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Plymouth members are drawn into passionate engagement with social concerns. With support of the Board of Outreach, you might connect with Plymouth’s wider community in two ways: through acts of compassion that address the immediate needs of those vulnerable in our society, and through advocacy for social change that furthers justice as a realization of the Realm of God.

Working Groups
To find out more about any of the following committees or program areas, including the possibility of joining one of them, contact Jeffrey Sartain, Executive Minister (612/871-7400,

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Food Shelf

Lydia Apartment



Drop-In Center

Caring for

Meals on


Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness


Plymouth Homelessness Advocacy Team


Racial Justice Working Group

Habitat for

Families Moving Forward

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Caring for CreationTransforming people and the land that sustains them. This working group focuses on caring for the environment as integral to spiritual life and social justice.Contact: Jim Lenfestey, More on Caring for Creation.

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Drop-In CenterFellowship for neighbors with disabilities, mental illness or struggles with independent living. The Drop-In Center relies on volunteers to spend time with participants at the church on Wednesdays 1-3 or Thursdays 6-8 p.m., to go together on field trips and to nurture relationships. For calendar, click here. Contact Larry Johnson, Drop-In coordinator,, 612/977-1282.

Families Moving Forward—Families Moving Forward connects families who are currently homeless with congregations who provide housing one week at a time while the organization works with the families to find permanent housing. Contact: Dawn Hofstrand or E. J. Kelley, 612/922-9411,

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GLBT-Straight AlliancePromote inclusiveness at Plymouth and in our neighborhood. A working group that promotes acceptance toward all people of all sexual orientations. Jeff Sartain:  612/871-7400, GSA page

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Groveland Emergency Food ShelfHelp distribute more than 25,000 pounds of food to people who need it each month. Groveland Emergency Food Shelf, located in Plymouth’s basement, is part of a five-church effort to feed food-insecure youth and adults. To volunteer at the Food Shelf, contact Dave Enghusen,, 612/871-0277. Food Shelf Website

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Habitat for Humanity—Help build someone a new home or refurbish an old one. We have two or three weeks each year when volunteers can spend one or more days working together with professional Habitat supervisors and experienced Plymouth leaders. We also need help to provide snacks and lunch for our volunteers. Watch our Habitat for Humanity team video—one of Plymouth's many outreach opportunities and education. Our team built a new home just a mile from church in May. See our Facebook page for photos. Contact: Bonnie Herr, 612/345-4872,, or John Davenport 952/237-4076,

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Lydia Apartments Connections
Help neighbors help themselves. This working group helps plan and carry out activities and volunteer opportunities for residents and Plymouth members in order to benefit Lydia and the broader community. Contact: Renee Macomber, 952/933-2146,

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Meals on WheelsA hot meal for the homebound every Thursday. Deliver hot meals once or more each month on Thursdays to homebound people in the Loring-Nicollet area, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers provide their own transportation and pick up meals from a central Meals on Wheels kitchen. Contact: Fran Neir, 612/722-1662,

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Plymouth Homelessness Advocacy Team —Advocate for change through the legislative process. This is a great way for the congregation to use their gift of citizenship to advocate for change via the legislative process. Contact: Sarah Lehman ( or Kate Loe (

Heading Home Hennepin,
a plan to end homelessness in Hennepin County by 2016.

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Plymouth School Volunteers—
Help kids improve reading and math or share artistic talent.Contact: Bryce Hamilton, 612/920-6268,
Whittier International School is a unique arts-integrated elementary school in the Whittier neighborhood; many Plymouth volunteers assist children to speak and read English, with math lessons or music during the day. For more information visit the school web site.

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Racial Justice Working Group—The goals of this Board of Outreach group, created in January 2015, include:

The Racial Justice Working Group comprises 10 individuals from the Plymouth congregation and clergy. The group is enthusiastic about the opportunity before Plymouth to meaningfully and deeply embrace a critical and loving exploration of ways to confront and overcome systemic institutional racism within its own walls, hearts and minds.The road will be long, and the work will be vigorous, but the spiritual resolve of Plymouth is unwavering and we are all up for the challenge. Now is the perfect time for Plymouth to undertake this endeavor.

To contact the Racial Justice Working Group, email Peter Eichten,; Theresa Voss,; or Chad Freeburg, The complete membership is:

Peter Eichten, co-chair
Theresa Voss, co-chair
David Astin
Peg Birk
Chad Freeburg
Maggie Heier
Dawn Hofstrand
Kim Lutes
Jeffrey Sartain
Mary Kay Sauter

Simpson PartnersHospitality for the homeless, on a first-name basis. Interested in volunteering? Contact: Ruth Colby,

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Third Sunday Meal—Help serve more than 200 meals to neighbors in need each month. Volunteers are needed from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The ongoing need is for 25 volunteer servers per month.Contact Jean Tracy,, 952/303-4008.

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Downtown Congregations To End HomelessnessTransforming our actions from managing to ending homelessness. Join this interfaith effort.

DCEH Annual Report [PDF]

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Habitat for Humanity

New Minnesotans

Third Sunday Meal

Food Shelf

Food Shelf



Outreach Sunday

Outreach Sunday

Plymouth in Gay Pride Parade 2008

Plymouth in the Gay Pride Parade


Lydia Connections

A Night on the Street

A Night on the Street

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels

Green Festival

Caring for Creation Green Festival

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