trans­lat­ing Chris­t­ian Jar­gon” on these terms and oth­ers you sug­gest, begin­ning Sun­day, Feb. 22. A sim­ple soup and bread sup­per will be served at 5 p.m. in the Fel­low­ship Hall, fol­lowed by a one-hour study. We are look­ing for per­sons will­ing to serve in the areas of set-up, soup prepa­ra­tion, and clean-up. Sign up sheets are post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Upper New York Con­fer­ence staff will offer free work­shops for church mem­bers at Liv­er­pool First UMC from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat­ur­day, March 7. The five-hour pro­gram includes a meal. Reg­is­ter by March 2 at https://unyumc-reg.brtapp.com/ROADTRIPLiverpoolUMC
Con­fer­ence staff will present the fol­low­ing top­ics:

From the Wad­ing Pool to the Deep End – How to Move Peo­ple into
Deep­er Dis­ci­ple­ship

They Have Us Sur­round­ed… But Who Are They?

Why Can’t Church Be More Like Camp?

Your Con­fer­ence Finance Office

Wired for Wor­ship

Children’s Min­istry in an Ever-Chang­ing World

How to do Face­book Well

Cre­at­ing New Places for New Peo­ple: How to Start a New Faith Com­mu­ni­ty

in Your Own Neigh­bor­hood

Stu­dents urged to apply for Con­fer­ence schol­ar­ships
Unit­ed Methodist high school seniors and col­lege stu­dents are invit­ed to apply for two schol­ar­ships offered by the Upper New York Con­fer­ence: the Con­fer­ence Mer­it Awards and Lot­tie Brown Grants. Appli­ca­tion forms and guide­lines are avail­able at www.unyumc.org/pages/detail/1518

Advanced Lay Ser­vant Course
The Advanced Lay Ser­vant Course (Spir­i­tu­al Gifts) will be offered at Lit­tle Uti­ca UMC, Lam­son Road, Phoenix, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., on Sat­ur­days, April 18, 25, May 2, 9. Atten­dance on all dates is required for cred­it. This advanced course is one of six required to apply to qual­i­fy as Cer­ti­fied Lay Speak­ers. If inter­est­ed, please com­plete an appli­ca­tion form found in the office, have it signed by your pas­tor and return it to Susan Ranous, 201 Can­dee Ave., Syra­cuse, NY 13224 with a $25 check payable to “UNYAC” by April 4. If you have ques­tions, please con­tact Susan Ranous at 427‑3668 or sranousacctg@twcny.rr.com.

2015 Lenten Fish Din­ners Com­ing Soon!
March 6 and 20 are the dates for our annu­al Lenten Fish Din­ners. You may put your order in at the table in Fel­low­ship Hall today. These are full had­dock din­ners with fish fresh from Boston. Menu: fish and sauces, home­made mac and cheese, cole slaw, Ital­ian bread, and dessert. Eat in or take out. $10.00. 6–12 $4.00, 5 and under FREE. Pre-order to the church office ONLY by Mar. 2 or 16.

Mem­ber­ship & Recon­nect­ing Class­es
Sun­day morn­ings at 11 a.m. Tues­days at 6:30 p.m. or Wednes­days at 6:30 p.m.
Open to all who would like to offi­cial­ly join the Liv­er­pool First fam­i­ly and for cur­rent mem­bers who would like to learn more about the Methodist church and to those who would like to re-con­nect with their Methodist her­itage. You can start attend­ing at any time even if and havn’t attend­ed pri­or ses­sions. Con­tact the office or one of the pas­tors via e‑mail or by phone at 457‑5180 to reg­is­ter, or just show up. We will explore who we are as Chris­tians, who are Methodists and what it means to live out our her­itage. It’s an excit­ing jour­ney mixed with song and holy com­mu­nion each week.

Fam­i­ly Paint­ing Par­ty — Feb. 28 — 1 — 4 p.m.
Enjoy an after­noon of fam­i­ly art time and snacks learn­ing how to paint a paint­ing for all skill lev­els. Invite friends to join! Sat­ur­day, Feb. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Fel­low­ship Hall.