Deeping Our Roots: Plymouth Land History Presentation

The plots of land upon which Plymouth has resided during its procession down Nicollet Avenue were sacred ground long before our forebears laid the first cornerstone at 4th and Nicollet in 1857. We now have a unique opportunity to learn the history of that land thanks to a project by Twin Cities researcher Jessica Intermill who is working with several religiously affiliated groups in the area to explore this history.

 

Please join in on one of three identical sessions during which Ms. Intermill will present her fascinating study and lead a Q&A session. Sponsored by the Deacons, the presentation is offered as a learning opportunity to enrich our understanding of our roots.

 

Hold one of these dates now and watch for more information:

May 15, 12:15 p.m. in person in the Chapel

May 17, 7 p.m. via Zoom

May 19, 10 a.m. via Zoom

Questions? Contact deacons@plymouth.org

 

Job Posting – Children and Youth Specialist

JOB POSTING

Position Title – Children and Youth Specialist

Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis

 

The position is Open Immediately. 5/06/2022

 

Position Summary

 

The Children and Youth Specialist position supports the work of the Director of Children and Youth Ministry, including organizing and implementing programming for children and teens on Sundays mornings, Wednesday evenings, special events and during the summer, as well as engaging in administrative tasks related to the Children and Youth programs of the church.

The Youth Leader will work with the Committee for Children, Youth and Families, church school teachers, classroom friends, and other volunteers to engage the children and youth in our Sunday classes and in the life of the church with outside activities and relationship building inside and outside the church building.

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.

Position

  • Salary: $20-$25 an hour, based on experience.
  • 10-13 hours per week September through May. In June, July, and August, those hours may be condensed into 1 40-hour week per month to assist with summer camps.
  • This position is year-round.
  • Summer camps: Flexibility to work additional time in the summer for half-day interest camps (June), weeklong Peace Camp (July), and Musical Spectacular (August) is desired.
  • The Children and Youth Specialist reports to the Director of Children and Youth Ministry with supervisory input from the Minister for Spiritual Formation and Theatre, and the Committee for Children, Youth and Families.
  • Hourly, Non-Exempt.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster required, or Medical/ Religious Exemption.
  • Background check required.
  • Valid driver’s license and regular access to a car are required.
  • This position is a mandated reporter.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A desire to educate children and youth in progressive Christian values and ideas.
  • A desire to decenter whiteness and dismantle white supremacy culture in the church space and beyond.
  • A commitment to celebrating the LGBTQIA community within and beyond the church.
  • Ability to work with children and youth and to organize and lead a variety of activities for these age groups (ages 3-18).
  • Ability to effectively communicate with and relate to 3-year-olds, 11-year-olds, 18-year-olds, and everyone in between.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with parents, children, youth, volunteer teachers, representatives, other PCC staff, and the congregation in planning activities and keeping all parties informed of upcoming events and activities.
  • Experience with volunteer recruitment.
  • MN (or other state) Teaching License is a plus.
  • Background in learning differences, and equity.

Key Accountabilities/Responsibilities and Duties

Including, but not limited to:

  1. Be at Plymouth Congregational Church on Sunday mornings before, during and after Church School hour which is currently from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
  2. Work with the Director of Children and Youth Ministry and volunteer teachers to develop and

supply curriculum for Sunday programming. Support the teachers to make certain that they have the supplies needed for classes and outside activities.

  1. Teach one class of Sunday School on a regular basis
  2. Meet/Communicate with volunteer teachers regularly for planning purposes.
  3. Help facilitate late August training for volunteer teachers.
  4. Plan and carry out offsite activities outside of church hours — one youth activity and one family activity for the younger children per month.
  5. Develop appropriate personal connections with individual children and youth and work to keep them engaged while helping them forge connections with each other.
  6. Support the Director of Children and Youth Ministry in planning interventions and behavior strategies for children and youth as needed.
  7. Help the Committee for Children, Youth and Families and the Director of Children and Youth Ministry plan and implement special Family Life Events such as Rally Sunday (first Sunday after Labor Day), Halloween Party (Saturday or Sunday closest to Halloween), Christmas Festival, 4:45 Christmas Eve Service, Easter Egg Hunt (Easter Sunday), Youth Sunday (late May).
  8. Other duties as needed.

