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COVID-19 Update at Plymouth, January 21, 2022

2022-01-21

Dear Plymouth Family,

As we continue to assess our public gatherings at Plymouth with an eye toward being responsibly open during a pandemic, we want to share the following:

  • We strongly encourage all eligible individuals participating in on-site activities and worship services at Plymouth to be fully vaccinated and boosted. We acknowledge that risks remain, and our decision to remain open is premised on strong mitigation protocols and the expectation of all participants being fully vaccinated. For those who don’t fit this criterion, we kindly request that you participate in the life of Plymouth via our live-streaming and online options.
  • Masks remain a requirement for all Plymouth gatherings and events. We suggest switching to KN95 or K95 masks whenever possible. Surgical masks are second best for protection and prevention of virus transmission. Current data suggests cloth masks are much less effective against the COVID-19 virus and its Omicron variant.
  • Plymouth is continuing air ventilation protocols, and we encourage you to be mindful of social distancing. Again, please remember that your neighbor’s comfort levels might be different from your threshold.
  • Let’s all do our part to be responsible with testing and appropriate isolation in the face of direct exposure and Covid-related symptoms. Please note that free COVID-19 tests kits are available to every private residence by completing the simple form located at https://special.usps.com/testkits.
  • All Plymouth board, committee, council, and group meetings should take place via online conferencing through the end of February.

 

Thank you for complying with these recommendations during this season in our lives. We look forward to when we can be together without mitigations and qualifications. Let’s all remember that we will eventually see one another’s faces and be able to embrace without trepidation. For now, our holiness is still being made known through our hospitable actions of care and concern for our friends and neighbors.

With gratitude — and resilient hope for our shared future,
Rev. Dr. Jared Wortman, Senior Pastor
Dr. Rocky Morton, Chair of Health and Safety Task Force

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Volunteer to Help the Refugee Family

2022-01-20

Are you looking for a fun and rewarding way to put radical love into practice? The refugee family project has some wonderful volunteer opportunities!

Tutors: A group of Plymouth volunteers is tutoring the Syrian refugee children multiple times per week, and we’d love to find more volunteers to assist with this. Tutors have been working in teams, doing fun activities to reinforce skills the children are learning in the classroom: reading words, basic sentences, playing card games, making crafts, etc. The children are in grades 6, 4, 2, and Kindergarten, attending Waukee schools and eagerly learning English. We hope to continue assisting the children with their homework through the end of this school year. If you are interested in assisting with tutoring (in-person) or helping to plan activities, or if you’d like to learn more, please contact Esther Burgett.

Translators: Do you or someone you know speak Arabic? The refugee family project is looking for additional Arabic interpreters to help with communication during periodic activities or appointments. If you or someone you know might be able to help with this, please contact Alicia Claypool.

Background check and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required for all in-person refugee family volunteers. Stay tuned for additional volunteer opportunities in the coming weeks.

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Church School Offerings for All Ages

2022-01-20

Every Sunday: Church School Offerings for All Ages
The following offerings will be available during the 10 a.m. hour between services this fall. We hope to continue to expand this offering hour with a robust, varied, and frequently changing schedule of classes in faith formation hosted by clergy and lay leaders. All activities are are offered from 10-10:50 a.m. so you can attend either the the 9 or 11 a.m. worship service.

Childcare:
Childcare will available on a limited basis. We are able to care for up to 8 children at a time. All childcare takes place on the first floor. Pre-registration is recommended. If you will be in need of childcare, click here to sign up for upcoming Sunday services.

Church School for Kids:
Children age 3 to grade 6 activities will be on Zoom through February 13.

Church School for Youth:
Senior Stepping Stones in Waveland 3-4 for HS seniors. Contact Susan Waller if you have any questions.

Church School for Adults:

Forum
Our Forum will continue to meet at 10 a.m., but will be moved to Waveland 1-2. Conversations are led by the weekend’s preaching pastor and sometimes guest speakers will join us. Forum will continue to be a hybrid offering on Zoom. Click here to access the link to join.

Animate: Bible
Breathe new life into your understanding of the Bible. Join us in the Coffee Shop at 10 a.m. and we’ll explore the basics of biblical scholarship through short, thought-provoking videos from leading Christian voices for seven weeks. Whether you’re a Bible newbie or a seasoned Bible studier, you’ll find interesting perspectives in the third installment of the Animate series, “Bible.” We’ll cover canon, history, testament, gospels, genre, interpretation, and grace. The videos will be followed by group discussion.

Coming up: Baptism Class
Have you recently had a child baptized? Would you like to meet other families at the same point in their lives and faith? In this class you will learn what Plymouth teaches about baptism and hear about opportunities for your family to connect, learn, and grow with others here at Plymouth. Save the date for 10 a.m. on February 6, 2022. Stay tuned for more information.

