Led by God to work for a just world for all
Dear Plymouth friends,

Part of the fight for racial justice is assuring that people of color have access to the means to own homes and build businesses, that is, credit. In response to financial institutions' discrimination against African Americans, Congress passed the Community Reinvestment Act in 1977. The CRA requires large financial institutions to "help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they are chartered."
 
Big banks insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) must be evaluated every 3 to 4 years on their service to low and moderate income neighborhoods. Banks seeking to grow by buying other branches also have to be subject to review before acquisitions are approved. Examiners consider banks' lending practices, investments, and community service targeted to low- and moderate- income individuals geared toward affordable housing, promoting economic development, and revitalizing or stabilizing a low or moderate income area.
 
The Department of the Treasury is proposing changes to the way banks are evaluated for Community Development in two ways that will make it harder for examiners to see how well a bank is serving specific low and moderate income neighborhoods. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition, which monitors CRA activities, is asking as many of us as possible to submit comments opposing these rules changes.
 
If you want more information and/or are willing to submit a comment, we have done a lot of the footwork to make it easy for you. (See linked documents below.) Email Joey jsprague@ku.eduor Gary glbrunk@gmail.com for more information.

Yours in faith,
Joey Sprague and Gary Brunk


CRA Regulations               CRA sample letter                CRA benefits in Milwaukee area
"Round Tuit" Work Day - Sat Oct 20

It's time for the Stewards' annual "Round Tuit" work day at Plymouth.

Everyone is invited to come and help with projects (big and small) that need some attention!

Our projects will include cleaning out window wells, landscaping and bulb planting, touch-up painting, cleaning and organizing some storage areas, and more. If you see something you think needs attention, drop an email to Andrew Warner (warnerccf@gmail.com).  

Work starts at 9:00 AM and we'll be done by 1:00 PM.
The Coffee House grand opening - October 20th!
Proceeds go to Plymouth missions!


UCC Open House at ABHM - October 21

America's Black Holocaust Museum - ABHM - was founded in 1984 in Milwaukee.  It told the story of African-Americans in the United States - pre-captivity in Africa, their capture and being brought to this country on slave ships, the years of slavery, the Jim Crow era, civil rights, and the present. In 2008, during the great recession, the museum was forced to close. But a group of people kept it alive with an online museum - abhmuseum.org - which told the story. During these years, ABHM griots (storytellers, docents) led programs in schools, churches, libraries, etc., in the Milwaukee area. A member of Plymouth UCC, Russell Brooker, is on the ABHM board.

Now that the museum is raising money to become a physical institution once again, a group of UCC people and churches are hoping to help with that task. We are encouraging UCC churches to do whatever they can to help the museum financially. A challenge grant of between $3000 and $4000 has been raised to encourage UCC churches and individuals to donate. Plymouth UCC will have an offering for ABHM at a later date.

To encourage this fundraising help, the museum is hosting an Open House for UCC people on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 5 pm. At 3:30 and again at 4:15, there will be talks by ABHM folks and then tours of the partially finished exhibits at the museum. I went there during Open Doors Milwaukee. The building itself was finished, but none of the exhibits were up yet. On Oct. 21, they will be at least partially or mostly installed. I am really looking forward to seeing this. I hope you will join me at the museum on Sunday, Oct. 21, for the 3:30 or 4:15 presentation and tour. It is located at 401 W. North Avenue, the corner of North Ave. and Vel Phillips (4th) Ave.

Curt Anderson
Attend a Sweetheart of a Concert on October 21!

Date picked for Game Night

The next Game Night will be Saturday, November 17, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.
 
Bring a friend! Bring a game! Bring a snack! Bring on the fun!!
On-going Food Drive

We're going to keep collecting food for kid's lunches, please keep donating so we can continue supporting Friedens Food Pantry.  

Some suggestions, but not limited to, are 100% juice drinks, no-sugar-added canned fruit & fruit cups, no-sugar-added applesauce jars or cups, granola bars, PB&J, crackers, whole grain pasta, tomato sauce, beans (red and black), rice, and tuna.  

Note: Please try to get cans that don't require can openers.
Musical Opportunities at Plymouth

There are many ways to make a joyful sound here at Plymouth. No auditions are required, just a desire to make music with others.

Click here to learn more about the 2018 Music Opportunities: Chancel and Bell Choirs, Chorale, being an Instrumentalist, and how Youth can get involved.
Birthdays
Gabriela Muirhead 10/14
Alice Otto 10/19
John Schmuhl 10/19

Prayers
- Dick Siebring is in the hospital after some falls
- Claudette Finke has a badly broken wrist
- Jane, neighbor of Jim and Emilie Aubert, is in hospice with breast cancer
- David Aguilera looking for a stable job in his field
- Dor Rohlfing is home and welcomes visitors but please call first.
- Janet Dahl has moved to HarborChase Assisted Living (1111 E Capitol Dr #308, Shorewood 53211). She would love guests but call first (414-242-0676) and make sure she puts you on her calendar.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 14
- Worship - Rev. Andrew Warner preaching - 9:30am
- Adult Ed - book discussion (2/2) led by Russell Brooker and Sally Witte on The Color of Law - 10:30am
- Provide meal for Pathfinders (at Holton Drop-in) - 2:30pm

Monday, October 15
- Church Council meeting - 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 16
- Loops of Love - 1:30pm

Wednesday, October 17
- Chancel Choir rehearsal - 6:45pm
- Plymouth Chorale rehearsal - 8:00pm

Thursday, October 18
- Jericho Walk outside ICE building - 310 E. Knapp - 9:00 to 9:30am
 
Saturday, October 20
- Stewards "Round Tuit" church work day - 9:00-3:00

Sunday, October 21
- Worship - Rev. Andrew Warner preaching - 9:30am
- Plymouth Justice Network meeting - 10:45am
- Provide meal for Pathfinders (at Holton Drop-in) - 2:30pm
- Sarah Circle hosted by Pat Gima - 7:00pm
3361 S Pennsylvania Ave, Bay View | 414-481-1112 (call for directions)

Tuesday, October 23
- Faith Circle - Joan Anderson (9055 N Goldendale Dr, Brown Deer) - 6:00pm

Wednesday, October 25
- Bell Choir rehearsal - 6:30pm
- Plymouth Chorale rehearsal - 7:30pm

Thursday, October 25
- Jericho Walk outside ICE building - 310 E. Knapp - 9:00 to 9:30am

Sunday, October 28
- Worship - Rev. Andrew Warner preaching - Reformation Sunday - baptism - 9:30am
- Potluck - Reception Hall - after meeting
- Provide meal for Pathfinders (at Holton Drop-in) - 2:30pm


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