Announcements for Feb. 21

 New date for fam­i­ly game day

Fam­i­ly Games & Din­ner will be held on Sun­day, Feb. 28, moved from the 27th. The time remains unchanged. Nurs­ery care will be avail­able from 2–4 p.m. Din­ner will be served at 4 p.m. So if you are 5 or 105, join the church fam­i­ly for good old fash­ioned fun play­ing games togeth­er.

Mid­week lenten ser­vicesWednes­days at 7 p.m.

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

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.

Lenten Fish Din­ner — Last chance to order 

The Fri­day, Feb. 26 Lenten Fish Din­ner dead­line for orders is tomor­row. You may sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall today for a full had­dock din­ner 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 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 .

What is the next step on your faith jour­ney?

Want to grow in your rela­tion­ship with God through Jesus Christ? To help you dis­cern what that means in your life, Pas­tors Bri­an and Ali­son invite you to join them on Sun­day after­noon, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m., in the church’s Memo­r­i­al Lounge. Iden­ti­fy ways you can take the next step on your faith jour­ney. Learn of oppor­tu­ni­ties our con­gre­ga­tion offers in the areas of prayer and study, wor­ship, and wit­ness for Christ. If you would pre­fer to meet with one of the pas­tors indi­vid­u­al­ly, please call 457‑5180 to make an appoint­ment, or con­tact them direct­ly by email. Child care will be avail­able dur­ing this one-hour event. If you need child care, please con­tact Kate Smith at kate.smith@liverpoolfirstumc.org so that we can be sure to staff appro­pri­ate­ly.  Every­one is also invit­ed to stay and enjoy the Fam­i­ly Game time from 2–4 p.m

Africa 360 Lenten Devo­tion­al avail­able

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 in Africa: 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. Down­load the book­let at no charge from http://www.unyumc.org/images/uploads/A360_Lenten_Devotional.pdf.

Souper Bowl of Car­ing

Thanks to all of you 356 cans of soup were col­lect­ed for our local food pantry dur­ing our Souper Bowl of Car­ing cam­paign.

Dear Parish­ioners,

St. Joseph the Work­er Food Pantry is tru­ly an ecu­meni­cal based pro­gram. There are many church­es and busi­ness­es in the area that sup­port our out­reach for the com­mu­ni­ty. With­out that sup­port our mis­sion, to serve the needy in our com­mu­ni­ty, would not be as eas­i­ly reached.  I want to acknowl­edge the sup­port that your church gives us on an ongo­ing basis. Almost every Sun­day we have a deliv­ery from your church to our pantry. It is deliv­ered with warmth and smiles. It is great­ly appre­ci­at­ed. We are over­whelmed by the sup­port that is giv­en by you to the pro­gram. What a joy it is to have the sup­port from your con­gre­ga­tion. Thank you for all you do to help our out­reach min­istry.

Jen­nifer Wood­burn

St. Joseph the Work­er Church

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.

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 also accept reuse­able tote bags.

Prayer and Holy Com­mu­nion Sun­day Morn­ings 

A qui­et ser­vice of prayer, scrip­ture, and Holy Com­mu­nion takes place every Sun­day from 8:15 to 9 a.m.  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. 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.