New Member Inquirer’s Class

Thinking about Church Membership?  Please attend our Inquirer’s Class

Are you interested in learning what church membership looks like at Plymouth Congregational Church? We provide unique ways to explore and experience progressive Christianity, personal spirituality, the arts, and social justice, all within a supportive congregation. It is a special blessing to know the care and concern of others during the times we live in, and feeling rooted within a spiritual community can be life-affirming.

Is this the time for you to consider church membership?

This spring our membership classes will be spread out over several weeks:

  • On Wednesday, May 1, at 6:45 p.m., we will offer an informal, informational dessert gathering. This is a time to share our stories, ask questions, and receive general information about Plymouth.
  • Our “Inquirer’s Class” will be held on two consecutive Sundays, May 12 and May 19, at 10:00 a.m. In this two-session series, we will share some history of Plymouth, along with relevant information on governance, programs and activities, and vision for the future. While attending the Inquirer’s Class is an important step in the new member process, participating in the series does not obligate you to church membership. Following the classes, for those who are interested, you will be invited to participate in Membership Sunday on June 2.

The hope is that if you are pursuing membership at Plymouth you will attend all three new member opportunities. I also know that schedules are complicated, so if one or more of these gatherings are not possible for you, let me know and I will do my best to accommodate.

Please email me to let me know of your interest in participating in the New Member process and ask any questions you might have. I look forward to hearing from you . . . and to creating community with you!

Blessings,

Beth Hoffman Faeth
Minister for Congregational Life

21 Days of Justice

In anticipation of Plymouth churches, racial justice Sunday on May 21st, and the third annual George Floyd memorial gathering on May 25th, our Plymouth community is engaging in 21 days of justice.

Sign up to receive a daily email beginning on May 1st, with an action for the day designed to increase your awareness, move you out of your comfort zone, and leave you with actionable items to increase racial justice and equity in your life and work.

Each email will include two activity options, one more specifically focused on children and youth and one for the general population.

Our 21 days of Justice Will culminate on racial justice Sunday, but the work will never be completed.

Commit today to join your fellow Plymouthites’ life-giving anti-racist work.

Gun Violence Prevention: How You Can Act Right Now

Published in UCCmn.org, April 12, 2023

Original article here: https://www.uccmn.org/2023/04/12/an-easter-call-to-resurrecting-action-prevent-gun-violence-now/

Gun violence will continue to wreak havoc on communities and families until we determine to make a substantive change in policy and cultural norms. There are things we can do right now to make our voices heard and mobilize for change. This list offers a start, including some immediate action needed in Minnesota to effect policy change.

  • Watch this April 11 press conference with Protect Minnesota and Attorney General Keith Ellison to learn more about the bills being considered and the urgency to the issue.
  • Contact your state Senators to express your support for these bills. Find their contact info here. Consider a letter-writing campaign in your congregation.
  • If you’re a pastor, consider signing this letter written by the Interfaith Alliance of Protect Minnesota directed to Senators about the hearings and related bills this week.
  • Reach out to Jared at Protect Minnesota to learn more about their Interfaith Alliance and be part of the ongoing movement in Minnesota to reduce gun violence.
  • Download the Congregational Toolkit from Protect Minnesota to help you have conversations about gun violence and take action for its prevention in your congregation and in your community.
  • Join the momentum toward a federal assaults weapons ban. The House of Representatives narrowly passed such a ban in 2022; it’s time for the Senate to do the same. Reach out to our Senators easily using this form from March for Our Lives, telling them to vote YES to an assault weapons ban.
  • Lift personal and congregational prayers: for grieving victims’ families and friends, for traumatized communities, for medical and law enforcement personnel and chaplains who respond, for a nation and a state to find the will and the means to meaningfully change gun safety policy and prevent gun violence in our time.

Breakfast and Board Games!

February 11

9:30-11:30 a.m. in Jones Commons and the Education Wing.

 

People of all ages are invited to come eat some yummy breakfast treats, play some favorite classic board games, or learn some new ones. A great chance to get out of the house in the winter and meet new Plymouth folks! The young and the young at heart are encouraged to attend! For more info or to RSVP, email Ninaj@plymouth.org

Make a Joyful Noise – with Ukuleles!

Third Monday of each Month – Starting February 20th

10:30 a.m. in the Chapel

Facilitator – Jill Nelson

Looking for uke players of any level who want to meet others and play music together. We will focus on songs of joy, community and inspiration. I’ll have some songs to get us started and I’m hoping you’ll find songs to share with the group. Bring your ukulele and a music stand (if you have one). Questions? Email Jill at jillary17@comcast.net

Now Hiring – Director of Spiritual Formation

Director of Spiritual Formation

 

Position Summary

The Director of Spiritual Formation will lead and supervise the spiritual formation activities and programming of Plymouth Congregational Church of Minneapolis by providing direction, vision, and oversight for a variety of developmental initiatives for members and visitors, including classes, workshops, retreats, and special events. The Director will also look to develop new opportunities to enhance the discipleship, personal development, and spiritual lives of members and guests of Plymouth Church. This position visions the arc of all spiritual formation with an explicit focus on programming for adults of all ages.

Plymouth Congregational Church is a progressive faith community grounded in the Christian tradition. In mutual care and respect for our diverse understandings of God, we seek to embody the radical love and justice found in the life, teachings, and spirit of Jesus.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary coordinator with the Board of Spiritual Formation on all aspects of spiritual formation for Plymouth Church.
  • Direct, teach, and recruit teachers/facilitators for all classes/workshops/retreats for adults.
  • Serve as liaison to the Board of Spiritual Formation plus necessary committees:
    • Sunday Forum
    • Contemplatives
    • Library Committee
    • Spiritual Exploration
  • Manage, plan, and promote Sundays @ 10 activities.
  • Recruit and manage volunteers for Spiritual Formation classes, activities, and programming.
  • Work with the Clergy team to coordinate themes, vision, and church events.
  • Manage and plan budget for all Spiritual Formation and Children/Youth expenditures
  • Plan, coordinate, and teach Confirmation.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Children and Youth Ministries to integrate young people into the life of the church.
  • Collaborate with other Plymouth groups (e.g., Racial Justice Initiative, Climate & Environmental Justice Committee, Immigration Welcoming Working Group) to offer opportunities for experiential, intellectual and embodied learning.
  • Help promote spiritual formation activities, programming, and opportunities beyond the walls of Plymouth.
  • Attend Leadership Council meetings plus Board of Spiritual Formation and committee meetings.
  • Support and assist in worship services as needed.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Have availability on evenings and weekends, as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Education, Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Formation, Pastoral Care, Counseling, or related field.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in spiritual formation, professional ministry, higher education, or related experience.
  • Ability to effectively reach and teach a diverse population of people.
  • Outstanding supervisory skills.
  • Outstanding written and communication skills.

General

  • Fulltime, exempt position
  • Salary: $65,000 – $68,000 with benefits

Application Instructions

  • Please email a cover letter and resume as one document to BethF@plymouth.org.