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AARP Article Features Plymouth Choir Members

2020-07-27
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!
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Congregational Zoom Call

2020-07-27

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.

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We All Live in a Yellow Submarine Vacation Bible School 2020

2020-07-23

Register now for Plymouth’s 2020 take-home Vacation Bible School!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfgxG9RXVnxIMJyGjNiGqAhAZzj14ojh6u0hsZtq2R_I2qDg/viewform

Kids from pre-K to 5th grade (rising 6th graders) will have fun with Bible stories, crafts, skits, songs, snacks and MORE!

Enjoy the three days Aug. 10-12 or as your schedule permits!  All materials will be provided and can be picked up at Plymouth or delivered!

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Fellowship Forum is Still Happening — Virtually on Zoom!

2020-07-15

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!

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Now Hiring Education Assistant

2020-06-26

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.

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Calendar of (Virtual) Events!

2020-06-24

Click here for our Calendar of (Virtual) Events

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

2020-06-11

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

2020-05-25

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

https://www.iaenvironment.org/webres/File/News%20%26%20Resources/Publications/Real_Potential_Ready_Today_2016_updates_web.pdf

 

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Worship Podcasts

2020-01-24

Click the YouTube logo to access Plymouth’s most recent Sunday worship podcasts!

 

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Plymouth Church Seeks New Director of Child and Family Ministries

2020-01-24

Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa seeks a full-time Director of Child and Family Ministries. We are a progressive congregation of approximately 3,200 members, committed to inclusivity and diversity.  We are looking for someone with the creativity and commitment to help us build upon our vibrant tradition of engaging children in the life of our church. Working closely with the Senior Minister, lay leaders and church staff,  the Director of Child and Family Ministries will direct the faith formation programming for children, including weekly church school, Vacation Bible School, and other family activities. Strong organizational skills and a proven ability to oversee effective programs for children are a must, as well as a bachelor’s degree (preferably in a related field) and five years of related professional experience. Position includes competitive salary and full benefits. A criminal background check is required. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to mmardis-lecroy@plymouthchurch.com