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DMARC Hunger Simulation

2021-01-14

Plymouth Church is hosting a virtual Hunger Simulation on Saturday, February 13 10-11 a.m. This event is suitable for adults and families. For better comprehension an adult supervision is recommended for children under the age of 12.

DMARC’s Zoom Hunger Simulation is an interactive 45 minute experience to learn what it’s like to live with food insecurity. In the Hunger Simulation, you step into the shoes of a person experiencing food insecurity. Participants will learn of significant barriers our neighbors face in accessing assistance; ways that the DMARC Food Pantry Network is offering support; and how you can help.

Please register by emailing amarsh@strategicamerica.com, no later than February 12. This virtual activity has capacity of up to 100. Plymouth’s Food Pantry, Food Buddies, Shelter Meals and Board of Benevolences appreciate your interest and participation.

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Race Matters Presentation

2021-01-11

Race Matters: Confronting the Roots of Human Trafficking

The Plymouth Task Force of Des Moines is hosting Luana Nelson-Brown, MSPH on Thursday, January 28. She will be discuss ending the demand for human trafficking through the lens of racial justice. – Luana is the Executive Director of the Iowa Coalition for Collective Change. This organization provides training and technical assistance to culturally specific anti-violence organizations, homicide response programs and organizations and corporations wishing to adopt and implement anti-racist policies and procedures. To register for the event, click here.

The event is free and open to anyone so please share this information with anyone you feel may be interested. We will provide you with the link to join the Zoom event closer to the date. For more information contact shiree421@gmail.com.

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Career Closet Shares the Love

2021-01-08

The Plymouth Career Closet for Women is closed due to the pandemic, but our steering committee is busy delivering clothes from the shop to women in need. We’ve filled shopping bags with coats, boots, shoes, sweaters, scarves, blouses, jeans and pants, and even a few purses and toiletries for a variety of service groups in the area.

Some of the organizations that have benefited from our Career Closet shop inventory are: Clive Community Services, Waukee-Dallas County Services, Dorothy’s House, Homes of Oakridge, Polk County Juvenile Drug Court Program, Des Moines Refugee Support, and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

The Career Closet for Women hopes to reopen some time in 2021, and we look forward to again welcoming customers to our shop at the Wellmark Y and accepting donations at Plymouth. We will spring into action once Plymouth Church and the Y deem it safe for our customers and volunteers. In the meantime, please donate your used clothing and accessories to the service groups listed above and to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and DAV. (Call first as business hours can be sporadic.)

Thanks to all of you who have supported the Career Closet with your donations and volunteer time. We hope you’ll answer the call when we are able to resume our mission: supporting women with confidence and clothing as they enter the workforce.

Amy Elbert
Career Closet Steering Committee, Secretary/Treasurer

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Understanding Social Injustice Through the Power of Place

2021-01-07

You are invited! The season of Lent invites us to examine our relationship with God and with each other.  Join us as we explore the space we live in, both as individuals and as members of Plymouth congregation, during four Saturday morning sessions. The Center Street Story: An Urban Renewal Retrospective is the documentary by Community Legacy Matters, LLC that we will use for our guided discussions via zoom.

Our guide will be Dr. Madison DeShay-Duncan. In addition to her doctoral work in Social and Cultural Studies and Education, Dr. DeShay-Duncan has earned an MA in Community and Regional Planning, as well as her undergraduate degree in Sociology. Her background will provide attendees with astute insight into urban renewal as it affected one local African American community.

As we examine our collective conscience, participants will seek to better understand what it means to be a neighbor, how we can build bridges across color lines, and what is the specific role for Plymouth church in this work?

Hold the dates! Mark your calendars for these four important Saturday morning sessions: March 6, 13, 20 and 27. Participation is free but limited to Plymouth church members. We hope to see you there!

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Thursdays Together

2021-01-07

Join Plymouth Church members for Thursdays Together. This will be an unstructured time for camaraderie on Zoom. Each Thursday at 7 p.m. we will meet to check-in, share, laugh, talk, and process life. There is no agenda, except to be together. All are welcome. Join us.

Questions? Contact Christopher Goodson: cgoodson@plymouthchurch.com.

Click here to join the Zoom call.

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Communion Saturdays

2021-01-07

Join us on Zoom at 5 p.m. as we gather to take Communion together before the worship service is premiered. This Communion service will be lead by that weekend’s preaching minister. This service will be held each week except for first Saturday.

Click here to join the Zoom call.

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Message from Ebenezer Baptist

2021-01-07

Christmas & New Year’s Greetings from our Sibling Church, Ebenezer Baptist in Havana, Cuba and Plymouth’s Response. Please keep our siblings in Christ in your prayers.

Beloved Plymouth Family,

Receive a strong hug from us, with which we wish you a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. We know that this has been a year of much darkness, but thanks be to God, for we have the light of the Babe of Bethlehem, that light that rekindles our hope.

Your brothers in Cuba,
Rev. Idael Montero

Beloved Ebenezer Family,

We send our love and our solidarity to you on this Epiphany. As the Three Kings followed the light of a star through many dark nights, we pray that Christ’s light will continue to guide and encourage you through this time of crisis. May God bless you with the gifts of hope, faith, good health, and great heart in the New Year.

