Announcements for February 10, 2019

Tech­ni­cal help need­ed dur­ing wor­ship

The use of pow­er point in the church ser­vice is an impor­tant tool to lead us in wor­ship and keep us informed about church events and activ­i­ties. The Wor­ship Team is look­ing for a few peo­ple to assist in wor­ship by run­ning the pow­er point dur­ing the 9:30 am ser­vice. The task is sim­ply to run the slides. There is no pro­duc­tion of pow­er point slides required. Pas­tor Bri­an will show you how the sys­tem works.  We hope to put togeth­er a group of tech assis­tants to share is this work. Please see Can­dace Lawrence, Wor­ship Com­mit­tee Chair, or Pas­tor Bri­an if you would like to serve in wor­ship in this way.

Project Christi­na Sup­ports fos­ter chil­dren

Donate toys, books, tote bags for chil­dren in need

Dur­ing Feb­ru­ary, help fos­ter chil­dren through Project Christi­na. Show love to chil­dren enter­ing fos­ter care by donat­ing a stuffed toy, chil­dren’s book or reuse­able tote bag. Col­lec­tion box at Senior Min­istries’ table in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Help Want­ed: Youth Min­istry Direc­tor

Direc­tor of Youth Min­istries would lead a teen min­istry week­ly pro­gram of prayer, Bible Study, ser­vice, lead­er­ship, fel­low­ship, and pro­gram meet­ings, mis­sion, and ser­vice activ­i­ties. The church is seek­ing two-year com­mit­ment. Dead­line for appli­ca­tion is Feb­ru­ary 14. Call 315–457-5180.

Infor­ma­tion about The Way For­ward

A spe­cial Gen­er­al Con­fer­ence ses­sion of the Unit­ed Methodist Church will be held Feb­ru­ary 23–26 to con­sid­er The Way For­ward con­cern­ing the church’s stance on homo­sex­u­al­i­ty. To review the three options to be con­sid­ered, vis­it the Upper New York Con­fer­ence web­site at unyumc.org. A descrip­tion of the three plans is also at the Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter in the church cor­ri­dor.

The fol­low­ing is a let­ter writ­ten by the Bish­ops of the North­east­ern Juris­dic­tion of the Unit­ed Methodist Church.

We bid you grace and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ:

    Dur­ing the North­east­ern Col­lege of Bish­ops meet­ing, Jan­u­ary 28–30, we your Bish­ops prayed for the Church and in par­tic­u­lar the cler­gy and laity of the North­east­ern Juris­dic­tion of The Unit­ed Methodist Church.

    As the Spe­cial Ses­sion of the Gen­er­al Con­fer­ence in St. Louis, MO, Feb­ru­ary 23–26, 2019, is just days away, we invite each con­gre­ga­tion and every mem­ber to join us in even deep­er and more fer­vent prayer. We seek your prayers as the del­e­gates receive and act upon the report from The Com­mis­sion on a Way For­ward and cor­re­spond­ing peti­tions. Along with the Apos­tle Paul, we pray that the “God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace in faith so that you over­flow with hope in the pow­er of the Holy Spir­it.” (Romans 15:13 CEB). 

    Please lift this ses­sion of holy con­fer­enc­ing in prayer in each of your church­es this Sun­day and through­out the week. On Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 23, the Gen­er­al Con­fer­ence will ded­i­cate the entire day to prayer. This will be avail­able through live-stream­ing (umc.org) and we invite as many as pos­si­ble to pray along with the Con­fer­ence del­e­gates, Bish­ops and atten­dees. 

    We are con­fi­dent that God will work all things togeth­er for good as God’s peo­ple are faith­ful in prayer and obe­di­ent to the lead­ing of the Holy Spir­it. As John Wes­ley said, “Best of all, God is with us.”

Futures Team to study church poten­tial

On Decem­ber 10, 2018, the church Admin­is­tra­tive Coun­cil  decid­ed to study the needs of our com­mu­ni­ty and the present min­istry of the church, to pro­pose changes nec­es­sary to assure our impact for Christ. This process will be done in con­junc­tion with the Vital Con­gre­ga­tions Team of the Annu­al Con­fer­ence led by Rev­erend Aaron Bouwens. 

