Announcements for March 31, 2019

Spe­cial offer­ing will be tak­en today 

UMCOR Sun­day (for­mer­ly One Great Hour of Shar­ing) is today. For more than 50 years, Unit­ed Methodist con­gre­ga­tions have been tak­ing part in this offer­ing, lay­ing the foun­da­tion for UMCOR’s min­istry of relief and hope.

The Unit­ed Methodist Com­mit­tee on Relief (UMCOR) is the human­i­tar­i­an relief and devel­op­ment arm of The Unit­ed Methodist Church, a non-prof­it 501©3 orga­ni­za­tion oper­at­ed under the aus­pices of the Gen­er­al Board of Glob­al Min­istries. UMCOR’s work can be cat­e­go­rized into three areas:

• Human­i­tar­i­an Relief / Dis­as­ter Response 

• Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment

• Glob­al Health

Dona­tions UMCOR receives through this offer­ing, along with oth­er undes­ig­nat­ed gifts made through­out the year, cov­er our costs of doing busi­ness. Gifts like yours make it pos­si­ble for UMCOR to use 100% of all oth­er con­tri­bu­tions on the projects our donors spec­i­fy, instead of on admin­is­tra­tive or fundrais­ing costs.

UMCOR does not receive Unit­ed Methodist World Ser­vice or appor­tion­ment funds, so with­out your offer­ings, UMCOR would not exist. Because they keep oper­at­ing costs under 10% of their total bud­get, undes­ig­nat­ed gifts may actu­al­ly exceed UMCOR’s admin­is­tra­tive needs. When that hap­pens, sup­port is chan­neled to under-fund­ed pro­grams, where they’re most need­ed. They also may be used to allow UMCOR to respond to dis­as­ters imme­di­ate­ly after an event — before funds can be raised. Because of your dona­tion today, UMCOR is ready to respond in times of cri­sis.

Thank you from Bea

Many thanks to nurse Mark S. for the ice pack and to the lady in the pret­ty dress for help­ing after I fell. There is no way I can ever thank the con­gre­ga­tion enough for the vis­its, flow­ers, food, cards, and prayers. May God bless you all with good health and long life. Much love, Bea.

Holy Week Wor­ship

April 14 — Palm Sun­day
8:15 am — Prayer and Holy Com­mu­nion in the Chapel 

9:30 & 11 am — Wor­ship fea­tur­ing the Chan­cel Choir Can­ta­ta: “It Is Fin­ished” A Tene­brae Ser­vice, by Mary McDon­ald. It will be accom­pa­nied by an instru­men­tal cham­ber ensem­ble.

April 17 — Wednes­day
7 pm — Evening Wor­ship with Holy Com­mu­nion

April 18 — Maun­dy Thurs­day
7 pm — Tene­brae Ser­vice fea­tur­ing the Chan­cel Choir Can­ta­ta: “It Is Fin­ished”.

April 19 — Good Fri­day
Noon — Ecu­meni­cal Wor­ship host­ed by Liv­er­pool cler­gy at Liv­er­pool First Pres­by­ter­ian Church, Tulip Street

April 21- East­er Sun­day
7 am — Sun­rise Wor­ship in John­son Park
(will gath­er indoors if rain)

9:30 & 11 am — East­er Wor­ship in the Sanc­tu­ary

Sight & Sound movies: Sun­days at 12:30 pm

View Bib­li­cal-themed musi­cal dra­mas pro­duced by
Sight & Sound The­atres. Bring a bag lunch and meet in the down­stairs gath­er­ing area to eat before the movie begins.

Moses — March 31    • Jon­ah — April 7    • Ruth — April 14

Pre­pare Flood Buck­ets at Mis­sion Hub

The Out­reach & Mis­sions Com­mit­tee is seek­ing vol­un­teers to help pre­pare Flood Buck­ets (filled with clean­ing sup­plies) at the con­fer­ence’s Mis­sion Hub in Liv­er­pool. This is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to check out this new facil­i­ty in Liv­er­pool and reach out to those who are strug­gling with extreme weath­er con­di­tions through­out the coun­try. 

    We will check flood buck­ets to make sure all the items are includ­ed and that there is no mold dam­age (leaky clean­ing con­tain­ers). We will also fill flood buck­ets and pos­si­bly put health kits togeth­er. Please con­sid­er giv­ing a cou­ple of hours of your time. It means so much to peo­ple strug­gling at this time.

    We will meet on April 13 from 9 to 11 am at The Upper New York Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, 7481 Hen­ry Clay Blvd., Liv­er­pool. Con­tact Eric Holmes  and/or sign up in Fel­low­ship Hall on the Out­reach bul­letin board by April 9.   

Lenten Com­mu­nion Ser­vices — 7 pm

Join us Wednes­day evenings — April 3, 10, and 17.

Led by Rev. Can­dace Lawrence and organ­ist Bill Young, this is a spe­cial way to pre­pare for East­er. 

Come to one ser­vice or to all.

Fol­low the Sta­tions of the Cross at the Olive­branch Wom­en’s Group April pro­gram

Via Cru­cis, Path Of Suf­fer­ing  Rose Rhein­heimer, a vil­lage neigh­bor to our church, will lead par­tic­i­pants through the rit­u­al of the Sta­tions of the Cross this week before East­er. She will lead scrip­ture along the Via Dolorosa, the painful way of the cross. There will be oppor­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in read­ings and fol­low Jesus’ foot­steps in the 14 suc­ces­sive inci­dents dur­ing his progress from the con­dem­na­tion by Pilate to his cru­ci­fix­ion and bur­ial.

    Pro­gram begins at 7:15 pm on April 15. Every­one is wel­come. Women wish­ing to attend din­ner (appe­tiz­ers begin at 5:30 pm) should reserve a meal by 11 am on April 12 at 315–457-5180 or lfumc@liverpoolfirstumc.org

Prayer Room is open for every­one

Every­one is wel­come to vis­it the church Prayer Room,
locat­ed off Fel­low­ship Hall near the Kitchen. Open on Sun­day morn­ings and dur­ing week­day office hours (9 am to 3 pm Mon­day-Thurs­day, 9 am to noon Fri­day), the room con­tains prayer guides, devo­tion­al book­lets, and oth­er resources. Call the church at 315–457-5180 for infor­ma­tion.

How to con­nect to LFUMC on YouTube

There are sev­er­al ways to find ser­mons and oth­er church posts on YouTube. One is by enter­ing the links list­ed below (to access a spe­cif­ic post). Anoth­er is to go to youtube.com, type “liv­er­pool first unit­ed methodist church” in the search box, click on the “L” in the green cir­cle, and then click on “videos”. This brings up all of hte 200+ videos the church has post­ed, sort­ed from most recent to old­est. 

March 24, 2019 Wor­ship on YouTube

youtu.be/0y4LcCF8agY

9:30am Chil­drens’ Mes­sage “My God is So Big”

youtu.be/ouZyun6i43I

9:30am Ser­mon “Mak­ing the Most of Sec­ond Chances”

youtu.be/MvwawFKuinM

9:30am Com­plete Wor­ship Ser­vice

Women’s Retreat: Be All That You Can Be

Sat­ur­day, May 4 — host­ed by the Unit­ed Methodist Women.

PEACE senior lun­cheon — Mon­days at noon

Call PEACE, Inc. at 315–470-3331 to reserve meal.
Sug­gest­ed con­tri­bu­tion, $3. For senior cit­i­zens age 60 and old­er (spous­es & guests under age 60 wel­come for sug­gest­ed $6). Menu: April 1 — Beef goulash, green beans, cook­ie; April 8 — grilled chick­en sal­ad, mine­strone soup, sher­bet.

Sophie Graze Col­lege Schol­ar­ship pro­gram 

Appli­ca­tions for the Sophie Graze Col­lege Schol­ar­ship pro­gram are due May 15. Any active church mem­ber who is grad­u­at­ing from high school this June may apply. Appli­ca­tions are avail­able from the church office. Call 315–457-5180. Ques­tions can be answered by Karen Gloyd.

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.

Would you like to pur­chase flow­ers to adorn the sanc­tu­ary for East­er?

You may pick them up after the 11 am wor­ship on East­er Sun­day, or dur­ing office hours on April 22, 23, or 24. Sub­mit the order form (pick one up at the infor­ma­tion cen­ter desk in the main cor­ri­dor) with pay­ment to the church office by noon on Fri­day, April 12. Mums & lilies cost $9 each; aza­leas cost $10 each.

Thank you for con­tri­bu­tions to Vera House

We extend a huge “Thank You!” to all those who respond­ed to last Sunday’s spe­cial appeal on behalf of Vera House. Due to your gen­er­ous dona­tions we will be send­ing Vera House a check for $1,257 to sup­port their mis­sion of serv­ing vic­tims of domes­tic vio­lence and sex­u­al abuse.

Senior Min­istries 2019 Sched­ule

Reser­va­tions pol­i­cy returns to its orig­i­nal for­mat — you may send checks/reservations for events at any time. If it is a hard­ship to book far in advance, con­tact Sarah B.

April 26 6 pm 50’s din­ner & speak­er in Fel­low­ship Hall $15 All Ages Wel­come

May 15 11:30 am lunch & movie at Spaghet­ti Ware­house $20

May 20–31 Cape May

June 5 11:15 am Euclid Restau­rant & Schroep­pel Man­sion $25

June 23 4:15 pm Din­ner Cruise on Skaneate­les Lake $60

June 28 2 pm Motor Coach to Cort­land Legal­ly Blonde 

& din­ner at Sher­man House $55

July 13 7:15 am Motor Coach to Albany for lun­cheon cruise 

& tour of the USS Slater $60

July 31 12 pm Motor Coach to Mer­ry Go Round The­ater to see Grand Hotel & din­ner at Las­ca’s $70

August 10 10 am Motor Coach to Mer­ry Go Round The­ater to see South Pacif­ic & lunch at Sun­set

August 24 7 am Motor Coach to Coop­er­stown for Glim­mer­glass cruise, lunch at Ote­saga & stop at Fly Creek — $50  

Sep­tem­ber 7 7:15 am Motor Coach to Lake George for lun­cheon cruise $70

Sep­tem­ber 18 7:30 am Motor Coach to Elma to the Made In Amer­i­ca Store & Hid­den Val­ley Ani­mal Adven­ture $65 Joint trip with St. Joseph The Work­er Seniors

Octo­ber 5 9:30 am Motor Coach to Old Forge for train ride from Then­dara Sta­tion, lunch at Van Auken’s Inne & stop at Old Forge Hard­ware $65

Novem­ber 7–9 Trip to Lan­cast­er to see Mir­a­cle of
Christ­mas
, Joy to the World, and more

Decem­ber 18 Christ­mas lun­cheon

Syra­cuse Stage per­for­mance of Beau­ty and the Beast to be added when avail­able.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH 50’S DINNER CATERED BY LFUMC MEN’S CLUB. $15 PER PERSONALL AGES WELCOMEPAYMENT ENVELOPES ARE ON OUR TABLE IN FELLOWSHIP HALLLEAVE IN SENIOR MINISTRIES MAILBOX.