Advent 2022

Below, find out what’s going on at Plymouth this Advent season and into the New Year!

Click here for the Advent Reflection & Conversation Guide.

Week 1

November
26 First Saturday of Advent, Worship
Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Waveland Hall

27 First Sunday of Advent, Worship
Sunday, 9 & 11 a.m., Sanctuary
No PreK-12 activities. No childcare.

27 Brian & LeAnn’s Book Look
Sunday, 4 p.m., Zoom
Join Brian Leckrone and Pastor LeAnn Stubbs for an Advent Study of The First Christmas by Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan. This is an account of the two nativity narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Borg and Crossan focus on discov-ering the actual literary story that the Gospels tell. Borg and Crossan feel that history has biased our readings of these texts; we are all so familiar with the nativity story that we don’t really hear it anymore. The First Christmas will help us see the nativity story afresh and be able to appreciate the powerful message the Gospels contain. For the Zoom link to join, contact Brian at BLBLPlym-outh@gmail.com.

December
1 Faithful Readers
Thursday, 7 p.m., Inspiration Lounge & Zoom Carol Stratemeyer will be leading a discussion on The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michelle Richardson. To get the Zoom link, contact Linda Dorsey at dorseyli2307@gmail.com.

Week 2

3 Love Heals
Saturday, 10 a.m., Waveland Hall
Watch the award-winning film, Love Heals, and learn about ancient energy principles and practices that empower us to find the healer within us and focus on love and acceptance.

3 LEGO Series: Christmas Village
Saturday, 10 a.m., Waveland Hall

3 Second Saturday of Advent, Saturday Night Worship
Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Waveland Hall

4 Second Sunday of Advent, Worship
Sunday, 9 & 11 a.m., Sanctuary

4 Eight and Energetic
Sunday, 3-5 p.m., Off Campus
Eighty and Energetic will enjoy some Christmas goodies, sing a few carols, and in general make merry at the home of Tom and Julie Preisser’s son and daughter-in-law’s which has been beautifully decorated for the seasonal Holly and Ivy tour. Join us from 3-5 p.m. on December 4 at 50 37th Street in Des Moines.

4 Brian & LeAnn’s Book Look
Sunday, 4 p.m., Zoom

 4 Soup Supper & Caroling
Sunday, 5:30-7 p.m.
Join us for the annual Plymouth Church Soup Supper, sponsored by the Chancel Choir, who prepare dozens of soups to sample and enjoy. Following supper, join us for caroling in the sanctuary as we sing all the requests. We suggest a $5 minimum donation per attendee for the supper. Funds raised through this fundraiser support Chancel Choir’s Choral Scholarship Fund.
5:30-6:15 p.m. | Supper in Waveland
6:30-7 p.m. | Carol-sing in the Sanctuary

9 Plymouth Church Goes Caroling
Friday, 6 p.m.
Whether you’re two or ninety-two, 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 one or more of five opportunities to spread cheer and the good news of the season throughout our community, including for shut-ins and those in group living settings! Please pre-register for each event. Details, locations, and instructions will be available when registering for each event. For questions, contact Diane Hayes (dhayes@plymouthchurch.com).

9 Arts@Plymouth | Scrooge: A Radio Play
Friday, 7 p.m., in the Recital Hall
Step back in time and catch the story of Scrooge, told as if it were shared over radio in the 1920s. Mark Gruber shares his rendition of this age-old story, sponsored by the Arts@Plymouth. In our telling, harken back to that golden age of radio and gather round our giant radio stage to hear Dicken’s tale of Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and his family, Scrooge’s nephew Fred, the Christmas carolers, Marley’s ghost dragging his chains and moaning his sorry predicament to walk the earth after his death, and of course the ghosts. THREE of them. Hear Charles Dicken’s classic ghost story that ends very well — even for ole Scrooge. Bah Humbug.

Week 3

10 Brunch with Santa
Saturday, 9-11 a.m., Preisser Home
Enjoy some fellowship time and get your picture taken with Santa! Please bring a breakfast or food items to share. Hosted at the Preisser Home (50 37th Street Des Moines) and supported by the Board of Christian Education. Feel free to come and go as you please!

10 Arts@Plymouth | Scrooge: A Radio Play
Saturday, 2 p.m.

10 Plymouth Church Goes Caroling
Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Please pre-register for each event. Details, locations, and instructions will be available when registering for each event. For questions, contact Diane Hayes (dhayes@plymouthchurch.com).

10 Third Saturday of Advent, Saturday Night Worship
Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Waveland Hall

11 Third Sunday of Advent, Worship
Sunday, 9 & 11 a.m., Sanctuary

 11 Arts@Plymouth | Handbells for the Holiday: Concert
Sunday, 2:30-4 p.m., Sanctuary
Ring in the season with a concert of music presented by ringers of handbells and chimes of all ages: Plymouth’s Children’s Handchime Choir, the Plymouth Youth Handbells, the Plymouth Bells, and the Des Moines Concert Handbells join together to present a varied program of music sure to jingle, tinkle, clang, and resound as we celebrate the Sounds of the Season.

