Announcements for March 17, 2019

Lenten Com­mu­nion Ser­vices — 7 pm

You are invit­ed to Wednes­day evening com­mu­nion
ser­vices dur­ing Lent. 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 for the cel­e­bra­tion of East­er. Come to one ser­vice or to all. Share the bless­ing of wor­ship togeth­er dur­ing Lent.

Sight & Sound Movies — Sun­day after­noons

On Sun­days at 12:30 pm we will show Bib­li­cal-themed
musi­cal dra­mas pro­duced by Sight & Sound The­atres:

Noah — March 17

Joseph — March 24

Moses — March 31

Jon­ah — April 7

Ruth — April 14

Bring a bag lunch and join oth­ers in the Down­stairs gath­er­ing area to eat before the movie begins.

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.

Vol­un­teers need­ed Sun­days at 11 am 

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

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 $__________

Upper New York Annu­al Con­fer­ence hosts oppor­tu­ni­ty for con­ver­sa­tion — TODAY

 • Livestream gath­er­ing March 17 at 4 pm

Upper New York Area Res­i­dent Bish­op Mark J. Webb and Con­fer­ence lead­ers invite every­one to join them in a time of wor­ship, shar­ing, ques­tions, and prayer, from 4 to 6 pm. The gath­er­ing will be offered through a live stream in all 12 Upper New York Con­fer­ence Dis­tricts. In our Cross­roads Dis­trict it will take place at Cicero Unit­ed Methodist Church.

Mes­sage from SPRC

As we patient­ly wait for news of our arriv­ing pas­tor and remem­ber our cur­rent but leav­ing pas­tor, this prayer for tran­si­tion speaks clear­ly to our hearts.

Almighty God, You who called the uni­verse into being, You who formed our inmost being and called us to be your peo­ple:

We give you thanks for your con­stant pres­ence. Through sea­sons of con­stan­cy and even change, you are with us – call­ing us into deep­er waters, call­ing us togeth­er in your spir­it of uni­ty, call­ing us out of our­selves into the world to serve oth­ers.

Grant that those pas­tors being called into new
waters might hold fast to unend­ing love and mer­cy as a buoy — a love that promised to hold onto us even as we go where your Spir­it leads us. May the church­es that receive them be com­mu­ni­ties of mer­cy and grace.

May the church­es expe­ri­enc­ing loss and change hold fast to the promise that your mis­sion is big­ger than any sin­gle pas­tor, local church, or annu­al con­fer­ence. Grant that such a promise would bring both com­fort and dis­com­fort – com­fort in a sea­son of change and dis­com­fort as it dri­ves us all to love you and each oth­er more.

Strength­en us to be your Church in all times and sea­sons of life – a place where all are tru­ly wel­comed and embraced in your love (even new pas­tors and church mem­bers); a place where we find ways you are active among us and call­ing us to join in your sav­ing work (even in com­mu­ni­ties that weren’t our top choice to move to); a place where the sto­ry of your love and grace and mer­cy are embod­ied (even if it comes in shapes and sizes and lan­guages that are new to us). We offer our prayers in the name of the Tri­une God, Father, Son, and Holy Spir­it. Amen.

   SPRC met Thurs­day, March 14, with the Dis­trict
Super­in­ten­dent and we hope that we will have news
to share with you all very soon.

Mean­while remem­ber:

• June 2 is Pas­tor B’s final mes­sage and com­mu­nion.

• June 9 is Pen­te­cost Sun­day and Pas­tor Can­dace
Lawrence will bring the mes­sage.

• June 16 is Trin­i­ty Sun­day and Father’s Day and Pas­tor Can­dace Lawrence will bring the mes­sage.

• June 23 is Send­ing Forth Sun­day. Pas­tor B will share his hopes for this church and con­gre­ga­tion mem­bers will send forth with scrip­ture, prayer, and mes­sages.
After­ward will be a recep­tion where mem­bers can share bless­ings with him.    — Gin­ny Tilden, SPRC Chair

Senior Min­istries April & May events

• Reser­va­tions for the April 26, 50’s din­ner are due March 31: Catered by the LFUMC Men’s Club — Fel­low­ship Hall — 6 pm — $15 pp — Speak­er Gregg Tripoli, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Ononda­ga His­tor­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion will do a pro­gram on “The Schu­bert Broth­ers”. All ages are wel­come to attend.

• Reser­va­tions are being accept­ed for the May 15 lunch and movie, The Fuller Brush Man, at Spaghet­ti Ware­house: Price is $20 per per­son — your own trans­porta­tion is required. Cut off for reser­va­tions is April 28.

•Mon­ey is due for the Cape May trip by April 10.

Infor­ma­tion for these and the rest of our trips can be found on our table in Fel­low­ship Hall.

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.

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. Details to be announced soon. 

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 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.

Reg­is­ter for Sum­mer Camp

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

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 in the Church Office. Call 315–457-5180. Ques­tions can be answered by Karen G.

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 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, din­ner at 6 pm) should reserve a meal by 11 am on Fri­day, March 22. Call the church at 315–457-5180 or send an email to   Din­ner is $5. All women are wel­come for din­ner and every­one is wel­come to the pro­gram, just call and reserve so we set up enough chairs and open the door to wel­come you.

Upcom­ing pro­grams: 

• April 15 Via Cru­cis, Path Of Suf­fer­ing 

• May 20 How Sweet It Is (Nes­tle Choco­late)

• June — din­ner out (date and restau­rant TBA)

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.

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.

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.

Tie knots with the Prayer Quilt Min­istry

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