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Sundays at Five

Dear Beloved Community,   On behalf of the Board of Worship, I am pleased to announce a new worship offering each Sunday evening at 5 p.m. starting on October 2. […]

Thank You COVID Advisory Group!

By Karen Barstad When Plymouth Church had to close our building in March of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, our clergy and staff had to quickly pivot to provide […]


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.

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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 ( or Peter Eichten ( for more information.

Children Youth and Families

Everything kids, teens and parents need to know!

Welcome back, Plymouth family!

It has been 2 years since we have had a Rally Sunday in-person gathering, and we can’t wait to see you! Here are the details for Sunday!

*In-person outdoor worship at 9 and 11am!

*Bouncy slide, DJ, treats and activities for all after 9am service. Coffee, treats and fellowship after 11am service.

*Opportunities to take a walking tour through the building to see the Community Art installation hung in Guild Hall.

*Reconnect with old friends and opportunities to introduce new folx to Plymouth–feel free to invite friends to come worship with you!

*100 Hands donation drive–tampons, pads, and Depends requested!

COVID protocols–by Rally Sunday, all of our school-age children will have returned to school, exposing all of them to large amounts of children and staff. In order for us all to keep safe and mitigate the spread of COVID, it is vital that masks be worn during worship and singing, as well as on the bouncy slide. We will have some masks on hand. No mask=no slide, regardless of age or vaccination status. It takes our entire community working together to keep each another safe.

What you need to know for Wednesday, Sept 15th!

No dinner will be served–please eat before, get dinner in the neighborhood, or purchase at the food truck/farmers market in our parking lot

Most programming will occur outdoors through October, weather permitting. Nina and Dylan will be on hand to help families find rehearsal spaces.

Parents/guardians are invited to bring a camp chair and socialize or work outside (wifi available) during rehearsals–indoor space will NOT be available.

Masks must be worn at all times, whether in or outdoors

Evening schedule

5:30-5:55 PM Young Voices – (age 2-5)

6:00-7:00 PM Chapel Singers (adults)

6:00 PM to 6:30 PM Cherub Choir – (K-2)

6:00-6:30 PM Early Ringers (3rd – 6th Grade)

6:00-6:45 PM Youth Choir (Grades 7 – 12)

6:35-7:15 PM Chorister Choir – (3rd-6th grade)

6:50-7:30 PM Intermediate Bells (7th Grade and up)

7:20-8:00 PM Fire (aka Sr. High Youth Group) (grades 9-12)

Other programming including Fun with Dylan, Art Studio with Nina, and 100 Hands are on temporary hiatus until it is safe for us to go inside the building again. This means that parents/guardians are responsible for their children when they are not in programming

For all questions related to Children + Youth Arts programming, please contact Marie Scholtz.


What you need to know for Sunday September 19th!

10am: Outdoor church school for

Sparks (ages 3-2nd grade) led by Hannah Faeth

Lights (grades 3-5) led by Dylan Church, assisted by Orison Piper

Flames (grades 6-8) led by Heidi and Mike McCallister, Carrie Sauter, and Tim Brunelle

Confirmation (grade 9) led by Seth Patterson

*Sunday Fire (grades 9-12, led by Nina Jonson) will meet from 11-11:40 beginning Sunday September 26th.

All programming will be held outside through October, weather permitting

Parents/guardians will be encouraged to bring a chair to socialize, attend Sunday forum (wifi available), or volunteer with Sunday programming during the 10am hour.

*Please note that Senior High (aka Fire) will meet twice per week. 9th-12th graders are encouraged to come Sunday, Wednesday or both, whatever works best for their schedules.