Announcements for April 10

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

Sun­day Morn­ings 

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.