Announcements for March 1

2015 Lenten Fish Din­ners-Last chance for March 6

March 6 and 20 are the dates for our Lenten Fish Din­ners. You may put your order in at the table in Fel­low­ship Hall today. Menu: fish and sauces, home­made mac­a­roni and cheese, cole slaw, Ital­ian bread, and dessert. Eat in or take out. Vol­un­teer sign-ups are post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall for Thurs­day food prep and Fri­day set-up, prep, and serv­ing. Please help your church by attend­ing and/or help­ing! Adults $10.; ages 6–12 $4; chil­dren 5 and under free. Pre-order only by March 2 or 16.

Soci­ety of St. Andrew Lenten Devo­tions

In “into the Wilder­ness,” our Lenten devo­tion­al book­let from Soci­ety of St. Andrew, today’s writer quotes a pas­sage from 2 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans that says God calls us, so that we might “begin to pos­sess the splen­dor of Christ.” Are you begin­ning to poss­es the splen­dor of Christ? How is the splen­dor of Christ vis­i­ble in your life?

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 are lead­ing Sun­day evening stud­ies, “Trans­lat­ing Chris­t­ian Jar­gon” on these terms and oth­ers you sug­gest. A sim­ple soup and bread sup­per will be served at 5 p.m. in the Fel­low­ship Hall, fol­lowed by a one-hour study. We need per­sons will­ing to help with set-up, soup prepa­ra­tion, and clean-up. Sign up sheets are post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Senior Min­istries Saint Patrick­’s Lun­cheon

Wednes­day, March 18, noon in the church Fel­low­ship Hall: Corned Beef or Ham Din­ner pre­pared by the Amer­i­can Legion Wom­en’s Aux­il­iary. Pro­gram: Rev. Bruce Web­ster will lead us in an Irish Sing Along. Cost is $12 per per­son (checks only) Dead­line to sign up and pay is Sun­day, March 8. Indi­cate your meal choice when sign­ing up.

March 7 work­shops open to every­one

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

Choose two of 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

How to do a Web­site 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 may apply for schol­ar­ships offered by the Upper New York Con­fer­ence: the Con­fer­ence Mer­it Awards and Lot­tie Brown Grants. Guide­lines are avail­able at www.unyumc.org/pages/detail/1518

“Home Forever“with Beau­ti­ful Mess-Extras Need­ed!

We invite you to par­tic­i­pate Sat­ur­day March 14 and Sun­day March 15 in the film­ing of Beau­ti­ful Mess’ next music video for their new song “Home For­ev­er”. We have a few scenes where we need adult extras (18+) to film a PTA meet­ing, a sup­port group meet­ing, etc. For more infor­ma­tion on how to par­tic­i­pate, please email jessica.l.folk@gmail.com.

New mem­ber Ori­en­ta­tion — March 14 

New mem­bers will be received Sun­day, March 15 at the 9:30 wor­ship ser­vice. We invite those who may wish to join Liv­er­pool First to a new mem­ber ori­en­ta­tion Sat­ur­day, March 14 from 9 a.m. to noon.   At this ori­en­ta­tion you will meet sev­er­al of our lead­ers, learn of our pro­grams and mis­sion and how we func­tion. This is a pre­req­ui­site for join­ing and child care will be pro­vid­ed. RSVP by con­tact­ing the church office, 457‑5180.

          Palm Sun­day Can­ta­ta — 10:15 AM

The Chan­cel Choir will pro­vide a spe­cial can­ta­ta for our wor­ship on Palm Sun­day, March 29 at 10:15 a.m. To cel­e­brate our uni­ty as a con­gre­ga­tion and to be inspired by the can­ta­ta togeth­er, there will be only one ser­vice at 10:15 a.m.  Please note, there will still be Dis­cov­ery Zone Chris­t­ian Edu­ca­tion for chil­dren at 9:30 a.m. The chil­dren will open the 10:15 wor­ship with the pro­ces­sion of palms. Child care for infants and preschool chil­dren will be pro­vid­ed dur­ing the ser­vice.

