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Memorial Planning
Resources for members include planning for the future. Occasionally, members seek to plan their future memorial service or funeral. Taking time to do this planning will be helpful to family and friends who wish to respect people’s wishes. To that end, Plymouth ministers have developed a Memorial Planning Packet for individuals to print and fill out with their personal information and preferences. You may wish to give it to church staff, who will make one copy for you and file another for safe keeping.

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group
This group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 12:30–2:00 p.m., for people with mild to moderate traumatic brain injury—and their family members. For more information, read our info sheet or contact Rev. Cathie Crooks,, or 612/871-7400.

Plymouth’s ministers are available to talk with people, to listen and to provide spiritual support during difficult times and times of transition. Often ministers also make referrals to other organizations, agencies and professionals when the needs of the individual coming for help exceed their expertise or time constraints. Commonly referrals are made to spiritual directors, pastoral counselors or therapists.

Following is a list of a few types of support and links to some organizations that provide support.

Psychotherapy is a treatment process that uses specialized techniques of caring that have been designed to offer effective, long-lasting help for people suffering from a wide range of difficulties. Therapy can also help fulfill aspirations for personal growth or self-improvement.

One good place to begin to find a therapist, if you have health insurance, is to contact your provider. Many health insurance programs and HMOs offer assistance in finding a therapist that's right for you.

Finding a therapist can be difficult. Feel free to call on Plymouth’s clergy to support and encourage you in this process.

Pastoral Counseling
Pastoral counseling is care of the soul in a holistic context that blends religion and theology with methods of contemporary and traditional psychology. Pastoral counseling is rooted in a tradition of deep understanding from the perspective of faith and the varieties of human suffering, and finds meaning in the complexity and ambiguity of life. In addition to being licensed psychotherapists, pastoral counselors are typically ordained clergy and/or persons with advanced degrees in theology. links you to the Westminster Counseling Center, a Pastoral Counseling center located near Plymouth Church in downtown Minneapolis.

Spiritual Direction
Spiritual direction is the process of accompanying people on a spiritual journey. Spiritual direction helps people tell their sacred stories. Spiritual direction exists in a context that emphasizes growing closer to God (or the holy or a higher power) and invites a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Spiritual direction is not psychotherapy, counseling or financial planning.

Becoming Well Within,, lists a number of Spiritual Direction centers and retreats in Minnesota. Click on Spiritual Resources and then in the box on the right click on “Centers Offering Spiritual Direction” and explore the sites there to find a Spiritual Director.

Also see:, the web site of Spiritual Directors International – a professional organization for Spiritual Directors.

Domestic Abuse
Violence in our homes and family relationships must not be tolerated. If you're suffering from abuse by your spouse, partner or parents, please know you're not alone and that many people want to help. Feel free to talk to Plymouth’s ministers about the violence in your home. If you want more information or assistance, you may also contact the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women which helps victims find a program in their area, or that serves their community: .

Other Concerns
First Call for Help: Dial 211 for a referral to more than 4,000 human services organizations for all types of issues, resources and concerns.

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Get in the HABIT: Update

Plymouth Church Minneapolis is hosting the Mayo Clinic program HABIT. This study program aimed at preventing or delaying dementia. The program builds on people’s existing strengths and recognizes that procedural memory, otherwise known as ‘habit,’ can be exercised, promoting the highest level of function and independence.
The participants will be assigned to engage in four of five of the following components: 1. Individual memory compensation training (including calendaring); 2. Group supportive therapy; 3. Yoga (physical exercise); 4. Brain fitness (a proven computer program); and, 5. Wellness education (including diet).
The requirements for participation are:
1. A diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). This should be within six months of the start of the program. To obtain a diagnosis of MCI, go to your primary care doctor who will refer you to a neuropsychologist who conducts the assessment. Or, ask Mayo for an assessment.
2. A study partner willing to go through the program along with the participant;
3. Ability to participate in the research program now scheduled for June 1-12 for 4 hours each weekday at Plymouth Church, Minneapolis;
4. Ability to travel to Rochester for a pre-program evaluation;
5. Ability to travel to Rochester six months after the program for a one day booster.
We need 14 people with a diagnosis of MCI, each with a partner (a spouse, partner, adult child or good friend) by May 15 in order to conduct the program at Plymouth Church in Minneapolis.
If you or someone you know would like to participate, please respond either to Sherrie Hanna at or to Parker Trostel Please call Parker with questions at 612-926-7746.

Posted Feb. 20, 2015.

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