Fruits of Labor

2021, 78 min.

Sunday, March 17, at 12:30 p.m.

Presented by the Plymouth Film Club

Selected and Hosted by the Immigrant Welcoming Working Group (IWWG)

Join Joan Thompson and Erika Charlesworth-Seiler from IWWG to view and discuss Fruits of Labor.

In the film, Ashley Solis is a high school student who dreams of graduating but works two jobs to help support her younger siblings. Her mother Beatriz is an undocumented domestic worker, and as ICE raids increase, Ashley fears her mother may be deported. Directed by Emily Cohen Ibáñez and written by the director and lead character, the film premiered at South by Southwest in 2021. Using poetic language and imagery, the film explores poverty, immigration, and inheritance.


Movies are shown on the south wall of Jackman Room, Plymouth’s largest screen. Come at 12:30 p.m. for the movie, and stay for the discussion afterward . We’ll be sitting at tables, so bring food and beverages as you wish for the movie and the discussion. Coffee is upstairs.

Plymouth Game Night

Our next Game Night:

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 6:00–8:30 p.m.

Come have fun and play board or card games with Plymouth members and friends! All are welcome. Bring beverages or snacks as desired. Games will be provided, but feel free to bring a new one and we will try to fit it in! Email bgores (at) yahoo.com for address or more details.

 

The winner of the evening receives a prize!

BYOB and snack so our hosts aren’t overwhelmed, please.

“Play is just as critical for adults as for kids.” Who said that? Believe it or not, archeologists who studied biblical times.

According to Biblical Archaeology Review, playing board games has been around for millennia. One of the oldest board games in the world – The Royal Game of Ur (pictured) – was played in ancient Mesopotamia more than 4,500 years ago! “In the biblical world, board games were part of routine domestic life.” BAR, Spring 2023

Why are you hearing about this now? Because Plymouth’s brand-new small group is going to do just that with Game Night starting this summer, where we will gather to play friendly games of cards and board games.

Little did the organizers of this group know that they were following in Jesus’ footsteps! And Matthew! Moses! Lilith!

Fun fact for your kids: back in ancient times, they would use pebbles, bones, sticks, twigs – and even animal turds – for gameplay. Can you just picture Adam and Eve sitting under those apple trees competing with sticks and stones?

Besides, what else would Jesus do in his downtime when he wasn’t turning water into wine? Didn’t you memorize Matthew 21:12? “And Jesus jumped and danced for joy after beating Peter at The Royal Game of Ur?

If you want to be just like Peter, Paul, and Mary, then join us. I can’t promise we will have The Royal Game of Ur (available for just $19.99 from Amazon – one-day delivery), but we will learn a fun game of Rummikub.

By Beverly Gores, organizer of Game Night (Contact bgores@yahoo.com if interested. We will try to play monthly or semi-monthly.)

You Ask, Teens Answer

Have you ever wanted to get inside the mind of a teenager? Wonder what they think? What issues matter to them? What that slang word you read in an article means? Our senior high youth have been receiving and responding to questions from the congregation for over a year, and would love to hear from you!

Take a moment to submit a question (or five!) to us—our youth look forward to responding to you soon!

Share a Little Love with MCC

Thank you!

Thank you for your donations to the Share a Little Love with MCC drive. IWWG delivered 228 personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies to MCC Refugee Services because of your generosity. You can learn more about MCC Refugee Services and their donation needs by subscribing to “News for the Common Good” on their website and liking their Facebook page. As they expect to settle 800 refugees this year, their needs are ongoing.

toiletries backlitFrom February 1 to 18, 2024, the Immigrant Welcoming Working Group is sponsoring a collection of personal hygiene and household items for the Metropolitan Council of Churches Refugee Services. We will collect the following items in the barrel in Jones Commons:

  1. Deodorant (non-gender specific)
  2. Razors (men’s disposable)
  3. Shampoo (not conditioner)
  4. Bar soap
  5. Liquid hand soap pumps
  6. Laundry detergent (liquid; not pods)
  7. Sponges
  8. 13-Gallon tall kitchen garbage bags

Please Share a Little Love with MCC this Valentine’s Day.

 

 

 

New Members, December 10, 2023

Plymouth Church welcomed new members on December 10, 2023. Meet them here!

2024 Budget Update

Next Budget Discussion

Sunday, January 21, 2024, at 10 a.m.

Join the Deacons this Sunday at 10:00 for a conversation about why Plymouth’s 2024 budget has been postponed.

December 18, 2023

Dear Plymouth Members and Friends,

Over the last six months, many of you have participated in conversations about Plymouth’s values and our budget. Thank you for your active engagement in this soulful congregational work. That work is having consequences.

