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, 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.


You are all invited to join Plymouth’s One More Chair for the Second Annual Lawn Bowling Event on Sunday, September 17th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. We’ll meet at Minnesota’s largest Lawn Bowling facility located at Brookview Golf & Lawn Bowling, 316 Brookview Parkway S., Golden Valley.

We have reserved 8 rinks (lanes) and can accommodate up to 64 bowlers! Guests are welcome. Free parking is available adjacent to the venue. Rink-side seating is available for spectators.

The event cost is $5 per bowler which covers the rink rental and a game official who will provide instruction and officiate the games.

The Three One Six Bar + Grill is near the rinks and offers a full menu of beverages, snacks, or a meal. Ample seating is available in or outside. It’s a great place to gather after bowling! Please send your response and the number attending to Judy Schneebeck by Thursday, September 14th.

Nicollet Avenue Clean-up

Next Date: Saturday, October 28, 9 a.m.

We have told the City of Minneapolis that we will be cleaning Nicollet Avenue from Franklin Avenue to Grant Street once every three months, and our next date is October 28.  We will begin at Plymouth—the corner of Nicollet & Franklin—at 9:00 a.m. and continue for approximately 6 blocks to the corner of Grant Street & Nicollet Avenue. The City will provide collection/garbage bags for us. Volunteers are welcome to wear their PCC shirts to publicize who is behind this effort, and the City will be placing a sign on Nicollet announcing who is responsible for the clean-up effort!

Please let Jerry and Fran Davis know that you’re able to help: Jerry (763-370-9806), Fran (612-889-0822), or email fandjontheroad (at)

Mid-month Mingle

August 16

Our Wednesday evening community meals are such a popular gathering during the year that we didn’t want the fun to end in the summer!

Things will be a little bit different, though, when we meet in June, July, and August.

We will provide the main dish—this month, it will be food from Chipotle. We are asking for a donation of $7 per person.

We are also asking that each household bring a dish to share: pasta salad, brownies, chips and dip, deviled eggs, or whatever you’d like. Please label it, especially if it is gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, etc.

We will eat from 5:30 to 6:30, and then we will have activities from 6:30 to 7:30.

Nina will offer an intergenerational activity, and the Deacons will be continuing their in-depth conversations to help our congregation understand the new 6-month budget approved at the annual meeting. Their conversation will run from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Chapel.

Just stay for dinner, or stay for the whole time! We can’t wait to have you!

August 16:

Meal–Grilled Hotdogs and Veggie Dogs. Activity–College Care Packages and Pre-Rally Sunday Church Deep Clean

We look forward to you joining us! Please RSVP to Nina for next week’s event so we order the right amount of food!

One More Chair Summer Picnic

Wednesday, July 19, 2023, 5–8 p.m. Wabun Shelter A, Minnehaha Falls Park

One More Chair invites everyone to celebrate summer in the park with Plymouth’s church family!

Directions and pictures:

Food—keep it simple! Bring your own picnic food/drink and tableware. Cold water will be provided. Grills with hot coals (and grill utensils) will be available. If you would like to bring cookies or a finger dessert to share, that would be appreciated.

Facilities: Rain or shine—the picnic will go on! This is a covered pavilion with lots of picnic tables! There is a wading pool and playground as well as a large grassy area for games. Bring croquet or corn hole, or other fun games to share. If you want more seating options, bring a lawn chair. Free parking is adjacent to the shelter.

Other information: The picnic is free; however, donations to help cover the fee for the rental of the shelter will be appreciated. To help the planning committee make any additional plans and to offer ride-sharing, please let us know if you are planning to come.

Please respond by Sunday, July 16, to Judy Schneebeck:, and let Judy know:

  • The number of people planning to come,
  • If you would like a ride, and
  • If you are able to drive people from the church to the picnic (and how many you can bring).

If your plans fall through or you decide you can come at the last minute, that’s fine.

All are welcome! Think about inviting someone new to Plymouth! There is always One More Chair.

New Member Spotlight

On June 4, 2023, we welcomed new members into our congregation.

Brandon Hallstrand 

I grew up going to church in rural Wisconsin and have attended numerous churches over the years looking for a better fit. Plymouth has been by far the most welcoming and best match to my inner compass, and I’m glad to become a member. I am a mid-career finance professional, who enjoys being active in the outdoors, dance, volleyball, travel, etc. I have an interest in understanding other cultures and faiths and really appreciate Plymouth’s accepting attitude towards different perspectives as well as its advocacy for those in need. Thanks for making Plymouth the great place that it is, and for the privilege of joining such a great congregation! 


Cathy Gustafson

Cathy is a freelance writer and consultant with special expertise in nonprofit management, including 15 years of teaching in higher education. She is a long-term resident of Bloomington, sharing her home with Frankie, her mischievous Yorkshire Terrier. 

Cael Foster (fiancée: Eve Burdick)

I am drawn to Plymouth because of its wonderfully open community and progressive values. I’m also hopeful to make long-term friends around my age, something that’s usually difficult in my stage of life.

