Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost


A weekly e-mail from

Plymouth Congregational Church


232 E. Onondaga Street, Syracuse NY | 13202 | 315 474 4836

Welcoming All, Growing in Faith, Working for Justice and Peace


Preparing for Sunday’s Worship

Quinn Caldwell and Anneke Peereboom will lead worship.

Our Sunday morning Bible study follows worship. This is a weekly examination of the following week’s preaching text(s). Join us downstairs in the Scout Room at 11:15 a.m.

Sunday’s music:

Before the possibility of recorded music, most music was played in the home. Even large-scale works, such as symphonies and operas, were played on the piano, often in editions for two pianists (four hands). Nic Abelgore (who is the tenor section leader in the choir and also plays trombone) joins Joe Downing in piano music for four hands by Franz Schubert.


Focus Scripture Revelation 22:1-5

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.


      In Our Church Community

             Help Us Evaluate Worship

The next “Completing the Circle” meeting will be after worship September 14, and the topic will be your experience in worship. These feedback group discussions are the way in which Plymouth Church is evaluating how Quinn and the congregation are living out Plymouth’s vision of its ministry. Members are invited to sign up for these sessions, which will last 75 minutes. To sign up, contact George Bain or the church office. If you have any questions, contact any member of the evaluation team: George Bain, P.V. George, Amy Goodall-Ayres, Brenda Hartman-Souder, Rich Jaeger, Carol Johnson, Sam Kraemer or Dorothea Nelson.

Choir’s Starting

The first Plymouth Choir rehearsal of the fall will be Thursday, September 4, preparing to sing on Sunday, September 14. If you’re interested, contact Joe Downing at 315-474-4836 or

Learning Community Resumes

The Kick-Off Sunday for our program is September 7. All children/youth are encouraged to bring their school backpacks that day for the “Blessing of the Backpacks.” After the service, there will be an Open House during coffee hour, when you can meet the teachers, ask questions about the curriculum, and drop off your registration form for your child/youth. Forms will be available at that time.

Family Faith Night

Our first Family Faith Night will take place September 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Sign up by contacting the church office at (315) 474-4836) or Our theme is “Encountering Scripture“ and we will focus on the Bible and its role in our family life, while the kids get the chance to create beautiful Bible covers. Talk to Sueli Gaewsky, Director of Christian Education, or Dr. Anneke Peereboom, Ministerial Intern, to learn more.

Learning Community Fall Mission Project

We are requesting school supplies for children in need. This is the best time of the year to pick up discounted school supplies at Target, Office Max, etc. Suggested items include crayons, pencils, highlighters, pocket folders, glue sticks, colored pencils, plastic pencil cases and safety scissors. The Learning Community children plan on filling 10 backpacks to be delivered to Syracuse City School students. Classrooms always need sanitizing wipes, tissues and construction paper, if you happen to see any on sale.

 Life’s Big Questions

Have you ever wondered if there are other people at Plymouth who ponder the same things that you do – matters like compassion, gratitude, and aging and identity? You’ll have your chance to find out with a new small-group ministry starting this fall. Sue Bogucz and Elaine Wolf will be introducing this initiative on Sunday, September 21, after worship.

 Capital Campaign Update

A timeline is taking shape for our capital campaign. The next opportunity to participate will be a listening weekend with campaign consultant Renee LiaBraaten November 15-17. She will be doing one-on-one interviews with individuals and a number of focus groups. Stay tuned for your invitation from the Capital Campaign Steering Committee.

Toiletry Bags for Holidays

Plymouth Women will be assembling 75 toiletry bags for distribution during Food Pantry times in December. During the summer, the women will gladly accept financial donations to purchase shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothpaste and lotion. They are planning to buy the needed items in bulk. If you have any questions, contact Peggy Kinner at 492-0556 or 729-9470.

Ushers, Greeters, Liturgists and Community Time

Consider signing up! We’ll give you all the training you need, and great partners as well.  To sign up as a greeter, email Craig Greczyn at To be an usher, email Jared Titus at To proclaim the word and share your voice as a Liturgist, call Jackie Manier at 760-3177 and leave a message.To host Community Time, email Linda Milosky at

         Plymouth on YouTube

Did you know that Plymouth Church has a YouTube channel? You can find recordings of sermons given at Plymouth on it, along with some of the choir’s anthems. Our YouTube channel is one way that Plymouth is reaching out to folks who missed a Sunday or who want to listen again to a sermon or anthem, and letting the wider community and world know about us. You can search YouTube for Plymouth Church Syracuse or use this link:

You can also listen to any sermon since November 28, 2012, on Plymouth’s website at

Save the World with a Casserole

The Care Team is initiating a project to gather and store food at the church that can be taken to people as needs arise. The Plymouth Women have already contributed some soups and casseroles. The food (dated and labeled) will be stored in the freezer. When there is an illness or other emergency, we will be ready to provide a meal. If you wish to contribute to this effort, please contact Ellen Heinrichs. If you become aware of a need and/or would deliver a meal, please contact Quinn or any member of the Care Team.

