Announcements for Feb. 7

   Shrove Tues­day 

   Pan­cake Sup­per Feb. 9 — 4:30–6:30 p.m.

This Tues­day is the last day before the sea­son of Lent begins, and it is also the day LFUMC is host­ing a FREE pan­cake sup­per. (We’ll glad­ly accept dona­tions toward our April mis­sion trip to Appalachia, but we’re not set­ting a price on the meal itself.) Invite friends, fam­i­ly, and neigh­bors and enjoy food and fel­low­ship in a casu­al atmos­phere.  Please share the Face­book invite if you are on Face­book.

Ash Wednes­day wor­ship 

Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 10 begins the sea­son of Lent, a time of prepar­ing one’s heart for East­er through inten­tion­al study, prayer, and fast­ing. All are invit­ed to a Wednes­day evening wor­ship ser­vice to mark this day, and to receive ash­es as a sign of repen­tance, anoint­ing with oil for ser­vice, and Holy Com­mu­nion as a sign of God’s for­giv­ing grace.

Mid­week lenten ser­vicesWednes­days at 7 p.m.

Two wor­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties will be offered each Wednes­day, begin­ning next week. A con­tem­po­rary ser­vice, pat­terned on the Gilli­gan’s Island and the Sev­en Dead­ly Sins Bible Study, will take place in the down­stairs wor­ship cen­ter. A tra­di­tion­al ser­vice, fea­tur­ing hymns and litur­gy will take place in the Sanc­tu­ary. Both wor­ship expe­ri­ences will include Holy Com­mu­nion.        

Dur­ing the week of the Feb­ru­ary break, the Erwin church puts on a day pro­gram for chil­dren in the com­mu­ni­ty who may be home alone dur­ing the week, called “Safe Space”. We have been asked to pro­vide the lunch on Wednes­day, Feb. 17, at noon for 30 chil­dren. It does not need to be a fan­cy spread or elab­o­rate meal, just sub­stan­tial for chil­dren whose lunch may be their only meal. If you would like to serve on a team to pro­vide this lunch, please con­tact the church office at 457‑5180 or lfumc@liverpoolfirstumc.org.

Fruit Dri­ve

We also want to pro­vide fruit as the snack for the Safe Space Pro­gram. The fruits desired are apples, bananas, oranges and grapes. Please bring a dona­tion of fruit to the church on Sun­day, Feb. 14.

Africa 360 Lenten Devo­tion­al avail­able

The sea­son of Lent is a good time to revis­it your inten­tions for spir­i­tu­al growth.  One resource is Called to Con­nect Glob­al­ly. This col­lec­tion of read­ings was cre­at­ed by our Upper NY Con­fer­ence’s Africa 360 ini­tia­tive, and one of the reflec­tions is writ­ten by Liv­er­pool First UMC Lay Ser­vant Bill Pat­ton. Africa 360 com­bines the focus on our Con­fer­ence’s mis­sions on the African con­ti­nent: Imag­ine No Malar­ia helps elim­i­nate deaths from malar­ia, and Africa Uni­ver­si­ty edu­cates lead­ers to improve infra­struc­ture in Africa. Fight­ing pover­ty and dis­ease, these two ini­tia­tives fit into a larg­er sto­ry of who God calls us to be in com­mu­ni­ty with one anoth­er. You can down­load the book­let at no charge from http://www.unyumc.org/images/uploads/A360_Lenten_Devotional.pdf.

Souper Bowl of Car­ing Soup Col­lec­tion Extend­ed 

A sim­ple prayer: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl foot­ball game, help us be mind­ful of those who are with­out a bowl of soup to eat” gave birth to an idea of col­lect­ing dol­lars and canned food for the needy. Your dona­tions go to our neigh­bor­hood food pantry at St. Joseph the Work­er Catholic Church. If you for­got this week and want to bring your dona­tion next week, we’ll still count it and get it to the Food Pantry. (Or, if you remem­bered and want to increase the num­ber of cans in our dona­tion, just bring more next week!)

Women’s Bible Study 

 The Bat­tle Plan for Prayer 

Devel­op a deep­er walk with God as you seek the Lord. The Bat­tle Plan for Prayer equips believ­ers to cre­ate their own prayer strat­e­gy and be spe­cif­ic and strate­gic in prayer. This 8‑week study is on Sun­days from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. start­ing today, meet­ing in the Junior High Class Room down­stairs, and is led by Ali­son Mapes. Child care is pro­vid­ed every week!  E‑mail Ali­son at mapesfam506@yahoo.com to reg­is­ter.

Time for Tea

Olive Branch Pro­gram Mon­day evening, Feb. 22, will be All About Tea. Reserve the date. Details next week.

Sup­port fos­ter chil­dren through Project Christi­na

Kohl’s is fea­tur­ing a new line of plush toys.  Please con­sid­er mak­ing a gift to a deserv­ing fos­ter child.  Infor­ma­tion and the col­lec­tion box is on the table in Fel­low­ship Hall.  We are also accept­ing reuse­able tote bags.

Invi­ta­tion to pray

Prayer Part­ners invite you to be a part of the group that meets Mon­days at the church, from 3 to 4 p.m. Learn­ing how to call on God in prayer is one way that we devel­op our rela­tion­ship with God. We receive requests from many dif­fer­ent sources  and for many dif­fer­ent needs, such as heal­ing, com­fort, strength, wis­dom, pro­tec­tion, etc.  If you are inter­est­ed please call Pas­tor Ali­son at 457‑5180, Pamela Phillips at 451‑1087 or Barb Hal­stead at 622‑0752.

Open­ing Win­dows of Under­stand­ing

You are invit­ed to “Open­ing Win­dows of Under­stand­ing”- an inter­faith event spon­sored by Inter­faith Works of CNY Mon­day, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. This is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn about var­i­ous world reli­gions. No one will be asked to change their reli­gion. Inter­faith Works is an orga­ni­za­tion that builds appre­ci­a­tion for the diver­si­ty of faith tra­di­tions prac­ticed in our area. The event will be held at the Mosque of Jesus, Son of Mary at 501 Park St. Syra­cuse. It is free and open to the pub­lic, and a recep­tion will fol­low the cer­e­mo­ny.

Wor­ship Ser­vices at Elder­wood — Sun­days, 2 p.m.

Sun­day after­noons in Feb­ru­ary, LFUMC pro­vides a Protes­tant Wor­ship Ser­vice at the Elder­wood at 4800 Bear Road. All LFUMC mem­bers and friends are invit­ed to attend and par­tic­i­pate with the Elder­wood res­i­dents. If you are inter­est­ed in shar­ing trans­porta­tion, please con­tact one of the pas­tors.