Sunday at Plymouth: March 29, 2020 

March 23, 2020


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Ezekiel 37:1-14 and John 11:1-6;17-23; 38-44

"Holding Space"

Rev. Dr. Kelle Brown, preaching

Joys, Concerns, Events & Announcements

Organ Concerts Cancelled Concerts scheduled for April 3 and April 8 are cancelled. 

Day of Remembrance Cancelled Event at Mt. Zion Baptist scheduled for April 4 is cancelled.

Racists Anonymous Suspended Plymouth UCC ‘s experimental 12-step group for people who want to recover from internalized racial superiority has been suspended until Sunday morning worship resumes in the Sanctuary. Keep checking the website for updates.

Anti-Racist Giving Plan Workshop  Discuss race, reparations, and the concept of fund-shifting . This cross-class workshop is open to all but has been designed specifically for folks who have benefited from the history of white wealth accumulation. 6 - 9 pm, April 22, at Plymouth. Free dinner provided for participants. Presented by Social Justice Fund Northwest and Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites.

Companion Training Offered  Are you concerned about the impacts of poverty and marginalization on individuals experiencing mental health issues? Are you seeking a way to foster companionship and community in a service-based role? This training is for you. The companionship model of service was founded by Craig Rennebohm as a ministry of presence, operating through hospitality, listening, solidarity, and accompaniment. We provide training for all volunteers to explore these practices as a foundation to cultivating mutuality in service — our next training is on Saturday, April 18 from 9 am to 4 pm at Plymouth Church. Learn how you can get involved by contacting and/or visiting our website.

Take Action! The State House passed HB1754 95-3. It is a bill that guides hosting the homeless on faith owned or controlled property for uses that include indoor shelter, safe parking, tent encampments, and small houses; all temporary uses. It is now going to the Senate. You are encouraged to follow this bill here. Lift your voice as it is heard soon in the Senate. Many, maybe most, jurisdictions are over-permitting and limiting hosting on faith properties. Our federal rights are governed by the Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons Act -2000. This law follows on the heels of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — 1993, and was passed to correct the abuses of how land use toward the practice of faith was being abused by local government. Get familiar with this and tell your neighboring faith communities across denominations.

Share Your Thoughts After listening to our speakers at the 150th anniversary dinner I wanted to know what you all are doing to help the earth.  I thought I could help by bring together our ideas and putting them in one place at the church. We can help each other do more if we join together on each other's projects. Send me ideas of things that we could do (even if not completely thought out), things that you are doing or things others have thought of that you think are cool or worth copying. Thanks. -- Bruce Shilling,

Need a Midweek Boost of the Spirit? Jennifer Castle facilitates a journey through selected Bible passages with an inquisitive group of Plymouth members and friends. At this time we are thoughtfully reading and discussing the Scriptures for the upcoming Sunday service. Please join us in our study of the Bible 7:45-8:45 am Wednesdays in Room 322.

Be a Census Taker Extra income, flexible hours, weekly pay and free training. Learn more and apply at

Got Cookies? If you like to bake, please bring a couple dozen of your specialties to share at Hospitality Hour. Your contributions are greatly appreciated! 

Plymouth Prayer Group meets third Sunday of the month in Room 111. Fill out a prayer card for us to lift up your joys and concerns. All are invited to join this time of prayer.

Volunteer and Connect Volunteer Ministry Task Opportunity booklets are available online at Plymouth website homepage and at the Welcome Table in the Lounge. Links to booklet and sign up forms are also available online and in the booklet. Please take a look at the nearly 200 opportunities available for you to engage in ministry that helps us connect with the world and build community which transforms lives. Questions? Please contact Rev. Steve Davis.

Simple Church is Simple Click here for easy-to-follow instructions with Simple Church, Plymouth's online directory. Need help to sign up? Please notify the Church office; we can help!

Text To Give is another powerful tool to donate to Plymouth UCC quickly and securely. Simply text amount you want to give to Plymouth UCC’s mobile giving number (206.208.1442). First time donors receive a link request to provide your name, address and credit card number. Then click send! Questions? Contact Diane in the Church office.

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Our prayers are with...

Riley Balcita, Matt Banks, Anna Colwell, Steve Davis, Pam Dorrance, Ellie Edelweiss, Blake & Jo Ann English (Relatives of Lucian Guthrie), Don Gwilym, Jackie Fouts (Mother-in-law of Al Wallace), Peter Gibbons (Brother of Eileen Gibbons), Lucian Guthrie, the Guthrie Family, Michael Kaid, Libonati Family, Maclay Family, Sharon Masse (Wife of Gary Magnuson), Jo Mitchell, Georgia Nelson, Taylor Patt, Joshua and Ezra (family of Glenda Carper), Dick, Jean and Alex Paul (Parents and Nephew of Beth Paul Russell), Jim Perry, Dorothy Price ("Big"), Jose Robles, Mary Ryan, Bob and Doris Schaefer, Rod Shutt, Jaime Rubio Sulficio, Jim Tsuchiya (Brother-in-law of Bill Castello), Evelyn Wong

Our hearts are with the family and friends of Margaret Kitchell, who passed away MOnday, March 23. 

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