At a meeting on December 7, in preparation for presenting a 2024 budget to the congregation, the Board of Finance and Administration, the Deacons, our clergy, and the Treasurer unanimously agreed to delay final approval of a 2024 budget (which had been set for January 21, 2024) until a date no later than June. Practically, this means, as the Plymouth by-laws state, that the current budget will remain in effect until a new one is adopted.

We did this to give us all the time and the space needed to create a budget that prioritizes our values, invests in the things we need to change, and does both in a financially responsible manner. All parties have agreed to reconstruct a budget that will work to fulfill those goals in a way that enhances and amplifies the great spirit that is so evident within the congregation at the present time.

The Deacons are committed to continuing our congregation conversations to keep you informed and involved. We will use the January 21 date, along with others, for one of those conversations. We ask for your prayers and your patience as we work together to create a 2024 budget that works to fulfill our values and that keeps Plymouth the shining light in the Twin Cities that it has been for decades.

The Clergy Team

DeWayne Davis, Lead Minister; Beth Hoffman Faeth, Minister for Congregational Life; Seth Patterson, Minister for Justice & the Arts

The Board of Finance & Administration

Peg Birk; Larry Brandts; Cathy Crane; Gina DelCorazon, Co-chair; Mike McGettigan; Rick Seime, Co-chair; Jean Thomson; Kevin Walker; Dobby West

The Deacons

Sue Astin; Annette Atkins, Clerk; John Cairns; Peter Eichten, Moderator; Sarah Lehman; Jay Matre; Mike McCallister, Treasurer; Lynn Moline; Johanna Schussler

Job Posting – Communications & Marketing Manager

Plymouth Church seeks a full-time communications professional to manage, coordinate, and deliver the primary communications of the congregation, drafting and initiating content to advertise, market, and inform members, visitors, and guests about church programs, events, and services and working with church leaders, boards, and members to develop messaging and communications plans.

Warming Hearts and Bodies!

The Immigrant Welcoming Working Group is happy to report that our recent collection for warm coats and jackets was a huge success, thanks to so many generous Plymouth members!

We collected 154 jackets/coats, lots of warm hats, scarves, and gloves, plus $1,470 in cash donations. Coats, jackets, and accessories were distributed to ICOM (Interfaith Coalition on Immigration), the Minnesota Church Center, and Community Emergency Services for use by new immigrants in Minnesota.

We are sending the cash donations to Casa Alitas Shelter in Tucson, AZ, to buy warm jackets for border region immigrants who are being placed with sponsors in cold northern states.

After just enduring a genuinely cold period, know that the garments you donated are making a huge difference for many vulnerable people. Thank you!

Winter Coat Drive

Winter is upon us, and many newly arrived immigrants as well as our unhoused neighbors are in desperate need of winter outerwear! Drop off gently used or new winter coats, jackets, hats, mittens/gloves in Jones Commons starting Sunday, November 19 through December 10. Cash/check/online donations are welcome (designate “coat drive”) and will be used to purchase winter jackets for immigrants arriving at the border. Sponsored by Immigrant Welcoming and the Outreach Board.

 

 

 

Interfaith Thanksgiving Day Service

Plymouth had the privilege of hosting the Thanksgiving Day Interfaith Service this year, and it was a great success. Members and clergy from fifteen congregations, together with friends from the community in general, filled our sanctuary. Between 400 and 450 in-person attendees along with over 160 on-line households were warmly welcomed by our Lead Minister, DeWayne Davis, who shared the pulpit with Senior Rabbi Marsha Zimmerman of Temple Israel and Imam Hamdy El- Sawaf of the Islamic Community Center of Minnesota/Majid Al-Amin. At this time of turmoil and trouble, it was particularly meaningful to hear Rabbi Zimmerman and Iman El-Sawaf call for reconciliation, peace and hope. The video of the service is available below.

Thursday, November 23, 2023, 10 a.m.

Plymouth Congregational Church of Minneapolis

Watch the service below, or view it on our YouTube channel.

Please join the Downtown Minneapolis Congregations for the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Community Service held this year at Plymouth Congregational Church of Minneapolis on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, at 10:00 am.

The Downtown Minneapolis Interfaith Senior Clergy will lead the worship service, featuring a powerful message by Senior Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman (Temple Israel of Minneapolis) and Hamdy El-Sawaf (Islamic Community Center of Minnesota/Masjid Al-Amin) and readings and reflections from Jewish, Islamic, Christian, and Indigenous traditions. We unite in a posture of unity and gratitude to renew our commitment to peace, cooperation, and interfaith dialogue. Come worship with us, joining your voices in a communal service of gratitude and thanksgiving.

Participating congregations include Central Lutheran Church, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), First Covenant Church, First Unitarian Society, First Universalist Church, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Islamic Community Center of Minnesota/Masjid Al-Amin, Masjid An-Nur, Plymouth Congregational Church, Pilgrim Baptist Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church, Temple Israel, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.