New Members, December 10, 2023

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

2024 Budget Update

May 2, 2024 Update

 

The Deacons, the Board of Finance and Administration (BoFA), the Ministers, and the Treasurer invite you to come together this coming Sunday, May 5, at 10 a.m. in the Conn Gallery to talk about the draft budget for 2024. This is the first in a series of opportunities to look at, understand, ask questions about, and question the budget that has been developed over the past several months. We’re working toward presenting this budget formally and asking for congregational approval at the June 9 Annual Meeting.

Below are links to:

  • “The Bold Five-year Path,” which includes:
    • A narrative of the process.
    • A proposed plan to decrease the draw on our investments.
    • A statement prepared by BoFA to explain some of the issues relevant to the budget discussion.
  • A summary of the budget that the Deacons have approved as a draft for discussion.

Here is the current schedule of discussions, but more details will follow in “This Week at Plymouth,” our weekly e-newsletter. (Not a subscriber? Click here to sign up!)

  • Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m. at Group Discussion in the Conn Gallery
  • Wednesday, May 8, 6 p.m. (in person; room to be announced)
  • Wednesday, May 15, 6 p.m. (via Zoom; click here to join)
  • Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m. at Group Discussion (please check for location that day)
The Deacons

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

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; Dobson West

The Clergy Team

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

Director of Operations

Anne Gustafson

Earlier Updates

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.

Guild Hall Artwork

Why Is Guild Hall’s West Wall Blank?

In September, the mechanism that raises, lowers, and suspends Guild Hall artwork malfunctioned during the transition from the spring embroidery “The Renewal of Life” to the “Living Tree” artwork. Paul Carson created this mechanism in 1974 to hang the first Guild Hall embroidery, and the September malfunction showed how much it has worn over these past (almost) 50 years. The mechanism failed completely recently, dropping the “Living Tree” to the floor.  The Board of Fine Arts will work with Plymouth Church facilities staff to seek an assessment of the problem, what it will take to remedy it, and the cost of the repair/replacement.  Until it is repaired or a new mechanism installed, the west wall of Guild Hall will stand minus any of the artwork displayed there since the 1970s.

How to access the inventory of books in our Plymouth Library

We have an abundance of 3100 books in our Elaine Marsh Plymouth church library. There are often questions about how to search for the books in our library. To check out what books we have in our library, there are several ways to do that. As a reminder, on the top of our website at plymouth.org, there is a heading called About, if you scroll down to the middle of that section, you will find the link to the inventory of books at the library, which can be searched by subject, titles, or authors.

You can also find a link to the library below.

There are also URL addresses and QR codes around the library and the library desk with direct access to the catalog. When checking out books, it is important to include an email &/or phone number, as that is the only way to follow up on overdue books. We encourage everyone who hasn’t been in the library to check it out. You will be amazed at the rich reading we have in our library.

 

Film Club “The Visitor”

Plymouth Film Club: “The Visitor” on Sun., Oct. 29. Guest Host—Immigrant Welcoming Work Group (IWWG).
By Joan Thompson

Plymouth Film Club is offering a viewing and discussion of Tom McCarthy’s 2007 film “The Visitor” (1 hr. 44 min., fiction) Oct. 29 beginning at 12:30 in Jackman. Joan Thompson and Erika Charlesworth-Seiler from IWWG will co-lead a discussion after the film. Film Club shows films on Plymouth’s largest “screen”—the south wall of Jackman Hall—for enhanced viewing.

Professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) is a widower who no longer cares about teaching economics and has grown increasingly isolated and emotionally blocked. When he is sent by his Connecticut university to a conference in New York, he is surprised to find a young couple living in his apartment where he stays when in that city.

Walter’s initial impulse is to throw them out into the night, but he relents and finds himself becoming increasingly involved in the young couple’s life. Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) is from Syria, Zainab (Danai Gurira) is from Senegal, and both are artists. Walter’s decision soon leads to a crash course in post-9/11 immigration policies, especially regarding Muslims. When Tarek’s mother Mouna (Hiam Abbass) comes to find out why she has not heard from her son, Walter finds himself getting even more involved in the fate of the three.

Shown at film festivals throughout the world in 2008 and 2009, “The Visitor,” an independent feature, received 35 award nominations and won 19 awards. Among them were Best Music for composer Jan Kaczmarek at the St. Louis International Film Festival, Best Director for Tom McCarthy from Film Independent Spirit Awards, Best Actress for Hiam Abbass from Fererazione Italiana Cinema d”Essai, and Best Actor for Richard Jenkins and Best Supporting Actress for Danai Gurira at Method Fest.

Roger Ebert wrote that “this is a wonderful film sad, angry, and without a comforting little happy ending.” He noted that he “must not describe what happens, because the whole point of serious fiction is to show people changing, and how they change in The Visitor is the film’s beauty.” Please join Plymouth Film Club and IWWG to view and discuss this topnotch film.

Coffee & tea upstairs. Lunch: BYO or order sandwiches early from Cajun Boiling (open noon) to pick up by 12:15.

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.