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Lent 2021 Book Study

2021-01-28

How shall people of Faith think about the Covid 19 Pandemic? One year of COVID 19. A health disaster coupled with a disastrous response. One year of isolation and frustration and way too many deaths. Do we just put this behind us, move on, and hope for the best? Or do we lean into a future of promise and new life, grounded in the wisdom of our faith?

Join Pastor LeAnn Stubbs and Stephen Minister Brian Leckrone for Plymouth’s Lenten Book Study, as we take up the brand new book, Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a time of Pandemic and Beyond.

Lenten Book Study: Sunday afternoons, 4:30-6 p.m. from February 21 to March 28
Book: Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a time of Pandemic and Beyond by Matthew Fox.
Register: To register for the class, click here
. We will send you the ZOOM link, book details, and additional resources.

Please contact Brian Leckrone at bdleckrone@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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Virtual Shrove Tuesday 2021

2021-01-28

The Plymouth Deacons invite you to the first ever Shrove Tuesday on-line extravaganza!!!

Well…that might be over-stating it a bit, but we do hope that you can join us for some pancake fun and fellowship on Shrove Tuesday. We miss seeing you at church each weekend and feel this is a great opportunity to get together and do what we do best – Grow in love of God and neighbor. We will have some trivia to quiz your knowledge about Shrove Tuesday, Lent, maybe even pancakes? All are invited!

In addition to the pancake fun and fellowship, we are also asking for donations to the Good Samaritan Fund. All monies raised will go to this fund which helps people who find themselves temporarily stuck in a place of immediate need. Problems that, for many of us may be nothing more than an inconvenience, can be enough to tip a family on the edge over the edge. That’s why this fund is so important. It allows our ministers to help people directly, when they’re most in need. The process is simple, just a need, a willingness to ask, and the ability of a blessed church to give.

With the events of the past year, the need is greater than ever.  Please give as generously as you are able. All are welcome to join! We hope you will join us on Zoom Tuesday, February 16 from 7-7:30 p.m.

Use this link to join: zoom.us/j/99461884163

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Ashes to Go

2021-01-28

As we move into the season of Lent, your Stephen Ministers are offering a time of blessing, prayer and an imposition of Ashes. Please come to receive the mark of the cross on this special day, Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Circle Drive entrance on 42nd Street. Ashes and a blessing will be provided as you remain in the comfort of your car.

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Meditation in the Sanctuary

2021-01-27

Sanctuary Mediations are coming back beginning Feb. 1! If you have been missing being in our building, we encourage you to register for a half-hour, masked, socially-distanced space in the sanctuary to meditate alone or with members of your immediate household. You will only be able to enter the sanctuary through the north Ingersoll entrance to the Narthex; parking is available on the upper parking deck. Time slots available are:

Sundays from 1-1:30 p.m.
Tuesdays from 5:30-6 p.m.
Wednesdays from 10-10:30 a.m.

To sign up for a slot to meditate in our Sanctuary, click here!

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Kim Dawson Gallery

2021-01-27

Our newest Plymouth Gallery Exhibit contains beautiful fluid acrylic pieces by Kim Dawson.
You can few the virtual gallery here!

Do you want to see Kim’s work in person?
Click here to sign up for a slot to visit Plymouth!

Visit Kim’s Facebook page here:
facebook.com/KimDawsonArtist

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Church Office Volunteers Wanted

2021-01-22

Do you have free time during the week and are looking for something safe you can do? Plymouth is looking for volunteers to assist our church staff in covering phone shifts during the week. If you would like to learn more or are interested in volunteering, please contact Emily Tripp: etripp@plymouthchurch.com.

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Cuban Art Talk

2021-01-21

Triangulating Between Cuba, New England, and Africa in the Art of María Magdalena Campos-Pons

Guest Speaker: Dr Jennifer Josten
Date: Monday, February 22, 2021
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Registration: Click here to register for the art talk. The Zoom link for the virtual art talk will be sent to you prior to the event.

Sculpture: Tools of torture frequently used on enslaved African-Cubans.

About the Event:
The Cuba Partnership Team invites you to a virtual talk with Dr. Jennifer Josten about contemporary artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons. Campos-Pons is renowned for her artworks that combine installation, performance, photography, painting, and video. Born in Cuba in 1959, she was raised in a former slave barracks on a plantation in Matanzas before entering Cuba’s national art school system. She emigrated to Boston in 1991 during the economic crisis following the collapse of the Soviet Union, known as Cuba’s “Special Period”.

Dr. Josten’s talk will focus on Campos-Pons’s 2015 exhibition Alchemy of the Soul, Elixir for the Spirits at the Peabody Essex Museum, an institution founded by the East India Marine Society in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1799. She will discuss how Campos-Pons’s multi-part sculptural and sound installation metaphorically invoked the economic system known as the Triangular Trade, in which sugarcane was harvested by enslaved peoples of African descent in Cuba, other parts of the Caribbean, and southern U.S., transported to New England where it was distilled into rum, and shipped to Africa to be traded for enslaved peoples who were forcibly taken to the New World and sold, thus continuing a cycle of exploitation from which New Englanders continued to profit long after their direct participation in the slave trade ended.

Dr. Josten is interim chair and associate professor in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Jennifer is a Des Moines native who grew up at Plymouth Church, sang in Matins Choir and graduated from Roosevelt High School. She also will speak about how she became interested in Cuba, and what it has meant to teach Cuban art in the era of BLM.

About the Speaker:
Jennifer Josten’s research charts the flow of artists, forms, and ideas among and between Latin America, Europe, and the United States since 1940. Her interests include the art and architecture of greater Mexico and Latin America; transatlantic and inter-American artist-based networks of the Cold War era; and the presence of the pre-Columbian past in modern and contemporary art and architecture.

Josten’s 2018 book Mathias Goeritz: Modernist Art and Architecture in Cold War Mexico examines the dramatic cultural and political transformations of the 1940s–1970s in and beyond Mexico through the lens of the polyvalent artistic and critical practice of Mexico-based German artist Mathias Goeritz (1915–1990). (Preview here on Google books.) She has collaborated on a number of exhibition projects, and has recently contributed essays to the catalogues for Art_Latin_America: Against the Survey (Davis Museum at Wellesley College, 2019), Pop América: 1965–1975 (Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, and McNay Art Museum, 2018), Lucio Fontana: Ambienti/Environments (Pirelli HangarBicocca, 2017), and Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985 (LACMA, 2017), among others. In this video on LACMA’s Facebook page, she discusses a few of the artworks that were on view in Found in Translation.

Josten spent the 2019–20 academic year in residence at UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) as an Institute of American Cultures Visiting Scholar. While based in Los Angeles, she drew on the holdings of the CSRC and other area repositories and resources to advance her current book project, which examines regional exchange networks for graphic and environmental design that extended from post-revolutionary Cuba and Mexico to participants in the U.S.-based Chicano and Black Power movements during the long 1960s.

Read more about Josten here.

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Questions?
Contact Cuba Partnership Team member, Alicia Claypool, apclaypool@aol.com or 515-988-5831.

Photos from the “Memorial to the 1825 Slave Rebellion”, Matanzas, Cuba.

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New Worship Streaming System

2021-01-21

Plymouth has a brand new way of engaging with our Weekend Worship service. Instead of watching our service on Facebook or YouTube, you can now listen from your cell phone or land line!

To do this, call 1.833.612.1926! When you call this number, you will be prompted to either press 1 to subscribe to our call list or stay on the line to listen to our most recent Weekend Worship service.

If you decide to subscribe to our call list, this means you will get a call each Sunday at 9 a.m. when our service goes live.

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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.