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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.


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


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. 


What is United Church of Christ?

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  Visit the UCC's website where you can learn more about the denominaton and the latest UCC news; sign up for "Keeping You Posted," a weekly, coordinated e-zine; and discover ways that you can be an advocate for justice through the Justice and Peace Action Network.


Your Vote Matters

From a column written by Sandy Sorensen, Director of the Washington D.C. Office, UCC 

"....The United Church of Christ recently joined a host of interfaith partners in signing the Faithful Democracy Voters Covenant. The covenant names the multiple threats to voting rights and a fair democratic process, but also lifts up our call to be faithful and engaged nonetheless:

Our nation is segmented into those who are “worthy” of a voice in our political system and those who are not. Democratic systems are used to perpetuate systemic racism and silence the voices of the marginalized, particularly poor people and people of color. Our democratic processes have been corrupted at every level: through voter suppression and intimidation; outsized financial contributions from anonymous donors and corporate interests; gerrymandering; and foreign actors hijacking the public discourse in bad faith. ... The faith community holds firm to our trust in the spirit of self-governance and the strength of our aspirational founding principles. However, we move into the election season with concerns about the wellbeing of our national body politic.

The challenges are indeed great. After the Shelby v. Holder 2013 Supreme Court demolishing key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, we enter the 2020 election season with fewer voting protections than we had in 1965. Across the country we’re seeing restrictive voter ID and accessibility provisions being codified that only serve to narrow the accessibility of voting to vulnerable populations. Furthermore, the Citizens United Supreme Court decision allowing for vast amounts of dark corporate money to flood campaigns favors corporate interests over the common good.

Despite the challenges, it still matters that we vote and that we continue to protect the right of others to vote. That is not the idealist in me talking. It is the part of me that knows no single thing we do brings about change, and that’s not a reason not to do it. We do it because if we don’t show up, other interests will fill the void. As author and columnist William Rivers Pitt notes in an essay entitled The Ballot or the Bullet, "Henry David Thoreau argued for non-participation in a broken system, but a system that has been broken by non-participation requires a different remedy.”

Our vote is our voice – it is an important way to participate in the common good and to help shape policy. Faith voices are essential and unique in the electoral process. The UCC Our Faith, Our Vote, Our Voice campaign offers resources to help congregations engage in the electoral process in a nonpartisan way, through voter education, issue education, and voter empowerment/mobilization: www.ourfaithourvote.org. We look forward to working with you in the coming election season to lift up our UCC vision of a just and compassionate world for all.

 


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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