    The Futures Task Force includes: Charles McCh­es­ney, Pat Toukat­ly, Karen Gloyd, Eric Holmes, Bill Pat­ton, Pat Cuper­nall, Robin Folk, and  Miguel Pati­no. They will work over the next 18 months to review, dis­cern and pro­pose changes in min­istry for our lead­ers to con­sid­er. Please pray for the team and their work.

Game Bonan­za Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 24

Begin­ning at noon.Lunch & snacks includ­ed.

Join us to play board games.

Senior Min­istries Update — New Events

Reservations/checks are being received now for the April 26th 50’s Din­ner catered by LFUMC Men’s Club. Pro­gram: The Sto­ry of the Schul­bert Broth­ers pre­sent­ed by Gregg Tripoli, Ononda­ga His­tor­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion Exec­u­tive Direc­tor. This is a pop­u­lar event so don’t delay. Max­i­mum seat­ing is 100. It is open to all ages. The meal will be served fam­i­ly style.

New trips just added (see fly­ers in Fel­low­ship Hall binder)

Sep­tem­ber 7: Motor coach to Lake George for lunch cruise

Sep­tem­ber 18: Join St. Joseph the Work­er Seniors — Made
in Amer­i­ca Store & Hid­den Val­ley Ani­mal Adven­ture in Elma

Octo­ber 5: Motor coach to Old Forge — train ride from Then­dara Sta­tion, lunch at Van Aukens Inne, shop­ping at Old Forge Hard­ware

Lenten Fish Din­ners — March 8 & March 29

Had­dock din­ners with fish fresh from Boston, home­made three-cheese mac­a­roni and cheese, cole slaw, Ital­ian bread, dessert. Eat in or take out. Vol­un­teer sign-ups are post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall. Please help your church by attend­ing and / or help­ing! Meals cost $11, or for ages 6–12 $5, ages 5 and under FREE. Pre-order and Pre-pay on Sun­days in Fel­low­ship Hall (or return form below, with pay­ment, by March 4 (for March 8) or March 25 (for March 29).

Fish Din­ner Order

Cir­cle Date:     March 8      March 29

Name ____________________________________

Phone Num­ber _____________________________

Dine In Take Out

Adult ________ ________

Child age 6–12 ________ ________

Child 5 & under FREE ________ ________

Total $__________

Vol­un­teers need­ed Sun­days at 11 am 

Vol­un­teers are urgent­ly need­ed to ush­er at the 11 am wor­ship ser­vice. Con­tact Tom Pelkey at 315–559-3832 or add your name to the ush­er sched­ule on the Fel­low­ship Hall sign up sheet, post­ed on the bul­letin board.

House­hold sup­plies need­ed

Olive­branch Wom­en’s Group’s Feb­ru­ary 25 pro­gram is about Adult & Teen Chal­lenge, an addic­tion-treat­ment pro­gram based on God’s word. It has a 75% cure rate. The live-in pro­gram needs dish soap, bleach, toi­let tis­sue, tis­sues, paper tow­els, and oth­er clean­ing prod­ucts. Please place in col­lec­tion bas­ket in the hall­way.

Prayer Room is open for every­one

Every­one is wel­come to vis­it the church Prayer Room, locat­ed off Fel­low­ship Hall. Open Sun­day morn­ings and dur­ing office hours (9 am to 3 pm Mon­day-Thurs­day, 9 am to noon Fri­day), it con­tains prayer guides, devo­tion­al books, and oth­er resources. Call the church at 315–457-5180 for infor­ma­tion.

PEACE senior lun­cheon — Mon­days at noon

Call PEACE, Inc. at 315–470-3331 to reserve a meal. Sug­gest­ed con­tri­bu­tion, $3. Feb­ru­ary 11 meal: chick­en a la king, bis­cuit, aspara­gus, peach­es.

Through the Bible study meets week­ly

The ongo­ing study group meets Mon­days at 1 pm to dis­cuss chap­ters of the Bible. All are wel­come to join at any time.

Bless­ings in a Back­pack: canned pas­ta

Bless­ings in a Back­pack is col­lect­ing easy-open canned pas­ta w/sauce, any vari­ety. Liv­er­pool BIB pro­vides week­end food for qual­i­fy­ing stu­dents in Syra­cuse. Infor­ma­tion is at the col­lec­tion bin in the church hall­way.

Knit or cro­chet with Prayer­ful Threads
Knit or cro­chet scarves, hats and mit­tens for peo­ple in need, and blan­kets and sweaters for chil­dren. Join them the first and third Sun­days of the month at 2 pm, or work on your own. Call 315–457-5180 for infor­ma­tion.

