In these days of social distancing, Plymouth Church continues to work at care, connection and outreach. The past week has challenged us to stretch and innovate in exciting new ways. Here is a quick roundup of the work that we are doing:



Worshipping together is the beating heart at the center of our common life. Although we cannot share tables in Waveland Hall or pews in our sanctuary, we are committed to providing excellent on-line worship opportunities. Join us on Plymouth’s Facebook page Saturday at 5:30 for a livestreaming worship experience featuring the music of the Saturday Night Band and a sermon from LeAnn Stubbs. (Matt spent spme time today working to make sure we won’t have the audio issues that marred last week’s livestream).

On Sunday morning we will post video of worship from our sanctuary. LeAnn will preach, Carl Gravander will play organ, Susan Waller will sing, Mary Kate Buchanan will have a children’s message and Matt Mardis-LeCroy will pray. All are welcome –and don’t forget to share with your networks!



Every weekday at 11:00 a.m. you will find a new offering from one of the Plymouth staff on the church’s Facebook page. Today we were treated to a presentation on spirituality and baking by Mary Kate. On Friday, Lindsey Braun will offer some content specifically for the children of the church.

Starting next week, the schedule will be as follows (all offerings are at 11 a.m.):

On Monday, Matt Mardis-LeCroy hosts the Monday morning check-in, a time to share news of the church and prayer concerns.

On Tuesday, Karen Jeske will facilitate Center and Connect, an opportunity to center, process feelings, and connect with other Plymouth members about what we are all experiencing related to social distancing.

On Wednesday, Matt Mardis-LeCroy invites you to join him for a Bible study that will dig into the text for the upcoming weekend’s worship.

On Thursday, Mary Kate Buchanan will be exploring the spirituality of being at home and have some tips for you to make the most of this time.

On Fridays, Lindsey Braun will have content specifically geared to families with children.

Plus, watch for the premiere of an evening prayer service next week!

Even as we plan these offerings, we will also be reaching out to smaller groups in myriad ways –whether it is Susan Waller dreaming up ways for our high school youth to connect or Nikira Hernandez-Evans helping facilitating a Welcoming Migrants book study that is meeting in virtual space.

In short, we continue to develop ways for Plymouth people to keep on growing together in love.



This week we have been reminded that not all of our people are on-line. Some of our older members, especially, feel cared for when they can connect over the phone. LeAnn Stubbs has organized a couple of dozen volunteers to make hundreds of phone calls, ensuring that we can stay in touch.



Nikira Hernandez-Evans continues to work with other local clergy through the Des Moines Area Religious Council to set up a network that can identify people with specific needs and match them to someone able to meet that need. Grocery delivery, childcare, prescription medication pickup, social interaction, wellness checks and so much more.



Plymouth’s Church Council has important work to do. They will be meeting this Tuesday night on Zoom to identify new candidates for the boards of the church.





Plymouth is currently scheduled to host a Family Promise week in April –providing housing in our building to families experiencing homelessness. Obviously the COVID-19 crisis makes this effort more complicated. Our Family Promise team is in touch with Family Promise of Greater Des Moines, staying abreast of changes they are making to keep everyone safe and healthy.



Plymouth’s staff had its first Zoom meeting on Tuesday morning. The team was able to come together, strategize and develop many of the ideas you are reading here. We also made time on Wednesday afternoon for a Zoom training on TouchPoint, the new member management software that we are already using to keep track of our members and friends.


Please remember that the church building is closed. If you need us, call or email!


Thank you for your continued prayer and support. If is such a gift to share life with the people of Plymouth Church!





WEBSITE. To Find the Latest News About Plymouth Church: In your web browser, go to Under the large picture, you will see the NEWS heading in capital letters. That is where you will find the latest information and links to our most recent worship videos.


FACEBOOK. To Connect to Plymouth on Facebook (including livestreams of Bible studies and Saturday worship): In your web browser, go to and enter the words “plymouth congregational church (ucc) des moines” in the search bar. The first search result will be our page. Feel free to browse through posts and pictures. If you are looking for a livestream specifically (such as Saturday Night worship), look to the left hand side of the screen. There will be a list of words arranged vertically. One of them, about halfway down the page, is “videos.” Click on that and it will take you to our latest offerings. If a livestream is in progress, there will be a small tag with the word “live” next to the word “videos.


YOUTUBE. To view our extensive collections of music and sermons on YouTube: In your web browser, go to and enter the words “Plymouth united church of christ dsm” in the search bar. The first result will be our YouTube channel, which currently has 162 videos of worship in our sanctuary.



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