Wesley Ringers Bell Concert — Today
Please join us for a handbell concert today at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary. A free will offering will be taken to support the Red Bird Mission trip. Dessert will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the concert.
Church tag sale items needed- April 15 & 16
Spring cleaning time is here and the church tag sale can use the household items you’re ready to part with! Books, toys, usable appliances, costume jewelry (no clothing and large furniture please), dishes, collectibles, décor items, plants, tools, vinyl records, etc. are needed. The sale will be April 15 and 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items can be placed in the box in the back foyer. The sale will benefit UMW and Outreach missions. Questions? Call Jill Ertinger, 451‑6145.
Midweek Praise, Discussion, and Prayer Returns
Beginning Wednesday, April 20, “The Gathering” will offer the opportunity for families to worship in an informal and contemporary style from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Our first question of faith: If God is real, why doesn’t He show himself, or at least say hello? Come, relax, relate and commune with Christ.
Summer Camp Scholarships
LFUMC Campership program is offering scholarships for children to attend summer camp at one of our United Methodist Camps. Children, youth and families who attend Liverpool First United Methodist Church are eligible for these scholarships. Because we believe every child should have the opportunity to experience the fun of camp regardless of financial situation, we are also offering a limited number of need-based scholarships. The deadline for standard and need-based scholarship applications is May 1st. Contact Karen Gloyd with questions 457‑5180.
Plant sale — May 7 in Johnson Park
Spring is here and the planting season is almost upon us. We are holding a plant sale on May 7, the Saturday before Mother’s Day, in Johnson Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $20 per plant and features a beautiful assortment of fuchsias, geraniums, and other colorful mixtures. This year the proceeds will go to Red Bird and other missions throughout the year. You may contact Jen Holmes, 382‑0010, with questions.
Summer Camp registration is open!
Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries (CRM) registration is open for its 2016 Summer Camp & Retreat programs. “We are excited about the high quality and excellent variety of programs being offered this summer,” said Mike Huber, UNY Conference Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries. “The CRM team, in collaboration with hundreds of volunteers, has created programs specifically designed for spiritual growth, birth, and renewal.” Pick up a camp brochure in Fellowship Hall today!
Prayer and Holy Communion
A quiet service of prayer, scripture, and Holy Communion takes place Sundays from 8:15 to 9 a.m. Read the liturgy and prayers of the day, and listen to God’s Word through the scripture using a form of prayer called lectio divina. Share in the presence of Christ among us through the sacrament of Holy Communion. If your week could use a time of quiet reflection, or if you’re curious about this different way of spending time with God, please try it. The Chapel, located downstairs to the left of the stairs from the back parking lot entrance, is accessible by elevator.
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.
Changes to information center, donation drop off
In the main hallway there is now an information center that visitors to the church can walk up to and easily find information on the missions our church offers. Feel free to take any of this information and pass it on to your friends. This required moving some of the collection points (food pantry, soda can tabs, etc.) to a different spot in the hallway or into Fellowship Hall. They’re still there, just in a different spot. In Fellowship Hall we’ve also rearranged things to eliminate some clutter and provide more display space.
Participate in Day of Prayer on April 23
The United Methodist Church’s General Conference will meet at the Oregon Convention Center May 10–20, 2016. General Conference, which meets once every four years, is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. General Conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs. On April 23, United Methodists the Upper New York Annual Conference will observe a 24-hour day of prayer for the 2016 General Conference session. The event will be “a meaningful way to focus spiritually on the experience, as well as to surround the delegates and church leaders with prayer for a General Conference that inspires us in our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” according to a statement from the Council of Bishops. Sign up in Fellowship Hall to pray in the LFUMC Prayer Room or from home. More information is available online at http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/60-days-of-prayer-for-2016-general-conference.
Thank you from the Liverpool U M Men
The Liverpool United Methodist Men thank you for your generosity in supporting two recent charitable efforts; funds donated to the Vera House White Ribbon campaign and shoes donated to help offset the costs of providing a service dog for Logen, the autistic child of one of our members. The White Ribbon campaign at our church raised $906 for Vera House, which is a non-profit organization that provides services to Central NY residents who are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. That’s a significant increase over last year’s campaign and you should take pride in our church’s efforts to support this much- needed organization. We were very successful in collecting used shoes which will be sold and shipped to third world countries to be repaired and reused. Liverpool First and other Central NY United Methodist churches combined to collect and process more than 6,000 pairs of shoes on Saturday, April 2, at the future new Upper New York Conference Center on Henry Clay Blvd. This will be a big boost to the efforts to raise sufficient funds for Logen’s dog.
Local history program
Friday, April 29 — Fellowship Hall — 6 p.m. — $15 — 50’s Theme Dinner catered by LFUMC Men’s Club: Hoffman hot dogs & coneys, salt potatoes, macaroni salad, beans, ice cream floats, ice tea, lemonade, coffee & dessert
Program: The Smith Family Fortunes (Smith-Corona) presented by Onondaga Historical Association’s Curator of History, Dennis Connors
Everyone of all ages is invited to attend. Support the Men’s club programs while learning about local history. Invite friends and family. To sign up, make check payable to LFUMC Senior Ministries and place it in the Senior Ministries mailbox in the back corridor. Your payment is your reservation — include names of people making reservations if there are more than one person covered by a check. Today is the final day to sign up!
The seniors’ May bus trip to Auburn & Seneca Falls has been cancelled.
Support foster children through Project Christina
Kohl’s is featuring a new line of plush toys. Please consider purchasing one for a foster child. Information and the collection box are in Fellowship Hall. We also accept tote bags for the children to use to to carry their belongings. The next drop off to Social Services is April 21.
Red Bird Mission Trip matching funds
Our Red Bird Mission Trip to Beverly, KY has 19 members and friends of LFUMC going to help people in one of the poorest counties in the nation. The trip costs approximately $550 per person. Two anonymous donors will match up to $1000 provided by LFUMC members and friends. In addition to your prayers, please consider giving to the fund raising effort, knowing for every dollar you give, another dollar will be matched. Just identify your check or cash for “Red Bird Matching Funds”. Everyone who donates at least $200 will receive a hand crafted Adirondack Chair or 6 ft. picnic table, and the first 20 people who donate $25 will receive a pair of hand knit socks. Help us, and Red Bird Mission bring the love of Christ to these wonderful people.
2016 Sophie Graze Scholarship applications available
The Sophie Graze Scholarships assist church members with continuing education beyond high school, and will be awarded in June. Any church member may apply. Applications and guidelines are available from Kate in the church office. Contact Karen Gloyd, Director of Christian Education, or the church office for information. Due date for applications is May 11. Awards will be presented Sunday, June 19.