You get an extra hour to sleep in this Sunday! No need to come earlier than 9 - if you come at 8, feel free to go grab a coffee! Elementary and Middle YF will be in worship at 11am.
Would You Like a Snack?
Four intrepid third and fourth graders and their teachers ventured outside Plymouth walls last Sunday on a cool, wet morning. We were armed with bags of pop tarts, satsumas, banana bread and power bars to share with people we encountered on the street. Before we left, three YF'ers visited with us to answer questions based on their experiences working with homeless people. They told us, "Don't be nervous, they are just people." That was really good advice. Offering food to about 10 people, we walked through Freeway Park, circled down to Fourth Avenue and then back up to Plymouth. Our greeting, "Would you like a snack?" was met with mild… Read full article >
Day of the Dead Invite
The NW Detention Center Resistance is organizing a Halloween/Day of the Dead event Oct 31-Nov 2. 1623 E J St, Tacoma, WA 98421
Emmanuel Mancilla, one of Plymouth's social justice interns, invites you and your family to come and participate Saturday, Nov 1, along with members of the Plymouth Immigration Ministry team. See the facebook page here: http://on.fb.me/1y1FCRG
"Come out to the NW Detention Center for Day of the Dead and the Geo House of Horrors installation! NWDC Resistance group will use ceremony, celebration, music and satire as a poetic juxtaposition to the detention center itself that separates families and tears apart… Read full article >
Justice: Volunteering as a Family!
Families who are part of faith communities often ask, "What can I do at home? How can I help my kids grow into their own spirituality?" Honestly, there are very simple things we can do as a family that naturally encourage spiritual growth. . . things a lot of families already do. Nancy Bostrom wrote a lovely book called, 99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy Children, from which I like to share exerpts to plant seeds, share ideas and offer encouragement for families of ALL SHAPES AND SIZES. This particular article contains thoughts both from Nancy Bostrom and Karen Hollis.
"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." Matthew 25:40
We have any number of reasons to not want to add one more thing into our lives, though when it comes to volunteering as a family, benefits strongly outweigh inconvenience.
When we volunteer together, we build ties that bind us not only to each other, but also to the foundations of our faith, as we connect Bible stories to our own. We can then make a tangible connection for our children between Jesus feeding the hungry, healing the sick and their own experience of service to others. This is a place from where faith grows in children, a seed that is planted and grows strong . . . Read full article >
PNCUCC Annual Conference Men's Retreat
Dear Men of the PNCUCC Family,
No matter where you are on your masculine journey, you are welcome and invited to attend the Conference Annual Men’s Retreat, January 30, 2015. You may also sign up for the “Day of Silence” which begins on Thursday, January 29. Register here: www.pncucc.org (o to Register for Camps). The retreat offers an opportunity to engage with other men in meaningful discussions, worship and song and reflection on life’s transitions. The schedule allows for sharing as well as solitude.
Dates: JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 1, 2015
Location: Pilgrim Firs Conference Center
Cost: Weekend - $140 Silent Retreat and Weekend - $195
Become a Church School Teacher!
ELEMENTARY CHURCH SCHOOL - 3 week commitment (Approx. 10 hours total)
Teacher Job Description
1. Choose a month and tell Karen or CY Board member when you want to teach.
2. Come to a 1 hour meeting after church 2-3 weeks prior to teaching to team build with co-teachers, learn about church school procedures and Faith Practices curriculum.
3. Co-teachers create three 30-45 min lessons from Faith Practices for grades K-2, 3-4 OR 5-6. User friendly curriculum provides a range of activity options connected to theme and scripture.
4. Teach on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month you choose at 11:15 am.