Pathways to Generosity

In the month of November we will be making our way together along a pathway of generosity, where each one of us will be discerning our place on the giving path to sustain our beloved church and its many ministries through the next year. Our collective prayer for this season is: “God, where do You want me to be in my giving?” I will be praying that whenever I look at the prayer card hanging on my bathroom mirror, and I encourage you to place that card found in your packet in a prominent place so you may pray with me, too, as we join together to sustain and grow a house of worship where love dwells and all safely come together.

We are making this journey together at a time when the future is so bright, and I am excited for what awaits Plymouth Church. We have called The Rev. Dr. Jared Wortman as our next Senior Pastor beginning November 22, and our newest associate pastor, Jack Mahoney, began his tenure with us on October 5. Jack is currently building relationships, especially with our middle and high schoolers. Since January 1, 2021, Plymouth Church has been hard at work. We have sponsored a refugee family from Syria and are continuing to assist them as they settle in to their new city. We have baptized over 20 children into the Christian faith, including a spontaneous immersion baptism in the lake on our recent Matins tour! Thirteen eighth grade Confirmands affirmed their faith and joined Plymouth Church and we have welcomed over 20 adult new members this year! We have worshiped in new ways including online, hybrid, in person and outdoors, and our digital presence on Sunday morning has attracted an audience beyond the Des Moines metro area. We created an online Vacation Bible School for kids and continue to provide hybrid Church School for the spiritual nourishment of our children and their continued safety. Church School has now been expanded to adult educational offerings as well, with new classes continuing to be offered throughout the year! We have restarted our children’s choir programs with over 120 kids participating in a rich Plymouth tradition. And through it all, we have continued to host food drives, donate furniture and clothes, support the housing of homeless families through Family Promise, and provide shelter meals for Des Moines residents who are most in need. No doubt, we have been on a remarkable giving path over the last year. Even during the most difficult season, we have come together to be the church; the hands and feet of Jesus in Des Moines.

People of God, we are on a path of seeking to grow, deepen our faith, and transform lives, and this past year has shown me Plymouth Church clearly has the power to do just that! We’ve experienced the joy that comes from our generosity. As we now prepare Plymouth for the year ahead, let us all ask for God’s help in discerning our own ability to give. Together, we can ensure that Des Moines continues to know God’s love through the goodness of Plymouth Church.

Generosity Moment with Neil Fagan & Mark Doherty

Generosity Moment with Chuck Offenburger

Generosity Moment with Julia Strickland

Generosity Moment with Erin & Brad Davison-Rippey

Generosity Moment with Erin Riker