WE ANTICIPATE SUNDAY, July 13, Fifth 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
Preparing for Sunday’s Worship
Our favorite guest organist, Alice Hatt, will lead us with music. She will also be gathering a pickup choir for the service. No particular skills are needed, just a willingness to sing your heart out! Plan to come at 9 a.m. for a quick rehearsal. If you can, it will be helpful to let Alice know ahead of time that you’re coming by emailing her at email@example.com. But if you forget, don’t let that stop you from coming!
We will hear from our youth missionaries, who are just returned from their week of saving the world in Philadelphia. Joanna Bryant, Ben Cohen, Valerie Hartman-Souder, Micah Pasinski, and Anna Wojcik (in absentia) are prepared to tell us who and what they saw of God’s work in the world while they were there.
After worship, the membership will gather for a congregational meeting, at which we will, if it be the will of the Spirit, elect a Sanctuary Design Task Force to recommend improvements to the Sanctuary, including floor treatment and the Chancel. The nominees put forth by the Laity Empowerment Committee and reviewed by the Church Council are: Richard Hawks (chair), Jim Black, Carole Brzozowski, Jackie Manier, Tom Zorn, Mary Cappelli, Doreen Todorov, Joe Downing (ex officio), and Quinn Caldwell (ex officio).
Focus Scripture John 13:317
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet,* but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.’ For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’
After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants* are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.’
In Our Church Community
Special Congregational Meeting
A Special Congregational Meeting is hereby called for Sunday, July 13, 2014, immediately following worship. The purpose of the meeting is to empower a Sanctuary Design Team to recommend improvements to our sanctuary space to be made possible by the upcoming Capital Fund Campaign, and to listen for God’s voice speaking through the congregation regarding potential changes.
Excited about Plymouth? Want to learn more and maybe even take the next step? Join Quinn Caldwell Sunday, July 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to learn more about Plymouth, the UCC, and the meaning of membership. A light lunch will be provided and childcare is available if you signal your need. RSVP to church administrator Doris Dorkof at firstname.lastname@example.org or 474-4836.
Plymouth Women Meeting
The next meeting of the Plymouth Women group will be Monday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Nottingham residential community, 1301 Nottingham Road, Jamesville. Refreshments will be provided. Parking will be in the main area entrance. Jackie Manier will provide a map for directions for those who do the driving.
Donations Sought for Arts and Craft Fair
Plymouth will have its own crafts table selling items at the Downtown Arts and Crafts Fair July 25-27. You are invited to make a donation of items to sell. For more information contact Paul Sweet at email@example.com. Donations can be dropped off Sunday, July 20, or Thursday, July 24.
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 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
Sun. July 20 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Worship, 10 a.m.
Summer Learning Community, 10 a.m.
Bible Study, 11:15 a.m.
“Justice Fortified” Ice Cream Social with Rebecca Fuentes of Worker Rights Center, and dairy workers as guests, 11:15 a.m.
Inquirers’ Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
In the Wider Community
UCC Responds to Humanitarian Crisis of Migrant Children
What some congregations are doing.
A summer program at the UCC church in Aurora, Ill.
Movement Targets Fossil Fuel Divestiture
The view from churches in Pittsburgh.
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 repose of Miriam Swift’s soul, and for her children Cheryl, Doug, Brad, and Steve; her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and all who loved her. Mernie died July 10 at Francis House at age 97. A date for services has not been set. …
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 …