News Digest for May 21 2020


These are challenging time for all of us, and suffering is not a contest.




Some members of the Plymouth Church family are going through a special kind of grief right now. For our high school seniors and their families, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic meant the loss of long-anticipated milestone moments.


This weekend in worship, we will take time to celebrate and bless our seniors. It won’t make up for all that they have lost, but it is our small way of meeting them where they are at and telling them how much they mean to us.


So do not miss the worship of God at Plymouth Church!



We have decided to keep the building closed and all in-person activities suspended until further notice. On Tuesday, Matt Mardis-LeCroy will ask Plymouth’s Church Council to appoint a Church Health and Safety Task Force. A group of our members, with expertise in medicine, science, building management and other areas, will be asked to carefully consider the guidance of government officials and church leaders in making data driven recommendations to the Church Council about the time and the manner of our re-opening for work, worship and other activities. In this way, we will continue to prioritize care for our neighbor.


On Saturday Night, worship will be livestreamed from the Plymouth West Campus in Windsor Heights. Mary Beth will provide the music and Matt will preach on a sermon entitled, “In The Meantime,” based on John 17:1-11, 20-21

You can find the livestream of the service, or watch it anytime you like, on Plymouth’s Facebook page.

On Sunday morning, we focus on our graduating high school seniors and the Matins Choir. Out high school seniors will offer personal reflections and some Matins Choir anthems for this moment. Please join us for this special service of music and blessing!

All of Plymouth’s YouTube videos can be found right here. We will also post a link to the Sunday video on the Plymouth Facebook page before it premieres.

Please join us for worship this weekend –and please be sure to “like” and “share” what Plymouth is doing. You have the power to spread the word about Plymouth Church. Your friends will thank you!



If you haven’t already, please review information on our website about a proposal to place solar panels on a portion of Plymouth’s roof. Church Council approved this proposal at its April meeting; now the Plymouth Church Foundation is considering whether or not to fund the project.

You can learn a lot more right here.



Are you enjoying the Virtual Choir’s rendition of “May the Lord Be Always With You” that closes out our Sunday services? Would you like to take part? There’s still time! Learn more right here.



Plymouth has been able to maintain a steady schedule of worship and other ways to learn and connect during the COVID-19 crisis. As we conclude our “program” year and shift into the summer months, we will be making some adjustments to some of our program offerings.

The most significant change is to our current offerings at 11:00 a.m. on Facebook Live. These programs will conclude at the end of May and will be replaced with various opportunities to join discussions as we all read The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg together this summer.

This All Church Reads program will begin on June 1st, so get a copy of the book now and get ready to join the discussion. We will cover one chapter each week. You can purchase the books from your favorite online retailer or by calling Beaverdale Books.

During the 12-week book study, worship texts will be selected to complement the book each week and sermons will be prepared to explore themes from the book as well.

Watch The Contact and Plymouth Weekly emails for details about the book discussion opportunities. You can also request to join the Group for the book study on Plymouth’s Facebook page.



But through the end of May, our daily online offerings will continue in the form you have come to expect –at 5:30 p.m. for Evening Prayer and 11:00 a.m. for everything else. On Fridays, Evening Prayer features the music of Seth Hedquist!

To view any of them live as they happen or at your own convenience, please visit the Videos section of our Facebook page.

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.






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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