11 Brian & LeAnn’s Book Look
Sunday, 4 p.m., Zoom

11 DMVEA Concert
Sunday, 5 p.m., Sanctuary
Join DMVAE for a festive celebration celebrating the sounds of the season! Led by conductor, Dr. Tim McMillin, and collaborative artist, Sohee Lee, DMVAE presents their annual Christmas concert. Tickets ($25 for adults, $5 for students) are available here or at www.DMVAE.org/tickets.

14 Arts@Plymouth | Advent Celebration (PK-8th Grade)
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., Sanctuary
The PK-8 Choirs will celebrate the season by presenting their Lessons and Carols repertoire and leading family and friends in Christmas carols. The children meet at 5:15 to warm-up prior to the half-hour event. Following the event, enjoy a cookie reception provided by the Choir Guild. Join us
5:15 p.m. | Warm-up in Choir Rooms
5:30-6:15 p.m. | Program in Sanctuary

14 Plymouth Church Goes Caroling
Wednesday, 7 p.m. (Confirmation Class)
Please pre-register for each event. Details, locations, and instructions will be available when registering for each event. For questions, contact Diane Hayes (dhayes@plymouthchurch.com).

Week 4

17 Fourth Sunday of Advent, Lessons & Carols
Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Waveland Hall
The Saturday Night Band leads the congregation in lessons and carols for the season.

18 Fourth Sunday of Advent, Lessons & Carols
Sunday, 9 a.m., in the Sanctuary
Plymouth’s K-12 Choirs lead the congregation in lessons and carols for the season along including carols with brass, organ, choir, and congregation.

Sunday, 11 a.m., in the Sanctuary
The Chancel Choir and Plymouth Brass present “A Brassy Christmas” featuring John Rutter’s Gloria, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Hodie: “I. Prologue”, and carols with brass, organ, choir, and congregation. Presented with support from Arts@Plymouth.

19 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 the Pastors. This is a worship gathering for all ages. Everyone, regardless of church affiliation (or lack thereof) is welcome.

20 Arts@Plymouth | Christmas with the Thornwood Clarinet Quartet
Tuesday, 7 p.m., Sanctuary, Free
Arts@Plymouth presents the Thornwood Clarinet Quartet (and friends!) in a variety concert of holiday favorites. Admission is free, donations accepted. Performers include: Christopher Goodson, Carrie Siepel, John Kahrl, and Elizabeth Peterson, joined by special guest Sohee Lee.

21 High School Youth Holiday Gathering
8-10 p.m., Youth Room following Rehearsal

Christmas Services

24 Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, join us for worship at 1, 5, 7, 9, or 11 p.m. for candles and carols, and communion at select services.

  • Abbreviated Service with Communion
    1 p.m. |
    New this year! Join us for an abbreviated service for those seeking an earlier option. Communion is served. Rev. Dr. Jared Wortman will offer a meditation.
  • Family Christmas Eve
    5 p.m. | Join us for “Family Christmas Eve” in the Sanctuary, including a child-friendly service of lessons and carols with glow sticks instead of candles.
  • Casual Service with Communion
    7 p.m. | Join us for a casual, Saturday Night Worship-styled service in Waveland Hall with communion and a sermon by Rev. Dr. Jared Wortman.
  • Traditional Evening Services
    Both 9 & 11 services will include carols by candlelight, choral anthems, and a sermon by Rev. Dr. Jared Wortman.
    9 p.m. |
    Members of the Plymouth Bells will present an extended Prelude and the Chancel Choir will lead worship.
    11 p.m. | Sohee Lee will provide an extended prelude of seasonal music and the Matins Choir will lead worship.

 

25 Christmas Day Service
Sunday, 11 a.m. Sanctuary – ONE SERVICE ONLY!
No PreK-12 Activities, no childcare

26-30 Plymouth Church Closed

28 Holy Innocents Service
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church
The DM Faith Committee for Peace will be holding a Service on the Feast of the Holy Innocents.  We remember the slaughter of the innocents in Herod’s time, and  raise our prayers to stop violence against  innocent  children caused by wars and conflict around the world today.  We continue to insist that “War is not the answer.”  Waging peace is the answer. Reverend Mary Madison of St. Paul AME church will be our speaker.

​The service will take place ​6:30 pm Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at First United Methodist Church, 1001 Pleasant Street, Des Moines. The parking lot and entrance are on the north side. The service will also be live streamed. The Plymouth Peace and Justice Committee is a co-sponsor of this service.

The service has its roots in the Christmas story recounted in the Book of Matthew, 2:16-18:  “When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time he had learned from the wise men.  Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:  ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’” The service will emphasize deeply that all children need peace with justice.

January
1 New Year’s Day Service
Sunday, 11 a.m. Sanctuary – ONE SERVICE ONLY!
No PreK-12 Activities, no childcare

2 Plymouth Church Closed