WE ANTICIPATE SUNDAY, January 25
Annual Meeting Sunday
A weekly e-mail from
Plymouth Congregational Church
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
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 OâShea, Jon Preston and Hannah Radcliff-Hoy.
We will celebrate the baptism of David Alber and Hannah Radcliffe-Hoy
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! Weâll give you all the training you need, and great partners as well. To sign up as a greeter, email Craig Greczyn at firstname.lastname@example.org. To be an usher, email Jared Titus at email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu4UIrL4OR_uGDy8EkopF_A.
You can also listen to any sermon since November 28, 2012, on Plymouth’s website at http://plymouthuccsyracuse.org/sermons-from-plymouth/.
Plymouth Is on Facebook
If you are on Facebook and you havenât âlikedâ the church yet, please do! http://www.facebook.com/#1/groups/109573419061867
Help Plymouth When You Shop
Want to help Plymouth when youâre 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 churchâs 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 churchâs 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:
GoodSearch.com 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 http://www.goodsearch.com/
When shopping online, you can use GoodShop.com and benefit Plymouth. For more information on that, go to www.goodshop.com, enter Plymouth Congregational UCC in the box labeled “Who do you GoodShop for.”
The Rev. Quinn Caldwell is available to respond to emergencies, to visit those with special needs, or for conversation and prayer about whateverâs on your mind or heart. You can reach him at 315-474-4836 or email@example.com. In an emergency, you can reach him at 617-851-0158.
Food Pantry Offerings
The Food Pantry requests your participation is its âtoiletries of the monthâ 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 wouldnât think of it. But many of our clients come to the Food Pantry without them. Menâs 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 â 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, “Commonalities 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Pastoral Letter on Racism
From the leaders of the United Church of Christ. http://www.ucc.org/pastoral_letter_new_awakening_01162015?utm_campaign=kyp012015&utm_campaign=kyp_jan20_15&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=kyp&utm_source=unitedchurchofchrist
Tulsa Ministers Preach in Hoodies
They protest a proposed Oklahoma law.
How Denominations Stand on Marriage Equality
Commentary from GetReligion website. http://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2015/1/18/where-will-us-religions-stand-in-the-same-sex-legal-showdown
How to take care of your spirit the six days of each week you donât 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 www.ucc.org/feed-your-spirit.
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 http://www.ucc.org/feed-your-spirit/daily-devotional/.
Joys and Concerns
In the week ahead, you are invited to pray for :
Mable Wilson, who received the Community Adult Award at last Sundayâs 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.
The repose of the soul of Carol Bain, mother of George Bain. Read her obituary here: http://www.andersonbryantfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2895526&fh_id=14764 Cards may be sent to George at 5814 Nobleton Circle, Jamesville 13078.
Pat Partridge and her husband, Kent, as he cares for her at home
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
Dorothy, a dear friend of Joan Fogarty
Cath and Barbara
Lee Dreamer, continuing with cancer care