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Plymouth Seeks a New Director of Operations and Finance

Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa—a vibrant and progressive congregation of approximately 3,200 members—seeks a full-time Director of Operations and Finance. We are looking for someone with the vision and creativity to help us become the church we are supposed to be. Working closely with the Senior Minister, the Director of... Read More

focUS Insights: Let’s Live into Our Motto!

Results from the focUS Survey conducted in February are available for review, and they highlight the many strengths of our church community, some frustrations, and an eagerness to move forward together to live out our fullest potential. The survey was delivered as part of Plymouth’s focUS initiative which was designed to help members, staff, and... Read More

Plymouth Easter Gifts Support Our Just Peace Covenant

Honoring the Plymouth Just Peace Covenant, the Easter Special Offering will be gifted to the following initiatives and non-profit organizations serving Des Moines Metro people, who are most in need and striving for social and/or economic justice. The projects selected for this year’s gifts are: Family Promise of Greater Des Moines – The funds will... Read More

Applications Available for Plymouth Women’s Scholarship

The Plymouth Women Scholarships are awarded once a year to two or more college students who are preparing for a career in service such as seminary, social work, education, medicine, etc. Applicants must be a junior, senior or graduate student in a college or university. Plymouth members are given preference, but any qualified person may... Read More

Teach Us To Pray (Matthew 6:7-21)

After a long hiatus, it is hard to get back on the horse. But this feels like a good week to jump back in. This week, we learn how to pray with Jesus. And, really, we learn a lot more than that. But before we dive in, let’s stop and take stock of our surroundings.... Read More

Announcing Application for Easter Special Offering Gifts

Plymouth Church is humbled in gratitude for all that we have freely received from God. We continue to grow in generosity by giving to the less fortunate food, clothing, furniture and money. We want our monetary gifts to flow out from Plymouth Church and into the hands of organizations or initiatives serving people most in... Read More

Fear, Fake News…and Pie

  Ready for something completely different? This week’s Scripture lesson is unfamiliar, full of seemingly strange and difficult names. It may take a little more work to see what is going on here. But the work will be worth it! As the story comes into focus, it seems shockingly relevant to us. This is a... Read More

What Does God Want?

  It is a question that some of us never consider. It is a question that some of us cannot escape. Throughout history, some of us have killed each other over different answers to this question. What does God want? This week, the Prophet Micah is trying to tell us. Micah 5:2-5a, 6:6-8 2 But you,... Read More

From Small Things…

  …Big Things One Day Come. (In case you don’t get the reference) Self-plagiarism alert: Most of this blog post is adapted from a sermon that I preached at The Community Church of Little Neck in February of 2003. In so many ways, we have been trained to seek our salvation in big dramatic gestures.... Read More

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Beloved: The Season of Epiphany at Plymouth Church

  I have some travel coming up and so weekly blogging is on semi-hiatus. But I want to a little table-setting for the season of Epiphany. I want to give you a word for the beginning of 2020: Beloved. Can you see yourself as God’s Beloved? In Epiphany we will explore that question. The word... Read More

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