Reformation Sunday

A weekly e-mail from

Plymouth Congregational Church


232 E. Onondaga Street, Syracuse NY | 13202 | 315 474 483

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

Preparing for Sunday’s Worship

Anneke Peereboom will preach on Reformation Sunday, and the Forum that follows worship will be a conversation with her.

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.

Sunday’s music:

The Plymouth Choir performs Bach’s Cantata No. 80, “A Mighty Fortress,” based on Psalm 46, with soloists and orchestra. Invite your friends for this special musical celebration of Reformation Sunday. The eight movements will be performed throughout the service.


Focus Scripture Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;

though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns.

The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.

“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah


           In Our Church Community

Hymn Sing Sunday

It’s not too late to submit your favorite hymns to be sung on Hymn Sing Sunday, November 2. You can either fill out a form during church, or email Joe Downing with your titles at by Sunday, October 26. We’ll be singing on All Saints Day, but you can suggest any hymns at all, even if they’re not in our hymnbook or if they’re for Christmas or Easter. Make sure to include your name (so we won’t count anyone’s votes twice!)

 Small Groups

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 be structured in a way to give participants a chance to get a taste of the kind of experience to be expected in the covenant groups in 2015. (We were delighted that 17 people participated in two sample groups that formed after church on October 19 and are hoping for a similar turnout on November 9.)
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, 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.

There’s a Party for Quinn’s Book Signing

On Sunday, November 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall, Quinn Caldwell will talk about his new book, All I Really Want: Readings for a Modern Christmas, published by Abingdon Press. He’ll also have plenty of books to sell and inscribe. Come and enjoy this event hosted by your Pastoral Relations Committee. Refreshments will include Christmas cookies.

Plymouth Women Meet

Plymouth Women will meet on Monday, November 3, 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
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 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

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!

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 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. Oct. 27                Senior Conversations, 10:30 a.m., home of Polly Cadwell

Wed. Oct. 29               Living the Questions, 12:30 p.m., home of Menno and Ellen Heinrichs

Thur. Oct. 30               Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor

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

                                         Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall

Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour before going to bed on Saturday, November 1.

Sun. Nov. 2 – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

                         Worship  – Communion and Learning Community Chapel Time, 10 a.m.

                        Learning Community Classes, 11 a.m.

                        Bible Study, Scout Room, 11:15 a.m.

                        Reception in celebration of Quinn Caldwell’s new book, All I Really Want: Readings for a Modern Christmas, 2 p.m.

 In the Wider Community

Thoughts on Ministry for Leadership Development

Plymouth’s Marjorie Purnine, associate conference minister for leadership development in the UCC’s New York Conference, wrote the “My Thoughts” piece in this week’s edition of “Happenings Around Our Conference.” She wrote:

“Last month, I spent ten intense days in Israel-Palestine. With four German partners from the EKHN, and three other NY delegates, I listened to more than forty people speak about their lives and share the work they do to bring peace and healing to their communities. I listened, and listened, and filled page after page of my notebook (in the last visits, I was scribbling in margins and on the cover). I wanted to understand at more than just a surface level, so that I could give, when I returned, what anthropologists call a “thick description” of the place.

“These days, I find myself thinking about how to bring that experience into my ministry. I’ve given presentations. Deanne, Laurie, Tony, and I are working on a webpage for that will share the work of groups like the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan ( and Rabbis for Human Rights ( I also find myself thinking about how I can give that same quality of attention to those I encounter on this side of the Atlantic.

“I love the breadth of my role. As Associate Conference Minister for Leadership Development, I’m working with students in the New York School of Ministry, supporting Committees on Ministry in two associations, advising search committees, talking with those who wrestle with a call, and planning events like the upcoming fall retreat, “You Hem Me in Behind and Before.” Still, what’s been on my mind since I returned to the flurry of activity that is my life is an intention, renewed day by day, to bring a depth of focus to each moment, to each conversation.

“My time in Israel-Palestine made me look again at my tendency to speed through my days, skating on the surface from one task to the next, with my goal of checking items off my “to do” list paramount. It made me open my ears to the poetry and yearning in the words I hear and hunger for more than a thin understanding of any situation. And for that I am thankful.”

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 dfiles@interfaithworkscny.or or 474-1261 (ext. 208).

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Check out the 35-page report of the Fall 2014 UCC Statistical Profile.

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 ….

Kathy and Keith Ciarpelli on the death of Keith’s father last weekend …

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 …

Sheyanne …

Robbi …

Joan …

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 …

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