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Child Activities Volunteers

2021-04-30

Did you know that Activities are now available for children at the 9 a.m. Sunday Outdoor Worship Service? Kids and families are excited!! We need a volunteer or two to help assist with the Activity table each Sunday. Volunteers will:

  • Set up the activity table at 8:30 a.m. (All items are in a wagon)
  • Greet children and families who come to the table and invite them to take an activity – things like sidewalk chalk, books, coloring pages and scarves to dance with!
  • Gather returned items into a bin for cleaning
  • Put all items in the wagon at the end of worship.
  • Put wagon in the entry way. (finished by 9:45 a.m.)
  • Volunteers will receive training the first time they volunteer.

Volunteer once, or once a month, or more often. At least one volunteer is needed and two would be great. Click here to sign up.

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Rooted in Love 2021

2021-04-29

To keep everyone safe, the 33rd General Synod of the United Church of Christ will be held virtually. This means EVERYONE can attend! If you’ve always wanted to see our covenantal denomination in action- this is your chance!

Click here for more information!

Save the Date: July 11-18, 2021

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Annual Meeting 2021

2021-04-29

This year’s Annual Meeting will be on May 11 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Registration is required, and you can click here to sign up. All are welcome to attend the meeting, but only members of Plymouth Church will be able to vote on board/committee candidates and the proposed Bylaws. Each voting member is encouraged to register individually rather than as a household. Each voting member will also need to vote on separate devices.

If you have any questions, click here for a detailed instruction list or call the church office at (515) 255-3149. We will have a short directions video available by on this page on Friday, May 7.

Find some helpful links below:

 

Below you will find steps for participating in the Annual Meeting:

  • Preregistration is required! If you want to participate, please preregister. We’re asking each Plymouth member to register separately (rather than by household), so that we have individual emails to which we will send the Zoom link and the Survey Monkey ballot.
  • The church’s Greenwood meeting room will be available for those who cannot attend the meeting via Zoom, but if you are planning to attend the meeting via the set-up in Greenwood, please call the church office at (515) 255-3149 to let us know by Tuesday morning! A volunteer is available in the church office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • It will also be important for everyone to have their own device as much as possible: One Person, One Device, One Vote. This will make it much easier and faster to get all the votes counted.
  • If you must share a device, one person will vote using the device, but any others will need to vote by texting their vote to (515) 249-6149. If you need to call rather than text, please call (515) 255-3149.
  • We will be voting on Board nominations via Survey Monkey and on the bylaws via Zoom.
  • At the beginning of the meeting, we will review instructions on Survey Monkey and Zoom voting.

 

On behalf of our staff and all members, we hope you can join us for our annual meeting, and we thank you in advance for your participation!

 

Below is a full list of elected candidates:

Moderator (1-year term): Gruening, Jodi

Moderator-Elect (1-year term): Kenyon, Greg

Church Clerk (1-year term, renewable): Recruiting in Progress

Nominating Committee (3 at-large members elected for 1-year term)
Duffy, Pam
Merkle, Jon

Board of Benevolences (4 elected for 3-year term)
Lyle, Jeanne
Maharry, Robin
Tillman, Maggie

Board of Christian Education (4 elected for 3-year term)
Ginther, Dick

Board of Christian Social Action (4 elected for 3-year term)
Ferguson, Jim
Linnenbrink, Lauren
Reis, Artis

Board of Christian Stewardship (4 elected for 3-year term)
Everett, Dave
Jacobs, Steve
Pederson, Sally

Board of Deacons (5 elected for 3-year term)
Bunz, John
Pierson, Jim
Wedeking, Bill

Board of Deacons (4 elected for 2-year term)
Dunlap-Johnson, Pam
Stone, Marilyn

Board of Deacons (1 elected for 1-year term)
Landess, Nancy

Board of Membership (4 elected for 3-year term)
Recruiting in Progress

Board of Music & Fine Arts (1 elected for 3-year term)
McLean, Kate
Noland, Julie
Polson, Christine
Warren, Dan

Board of Music & Fine Arts (1 elected for 1-year term)
Hoekman, Dixie

Board of Spiritual Growth (3 elected for 3-year term)
Fagan, Neil
Leckrone, Brian
Shives, Craig

Board of Trustees (3 elected for 4-year term)
Boon, Rachel
DeWald, Wade
Leon, Amber

At Large (1 elected for 1-year term)
Blake, Nathan

Plymouth Church Foundation* (1 elected for 3-year term)
Cady, Spencer

* Foundation bylaws require one director be elected by members of the church at the annual meeting

 

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Confirmands of 2021

2021-04-29

Congratulations to the Confirmands of 2021!

Whether or not you choose to be confirmed at this time, we honor the commitment of two years of learning, community building, and service as together we grew in love of God and neighbor. On behalf of the Plymouth congregation, congratulations and welcome!

