Annual Meeting Sunday

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

To accommodate the Annual Meeting, held after worship, the worship service will be truncated. A light lunch will be provided. After worship, everyone will stand up, stretch our legs, grab a sandwich in the back, and return to our seats for the meeting. Childcare is provided. An intrepid team of helpers is ready to keep our children safe and occupied upstairs until the end of the meeting.

We will welcome seven new members: David Alber, Victoria Bartling, James Dunne Brendan Hind, Robert O’Shea, Jon Preston and Hannah Radcliff-Hoy.

We will celebrate the baptism of David Alber and Hannah Radcliffe-Hoy

Music notes:

As we prepare for our Annual Meeting, the choir sings anthems about discipleship by Vaughan Williams and Melius Christiansen.


      In Our Church Community

 Call to Annual Meeting

The regular Annual Meeting of Plymouth Congregational Church is hereby called for Sunday, January 25, 2015, immediately after worship. The purposes of the meeting are to receive the annual reports, to fill elective offices, to set up plans for the coming year, and to transact such other business as may properly come before this meeting.


Bible Study Series

The upcoming Bible Study Series, “Understanding Sin,”€ follows worship on:

Feb. 1:  Apples and snakes (Genesis 3), an Old Testament perspective on sin

Feb. 8:  Cross and salvation (Romans 5-7), a New Testament perspective on sin

 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


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 “€œWho 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 soap are being gathered in January. Please put your donations in the box in the back of the Sanctuary. Do you ever go outside in the winter without gloves?  Of course not. You wouldn’t think of it. But many of our clients come to the Food Pantry without them. Men’s XL gloves are especially needed. Please help.


The Week Ahead

Wed. Jan. 28   Sanctuary Design Team, 4 p.m., Parlor

Thur. Jan. 29   Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor

                        Handbell Choir Rehearsal, 5:30 p.m., Sanctuary

                        Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall

Sat. Jan. 31     Capital Campaign Steering Committee, 8 a.m., Parlor

                        Hospitality Training, 9 to 11 a.m., Memorial Hall

Sun. Feb. 1 €“  Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

                        Worship – Communion and Learning Communities Chapel Time, 10 a.m.

                        Learning Community Classes, 11 a.m.

                        Bible Study, 11:15 a.m.

In the Wider Community


World Interfaith Harmony Assembly Planned

The fifth annual World Interfaith Harmony Assembly, “€œCommonalities Within Our Diversity,” will be held Sunday, February 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Paul’€™s Episcopal Cathedral, 220 E. Fayette St., with a reception to follow. InterFaith Works of CNY and Women Transcending Boundaries invite you to join them as they spread the message of harmony and tolerance by showcasing and celebrating the many faith traditions in Central New York. Rev. Georgina Hegney of St. Paul’€™s Episcopal Cathedral and Marc Clay, president of Syracuse Stake, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will lead the assembly. For more information contact: Daryl Files at 449-3552, ext. 208, or


A Pastoral Letter on Racism

From the leaders of the United Church of Christ.


Tulsa Ministers Preach in Hoodies

They protest a proposed Oklahoma law.


How Denominations Stand on Marriage Equality

Commentary from GetReligion website.


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 :

Mable Wilson, who received the Community Adult Award at last Sunday’s Martin Luther King Dinner at Syracuse University. Mable was cited for helping organize several community garden initiatives in Syracuse and leading an initiative that brought attention to the lack of a full-service grocery store on the South Side.

Menno Heinrichs

Ned Migliorisi

The repose of the soul of Carol Bain, mother of George Bain. Read her obituary here: Cards may be sent to George at 5814 Nobleton Circle, Jamesville 13078.

Caroline Ryder

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

Nilda Rodriguez

Kathy and Keith Ciarpelli and family

Linda Milosky, recovering from back surgery

Mack Richardson, recovering from hip surgery

Ellen Wright, undergoing treatment for breast cancer



Betsy and Don

Noni and Harold Bristol

Stan Reeves

Dorothy, a dear friend of Joan Fogarty

Jamie Shavers

Cath and Barbara

Lee Dreamer, continuing with cancer care

Michelle Diegoli

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