WE ANTICIPATE SUNDAY, October 12
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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
This week, we continue to receive the UCC’s Neighbors in Need special offering to support domestic ministries of justice and compassion.
The Forum will be a discussion about divesting interests in Israeli entities operating in occupied Palestinian territories, following on recently adopted resolutions of the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Sunday Morning Bible Study follows worship. 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.
The choir sings two versions of the text “Rejoice in the Lord Always,” one by the Dutch composer Ewert Westra and one the famous verse anthem by Henry Purcell. The organ also plays music of Purcell with the prelude of “The Bell Anthem” and the postlude the ever-popular “Trumpet Tune.”
Focus Scripture Matthew 22:1-10
Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
In Our Church Community
Capital Campaign Update
Starting Sunday, the Capital Campaign Steering Committee will be setting up appointments for one-on-one conversations and focus group meetings with our campaign consultant, Renee LiaBraaten, in November. These conversations are a chance for you to be heard with regard to our developing campaign plans. If you’d like to take part, be in touch with Michelle Bell or Richard Jaeger.
Next Sunday will be Youth Sunday. Our high school youth are shaping the service and planning the sermon. Our two kids’ choirs are rehearsing their heads off to be ready to sing, and there are a few surprises in store. Come to support our kids and youth as they learn to be faith leaders…but more importantly, come so that you can be shaped, led, and blessed by the faith and work of your wee brothers and sisters.
Next Sunday the Covenant Communities planning committee will host the first of two fall open meetings (the second will be on November 9). These meetings are scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m. and conclude by 12:45 p.m. They will be an opportunity for you to get a taste of the kind of experience to be expected in the covenant groups that will meet each month in 2015. If you will need extended child care for next week’s meeting, please call the church office (474-4836) by Wednesday. If you have any questions about the Covenant Communities initiative, please call the church office and leave a message, and a member of the planning committee will call you back. We look forward to seeing you!
Thanks from your Covenant Communities planning committee – Sue Bogucz, Mark Hartman-Souder, Cindy Ostuni, Kathy Tryon, Elaine Wolf.
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 email@example.com. To be an usher, email Jared Titus at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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/.
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! 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 “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 whatever’s on your mind or heart. You can reach him at 315-474-4836 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 shampoo are being gathered in October. 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. Oct. 13 Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day – church office closed
Tue. Oct. 14 Board of Deacons Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
All Boards Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 p.m.
CE Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 15 Living the Questions, 12:30 p.m., home of Menno and Ellen Heinrichs
Thur. Oct. 16 Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor
Handbell Choir, 5:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall
Sun. Oct. 19 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Worship and Learning Community Chapel Time, 10 a.m.
Learning Community Classes, 11 a.m.
Bible Study, Scout Room, 11:15 a.m.
Covenant Communities Meeting, Parlor, 11:15 a.m.
Youth Group Kayaking Event, noon to 4 p.m.
In the Wider Community
Coats for New Americans
Interfaith Works Center for New Americans is collecting coats of all sizes (for toddlers, youth, women and men) as well as gloves, scarves, and boots – all new or gently used, clean with no stains, no holes, no tears. When a new refugee family arrives during the fall and winter months, the center welcomes them at the airport with new friendships and warm coats. It’s cold outside and most have never experienced winters like ours! For more information about how you can help the center in this effort, contact Daryl Files at email@example.com or 474-1261 (ext. 208).
The UCC and Ebola
What Disaster Ministries are doing to help West African countries. http://www.ucc.org/news/ebola-outbreak-10012014.html?utm_source=kyp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=kyp100714
Andover-Newton Theological School Installs New President
Martin Copenhaver was pastor in Wellesley, Mass., when Quinn served his ministerial internship there. http://www.ucc.org/news/andover-newton-inaugurates-copenhaver09062014.html?utm_source=kyp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=kyp100714
Investing in Our Children’s Future
Commentary on divestment, sustainability and climate justice. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/grace-jisun-kim/investing-in-our-children_1_b_5906588.html
What Do Americans Pray For?
Family or friends, their own problems top the list of survey results.
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 ….
Betsy and Don …
Jack and Alice Allen …
Chris Johnson, son of Dawn Franits, as he begins a two-year commitment teaching English in Taiwan …
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 …
Pat Partridge and her husband, Kent, as he cares for her at home …