Brynne Bellaire

Ava Boldt

Delaney Boldt

Ella Christensen

Abigail Galloway

Xiomara Hanson

Hadley Harvey

Kate Johnson

*Lexus Kapler

Liana Krell

Noah Olson-Daniel

Buck Pattinson

Caroline Ramsey

*Bea Vermeer

Hannah Witt

*chose not to be confirmed at this time

A confirmation program the size of Plymouth’s would not be possible without the help of many dedicated volunteers. We give thanks for the commitment and leadership of the following guides, who journeyed with the confirmation class these last two years: facilitating community, service, learning, and fun.

Robin Fortney

Hayley Harvey

Matthew Harvey

Brian Pattinson

Sarah Ramsey

Erika Smith

Jen Vermeer

Sarah Witt

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Indoor Worship

2021-04-28

Beginning May 9, we invite you to join us on Sundays for Indoor Worship from 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration is required for these indoor services. Service registration opens at noon on Sunday, two weeks prior to each indoor service. Please sign up the total number of people that will attend in your party. Each service is capped at 100 participants. Masks and distancing are required at all times. We look forward to worshipping with you in-person! We will also have our Plymouth yard signs available at all in-person services while supplies last. Just ask one of our Deacons if you’d like one for your home!

Click here to sign up.

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Senior Minister Search Update: April 12

2021-04-12

Thank you, Plymouth Church! The congregational survey was a great success! Over 300 responses were received over the two-week period. The search committee is working to assemble the information gathered into a working church profile for the UCC search and call process. The many responses will help identify the qualities you, Plymouth Church, want to see in a successful candidate.

The survey comments clearly demonstrate the passion and enthusiasm Plymouth has for the next senior minister and the opportunities they will have as a leader. Both the UCC church profile and the Slingshot search firm’s overview will be finalized and posted in the upcoming weeks.

Again, thank you to those who participated. The search committee is both encouraged and excited by your support and input. Continue to watch for updates on the church website and other church communications. The search committee is always available to hear your thoughts and comments at PlymouthSeniorMinisterSearch@gmail.com.

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Eastertide 2021 Book Study

2021-04-07

The Universal Christ is about the Eternal Christ, who never dies—and who never dies in you! Resurrection is about the whole of creation, it is about history, it is about every human who has ever been conceived, sinned, suffered, and died, every animal that has lived and died a tortured death, every element that has changed from solid, to liquid, to ether, over great expanses of time. It is about you and it is about me. It is about everything. The “Christ journey” is indeed another name for everything.

Join Pastor LeAnn Stubbs and Stephen Minister Brian Leckrone, for a six-week Eastertide Book Study as we read The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr. The study will begin on Sunday, April 18 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and conclude on Pentecost Sunday, May 23.

Click here to register for the class. We will send you the Zoom link, book information, and additional resources.

Questions, please contact Brian Leckrone at bdleckrone@gmail.com.

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Take the Creation Care Challenge

2021-04-07

April is Earth Month at Plymouth and we’re asking you to take the Creation Care Challenge. Commit to an activity that demonstrates how you protect and respect God’s creation. Listed here are some suggestions from the Plymouth Creation Care and Justice Coalition. Send an email (elbert.amylou@gmail.com) and we’ll share in future newsletters how Plymouth cares.

Also, join the 10 am Forum Sunday, April 18, when our guest will be Brian Campbell, Executive Director of the Iowa Environmental Council. He will update us on IEC activities and what we can do to work for a better tomorrow.

Will you commit to one or more of the following for the month of April? 

  • Cut your food waste in half (calculate how many garbage bags you have filled at the end of the week compared to your average). Buy and prepare only as much food as you and your family will consume.
  • Faithfully take groceries home in reusable bags rather than grocery-provided plastic.
  • Take lightweight mesh bags (sold at some area grocery stores and on Amazon) for produce rather than plastic bags provided by the supermarket.
  • Start a compost pile for garden cuttings and raw fruit and vegetable scraps.
  • Support candidates for office who work for environmental justice. Sign up for the Plymouth J-PAN e-mailing list on the Plymouth site for updates on pending environmental and social justice legislation and contact elected officials to express your opinions.
  • Buy a rain barrel and collect water to use for your lawn use. Plant native plants and plan a butterfly or rain garden. (See iowastormwater.org.)
  • Coordinate errands to cut driving time and distances in half.
  • Donate to an environmental organizations, such as the Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, Iowa Environmental Council, and Sierra Club.
  • Sign the Iowa Interfaith Power and Light faith statement on climate action, Uphold and Upheave.
  • Stop buying bottled water and carry a reusable water bottle (Americans throw away 35 billion empty water bottles a year. Of those, only 12 percent are recycled.)
  • Dial down your thermostat a few degrees at night or install a programmable thermostat.

 

Want to get really serious?

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Plymouth is Hiring

2021-04-06

Plymouth Church is looking for someone to join its team as Executive Assistant!

Click here to read the full job description.

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@plymouthchurch.com.