WE ANTICIPATE SUNDAY, July 27
Seventh 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
WE ANTICIPATE SUNDAY, July 27, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Preparing for Sunday’s Worship
As part of this weekend’s Downtown Arts and Crafts Festival, Plymouth will hold jazz worship on the point (the intersection of Madison and Onondaga streets). We will celebrate at 10 a.m. outdoors, weather permitting, led by the Willie Sordillo Trio. Willie, a saxophonist, is a pioneer in jazz worship, having started the successful jazz service at Old South Church in Boston and conducting workshops across the country. Communion will be served.
We will welcome eight new members of Plymouth Church: David Cleaver-Bartholomew (in absentia), Kim Dill, Darryl Hamlin, John Mannion, Rebecca Mannion, Ned Migliorisi, Christine Richardson and Mack Richardson.
Focus Scripture Acts 10
In Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of the Italian Cohort, as it was called. He was a devout man who feared God with all his household; he gave alms generously to the people and prayed constantly to God. One afternoon at about three o’clock he had a vision in which he clearly saw an angel of God coming in and saying to him, ‘Cornelius.’ He stared at him in terror and said, ‘What is it, Lord?’ He answered, ‘Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. Now send men to Joppa for a certain Simon who is called Peter; he is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the seaside.’ When the angel who spoke to him had left, he called two of his slaves and a devout soldier from the ranks of those who served him, and after telling them everything, he sent them to Joppa.
About noon the next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat; and while it was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down, being lowered to the ground by its four corners. In it were all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air. Then he heard a voice saying, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ But Peter said, ‘By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is profane or unclean.’ The voice said to him again, a second time, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’ This happened three times, and the thing was suddenly taken up to heaven.
Now while Peter was greatly puzzled about what to make of the vision that he had seen, suddenly the men sent by Cornelius appeared. They were asking for Simon’s house and were standing by the gate. They called out to ask whether Simon, who was called Peter, was staying there. While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, ‘Look, three men are searching for you. Now get up, go down, and go with them without hesitation; for I have sent them.’ So Peter went down to the men and said, ‘I am the one you are looking for; what is the reason for your coming?’ They answered, ‘Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say.’ So Peter invited them in and gave them lodging.
The next day he got up and went with them, and some of the believers from Joppa accompanied him. The following day they came to Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. On Peter’s arrival Cornelius met him, and falling at his feet, worshipped him. But Peter made him get up, saying, ‘Stand up; I am only a mortal.’ And as he talked with him, he went in and found that many had assembled; and he said to them, ‘You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without objection. Now may I ask why you sent for me?’
Cornelius replied, ‘Four days ago at this very hour, at three o’clock, I was praying in my house when suddenly a man in dazzling clothes stood before me. He said, “Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon, who is called Peter; he is staying in the home of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.” Therefore I sent for you immediately, and you have been kind enough to come. So now all of us are here in the presence of God to listen to all that the Lord has commanded you to say.’
Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’
While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.
In Our Church Community
Flowers for Summer Worship
Plymouth has a lovely tradition during the summer months. In lieu of arrangements from the florist, people are invited to bring in flowers or other items from their gardens to brighten our worship space. If you would like to participate, just arrive on any Sunday between 9:30 and 9:40 a.m. with your floral or other items. You will find vases near the wall unit of mailboxes, if you need them. Thank you in advance and we look forward to many delightful, colorful displays!
Summer ‘Church Family Choir’
There will be another summer “pick-up” choir August 10. Alice Hatt will be the guest organist and would like to meet with choir members, congregational singers, youth and adults, who would like to sing and present an anthem or two in worship on those Sundays. Come at 9 a.m. ready to sing. To make things easier for Alice, please email her at email@example.com with your “yes” or “maybe” so that she may plan for the music and have enough copies. But if you forget to email, go ahead and show up anyway.
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 in its “toiletries of the month” collection. Contributions of soap are being gathered in July. The Food Pantry is also in need of large paper grocery 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. July 28 Senior Conversation, 10:30 a.m., home of Polly Cadwell
Thur. July 31 Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor
Sun. August 3 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Worship – Communion, 10 a.m.
Summer Learning Community, 10 a.m.
Bible Study, 11:15 a.m.
In the Wider Community
A Pastoral Letter on Child Refugees
UCC’s national leaders speak out: http://www.ucc.org/news/pastoral-letter-child-refugee-07232014.html
To stay updated on this issue, support the children, or make a donation to help the child refugees, go to this UCC link: http://www.ucc.org/refugees/unaccompanied.html
UCC Facebook Post Goes Viral
Post on quest for religions freedom reaches 1.2 million people in less than three weeks.
What Would Jesus Water?
That’s what a UCC church in California asks. http://abc30.com/religion/what-would-jesus-water/195158/
Massachusetts Church Adopts ONA
The story of First Trinitarian Congregational Church of Scituate. http://marshfield.wickedlocal.com/article/20140718/NEWS/140716336/12423/NEWS
What It Means to be Spiritual but not Religious
A report from The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/us/examining-the-growth-of-the-spiritual-but-not-religious.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
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 new life of Sierra Rose Titus, born July 14 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center to Alicia and Jared Titus …
The repose of Mernie Swift’s soul, and for her children Cheryl, Doug, Brad, and Steve; her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and all who loved her. Read her obituary here. http://obits.syracuse.com/obituaries/syracuse/obituary.aspx?n=miriam-swift-mernie&pid=171703977&fhid=4598 …
Dawn Franits, recovering from knee replacement surgery …
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 …
Noni Bristol …
Michelle Diegoli …
Pat Partridge and her husband, Kent, as he cares for her at home …