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Tia Richardson's "Sherman Rising" mural adorns the back of the chancel.
Dear Plymouth friends,

Continuing on through the book of Acts, this weekend's reading is probably the section of the Acts story best-known to churchy people. Acts 2 is usually read every year on the day of Pentecost. Pentecost, the third biggest celebration on the Christian calendar, recalls the gift of Jesus' Spirit to his people. It always the seventh Sunday after Easter Sunday (aka 50 days), and marks the transition from the season of Easter (celebrating the good news that Jesus lives) into "Ordinary Time" (also known as "the Season After Pentecost).

"Ordinary Time" is anything but ordinary, however. We God's people claim Jesus' Spirit always, but especially in a time such as this. "Ordinary Time" is when we move from merely marveling at how amazing God is to figuring out what it looks like for us to live in response. How do we speak differently, spend differently, schedule differently, and just generally LIVE differently in light of the resurrection? That shift from worship to service is powered entirely by that Spirit.

So Sunday's reading covers the big, momentous event when the Spirit makes its first (dramatic) appearance on the scene, with fire and wind and people from all over the world gathered in Jerusalem for the Jewish wheat harvest festival. The last of the pre-history stories in the book of Genesis (the first book in the Bible) tells us how different languages divided people at the tower of babel. Now, as the new Jesus Movement begins, different languages help to invite and unite, not divide. After this amazing moment of unity, Peter, one of Jesus' apostles, gets up and begins to preach, urging all in hearing to repent and be baptized. This part of the story doesn't sit so well in the progressive church; trying to get people to convert makes us feel (rightfully) uncomfortable. In a church that has (thank goodness!) moved passed pressured prostelitzing, how might God be still speaking to us through this story, and how might God be calling us to speak our own stories?

Yours in faith,
Muriel Otto
Potluck after worship next Sunday, June 24

Let's celebrate our time together this summer with a Potluck. Please bring a dish to pass!

Instead of leading an Adult Ed class on the Book of Acts, guest preacher Rhonda Hill will host a sermon talk-back at a table during the potluck. We'll rotate the people at her table so all who wish may have a chance to speak with her.
Readings from the Book of Acts will guide our summer

Join us this summer while Pastor Andrew Warner is on sabbatical as a number of guest preachers lead us in worship and Adult Education. Using the book Called to be Church: The Book of Acts for a New Day, they will speak and lead discussions about issues facing the church then and now - conflict resolution, spirituality, multiculturalism, change in the church, the relationship of church and state - to name only a few.

Click here to see the full schedule of preachers and topics.
Summer Coffee Hour

We knew Levi had plans to leave Plymouth, but we thought he'd be here until August. Things didn't go that way and his last day was last Sunday. Levi has a fondness for the people he met at Plymouth and he had great joy in the appreciation he received. We, of course, will miss all the delicious treats he made for us each week.

Without Levi (or his protege Claire) here this summer, we are asking YOU to sign up to bring treats each week. Nothing fancy, just something to nibble on while drinking coffee. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the Reception Hall so please pick a week and bring something in!

We also need a few people each week to help with set up and clean up.
Set up: Making the coffee is not hard, but requires someone who's willing to get to church a little early to get it started. Also need to put cloths on tables; set out cups, sugar, etc; and turn on dishwasher.
Clean up: Bruce is our "expert" coffeepot cleaner, but the other tasks - washing cups, removing dirty tablecloths, putting away supplies, etc - should be done by someone else. Please plan to stay and help when you can. Many hands make light work!
Plymouth UCC and Kenwood UMC team 2017
Come join the Hunger Stompers!

Again this year, a team of Plymouth members and friends will be participating in the Capuchin Brother's Run/ Walk at Polish Fest Friday, June 15th. Please consider either walking (or running) with us and doing our part to combat hunger in the Milwaukee area. After the walk, enjoy an evening at Polish Fest for free.

If you can't come with us, we'd love for you to support the team financially. Go to this site and join us!

Contact Diane Edwards or Suzy Clarkson Holstein with questions.
Summer Food Drive

In keeping with Plymouth's tradition of gathering food for Frieden's Pantry, the Board of Outreach and Mission (BOOM) is asking for donations of peanut butter and jelly for the summer months. There is a wicker basket near the coat rack in the Douglas Commons for you to deposit them. Let's get those kids fed this summer!

We'll be counting the donations every week after service to let you know how we're doing. When Fall comes around, keep your eyes open for a special request from the children of Plymouth for feeding the hungry.
Shoe Collection

A group of students from UWM will be traveling to Haiti in June and want to take 1,000 pairs of shoes with them to distribute to children who don't have any.

Their focus is on elementary-age kids, but they need shoes for boys and girls ages 3 to 18 years.

