WE ANTICIPATE SUNDAY, July 5, Sixth 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 Worship
Communion will be served by intinction at the end of the service.
Our Sunday morning Bible study continues following worship. This is a weekly examination of the following week’s preaching text(s). Grab a cup of coffee (but don’t worry about a Bible; we’ll provide those!) and join us downstairs in the Adult Ed room. Facilitated by Quinn Caldwell and friends.
Sunday’s music: Soprano Mary Rose Go sings Handel’s Oh Had I Jubal’s Lyre and Haydn’s With Verdure Clad (from The Creation). The organ postlude is Dietrich Buxtehude’s Prelude and Chaconne in C.
Focus Scripture 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
It is necessary to boast; nothing is to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. And I know that such a person—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows— was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
In Our Church Community
Bold Vision Bold Witness Capital Campaign
We continue to receive commitments that signify participation in our Bold Vision Bold Witness capital campaign. You may mail your card to the church office or place it in Sunday’s offering plate. If you need a commitment, please see George Bain. Won’t you prayerfully consider your three-year commitment to this campaign to support Plymouth’s vision of a renovated Sanctuary, a building with three floors accessible by elevator and lift, other building improvements, a new web site, and a mission giving project to serve our Syracuse community? And join the 89 households that have made their commitments totaling more than $593,000 to the campaign.
Volunteers Needed for Arts and Crafts Festival
We have nearly full crews for most of Saturday, but can still use a lot of help on these shifts:
* Friday, July 24: 9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
3:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
* Saturday, July 25: 3:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
* Sunday, July 26: 9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (This is a correction from the time posted in the bulletin)
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
3:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
If early morning is better for you, we could still use another hand or two setting up on Friday (8-10 a.m.) and Saturday (8-10 a.m.).
Please contact Kathy Ferro (422-1960 – home; 481-7281 – cell or firstname.lastname@example.org) to claim your shift. This is a great chance to get to know other Plymouth folks and to share your excitement about our church and faith community with visitors who pass through our doors throughout the busy weekend downtown.
Thanks in advance for making a commitment to assist with the largest fundraiser of the year.
Summer Learning Community Volunteers Needed
We are in need of volunteers for Summer Learning Community. If you are interested in providing an activity for the children on one or more Sundays, please speak with Sueli. Materials are available and there will always be two people in the classroom. Background checks (without charge) are needed for all people who work with the children.
Bring Your Own Flowers
Throughout July and August, we invite you to bring your own garden flowers from home to place on the Communion table for the glory of God. From a single stem in a bud vase to a complex arrangement, all contributions are welcome.
Use Your Nametag
Wearing a nametag during worship is a sign of your hospitality here at Plymouth. Seeing your nametag helps newcomers know who you are – and will help you put a name to some of the other faces you regularly see on Sunday but aren’t quite sure of. The Board of Deacons urges everyone to reach for their nametag when they enter the Sanctuary and wear it proudly, thus ensuring the warmest possible hospitality at Plymouth. If you need a nametag, please ask an usher.
Quinn’s Non-Office Office Hours
Quinn loves his office, but he’s sick of sitting in it. So, you’ll be able to find him at Recess Coffee (110 Harvard Place) from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Café Kubal on South Salina Street from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Come join him; no appointment is necessary.
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 email@example.com. To be an usher, email Jared Titus at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Carole Brzozowski at email@example.com.
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/.
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:
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 soap are being gathered in July. Put your donations in the box in the back of the Sanctuary.
This Week at Plymouth
Thur. July 9 Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor
Sun. July 12 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Worship and Summer Learning Community, 10 a.m.
In the Wider Community
Catholic Charities Seeks Household Items
Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement is accepting donations of household goods such as kitchen tables and chairs, couches (no sofa beds) living room chairs, beds, dressers, lamps, dishes, blankets, linens or other usable items. It cannot accept knick-knacks or decorative items. Pickups are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please call 474-7428 ext. 31 to arrange a pickup. Plymouth’s Kelly Tooley works in the Refugee Resettlement program.
A Tribute to Geoffrey Black
Former UCC general minister and New York conference minister. http://www.ucc.org/news_general_synod_pays_tribute_to_geoffrey_black_06302015?utm_campaign=synod_jun30_15&utm_medium=email&utm_source=unitedchurchofchrist
Dorhauer Elected as UCC General Minister
He succeeds Geoffrey Black. http://www.ucc.org/news_general_synod_dorhauer_overwhelmingly_elected_ucc_general_minister_and_president_06292015?utm_campaign=synod_jun30_15&utm_medium=email&utm_source=unitedchurchofchrist
UCC Approves Divestment from Israel
As covered in The New York Times.
Evangelical Churches and the Same-Sex Decision
How one-quarter of American population responds to Supreme Court decision.
The Pope’s U.S. Itinerary
It will include a homeless shelter and a prison.
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 victims of the shooting in Charleston and for victims of gunfire everywhere
Bill and Ginger Andrews
Rachelle Greczyn, preparing for surgery
Janet Bucher, recovering from surgery
Amy Goodall-Ayres and Ben Schmidt on their recent wedding
Larry Kinner, recovering from successful ankle surgery
Paul Sweet, living with a new diagnosis of multiple myeloma
Fung Chan Chin
Betsy and Don
Dorothy, a dear friend of Joan Fogarty
Cath and Barbara
Lee Dreamer, continuing with cancer care