Lenten Altar Transformation
Bring Your Own Sticks
You will find many symbols decorating the altar during Lent that tell an exciting account of love and forgiveness. There is one part of the story that you can help tell! Each Sunday during Lent you are invited to bring in sticks to church and leave them in the labeled box in Fellowship Hall. As you gather and deliver these sticks, they are meant to be a tool for reflection. Sticks are not easy to work with — they are brittle, dry, unyielding, stubborn, and rigid — prone to breaking under the slightest pressure. As we consider these sticks to be a metaphor for our Lenten contemplation, the sticks become symbols for our failures, our shortcomings, our pain. As we surrender ourselves to the Lord, our sticks will help to build a cross throughout Lent and ultimately transform from a picture of brokenness to a picture of love, forgiveness, rebirth, purity — grace.
Pastor Homan will lead a Teaching Series of Deepening the Life of Prayer during the six weeks of Lent. The teaching for March 12 will be The Pattern of Productive Prayer based on Luke 11. 1–4. Pastor Homan is also offering a Bible Study on Prayer every Monday beginning March 6 from 2–3 p.m.
Lenten Daily Devotion booklets available
Take time during Lent to reflect on your faith, and consider making an offering to the Society of St. Andrew, a gleaning ministry that works to feed hungry people in America. Please take a Lenten Daily Devotion booklet (available at the church information desk), and a coin box if you wish. This year’s theme is, With Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed.
Daylight Savings time begins next Sunday. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward so you don’t miss Church.
Senior Ministries events:
Tuesday, April 18 Movie Night at Spaghetti Warehouse — chicken parmigiana, spaghetti feast, lasagna or chicken alfredo. S yracuse Cinephile presents On Moonlight Bay staring Doris Day & Gordon MacRae. ALL AGES WELCOME TO ATTEND. $30 per person. Please list your meal choice on your check. Transportation will be provided using our church bus for those who would like it. Please have your check/reservation in by Sunday, April 9.
Saturday, May 20 10:45 am — Skaneateles Lake Cruise — lunch at Sherwood Inn
chicken marsala, yankee pot roast or pecan salmon. Guided tour of The Creamery from 2–3 p.m. $35 per person. Checks/reservations due by May 14. List meal choice on your check. Only 50 tickets available.
Project Christina — toys for children
Would you like to help a child in crisis? Purchase a $5 stuffed toy from Kohl’s where the proceeds go to Golisano’s Children’s Hospital, and the toy is given to the Onondaga County Social Services Foster Care Division. When children are removed from their home a stuffed toy will be given to them to help ease their pain. We also accept new stuffed toys purchased elsewhere, books and re usable child friendly tote bags. There is a red collection box in Fellowship Hall.
meeting — March 10
In the spirit of promoting connection, friendship, and community, Rebecca Battoe is organizing a community garden/green space in the village of Liverpool. She hopes members of area churches, parks, organizations & businesses will help plan and support the project. Everyone is invited to attend a general interest meeting on March 10 at 11 a.m. here at church. Organizers plan to begin this growing season. They hope garden members will not only take charge of their own plot of land, but also tend a plot to provide fresh vegetables to food pantries, possibly St. Joseph the Worker food pantry. We also envision space for events such as yoga classes, plein air painting, and speakers on health and wellness. Bring friends, neighbors, and relatives to the meeting on March 10.
Sermons available by e‑mail
Anyone who would like to have a copy of one of the Sunday sermons in a file (.mp3) to be played on a computer, send an e‑mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to request one.
Acolyte program to share the light of Jesus
We would like to reignite the Acolyte Program. That would involve someone willing to coordinate it. The coordinator ‘s responsibilities would be to train the acolytes and maintain a schedule for them. The acolyte’s responsibilities are to be punctual on Sunday morning, properly attired for worship, and tall enough to comfortably reach the candelabra to light them and later to extinguish them. We are looking for students in grades 6–12. If you are interested in being the coordinator or an acolyte, please contact Susan Conover, Worship Team Chairman, through our church secretary, Kate Smith, at 315–457-5180.
Lenten Fish Dinner — March 24 — 5–7 PM
This is a full haddock dinner featuring fish fresh from Boston, homemade 3‑cheese macaroni & cheese, cole slaw, Italian bread, dessert, and beverage. Adult donation is $10. Youth 5–12 is $4. Under 5 is free. Dinners are PRE ‑SALE ONLY. Order using the form below or sign up in Fellowship Hall. Deadline for March 24 is March 20 before noon.
Amount paid $_________
Dine In Take Out
Child (5–12) _________ _________
Child under 5 _________ _________
Adult __________ _________
An opportunity to serve the body of Christ is available!
The paid position of Sunday Nursery Coordinator is available. If you are interested in this position or have questions, please contact Karen Gloyd at 315.457.5180. Help us to serve the smallest of those in our church.
Wednesday Video Series — day & evening options
The video series Drive Thru History-The Gospels meets Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Gathering Room downstairs (bring your lunch) and again at 6:30 p.m. (dessert & coffee provided.) You’ve never seen the gospels until you’ve driven through them with David Stotts! Join any Wednesday, no sign-up needed.
Easter Baskets for our Shut-ins
You are invited to bring items to fill Easter Baskets for our members at home and in care facilities. Suggested items are: small packs tissues, small bottles hand cream and hand cleanser, stationery, little fuzzy ducks or bunnies, travel size shaving cream, Chapstick, combs for men, and other items suitable for our members. NO sweets or candy please. Bring donations by April 2. Place in box in hallway or in Fellowship Hall. Hospitality And Fellowship Team will prepare the baskets and Member Care Team will deliver them before Easter.
Help create a Memorial Day parade float
Members of Liverpool First UMC would like to plan, build, and ride a float in the village of Liverpool’s Memorial Day parade on May 29. We hope to have members of all ages take part. A committee is needed to begin planning now. Sign up on the sheet posted in Fellowship Hall, or contact Pam Mackie or Kate Smith at 315.457.5180 to indicate your interest. We hope to bring together all members of the church to contribute ideas, time and talent to honor those who died in service to our country.
Volunteers needed to provide meals for MOPS
The Outreach Commission is seeking individuals, pairs, or groups to furnish meals for the Teen MOPS group of young mothers, their children and their supporters for the following meetings: March 28, April 11, April 25 and May 9. Please sign up on the sheet posted in Fellowship Hall, and also notify Kay Phillips or Kate Smith at 315.457.5180.