Plymouth Is on Facebook

If you are on Facebook and you haven’t “liked” the church yet, please do!

Help Plymouth When You Shop

Want to help Plymouth when you’re shopping? Here are two ways.

Staples office supply store has a Rewards Program that allows Plymouth to benefit. When you purchase anything at Staples, tell the checkout person the church’s phone number (474-4836) to activate a reward and Staples will direct 5 percent of that sale to Plymouth. Joan Fogarty has copies of the church’s Rewards card if you would like to present that at Staples. Ask her for one.

And you can raise money by shopping with GoodShop and GoodSearch: has added a new feature to expand the ways you can shop and donate a percentage of each purchase to Plymouth. You can use Goodswipe, a credit card rewards program. By linking your card with one signup, you can earn donations to Plymouth for every in-store purchase at 50,000 stores. Goodswipe uses bank-level encryption to keep your information safe. To learn more about Goodswipe, go to

When shopping online, you can use and benefit Plymouth. For more information on that, go to, enter Plymouth Congregational UCC in the box labeled “Who do you GoodShop for.”

Pastoral Care

The Rev. Quinn Caldwell is available to respond to emergencies, to visit those with special needs, or for conversation and prayer about whatever’s on your mind or heart.  You can reach him at 315-474-4836 or In an emergency, you can reach him at 617-851-0158.

Food Pantry Offerings

The Food Pantry requests your participation is its “toiletries of the month” collection. Contributions of toothbrushes are being gathered in August. The Food Pantry is also in need of large paper bags and is happy to receive personal products. If you stay at a hotel and don’t use the shampoo, soap, lotion or other complimentary products, please save them.

The Week Ahead

Mon. Sept 1     Church office closed—Labor Day

Thur. Sept. 4   Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor

                              Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m.

Sat. Sept. 6     Learning Community Teacher Training

Sun. Sept. 7   Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

                            Worship: Communion, Blessing of the Backpacks, Commissioning of Learning Community Teachers, 10 a.m.

                               Learning Community Open House, 11 a.m.

                                Bible Study, 11:15 a.m.

        In the Wider Community

Faith Practices Workshop Planned

Plymouth will be the site for a Faith Practices Workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 6. Faith Practices is a resource that’s transforming congregations into communities that worship, learn, and serve together. Created by and for local churches, Faith Practices will help you to discuss and practice your faith. Marcia Tolman, director of Christian Education at Emmanuel-Friedens Church UCC in Schenectady, will be the presenter. The $10 cost includes snacks. To register, call the church office at 474-4836 or email

 Support and Solidarity with Ferguson

Geoffrey Black, UCC’s general minister, visits Michael Brown’s hometown.

Michigan Churches Wrestle with Changing Times

How United Methodist stance on gender equality plays out in East Lansing.

Moral Monday Movement Expands to 12 States

New York is one where a Moral Week of Action is planned.

 Soul Hungry?

How to take care of your spirit the six days of each week you don’t go to worship? The UCC has launched a new area of its web site designed to support people in their individual spiritual journeys: Feed Your Spirit. Daily prayers, a biblical personality test, advice column from God-lovers, and magic 8-ball await. Check it out at

 God in Your Inbox

The Stillspeaking Daily Devotional is written by UCC pastors and leaders, including Quinn Caldwell. Subscribers are sent a daily email containing a Scripture passage, short reflection, and a prayer. Sign up at

Joys and Concerns

In the week ahead, you are invited to pray for ….

Linda Kraemer’s sister, Marcia, who is undergoing a series of diagnostic tests …

Marc Kolber, son of friends of Linda and Scott Kraemer, who recently returned to work in Erbil, Kurdistan/Iraq …

Chris Johnson, son of Dawn Franits, as he begins a two-year commitment teaching English in Taiwan …

Noni and Harold Bristol, on their move to the Nottingham …

The repose of the soul of Rose Ann Kelly, mother of John Bryant and grandmother to Ian and Joanna. She died August 12 in Memphis, Tenn. Read her obituary here: Cards may be sent to 116 Walnut Street, Fayetteville NY 13088 …

Peggy Kinner, recovering at home after hip surgery and glad for visitors …

Rebekah Tanner, returning to school …

Andrea Stoeckel’s landlord Joe, hospitalized with pneumonia …

Andrea Stoeckel’s aunt Wilma, in the hospital with a blockage …

Larry Kinner, in rehabilitation after ankle surgery at Loretto’s Fahey Building Room 257, where he is glad for visitors …

Barbara Forsstrom and her daughter as they drive across the country …

Stan Reeves …

Dorothy, a dear friend of Joan Fogarty …

Jamie Shavers …

Cath and Barbara …

Jake Boyer, recovering from successful brain surgery …

Lee Dreamer, continuing with cancer care …

Michelle Diegoli …

Pat Partridge and her husband, Kent, as he cares for her at home …

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