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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
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.