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 services — Wednesdays 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.