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Flower Delivery

2021-08-31

Have you ever wondered what happens to the flowers after they’ve beautified the space in Sunday service? They are taken apart by a team of volunteers, converted into 2 or 3 smaller bouquets, and delivered to people who might appreciate a floral greeting from their friends at Plymouth. We are gathering an intrepid band of folks who will take turns in this ministry of care for those who are sick or unable to attend service. If you would like to be part of this ministry, please email Diane Hayes.

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Refugee Family Volunteer

2021-08-31

Looking for a socially-distant way to get involved with the refugee family project? Consider volunteering to assist our Welcome Team with an outdoor event at the church welcoming our refugee family to Des Moines. The family is expected to arrive in September, and the outdoor welcome event will take place within the first few weeks after the family’s arrival. We will be following current public health recommendations to encourage social distancing at our outdoor event. Planning meetings take place over Zoom, and we’d love to have you join us!

If you’re interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact Mark Doherty at or 515.867.4341. To read more about the refugee family project, click here.

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Discover Plymouth September 2021

2021-08-19

Do you or someone you know want to become a member of Plymouth Church? Have you been worshipping with us for a while and are feeling ready to make it official? Have you participated online over the last year and are interested in learning more about us? Are you interested in getting to know some new people and discover Plymouth in a new way?

Our next Discover Plymouth will start on September 19! Lead by members of our Board of Membership, the class will meet on three Sunday afternoons from 1-2:30 p.m. We will talk about who we are, how we worship, and how we are working to serve our central Iowa community. Come join us and see if Plymouth is the right church home for you. Click here to sign up!

Questions? Email Kristen Boldt.

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Plymouth’s New Sunday Schedule

2021-08-18

Plymouth’s New Sunday Schedule

We have started our new Sunday worship schedule! We have many offerings for all ages available. We’re taking things up a notch, and we couldn’t be more excited. In this email, you’ll find details about all of the offerings. Please note that masks are required for all adults and children ages 2+ (except at breakfast) until further notice.

Breakfast & Fellowship
From 8:15-10:30 a.m., breakfast will be available in Greenwood/Burling. Doors will be opened into the Courtyard. First Sunday of each month, a hot breakfast will be offered. This is a great opportunity for fellowship! Breakfast will transition to cookies and coffee at 10:30 a.m., and Greenwood/Burling will remain open for fellowship until 1 p.m.

Childcare
Childcare will available on a limited basis. We are able to care for up to 8 children at a time. All childcare takes place on the first floor. Pre-registration is recommended. If you will be in need of childcare, click here to sign up for upcoming Sunday services.

9 a.m. Worship Service
This is a shortened worship service with the specific aim of making it more accessible to people of all ages, children especially. We hope to form a new generation of people who find joy and delight in worship and that begins by worshiping together. This service will be live streamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

10 a.m. Church School Offerings for All Ages
The following offerings will be available during the 10 a.m. hour between services this fall. We hope to continue to expand this offering hour with a robust, varied, and frequently changing schedule of classes in faith formation hosted by clergy and lay leaders. Click here for more details about our current offerings.

11 a.m. Worship Service
This worship service will continue with some modifications to the liturgy to more fully engage people of all ages. This service will be live streamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

After-Worship Fellowship
From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greenwood/Burling and the Courtyard will remain open for fellowship time with cookies and coffee.

Discover Plymouth
Our next Discover Plymouth will start on September 19! Lead by members of our Board of Membership, the class will meet on three Sunday afternoons from 1-2:30 p.m. We will talk about who we are, how we worship, and how we are working to serve our central Iowa community. Come join us and see if Plymouth is the right church home for you. Click here to sign up!

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TiM Program News: Jack Mahoney

2021-08-08

The Transition into Ministry (TiM) Committee is pleased to announce Jack Mahoney as the newest Associate Pastor in the TiM Program. Jack joins us on October 5th as our 16th pastoral resident.

Jack is a native of Connecticut and graduated from Yale Divinity School in May 2021 with certifications from Andover Newton Theological Seminary as well as E,L,M (Education, Leadership, Ministry). He is eligible for ordination in the United Church of Christ. Jack is also a Chaplain Candidate in the United States Navy, CCPO, and will assume those responsibilities upon completion of his residency at Plymouth.

Prior to divinity school, Jack taught art for youth ages 9 – 13 for three years. He also completed his Certified Pastoral Education (CPE) credits at a Veterans Association hospital and has a heart for our veterans.

One reference described Jack as, “inquisitive, thoughtful, disarming and deeply faithful. He is an attentive listener…committed to holding space for a wide range of perspectives and experiences.” Another reference adds, “he’s great with congregations…makes friends quickly, and is great at teamwork.”

The TiM Committee was impressed by Jack’s energy, questions, and ability to relate to different kinds of people over his two-day visit to Des Moines. The Committee is also excited by his compassion and deep spirituality.

At Plymouth we can look forward to Jack sharing his gifts with both youth and adults in our learning spaces, in worship, and out in the community. We plan to have him participate in worship right away and we hope you will find a moment to welcome Jack once he arrives in October.

The TiM Committee is grateful for the flexibility and patience our congregation has shown in waiting for the right moment to hire a new resident and the possibility of extending time for current residents in light of the COVID pandemic. As always, if you have any questions, you are welcome to reach out to me at kjeske@plymouthchurch.com or to our Committee Chair, Amy Anderson at amyandersondsm@gmail.com.

Many blessings,
Karen Quance Jeske

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August 4: COVID-19 Procedure Update at Plymouth

2021-08-04

The Plymouth Church Health and Safety Task Force has met to acknowledge current Polk County COVID-19 transmission rates (HIGH) and make recommendations to Plymouth in accordance with current CDC guidelines. Plymouth will:

  • Continue to offer an outdoor, mask optional worship service on Saturday evenings at 5:30 p.m. If this service is moved indoors, due to weather, masks will be required. You can check our Facebook page for updates.
  • Require masks at both the 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday worship services.
  • Require masks at all indoor group meetings in the Plymouth building space

 

The Church Health and Safety Task Force will continue to reevaluate the requirement for indoor mask wearing with each week’s Polk County COVID-19 transmission rate report and current CDC recommendations.

Click here to read a letter from the Iowa, Nebraska, & South Dakota Conferences UCC.