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Church School Update Jan 12, 2022

2022-01-13

Hello Plymouth Church School families

On behalf of the Board of Christian Education (BCE), I am sharing the following information:

The BCE met Tuesday night and made the decision to pause in-person Church School. Zoom Church School will begin this Sunday, January 16 and continue through Sunday, February 13.
The Board made this decision based on the current and predicted rate of transmission, as well as lack of volunteers and low attendance due to illness and exposure.

We hope families can enjoy livestream Worship at 9 a.m and then join Church School. For families attending in-person Worship, please join us as you are able to settle with your device or screen.

Some details:

  • Zoom Church School will beginning January 16 10:15-10: 55 a.m.
  • Materials for this week will be included in an email you will receive by Friday.
  • Materials and activities for Jan. 23 to Feb. 13 will be ready for pick up in the coming week.
  • Miss Sarah, Miss Ruth, Miss Samantha and Miss Georgia look forward to seeing our Plymouth kids on Zoom!

 

Please note, this change is for Kid’s Church School (pre-K to 6 grade). Music programs are operating as usual.

Your feedback and ideas welcomed. We will adapt Zoom Church School as needed. If you are interested in assisting as a 2nd adult in a break-out room (with one of teachers), please contact Georgia Sheriff (gsheriff@plymouthchurch.com).

Take care,
Plymouth Board of Christian Education

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Trauma and its Role in Human Trafficking

2022-01-12

The Plymouth Human Trafficking Task Force is continuing its volunteer efforts to end Human Trafficking in all its forms. Over the past few months we have made a concerted effort to train our volunteers about “Trauma Informed Care” and what that looks like. On January 20 the Task Force is providing a program for the public that will help them understand what Human Trafficking is and the role that trauma plays. They’ll gain a better understanding of the physical changes that it causes in the brain and how understanding this can help us as a community better support survivors of human trafficking.

This presentation will provide information on the importance of trauma informed care from a highly regarded speaker who works with victims on a daily basis. Terry Forliti, who you may recall was our keynote speaker several years ago, is the Executive Director of “Breaking Free”, a treatment program in St. Paul that treats between 150 and 200 trafficking survivors each year. This typically involves making the victim feel safe both physically and emotionally, taking into consideration the survivor’s life experiences.  Understanding this can help us as community better support survivors of human trafficking. Terry Forliti will tell us how Trauma Informed Care is provided on the front line along with some of her successes using this approach.  She will also discuss what we as a community can do to further the survivor’s healing.

This program will be held on January 20 virtually only. You can register here. The link to join the program will be provided all who are registered the day of the event. Contact Shirlee Reding at shirlee421@gmail.com  with questions or for additional information.

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2022 Scholarship

2022-01-10

The Board of Plymouth Women Scholarship Committee will award scholarships in the spring of 2022 to college students who are preparing for a career in service. The estates of Susan B. Turner, Opal Jordan, and Mary and Frederick Royal fund these scholarships, as well as the proceeds from the Plymouth Women nut sales.

Click here to download a fillable-form PDF of the application. Please fill out the application and submit it to Lisa Merkle at jonandlisa@mail.com by March 31, 2022.

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Not Pizza…Pasta!

2021-12-30

Many of you await our annual HS Youth Pizza sales in anticipation of Super Bowl Sunday. In the past, our youth have sold and made upwards of 900 pizzas for our Pizza fundraiser which funds the Matins Tour and Service & Outreach opportunities. Because of the pandemic, we were unable to do this last year. We have been working with owner Joel, from Papa Murphy’s for 16 years and we are saddened that this year, he is unable to work with us. He assured us that it is not us; it is a shortage of workers, supply chain demands and demolition of his current location. So we are assured to do pizzas in 2023.

However, we are excited to announce that instead of pizza, we are going to serve up PASTA! The HS Youth will be cooking & serving up a Pasta Dinner prior to the Matins Variety Show on Sunday, March 6. More details to come. Stay tuned!

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Social Justice Sing-A-Long

2021-12-30

Join us on Saturday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m. for a special Saturday Night Worship service. All are invited to this service of songs and readings in the Sanctuary that will give voice to the justice of God for all people. In singing, listening, and responding to the voices of civil rights and human rights leaders, Plymouth will not only be remembering the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other justice advocates, but it will also be addressing what it means for us to continue advocating for equality today. So bring your friends and neighbors, and come prepared for our voices to come together!

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Wednesday Evening Bible Study

2021-12-30

Join Pastor Jack each week on Zoom at 7 p.m. to discuss the scripture for the upcoming weekend. There’s no homework. All you need join us from a comfy spot at home with your Bible, your questions, and your curiosity. Click here to join us!

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Wednesday Morning Bible Study

2021-12-30

Join Pastor LeAnn and explore the scripture text that will inform our upcoming weekend worship at 9:30 a.m. in Greenwood or on Zoom. Click here to join us virtually.