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
WE ANTICIPATE SUNDAY, October 4,
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, World Communion Sunday
Preparing for Sunday Worship
We will celebrate Communion in the German style Anneke Peereboom taught to us during her year with us. We will form circles in the Sanctuary when invited by a deacon.
We will give thanksgiving for those people who serve the Plymouth Food Pantry.
During the Forum, we welcome youth and the director of the Urban Delights Youth Farm Stand Project and the Jubilee Homes Southwest Community Learning Farm.
Sunday’s music: We enjoy an organ transcription of Tchaikovsky’s Andante Cantabile. The choir sings text of our scripture reading about Jesus and the rich man, and then contrasts it with Money, Money, from cabaret. In honor of World Communion Sunday, the choir sings John Foley’s One Bread, One Body. The organ concludes the service with J.S. Bach’s chorale prelude Wer Nur Den Lieben (on the same tune the choir sang in the anthem.)
We welcome two new soloists and section leaders, soprano Maria Whitcomb and baritone Miguel Vasquez.
Focus Scripture Mark 10:17-31
As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”
Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
In Our Church Community
Capital Campaign Surpasses $603,000
We continue to receive commitments that signify participation in our Bold Vision Bold Witness capital campaign, and two t recent gifts have pushed our total commitments past $600,000. There is more money yet to raise 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. You can put your commitment card in the offering plate. And join the 94 households that have made their commitments totaling $603,390 to the campaign.
Plymouth Women Meet
Plymouth Women will meet Monday at noon at Bellevue Manor. Please bring a sandwich and a treat to share. Quinn Caldwell will be the speaker. All women are invited.
Mission Trip Dinner Planned
The Mission Trip Dinner will take place on Sunday, October 18 after worship. The youth who participated in the July Mission Trip to Maine will share their experiences over a meal of ham, baked beans, and other typical foods from the region they visited. There is no cost. This meal is a gift from the youth in gratitude for your support and the entire congregation is invited to attend. Please sign up on the sheet at the back of the sanctuary or email your reservations to Liz Pruchnicki at email@example.com.
A New Role for Peter Vanable at SU
Plymouth member becomes interim vice president for research. http://news.syr.edu/vp-for-research-gina-lee-glauser-to-retire-peter-vanable-to-serve-as-interim-13416/
Office Volunteers Needed
Can you spare an hour or two on a regular basis to come help out in the church office? Church Administrator Doris Dorkof could use some help managing the phones and door, to free her up to concentrate on other tasks from time to time. Please call the church office if you’re willing to help.
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.
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 Barbara Forsstrom 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 Carole Brzozowski 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/.
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.
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.”
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.
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 is its “toiletries of the month” collection. Contributions of shampoo are being gathered in October. Put your donations in the box in the back of the Sanctuary.
The Week Ahead
Mon. Oct. 5 Plymouth Women, noon, Bellevue Manor
Thur. Oct. 8 Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon, Parlor
Bell Choir Rehearsal, 5:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall
Sun. Oct. 11 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Worship and Learning Community Chapel Time, 10 a.m.
Learning Community Classes, 11 a.m.
Forum with Dr. Damian Vallelonga, 11:15 a.m.
Youth Group Apple Picking and Hike at Pratts Falls, 12:30 p.m.
In the Wider Community
CROP Walk Sunday
Sunday afternoon, the downtown Syracuse and west and north area congregations are joining together for this year’s CROP Walk, which will take place at Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool. Please see David Pasinski, the coordinator of Plymouth’s participation, after worship for further details. You are encouraged to participate, either by being one of the walkers or by sponsoring someone who is walking with your financial support.
Joe Downing Composes an Oratorio
“Credo,” a new oratorio composed by Joseph Downing, will be premiered Friday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. Participating in this special musical event will be Symphoria, the Syracuse University Oratorio Society and members of the choirs of the Cathedral, DeWitt Community Church, The Church of the Assumption, Plymouth Congregational Church, Park Central Presbyterian Church, St. Daniel’s Church and University United Methodist Church. Tickets are available online at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.
End Solitary Confinement of Youth
The Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse is working with others to end solitary confinement of 16- and 17-year-olds at the Onondaga County Correctional Facility in Jamesville. To learn more and sign an online petition, visit www.acts-syracuse.org.
Dorhauer Supports Planned Parenthood
UCC general minister among 44 religious leaders asking Congress to continue funding.
A Peace Walk in Wisconsin
UCC church participates in Peace Grows movement. http://www.wiscnews.com/news/local/article_793392d2-cb67-5dc6-8052-c186cb8bd1b6.html
The Pope to Congress: ‘Stop Fighting, Start Working’
Papal speech outlines a vision of political cooperation for the common good. http://www.religionnews.com/2015/09/24/pope-francis-to-congress-stop-fighting-start-working/
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
Lynsey Kraemer and her husband, Graham Dimmock, on the miscarriage of twins last week, and for her parents, Scott and Linda, brothers Sam and Miles, and all who love them
The repose of Bill Andrews’ soul, for his wife Ginger, children Nancy, David, Ross, and Bruce, and all who love them. Bill died Monday at home. Calling hours are today/Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Burns-Garfield Funeral Home, 3175 East Genesee St. A memorial service will be announced at a future date. Read his obituary here: http://obits.syracuse.com/obituaries/syracuse/obituary.aspx?n=william-shankland-andrews&pid=175985519&fhid=4598#sthash.EAvsHtrn.dpuf. Cards may be sent to Ginger at 1301 Nottingham Road, Apt. B221, Jamesville NY 13078
Dorothea Nelson on the death of her sister Elaine, and for the repose of Elaine’s soul.
Marion Meyer in hospice care, daughter Peggy Kinner, and all who love Marion
Geri Hall, recovering from surgery
Demi Carr, recovering from surgery for a broken ankle
Dottie Clark, recovering from a successful kidney transplant
Patti Brady, Chris Welch’s sister, hospitalized in Virginia
David Mahler, Rebekah Tanner’s cousin, recovering from spinal surgery
Jayden, Hannah Radcliff-Hoy and Aaron Hoy’s nephew after a surgery with a long recovery time
Joan Fogarty and Michelle Bell
Janet Bucher, recovering from surgery
Al, and Aaron, friends of Andrea Stoeckel
Betsy and Don
Dorothy, a dear friend of Joan Fogarty
Cath and Barbara
Lee Dreamer, continuing with cancer care