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An Invitation to Join Plymouth

If you're interested in learning more about Plymouth Church and possibly becoming a member, you are invited
to an Inquirer’s Class following Fellowship Time on Sunday, September 24. Those who choose to become members will be received on Sunday, October 1.

UCC Launches Harvey, Irma, and Wildfire Response

With the recent launch of its Hurricane Irma appeal, the UCC is now collecting much-needed donations for three different disasters — with three different giving options. Anything labeled Hurricane Harvey will go to Harvey response, anything designated to Hurricane Irma will go for both international and domestic Irma response. And, if you give to the Emergency USA Fund, it will be used for greatest need in this country, including a response to the wildfires in Montana, Oregon, and California.

Water Protectors

Visit Grand Rapids Water Protectors and discover ways you can help protect this most vital of resources: water.

"We are a community of Grand Rapidians and West Michiganders with hearts for water who united in solidarity with the Standing Rock Protector Camps in 2016. Through our solidarity rallies we formed the Grand Rapids Water Protectors to bring attention and education to our local water issues. In making connections with the community, we formed bonds with local and national environmental groups."

Sunday Worship Service

September 24, 10:00 a.m.
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

“When all is said and done, it is persistence that is the antidote to powerlessness.” – Joan Chittister

Sermon: Beyond TV Fantasy and Fake News  - Earle Canfield

Readings: Plato (4th century, BCE), Goethe (18th century, CE), Current Day, Susmata Chaulogain (May 21, 2015)

Choral Anthem: With a Voice of Singing - Shaw

Special Music:  Plymouth Brass: Kevin Dobreff, Phil Pikaart: trumpet; Sharon Wandry, horn; Art Wallace, tuba; David Smith, Ethan Wheeler: trombone; Bill Bokhout, directing.

Click on this link for the "Worship section" of the website and use the dropdown menu to access the "Current Sunday Bulletin." 

Noodles for our Neighbors

Stop on by Noodles & Company in Grandville (Rivertown Parkway and Wilson) on September 26 between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and bring a flyer or mention UCOM's name and 50% of your bill will be donated to UCOM to support your neighbors in need.

Minority Business Spotlight -Chez Olga

Take your taste buds on a trip to Chez Olga, a Creole & Caribbean restaurant located in Eastown at 1441 Wealthy Street for lunch or dinner. This woman-owned, minority-owned restaurant serves fresh, natural, preservative-free dishes that you won’t find anywhere else in Grand Rapids! Haitian-born owner, Olga Benoit lets diners specify their degree of spiciness on a 1 to 10 scale, so you can “taste the Caribbean heat” to whatever extent you like. Call at 616.233.4141 or visit Chez Olga's Facebook page.

Enbridge Line 5

Did you know:

  • The Great Lakes contain 20% of the Earth’s fresh surface water
  • Forty million people receive their drinking water from the Great Lakes
  • Enbridge Energy has acknowledged enamel erosion in three areas of the Line 5 pipeline which runs under the Straits of Mackinac. for more information.

Protect Children's Healthcare

Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is set to expire at the end of this month. The United Church of Christ's Justice and Peace Action Network (JPAnet) is calling on Congress to reauthorize funding for this vital program. 

CHIP serves 9 million low- and middle-income children and has historically been a bipartisan affair. Since it was created, the rate of children without health insurance has fallen from nearly 15% in 1997 to a record-low 5% in 2015. The program provides quality coverage to millions of children in working families whose parents earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to purchase private health insurance on their own.

Do your part to protect the next generation. Contact Congress and tell them to enact a long-term funding extension of CHIP. 

Black Lives Matter

Wednesday, October 4, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Rosa Parks Circle, Downtown Grand Rapids

Join this on-going demonstration with members of Plymouth Church, All Souls, Fountain Street, and Westminster at the corner of Monroe and Monroe Center (by the Rosa Parks statue). The group gathers the first Wednesday of every month. Placards and signs are provided.

Rev. Doug Van Doren - ACLU Civil Libertarian of the Year

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 19 when the ACLU honors Plymouth's minister, Doug Van Doren, with its Civil Libertarian of the Year award. The Western Branch of the ACLU of Michigan has recognized a “Civil Libertarian of
the Year” since 1966. This award goes to the person or people who have done the most to advance the civil liberties and rights of the community. Previous awardees include luminaries such as Mayor George Heartwell, Karen Henry, Rev. Duncan Littlefair, Kate Pew Wolters, Kathy Humphrey, and many others. The event is from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the Women's City Club at 254 East Fulton. This event is free and open to the public. Light food and refreshments to be served. For more information, contact West Michigan ACLU:

Phone: 616-455-4260
Fax: 616-455-4149
Email: Plymouth (at)
4010 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

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