Announcements for March 10, 2019

Learn about sup­port­ing refugees

TODAY, March 10, at 2 pm

Join the Out­reach Com­mis­sion in wel­com­ing Daryl Files. 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.

Lun­cheon & movie — Sat­ur­day, March 16

Every­one is wel­come. Meal begins at 11:30 am; movie Far & Away, fol­lows. Cost is $2 per per­son. Sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall or call the church at 315–457-5180 to reg­is­ter.

Sight & Sound Movies — Sun­day after­noons

On Sun­days dur­ing Lent at 12:30 pm we will show Bib­li­cal-themed musi­cal dra­mas pro­duced by Sight & Sound The­atres: • In the Begin­ning — The sto­ry of Cre­ation — March 10

Noah — March 17

Joseph — March 24

Moses — March 31

Jon­ah — April 7

Ruth — April 14

Spe­cial Offer­ing Appeal — Vera House

Next Sun­day, March 24, we will col­lect a spe­cial offer­ing in sup­port of Vera House. This char­i­ta­ble non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion in cen­tral New York address­es domes­tic and sex­u­al vio­lence and abuse. It pro­vides ser­vices to vic­tims of these crimes and also con­ducts edu­ca­tion with­in our com­mu­ni­ty to help end these vio­lent acts. Please be gen­er­ous in sup­port of these impor­tant social ser­vices.

Lenten Fish Din­ner — 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 25.

Fish Din­ner Order

For March 29

Name ____________________________________

Phone Num­ber _____________________________

Dine In Take Out

Adult ________ ________

Child age 6–12 ________ ________

Child 5 & under FREE ________ ________

Total $__________

Lenten Com­mu­nion Ser­vices — 7 pm

You are invit­ed to Wednes­day evening com­mu­nion ser­vices dur­ing the sea­son of Lent. The ser­vices are led by Rev. Can­dace Lawrence and organ­ist Bill Young. This week­day ser­vice is a great way to give time back to God dur­ing Lent, and to pre­pare our­selves for the cel­e­bra­tion of East­er. Come to one ser­vice or to all of them. Share the bless­ing of wor­ship togeth­er dur­ing Lent.

March 13 — April 17 at 7 pm 

Mes­sage from SPRC

SPRC announces that Sun­day, June 2, will be Pas­tor B’s final mes­sage for all of us. Includ­ed in the ser­vice, SPRC will be “Send­ing Forth Pas­tor B in Faith and Love”.

On June 23, fol­low­ing the first 10 am church ser­vice on the sum­mer sched­ule, there will be a farewell recep­tion at 11 am. A bas­ket for cards, let­ters, and well wish­es to Pas­tor B and Kathy will be avail­able.

Bish­op Mark Web­b’s writ­ten response to the recent Spe­cial Ses­sion relayed a poignant mes­sage to each of us that I repeat to you as a prayer from SPRC:

Dear Lord of Love and Life, help us “to remem­ber that
we are the Church and we can choose whether we will per­pet­u­ate the pain in one anoth­er or sur­round one
anoth­er in a spir­it of encour­age­ment and love.” Amen.

  — Gin­ny Tilden, SPRC Chair

Senior Min­istries April & May events

Reser­va­tions for the April 26, 50’s din­ner are due March 31.

Reser­va­tions are being accept­ed for the May 15 lunch and movie, The Fuller Brush Man, at Spaghet­ti Ware­house: $20 per per­son. Meet at Spaghet­ti Ware­house at 11:30 am. Meal orders will be tak­en at the table (choice of spaghet­ti & meat­balls, 15-lay­er lasagna, fet­tuc­ci­ni alfre­do, grilled chick­en cae­sar sal­ad, or four-cheese man­i­cot­ti).

Lenten devo­tion­al books avail­able

Sea­sons of Joy and Glad­ness — the 2019 Lenten devo­tion­al book pro­duced by the Soci­ety of St. Andrew (a min­istry to feed the hun­gry) is avail­able in the narthex at the back of the sanc­tu­ary and at the Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter in the main church cor­ri­dor. Pick up a free copy to read med­i­ta­tions and scrip­tures for each day of Lent.