Passover Seder meal

On Thurs­day, April 2, we will host a Passover Seder meal at 6 p.m. The Seder is the tra­di­tion­al meal and rit­u­al observed by the Jews recall­ing the events of God’s deliv­er­ance and Exo­dus from slav­ery to Egypt. It is also the meal which Jesus cel­e­brat­ed with His dis­ci­ples in the Upper Room the night before His betray­al, arrest and cru­ci­fix­ion. Through our obser­vance we wit­ness how Jesus’s death is fore­shad­owed in the Passover Seder. Because the ser­vice involves a spe­cial meal, reser­va­tions must be made by Sun­day, March 22. Please place your reser­va­tion in the offer­ing plate or sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall.  Chil­dren play a spe­cial role in the ser­vice.

Dis­cov­ery Zone March 22 — Chil­dren’s seder meal & Holy Com­mu­nion

Par­ents are wel­come (but not required) to join us as we recre­ate the Last Sup­per dur­ing Dis­cov­ery Zone on March 22. Pas­tor Ali­son will explain and serve com­mu­nion.

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., April 18, 25, May 2, 9. Atten­dance on all dates is required for cred­it. The course is one of six required to apply to qual­i­fy as Cer­ti­fied Lay Speak­ers. 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. For infor­ma­tion con­tact Susan Ranous at 427‑3668 or sranousacctg@twcny.rr.com.

Sophie Graze Schol­ar­ship Infor­ma­tion 

Sophie Graze Schol­ar­ships are award­ed in June. Guide­lines, and appli­ca­tions will be avail­able soon. One  Graze Schol­ar­ship is award­ed through the local “Dol­lars For Schol­ars” high school pro­grams. All church fam­i­lies with a grad­u­at­ing senior, who is a church mem­ber, should let the church know their name as soon as pos­si­ble. Each high school (Bak­er, CNS, Liv­er­pool) has their own DFS pro­gram and guide­lines and selects our church win­ner based on names they receive and the cri­te­ria the church Schol­ar­ship Com­mit­tee pro­vides. If you have a qual­i­fy­ing senior, please noti­fy the Church Office 457‑5180.

                 Teen MOPS

Our church hosts meet­ings for a Teen MOPS group, and they could use our help to pro­vide meals for the young moth­ers, their chil­dren, and the vol­un­teers that facil­i­tate the pro­gram. These may be pro­vid­ed in sev­er­al ways:

• Pro­vide sim­ple meal fix­ings to be pre­pared by the group lead­ers

• Pre­pare a meal and deliv­er it to the church between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on their meet­ing day, to be set out and/or heat­ed up by the group lead­ers; or deliv­er it ready-to-serve at 3:45 p.m.

• Donate gift cards to gro­cery stores or restau­rants, which the group lead­ers use to pur­chase food

There are approx­i­mate­ly 15 par­tic­i­pants and vol­un­teer lead­ers to be fed. Meet­ings are the sec­ond and fourth Tues­day of each month. Teen MOPS pro­vides a faith-based, non judg­men­tal envi­ron­ment where teen moth­ers can gath­er with oth­ers who are in a sim­i­lar life sit­u­a­tion. Through the rela­tion­ships formed at Teen MOPS, young moms gain con­fi­dence, learn about moth­er­ing, and grow per­son­al­ly. Meet­ings include guest speak­ers and fun activ­i­ties. Speak­ers present on such top­ics as: build­ing healthy rela­tion­ships; deal­ing with domes­tic vio­lence; healthy dis­ci­pline for chil­dren; bud­get­ing; prepar­ing healthy meals; child devel­op­ment; job inter­view­ing & resume writ­ing; first aid & CPR. Con­tact the church office at 315–457-5180 if you would like to help out.