We need your assistance, and it is so simple!

We are in need of volunteer hosts for our Plymouth Welcome Table at our live ‘under the tent’ 9 a.m. service.

This need will continue as we eventually move indoors and begin to have two live services, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. We use a website and app (signup.com) that makes it easy to schedule your hosting AND to change or cancel a commitment if necessary. The ONLY qualification for hosting is to simply be a ‘welcoming presence.’ Please contact me to add your name to our list of hosts at wtresq@icloud.com or 651-769-7511.

The more we can share the hosting opportunities, the less we need to depend on ‘the few’ to provide this important welcoming service to our visitors.

Thank you, Bill Read, Welcome Table Volunteer Host Coordinator

100 Hands Donation Drive

On Rally Sunday, September 12, the Board of Community Life will be collecting feminine hygiene products for Groveland Food Shelf.

Sadly, hygiene items aren’t eligible for SNAP benefits, and we all know these items are expensive but NECESSARY!

Please look for a donation box under the portico. All donated items will be divided up/repackaged at a later 100 Hands project.

Next time you’re at Target or Costco, consider picking up:

• Tampons
• Pads
• Depends

This matters so much to women! Thank you for opening your hearts to this need.

Let’s Reconnect for Affordable Housing!!

It’s been almost 18 months since we’ve been together as a congregation. We have missed our friends and social groups and all that being together brings us. We have also missed opportunities to build new relationships within Plymouth.
With the pandemic affecting the jobs and housing of thousands of more people in Minnesota, Beacon is prioritizing policy work with “Bring It Home, MN”, a bold campaign to provide rental assistance to all who qualify in Minnesota. For this goal to be reached, we need the voices and actions of thousands of people throughout the collaboration to continue to move this action forward.
With this in mind, Plymouth’s Beacon Leadership Team would like to invite you to join us for a short gathering in Jackman Hall – or in the tent if necessary – either during the 10:00 hour or after church, on October 10th, for a brief overview of what the Beacon Leadership Team has been working on during the pandemic and to hear about Beacon’s initiative to end homelessness, “Bring It Home, MN”, and how we can help to bring this ambitious program to reality.
We would also like to visit with you one on one, perhaps over coffee or after church, at a time that works for you, to deepen our relationships and reaffirm our support for housing justice and our vision that everyone deserves a home.
If you can join us at either time on October 10th, please register with Linda Jones (lindafred93@gmail.com). Refreshments will be served.

Introducing: The Presence Team

How full our days are: so many responsibilities, commitments, and distractions too. How do we make time to genuinely engage with critical issues in our community? Yes, we can send a donation or learn more about an issue, but in our hearts we may feel that we’d like to be truly present for issues that have a serious moral and spiritual dimension.

If you’re like me, you also sometimes feel anxious or uncertain about participating in a demonstration or joining a march or vigil if you need to do it alone. I know I’d like to be a presence, but it would feel easier if I had a friend or two with me.

Being present—in a particular place, and fully focused or involved in an issue or action—is a powerful way to live out our faith and convictions. Presence can be a truly affirming experience for us as well as those whose needs or rights we’re supporting.

In order to encourage more of us to be a living presence, Plymouth is creating a Presence Team, and you as well as any friends of the Plymouth community are invited to join us. Become part of an informal group where you can easily learn about marches/vigils/demonstrations in the Twin Cities, and join in with other Plymouth folk to participate. Many of these experiences would be appropriate to attend as a family or as a grandparent with grandchild.

The Presence Team will have event information relating to several issues: race, immigration, climate and more. Your suggestions for events to be included are welcome!

Please contact Judy Takkunen (judyptakkunen@gmail.com) or Peter Eichten (pjeichten@hotmail.com) for more information.

100 Hands Packing Event!

July 29, 2021
10 a.m.

Please join some of the members of the Board of Community Life after the service under the portico for a 100 Hands packing event to support Groveland. It’s a fun way to tangibly help our community and meet new people!

Please contact Molly Piper with questions at mollypiper (a) gmail.com.

 

 

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.

Align MPLS Volunteer Request

Have a little free time and a phone?  Want to be part of work around housing (in)stability?

Align Minneapolis is looking for volunteers to make follow-up survey calls to recipients of Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA). The program supports individuals and families when they are faced with financial crises. Align contacts ERA recipients twice after they have received assistance to gauge their current financial stability and hear feedback from them about our program. If you’re interested in playing a crucial role in Align’s work to end homelessness, contact Nate Merrill, Align ERA Coordinator at nate@alignmpls.org ​today.  There is a training coming up next week, but even if you can’t attend, contact Nate if you’re available to help in this way!