This I Believe | Racial Justice Is Personal

Plymouth member Richard Jewell is featured in This I Believe | Racial Justice Is Personal video, a project of the Racial Justice Initiative. The goal of these personal stories is to inspire reflection and action, and we offer them with humility and vulnerability. The video is included below.

Through This I Believe, Plymouth members can practice speaking up, and we invite you to listen with an open heart and mind. RJI hopes that all of these personal stories, from people you may know, will inspire deeper thought about your own relationship to systemic racism. Before Plymouth can become a truly antiracist church, we need to first look at our own participation in a system that favors white people.

If you are interested in writing a personal statement and/or being featured in an upcoming video, you can learn more about the journey and view previous videos at or contact Jean Kennedy at We are looking for many Plymouth members to be involved.

Updates About Worship and Security

Dear Members & Friends of Plymouth Church,

Thank you for your words and prayers of support and encouragement last week upon announcing the emergency cancellation of our 9 a.m. worship service under the tent. By tending to our concerns and taking precautions, the rest of our programming inside the building last Sunday continued as usual without incident or interruption. We are grateful for the work and participation of our staff, members, and volunteers who served with grace and generosity.

We are happy to inform you that the Plymouth Security Team has given us the all-clear and is confident that we can gather under the tent this Sunday at 9 a.m. We continue to take all precautions as needed to secure all persons and property. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

We will gather promptly for our 9 a.m. worship service under the Big Top. Our 11 a.m. worship streaming service will continue as scheduled. We are pleased to offer Sundays at 5: Testimonies: Transformation Through Stories inside the sanctuary at 5 p.m. It will feel meaningful to gather in contemplative prayer.

Thank you for your support, cooperation, and attention to this matter. We remain grateful for the hard work and dedication of our Security Team and Plymouth Staff.

Rev. Dr. DeWayne Davis
Rev. Beth Hoffman Faeth
Rev. Seth Patterson

Advent Retreat: Spiritual Imagination and the Nativity

Based on Richard Rohr’s Advent teachings as well as the Ignatian practice of imaginative prayer, this weekly retreat will use storytelling, music, and guided visualization to bring participants deep into the heart of the meaningful metaphors of the Christmas story. Tuesdays, 7-8:15 p.m., on zoom, with Carolyn Kolovitz.

Nov. 30: The Annunciation: Saying Yes
Dec 7: The Epiphany: Our Journey
Dec 14: The Nativity: Wonder & Awe

Carolyn Kolovitz is a spiritual director and retreat facilitator at Loyola Spirituality Center with a special interest in engaging younger generations on the spiritual journey. Her “Spiritual Mentoring” workshops are about getting clear on what is most sacred to you, then sharing in a way that connects, not preaches. She has over fifteen years of youth programming experience, an MS in Women’s Studies, an MA in Theology, and a graduate certificate in spiritual direction from St. Catherine University. Carolyn blogs at

Open Door Conversation With Clergy – SPECIAL IN-PERSON EDITION!

Are you looking for a place of respite, an opportunity to share your cares and concerns with others in a circle of mutual support? The pandemic has burdened us in numerous ways and the clergy of Plymouth are aware that many folks are struggling with grief and despair, along with great angst about the condition of our world. DeWayne, Beth, and Seth will host three in-person opportunities for our community to come together to acknowledge the heaviness of our spirits as well as glean loving care from each other.


Join clergy on Wednesday, October 27th at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 28 at 1 p.m., or Monday, November 1 at 6 p.m. We will meet in Guild Hall.

Important Update to Worship and Events on October 17

Dear Members & Friends of Plymouth Church,
Due to credible threats from a disgruntled former employee, in an abundance of caution, and upon guidance from the Plymouth Church Security Team, we are canceling the outdoor worship service under the tent on Sunday, October 17. We have notified and are in communication with the Minneapolis Police Department and are taking all precautions as needed to secure all persons and property. We ask that all those who arrive at the church on Sunday for inside activities, please use Door 1 and our Security Team will be present to welcome you.
In addition to worship, we will not hold Church School, Confirmation, or the Vikings game gathering. Choristers, who were to sing at 9 a.m. will be scheduled at a different date.
Our 11 a.m. worship streaming service will continue as scheduled and choir members should arrive at the church at their scheduled time. We are pleased to offer Sundays at 5: Celtic Weavings inside the sanctuary tomorrow at 5 p.m. It will feel meaningful to gather in contemplative prayer.
Tomorrow morning, we remain scattered rather than gathered in worship. And we trust that God binds us together in beloved community as we move through yet another unsettled time. Let us lean in with love and compassion and remain centered in God’s grace.
Thank you for your support, cooperation, and attention to this matter. We remain grateful for the hard work and dedication of our Security Team and Plymouth Staff.
Dr. DeWayne Davis
Rev. Beth Hoffman Faeth
Rev. Seth Patterson

2022 Annual Giving

We’re well into the 2021-22 Church year! And we are a little more gathered than scattered, so this message seems timely. In the recent history of Plymouth, never has our care for our Church been more fulfilling as it is today. We realize what a treasure of a community we have, a community that continues to support and nurture each other as we move through the pandemic. We remain active — both in and outside the walls of our Church! As our covenant describes, “we do bind ourselves together …” … and here are headlines:


  1. Lead minister DeWayne Davis has started his first full church year with us! His dedication to and excitement about Plymouth’s purposes as a church gives us new energy.
  2. The church building has limited use, but we are in the Big Tent, worshipping and celebrating together!
  3. Our kids are enjoying activities together, including playing in our stellar new playground, safely tucked against our Church.
  4. Our care for the broader community remains steadfast: We came together to support Elze, the school using our church school classrooms, and we witnessed our church remain critically important as evidenced by the Groveland Food Shelf usage, and the vaccination clinic operating within our walls.
  5. Boards and Committees have begun the Church year with their missions and commitments in place, ready to lead. This is true roll-up-our-sleeves time!


And this is where you come in.


The Stewardship Committee also has a mission and commitment, which we want to share with you.

Our theme:  Cultivate Faith, Nurture Connection, Amplify Love


Our commitment as a church is to build community within and outside of our church. This necessitates our financial support of the work we do. Our Annual Giving Campaign is underway now! Each person who supports Plymouth through pledging and giving both meaningfully and directly supports the work we undertake.

Committing to giving shows care and connection and builds faith within our Congregation and in the broader community.


By making your pledge you are stepping up to support the work at Plymouth: Cultivating faith, nurturing our connection to each other, and amplifying our love for and commitment to the community around us.


Pledge materials will reach you shortly. There is always an opportunity to give online!



Thank you!

Jean Thomson

Ryan French

Co-chairs, 2022 Annual Giving Campaign


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.