There are two ways to participate in the Cozy Ministry, one of Plymouth’s oldest, continuous mission projects, dating back to the congregation’s earliest women’s sewing circles. Working on Cozy projects is a great way to meet and make friends with a dedicated group of women while learning or sharing basic sewing skills.
One: Come Sew!
The Cozy Ministry meets the first and fourth Mondays every month from 9:30 a.m to 2 p.m. (You don’t have to stay the entire time.) New members are always welcome. Their room is down the stairs in the narthex at the back of the sanctuary. Members brown bag their own lunches.
Projects include cutting piecing and sewing lap robes and other items, knitting hats and mittens, and various other sewing projects. Everything is furnished.
Two: Sew at Home!
The Cozy Ministry has baggies of pre-cut squares on the Donations Table in the hallway near Waveland Hall. Each packet contains enough squares for 20 4-square blocks. It takes about three hours to pin and sew the squares into blocks (instructions included). Work at your own pace. When the blocks are completed, return the project to the box and the Cozy sewers will assemble the blocks into baby quilts or lap robes. Call True Sherman at 515.276.4218 for more information.
In partnership with the Des Moines Riverfront YMCA located at 101 Locust, Plymouth Women collect in-style, in-season women’s career clothes in all sizes from petite to 3X for the Career Closet. The Y provides a room where need-based women who are interviewing for jobs or are looking for clothing for work can be waited on in a boutique-style atmosphere. All clothing is free, and each customer can select three or four complete outfits and accessories. This is the only place in the metro area where women can come for career clothes and be treated to an excellent shopping experience, wardrobe advice, and free, high-quality career clothes.
The boutique's hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. and each first Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.-12 noon.
Donations: In-season donations of clean, gently worn women’s clothing, coats/jackets, shoes, jewelry, belts, and purses are always welcome. Donations are to be dropped off at the church just inside the doors off the driveway on the south side of the building. Clothes should be folded and placed in bags (no hangers needed). Zip-lock bags work best for jewelry; shoes should be put in individual boxes or bags. Tax donation receipts are available by the Career Closet bins at the church.
Volunteers: Volunteers meet with clients who visit the shop and assist them as needed; volunteers also sort donations and stock the boutique. Some volunteers sign up with a friend to work one day a month. Others work once a week. Schedules are very flexible. To volunteer at the Career Closet, please contact Dixie Hoekman, 255.3992 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMORIAL AND FUNERAL RECEPTION TEAM
Women who have time to prepare baked goods at home are encouraged to join the on-call list for funeral and memorial receptions. Women with time during the day are invited to be a part of the team who prepares the tables and serves during the receptions. For more information, contact Plymouth member Cheryl Morton.
Annually, Plymouth Women awards several scholarships for qualifying college and high school applicants, tuition aid for Plymouth Nursery School, and monetary support to the overall ministries of the church. Funding comes from established endowments as well as the Plymouth Women’s general fund. We graciously accept donations. For more information, contact Plymouth member Bonnie Green.