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.
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!
Amount paid $_________
Dine In Take Out
Child (5–12) _________ _________
Child under 5 _________ _________
Adult __________ _________
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.