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