PLYMOUTH WEEKLY NEWS

WE ANTICIPATE SUNDAY, March 1

Second Sunday in Lent

A weekly e-mail from

Plymouth Congregational Church

UNITED    CHURCH    OF   CHRIST

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

                                               pcc-office@cnymail.com

 

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

 Preparing for Sunday‒s Worship

We mark the kickoff of our Bold Vision  Bold Witness Capital Campaign. Campaign consultant Rev. Renee LiaBraaten will make a presentation at the end of worship. Communion will be served by intinction.

Join us for a campaign kickoff brunch after worship.

Music notes:

The choir sings communion anthems by Gabriel Faure and Don Besig. The organ begins a Lenten series of chorale preludes based on The Passion Chorale and concludes the service with a fanfare on St. Anne â€‹by Robert Cundick.

Focus Scripture Isaiah 58:2-12

Yet day after day they seek me
and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness
and did not forsake the ordinance of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgments,
they delight to draw near to God.
‘Why do we fast, but you do not see?
Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?’
Look, you serve your own interest on your fast-day,
and oppress all your workers.
Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
and to strike with a wicked fist.
Such fasting as you do today
will not make your voice heard on high.
Is such the fast that I choose,
a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,
and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?

Is not this the fast that I choose:

to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator* shall go before you,
the glory of the Lord shall be your rearguard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.
If you remove the yoke from among you,
the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
if you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually,
and satisfy your needs in parched places,
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters never fail.
Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to live in.

- NRSV

 

 

 In Our Church Community

 BOLD VISION  BOLD WITNESS

Capital Campaign Update

Currently Working On

Mission Giving Task Force preparing to meet

Leadership giving meetings beginning

Friends and Former Members team collecting contact information

 

What You Can Be Doing

Pray for our church’€™s light to break forth like the dawn!

Pick up your campaign packet and read the materials carefully

Contact Stan Ayres or Anne Frank with contact information of friends, former members, and adult children

 

People You Should Thank This Week

John Hottenstein for a great deal of work on campaign materials

Doreen Todorov for leading the campaign brunch team

Kirsten Hubel for coordinating the campaign brunch program

Cara Mia Diegoli for all her hard work on the accessibility project

 

The Next Big Thing

Campaign kickoff and brunch Sunday after worship

     

Thanks from the Heinrichs Family

Ellen Heinrichs and family would like to thank you all for the many kind thoughts and prayers, cards and food during Menno’€™s illness and passing. Such kindnesses shown by our faith community, Plymouth, helped us through a very difficult time. Ellen

       Next Sunday

Don’€™t forget to set your clocks AHEAD one hour before going to bed next Saturday, as daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 8.

       One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing is one of the five special offerings in which Plymouth Church participates each year. It allows us to share with people around the world. We hope you will prayerfully consider a generous contribution. Please use the envelopes in the pew racks or make out a check to Plymouth Church and put “OGHS” in the memo line.

 Help Us Reach Out to Plymouth Friends

The Friends and Former Members Team of the Capital Campaign is looking for your assistance. We want to reach out to as many previous members of Plymouth, friends of Plymouth, children of members who live somewhere else, community members who have or had a relationship with Plymouth, vendors, and former building use tenants as possible and offer them the opportunity to support the campaign. We need you to help us identify these people, organizations, and companies. If you can think of someone who fits one of the categories, or even a category not listed here, please contact Stan Ayres or Anne Frank, who will happily receive those names and contact information. We prefer a full mailing address but any and all contact information might help us to make a connection. Reach Stan at saayres@juno.com.

 Lenten Devotional Booklets

Devotional booklets for Lent are available in the back of the Sanctuary. A donation of $3 is requested.

 Lenten Study Series Focuses on Prayer

This Lent, Plymouth Church will take a beginner’s look at the life of prayer. What is prayer? How do we do it? Why bother? Does it work?

We’€™ll read Anne Lamott‒s Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers and discuss in small groups each Sunday. Books are available for purchase for $12 through the church office; please let Quinn know if that cost is prohibitive for you.

Books will be distributed during the congregational brunch Sunday. We will discuss Help on March 8, Thanks on March 15 and Wow on March 22.

 

Quinn’€™s Non-Office Office Hours

Quinn loves his office, but he’€™s sick of sitting in it. So, you’™ll be able to find him at Recess Coffee (110 Harvard Place) from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Cafe Kubal on South Salina Street from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday mornings. Come join him; no appointment is necessary.

 

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 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 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 haven’€™t “€œliked”€ the church yet, please do!  http://www.facebook.com/#1/groups/109573419061867

 

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:

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 “€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 pcc-qcaldwell@cnymail.com. 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 toothpaste are being gathered in March. Put your donations in the box in the back of the Sanctuary. Men’€™s XL gloves are especially needed. Please help.