There is a box in the Commons for you to put pairs of new or very gently-used shoes in.

The last day to donate shoes is Sunday, June 24.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to pay for the materials needed for the water treatment filter they are planning to build while there and the cost of shipping the shoes.  Donate at
Annual Brewers Game

Plymouth is again heading out to the ballpark for a Brewers Game. We're going on Wednesday, August 8, to see the Brewers take on the San Diego Padres at 7:10pm.

Russell Brooker has the tickets!  Cost is $17 per ticket. Contact him in person or at to get yours today!!
Grow in Faith with Lay Academy

Lay Academy is a ministry of transformation and faith formation offered by the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ. Participants dive into scripture, explore theology, consider God's presence in their lives and discover fresh ways to speak about and live out their faith in their day to day lives. 

Registration is open now through July 31, 2018, for the next cycle of classes, which will begin on Saturday, August 18 and continue with additional two-day weekend sessions in September, November, January, March and April. 

For more detailed information, go to or contact Tisha Brown at the WI UCC Conference office or at

Plymouth Joins Community Book Read

LISC* Milwaukee and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) are facilitating a large-scale community book read of Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein. 

According to the introductory announcement, MMFHC and LISC's goal is to "develop a shared understanding of the past to facilitate a more equitable future. ... We hope that our book club discussions evoke solutions that we can look toward at local, state and federal levels."

(To read a description of the book, click here Color of Law summary.)

More than 40 organization have already committed to host affinity group book reads. Some are meeting multiple times through the summer. At Plymouth we are encouraging members and friends to read at their own pace during the summer and join us for a two-week group discussion on October 7th and 14th, facilitated by Plymouth Justice Network members Russell Booker and Sally Witte. The book is out in paperback and can be obtained from your local bookstore, Amazon, or the public library.

Everyone is invited to hear author Richard Rothstein address issues described in the book at a Milwaukee visit the evening of Tuesday, October 16.

In the meantime, consider joining the discussion on Facebook at: MKE Reads "Color of Law".

Sally Witte

*Local Initiatives Support Corporation
New Sanctuary Movement Milwaukee - Jericho Walks

Plymouth has decided to join other religious congregations working to support Immigrants through Milwaukee's New Sanctuary Movement. You can help by participating in the weekly Jericho March, Thursdays at 9 a.m. in front of the ICE building, 310 E. Knapp.

The practice is simple: we say a short prayer that our country will enact policies that honor human dignity and preserve families, then we walk seven times from one end of the building to the other, then we say the prayer again. It takes about 20-30 minutes.

The location is two blocks from a bus line and there is ample street parking in the area. Please be there when you can. You'll meet nice people as you take a stand to bring down the walls of fear and injustice.

If you are planning to do a Jericho Walk, please consider wearing your PJN (Plymouth Justice Network) t-shirt. [A few PJN t-shirts are still available for purchase. To buy one, contact Mary Warren]

Thank you for supporting the Jericho Walks!

Linda Colano 6/16
Oscar Phillips 6/16
Fiona Davis 6/18
Jim Treglown 6/18
Carol Haass 6/19
David Neevel 6/19
Karen Molitor 6/20
Dor Rohlfing 6/21
Orchard Utzinger 6/22

- Eddie Oblah (Luci Klebar's cousin) had a serious farm accident this past week and is in a medically induced coma.
- 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 (414-961-1174) and make sure she puts you on her calendar.
- Laura Sutherland is recovering from surgery.

Upcoming Events

Pastor Andrew Warner is on sabbatical from June 4 through September 2.

Sunday, June 17
- Worship - Rev. Muriel Otto preaching - 9:30am
- Adult Ed on the Book of Acts - 10:30am
- Provide meal for Pathfinders (at Holton Drop-In) - 2:30pm
- Sarah Circle - 7:00pm

Monday, June 18
- NO Church Council meeting - next meeting is All Boards Meeting on July 15th

Tuesday, June 19
- Loops of Love - 1:30pm

Thursday, June 21
- Jericho Walk outside ICE building - 310 E. Knapp - 9:00 to 9:30am

Sunday, June 24
- Worship - Rhonda Hill preaching - 9:30am
- Strengthen the Church offering
- Summer Potluck - Bring a dish to pass! - 10:30am
Instead of Adult Ed on the Book of Acts, Rhonda will host a sermon talk-back at a table during the potluck.
- Provide meal for Pathfinders (at Holton Drop-In) - 2:30pm

Tuesday, June 26
- Faith Circle meeting at Sala restaurant (one block west of Plymouth on Hampshire) - 6:00pm

Thursday, June 28
- Jericho Walk outside ICE building - 310 E. Knapp - 9:00 to 9:30am
- CSA pick up 11:00am-8:00pm

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