Announcements for Feb 14

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.

 

Souper Bowl of Car­ing 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 last week, we’ll still count it and get it to the Food Pantry.

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.

Lenten Fish Din­ners 

Save the dates: Fri­day, Feb. 26 and Fri­day, March 18 for the Lenten Fish Din­ners. Come for full had­dock din­ners with fish fresh from Boston.  Menu includes home­made 3‑cheese mac and cheese, cole slaw, Ital­ian bread, dessert.  Eat in or take out. Vol­un­teer sign-ups are already post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall.  Please help your church by attend­ing and / or help­ing!  $10.00. 6–12 $4.00, 5 and under FREE.  Pre-order and pre-pay ONLY by Mon­day, Feb. 22 or Mon­day, March 14.

Tea Time

Olive­branch invites all women to the Feb.  22 meet­ing, All About Tea.  Ali­son Mapes, a trained teaol­o­gist, will present a pro­gram about dif­fer­ent kinds of teas, their ben­e­fits, and pro­vide a sam­pling of teas. Appe­tiz­ers 5:30 p.m., din­ner at 6 with pro­gram to fol­low. The cost is $5 for din­ner. Call Pat Cuper­nall at 457‑6730 for a reser­va­tion.

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.

PEACE Inc. Senior lun­cheons

Our church has a PEACE Senior lun­cheon every Mon­day at Noon in the small din­ing room. The meals are deli­cious and the con­ver­sa­tions live­ly. In order to keep the lun­cheons at our church we need to increase the atten­dance. The menu for the month is found on the PEACE web site address. Please con­sid­er try­ing the lun­cheon and encour­age your friends to come too.

Women’s Min­istry 

 Fri­day morn­ing study 

A Bible study on the book of Eph­esians is held Fri­day morn­ings at 9:30 a.m. We study, pray and devel­op won­der­ful friend­ships. The book of Eph­esians is loaded with spir­i­tu­al knowl­edge. The Women’s Min­istry is ongo­ing, so come any time. Rosanne McDougall is the facil­i­ta­tor.

Bot­tle Col­lec­tion sup­ports youth min­istries

We col­lect return­able bot­tles and cans to sup­port the youth min­istries at Liv­er­pool First UMC. Leave them at church, or bring them direct­ly to MSK Bot­tle return on Rt. 57 and inform them that the return should go the Liv­er­pool Methodist Youth account.

Senior Min­istries Cal­en­dar of Events 

Wednes­day, March 16 — Fel­low­ship Hall @ Noon  $15 per per­son

Menu: Corned beef or ham, cab­bage, pota­toes & dessert catered by the Amer­i­can Legion Wom­en’s Aux­il­iary. Pro­gram: Rev. Bruce Web­ster will lead us in an Irish Sing Along. (Rev. Web­ster was our asso­ciate pas­tor from 1985–88) If you would like to attend the St. Patrick­’s lun­cheon please get your checks/reservations in ASAP.  Space is lim­it­ed and you won’t want to miss this won­der­ful lun­cheon and sing-along.  All mon­ey should be received by Sun­day, March 6th.

Wednes­day, April 13 Fel­low­ship Hall @ Noon  $15 per per­son

Lun­cheon catered by Tabatha’s Fam­i­ly Tree. Menu: Oven roast­ed chick­en, mashed pota­toes & gravy, mac­a­roni & cheese, roast­ed veg­eta­bles, fresh gar­den sal­ad, bread & but­ter, dessert, cof­fee & tea. Pro­gram: “Antique Road Show” pre­sent­ed by Allen Storinge, antique apprais­er of Syra­cuse Antiques Exchange

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.

Prayer and Holy Com­mu­nion

             Sun­day Morn­ings 

Did you know that a qui­et ser­vice of prayer, scrip­ture, and Holy Com­mu­nion takes place every Sun­day morn­ing from 8:15 to 9 a.m.? We read the litur­gy and prayers of the day, and lis­ten to God’s Word through the scrip­ture read­ing using a form of prayer called lec­tio div­ina.  We share in the pres­ence of Christ among us through the sacra­ment of Holy Com­mu­nion. This gen­tle ser­vice has been faith­ful­ly attend­ed by about 12 peo­ple over the last 20 weeks, and there is room for many more. If your week could use a moment of qui­et reflec­tion, or if you’re curi­ous about this dif­fer­ent way of spend­ing time with God, please come try it. The Chapel, locat­ed down­stairs just to the left of the stairs from the back park­ing lot entrance, is acces­si­ble by ele­va­tor.

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.

One Great hour of Shar­ing — March 6

“What does the Lord require of you but to do jus­tice, and to love kind­ness, and to walk humbly with your God?” On March 6, Unit­ed Methodists every­where will fol­low that man­date as they par­tic­i­pate in the annu­al One Great Hour of Shar­ing offer­ing. Our church is at its best when we reach out to sis­ters and broth­ers in need. Our One Great Hour of Shar­ing gifts pay the annu­al oper­at­ing costs for the Unit­ed Methodist Com­mit­tee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR pro­vides imme­di­ate assis­tance in the wake of dis­as­ters and par­tic­i­pates in ongo­ing min­istries of food, shel­ter, health and peace. 100 per­cent of giv­ing goes to those in need.

  

               

 Altar Flow­ers 

The  flow­ers on the altar every Sun­day are an impor­tant part of our wor­ship ser­vice. If you would like to give a gift of flow­ers to hon­or a loved one, a birth­day or anniver­sary, or in mem­o­ry of some­one, please fill out the form below and put it in the offer­ing plate or con­tact the church office.

Name____________________________________Date Flow­ers Wanted______________

Address____________________________________________Phone_________________

In Mem­o­ry of______________________________________________________________

In Hon­or of_______________________________________________________________

Giv­en by:_____________________________________________________