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.