On Monday of Holy Week, we remember Jesus driving the moneychangers out of the Temple. Matthew’s account of that event includes a striking detail: The blind and the lame came to him in the Temple and he cured them. (Matthew 21:14).

According to the purity code of the time, people who were blind or lame were excluded from the Temple. But Jesus invites them to transgress that boundary for the sake of their healing. He calls them near and makes them well.

There is a deep irony in reading these words during this particular Hoy Week. We are staying away from each other and we are doing it for the sake of safety and healing.

We may be physically separated. But that does not mean that we cannot share Holy Week with each other. On the contrary, the days ahead will offer all kinds of opportunities to connect during these sacred days.



Plymouth’s MAUNDY THURSDAY worship service will be live at 5:30 on Facebook. This will be a service of Scripture and Prayer and Holy Communion with LeAnn Stubbs. In order to fully participate, you will need Juice or wine and bread in your home. You are also invited to have a candle handy.

On GOOD FRIDAY, join us at 6 pm on the Plymouth Facebook page for a joint service of tenebrae with our friends at Trinity Las Americas United Methodist Church. The service will be in Spanish and English, with leadership from the Plymouth Deacons, Nikira Hernandez-Evans, Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz, and Emily Ewing. If you would like to have an English translation of the parts that will be read in Spanish, print out a copy of our Order of Service.

HOLY SATURDAY offers a brief service with Mary Kate Buchanan at 5:30 on Facebook.

EASTER SUNDAY offers two worship experiences:

The SUNRISE SERVICE will be led by Lindsey Braun and the 7th Grade Confirmation class. Join us on YouTube at 6:30 a.m. for a service of scripture, reflection, prayer ad an invitation to home communion.

SUNDAY WORSHIP will premiere on YouTube at 9 a.m., a service featuring brass, organ and a sermon from Matt Mardis-LeCroy



As you prepare to celebrate Easter, please consider a Special Offering gift that supports our Just Peace covenant – working toward economic and/or social justice for our Des Moines Metro Area neighbors. The projects selected for this year’s gifts are:

CROSS Outreach Funds from the Easter offering will help 10 families make essential payments, including rent, mortgages, security deposits and utilities. U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants: Des Moines Field Office Funds from the Easter offering will enable the group to purchase supplies and assemble essential first aid and hygiene kits for approximately 45 families. The group may also purchase a limited number of dehumidifiers, blood-pressure machines and pulse oximeters for people who require them.

Youth Emergency Shelter and Services (YESS) YESS makes special needs purchases for up to 7,000 children each year. Funds from the Easter offering will help the group buy clothing and footwear, infant formula, baby food, eyeglasses or contact lenses, medications, and pay school-related fees.

Central Iowa Shelter and Services (CISS) Funds from the Easter offering will pay for materials necessary to maintain CISS’ 750-square-foot domed garden. The garden includes a multi-level aquaponics system that grows up to 10,000 pounds of food throughout the year.

Pastor’s Discretionary Fund 10% of the Special Offerings will be allocated to Plymouth Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. These funds are directed to urgent needs of community members, covering items such as rent assistance, utility cost, medicine, and bus/travel expense. To keep our Church Family safe and healthy, there will be no in person Easter Church service.

Please make your gifts online at

or mail your check with memo line “Easter Gifts” to Plymouth Church Attn: Nancy Bassett, 4126 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312.



During Holy Week, we continue to make our regular weekly offerings available online.

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.


And don’t forget about Evening Prayer, livestreamed every weekday on our Facebook page at 5:30.








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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