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Plymouth Book Club - To Siri with Love

Monday, October 8, 7:00 p.m., in the lounge

Join in the fun when the Plymouth Book Club meets to discuss To Siri with Love by author Judith Newman. Newman never had any illusions that her family was 'normal'. She and her husband keep separate apartments-his filled with twin grand pianos as befits a former opera singer; hers filled with the clutter and chaos of twin adolescent boys conceived late in life. And one of those boys is Gus, her sweet, complicated, autistic 13-year-old. With refreshing honesty, To Siri With Love chronicles one year in the life of Gus and the family around him -- a family with the same crazy ups and downs as any other. And at the heart of the book lies Gus's passionate friendship with Siri, Apple's 'intelligent personal assistant'. Equal parts funny and touching, this is a book that will make your heart brim, and then break it. Warm, wise, and always honest, Newman shows us a new world where artificial intelligence is beginning to meet emotional intelligence -- a world that will shape our children in ways both wonderful and unexpected. This read is GUARNTEED to generate a very interesting discussion. Join us and share your feelings about autism; how understandings and treatments of this condition affect us all. Our books are available on the Book Club Table at Schuler Books with a 20% discount.

 


 


Amnesty 101

Wednesday, October 17
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what Amnesty International actually does? How do you join? What human rights campaigns are the local AI group working on? Now is your chance to learn about Amnesty International in a fun, no pressure event. We will review the history of AI, discuss different issues and campaigns, explain what our local group does and take questions. We are having pizza too! This is a unique opportunity to increase your knowledge of Amnesty International. Visit the Grand Rapids AI page on FB for more information including location.



 


International Day of Peace

Sunday, September 23, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dominican Center at Marywood
2025 Fulton Street SE

Join the Dominican Center, Instruments of Hope, and the Institute for Global Education in celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace. The day is set aside as "an opportunity for all humanity to come together, in spirit and in action, to forward the ideals of and conditions for peace." An Interfaith Peace Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Marywood Chapel. For more information visit the event page on Facebook or call the Dominican Center at 616.514.3325.


On Being Transgender

Sunday October 7
5:00 p.m.at Plymouth

Plymouth member, Jamie Lynn Hemphill, will share her story of transitioning from male to female  Early on Ms. Hemphill knew she was meant to be a woman, but suppressed her feelings because of society's general disapproval. A few years into her second marriage, as a man, she knew she would not survive unless she could transition. Today she lives completely as a woman and remains happily married to her second wife. She also administers a Facebook group—Our Transitional Journey Together — where transgender individuals and others can connect and share their stories. Along with her personal story, her talk will include information to educate others about the transgender process. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation. For more information call the Plymouth office at 616.455.4260.


Re-Member 20-year Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, November 10
5:00 p.m.
Applause Event Center, Grand Rapids

On November 10, we will not only celebrate Re-Member's twenty-year anniversary of learning and serving alongside the Oglala Lakota people of Pine Ridge Reservation. We will also give thanks to and for Plymouth members Ted and Kristin Skantze for their leadership and dedication to Re-Member. Please mark your calendars and make your reservations for this celebratory event. Tickets are $75 per person. A $50 tax receipt will be issued. Event details online or call Jenn Sklener at 616.634.5921. Re-member is also looking for people and companies interested in being sponsors for the event. Sponsors can be anyone and there are incentives. Jenn Sklener has all the information. Just give her a call to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

 


Interfaith Hospitality Network

Our next opportunity to serve five local homeless families through Family Promise is the week of November 4-11. Volunteers from Plymouth and our IHN partner All Souls Community Church will host families in Plymouth's downstairs. Smith Hall becomes the main living area while the Sunday Sessions rooms are transformed into bedrooms for the families. There are many volunteer options ranging from bringing in dinner items to being a host evenings or overnight. If you are interested in taking part in this vital service to families in transition, contact the church office at 616.455.4260 and ask to be connecting with the IHN coordinators. 


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