Because of You, Plymouth Church Changes Lives
Dear Plymouth friends,

This week in worship, we welcome Dakota Hall as our guest preacher. He is the Youth and Young Adult Organizer for Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH).

Dakota was born and raised in the city of Milwaukee, in the Harambee neighborhood. His passion revolves around social justice, racial equity, youth development, and economic equity. He is also involved in various community groups and political campaigns.
Guest House Meal - June 4th

Plymouth will be serving the Sunday evening meal at the Guest House on Sunday June 4th, 5:30 - 7:00.

We are looking for volunteers to make cole slaw, baked beans, and macaroni salad in advance and to be servers that evening.

If you can help, please email David Franczyk at david.franczyk@sbcglobal.net or Kris Devitt at kmdevitt@gmail.com.

We hope you can help us with this important mission.

"The Narrow Gate" - June 10

Join a group from Plymouth attending a staged reading of Scott Kopischke's play, The Narrow Gate at Sunset Playhouse on June 10. The play tells the story of Galileo's imprisonment by the church.

We live in a time when facts are debated and science is questioned.  Join us as we explore another time when science and facts were distorted by those in power.  "The Narrow Gate" by Scott Kopischke, is the story of Galileo and his imprisonment by the Catholic Church during the Inquisition told with elegance and a sly sense of humor.  Though forced to recant his theories by the Office of the Inquisition to stave off threats to his family, Galileo's indomitable spirit and thirst for knowledge and truth triumph while exploring questions on the nature of the universe.

There is no charge for tickets. This is a fundraiser for Sunset and donations can be made at the door if people choose to.

Please contact Joanne Kopischke at jfkopk@aol.com for reservations.

See complete flier here.
Pridefest Milwaukee 2017
June 9-11

Join with other WI ONA UCC churches and members in our fourth year of support, celebration, and outreach!

Volunteers are needed for our booth: 22 people for 11 shifts. Each shift is only 2.5 hours long.

Volunteering is EASY! Just be friendly, talk about what ONA means to you, and tell people what is great about your church. There will be handouts to guide you.

This year, volunteers will receive reimbursement for their ticket cost.

To volunteer visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044ca4aa2ca0fa7-uccbooth

Transforming Justice
June 11 after worship

"Transforming Justice: Youth-led Analysis of Mass Criminalization in Milwaukee" - a conversation connecting to White Privilege

Mass criminalization is one of the most pressing social justice issues of the 21st century. The policing and imprisonment of people of color has become a central component of struggles over racism and inequality in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and across the nation.

A UWM-based team of trans-disciplinary scholars and students as part of the Transforming Justice project will come to Plymouth and use video and discussion to center the perspectives and analyses of young people from marginalized neighborhoods in Milwaukee.  The interactive presentation will aim to reveal the harms of mass incarceration often missing from public debate as well as collective visions for freedom and justice.

Capuchins' Run-Walk for the Hungry on June 16

I am forming a team of walkers and runners to participate in The Capuchins' Run-Walk for the Hungry. The walk this year, takes place on June 16th at 7:00 pm, meeting at the Main Gate of Polish Fest.  

The registration fee for runners is $30 and walkers pay $25. Your registration fee includes a t-shirt and free entrance into Polishfest with wristband all 3 days, for anyone who registers before the June 4th deadline. (Fees go up on June 5.)

NEW THIS YEAR....A new route for the walkers which will include beautiful views of the inner harbor and the Third Ward! And as always, our 5K run is USATF certified and chip timed/scored.

If you would like to join our team, use the team name Plymouth UCC when you register on-line at www.CapuchinsRunWalkForTheHungry.org or print this registration form and mail it in with your check or get a form from me.

Your registration fee goes to support St. Ben's Community Meal and the House of Peace. It would be great to walk with some of you while supporting the Capuchins, who have been caring for the poorest of our neighbors in Milwaukee with food, clothing, medical services, etc. for many years. Those of us that have participated before have had a good time of fellowship and enjoyed conversation and fun while supporting this ministry.

You can also go online to make a donation if you are unable to attend the run/walk.

Blessings,

Raging Grannies' book

Andy Davis' mother Marie Martini and her mother Gerrie Martini are members of the Raging Grannies of Madison. The Grannies are a "dis-organization" who sing publicly to advance social justice. They sing most weekends at the Madison farmers market, as well as at Bob-Fest, Willie Street Fest, and many other events in the Madison area. During the Act 10 protests, several of the Grannies were among the solidarity singers in the state capitol who were arrested for their peaceful protests.
 
Marie, a retired english teacher, gathered the personal histories of many of the Raging Grannies, and compiled them into a self-published book, "Listen to Your Grandmothers." Their stories are funny, wry, sad, wonderful and inspiring. "Listen to Your Grandmothers" is now in the Plymouth library, so take a look the next time you're browsing. If you'd like to join the Grannies (no auditions required!) or learn more, please visit their website: raginggrannies.madisonwi.us.

Found It!

Over the past few months, some items have made their way to the church office that may belong to you.
  • A stitching of a yellow cat by Nora S.
  • An insulated grocery bag containing some papers and a "Strength for the Struggle" book
  • A target bag containing post-its and a pack of batteries (minus one because my mouse died while creating this email. Thanks for sharing!)
  • "My Utmost for His Highest" book
Other items are on the shelf above the coat rack outside the sanctuary. Still others are on the counters in the kitchen.

Please take them home or they may end up being donated to someone else when Andrew has one of his twice-a-year "I'm going to Goodwill and it's all going with me" days.

Thank you!
Birthdays
Shelly Boutet 5/25
Aileen Albert 5/26
Susan Gold 5/26
Ben Rackovan 5/26
Becca Schultz 5/26
Wyatt Anderson 5/27
Doug Armstrong 5/27
Jerry Gratz 5/27
Greg Rackovan 5/27
Margaret Guinn 5/28

Prayers

- the Schuett family on the passing of Jeanne Schuett (Mary's mother) on April 26; memorial service May 20

Ecclesiastical Councils
 - Celebrating the success of Josh Simon, Muriel Otto, and Christine Wilke on being approved for ordination pending a call to ministry
(An Ecclesiastical Council is the final step to being ordained in the United Church of Christ.)


Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 28
- Worship - Dakota Hall preacher preaching - 9:30am
- "White Privilege: Let's Talk" adult ed class - not meeting this week
- Provide meal for Pathfinders (at Holton Drop-In) - 2:30pm
- "White Privilege: Let's Talk" adult ed no evening class
Only meeting on May 7 and June 4

Tuesday, May 30
- "White Privilege: Let's Talk" adult ed class - not meeting this week

Sunday, June 4
- Worship - Rev. Andrew Warner preaching - Communion - 9:30am
It's Pentecost Sunday, you are encouraged to wear red.
- "White Privilege: Let's Talk" adult ed class - 10:30am
- Provide meal for Pathfinders (at Holton Drop-In) - 2:30pm
- Serve meal at Guest House - 5:00pm
- "White Privilege: Let's Talk" adult ed class - 6:30pm
At Sheila and Steve's house: 2005 E Kenwood
Final meeting for during Part 4 | Tonight is Chapters 4-5

Tuesday, June 6
- "White Privilege: Let's Talk" adult ed class - 10:00am
- CE Board meeting - 6:30pm
- Deacons meeting - 7:00pm

Wednesday, June 7
- Piecemakers Quilting group - 10:00am
- Board of Outreach and Mission meeting - 7:00pm

Thursday, June 8
- Steen Metz, survivor of Terezin - 7:00pm
Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, 6880 N Green Bay Ave 53209





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