Welcoming Our Guest Preacher, September 5

On September 5, we welcome Rev. Rebecca LeMenager as our guest preacher. Rebecca will be with us (live) for both services. Rev. LeMenager is

an ordained  United Church of Christ pastor. She has been in ministry for over 20 years and has served churches in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota in both the United Church of Christ and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

She is active in anti-racism work for the Minnesota Conference, UCC, the Northeastern  Minnesota Synod, ELCA, and in her local community. Rebecca has a love and passion for small rural churches and feels that both ministry and justice work are different in rural communities. Rebecca currently lives on the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota and works full-time at the Virginia Public Library.

She loves to read, cook, write poetry, and spend time in the Twin Cities with her family and friends eating at restaurants unavailable to her on the Range. May we look forward to hearing a significant message. Plan to join us on September 5, Under the Big Top or online.

Plymouth Clean-Up Day

Saturday, September 18
9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Are you looking for a fun way to come out and join with your fellow Plymouth friends?
Many hands make light work, and Plymouth Clean-Up Day, September 18, is a great opportunity to volunteer to help make our physical space become more beautiful and welcoming. Together, we will be doing a variety of outdoor chores on the Plymouth grounds. All church members and friends are invited to take advantage of this time to help make our space ready for us all to be present again. There are many tasks to be done and something for everyone. Work in the wildflower rain garden, clean up the edge of the parking lot, trim shrubbery, help with lawn work, groom the area around the food shelf entrance, and many more things to do.
Interested? Please contact Matt Thomas or Tom Anderson for details.

Habitat for Humanity – Volunteer Opportunity

Plymouth members and friends will be doing a Habitat for Humanity, Brush With Kindness project on a home located at 4254 Portland Ave S, Mpls, from Tuesday, August 17 through Friday, August 20. We will be doing exterior repairs, including a deck rebuild, and painting this Habitat home. We will be in week three of a four-week project. We need 10 volunteers each day, so please consider joining us for one or more days on this project. All are welcome, every skill level is needed and all tools, supplies, etc., are supplied by Habitat. For additional information and to register, please go to:
http://plymouthcongregational.tchabitat.volunteerhub.com/

For questions, please contacts Jim Christenson at 651-895-0644(call or text)or christensonjim@msn.com.

Lend Us Your Hand!

Community Art Project

Starting July 11
We are kicking off a community art project that will hang in Guild Hall to welcome us all back on Rally Sunday in September.
Please watch this video to learn more.

Plymouth Summer Music Series

Plymouth Summer Music Series

Free Concerts starting at 7 p.m.
Held in the Plymouth Parking lot.
Bring your folding chair or a blanket!

July 6 (rain date July 7)

“New Deal Ditties and Wartime Warbles” (Songs from Broadway)

July 13 (rain date July 15)
Monroe Crossing, Bluegrass

and July 20 (rain date July 21)

The Steele Sisters, Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele

The Stewardship Corner – Making an Impact on Our Community

I first entered Plymouth Congregational Church in the year 2000 as a member of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers. Drawn into the church community by the rich music programs, I did not experience a worship service until my wife Jenny joined the Plymouth Choir as a soloist in 2010, at which point we both began regularly attending on Sundays. We became members in the fall of 2012, when we were expecting our first daughter and sought a permanent church home. While we got to know Plymouth through the arts and Sunday worship, we fell in love with so much more: family and adult education programs, social justice work, and the church community itself.

Our story is not unique. So many of you have similar tales of initially narrow intersections that blossom into deeper engagement. We enter Plymouth through different “doors,” on our own timelines, and for a variety of reasons, but this diversity of backgrounds, motivations, and experiences makes us a strong community. That strength of community has one thing in common—something that calls us back week after week: making an impact.

Plymouth clearly makes an impact on me and my family. It challenges me (in a good way), informs my worldview, and strengthens my commitment to the local community. Plymouth inspires me by how, as a collective body, we can also impact society through our work with our immediate neighborhood and the Groveland Food Shelf, or a community COVID vaccination clinic, and statewide through our work to defeat the marriage amendment in 2012. And those are just a few examples of how Plymouth impacts all of us in powerful ways.

Impact on society is what keeps the French family coming back to and deepening our engagement with Plymouth Church. It’s also what inspired us to stretch our giving this past year. To put it simply, having an impact on society isn’t free. We, of course, need to give of our time and talent to make the world a more just and equitable place, but we also need to support this work financially. If you really think about it, when you make a gift to Plymouth you’re not only giving to Plymouth, but giving through Plymouth to have that impact on our congregation, our neighborhood, and ultimately society.

In addition to needing to cover the expenses related to maintaining the Plymouth of today, we know that Plymouth needs our support in order to become the Plymouth of tomorrow . . . to expand what it does, to elevate its level of service to others . . . to make a bigger impact.

As we approach the end of our fiscal year, I’m hoping you can join us by making a financial commitment, no matter the level, to support Plymouth and its work in our community. For those of you who have already made your pledge for the year, thank you. If your financial situation allows, please consider an additional contribution to help us meet our annual goal. Together we can make a difference for our church home and put Plymouth in a position of financial strength for tomorrow.

—Ryan French

Worship For All Ages Under The Big Top!

Sundays at 9 a.m.

How wonderful it will be to gather each Sunday to worship together in the parking lot of Plymouth Church! Here are a few instructions to keep our community safe and joyful during our time together:

  • Please bring your own lawn chair. We will have some chairs available, but we encourage you to bring your own. If you need assistance getting your chair from your vehicle to the tent, clergy and staff will be happy to assist.
  • Parking is available in the Plymouth lot and in the Park Nicollet lot. I encourage those who are able to use the Park Nicollet lot so that Plymouth’s parking spaces can be used by those with mobility limitations.
  • We will not be collecting an offering during worship; rather, we hope you will continue to give via text or online.
  • There will be access to restrooms inside the church, although the rest of the building will remain closed.
  • There will be listening devices available.
  • The tent will protect us from rain. However, in case of severe summer weather cancellation of services will be posted on the website by 7 a.m. on that Sunday.
  • Worship from the sanctuary will continue to be live-streamed throughout the summer at 11:00 a.m., with the prelude beginning at 10:50 a.m.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns. I rejoice in being able to greet you in person and am so glad I can sign this note, “See you at church!”

Blessings,

Rev. Beth Hoffman Faeth, Minister for Congregational Care & Worship