Advent 2021

Week 1:

November

  • 27 First Saturday of Advent, Worship
    Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Waveland Hall
  • 28 First Sunday of Advent, Worship
    Sunday, 9 & 11 a.m., Sanctuary
  • 28 Nut Sale to Benefit Scholarships
    Sunday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Elevator Hallway near Waveland
  • 28 JH/HS Faith Formation – Advent Session #1
    10–10:50 a.m., Youth Room, Grades 7-12
  • 28 Online Advent Book Study: “Wholehearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans
    Sunday, 4 p.m., Online
    Join Brian Leckrone and Pastor LeAnn Stubbs as they read and discuss books of the “Progressive Christianity” genre on Sundays at 4 p.m. through December. If you have any questions or to register for the class and receive the zoom link, email Brian Leckrone at bdleckrone@gmail.com.

 

December

  • 2 Southwestern Community College Chamber Singers Concert
    Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Sanctuary, Free
  • 4 Advent Retreat
    Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon, Greenwood and Burling Rooms, Inspiration Lounge Onsite retreat to prepare and appreciate the season of Advent. Registration closes Nov. 29, click here to register. For more information, contact Karen Jeske, kjeske@plymouthchurch.com.
  • 4 Des Moines Early Music Ensemble
    “Noel,” a choral concert of Medieval and Renaissance Christmas Music. Saturday, 3 p.m., Sanctuary, James Kennedy, Director

 

Week 2

  • 4 Second Saturday of Advent, Saturday Night Worship
    Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Waveland Hall
  • 5 Second Sunday of Advent, Worship
    Sunday, 9 & 11 a.m., Sanctuary | Communion Sunday
  • 5 Nut Sale to Benefit Scholarships
    Sunday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Elevator Hallway near Waveland
  • 5 JH/HS Faith Formation – Advent Session #2
    10 – 10:50 a.m., Youth Room, Grades 7-12
  • 5 Jazz & Jingles Holiday Concert
    Sunday, 2 p.m., Sanctuary
    Baritone Brandon Hendrickson and Jazz pianist Willis Deloney concert of Tony Bennett classics and Jazzy holiday tunes, benefitting the DM Metro Opera Guild Chapter. Tickets available at the door or desmoinesmetroopera.org. Adults $25, students free.
  • 5 Online Advent Book Study: “Wholehearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans
    Sunday, 4 p.m., Online
  • 5 Chancel Choir Carol Sing
    Sunday, 6:30–7 p.m., Sanctuary
    An evening of caroling, with special guests the Thornwood Clarinet Quartet. We’ll take your carol requests – join us!

Week 3

  • 11 Third Saturday of Advent, Saturday Night Worship
    Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Waveland Hall
  • 12 Third Sunday of Advent, Worship
    Sunday, 9 & 11 a.m., Sanctuary
  • 12 JH/HS Faith Formation – Advent Session #3
    10–10:50 a.m., Youth Room, Grades 7-12
  • 12 Online Advent Book Study: “Wholehearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans
    Sunday, 4 p.m., Online
  • 15 Children’s Choirs Advent Celebration
    Wednesday, 5:15 p.m., Warm-up in Choir Rooms
    Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., Program in Sanctuary
    K-6 Choirs celebrate the season by presenting their Lessons & Carols repertoire and leading family and friends in Christmas Carols. Candy canes (a Covid-safe alternative to the cookie reception) are available for the children who attend. Join us!
  • 17 Plymouth Church Goes Caroling
    Friday, 5:30 p.m., Hot cocoa and cookies, Waveland Hall
    Friday, 6–7 p.m., Caroling in the community
    Whether you’re 2 or 92, you’re invited to go caroling with Plymouth Church! We invite you and anyone who loves to sing Christmas carols (children, youth, adults) to join us in spreading the cheer and good news of the season throughout our community! Join us at 5:30 p.m. for hot cocoa, cookies and fellowship in Waveland Hall. We’ll distribute music, divide into groups, and go caroling! Please register here by December 15. Questions, contact Diane Hayes, dhayes@plymouthchurch.com.
  • 17 Holiday Concert presented by the Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus
    Friday, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary, tickets $30 at the door

 

Week 4

  • 18 Fourth Saturday of Advent, Lessons & Carols, Saturday Night Band
    Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Waveland Hall
  • 18 Holiday Concert presented by the Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus
    Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary, tickets $30 at the door
  • 19 Fourth Sunday of Advent, Lessons & Carols
    Sunday, 9 a.m., Sanctuary, K-12 Choirs & Ringing Ensembles, seasonal music & carols
    Sunday, 11 a.m., Sanctuary, Chancel Choir & Plymouth Bells, seasonal music & carols
  • 19 JH/HS Faith Formation – Advent Session #4
    10 – 10:50 a.m., Youth Room, Grades 7-12
  • 19 Online Advent Book Study: “Wholehearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans
    Sunday, 4 p.m., Online
  • 20 Longest Night Worship Service
    Monday, 6 p.m., Waveland Hall
    Join us for candle-lighting, healing prayers, quiet, scripture, communion, and music that acknowledge that God’s Presence is for you and that God’s Word comes to shine light into your life and our world. Reflections will be offered by Pastors Jared, Rushing, and Jack, and Karen Quance Jeske. This is a worship gathering for all ages. Everyone, regardless of church affi liation (or lack thereof) is welcome.
  • 21 Thornwood Clarinet Quartet Holiday Concert
    Tuesday, 7 p.m., Sanctuary, Free
  • 22 Matins Holiday Gathering
    8-10 p.m., Youth Room following Rehearsal

Christmas Eve Services

Join us for candles, carols, and (new this year!) communion.

5 p.m. – Family Christmas Eve Service featuring a child-friendly service, Sanctuary

7 p.m. – Casual Candlelight Service, Waveland Hall, Saturday Night Band-style

9 p.m. – Candlelight Service, Sanctuary, Chancel Choir
Members of the Plymouth Bells will present an extended Prelude and the Chancel Choir will lead worship, including carols by candlelight, choral anthems, communion, and a sermon by Rev. Dr. Jared Wortman.

11 p.m. – Candlelight Service, Sanctuary, Matins Choir
Carl Gravander will provide an extended prelude of seasonal music and the Matins Choir will lead worship, including carols by candlelight, choral anthems, communion, and a sermon by Rev. Dr. Jared Wortman.

26 First Sunday after Christmas
Sunday, 10 a.m. Sanctuary – ONE SERVICE ONLY!