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.