Thanks for your bot­tle and can dona­tions

Thanks to all of who return cans and bot­tles to MSK Returns and donate the 5 cents to the church. Our lat­est check for Chris­t­ian Edu­ca­tion camper­ships totaled $141.50!

Tech­ni­cal help need­ed dur­ing wor­ship

The Wor­ship Team needs vol­un­teers to oper­ate the pow­er point pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing the 9:30 am wor­ship ser­vice. There is no pro­duc­tion required. We will train. We hope to assem­ble a group to share this work. Please see Can­dace Lawrence, Wor­ship Com­mit­tee Chair, if you can help.

Bless­ings in a Back­pack: fruit cups

Bless­ings in a Back­pack is col­lect­ing fruit cups, any vari­ety, dur­ing March and April. Liv­er­pool BIB pro­vides week­end food for qual­i­fy­ing stu­dents in Syra­cuse. Infor­ma­tion is at the col­lec­tion bin in the church hall­way.

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.

PEACE senior lun­cheon — Mon­days at noon

Call PEACE, Inc. at 315–470-3331 to reserve meal. Sug­gest­ed con­tri­bu­tion, $3. Open to senior cit­i­zens age 60 and old­er (spous­es or guests under age 60 wel­come for sug­gest­ed $6).

Menu March 11: Swedish meat­balls, egg noo­dles, veg­eta­bles, orange; March 18: cran­ber­ry wal­nut chick­en sal­ad served on a crois­sant; toma­to Flo­ren­tine soup, fruit cock­tail; March 25: beef pot roast with gravy, smashed red skin pota­toes, veg­eta­bles, pineap­ple, wheat roll.

Sophie Graze Col­lege Schol­ar­ships pro­gram 

The Sophie Graze Col­lege Schol­ar­ships pro­gram opens for 2019 on March 15. Appli­ca­tions are due May 15. Awards are made in June. Any active church mem­ber who is grad­u­at­ing from high school this June may apply. Appli­ca­tions and Guide­lines are avail­able from Kate Smith in the Church Office. Call 315–457-5180. Ques­tions can be answered by Karen Gloyd.

Upper New York Annu­al Con­fer­ence

hosts oppor­tu­ni­ty for con­ver­sa­tion

Livestream gath­er­ings — March 17 at 4 pm

Upper New York Area Res­i­dent Bish­op Mark J. Webb and Upper New York Con­fer­ence lead­ers under­stand that many peo­ple are griev­ing after the results of Spe­cial Ses­sion. They believe that now it is more impor­tant than ever to gath­er togeth­er as a Con­fer­ence and fill our hearts with faith in Jesus Christ.

All cler­gy and lay mem­bers of the Con­fer­ence are invit­ed to join to join Bish­op Webb and oth­er Upper New York Con­fer­ence lead­ers in a time of wor­ship, shar­ing, ques­tions, and prayer, on March 17 from 4 to 6 pm.

The gath­er­ings will be offered through a live stream in all 12 Upper New York Con­fer­ence Dis­tricts. In our Cross­roads Dis­trict it will take place at the Cicero Unit­ed Methodist Church.

Learn about Adop­tion Bears on March 25 Olive­branch Wom­en’s Group’s din­ner and pro­gram

Sarah East­er­ly LMSW, spe­cial assis­tant to the Com­mis­sion­er of DCFS Ononda­ga Coun­ty Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Ser­vices, will share her expe­ri­ences with giv­ing ted­dy bears to chil­dren who can no longer be sup­port­ed in their home as they tran­si­tion to a fos­ter home. The soft fur­ry bears pro­vide the child with some­thing snug­gly to cud­dle dur­ing this stress­ful time. She will also describe oth­er ser­vices that this unit pro­vides. Any­one wish­ing to donate a bear, please bring it to the meet­ing. Pro­gram beings at 7:15 pm. Women wish­ing to attend din­ner (appe­tiz­ers begin at 5:30 pm) should reserve a meal by 11 am on March 22. Call the church at 315–457-5180 or send an email to lfumc@liverpoolfirstumc.org