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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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______________
In Memory of______________________________________________________________
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