PLYMOUTH WEEKLY NEWS

  WE ANTICIPATE SUNDAY, September 21,

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

A weekly e-mail fromPlymouth 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
Sunday Morning Bible Study will resume. This is a weekly examination of the following week’s preaching text(s). Grab a cup of coffee (but don’t worry about a Bible, we’ll provide those!) and join us downstairs in the Scout Room at 11:15 a.m.Sunday’s music:We read the passage where Jesus goes down to the lake and helps the fishermen, and then calls them to the ministry. Our music uses images of water to connect us to this story, with music of Handel and Gordon Young with an aleatoric piece by Joseph Gentry Stephens.
Focus Scripture Luke 5:1-11
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.- NRSV

      In Our Church Community

             Help Us Evaluate WorshipThe next “Completing the Circle” meeting will be after worship Sunday, and the topic will be your experience in worship. We will meet in the Sanctuary after you get some coffee. 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. 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. 

Small GroupsOn Sunday Sue Bogucz and Elaine Wolf will introduce an opportunity for Plymouth people to participate in small groups that will focus on “life’s big questions.” Please join them in the Parlor after the worship service to hear all about it. But don’t worry if you aren’t able to attend this informational session; just contact Sue or Elaine directly or by leaving a message for one of them with Plymouth’s office administrator (474-4836).
Learning Community Fall Mission ProjectWe 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. 
Capital Campaign UpdateA 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 HolidaysPlymouth 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 TimeConsider 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 craig.greczyn@gmail.com. To be an usher, email Jared Titus at jared.titus@yahoo.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 milosky@syr.edu.           
Plymouth on YouTubeDid 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/.
Save theWorld 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!  http://www.facebook.com/#1/groups/109573419061867
Help Plymouth When You ShopWant 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: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.”
 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 pcc-qcaldwell@cnymail.com. In an emergency, you can reach him at 617-851-0158.
Food Pantry OfferingsThe Food Pantry requests your participation is its “toiletries of the month” collection. Contributions of toothpaste are being gathered in September. 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. 22              Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Memorial HallThur. Sept. 25             Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor                                           Handbell Choir Rehearsal, 6 p.m., Sanctuary                                          Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m., Memorial HallSun. Sept. 28 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                    Worship and Learning Community Chapel Time, 10 a.m.                                     Learning Community Classes, 11 a.m.                                     Bible Study, 11:15 a.m.                                    Forum: Solarize Syracuse, a community solar initiative launched in summer 2014, 11:15 a.m.
 In the Wider Community
Red Cross Blood Drive  Plymouth will host a Red Cross blood drive Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. We encourage Plymouth members and friends to support this community effort. CROP Walk Is ComingThe Downtown CROP Walk is set for Sunday, October 1. Registration will begin at 12:15 p.m. at Plymouth on that day and the 3.4-mile walk will step off from Columbus Circle at 1 p.m. You are encouraged to participate in this event, either by being one of the walkers or by sponsoring someone who is walking.Pinwheels for Peace
It’s one way UCC is celebrating International Day of Prayer, September 21. http://www.ucc.org/justice/just-peace/international-day-of-prayer.html?utm_source=kyp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=kyp091614UCC Forms Search Committee
Successor is sought for UCC General Minister and President Geoffrey Black, who retires next year. http://www.ucc.org/news/general-minister-president-search-09092014.html?utm_source=kyp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=kyp091614
Religious Left Says It Won’t Drop Moral Mantle
Faith leaders announce new campaign goals for fall election. http://www.religionnews.com/2014/09/09/religious-left-says-wont-drop-moral-mantle-2014/
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 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 ….
Linda …
Robbi …
Joan …
Betsy and Don …
Jack and Alice Allen …
Linda Kraemer’s sister,
Marcia, 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 …
Peggy Kinner, recovering at home after hip surgery and glad for visitors …
Larry Kinner, in rehabilitation after ankle surgery at Loretto’s Fahey Building Room 257, where he is glad for visitors …
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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