Third Sunday of Advent

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

Be sure to join us in worship Sunday for our Service of Lessons and Carols. We will begin by lighting the third Advent candle. The Learning Community choir, the Youth Choir, the Plymouth Bells and the Adult Choir will all be present sharing music that tells the Gospel story from Genesis through the birth of Jesus. This is a lovely service of Scripture and music, and a great opportunity to invite friends to join you at Plymouth.

We will receive the United Church of Christ’s Christmas Fund special offering. Your contribution to this offering goes to provide ongoing and emergency support to retired clergy and clergy in crisis. Please use the red envelopes in the pews to contribute to this offering; any offering not in a red envelope will go to support the ministries of Plymouth Church.

Plan to join us after worship for our traditional Christmas Potluck Luncheon in Kirtland Hall.

The annual Posadas journey of our youth will begin at Liz Hakanson’s home (250 Kensington Place) at 4:15 p.m. They will then move along singing Christmas carols at the houses of some Plymouth friends, reenacting the travels of Mary and Joseph. The evening will conclude with food at Chris Hopkins’ home (110 Kensington Road), where families may come to pick up the youth at 7:30 p.m.


      In Our Church Community

 Stewardship Update

We give thanks for the 5 households that offered pledges last week. We have received 85 pledges for $213,447. Your gifts will be used to support Plymouth’s many ministries of love, justice, and peace in 2015. We will be blessed to receive additional pledges. You may place your pledge card in the offering plate on Sunday or mail it to the church office. Pledge cards are available on the table in the back of the Sanctuary.

 Advent and Christmas

Here is the Plymouth calendar for Advent and Christmas:

December 14, third Sunday of Advent, service of lessons and carols, with Christmas potluck luncheon after worship and the Las Posadas caroling event for youth in late afternoon.

December 21, fourth Sunday of Advent; after worship, children will create gingerbread houses for their own homes and decorate Christmas cookies to deliver to Rescue Mission.

December 24, Christmas Eve, 5:30 p.m., family candlelight service and unrehearsed Christmas pageant; 11 p.m., candlelight service with Communion.

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

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 deodorant are being gathered in December. Please put your donations in the box in the back of the Sanctuary. Do you ever go outside in the winter without gloves?  Of course not. You wouldn’t think of it. But many of our clients come to the Food Pantry without them. Men’s XL gloves are especially needed. Please help.

The Week Ahead

Mon. Dec. 15   The Plymouth Story Deadline

Tue. Dec. 16    Church Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Parlor

Wed. Dec. 17  Sanctuary Design Task Force, 5 p.m., Parlor

Thur. Dec. 18  Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor

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

                        Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall

Sun. December 21 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

                        Worship and Learning Community Chapel Time. Children will make Gingerbread Houses for their own homes and decorate cookies for guests at the Rescue Mission, 10 a.m.

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

 In the Wider Community

Arizona Churches Join Sanctuary

UCC churches in Phoenix are housing immigrants.

Faith Groups Lobby in D.C. in Support of Immigrants

UCC is represented.

Evangelical Pastor Wants to Bring Back Advent

He says Christmas is about remembering God’s presence in hard times.

What’s Left Out of the Movie “Unbroken”

The Christianity that was central to World War II veteran Louis Zamperini’s life is almost entirely absent from the film.

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 ….

Ministerial intern Anneke Peereboom on her visit to her new church in Germany and as she returns to lead worship with us Sunday …

Nilda Rodriguez …

Oliver Michael Greczyn, born at 2:15 a.m. December 2, and for his parents, Rachelle and Craig Greczyn …

The repose of Alice Allen’s soul and for her husband, Jack, and children Gary, Terry, Janet and Nancy and all who loved her. Read her obituary here: Cards may be sent to Jack at 1303 Nottingham Road, Apt. E105, Jamesville 13078, or Gary at 100 Litchfield Drive, Syracuse 13224 …

Kathy and Keith Ciarpelli and family …

Linda Milosky, recovering from back surgery …

Mack Richardson, recovering from hip surgery …

Ellen Wright, undergoing treatment for breast cancer …

Sheyanne …

Joan …

Betsy and Don …

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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