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Summer Children's Opera Camp Returns!

Rehearsals: June 17–21 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Performance: June 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Introduce your child to the fantasy world of opera! Summer Children's Opera Camp is returning to Plymouth UCC. Directed and choreographed by William and Hollis Bokhout of The Children’s Opera Studio. Children rehearse and build an entire opera production; learning stage craft, music in groups and as solos, dancing and acting. The production this year is The Miracle Tree, an ecological opera. The camp is offered free of charge, but space is limited. Registration forms are available in the church office or online. Opera camp is for children ages 6-12.


Human Rights Ordinance in Grand Rapids

Hearing for Proposed Human Rights Ordinance
Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.
Ninth Floor, Commission Chambers at City Hall, 300 Monroe

The Grand Rapids City Commission has schedule a public hearing on a proposed human rights ordinance and Plymouth members and friends are encouraged to be there! The ordinance would replace the City’s current community relations ordinance. The proposed human rights ordinance includes:
• Expanded definition section for clarity and transparency
• Four primary potential areas of discrimination
• New bias crime reporting prohibition
• Outlines complaint procedures and referral procedures

In addition to the public hearing, community members may provide written comments on the ordinance by emailing the Community Relations Commission at crc@grcity.us or by calling the City’s Diversity and Inclusion Office at (616) 456-3027. Validated parking for the hearing is available in the Government Center Ramp off Monroe and Ottawa avenues.


Licenses for All!!!

Wednesday, May 1, Noon
Garfield Park, Grand Rapids

Movimiento Cosecha GR and others around the state will once again take to the streets to demonstrate the power of the immigrant community and demand #LicensesForAll. The state of Michigan depends on immigrants. But those without papers are not able to get driver's licenses. This means, they live in fear of being arrested by police and deported for taking their children to school, going to the hospital, or just driving to work. Join in the demonstration and march. Food and fellowship follow. More information is on the Movimiento Cosecha GR Facebook page.

 


Stand with Black Lives Matter

Wednesday, May 1, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Rosa Parks Circle, Downtown Grand Rapids

Join this ongoing demonstration with participants from several Grand Rapids' churches including Plymouth Church, All Souls, Fountain Street, and Westminster. The group gathers the first Wednesday of every month. Meet at the corner of Monroe and Monroe Center (by the Rosa Parks statue). Black Lives Matter signs are provided. 

 


Support Human Rights

Monday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.

Don't be fooled! The fight for human rights continues here and abroad. Join Grand Rapids' local Amnesty International group at Plymouth United Church of Christ the first Monday of every month. All are invited to join in support of human rights. Visit the Amnesty GR page on Facebook for more information and updates.  
 


Church Family Camp Considered

We are looking into starting a new tradition at Plymouth—Summer Church Family Camp. It would provide an opportunity to retreat together to a UCC Camp to engage in fellowship, worship, reflection, play, and rest. Please follow this link and take the survey so we can better gauge interest in this possibility.


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.


Easter Worship Service

Sunday, April 17, 10:00 a.m.

CENTERING THOUGHT
"One thing I want you to know, I love you, and I am not dead." - Alice Walker, The Color Purple (Nettie writing to Celie)

Scripture: Luke 24: 1-12

Sermon: Rise Up! - Rev. Rachel J. Bahr

Music: Alleluia! Christ is Risen by Beethoven/Hopson featuring The Plymouth Brass

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


Support A Just Climate Policy

 From the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network:

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for God founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.” Psalm 24:1-2

Each year on April 22, we celebrate Earth Day and are reminded of the sacredness of creation. As people of faith and conscience, we are called to care for this world that is the Lord’s.

Last year, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that an increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius over the next 12 years could have irreversible catastrophic effects on our world. Now more than ever before, we have a moral duty to uphold our call to care for creation.

Our faith calls us to be prophetic voices, responding to injustice with a vision of how our world can be more loving, healthy, and equitable. As we celebrate Earth Day, call on Congress to address the urgency of the climate crisis by passing legislation that follows the following principles:

  • Truth and science: Solutions that are in line with scientific consensus on global warming and that respond with the needed urgency and thoroughness.
  • Restoration and renewal: Economic and environmental revitalization that includes job programs, skills training, education, investment in a clean energy economy and just transition for both urban and rural areas.
  • Compassion and fairness: Just treatment for all including workers and communities most dependent on fossil fuel energy.
  • Interdependence across boundaries: Sacred dialogue across political, geographic, racial and cultural boundaries.

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