Your siblings in Christ,
Rev. Lindsey Braun & Plymouth Church

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STAR & Light Epiphany Programming for HS Youth

2021-01-07

Star & Light Epiphany Programming for HS Youth

Schedule

Wednesday, January 13
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m. Study Break Drive Thru & Take Home Bag pick-up
What: Take a study break from finals and drive thru the lower level to say hi, grab a snack and your STARZ & LIGHT take home bag!

Wednesday, January 20
Time: 7-8 p.m. Star Words Small Groups
What: Zoom Online

Wednesday, January 27
Time: 7-8 p.m. STAR Bingo Game Night
What: Zoom Online

Wednesday, February 3
Time: 7-8 p.m. Baking with the STAR
What: Zoom Online

Wednesday, February 10
Time: 7-8 p.m. Let Your Light Shine – STAR Craft Night
What: Zoom Online

FAQ’s

So why do I need a bag?
Well…since we can’t meet in person, it is an opportunity to have hands on materials for each youth so that everyone can participate online as a group and do activities together.

What’s in the bag?
Lots of great stuff. Everything you will need to create your own star words for the new year, game cards, craft materials, baking recipe and cookie cutter and a few other star and light related objects!

Do I need a bag to participate?
No. Youth participation is always encouraged. We are just providing you with some tools that will make it easier and fun during our time together.

What if I can’t pick up my bag?
Let us know in the RSVP form and we will drop a bag off at your home. We have a team of youth who are more than willing to get your bag to you!

How do I get a bag?
Click here to provide us with some basic info to RSVP your bag. We will get your bag prepared and ready for pick-up or delivery.

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January 7-Day Challenge

2020-12-28

In January, we offer a new 7-Day Challenge to help you explore new and different Practices. While you’re doing it, feel free to share your thoughts with Karen Jeske at kjeske@plymouthchurch.com and with each other whenever you have the chance.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these 7-Day Challenges. If you have, you’re going to love Lent at Plymouth. This year our theme will be “Practice Makes Plymouth.” We will explore the four pillars of the Strategic Plan and offer you a 40-Day Challenge to help make all of these new ideas more real for you.

1. Complete any six of these items on any six days you choose during the month of January.

  • Silence is one way we can pay attention to God. Find a Practice of silence that works for you. Start with five minutes a day, experimenting with different times of the day and building the length of time to whatever feels right for you. If you want, you can do this for each of your six days.
  • Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to get centered, then recite the Lord’s Prayer (our most well-known prayer) as often as you need to remind you of your love for God and your call to love what God loves.
  • For inspiration about how we are called to love each other, practice saying the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis. Find this prayer below.
  • Read Chapter Ten of The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg.
  • Do an internet search for Dr. Martin Luther King’s Letter From a Birmingham Jail and take an hour to read it, thinking about the challenge it still poses for us today.
  • Donate money or food to the Food Bank or find another organization in our community that is giving direct aid and comfort to people suffering in our community this winter.
  • Do an internet search for “Nichole Nordeman Dear Me” and listen to this beautiful song as a reminder that we all grow and change and that the ways we love God will grow and change throughout our lives as well.
  • Participate in Plymouth’s Evening Prayer Service on Facebook. This service is at 5:30 p.m. each Monday to Thursday. Let yourself be renewed in prayer and feel connected to other Plymouth members.
  • Watch your mail for a special envelope from Plymouth this month. Inside you will receive a gift of your very own Star Gift. Read the letter that comes with your Word and place your Star Gift someplace where you will see it often. See more information to the below.

Star Gifts

It’s the season of Epiphany and at Plymouth we will be using this season to explore different facets of Jesus’ identity−teacher, servant, healer, prophet. As we do so, it’s also an opportunity to explore who we are in the light of Christ.

This month, you will receive a letter in the mail from Plymouth with a bookmark that will have a special word for you printed on it. We hope you receive this word as a sign and a gift that may guide you in some new way during the season of Epiphany and maybe for all of 2021.

Place it where you will see it often, write it down in the places where you want to encounter it, and let it work with you.

Throughout this season and beyond we will encourage you to engage with this word and maybe to share it within the Plymouth community.

Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.

2. For the seventh day take a rest or sabbath.

Make space for an intentional break from your work, worries, stresses, or perfectionism. Make the duration whatever length of time would feel like a true sabbath−five minutes, an hour, half a day or a whole day. Unlike God, we need to Practice rest in order to be our most loving selves.

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Blob of Blessing 2021

2020-12-24

Are you picturing it now? Plymouth church, hands on shoulders, connecting each person together in a BLOB OF BLESSING! We’re good at it! It’s beautiful. It’s important. It’s holy. It’s time to continue our tradition. We need to be blessed by the blob.

Join for a moment of connection via Zoom with some of your fellow Plymouth members. You’ll be blessed by your pastors and the video will be included in worship for the whole church to add their hands of blessing. Even though the gathering is virtual, the blessing will be real! There will be four blessing opportunities on Sunday at 11 a.m. on January 10, 17, 24, and 31. Each blessing will be for different groups in our community.

Jan. 10: Public servants (lawyers, judges, politicians, city, county, state, etc.)

Jan. 17: Educators (teachers, child-care providers, administrators, etc.)

Jan. 24: Essential workers (service industry, post office, DOT, grocery store, janitorial staff, sanitation, etc.)

Jan. 31: Healthcare & First responders (doctors, nurses, EMT, fire, police, mental healthcare, etc.)

To join us on Zoom, visit: zoom.us/j/93526418513