AN IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT WORSHIP AT PLYMOUTH CHURCH

Dear Plymouth Family,

God gathers us together as a church so that we can grow in love of God and neighbor. This week we have been wondering what it means to love our neighbor in challenging times.

For Plymouth Church, loving our neighbor looks like this: we will not gather to worship in person on Saturday, March 14 or Sunday, March 15.

We do not make this decision lightly. But after lots of discernment, and on the advice of the Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ, we have decided to take this step for the safety of our members and of our community. Our worship gathering could become a means of spreading the COVID-19 virus more quickly, which could tax our healthcare system and pose a very real threat to the most vulnerable among us. Given that possibility, we want to err on the side of safety.

Suspending in-person worship is a hard sacrifice to make. But we choose to do this because God calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves.

The good news is this: worship will continue on the internet! Saturday Night at 5:30, please visit Plymouth’s Facebook page for a livestream worship experience. On Sunday morning, we will have new video on YouTube by 11 a.m.  We can worship together even while separated. No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome to worship with us online.

As events continue to unfold, we would like to make a couple of asks of you:

If you know a Plymouth person who may not receive this message, please check in and share its contents with them.

Please watch your email and the Plymouth Facebook page for ongoing updates about the life of Plymouth Church.

And please consider how you can help a neighbor. We had planned to divide this weekend’s loose plate offering between two of our community partners: the Des Moines Areas Religious Council’s Food Pantry and CROSS Ministries. Their resources will be stretched to aid the most marginalized in our community. If you are able, please consider making a gift to one or both of these ministries. It is another way to love your neighbor in difficult days.

God calls us to grow together in love. And I am deeply grateful to share this journey with all of you.

 

Grace and Peace,

Matt Mardis-LeCroy

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