Because of You, Plymouth Church Changes Lives

Dear Plymouth,
Here's what's new and exciting about this week's Alternative Gift Fair!

Forty local artists, craft persons, bakers, chocolate makers, and charitable organizations will offer their goods for sale in three areas: the Commons, the Reception Hall and the Gym! Visit all three to find that perfect gift! Your purchase will also benefit the Rev. David Rohlfing Metropolitan Mission Fund as the vendors will donate a minimum of 10% of their total sales to aid in our work with racial justice equality issues.

Sweet Mountain Farms from Washington Island will join us this year with their honey and other bee products. Also new is The Ethical Trading Company, a socially conscious Madison-based business. "We import handmade products from around the world [Nepal, India, Thailand, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Philippines, Azerbaijan], areas where women and children are facing exploitation and extreme poverty. Our unique items are made by organizations that provide sustainable jobs as an alternative to slavery and human trafficking."

With pride, I will boast about two of Plymouth Church's own youth, John Ewing and Truman Brown! John will be selling his beautiful homegrown house plants. Who doesn't like a bit of green during our winters? Truman will be representing Shriner's Children's Hospital of Chicago. This hospital provides children with life-altering medical treatment, regardless of the family's ability to pay. Visit them both!

This year, you have a great opportunity to make a day of it. Come for the Church service, stick around for the Fair, grab a little lunch from the Chili Bar, and stay for Boulevard Theatre's performance of "Dear World" at 3 pm in the sanctuary! The Fair hours have been extended so invite Family, Friends, Co-Workers (half my office is coming!). As Fran Cheney, tells me with hugs, "I love this Fair".

A while ago, I spoke to you about Accidental Evangelism, here is your opportunity. Invite a friend or two to the Gift Fair that happens to be at Plymouth Church.

Britt Brown, Chairman, Alternative Gift Fair
Immediate Volunteer Help Needed

Alternative Gift Fair - Sunday, November 19
Still in great need of:
Set-up, Saturday the 18th, 2:30pm (mostly moving tables)
Vendor assistance (Sunday morning during load-in & also
during fair)
We could also use a few more to help with:
Chili makers (still need 2-4 more crockpots) for Sunday lunch
Clean-up, Sunday the 19th, 3pm

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Donna Kummer at
Stewardship Campaign

We want to think the 71 individuals and families who made a pledge to support the work of our congregation in 2018.  Together we have raised over $163,000.  

Please consider making a pledge today if you haven't already.  Pledges can be made online or by mailing in your pledge (or filling one out on Sunday).  

We need everyone's support to make our church strong in 2018!
Quilt Raffle

Once again, the ladies of Plymouth's Piecemakers Quilting Group made a quilt to be raffled at the Alternative Gift Fair on Sunday, November 19. This lovely, handmade quilt is 62" x 43". 

The tickets are $2 each and can be purchased from a member of Piecemakers (Pat M, Clare A, Barbara H, Pat L, Carolyn Z, and Cathy B) or at the Fair. The winning ticket will be drawn on Sunday, November 19.

Gimme Shelter!
Friends of Cathedral Center launches with Nov. 29 event at Plymouth Church

The newly formed Friends of the Cathedral Center, a group that supports the Cathedral Center shelter for women and families, will hold its first event here at Plymouth Church on Nov. 29. Marcus White of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation will talk about the realities of poverty and homelessness in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre also will make a presentation on its latest production, "Miracle on South Division Street," a tale about a woman's work in a soup kitchen. The shelter has partnered with the theater company, encouraging theater goers to donate gift cards for use by shelter guests for essentials. The mission of the friends group is service, education and support of the shelter and its new transitional living home, the Friendship House on N. Marshall St.

The gathering begins at 5:30 pm with hot cider and other snacks; the program begins at 6 pm. The event is free and open to all.

The friends group invites guests to bring a donation of adult size socks, mittens and gloves, which are needed at the shelter.

World AIDS Day Commemoration - ALL are invited!

Your Andrew stories needed

In celebration of Andrew's 20th anniversary at Plymouth, we are putting together a booklet of stories, thoughts, and notes about his time here.

Please email your Andrew stories by December 27thto Cate at

Cate Phillips, Heather Ullsvik Loomans, and Vic Valdez will be putting the items into a booklet that will be distributed in the new year. Thank you in advance for your contributions!
Boulevard Theatre Musical - Nov 18 & 19, 25 & 26
Advent Activities for All Ages on December 3rd

As we begin the season of Advent on Sunday, December 3, consider taking time as a family to get in the spirit. In the Reception Hall after worship, we will have stations where you can decorate some cookies (both to eat and to share), make some Christmas tree ornaments, and construct an evergreen door swag. All ages are welcome but we ask that parents accompany children to help. Spend a little time or a lot.
If you would like to help by offering an ornament making station, helping at cookie decorating or baking cut sugar cookies ahead of time, please contact Sheila Feay-Shaw (414-967-1380 or
City of Festivals Men's Chorus Winter Concert - Dec 9 & 10 

Samantha Deibler 11/18
Austin Halbrooks 11/18
Brianna Johnson Bush 11/18
Emily Kehl 11/18
Charles Stahl 11/20
Mike Ewing 11/21
Amelia Sieminski 11/21
Barbara Basaj 11/22

Josh Simon (see below) on his candidating weekend
Judy Holbrooks passed away; her memorial service will be at Plymouth on Sat, Dec 2.

Prayer Request for Josh Simon

On November 19, I will travel to Essex Junction, Vermont (just east of Burlington) to present a candidating sermon for a congregation vote for the associate minister position at First Congregational. The senior pastor is Mark Mendes. I decided to accept the search committee's offer after visiting them three weeks ago. I appreciated the their warmth with me and with each other. I got the sense that Vermont is a beautiful state, especially the northeast with Lake Champlain and the mountains.

First Congregational UCC is a vibrant, progressive congregation that reminds me of Plymouth. Like many UCC churches, First Congregational is active in the surrounding community. The church is quite involved with social agency, direct service projects. My time with them will include increasing their involvement in social/economic justice activities. I like that the congregation offers multiple musical experiences from traditional hymns to contemporary praise music. I know I will grow as a pastoral leader, and it will be a place that I will leave an impression on, too.
Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 19
- Worship - Rev. Andrew Warner preaching - 9:30am
- Alternative Gift Fair - 10:30am to 3:00pm
- Dear World Musical - 3:00pm
- Provide meal for Pathfinders (at Holton Drop-in) - 2:30pm
- Sarah Circle hosted by Megan Marquis - 7:00pm

Monday, November 20
- Church Council meeting - Outpost on Capitol - 6:45pm

Tuesday, November 21
- Loops of Love Shawl Ministry - 1:30pm

Wednesday, November 22
- Bell Choir rehearsal - 6:30pm
- Plymouth Chorale rehearsal - 7:30pm

Thursday, November 23
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 24
- Plymouth Church Office Closed

Sunday, November 26
- Worship - Rev. Andrew Warner preaching - 9:30am
- Potluck - Bring a dish to pass - 10:30am
- Provide meal for Pathfinders (at Holton Drop-in) - 2:30pm

Wednesday, November 30
- Chancel Choir rehearsal - 6:45pm
- Plymouth Chorale rehearsal - 8:00pm

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