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    Volume 2013  |   Issue 13  |  April 3, 2013     Visit Children Youth & Family Home

Here we are, emerging into spring!

Easter Day is the datum point of our Faith

Waiting on York Station last week I happened upon the Zero Post. What I read on the plaque above it straightaway sparked off thoughts of Easter. "The centre of York station was the Zero Point for the measurement of ten of the North Eastern Railway's lines, including those to Beverley, Harrogate, Newcastle, Normanton and Scarborough. This replica Zero Post was erected by the North Eastern Railway Association with financial assistance from The Railway Heritage Trust and The Ken Hoole Trust to mark the 150th anniversary of the formation of the NER on 31 July 1854. it was unveiled by Sir William McAlpine,Bt., Chairman of The Railway Heritage… Read full article >

Spiritually Healthy Children - 95 - Live a life of stewardship

Families who are a part of faith communities often ask, what can I be doing 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 will naturally encourage spiritual growth . . . things that a lot of which families do anyway. Still, it's nice to know that the things we do are helping our kids in this way. Nancy Bostrom wrote a lovely little book called, 99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy Children, from which I will share exerpts weekly to plant seeds, share ideas, and offer encouragement for families of ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.

"There was not a needy person among… Read full article >

The Road to Damascus

Our next Family Worship service will be Sunday, April 14, where we will hear the story of Paul's conversion to Christianity. What a huge *sign* from God that was for Paul to get stopped in his tracks and learn a new way! When have you been stopped in your tracks? What would your life look like, described in road signs from God?

Go left . . . straight . . .

. . . SLOW down . . . U-turn . . .

. . . merge . . . . . . pay attention . . . STOP . . . Yield . . .

. . . GO!


Join us as we consider the Signs on the Road of LIFE!

families at worship

Registration for All Church Retreat to Open April 7

Pilgrim Firs CabinsPlan to join us May 3 – 5 for the annual All Church Retreat at Pilgrim Firs Conference Center in Port Orchard, WA. This year’s theme is Vital Worship: Expressions of Love and Praise for God.

Registration opens Sunday, April 7 after the 8:30 a.m. service and before/after the 11:00 a.m. service. Space at Pilgrim Firs is limited so register early. We’re planning an engaging and fun-filled weekend for the entire family so make plans now to join us! Lamar Lofton will be returning to run the children's program!!

Calendar for April

Sunday, April 7 - Church school on regular schedule, FOCUS with Jenn Hagedorn - She will be helping the kids to create social justice banners.

Sunday, April 14 - Family Worship at 10am - We will explore (road) signs on the path of life. FOCUS with Jenn Hagedorn - She will be helping the kids to create social justice banners.

Sunday, April 21 - Church school on regular schedule, FOCUS with Jenn Hagedorn - She will be helping the kids to create social justice banners.

Teacher meeting after 11am worship.

Sunday, April 28 - Church school on regular schedule (Karen at PNCUCC Annual Meeting). FOCUS Reveal with Jenn Hagedorn during 11am Worship!

social justice

FOCUS for April

Jenn Hagedorn will be working with the elementary kids for the next few Sundays on a social justice themed FOCUS project. They will create 3 different collage murals with different social justice themes and share them in worship on April 28.

30 Healthy Ways to Teach Kids About Consent

This information comes directly from an article on Buzz Feed, which can be found here.

For Children Ages 1-5

1. Teach children to ask permission before touching or embracing a playmate. Use langauge such as, "Sarah, let's ask Joe if he would like to hug bye-bye." If Joe says "no" to this request, cheerfully tell your child, "That's okay, Sarah! Let's wave bye-bye to Joe and blow him a kiss."

2. Help create empathy within your child by explaining how something they have done may have hurt someone. Use language like, "I know you wanted that toy, but when you hit Mikey, it hurt him and he felt very sad. And we don't want Mikey to feel sad… Read full article >

Northwest Regional Women Retreat

Save the Date!

Dear Plymouth Women, I am on the board for the Northwest Regional Women's Retreat and I'd love to have you join us for a weekend of community, retreat and restoration. Visit our website below and let me know if you have any questions! Blessings, Karen Hollis

UCC Northwest Regional Women’s Conference X November 1, 2, and 3, 2013

Kah-Nee-Ta in Warm Springs, Oregon

Theme: Celebrate the Joyful Journey

Keynote Speaker: Rev. DaVita McAlister

A Variety of Workshop Offerings in: … Read full article >

Youth at General Synod

United Church of Christ General Synod is coming up June 26-July 2 in sunny California! Registration is open for youth! Check out this link for more information. This is a great way of delving deeper into the life of the UCC!


This Sunday at Plymouth

April 7, 2013 - FOCUS SCRIPTURE - Acts 5:27-32 - Resurrection Witness

8:30-10:00am: Childcare Available (Room 122)

8:30am: Sunday worship for All Ages (Chapel)

9:00am: Children's Choir with Rosemary H. (Room 225)

9:00am: Plymouth Soul Choir (Lounge)

9:50am: K-6 Gathering (Chapel)

10:00am: Church School for Toddler/PreK - High School (Various Classrooms)

10:00am: Adult Forum  (Hildebrand Hall)

11:00am: Sunday Worship for All Ages (Sanctuary)

11:20am: FOCUS with Jenn Hagedorn - Creating social justice banners (Room 221 & Hildebrand Hall)

12:15pm: Coffee Hour for All Ages (Lounge)

12:15-1:30pm: Childcare Available (122)


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