Announcements for March 12

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 the hall­way. As you gath­er and deliv­er these sticks, they can be a tool for reflec­tion. Sticks are not easy to work with — they are brit­tle, dry, unyield­ing, stub­born, and rigid — prone to break­ing under 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 is lead­ing a teach­ing series of Deep­en­ing the Life of Prayer dur­ing the six weeks of Lent. The teach­ing for  March 12 is The Pat­tern of Pro­duc­tive Prayer based on Luke 11. 1–4. Pas­tor Homan is also offer­ing a Bible Study on Prayer every Mon­day dur­ing Lent from 2–3 p.m.

Lenten Dai­ly Devo­tion book­lets avail­able

Dur­ing Lent, reflect on your faith and con­sid­er sup­port­ing the Soci­ety of St. Andrew, a glean­ing min­istry that works to feed hun­gry peo­ple in Amer­i­ca.  Take a 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.

Acolyte pro­gram to share the light of Jesus

We would like to reignite the Acolyte Pro­gram. That requires some­one will­ing to coor­di­nate it. The coor­di­na­tor’s respon­si­bil­i­ties would be to train 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 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 p.m.

Our last fish din­ner of the Lenten sea­son is Fri­day, March 24. Pre-order now, using the form below. Dona­tion:  Adults, $10.00.  Youth 6–12, $4.00.   5 and under, FREE. Many vol­un­teers are need­ed to pre­pare, serve, and clean up.  Sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall. Thanks!

ORDER FORM

Name___________________________________   Phone___________________

Amount paid $_________

Dine In                 Take Out

Child (5–12)             _________              _________

Child under 5         _________              _________

Adult                       __________             _________

Total                         ___________

Spe­cial Birth­day

Jane Axtmann will cel­e­brate her 100th birth­day on March 24. We are sure she would appre­ci­ate a card on this spe­cial day. Her address is: Man­lius Home, 217 East Ave. Minoa  NY 13116 room 118D.

Olive­branch Women’s Group meets March 27 

Inter­faith Works and Vera House work to raise com­mu­ni­ty aware­ness about the safe­ty of elders and the prob­lem of elder abuse. Mary Anne Coras­an­ti, an out­reach work­er, and Jen­ny Hicks, direc­tor of the Elder Jus­tice Pro­gram of Vera House, will describe issues relat­ed to the preva­lence of this under rec­og­nized issue. They will dis­cuss how to dis­tin­guish the sub­tle signs of elder abuse and share strate­gies and com­mu­ni­ty resources to deal with the prob­lem. All women are invit­ed to attend the month­ly pro­grams pre­sent­ed by the Olive­branch Women’s Group. Appe­tiz­ers are served 5:30 — 6 p.m. A light meal is served from 6 — 7 p.m. with pro­gram fol­low­ing from 7:10 — 8:10 p.m. Cost is $5 on nights that the meal is catered. Reserve a meal by con­tact­ing the church at 315–457-5180 or kate.smith@liverpoolfirstumc.org by 11 a.m. on Fri­day, March 24.

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

Please 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 build a float for 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. 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 mem­bers of the church to con­tribute ideas, time and tal­ent to hon­or those who died in ser­vice to our coun­try.

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.

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.

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.