WE ANTICIPATE SUNDAY, November 2,
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
Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour before going to bed on Saturday.
We will gather for a service of sung word and sacrament. Communion will be served by intinction after the offering. We will remember Plymouth’s departed in the last year – Mary Lou Reeves, Mary Gilmore Smith, and Mernie Swift – and toll the bell.
The Forum features Mark Colville, co-founder of the Amistad Catholic Worker House of New Haven, Connecticut, and an advocate to end the wars and ground the drones. He will speak on hospitality and peace-making. The Raging Grannies of Central New York will accompany him.
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.
Quinn Caldwell will talk about his new book, All I Really Want: Readings for a Modern Christmas from 2 to 3:30 p.m. We’ll have plenty of books to sell and inscribe. Refreshments will include Christmas cookies.
Focus Scripture Revelation 7:9-12, 22:1-5
After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing,
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen.
… Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
In Our Church Community
Next Sunday’s Forum will focus on a Christian response to the homeless and others. The presenters will be Rescue Mission CEO Alan Thornton, along with Director of Donor Relations (and Doris Dorkof’s daughter) Anita Leitgeb.
Might you want to explore some of “life’s big questions” with some other Plymouth people and get to know them better in a small group environment? The planning committee for Plymouth Church’s Covenant Communities initiative has scheduled two more open meetings for the fall. They will be held on November 9 and December 14, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Parlor.
The meeting on November 9 will give participants a chance to get a taste of the kind of experience to be expected in the covenant groups in 2015. The meeting on December 14 will provide a time for people who are interested in committing to a 2015 covenant group to learn more about the details of the commitment and to be assigned to a group.
Child care will be provided for both of the open groups. If you would like to attend one or both of these meetings and need child care, call the church office (474-4836) by Wednesday of the week preceding the meeting.
If you have any questions about the Covenant Communities initiative, please call the church office and leave a message, and one of us will call you back. Thanks from your Covenant Communities planning committee – Sue Bogucz, Mark Hartman-Souder, Cindy Ostuni, Kathy Tryon, Elaine Wolf.
Capital Campaign Update
The Capital Campaign Steering Committee is setting up appointments for one-on-one conversations and focus group meetings with our campaign consultant, Renee LiaBraaten, this month. 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.
Plymouth Women Meet
Plymouth Women will meet on Monday at noon at Bellevue Manor. Please bring a sandwich. Dessert and beverages will be provided. The guest speaker will be Anneke Peereboom, Plymouth’s ministerial Intern. All women are invited.
Family Faith Night
Our next Family Faith Night is coming up Saturday, November 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Kids, their parents and grandparents are invited to share a free meal and then celebrate St. Martin in German fashion while adults focus on stewardship. RSVP to the church office at 315-474-4836 or email@example.com.
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 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/.
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 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 “toiletries of the month” collection. Contributions of lotion are being gathered in November. Please put your donations in the box in the back of the Sanctuary. 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. Nov. 3 Plymouth Women, noon, Bellevue Manor
Wed. Nov. 5 Living the Questions, 12:30 p.m., home of Menno and Ellen Heinrichs
Sanctuary Design Team, 5 p.m., Parlor
Thur. Nov. 6 Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor
Handbell Choir, 5:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Mission Trip Planning Meeting, 5:15 p.m., Parlor
Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall
Sun. Nov. 9 – Twenty-second 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 Gatherings, Parlor, 11:15 a.m.
Forum, Memorial Hall, 11:15 a.m.
In the Wider Community
Cabaret Features Lee Dreamer
Plymouth’s Lee Dreamer will be giving a cabaret evening entitled “Reflections” on Saturday, November 8, at 6 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 9, at 4 and 6:30 p.m. at The Bear Garden (the home of Joe Downing and Will Doswell.) All donations will go to In My Father’s Kitchen, an organization that helps homeless people get off the streets. Call 424-0783 for reservations for an evening of great food and entertainment for a great cause.
Christmas Wreaths for a Cause
Micah Pasinski is joining a delegation to work at a sister community in a remote region of Villa Nueva, Nicaragua, and is raising funds to help cover his trip. He is selling large Christmas wreaths suitable for a long season with red or variegated bows. Wreaths are 24 inches in diameter ($20) and 28 inches ($25). Order forms are available from Micah or from Mary Jureller, or call 315-637-7934.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 474-1261 (ext. 208).
Ohio Clergy Gather in Support of Same-Sex Marriage
A Marine marries in Columbus.
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 ….
Chris Hopkins and her sons, Eric and Ryan, on the death this week of her mother, Nancy Bown, and for the repose of Nancy’s soul. Cards may be sent to 110 Kensington Road, Syracuse NY 13210 …
Kathy and Keith Ciarpelli on the death of Keith’s father…
Dave Michel and Peggy Liuzzi on the death of Dave’s mother, Margaret Michel, October 12, and for the repose of Margaret’s soul. Cards may be sent to 102 Circle Road, Syracuse NY 13210 …
Ellen Wright, undergoing treatment for breast cancer …
David Murray on the death of his mother, Nancy Murray, and for the repose of her soul …
Betsy and Don …
Jack and Alice Allen …
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 …