I’m a metadata analyst for an educational publishing company. My interests include gaming, reading, movies, and Dungeons & Dragons.

Gina DelCorazon

Gina and their family found Plymouth at Rally Sunday last fall, and theyve loved it ever since. Initially visiting to explore the childrens choir for their son, Toño, Gina has found friends and a community they treasure already. The progressive vision of a more just world that Plymouth hopes to help create is exactly what they have been searching for, at a place that embraces their queer, multiracial family. Gina is a research scientist at a network of free preschools for low-income families and is trying to learn how to garden this far north, with many Plymouth folks generously helping coach and support them on this journey. 

Linda Causey

I moved here from Maryland 18 years ago as a Presbyterian, which I still am until the service ends today. My choirmaster from Maryland said I should choose my new church based on the quality of the bell choir, and the Presbyterian one did not pass muster. So he sent me to the Methodist church just up the street. Since many of my family came to this church, I figured out how I could ring the prelude at the Methodist church and then quickly drive over here in time for the prelude and an additional number. But when time schedules changed, I could only ring in one church, and I chose Plymouth, of which I am now a brand new member. Thank you for letting Little Late Lindaas my Mother called mejoin you all. 

Eve Burdick (fiancé: Cael Foster)

My name is Eve, and I am so excited to be joining such a wonderful community! Im very excited to be involved with Plymouth Choir and to have our wedding here! I cant wait to see how I can serve this wonderful community. 

Carrie Bassett

Carrie has been involved with this church for more than ten years as part of the Literary Witnesses Committee. For the last five or six years, she has organized and hosted the annual program Plymouth Reads Poetry. She spends a good deal of time writing poetry, too.

Carrie has two grown daughters and four grandchildren, one in town and three in Virginia. She has had an academic career, having worked for Walden University and Capella University.

A transplant from the East Coast, Carrie finds the Twin Cities her spiritual home, enjoying the range of cultural opportunities this community has to offer, liking many aspects of winter, and pulling ropes of creeping charlie from her garden in the growing season.

Annual Budget Meeting

Plymouth Looking Forward

May/June 2023


As we’ve been in preparation for the June 11 Annual Meeting, the Deacons see anew that dealing with the budget leads us into significant questions about Plymouth’s future. Because our decisions reflect our values and faith commitments, they will define the future of Plymouth Church. We propose then a six-month period of conversations that will culminate in a budget that will be voted on at a Special Congregational Meeting in December and will also be part of the larger work of congregational renewal.


Last summer, Plymouth set a budget that anticipated a “new normal,” following the acute phase of the coronavirus pandemic. We estimated a strong response to our stewardship campaign and did our best to forecast the expenses to support a full return to in-person activities.


In the year since, we have learned much. On the income side, individual givers continue making the same or greater contributions, but the count of givers continues its downward trend, and income is well below what we had budgeted. On the expense side, we see upward pressure from inflation as well as the effects of discretionary and non-discretionary choices, and as a result, expenses are above budget. While church staff are working to align spending and income, the current year’s gap is substantial.


Unfortunately, the pressures experienced through this year seem likely to continue. For FY24, Church staff proposed a budget that incorporated current cost estimates, some cuts, and some additional spending in line with Plymouth’s priorities. The Board of Finance and Administration reviewed the budget and recommended that it be revised with a lower income forecast and less spending. The Board, in recognition of the impact of the cuts necessary to align with their recommendation, also suggested that an interim budget be proposed in June, to give the congregation an opportunity to provide input on what comes next.


The Church staff brought a revised budget to the Deacons for approval. In summary, it is a short-term budget provides time determining what comes next. It covers a 6-month period instead of a full year. It incorporates a lower income forecast. It adopts many cuts that, while not painless, were tolerable and/or reversible. It does incorporate salary increases recommended by the Human Resources committee, which are largely irreversible. This budget requires a higher draw than the Board recommended.


The Deacons approved this budget for consideration during the Annual Meeting on June 11. In addition, the Deacons will propose a set of activities in the immediate, medium, and long terms to help discern the best course through this transformation.


Immediate (Now – June):

Make visible and explicit the link between the budget and our values, vision, and future.
Adopt a lead minister-proposed 6mo budget for July- December 2023.
Convene two overlapping but differently aimed conversations related to the budget
Focusing on the budget itself, led by DeWayne, Mike McCallister, Treasurer, and Anne Gustafson, Director of Operations (in person and on Zoom)

Wednesday, May 31 at 6 p.m.

Thursday, June 1 at 3 p.m.

Focusing on the spiritual dimensions of our budget-making: What’s at Stake:

The Spiritual Heart of Plymouth’s Budget, led by the Deacons

Sunday, June 4, 10 a.m. in the Chapel

Sunday, June 4, 12 p.m. in the Sanctuary


We also have a plan for medium and longer-term responses that we’ll be sending out in the next weeks.


We look forward to your participation in this soulful work.