AARP Article Features Plymouth Choir Members

Meg and Chuck Smith, members of Plymouth’s Chancel Choir, are featured in an article on the AARP website. They talk about how COVID-19 has affected choirs, socially and for performance, and how virtual choirs have become the temporary norm. Enjoy!

Congregational Zoom Call


Congregational Zoom Call Tuesday, July 28

All church members are invited to attend a congregational meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. regarding the senior minister transition. There is no need to RSVP, just dial in! You should have received an email with call-in information. If you did not, please contact Kathy Sohn and she will resend you a copy of the email.


Matt Mardis-LeCroy Resigns as Senior Minister


Church Council met in executive session with Senior Minister Matt Mardis-LeCroy on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, where it received his letter of resignation. You can read the full email sent to the congregation following that by clicking here, or using the Senior Minister Transition tab at the top of this webpage. Worship on Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2 will feature Matt’s Service of Leaving, and we hope you will join us on Facebook Saturday at 5 p.m. or on YouTube Sunday at 9 a.m. to participate.

As the Senior Minister Transition progresses, you may continue to refer to the tab at the top of the website menu bar for current information.

Thank you good and faithful servant.


Fellowship Forum is Still Happening — Virtually on Zoom!


After Sunday worship, why not join us for the Fellowship Forum on Zoom? Sunday morning at 10 a.m., Matt Mardis-LeCroy facilitates our weekly conversation about God, life and whatever happens to come up. Just follow the link below–all are welcome! Click here to join the Zoom call!


Now Hiring Education Assistant


Education Assistant Needed

Plymouth Church has an immediate opening for a part-time education assistant, approximately 25 hours of work per week. There is some flexibility as to “when” those hours are accomplished (e.g. 5 hours/daily, or 3 – 8 hour days/week). This position provides support to Plymouth’s education & faith formation ministries by assisting in the planning, coordination, and facilitation of church programs for children and youth.

Duties include preparing mailings, recording and tracking registrations for events, maintaining attendance records and database information, and helping to prepare hospitable classroom environments, whether in person or online. Experience with office equipment is preferred; computer skills (MS Word, Publisher and Excel) are required. Desire to contribute to the mission of faith formation and spiritual growth and the ability to collaborate with a dynamic team are also required.

This position requires occasional lifting and moving of heavy items. Applicant must be able to communicate in English. Criminal background check is required.

To apply, or for more information, please contact Lindsey Braun.


Calendar of (Virtual) Events!


Click here for our Calendar of (Virtual) Events


Welcome New Members!


The following new members joined Plymouth Church on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 following our first virtual Discover Plymouth class. Welcome!

John Bunz

John is a bond attorney with Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. John has three children: Sam (27), Ellie (25), and Emma (19).

Jay & Katie Byers

Jay is the CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Katie is the Founder and CEO of Home Ditty. Sophie (18) is a student at DMACC and Charlotte (16) is a junior at Des Moines Roosevelt. She is the drummer for Plymouth’s Saturday night band and a member of the Matins Choir.

Molly Ford and Drew Becker

Molly and Drew are a recently engaged couple looking to grow some roots in wonderful Des Moines, IA. Molly, a Wisconsin native, is a Soccer Coach with Sporting Iowa who enjoys being involved with the youth in her community. Her focus is to help kids grow, learn, and become well-rounded members of society through the sport of Soccer. Drew works for Rain & Hail in the Johnston area. He also helps coach with Sporting Iowa in his free time. He comes from Lawrence, KS. They both enjoy soccer, the outdoors, and staying active with friends. They also enjoy these activities with their wonderful pup named Luna.

James and Ynes Oggel

James is a retired M.D. who specialized in Allergy-Immunology. Ynes was born in Cuba and is a retired professor. Now living in Florida, James and Ynes have a second home in Urbandale allowing time to enjoy their two grandsons (8 & 4) and youngest son who live in Johnston. They have a son in Denver and a daughter in Durham, N.C., who has two little girls (5 & 4). Interests include reading, walking or biking on the area trails, traveling, very occasional golf, fine dining and good wines! When in Iowa they enjoy Reverend Matt’s Bible study classes. James is impressed with the Spiritual energy of Plymouth Church, and Ynes is looking forward to meeting other people at Plymouth who enjoy her joie de vivre.

Andra & Greg Peeler

Andra is a music therapist and financial representative. Her husband, Greg, is a special education associate in Waukee and in the process of earning his teaching license in theatre and speech. They love the outdoors, social justice, and are proud cat parents.


DM Register Op-Ed: The conversation about faith we should be having (instead of the one about reopening)


Did you see Matt Mardis-LeCroy’s op-ed in the Monday, June 1 Des Moines Register? Read it here.

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Plymouth Goes Solar


Plymouth Church is looking on the sunny side. Solar panels may be installed in the coming months on the south-facing roof that overlooks the driveway between our church and St. Augustin’s Catholic Church. This solar array is a landmark in our church-wide effort to live more sustainably and protect God’s creation.

As heard from the pulpit, particularly during our Rooted in Creation summer sermon series, we are called to care for God’s creation and ensure a safe and healthy planet for future generations of all life—be it human, animal, or plant.

During this COVID-19 crisis, the effects of climate change are abundantly clear. As humans stop flying, driving, and gathering in large crowds, we see dramatically cleaner air and water in major cities around the world. We also realize how innovative, resilient, and compassionate people are in a crisis. This pandemic is the perfect time to rethink how we live and work and to make adjustments that allow us and Mother Earth to thrive.

What better way to alert people to clean energy options than with a solar display on our church. Visibility is a key component of the project. The 2003 addition roof is prime because it provides optimum southern exposure to the sun. Also, the installation will be visible from the south (Grand Avenue) and southwest (some stretches of 42nd Street) sides. At the same time, the array will not be seen from the front (Ingersoll Avenue) or east side so as to not impinge on the historic architecture of the church.

The Plymouth Creation Care and Justice Coalition and the House and Space Committee are spearheading this installation after investing the past few years researching feasible environmentally friendly options. A $50,000 grant request is pending with the Plymouth Foundation to finance the installation.

If the grant is approved, we will work throughout the summer with Des Moines city officials to gain zoning approval and file for permits. Plymouth staff and House and Space committee members will hire and supervise a solar contractor. The solar panels may be up and hard at work by the Fall of 2020.

To read more details about the Plymouth solar project and solar energy in general, please download the following documents:

Plymouth Church Solar Power Plan

Plymouth Church Solar Power FAQ



THE HEART OF THE MATTER: An Invitation for the Summer


As we move into summer, we invite you to join Plymouth Church as we read The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg together. Many of the online opportunities you’ve seen the past weeks will revolve around discussions of this book.

This All Church Reads program will begin on June 1, so get a copy of the book now and get ready to join the discussion. We will cover one chapter each week. You can purchase the books from your favorite online retailer or by contacting Beaverdale Books.

During the 12-week book study, worship texts will be selected to complement the book each week and sermons will be prepared to explore themes from the book as well.

Watch the monthly Contact and Plymouth Weekly emails for details about the book discussion opportunities. You can also request to join the Group for the book study on Plymouth’s Facebook page.