Decision Making/Freedom to Act

  • This position is accountable to the overall mission of the church and maintaining collegial relationships with staff, Board members, colleagues, guests, and the congregation in general.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Director of Children and Youth Ministry Nina Jonson at ninaj@plymouth.org.

Leadership Council Discussion Regarding the Summer Embroidery

Plymouth’s Leadership Council and Clergy invite Plymouth members into a conversation about the intention, images, and impact of the summer embroidery. We will be together for 90 minutes beginning with a presentation followed by a time for questions and comments.
Please join us on May 23, 2022, at 7 p.m. in or on June 5, 2022, at 3 p.m. in Guild Hall. Leadership Council hopes by the end of this program year, June 30, 2022, to amend the 2019 Embroidery Action Plan by deciding whether to exhibit or rest the Summer Embroidery: Summer of the First Amendment.
Nancy Gores, Chair, Leadership Council.

Campus Task Force Round Tables

Join other members at the Round Table conversations. We are eager to hear your thoughts and dreams about how we can make our church, property and land more hospitable to our neighbors and guests and to create a stronger sense of community.

 

One hour discussions will be held on

  • Sundays, May 15 & 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room
  • Sunday, May 22 at 10 a.m. in the Parsons Room.
  • Zoom conversations will be held on Tuesdays, May 17 & 24 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Zoom conversations on Wednesdays, May 18 & 25 at 10 a.m.

Notes From the Shelf Elf

For the person who hoped that the library would acquire poetry by Wendell Berry, your hopes have been fulfilled!! We now have This Day and The Wheel. You’ll find them under the call number 811.54.

Did you suggest Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor? It’s being ordered and should get here before the end of spring. Thanks for the suggestions and continue to enjoy The Elaine Marsh Library!

We have other new books, too. They are featured on the large wooden book cart located just inside the library door closest to Nicollet. Here are a few of the titles to tempt you:

Bewilderment, Richard Powers

American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins

The Ten Trusts, Jane Goodall

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Interior Chinatown, Charles Yu

Monday’s Not Coming, Tiffany D. Jackson

And, please, return books within one month.

Message from Covenant Partner Tara Bauer

Major Tara Bauer was a Lily Resident Minister at Plymouth Church 2011–2013. She is a chaplain and chaplain supervisor stationed at Aviano Air Base in Italy, where she lives with her wife, Charlotte. Tara was ordained at Plymouth, so she is a Covenant Partner as well as a member. This is a message from her to our congregation.

There is a general feeling of exhaustion from many of our members and families, having endured the drone of Covid to the additional stress of war, increased operations, and further ambiguity. Our counseling load has generally picked up, not so much directly to Ukraine, but mostly how repeated or increased stress affects already-fragile areas of relationships or well-being.

Regardless, there is also something to be said for the increased focus, commitment to their duty, and the sense of purpose they have internalized. Our airmen and chapel team are doing an amazing job adjusting to truly being a forward-operating location. There’ll be more adjustment to come as the effects of Russia’s actions ripple out through the upcoming years.

A lot of our members have volunteered hours and donated money and items to support Ukrainian refugees and pets. Some have housed refugees (most are family members). Whatever our operational stance, our members and families will continue to exercise compassion and humanity to do what they can to help support these refugees. And I always find that remarkable.

I and our team certainly appreciate the prayers for our military members. Some individuals arrive here as the newest members of the Air Force at their first duty station far away from family and in the middle of stressors. We do our best to take care of them.

Not to co-relate the two (between the newest members and suicide intervention), but we are also currently the leading base in suicide prevention. We have implemented LivingWorks’ SafeTalk actively over the past two years and now have bumped it up to ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). LivingWorks is a Canadian Company that has developed a research-based suicide intervention curriculum used in both the military and civilian sectors. In my time at Aviano, approximately 2.5 years, we have had zero suicides. We have had cases of ideation, even attempts, and yet someone has managed to be alert, intervene, and provide the pathway to help. Please continue to pray with us that this remains to be the case, and that we can continue to improve numbers throughout the military, veteran, and civilian populations.

