Reflections and Journal Prompts


How Do We Relate to God? – Reflections and Journal Prompts

  • What question(s) are you afraid to ask God?
  • Reflect on a time when you didn’t want to know the answer to an important question.
  • Who do you seek advice from?
  • Who seeks advice from you? Do you know why?
  • What makes someone trustworthy with your questions?
  • What is the right risk for you right now?
  • What is the right risk for Plymouth right now?
  • Reflect on the times you felt that God answered your question or prayer?
  • When have you felt most loved by God?
  • When you have been stumped (or stopped in your tracks) by someone else’s question?
  • What is your deepest prayer?
  • What is your greatest hope for Plymouth at this time?

Summer Reading for CHILDREN


June: Pride Month

  • Courageous World Changers: 50 True Stories of Daring Women of God (collection of short biographies) by Shirley Raye Redmond
  • Brave Héros and Bold Defenders: 50 True Stories of Daring Men of God (collection of short biographies) by Shirley Raye Redmond
  • I Am Jazz (picture book) by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
  • Being Jazz:My Life as a (Transgender) Teen (memoir) by Jazz Jennings
  • It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity (picture book) by Thorn and Grigni
  • Bunnybear (picture book) by Andrea J. Loney and Saldana
  • You can find many more recommendations at the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools website here.



  • What is God Like (picture book) by Rachel Held Evans and Paul Turner
  • Amy-Jill Levine is a serious New Testament scholar who also writes books for children. Check out: A Very Big Problem, Who is My Neighbor?, Who Counts?, and The Marvelous Mustard Seed.
  • Kobi Yamada is an author and publisher fostering a sense of beauty, wonder and imagination through books for children. Titles include: Maybe: A Story About the Endless Potential in All of Us; Because I Had a Teacher; and the What You Do Matters set: What Do You Do With an Idea? What Do You Do With a Problem? and What Do You Do With A Chance?

Faith-Building Podcasts


Podcasts for faith building this summer:

  • Into the Mystic with John Dorhauer
  • The Liturgists
  • The Bible for Normal People by Peter Enns and Jared Byas
  • The Robcast by Rob Bell
  • On Being
  • The Evolving Faith Podcast

Summer Reading for ADULTS


June: Pride Month

  • Bible, Gender, and Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationship (nonfiction) by James V. Brownson
  • God and the Gay Christian (nonfiction) by Matthew Vines
  • Shameless: A Case for Not Feeling Bad About Feeling Good (nonfiction) by Nadia Bolz Weber
  • Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity (nonfiction) by Elizabeth M. Rev. Edman
  • One Coin Found: How God’s Love Stretches to the Margins (nonfiction) by Emmy Kegler
  • The Gender Creative Child (nonfiction) by Diane Ehrensaft PhD and Norman Spack MD
  • Broken Horses: A Memoir by Brandi Carlile
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea (novel) by TJ Klune  (appropriate for YA)



  • When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-Filled Responses for Tough Topics (nonfiction) by McCleneghan, Jackson, and Turner
  • What is the Bible? (nonfiction) by Rob Bell
  • The Heart of Christianity (nonfiction) by Marcus Borg
  • Searching for Sunday (nonfiction/memoir) by Rachel Held Evans
  • When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself (nonfiction) by Corbett and Fikkert
  • You Can Talk to God Like That: The Surprising Power of Lament to Save Your Faith (nonfiction) by Abby Norman
  • Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage (nonfiction) by  Anne Lamott
  • Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved (memoir) by Kate Bowler
  • Olive Kitteridge (novel) by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Dearly Beloved (novel) by Cara Wall

Camp Compassion Volunteers


Join the Camp Compassion Volunteer Team!

Do you have an hour, a few hours? Any amount of time can help make our virtual Vacation Bible School, Camp COMPASSION, a SUCCESS!!

Adults, teens, kids- you can all play a part! Most of the volunteer opportunities will take place in June and most can be done when it’s convenient for you!!

Check out the list below. Want to help, but don’t see something that interests you? Contact us for other ideas!!
Volunteer opportunities:

  • Director: We need a director, a videographer, a small acting group (6+ kid/teen actors) for 5 skits- scripts provided!
  • Props: One or two people to help collect simple props for skits (list will be provided).
  • Bible Stories: One, two or more people to tell the story of the day from the curriculum.
  • Music: Help create the daily music for VBS. Sing one, two, three or four of the original songs in the curriculum.
  • Crafts: Several people needed to put together craft bags for kids.
  • Yoga: Create five 10-minute yoga videos (breathe/yoga sequences are outlined in the curriculum), daily routines with poses provided!
  • Family Chats: One to five families record short family chats about a LOVINGKINDNESS practice (Scripts with questions provided). One family can create up to five videos or up to five families.


To sign up, click here. For more information, email Georgia Sheriff at or text (515-201-5072).

Interested in registering children for COMPASSION CAMP? Watch for information in the Plymouth Weekly and Plymouth Social Media.


Technology Upgrades Coming to Plymouth


Update: 5.27.2021

What does your Plymouth’s data management system have in common with spring showers? The clouds! They may bring the rain coming down on your gardens, but here at Plymouth our old Shelby V5 System has gone to the clouds! Yes, that’s right! We have completed the first phase of upgrading our church data management system.

The first piece of making this a success was to clean up our current data. Thanks to the help of the staff and many volunteers, we have updated thousands of records. Simple updates from telephone formats to identifying the various types of relationships folks have with our church to inputting key dates in the life of the church such as baptisms, confirmations, new members and deaths. This process was extremely manual and we will need your help down the road to validate many portions for us.

After the data clean-up, we moved it over to Shelby Next which will be our platform for the future. The first phase was “membership” and this includes demographics on members, families, giving, organizations, and attendance.

The new system was rolled out to our financial and administrative staff in mid-May and is currently being rolled out to our pastoral staff, followed by our volunteers and board chairs by the end of June. During this time we will be creating new statements, forms, groups and online interactions that are critical for our staff to serve such a large and caring congregation.

Now for the really cool stuff! Our goal for August is to have the new application in your capable hands, so you can review your basic data and demographics and make those changes yourself. We know that not everyone is ready for this technology change, but we will have kiosks set-up to help and volunteers available to take your calls. We’ll do everything we can to make this easy for all.

There will be more to come next month, but we have lots of exciting things coming your way like upgrading our Wi-Fi and a mobile app for you to access our church information and check-in on upcoming services or activities.


George Floyd Memorial


Join Plymouth’s Anti-Racism Committee:
George Floyd Memorial & Solidarity Rally

Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 6 p.m.
Des Moines Iowa Sculpture Park

Save the date for a remembrance of George Floyd and a memorial to his murder, and the events of the past year. Organized by No Justice No Peace and the New Action Fund, we stand in solidarity with our Black neighbors to honor the humanity and dignity of people of color who suffer from racial profiling and police brutality multiple times more than white people.

We must commit ourselves to reimagining public safety so that each person is safe, treated with respect and subjected to law enforcement in a fair and equitable manner without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation or gender identify, ethnicity, religion, disability or age.

Join us to fill the park on May 25 at 6 p.m. Appropriate signs and banners are welcome. Bring a friend and wear a mask per CDC guidelines and social distancing recommendations for large groups outdoors.