Announcements for March 26

Olivebranch Women’s Group meets March 27 

Interfaith Works and Vera House work to raise awareness about the safety of elders and the problem of elder abuse. Maryann Corasanti and Jenny Hicks will describe these issues. Although the deadline to reserve a meal has passed, everyone is welcome to attend the program at 7:10 p.m.

Lenten studies 

Our Teaching Series for Lent is Deepening the Life of Prayer. The teaching for March 26 is Unleashing the Power of Prayer based on Matthew 6. 1-18. Pastor Homan is offering a Bible Study on prayer every Monday afternoon from 2 to 3 p.m.

A Spirit-Filled Prayer Semina

Lord, Teach Us To Pray is a weekend seminar designed to encourage God’s people to become people of prayer. The seminar challenges individuals to progress toward maturity in prayer. The Lord continually offers us the promise of a closer walk with Him. Join in at Syracuse Bellevue Heights UMC, 2112 S. Geddes St., Syracuse on March 31 at 7 p.m.

     Vera House White Ribbon Campaign

This morning we will take a special offering for the Vera House White Ribbon Campaign.  Vera House is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides services for victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse here in Central NY.  The Liverpool United Methodist Men have led this campaign effort within our church for more than 20 years.  See the special white envelopes in the pew racks marked V.H. for your donations.

Lenten Worship  – March 29, April 5 & 12

The season of Lent is a time for repentance, reconciliation, and restoration of our relationship with God as individuals and as a church. It’s a time to reflect on our faith and determine to live more completely for the Lord. Lenten practices lead us to a place of renewal and re-creation, and prepare us to rejoice at Easter. You are invited to Wednesday evening Lenten worship with Holy Communion at 7 p.m. March 29, April 5, and April 12. Come and be blessed with this Lenten gift of renewal.

Candy donations needed

The Education & Family Ministry needs bags of individually wrapped candy for upcoming events. Please leave candy donations in the labeled box outside the Fellowship Hall. Every bag is greatly appreciated!

Senior Ministries events:

Tuesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. – Movie Night at Spaghetti Warehouse If you are providing your own transportation, arrive at Spaghetti Warehouse at 5:45 p.m. If you would like to ride the church bus please arrive at the church parking lot at 5:15. – Dinner will be from 6-7 p.m. Choose either: chicken parmigiana, spaghetti feast, lasagna or chicken alfredo. The movie On Moonlight Bay  staring Doris Day and Gordon MacRae will follow dinner.  The cost per person is $25. The price for this event is being reduced $5.00 per person.  For those who have already made a reservation, you will be receiving a refund.  Your check/reservation must be received by Sunday, April 2. Please indicate your meal choice on your check and if you will be riding the church bus. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME!

Saturday, May 20 Your own transportation is required.  Please arrive at the dock at 10:45 a.m.for our Skaneateles Lake Cruise – lunch to follow at The Sherwood Inn.  Choose either: chicken marsala, yankee pot roast or pecan salmon.  Following lunch we will have a guided tour of the Creamery Museum from 2 to 3 p.m.  $35 pp.  All reservations/checks must be received by Sunday, May 7th. Please indicate your meal choice on your check.

For details on these events and the rest of 2017, please check out our table in Fellowship Hall. Flyers for each event can be found in the binder on the table.

                     Easter Flowers

Would you like to honor your loved ones by purchasing flowers to decorate our altar for Easter? Please return this form, with payment, to the church office by April 9. Thank you for helping to provide a beautiful altar this Easter.

Please order ______  Lilies at $8 each  ______  Azaleas at $11 each

(   ) In Memory of:____________________________________________________________

(   ) In Honor of: _____________________________________________________________

Given by: __________________________________________________________________

Scholarship applications due May 17

The Sophie Graze Scholarship applications and guidelines are available in the church office. Any member continuing post-secondary education may apply. Questions, Call the church office at 315-457-5180.

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 toy will be given to them to help ease their pain. We also accept  new stuffed toys purchased elsewhere, books, and reusable child-friendly tote bags. There is a red collection box in Fellowship Hall.

Be the Change – April 29

A weekend of music and service. Help serve: Veterans, at risk women, people experiencing homelessness, refugees or families affected by disabilities. Go to beautifulmessministries.com/bethechange and

volunteer to help serve.

Would you like to become a member of Liverpool First?

If you regularly participate with us we hope you feel like family, but being family involves investing in nourishing the relationship with other members of the family. Please contact Kate at  315-457-5180 or kate.smith@liverpoolfirstumc.org or Pastor B at bshoman@aol.com or 315-345-6534 to indicate your interest and Pastor B will contact you.

April Fool’s Day Pasta Dinner – April 4

The Mission & Outreach Committee will serve an April Fool’s Day Pasta dinner on Tuesday, April 4 (that’s the April Fool’s joke!). Serving  takes place from at 5:30 to 7 p.m.  A Free Will offering will be accepted to support our church’s many mission projects (that’s no joke!). Sign-up sheets are posted  in Fellowship hall if you are willing to volunteer your services.

Ushers needed on Sunday mornings

Ushers are needed to assist on Sunday mornings. Please sign up on the sheet posted in Fellowship Hall or contact Ed Betts at 315.373.7718 or Tom Pelkey at 315.559.3832.

Easter Baskets for our shut-ins

Please bring items to fill Easter Baskets for our members at home and in care facilities. Suggested items: 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 suitable items. NO sweets or candy please. Bring donations by April 2. Place in box in hallway. Hospitality & Fellowship Team will prepare the baskets and Member Care Team will deliver them before Easter.

Thank you

The outreach commission thanks the congregation for stepping up and providing meals for the Teen MOPS this year. This is a wonderful witness to these young women and it shows how much they are loved. (PS, I will ask you again next year.)   — Kay Phillips

Spring plant sale – May 13

It’s Spring! The Mission & Outreach committee is preparing for a plant sale! It will be at Johnson Park on Saturday, May 13,  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The sale will include beautiful hanging plants and geraniums, just in time for Mother’s Day or to beautify your own space. You may purchase quality flowers while also supporting Mission and Outreach summer projects. Cash or checks (made out to LFUMC) are accepted but no charge cards, please.

Holy Week Worship 

Palm Sunday Cantata, April 9 – 9:30 & 11 a.m. Chancel Choir presents Gabriel Faure’s Requiem

Wednesday, April 12, Lenten Communion Service at 7 p.m.

Holy Thursday, April 13, Observe an ancient service of Tenebrae, known as a service of shadows, at 7 p.m. We progress with Jesus through the evening before his arrest. Holy Communion shall be offered.

Good Friday, April 14, at noon we will host the churches of Liverpool for a community-wide commemoration of the events of Christ’s crucifixion.

Resurrection Sunday, April 16, We will offer a SONRISE Service in Johnson Park at 6:30 a.m., designed and led by members of our Confirmation Class. Our regular services will be held at their normal time but feature our choirs and joy of our hope found in the resurrection. 8:15 a.m. in the Chapel, 9:30 & 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary.