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(c)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 PERSON – ALL AGES WELCOME.  PAYMENT ENVELOPES ARE ON OUR TABLE IN FELLOWSHIP HALL – LEAVE IN SENIOR MINISTRIES MAILBOX.