 

The Week Ahead

Mon. March 2  Plymouth Women, 1 p.m., The Nottingham, 1301 Nottingham Rd.                             Jamesville

Thur. March 5  Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor

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

Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall

 

In the Wider Community

 

Fundraisers for Heart Association, Girl Scout Cookies

Ray Carr and Chloe Carr are doing a fundraiser through Fabius-Pompey Elementary School called Jump for Your Heart. They will be jumping rope for donations for the American Heart Association. Donations will be taken through Sunday.

Chloe Carr and Demi Carr are taking orders for Girl Scout cookies through February. They have lemon, oatmeal raisin, thin mint, samoas, peanut butter sandwich, tagalongs, and shortbread.

You can call Demi at 729-2665 or their mother, Missy Carr, at 729-9874 for more information.

 

“€˜God’€™s Trombones”€™ Presented This Weekend

“God’s Trombones,” a musical celebration of seven sermons in poetic verse by James Weldon Johnson, is being presented by The Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company, in collaboration with Bethany Baptist Church T.A.P. Festival and Open Hand Theater, this weekend at Bethany Baptist Church. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m., Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the door at the church, 149 Beattie St., Syracuse.

 

Choir Members Sing at CMM Recital

The Plymouth congregation is invited to Wednesday’€™s Civic Morning Musicals€™ recital featuring Plymouth choir members Mary Rose Go, soprano, and Angky Budiardjono, baritone, with Kathleen Haddock, piano. “Tales of Magic and Deception” will feature selections by Richard Strauss, Ravel, and scenes from Mozart’s Die Zauberflaute and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. The free show is at 12:30 p.m. in the Hosmer Auditorium, Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse.

 

Millennial Evangelicals Favor LGBT Inclusion

Overall, denomination shows a near doubling of support for same-sex marriage. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2015/0220/Millennial-Evangelicals-push-for-full-inclusion-of-LGBT-Christians

 More Women Giving up Religion

Spiritual disconnection increases. http://www.religionnews.com/2015/02/20/losing-religion-women-join-unspiritual-set/

 

Diversity and the Southern Baptists

How hard it is for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination to diversify. http://www.religionnews.com/2015/02/16/gay-catholics-find-new-tone-pope-francis-bishops/

 

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…

Thanksgiving for the recovery of Ellen Wright. She has healed from surgery and completed radiation treatment with flying colors …

The Peereboom family as they settle into their new life back home in Germany and Anneke as she begins her new ministry on Sunday…

Caroline Ryder…

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…

Sheyanne…

Joan…

Betsy and Don…

Stan Reeves…

Dorothy, a dear friend of Joan Fogarty…

Jamie Shavers…

Cath and Barbara…

Lee Dreamer, continuing with cancer care…

Michelle Diegoli

 

In the Wider Community

Fundraisers for Heart Association, Girl Scout Cookies

Ray Carr and Chloe Carr are doing a fundraiser through Fabius-Pompey Elementary School called Jump for Your Heart. They will be jumping rope for donations for the American Heart Association. Donations will be taken through March 1.

Chloe Carr and Demi Carr are taking orders for Girl Scout cookies through February. They have lemon, oatmeal raisin, thin mint, samoas, peanut butter sandwich, tagalongs, and shortbread.

You can call Demi at 729-2665 or their mother, Missy Carr, at 729-9874 for more information.

Search Committee Recommends John Dorhauer as General Minister

If confirmed by General Synod, he will be come next leader of UCC. http://www.ucc.org/dorhauer_general_minister_president_02132015?utm_campaign=kyp021715&utm_campaign=kyp_feb17_15&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=kyp&utm_source=unitedchurchofchrist

 

Charleston Churches Work to Break Down Walls of Segregation

Circular Congregational and Charity Missionary Baptist plan common events.

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150214/PC16/150219627

 

Gay Catholics Find a New Tone under Pope Francis

On pilgrimage they plan to meet with pope. http://www.religionnews.com/2015/02/16/gay-catholics-find-new-tone-pope-francis-bishops/

 

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:

The Peereboom family as they settle into their new life back home in Germany

The repose of Al Ayres’€™ soul and for all who loved him, including Stan, Carole, Amy and Matthew. Al died January 31 in Rutland, Vt. Read his obituary here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rutlandherald/obituary.aspx?n=allen-g-ayres&pid=174065123&fhid=30660. Cards may be sent to Stan at 202 Hillsboro Parkway, Syracuse NY 3214, and Amy at 6935 Sevier Road, Jamesville NY 13078

Caroline Ryder

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

Ellen Wright, undergoing treatment for breast cancer

Sheyanne

Joan

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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