Palm Sunday and Commitment 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

We begin Holy Week in celebration and hope with waving palms, our children’€™s magnificent alfombra (carpet) of flowers and a procession around downtown Syracuse, followed by a feast. During worship we will bring forward our commitment cards, signifying our participation in our Bold Vision … Bold Witness capital campaign.

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. This is the last Sunday OGHS offerings will be collected.

Music notes:

It wouldn’t be Palm Sunday without Michael Chellis singing The Palms by Jean-Baptiste Faure!  The choir sings two different settings of Hosanna To The Son of David!​ – one from the 17th and one from the 20th century. We also welcome the Soda Ash Ensemble to our worship to lead us in a Dixieland Jazz version of some of our hymns, as well as leading our annual processional around the neighborhood.


Focus Scripture Matthew 21:1-11

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, €”Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘€œThe Lord needs them.’€ And he will send them immediately.”€ This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
“€˜Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd* spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
“€˜Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”€™
When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?”€™ The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”



     In Our Church Community

       Holy Week and Easter

PALM AND CONSECRATION SUNDAY                                       10 a.m.

We begin in celebration and hope with waving palms, our children’s magnificent alfombra (carpet) of flowers, and a procession around downtown Syracuse, followed by a pancake feast.

MAUNDY THURSDAY                                                                      7 p.m.

Jesus asked that we not forget him.  Show him that you haven’€™t by joining us for this commemoration of the Last Supper.

GOOD FRIDAY                                                    Identical services at 12 and 7 p.m.

We gather to remind ourselves of the worst the world can do.  We refuse to despair.

EASTER                                                                                                    10 a.m.

We proclaim the resurrection with brass, organ, timpani, and voice.

 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


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 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 “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 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 April. Put your donations in the box in the back of the Sanctuary. Men’s XL gloves are especially needed. Please help.

The Week Ahead

Thur. April 2             Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor

Maundy Thursday Worship with“ Communion, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 3           Good Friday Worship, noon and 7 p.m.

 In the Wider Community

Strike for Peace Bowlathon

The Syracuse Peace Council’s “€œStrike for Peace Bowlathon:  A Fun Fundraiser for All Ages” invites Plymouth Church to field a team (of 2 or more) for the event Sunday, April 12, at Bowl Mor Lanes, East Syracuse. Session A is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Session B from 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $15 for adults; $10 for kids 12 and under for 2 games of bowling and shoes. If you’€™re interested in being part of a Plymouth team or for more information, contact Barbara Humphrey at or 315-440-9341 or go to

Robeson Company Presents Show at ArtRage

ArtRage Gallery and the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Co will present “€œLegend”€ today and Saturday at ArtRage Gallery (505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse). Time for both shows is 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Director Ryan Hope Travis offers this synopsis: Time is almost up for this troupe of actors. They are less than 24 hours away from opening night, and they don’t have a script. With the director nowhere to be found, these four women are forced to bind together and create a play. Featuring the poetry of Jackie Warren-Moore, Micere Mugo, Sonia Sanchez, and Maya Angelou. For more information,

Ethics in Journalism Award for Dan Gonzalez

The former Plymouth member is a noted journalist in Phoenix, where his wife, Liz Cox-Gonzalez, is a fourth-grade teacher.

La Casita Cultural Center Needs Instruments

La Casita Cultural Center, located on 109 Otisco Street, Syracuse, advances a cultural and educational agenda. Funded by Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, it is engaged in many community activities to support the arts. This includes providing free music lessons for children. There is currently a long waiting list as the number of instruments available for the children is limited. If you have an instrument to donate, please contact Lizet Fuentes at 315-443-2151. The children would be most appreciative.

Rev. John Dorhauer Nominated to Lead UCC

UCC Board of Directors approves elevation of Southwest Conference minister.

 Pastor Tries to Infuse Some Evangelicalism into Her Mainline Church

The challenges for the Rev. Amy Butler at Riverside Church.

Mainline Protestants Solidify Gay Marriage Support

Largest Presbyterian denomination’s support is official. United Methodists stand outside.

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

Bill Andrews, in rehabilitation…

Fung Chan Chin, recovering from surgery …

Jean Henderson…

Caroline Ryder…

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

Kathy and Keith Ciarpelli and family…



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…

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