Let us know if you need a meal
If you are recov­er­ing from ill­ness, surgery, or injury you may appre­ci­ate home-cooked meals. To receive meals from church vol­un­teers, con­tact the church at 315–457-5180.

Safe Sanc­tu­ary Train­ing — March 2

At Syra­cuse Brown Memo­r­i­al UMC. Con­tact Lori at lwyman@twcny.rr.com to attend. Required for vol­un­teers and staff that work with chil­dren and vul­ner­a­ble adults.

Tie knots with the Prayer Quilt Min­istry

Vol­un­teers tie quilts togeth­er with square knots (meets Tues­days at 10 am). Call 315–457-5180.

Pas­tor Homan avail­able by appoint­ment 

To meet Mon­day, Wednes­day, or Fri­day morn­ings, call him at 315–457-5180 or 315–345-6534 to make appoint­ment.

Reg­is­ter for Sum­mer Camp

Reg­is­tra­tion is open for 2019 Sum­mer Camp & Retreat pro­grams of the Upper New York Camp & Retreat Min­istries (CRM). CRM offers clas­sic favorites and new adven­tures. All pro­grams offer oppor­tu­ni­ties for spir­i­tu­al growth and renew­al, and diverse styles of mean­ing­ful wor­ship. Campers learn how God calls us to trans­form our com­mu­ni­ties through gen­eros­i­ty, com­pas­sion, inclu­sion, jus­tice, and for­give­ness. Details avail­able at campsandretreats.org. Or, con­tact CRM at info@campsandretreats.org or 1–855-414‑6400.

Liv­er­pool First UMC hosts safe­ty train­ing

Liv­er­pool Police Depart­ment will present CRASE (Civil­ian Response to Active Shoot­er Event) at 7 pm Feb­ru­ary 12 OR Feb­ru­ary 28. The same train­ing is offered both nights; atten­dance is not need­ed both times. Reg­is­tra­tion is required. FREE. Par­tic­i­pants will be taught how to sur­vive many types of pub­lic emer­gen­cies, not just a shoot­ing. While church­es are among the safest pub­lic build­ings, emer­gen­cies occur any­where. Call 315–457-5180 to reg­is­ter.

Mid­week Wor­ship — Wednes­days at 6:30 pm

Join us for a half hour of con­tem­po­rary praise led by the LIFE Praise Team begin­ning at 6:30 pm, fol­lowed by teach­ing by Pas­tor Bri­an Homan. DELTA for chil­dren is offered dur­ing the ser­vice in the edu­ca­tion space down­stairs.

Shrove Tues­day Pan­cake Sup­per

March 5      5 to 7 pm

Enjoy pan­cakes, sausages, apple­sauce, and bev­er­ages pre­pared and served by mem­bers of the Out­reach & Mis­sions Com­mis­sion. A free-will offer­ing will be accept­ed to sup­port mis­sion projects.

Thanks for soup dona­tions

Thanks to all who donat­ed soup to the “Souper Bowl of car­ing”. The major­i­ty of cans were placed on the table in sup­port of the LA Rams …oh, well. Soup was dis­trib­uted to St. Joseph’s Church food pantry and to Sey­mour School in Syra­cuse to be includ­ed in children’s week­end food bags.

Feb­ru­ary 3, 2019 Wor­ship ser­vice now avail­able on YouTube

youtu.be/Tp6dggtJY1w    9:30 am Chil­drens’ Mes­sage 

youtu.be/dIRifL5tN5A      9:30 am Ser­mon The Mak­ing Of Revival 

youtu.be/fCQGW1z2J6o  9:30am Com­plete Wor­ship Ser­vice

Spon­sor Sun­day Altar Flow­ers

Hon­or a loved one in recog­ni­tion of a birth­day, anniver­sary, or oth­er event. Some dates fill ear­ly, so if there is a spe­cif­ic date that you would like to spon­sor, call 315–457-5180, write lfumc@liverpoolfirstumc.org,
or com­plete the form below.

The church florist will send an invoice to you after the flow­ers are deliv­ered. You may take flow­ers home with you after wor­ship.

Pre­ferred date: _______________________________

In Mem­o­ry of: ________________________________

In Hon­or of: __________________________________

Giv­en by: ____________________________________

Phone #: ____________________________________