Fall 2022

Fall Gatherings

Plymouth Justice Network invites members and friends to stop in for fellowship and enjoy ice cream and homemade pie.

You have enough to do. Join us on First Wednesdays thru May for dinner from 5:00-6:00 PM.

Bring the family. Donations for dinner are $5 per person with a $15 max per family. You can also pay ahead for someone else.

The dinner will be prepared by Paul Klebar and/or Ben Brylski.

Stay for the Centering Prayer Class at 5:30pm.

Join us to see the fall foliage at Pike's Lake with a morning of canoeing or hiking supported by Riveredge Nature Center. (Each canoe will have a Riveredge staff member in it.)

Bring a picnic lunch to eat together in the park after the hike/canoeing.

RSVP by September 21st and pay $20 fee for canoeing at https://bit.ly/PikeLakeCanoe2022.

The Board of Deacons invites you to join with other Plymouth families and friends for dinner and fellowship:

· in peoples’ homes on Friday, October 14, or Saturday, October 15 or

· out to a restaurant on Friday, October 14, 2022.

These mixers are great fun! All friends and members, new and long-time, are encouraged to sign up!

Sign up by October 1st at: https://bit.ly/BonAppetitOctober2022.

Fall Service Opportunities

Join us after worship once a month this fall to do those projects around Plymouth that just don’t seem to get done.

Looking for more ways to get involved? Plymouth’s volunteer groups will be on hand during Coffee Hour to answer questions and provide info on the many different opportunities available within our community.

Let’s join with our college neighbors and Eastside senior services for “Make a Difference Day” on Saturday, November 5, from 9-1pm. Bring along your rakes and bags and gloves as we help older adults in our neighborhood clean up their yards. Look for the sign-up form in October.

September Worship Services

Our theme for September is Prayer. Pastor Teresa will be using the book Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott as her guide.

Join us for the final Worship in the Park for 2022. We gather by the North Point Lighthouse in Lake Park (2650 N Wahl Ave, Milwaukee).

We will celebrate communion. Please bring your own chair and dress for the weather.

(The outdoor service will not be online.)

We invite everyone back to church as we kickoff our fall schedule. During worship we’ll give Bibles to the 3rd graders and storybook Bibles to families with young children, bless the Sunday school teachers, and welcome back the Chancel Choir. Bible study, Sunday school, and Youth group start. After a brief Adult Ed time, we’ll gather for a picnic lunch!

Plymouth Justice Network (PJN) will lead the worship service and Adult Ed as we celebrate being a Just Peace church.

Bring your pet or a symbol of your pet to our annual Pet Blessing worship service in the gym. In addition to blessing the pets, we will honor long-time member Wayne Hoppe, DVM (retired), who passed away this year.

September Classes

Join Pastor Teresa before worship for a 30-minute discussion on scriptures, “Living the Questions” materials, or other timely topics.

People know that at its core, Christianity has something good to offer. At the same time, many have a sense that they are alone in being a “thinking” Christian and that “salvaging” Christianity is a hopeless task. What is needed is a safe environment where people have permission to ask the questions they've always wanted to ask but have been afraid to voice for fear of being thought a heretic. Living the Questions is a small group study exploring beyond the traditions and rote theologies in which so many people and local churches seem to be stuck.

Copies of Help Thanks Wow are available for purchase for $15 in the office. We are offering two discussion times for the All Church Read:

  • Russell Booker on Sunday 9/4 after the outdoor service, and on 9/11 and 9/25 after worship at Plymouth.

  • Curt Anderson on Tuesdays 9/13, 9/20, and 9/27 at 1:30pm at the City Market on Silver Spring Drive.

October Worship Services

We will kick-off our Stewardship Campaign as part of World Communion on Sunday, October 2nd. We’ll collect the pledge cards as part of Stewardship Sunday on October 23rd.

World Communion Sunday began in the 1930s and has grown into an international ecumenical celebration of Christian unity. Join us and Christians around the globe as we celebrate our interconnectedness.

This will be a family led service of music and scripture inspired by the Día de los Muertos tradition with an all-church ofrenda to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died.

October Classes

Communion is something that is universal to all Christians, no matter the denomination or language, country or customs. We will look at the basics of communion: why, how, who, when, and examine some of the variations of the sacrament. Asking questions is how we grow in our faith, so whether you have never taken communion or you have taken communion "a million times" you are invited to explore this meal that is also a blessing and covenant.

The Plymouth Green Team has scheduled speakers to come in and lead workshops on plastics and on our carbon footprint.

Rev. Karen Hagen will be our guide for a rich contemplative tradition within Christianity, “Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself.” (Father Keating) Our first session will include an orientation of the spiritual practice as well as a “sit”. Please bring a candle to light in honor of the light you bring to our gathering. RSVP by Sept 21st & pay $20 fee at: https://bit.ly/CenteringPrayerOct2022. (We are trying out something new and would love to have a class of 12.)

Día de Los Muertos or All Souls Day is a highly celebrated and significant holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America, and the America Southwest. It is a day when homage is paid with prayers, offerings of food, the making of arts and crafts as well as the building of altars to those who have gone before us. Each region has its unique style of celebration. Join us on Sunday, October 23 immediately after worship as we learn about the spirituality and practice of this Hispanic holiday. Join us as we learn, celebrate by making mini family ofrendas that will be used on Sunday, October 30th.

November Worship Services

The sermon series theme for November will come from “Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say” by Adam Hamilton.

Discussion groups will meet to explore these sayings. Books are available for $15 in the church office.

Plymouth’s traditional All Saints’ service includes a bell tolling, lighting candles in remembrance of the dearly departed, and the opportunity to be anointed with oil.