WE ANTICIPATE SUNDAY, August 17, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Rev. Marjorie Purnine and Rev. Anneke Peereboom will lead worship. Anneke preaches the last of three sermons on blessing. Rev. Quinn Caldwell is on vacation until August 18.

Our Sunday morning Bible study follows worship. This is a weekly examination of the following week’s preaching text(s). Join us downstairs in the Scout Room at 11:15 a.m.

Sunday’s music:

We will hear Mozart’s Adagio for Glass Harmonium played on the 1820s chamber organ belonging to Jack and Alice Allen. This organ is finding a temporary home in the sanctuary. Mary Rose Go sings Gounod’s haunting “O Divine Redeemer” and we conclude the service with Dietrich Buxtehude’s Praeludium in G.

         Focus Scripture Genesis 12:1-4

Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.


       In Our Church Community

Learning Community Resumes

The Kick-Off Sunday for our program is September 7. All children/youth are encouraged to bring their school backpacks that day for the “Blessing of the Backpacks.” After the service, there will be an Open House during coffee hour, when you can meet the teachers, ask questions about the curriculum, and drop off your registration form for your child/youth. Forms will be available at that time.

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.

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!

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

While Rev. Quinn Caldwell is on vacation, Rev. Anneke Peereboom 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 her at 315-474-4836 or In an emergency, you can reach her at 315-400-7998.

Food Pantry Offerings

The Food Pantry requests your participation is its “toiletries of the month” collection. Contributions of toothbrushes are being gathered in August. 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. Aug. 18   The Plymouth Story Deadline

Tue. Aug. 19   Church Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Parlor

Thur. Aug. 21  Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor

Sun. Aug. 24 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

                        Worship, 10 a.m.

                        Summer Learning Community, 10 a.m.

                        Bible Study, 11:15 a.m.

                        Forum, 11:15 a.m.

         In the Wider Community

Peace Picnic Sunday

Peace Action of CNY will hodl a Peace Picnic from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lily Pond in Thornden Park, Syracuse. Family-friendly activities will include paper cranes, kites, haiku, and lanterns. Bring a dish to share if you wish. For more information, call 478-7442.

 Soprano Sings in ‘Godspell’

Mary Rose Go, Plymouth’s own soprano soloist, will be performing in the Redhouse Arts Center’s production of “Godspell.” The production is at 7 p.m. today at Assumption Church, North Salina Street, and 7 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Church, 112 Lancaster Place, University neighborhood. Buy your tickets at  ​

Faith Practices Workshop Planned

Plymouth will be the site for a Faith Practices Workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 6. Faith Practices is a resource that’s transforming congregations into communities that worship, learn, and serve together. Created by and for local churches, Faith Practices will help you to discuss and practice your faith. Marcia Tolman, director of Christian Education at Emmanuel-Friedens Church UCC in Schenectady, will be the presenter. The $10 cost includes snacks. To register, call the church office at 474-4836 or email

 Southwest Conference Hires Immigrant Care Coordinator

Minister will deal with needs of refugee women and children.

Churches Give Out Hundreds of School Backpacks

It’s an annual event in Frederick Md.

An Oasis for Refugees in Texas

It’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen.

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 ….

The repose of the soul of Rose Ann Kelly, mother of John Bryant and grandmother to Ian and Joanna. She died Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn. Read her obituary here:

Cards may be send to 116 Walnut Street, Fayetteville NY 13088 …

Peggy Kinner, recovering at home after hip surgery and glad for visitors …

Noni Bristol, on her move to the Nottingham, where she is glad for visitors, and Harold Bristol …

 Larry Kinner, in rehabilitation after ankle surgery at Loretto’s Fahey Building Room 257, where he is glad for visitors …

Barbara Forsstrom and her daughter as they drive across the country …

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 …

Michelle Diegoli …

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

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