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 services — Wednesdays 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.