WE ANTICIPATE SUNDAY, March 9, First Sunday in Lent
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
The service will include the burial of the alleluias. Quinn Caldwell will preach on “Text as Center.” The Lenten series on “These Sacred Texts” begins at 11:15 a.m. in Memorial Hall. with the “Text as Center.” Collection for the special offering One Great Hour of Sharing continues through March.
Lent begins, and our music takes on a more serious tone. The Plymouth Youth Choir sings Ruth Schram’s “That Promised Land” and the adult choir begins a series of old English Lenten Carols with “The SInners Redemption.” The organ begins a series of chorale preludes based on the tune “The Passion Chorale” (O Sacred Head, Now Wounded) with offerings by J. S. Bach and Johannes Brahms.
Focus Scripture Ezekiel 3: 1-6
He said to me, O mortal, eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. He said to me, Mortal, eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it. Then I ate it; and in my mouth it was as sweet as honey.
He said to me: Mortal, go to the house of Israel and speak my very words to them. For you are not sent to a people of obscure speech and difficult language, but to the house of Israel—not to many peoples of obscure speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, if I sent you to them, they would listen to you.
In Our Church Community
One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing is one of the five United Church of Christ special offerings in which Plymouth Church participates each year. It allows us to share with people around the world. It helps provide clean water, food, education, health care, small business micro credit, emergency relief as well as the tools and training to build sustainable sources of income. We hope you will prayerfully consider a generous contribution; use the envelopes in the pews or make out a check to Plymouth Church and put “OGHS” in the memo line.
Open House at Anneke’s Apartment
The leased residence in Eastwood for ministerial intern and German exchange pastor Anneke Peereboom and her family is ready for their arrival later this month. For those interested in seeing the place you have so generously furnished, there will be an open house Sunday afternoon until 2 p.m. at the flat, located at 157 Stafford Ave. (second floor). You are invited to come and check it out.
Got an Extra Car?
Plymouth is also responsible for providing a good car for use by Anneke and her family. If you have any ideas, please be in touch with Joan Fogarty and Michelle Bell at 315-652-3612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calmly Plotting Daily Devotionals for Lent
E.B. White wrote of seeing his wife, near the end of her final illness, planting daffodil bulbs “…oblivious to the ending of her own days, which she knew perfectly well was at hand, sitting there with her detailed chart under those dark skies in dying October, calmly plotting the resurrection.” As you delve into the dark days of Lent, we invite you to take this little book of daily devotions written by the Stillspeaking Writers’ Group (including our own Quinn Caldwell) along as a guide to your own planning and plotting of the Resurrection. Available for $2 from Quinn or Nancy Gwin.
Lenten Series: These Sacred Texts
This Lent, Plymouth Church will embark upon a remarkable journey: a tour through all four canonical Gospels in just five weeks. Each week, we will read a Gospel at home (moderately-priced New Testaments for purchase and a limited number of audiobooks for borrowing will be available for those who need them). That Sunday, the worship and preaching will focus on that Gospel. We will then gather in facilitated small groups for deeper discussion and reflection.
The schedule is
Sunday Introduction: Text as Center
March 16 Matthew: The Human
March 23 Mark: The King
March 30 Luke: The Servant
April 6 John: God in the Flesh
April 13 The Gospel According to Plymouth
Join an Evaluation Feedback Group
During the next several months, Plymouth’s evaluation team will be holding “Completing the Circle” meetings of feedback groups to evaluate how Quinn and the congregation are living out Plymouth’s vision of its ministry. Members are invited to sign up for these sessions, which will last 75 minutes. To sign up, contact George Bain or the church office. If you have any questions, contact any member of the evaluation team: George Bain, P.V. George, Amy Goodall-Ayres, Brenda Hartman-Souder, Rich Jaeger, Carol Johnson, Sam Kraemer or Dorothea Nelson.
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
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 tohttp://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 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 toothpaste are being gathered in March. 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
Tue. March 11 Board of Deacons, 5:30 p.m.
All Boards Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Board of Trustees/CE Board, 7 p.m.
Thur. March 13 Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor
Handbell Choir Rehearsal, 6 p.m., Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall
Sun. March 16 – Second Sunday in Lent
Worship, 10:00 am
Chapel Time/Pre-K/K Class, 10:20 am
Learning Community Classes, 11:00 am
“These Sacred Texts” Lenten Series, 11:15 am
In the Wider Community
Plymouth’s Stars in ‘Chicago’
Three Plymouth youth – Lucy Purnine, Joe Vanable, and Valerie Hartman-Souder – are participating in Nottingham High School’s upcoming performance of “Chicago.” Lucy and Joe are on stage, and Val is on the costumes crew. Show times are Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 16, at 2:30 p.m. The musical is rated PG-13. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $7 for students and seniors.
Refugee Resettlement Update
The baby girl expected by our Iraqi refugee family may now arrive even sooner than early April. If you would like to donate money or a crib, crib sheets/blankets, a changing table/dresser and/or baby bath, please let Cindy Ostuni, Kathy Tryon or Brenda Hartman-Souder know as soon as possible.
ACTS Spring Banquet
ACTS (the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse) holds its annual spring banquet Tuesday, April 29, at Drumlins from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $60 apiece, with $35 of that amount tax-deductible. For more information, contact Gert Danzy at 491-7650.
Common Priorities in the UCC
National leaders, conference ministers meet to discuss common vision.
Tolerance Shown on Gay Issues
Survey reveals more tolerance in America over past 10 years. http://www.religionnews.com/2014/02/26/gay-marriage-lgbt-prri-pew-religion/
Fast for Families Across America
Second phase of bus tours begins. http://www.ucc.org/news/fast-for-families-bus-tour-california-02262014.html?utm_source=kyp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=kyp030414
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 ….
Jamie Shavers …
Mernie Swift …
Stan Reeves, hospitalized in Florida …
Andrea Stoeckel’s cousin’s son Kyle, beginning his second deployment to Afghanistan …
Cath and Barbara …
Nancy Johnson, recovering from a successful double knee replacement …
Greg and Ellen Wright, as they live into his call as pastor of Plymouth Church in Louisville, Ky. …
Jake Boyer, recovering from successful brain surgery …
Lee Dreamer, continuing with cancer care …
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 …