Calling All Cookie Elves!

Attention all cookie bakers (and shoppers)! We are looking for volunteers to donate cookies (your favorite recipe or store bought) for the Christmas Festival on December 18th. If you are able to donate cookies by the dozen or more to enhance the Christmas Festival, please follow the sign up link below or email to sara.ohotto@gmail.com for one or multiple dozen delicious treats. Please note that cookie donations should be dropped off by 10 am on Saturday, December 18th. Thank you for your consideration!

 

Indoor Worship

November 12, 2021

Dear Beloved Community,

It was a blessing to see many of you last Sunday. And it is understandable that even more of you are waiting to return. Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota are startingly high. While we will continue to gather in the sanctuary for worship for now, please adhere to following protocols as we come together. We have made some very slight adjustments following last week:

  • There will be no pre-registration for attending worship. Only Door #1 will be open on Sunday mornings. Please plan to park in the main church lot or at Park Nicollet. When you arrive, you will be asked to sign in. This is so we can alert you if we learn that someone in attendance develops a positive Covid case up to seven days following Sunday morning.
  • If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result (even if you are asymptomatic!) within 7 days of participating in a church activity: worship, small group, meeting, etc. please contact me (BethF@plymouth.org or 612-977-1286). Your name will be held in confidence, but we must alert others of a possible exposure.
  • We will not be requiring vaccination Rather, we ask that all adults planning to be present for worship be vaccinated, and we trust that you will be thoughtful in the decision to attend. Vaccinations have begun for our children under 12, but in the meantime, we do not want to exclude children from worship and we hope families will attend Sunday morning church activities. We can not emphasize enough the importance of vaccination as the most effective way to protect you, your loved ones, and our community at large. Even in the youngest age groups, it is remarkably effective in preventing the serious consequences of COVID-19.
  • We require face masks for everyone in all parts of the building on Sunday morning (and all days).
  • We ask that you maintain a social distance, to the best of your ability, inside the sanctuary. Family groups are of course welcomed to sit together. Some pews will be roped off to encourage distancing.
  • The sanctuary will be open at 8:45 a.m. for 9:00 a.m. worship and 10:45 a.m. for 11:00 a.m. worship. If you arrive at church earlier than this, you will be asked to wait in Guild Hall.
  • While it will be a blessing to be together in person inside the sanctuary, the experience of worship will be different. Offering plates will not be passed; rather there will be depositories for the collection of giving envelopes. We will not yet celebrate communion. Initially there will be no coffee fellowship. And only two of the three clergy will be present each Sunday because all three of us cannot risk exposure together, forcing all of us into quarantine at the same time.
  • While we are taking seriously all precautions to prevent spread of infection, we cannot eliminate all risk. If you are feeling at all unwell, please stay home and take good care.
  • Please stay tuned as protocol may need to change based on circumstances.

I will continue my weekly correspondence as we move into this new season of church life together, alerting you of any necessary changes in procedure or other important updates. I hold you all in prayer as this pandemic wears on. May we be people of hope, may we be kind and caring, may we remain faithful in community.

Blessings,

Rev. Beth Hoffman Faeth
Minister for Congregational Care and Worship

Volunteer With Meals On Wheels

Make a Difference – Volunteers Needed!
Taking an hour out of your Thursday around 11 a.m. on a weekly or monthly basis to deliver meals is a very satisfying experience. You may meet some fascinating people. On my first day of delivering meals, I picked up the Star Tribune on the doorstep of an apartment. The headline read, “Gordon Parks Dies”. Barbara answered my knock at her door, and I gave her the meal and her paper. I asked her if she knew Gordon Parks, and Barbara told me, “You know he asked me to marry him one day, and I should have taken him up on it”. After that introduction, it was always a delight to deliver a meal to Barbara.
Plymouth Church was one of the founding members of Loring-Nicollet Meals on Wheels and has supported it continually with yearly financial support and volunteers. There are currently six Plymouth members who volunteer, down from a total of 30 a few years ago. COVID has had a lot to do with this decline.
Meals on Wheels is now re-gearing up to serve the downtown community with meals and is soliciting new volunteers. Please contact Fran Neir, the Plymouth Coordinator for Meals on Wheels, if you are interested in volunteering. He can be reached at 612-240-8091 or by email at feneir@gmail.com. He will be happy to answer any questions you may have about Meals on Wheels.

Watch the Big Game under the Big Tent!

October 17, 2021
Come together for an intergenerational gathering to watch the Vikings take on the Carolina Panthers. Kick-off is at noon under the Big Top! Bring your chair, wear your fan gear (and bring a mask!), pick up lunch from one of our local restaurants and let’s watch some football! The Committee for Children, Youth, and Families will provide some snacks and hot cider, and there will some activities on hand for kids who get tired of watching the game. We can’t wait to see you there!

One More Chair – Marine Art Museum

Whether or not you have participated in One More Chair activities in the past, you are invited to join Plymouth members and friends for a day trip on Thursday, October 14, to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (www.mmam.org) in Winona, Mn. We will meet on the patio of the museum at noon for lunch followed by a visit to the museum’s six galleries of works by renowned artists, including Monet, Renoir, and O’Keefe. The admission fee is $7.00. Please bring a picnic lunch or pick up a box lunch at one of several cafes in Winona.
The Museum is located at 800 Riverview Drive, Winona, Mn. From the Plymouth Church building, the drive time is approximately 2&1/2 hours. Carpooling is encouraged, and if you are in need of a ride, or would like further information about the outing or One More Chair, please contact Jim Christenson at 651-895-0644(phone or text) or christensonjim@msn.com.

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative

Let’s Reconnect!

It’s been almost 18 months since we’ve been together as a congregation. We have a lot of catching up to do with friends we knew well and a lot of missed opportunities to make up for to build relationships with those we haven’t gotten to know yet.

The Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative Leadership Team at Plymouth would like to participate in this community rebuilding.

We invite you to gather with us via Zoom on Sunday, October 10th at 12:15

We’ll give you a brief history and an update on what Beacon has in mind for the year and then hope each of you will arrange with one of us for a time to have a one-on-one conversation over coffee – or over the phone – at some mutually convenient time. This conversation will not be a Beacon hard sell: on the contrary, the hope is that lots of pairs of people will get acquainted or reacquainted and in so doing will help rebuild some of the ties that bind us at Plymouth.

If you’re willing to join us in this project, please use this link to join us after the 11:00 worship service on Sunday, October 10th: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81936113234.

If you have questions, please contact Linda Jones at lindafred93(at)gmail.com.

Lydia Apartments Groundbreaking Ceremony

Monday, July 12th:
5 p.m.

The Groundbreaking ceremony for the Lydia Apartments addition, at 5 p.m. in the tent.

This construction will double the size of Lydia – from 40 to 80 units. Come celebrate the success of Plymouth’s first supportive affordable housing project, the first step on a journey that has led to the Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.

Rev. Davis will give a blessing, and Minneapolis Councilmember Lisa Goodman will speak. Refreshments will be provided.