Feeds Bulletin Board

Plymouth Church’s Little Free Pantry

Stock Our Pantry Shelves!

Our new Little Free Pantry (an Eagle Scout Project by recent graduate Theo, and a partnership between our church and the Groveland Emergency Food Shelf) on LaSalle Avenue is already an important community resource, emptying out as quickly as it is filled. Help keep it stocked by bringing grab-and-go meals and snacks to the specially labeled bin in Jones Commons, or by making a designated donation to the Groveland Emergency Food Shelf for “Little Free Pantry Food Buying.”

2024 Easter Offering

Plymouth’s Easter Offering this year is rooted in RENEWAL.

As Minnesotans we are blessed with a deep agrarian tradition, abundant renewable energy resources, bountiful water resources, vast wilderness spaces, and a willingness to lead the nation in matters of environmental concern. We also, as Plymouth Church, sit on lands of the Dakota, in an urban environment where the environmental consequences of the city’s commerce loom large, and where our state’s life-giving natural resources can feel far removed.

As people of faith, we remember the Easter message that God is the source of life, and death is an opportunity for resurrection. Renewal is always possible.

Plymouth’s Board of Outreach invites you to join us in a commitment to RENEWAL. Your financial contributions, in consultation with our Climate & Environmental Justice Committee, will be used to build and deepen Plymouth’s relationships with organizations accelerating the pace of and broadening access to the renewable energy transition, and to organizations that are working to nourish and renew our lands, waters and all who depend on them. A short list of possible partners is below.

We invite you to give generously to this faithful effort and with it a sense of physical, mental, and spiritual nourishment and RENEWAL. We are so excited by the possibilities when we have a RENEWAL faith. Please contact Rev. Seth Patterson (sethp@plymouth.org) with any questions.

  • Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light works in partnership with congregations and communities to inspire people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. Our partnerships will help us take action to mitigate the climate crisis in ways that make sense for our Plymouth community.
  • Good Courage Farm heals the earth through regenerative agriculture, renews the spirit through ministry, and nourishes relationships with indigenous and immigrant communities by supporting the growth and donation of culturally meaningful foods. We hope you will join us out on the farm for their pie and prayer sessions, singing together in the silo, picking berries, or perhaps helping with work around the farm.
  • Reparative Action. A benefit of climate justice work has been the attempt to entrust this work into the hands of people who have been underserved and overburdened in the past. We will work closely with our Climate & Environmental Justice Committee to identify a third partnership in this area.

May God bless and keep you; may God’s light shine upon you and bring you peace. In faith, hope, and love,

The Board of Outreach and Seth Patterson, Minister for Justice and the Arts

If you choose to send a donation by mail or drop it off at the church, please make the check out to “Plymouth Church” and write “Easter Offering” in the memo line.

PaperPie Book Fair benefiting Academia Elze

There will be a PaperPie Book Fair open during Midweek Mingle (5:30–7:00 p.m.) on Wednesday, March 20, to benefit Academia Elze. Please come check it out by the Conn Gallery!

2023 Christmas Offering

Thank you!

With much gratitude to the entire Plymouth community, the Board of Outreach is pleased to report that the congregation’s contributions to the 2023 Christmas Offering exceeded all expectations, raising just under $65,000! Thank you all for the generosity and love for our neighbors!

This funding supports the year-round work of Plymouth’s Housing Justice partnerships: Align Minneapolis (formerly Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness), Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, Simpson Housing Services, Habitat for Humanity – Twin Cities, Avivo, and zAmya Theater. With funds from the Christmas Offering, Plymouth will also begin a relationship with Urban Homeworks. We’re excited to begin this journey together, as we at the same time continue and deepen our relationships with long-time partners.

Like that stable owner so long ago, we ask you to donate to this year’s Christmas Offering in support of Plymouth’s Housing Justice partnerships.

Housing justice is the idea that everyone deserves safe, affordable, and health-promoting housing. It seeks not only to ensure warm homes but also to remedy the longstanding discrimination that has led to housing inequities in the neighborhoods we call our own. For decades, Plymouth’s actions, relationships, and community have promoted housing justice, but the work is hardly complete. Let us carry the momentum and give generously to the 2023 Christmas Offering!

Each December, the Christmas Offering is intended to be a reflection and culmination of the year-round work that Plymouth and its members do to advance justice. This year’s offering is a time to reflect on Plymouth’s ongoing work to ensure dignified shelter for all. Your gift, shepherded by the Housing Justice Committee, will be used to continue and deepen our relationship with our current partners (the exact recipients will be determined by the Board of Outreach): Align MPLS (formerly Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness), Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, Simpson Housing Services, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Avivo, and zAmya Theater.

For all of our neighbors without access to a safe, comfortable home, we are grateful for your generosity and love

With love and gratitude,
Plymouth’s Board of Outreach and its Housing Justice Committee

Our Forum on Sunday, December 10, discussed the beneficiaries of this year’s Christmas Offering:

Every Meal Volunteers

Outreach in Action: Every Meal Volunteers

Have some free time on Fridays? Please consider joining other Plymouth volunteers at Green Central Elementary School to distribute weekend food to kids and their families. This is the second year that Plymouth has partnered with Every Meal, to support children with food insecurity. We meet at 10 a.m., fill up our carts with bags of non-perishable food, and head off to place the food discreetly into kids’ backpacks in their lockers or cubbies. We’re usually finished by 11:30. This is Outreach in Action!

If you are interested please contact Mary Jordan, maryjordan13 (at) gmail.com or 612-308-6170.

