Announcements for March 5

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.

Lenten stud­ies 

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.

Com­mu­ni­ty Gar­den

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 kate.smith@liverpoolfirstumc.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 PRESALE ONLY. Order using the form below or sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall. Dead­line for March 24 is March 20 before noon.

ORDER FORM

Name___________________________________Phone___________________

Amount paid $_________

Dine In                 Take Out

Child (5–12)             _________              _________

Child under 5         _________              _________

Adult                       __________             _________

Total                         ___________

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.