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.