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AED Training

2021-09-30

Plymouth Church is eager to reinstall the Automated External Defibrillator unit, located in the main hallway outside the Sanctuary. However, before we can do this, we must have a group of at least eight individuals who have been trained in its usage, as well as other emergency assistance procedures.

We have scheduled just such a training session for this coming Monday, October 4, 2021, from 1 – 4 p.m., and are seeking at least eight (8) individuals who are available and willing to participate in this important life-saving skill. If you are interested and available to participate, please contact our Executive Assistant, Daniel Schott, to register.

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Plymouth Calendar & Event Requests Form

2021-09-30

Click here for our full Calendar of virtual and in-person Events

Event/Meeting Request
Is your Plymouth board, committee or group planning a return to in-person meetings? If so, we’d like to help you plan for success by introducing you to our new, online, Event / Meeting Request form. You can now request a meeting space simply by accessing your favorite web browser (using your smart phone or computer) and click here.

Then, simply complete the form in as much detail as possible. When you finish, click the “Submit” button. You’ll receive a confirmation email that your request was received successfully. Note: Because there are many things that have to happen “behind the scenes” when a room is scheduled, we do ask that you make your event or meeting request at least 15 days in advance of your planned usage in order to guarantee that the space is ready when you are.

 

Need A Shorter Term Solution?
If your group needs a space to meet at the last minute, perhaps our hoteling option will work for you! For those who may not be aware, “hoteling” refers to the provision of meeting space on short notice (1-7 days in advance). We have set aside the Peace Room, located in the Center for Spiritual Growth, exclusively for this purpose. The room will comfortably hold 8-10 individuals, and may be “reserved” using the whiteboard located on the wall outside the room. Simply write the name of your group on the board under the day and time that you’ll need it! (Please be aware that use of this room is first-come, first-serve, is only available when the building is accessible (generally 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday) and can be reserved no more than seven days in advance.)

Questions? Please contact our Executive Assistant, Daniel Schott.

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House and Space Committee

2021-09-29

This is the committee that works on everything having to do with Plymouth’s building and grounds: mechanical systems, space utilization, maintenance, technology, aesthetics and design. We’re looking for people with backgrounds or interest in interior design, engineering, property management, construction, maintenance, landscaping, technology, and space use.

This work is of vital importance to Plymouth’s future, so please consider getting involved. The committee currently meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month, but reach out even if the time doesn’t work for you. You can be on this committee even if you or your partner already serve on a board at Plymouth. Contact Sarai Rice.

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The Ruth Story

2021-09-23

RUTH: the immigrant, the foreigner, the refugee. Join the Plymouth Radio Players as they bring to life the story of RUTH. The court of the king requests your presence for the weekend’s entertainment.

As the king reviews the list of offerings from the traveling troupe of players; he offers his own script; a very personal story of his own. The players reluctantly unfold the king’s script before us; a story of the immigrant, the foreigner, the refugee. Ruth is a story for our times as we consider our own posture on welcoming the foreigner. Find yourself in this saga of tragedy and perseverance.

Save the Date: Please incorporate Saturday, November 6, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 7, 2 p.m.

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Applications for Christmas Special Offering Gifts 2021

2021-09-23

The Board of Benevolences (BoB) is now accepting applications from Metro Des Moines Area nonprofit agencies for the Christmas Special Offering gifts. As a Just Peace Church, initiatives providing services to people including children most in need and that work toward social and/or economic justice are eligible.

These are modest gifts, where the amount gifted depends on the total Christmas collection and typically ranges from $1,000 to $5,500. This one-time gift requires a report back to Plymouth’s Board of Benevolences upon utilization of the funds, but no later than six months following receipt. Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Irene Hardisty.

Gift applications for Plymouth’s Christmas Special Offering are due November 15, 2021 and can be downloaded from the Plymouth Church website, or by clicking here.

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AMOS Delegate Assembly

2021-09-16

Register for AMOS Delegate Assembly
Sunday, Sept. 19 3-4:30 p.m.
Plymouth UCC- 4126 Ingersoll Ave in Des Moines

Use this link to register for the Delegate Assembly. For anyone joining virtually, this is how you’ll receive the Zoom link for the streaming option.

The Delegate Assembly will include an action with local public officials and decision-makers around children’s crisis mental health services. We plan to have a strong delegation from Plymouth in support of AMOS’ work on this issue!

Masks will be required, and Plymouth’s large sanctuary will allow us to spread out. We are encouraged to attend in-person to demonstrate the relational power of AMOS, but the virtual option is open to everyone.

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Wednesday Morning Bible Study

2021-09-15

All are welcome to join in the excitement as we explore the scripture text that will inform our upcoming weekend worship at Plymouth 9:30 to 10:30 am in Greenwood. Bring a Bible, a mask, and a sense of adventure.

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Common Ground

2021-09-09

Common Ground on the Border Informational Meetings

The Welcoming Migrants Committee (WMC) has scheduled two informational meetings on Zoom – October 11 at 4:30 p.m. and October 14 at noon to go over planning details for those persons interested in being part of the Plymouth delegation to Common Ground on the Border January 13-15 at the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, Arizona.

Common Ground on the Border features classes in art & music; presentations by national and international scholars and activists sharing their perspectives on our current border and immigration crisis; and field trips to the border, into the desert, and other nearby locations. The Borderlands is the perfect place to explore the arts, touch the culture and have deeper conversations about the complicated issues that collide at the border. There is still time to be part of the Plymouth delegation – If you might be interested in joining us, contact Neil Fagan or LeAnn Stubbs. For more information about Common Ground on the Border, click here.

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Food Buddies

2021-09-09

Delivery volunteers needed: Food Buddies is looking for people to help with the delivery of the weekend back pack meals to Hubbell School. The meals are packed in totes with 10 in each tote. Meals are usually delivered on Friday mornings but can change when school calendar changes. Need to be able to lift totes and transport totes in  your vehicle. If interested, contact Robin Maharry at 712-299-1591 or rlmaharry@gmail.com. Regular and substitutes both needed.

Food Buddies meal packers: Everyone is invited to help pack the back pack meals for Food Buddies on the second and fourth Saturday of each month before the Saturday night service. If interested, show up or contact Robin Maharry at 712-299-1591 or rlmaharry@gmail.com.

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Wedding Coordinators

2021-09-01

As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, and once again look forward to welcoming couples into our Sanctuary for weddings, we find that we are in need of wedding coordinators. The wedding coordinator provides an important service to wedding parties and our congregation by guiding and contributing to a meaningful and pleasant experience for all who are married at Plymouth Church. We are seeking two or three people to serve as Wedding Coordinators, providing direction, support and hospitality to the bride and groom, wedding party, and their families. This is done by providing assistance with planning, the wedding rehearsal, and coordination and oversight of pre-wedding activities. Initial training and assistance will be provided by individuals who have served in this way in the past.

If you’re interested in serving our congregation in this capacity, please contact our Director of Operations and Finance, Emily Tripp by email or by phone at 515.255.3149.