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    Volume 2014  |   Issue 36  |  November 19, 2014     Visit Children Youth & Family Home

Karen's New Ministry

It has been a pleasure to serve in ministry here at Plymouth the last two years and now God is calling me forward. I have recently accepted a position as Campus Minister at the University of British Columbia with the United Church of Canada, what many refer to as the UCC's Canadian counterpart. I will be working with campus ministers from a variety of faiths, as well as serving as part of the pastoral team at the local University Hill Congregation and supporting the Food and Faith Club (United Church student organization) at the university.

This change was not my plan, though when my life moved me up north and God nudged me… Read full article >

December Calendar

December 7:

11 am Children's Choir singing

11:15 am K-2 - Advent project with Bev Harding-Buehler

11:15 am Grades 3-6 - Deliver poinsettias to Horizon House

Congregational Vote

December 12-13: OWL Weekend 4 of 4

December 14:

11 am - Elementary Advent Project (they will go straight to class, not to worship)

December 20: 5 pm Longest Night Service (Chapel)

December 21:

10:15-10:45 am Littlest Pageant (1st Floor Classrooms)

December 24:

4 pm - Wee Worship (for small children)

6 pm - Family Worship with Children's Choir

9 pm - Festive Carol Service with Chancel Choir

11 pm - Candlelight Service

December 28: No Church School

… Read full article >

Building Skills for Social Change


The *Justice Leadership Program* is excited to announce our fall *Faith and Justice Workshops*, focusing on *"Building Skills for Social Change."* Please join us to learn about:

community organizing
caring for yourself and setting healthy boundaries while caring for others
experiencing trauma
cultural competency for global citizenship
and leading inspiring meetings
We've invited fabulous local teachers and activists.  Come for one, come for some or attend the full series. Please share widely and bring a friend or two!
Workshops begin Tuesday evenings November 18. Faith & Justice class series continues in winter and spring,… Read full article >

What is your name?

*Family Activity*


• computer with Internet access
• website: “Name Meanings,” http://www.name–meanings.com

Do you know what your name means? Do others in your family know what their names mean? Our names are a part of our identity. In the Bible people gave their children names that quite often shaped their personality and their ministry. Gather your family together and ask them if they know what their names mean.

Go to the website “Name Meanings” and look up each person’s name. As you discover the meanings of your names, discuss ways your names can be a gift of ministry—ways your names might shape who you are and how you minister to others.

Our… Read full article >

Talk with Your Kids!

Plymouth Church is committed to keeping kids safe from sexual abuse through things like our 2-teacher-in-a-classroom policy and education through the Our Whole Lives program. Today I came across a series of short videos that give practical information for talking to our kids about sexual abuse, how to prevent it and how to deal with it. Whether you are a parent or work with children, I encourage you to watch the videos - they're short, informative and I hope you find them helpful. Above all, talk with your kids, even if it's uncomfortable - the more we keep the conversation open, the more they will come to us when they need to.

Carbon Footprint

We're all looking forward to welcoming our Seattle University students into our midst on November 30, as they engage our elementary children in a lesson on our Carbon Footprint! We will learn about the natural carbon cycle and how it relates to the human-altered carbon cycle, we will explore how the things we do every day impact the earth positively and negatively, and we will talk about how we can make choices that increase and decrease our carbon footprint. To open and close the class, we will examine our faith and how we are called to relate God's earth, plants and creatures as family and friends on the journey. May we continue to grow… Read full article >


This Sunday at Plymouth

November 23, 2014 - Discovering Gifts of Ministry

8:45 am Childcare (First Floor Classrooms)

9:00 am Worship for All Ages (Hildebrand)

9:45 am Soul Choir - youth welcome (Chapel)

     Children's Choir (221 & 225)

10:00 am Coffee (Hildebrand)

     Adult Forum (Lounge)

     PreK Church School (First Floor Classrooms)

     Youth Forum (322)

10:30 am Middle YF (222)

11:00 am Worship for All Ages with Baptism (Hildebrand)

11:15 am Elementary Church School, visiting students from Seattle University (221, 320, 321)

12:00 pm Hospitality (Lounge)


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