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Plymouth's Office Hours

Office hours at Plymouth are typically:

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays and Fridays.

But feel free to call in advance at (616) 455-4260 to see if we're in on our "closed" days. Leave a message and we'll get back to you.


Support Your Neighbor

Join or Support Local Immigrant-led Activist
and Advocacy Groups

Plymouth's Justice and Peace Task Force and several Plymouth members and friends support the work being done locally with, and in support of, our immigrant brothers and sisters. For ways in which you can be involved, search Facebook for Movimiento Cosecha GR and GR Rapid Response to ICE and “like” their pages to stay informed and learn more about upcoming actions and needs. 


Having Given Thanks, Ensure All Are Fed

From the UCC's Justice and Peace Action Network:

Each year we remember there are many millions in the U.S. and around the globe who are still hungry. 1 John 3:17 (NRSV) reminds us, “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

We are called to be people not just of words, but tangible actions. As a nation of plenty we can and must do more to ensure that all are provided basic nutrition and dignity. Here are two ways you can act.

1. Over the past few years the administration has tried to cut nutrition assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and make qualifying for that assistance very restrictive. A recently proposed rule would cut program benefits by $4.5 billion over five years, making it extremely difficult for low income families to pay for food and utilities.This new rule would also disproportionately impact elderly people and those with disabilities. We know that access to SNAP benefits lifts families out of poverty and creates more favorable conditions for families to thrive. Kids have higher graduation rates, parents have better earnings, and most importantly those who need food and other assistance have it.

Submit a comment via the Food Research and Action Center site sharing why you think it is important for access to SNAP to continue without restrictions. Feel free to follow the template but remember to use unique and personal comments so that each one is counted.


2. Around the globe, 821 million people still experience hunger every day, with women and children especially vulnerable to food insecurity. The bipartisan Global Nutrition Resolution (H. Res 189 and S. Res. 260) acknowledges that progress has been made, thanks to strong U.S. leadership and a bipartisan commitment, but calls for more to be done to eliminate malnutrition. This includes stronger support for a U.S. global nutrition strategy and increased efforts to scale up maternal and child nutrition. Ask your member of Congress to support the Global Nutrition Resolution today, and turn your thanksgiving into action.


Fair Trade Products Available This Sunday

Plymouth offers Fair Trade items (including coffee, chocolates, and olive oil) for sale through the UCC Fair Trade Project partnership with Equal Exchange.

The price we pay involves a fair price to the farmer for the product plus some profit, used by the farmer’s community and/or coop for community sustainability - equipment to add processing abilities, multiple crop integration, and education. Equal Exchange and the UCC Coffee Project, through their research and contracts directly with the small farmers and their coops, ensure local control of the money and their future – not middle men or processors.

We also feature Tanka Buffalo Bites and sticks provided through our relationship with the people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Tanka helps support the return of Buffalo to reservations and provides a healthy natural food source. We sell all items at our cost, as a service to the congregation. The purpose is to make it easier for you to buy these items in a way that makes sure that those who grow, process, and manufacture the products get a living wage for their efforts.

 


Sunday Worship Service

Sunday, December 8, 10:00 a.m.
Second Sunday in Advent

Centering Thought:

“I witness many signs of hope. I don’t have to wait until all is well, but I can celebrate every little hint of the Kingdom that is at hand.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen

Sermon: “Excuse the mess, but we live here” by Eleazar Lopez*

Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12

Offertory:  Advent Promise -  Anna Laura Page, performed by the Plymouth Bell Choir

Choral Anthem: Keep Your Lamps!  - Andre Thomas

*Eleazar Lopez is serving his seminary internship at Plymouth. We welcome him and his message.

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


On the Road to Sustainability

Plymouth has eliminated its use of Styrofoam cups and is saving energy through its roof solar array. Now, it is joining other churches in the area in an effort to divert waste from landfills and turn it into highly enriched soil. Over the next few months, Plymouth will initiate a composting program through Organicycle, a local company that provides a curbside collection service combining food waste, paper, cardboard, and yard waste into one cart. We are excited to begin this process of learning to be better stewards of God's creation. We hope you'll join us on this journey.


Connecting with Pastor Rachel

Pastor Rachel is available via email: pastor@plymouthchurchgr.org and during office hours at Plymouth (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.). If you can, please call in advance so that she can set aside time to meet with you (616) 455-4260.


Sunday Sessions

Children ages 4 – twelth grade are invited to attend Sunday Sessions on the lower level. The children are invited to come forward for the Children’s Time (see order of worship) and then are accompanied downstairs. Parents are welcome to accompany their child to class. Children remain in Sunday Sessions until 11:30 a.m. Nursery is provided for children age newborn through age three. Please register your child for Sunday Sessions here. Visiting children and youth are welcome and encouraged to attend as well. 


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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