Announcements for February 24, 2019

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

March 5      5 to 7 pm

Pancakes, sausages, applesauce, beverages

Hosted by the Outreach & Missions Commission.

Free-will offering will be accepted to support missions.

Cantata will be April 14 at 9:30 & 11 am

Our Chancel Choir will present a Palm Sunday cantata titled, “It Is Finished” A Tenebrae Service, by Mary McDonald. It will be accompanied by an instrumental chamber ensemble.

Board Games & Pizza – February 24 Beginning at noon in Fellowship Hall

Register for Summer Camp

Registration is open for 2019 Summer Camps & Retreats in the Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries. Visit
campsandretreats.org, or call 1-855-414-6400.

Free safety training – February 26 or 28

Liverpool Police Department will present CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event) at 7 pm February 26 and 28 (same program each night). Registration is required. 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.

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.

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.

Women’s Retreat: Be All That You Can Be

Saturday, May 4 – hosted by the United Methodist Women. More information to follow. 

PEACE senior luncheon – Mondays at noon

Call PEACE, Inc. at 315-470-3331 to reserve meal. Suggested contribution, $3. February 25 menu: Italian sausage, pasta w/marinara sauce, vegetables, mandarin oranges, bread.

How to contact church staff 

Church Office: 315-457-5180; Pastor Homan: 315-345-6534

Dr. Brian Homan   bshoman@aol.com 

Karen Gloyd   liverpoolfirstumc@gmail.com

Kate Smith   kate.smith@liverpoolfirstumc.org 

Elizabeth Mengel   elizabeth.mengel@liverpoolfirstumc.org 

Nancy B. James   nbhdkidd@yahoo.com

Bill Young   bill.young@liverpoolfirstumc.org 

Lenten Fish Dinners – March 8 & March 29

Haddock dinners with fish fresh from Boston, homemade 3-cheese macaroni & cheese, cole slaw, Italian bread, dessert. Eat in or take out. Volunteers, please sign up in Fellowship Hall. Meals cost $11, or for ages 6-12 $5, ages 5 & 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 $__________

Technical help needed during worship

The Worship Team is seeking volunteers to operate the power point presentation during the 9:30 am worship service. There is no production required. We will show you how the system works.  We hope to assemble a group of assistants to share in this work. Please see Candace Lawrence, Worship Committee Chair, or Pastor Brian if you can help.

St. Patrick’s-themed fellowship – March 16

Everyone is welcome to a luncheon and movie day on
Saturday, March 16, at the church. Come for lunch at 11:30 am; movie will follow.

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.

SPRC aims to keep members informed

As this goes to press, members of the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) are vowing to keep you informed and share what we can share with you. After receiving the news of Pastor Brian’s appointment, District Superintendent, Nola Anderson, called a meeting with SPRC.

    She presented the usual process and protocol for change of pastors, explaining “itinerancy refers specifically to that elders in the Methodist tradition commit to go and serve wherever they are needed. Appointment is the action taken by bishops after reviewing church’s yearly profile and conference wide inputs. The District Superintendent conveyed to SPRC that Pastor Brian accepted a position to another church, the appointment made by Bishop Mark Webb.

    First the Bishop/District Superintendent notifies the pastor and the pastor notifies the SPRC, staff, and announces the appointment to the congregation. This is followed by a meeting with SPRC that the District superintendent calls. Our SPRC met with our DS Nola Anderson on February 14 to review and assess the church profile. This assessment includes updating the information about our community, it’s assets, challenges, people not being reached. Also assessed are the church’s strengths, challenges, opportunities, and theological stance. And finally the committee and lay leadership, ministries, and staff are reviewed.

    The District Superintendent presents this information to the Cabinet and Bishop to help them discern the best recommendation for a church pastor for LFUMC. The final part of the process involves the opportunity for SPRC to have a conversation with the selected pastor. A decision is made and after the selected pastor announces the appointment to their church, the announcement will be made here.

    SPRC pledges to keep you informed. Nola Anderson indicated information that is confidential and what is shareable. So hopefully by the time this is published we will have a new pastor to announce. We urge you to worship strong and be part of the farewell and welcoming transition.

    SPRC committee members are: Pat Cupernall, Brian Crispin, Susan Conover, Jason Hoy, Dave Lamberson, Noah Loncosky, Elizabeth Patino, Darlene Patton, Kay Phillips, Pat Toukatly, Ginny Tilden, Chair

Futures Team to study church ministries

In December, the church Administrative Council voted to study the needs of our community and the ministries of the church, to propose changes necessary to assure our impact for Christ. This process is 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, Sharon Hartman, and Miguel Patino.

    They will review, discern and propose changes in ministry for our leaders to consider. Please pray for the team and their work.

Learn about Teen Challenge – February 25

Everyone is welcome to learn about the mission of Adult and Teen Challenge, which helps people end the cycle of drug and alcohol abuse and life controlling problems. Program Director David Pilch and a graduate will speak at Olivebranch Women’s Group on February 25 at 7:15 pm.

Support refugees – learn how on March 10

Join your Outreach Commission in welcoming Daryl Files to our church on March 10 at 2 pm. Daryl works with the interfaith community and will explain how we can help refugees. She will share stories of families that have settled here and the new ones that are coming. There are many ways we can assist as a church community.

Senior Ministries 1950’s Dinner & New Trip

April 26: Dinner in Fellowship Hall at 6 pm – $15 per person

Hoffman hot dogs & coneys, salt potatoes, macaroni salad, beans, chips, iced tea & lemonade, ice cream floats & ice cream. Program: The Story of the Schubert Brothers presented by Gregg Tripoli, Onondaga Historical Association’s Executive Director – Learn how Syracuse built Broadway as we know it, and how the Jewish neighborhood of the 15th ward helped the Schubert Brothers create the largest theatrical empire the world has ever know. Everyone of all ages is invited to attend. Seating is limited so don’t delay!

New trip just added: to Cortland on Friday, June 28, to see the musical, Legally Blonde, followed by dinner at the Sherman House. For information on this and other events, check out our table in Fellowship Hall.

Project Christina supports foster children

February collection concluding; new collection in June

Show love to children entering foster care by donating a stuffed toy, book, or tote bag. Collection box is at the Senior Ministries’ table in Fellowship Hall.

Lenten Worship begins on Ash Wednesday

A traditional worship service with Holy Communion will take place at 7 pm on Wednesdays throughout Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6. Rev. Candace Lawrence and Organist Bill Young will lead the worship. 

    The DELTA children’s program is offered at the same time in the education space, and the nursery is open for infants and toddlers.

    A different service will take place on March 20, when Bishop Mark Webb will lead a regional gathering with worship and discussion, also beginning at 7 pm.