WE ANTICIPATE SUNDAY, December 1, First Sunday in Advent
A weekly e-mail from
Plymouth Congregational Church
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
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
Communion will be served. We will receive a special offering for Plymouth’s Good Samaritan Fund. Money in this fund is used for direct ministries of mercy and benevolence with Plymouth members and our neighbors in and around Syracuse. To contribute, make out a check to Plymouth Congregational Church with the words “Good Samaritan Fund” in the memo line.
This Sunday, the first Sunday in Advent, our music centers on the chorale “Sleepers Awake.” The text for this chorale centers on our reading for the day from Matthew 24, where we are told to prepare for the advent of Christ. The organ, choir and trombone perform pieces based on this chorale by Bach, Krebs, Walther and Reger.
Focus Scripture Matthew 24:36-44
But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
In Our Church Community
Next Sunday, we begin decorating our Jesse Tree in worship. The Advent Workshop will follow worship with crafts, games, and more.
We give thanks for the fresh heart that beats within Plymouth Church. Through last Sunday, we have received 87 pledges for 2014 for $232,309. If you have yet to make a pledge, please pray over your decision and then you bring your card to worship Sunday and put it in the offering plate, mail your card to the church office, or ask for a card on Sunday.
Our Kids Are Feeding the Hungry
Each Sunday in Chapel Time, our children give and receive an offering. So far this year, we have received $44.16. Last week, after a discussion about hunger and God’s call, they voted to give enough to the Rescue Mission to feed 10 families over the holidays.
Orchestra Tunes Up for Christmas Luncheon
The legendary Plymouth Orchestra will be accompanying the carol singing at the Christmas Luncheon on December 15. Pull out your clarinet, dust off that viola, shine up that flugelhorn. Email Joe Downing at email@example.com and he’ll make sure that you have the appropriate music for your instrument. No rehearsals necessary.
The Pole for Change for the World
In 2012, Plymouth youth traveled to Overlook Farm, one of the educational arms of Heifer International. The information we learned about their mission for eliminating poverty and hunger in the world through service, not charity, and their commitment to passing on the gift, inspired us. We came home with a pole for change, a way to keep our commitment to Heifer all year long, not just at festival time. So … at Community Time, please drop some change or a dollar or maybe even two, into the pole.
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 just one more 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/. Share this information with a friend.
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
A New Way to Help Plymouth When You Shop
GoodSearch.com has added a new feature to expand the ways you can shop and donate a percentage of each purchase to Plymouth Church. You can now 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 like Gap, Sears, Kmart, 7-Eleven, Burger King, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Goodswipe uses bank-level encryption to keep your information safe. To learn more about Goodswipe, go to http://www.goodsearch.com/goodswipe?spMailingID=6991886&spUserID=MjE1NDUwNzIyMAS2&spJobID=89074794&spReportId=ODkwNzQ3OTQS1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 toothpaste are being gathered in December. Financial contributions are welcomed, and the Food Pantry is always 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. Dec. 2 Plymouth Women, noon, Bellevue Manor
Thur. Dec. 5 Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor
Handbell Choir Rehearsal, 5:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall
Sun. Dec. 8 – Second Sunday of Advent
Worship, 10 a.m.
Chapel Time, 10:20 a.m.
Advent Workshop, after worship
In the Wider Community
Center for New Americans Needs Volunteers
With the arrival of more than 90 people from many countries during August, InterFaith Works of CNY is seeking volunteers to assist its caseworkers at the Center for New Americans. For more information, contact Daryl Files at (315) 449-3552, ext. 106, or email email@example.com.
Martin Copenhaver Named Andover Newton President
UCC minister and Daily Devotional writer is also a mentor to Quinn Caldwell.
What Does It Mean to be Evangelical?
A UCC seminary professor explains. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-carey/evangelical-christians_b_4304457.html
A Methodist Inquisition
Commentary on Methodists’ punishment of minister who performed his son’s same-sex marriage.
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 ….
Lori and Maurice Forrester, as Lori recovers from two broken arms and Maurice cares for her …
Maddie Horrell, on the death of her grandfather, Rev. John Swords. Read his obituary here: http://obits.syracuse.com/obituaries/syracuse/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=168189182
Barb Genton, recovering from breast surgery …
Greg and Ellen Wright, as they prepare for his new call as pastor of Plymouth Church in Louisville, Ky. …
Mary Lou and Stan Reeves, as she recovers in a rehabilitation facility in Florida and they have decided to move into an assisted living facility …
Jake Boyer, recovering from successful brain surgery …
Mary Smith and Liz Hakanson as Mary recovers from a stroke …
Baret Pinyoun, recovering from a number of health issues …
Lee Dreamer, continuing with cancer care …
Dave West, discerning his next steps …
Carly Jo, friend of Linda Milosky …
Ann Badger, recovering from neck surgery for a spinal stenosis …
Noni Bristol …
Michelle Diegoli …
Pat Partridge and her husband, Kent, as he cares for her at home …