Thanks always as well for what each of you do and what you choose to do as a community. I encourage you to continue to be bold in God’s calling towards justice, mercy, and service.

Tara Bauer

 

Job Posting: Long-term substitute for Director of Children’s choirs, Plymouth Congregational Church

Start date: April 1 (with a shadow date of current conductor on March 30)
End date: May 22

Plymouth Congregational Church seeks a long term substitute for three children’s music ensembles within their established program. An ideal candidate will have experience and interest working with young singers, with selecting appropriate repertoire, with effective rehearsal techniques, and in working interpersonally with supervisors and collaborative staff. Plymouth is a progressive church community committed to social justice, and welcomes all children and families into the program.

Please submit a resume to maries@plymouth.org no later than March 10.

Responsibilities:
– Prepare for and lead in-person Wednesday evening rehearsals for three ensembles
– Rehearse and present 1-2 pieces for Cherub Choir and Chorister Choirs to sing in worship
– Plan and execute Bridge Night with other youth ensemble directors to support those students who will move to a different ensemble in 2022-2023
– Attend and co-lead the Youth Sunday service, May 22, 2022 at 11am
– Communicate clearly and in a timely manner with parents via provided email distribution lists
– Communicate clearly and in a timely manner with Pastor for Congregational Care and Worship and other staff

Young Voices (ages 3-5)
This group is focused on quality early experiences with music and centered around play, movement, and responding to repertoire from many backgrounds. Parents attend each class.
5:30-5:55pm on Wednesdays

Cherub Choir (grades K-2)
Children in Cherub Choir learn to sing in an ensemble for the first time. We nurture a beautiful unison sound, skills in working and learning as a team, and music literacy as singers prepare to read printed music.
6-6:30pm on Wednesdays

Chorister Choir (grades 3-6)
Choristers strengthen their basic music skills as they begin to read music and sing in multiple parts. We build a loving community through the selection of meaningful music and team-building activities.
6:35-7:15pm on Wednesdays

 

Requirements:

  • Background Check
  • Up to date Covid Vaccinations

 

 

Sundays at 10 offerings

By the Board of Spiritual Formation

The Board of Spiritual Formation and its committees offer a variety of activities between the 9 and 11 a.m. services. This time is referred to as “Sundays at 10” and offers an opportunity for folks to learn and engage with one another outside of worship.

Sundays at 10 will provide options organized around 5 primary categories. The offerings within these categories may vary, but you can expect to see something offered in each category each week. Weekly topics, meeting locations, and information about virtual participation options will be published in the church calendar.

Sunday Forum: Chapel

This category is coordinated by the Sunday Forum Committee. They will continue to offer high-quality, engaging speakers on a variety of relevant topics each week. This will be both in-person in the Chapel as well as a live Zoom webinar for remote viewing.

Introduction to Hennepin History Museum

John will introduce the work of the Hennepin History Museum, talk about current and upcoming projects, and reflect on the power of local history to help us understand and improve our communities.

Learn more at https://www.plymouth.org/explore/forum/

 

Church School: In the Education Wing

 

Group Discussion HourThis I Believe| Racial Justice is Personal

Hosted by the Racial Justice Initiative: After viewing a Plymouth member’s This I Believe/Racial Justice is Personal video statement, the discussion will center around the racial justice issues raised in the statement. Karen Barstad’s video is featured this Sunday, March 20, and the discussion will be facilitated by Seth Patterson. For more information on the This I Believe/Racial Justice is Personal go to:

 

Contemplative Practice: (Fireside room)- Hearing from the Heart–3rd Sundays

 

Coffee and Social Time: Throughout Sundays at 10, there will be a casual, unstructured time to gather and connect with our community over coffee and tea. This will be in Jones Commons.

Our hope is that Sundays at 10 will be a time for our community to gather between services to learn, explore, and grow together. If you’ve never attended Sundays at 10, we hope you’ll check it out! And if you’ve come in the past, we hope you’ll come again and try something new.