Two RiCS sessions, Aug. 30 and Sept. 6

The Reimagining Community Safety Committee’s (RiCS) guiding principle has been “We are watching, we expect results, and we are not going away.”

 

As part of its continuing work, RiCS will provide Plymouth members with opportunities to provide input on the implementation of the court enforceable Settlement Agreement between the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) and the City of Minneapolis. The settlement agreement is intended to end racially discriminatory policing in Minneapolis.

 

The Settlement Agreement requires the City and the Minneapolis Police Department to hold regular listening sessions with the community to seek input on the reforms and the progress being made under the Settlement Agreement.

Plymouth is privileged to host two of these MDHR listening sessions: Wednesday. August 30, in Guild Hall, and Wednesday, September 6, in the Jackman Room.  Both will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

These listening sessions will be hosted by City representatives, and the topic at each meeting will be non-discriminatory policing, as well as the overall mission, vision, values and goals of public safety. We encourage all of our members to attend one of these listening sessions. Our city and our Plymouth neighborhood will benefit from our input.

Last spring, RiCS hosted a Town Hall Forum on the Settlement Agreement, featuring MDHR Commissioner Rebecca Lucero; Justin Terrell, Executive Director of the Minnesota Justice Research Center; and Michael Lansing, a historian and professor at Augsburg University.

RiCS is a committee of the Racial Justice Initiative at Plymouth.

Nicollet Avenue Clean-up

Next Date: Saturday, October 28, 9 a.m.

We have told the City of Minneapolis that we will be cleaning Nicollet Avenue from Franklin Avenue to Grant Street once every three months, and our next date is October 28.  We will begin at Plymouth—the corner of Nicollet & Franklin—at 9:00 a.m. and continue for approximately 6 blocks to the corner of Grant Street & Nicollet Avenue. The City will provide collection/garbage bags for us. Volunteers are welcome to wear their PCC shirts to publicize who is behind this effort, and the City will be placing a sign on Nicollet announcing who is responsible for the clean-up effort!

Please let Jerry and Fran Davis know that you’re able to help: Jerry (763-370-9806), Fran (612-889-0822), or email fandjontheroad (at) gmail.com.

Watch Pride with Your Plymouth Community.

Group of adults and youth in jones commons with rainbow flag and Amplify Love t-shirts.

Group of adults and youth in jones commons with rainbow flag and Amplify Love t-shirts.

If you are interested in going to watch the Ashley Rukes Pride Parade this Sunday, meet Nina and Heidi McCallister in Jones Commons immediately following the 9 a.m. service. We will have face paint, some rainbow flags, stickers, and a chance to fill water bottles and take bathroom breaks before heading over to watch the parade. Wear your Plymouth t-shirt, and bring sunblock, water, snacks, and a bag to collect free goodies!

Keep an eye out for Gina and Toño del Corazon, Jon, Ozkar, and Delilah Bauer, and Sara Ohotto Bauer representing Plymouth in the Minnesota Conference UCC float, unit 76!

We will walk over and watch together, after the parade people can peel off and go to the festival or back to the church on their own time.

If you go into Loring Park for the Festival, find the MN Conference UCC booth! Throughout the weekend, Plymouth will be well represented at the booth by Matt, Maggie, and Rosalie Smith, Tim Brunelle, Carrie and Mary Kay Sauter, John and Carole Humphrey, and Steve and Sally Cassellius. Go Plymouth! The UCC booth is located in the Purple Section, right on the lake. If you take the pedestrian bridge from the Sculpture Garden over into Loring Park and stay on the main path until you have to turn, go right and you’ll run into the booth.

Plymouth at PRIDE!

Twin Cities Pride–let’s get involved!

This year there are myriad ways for Plymouth Church members to participate in the Twin Cities Pride celebration–but we need your help!

Teens, attend Pride with the Youth Group: 7th-12th graders can attend the festival in Loring Park as a group on Saturday, June 24th, from 2-5 p.m. Email Nina to participate. We will meet at church and walk as a group to Loring Park. Families and kids will coordinate their own pick-up at or after 5 p.m.

The table in Loring Park: This year, Plymouth, along with other congregations state-wide, will be participating in Twin Cities Pride at the MN Conference UCC Booth. This means that there need to be at least 2 people staffing the UCC booth for the entire duration of the festival. That is a lot of slots to fill, even if we are dividing it up between 15 congregations! At the booth, you will meet people wearing your Amplify Love t-shirt (available at the front desk) and handing out fun buttons, seed packets, and information to help people find an open and affirming church (including Plymouth) where they live! You don’t have to be an expert on all churches; you just need to be willing to talk to people and answer questions! If you are interested in picking up a shift, sign up today! There are MANY open slots. This is a great opportunity to tell people about our church and be the embodiment of an expansively loving, affirming church! Our congregation is larger than all of the others who are staffing the booth, so we should help and fill in some slots! Here is the link to the signup genius.

March in the parade: 6 Plymouth members can also represent us by marching in the parade as part of the MN Conference UCC float. If you are interested in walking in the parade (estimated time commitment 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.), please contact Nina.

Watch the parade: We will also have a group from Plymouth gather after the 9 a.m. service, get decked out in rainbow face paint and stickers, and walk together to go watch the parade. Our spectator organizers are Gina DelCorazon and Sara Ohotto Bauer. No need to sign up. Just wear your rainbow clothes, bring water, a blanket or a portable chair, sunblock, and comfy walking shoes, and meet in Jones Commons immediately following the 9 a.m service on Sunday, June 25th!