This Sunday at Plymouth: July 26, 2020 

July 21, 2020


10:30 am Sunday, July 26, 2020

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Jennifer Castle, preaching

"Seeds and Weeds"

There is no formal online coffee hour in July.

Joys, Concerns, Events & Announcements

Heads Up! This week’s Herald is the last before a brief summer break. There will be no formal Herald newsletter sent the weeks of July 27, August 3 and August 10. The next regular Herald will be sent again the week of August 17. In the meantime, visit the website for the latest in Plymouth news, and check your email for updates and important notices. 

Now is the Time to Serve Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps, a program of JVC Northwest, facilitates rewarding opportunities for service, community and spiritual formation for adults 50 and better who are committed to social and ecological justice. We are offering new ways for our members (JVEs) to serve from home during this time of increased need for those who live on the margins. JVEs meet monthly online or in-person, creating spiritual community while staying safe. JV Encorps is an inclusive and welcoming community. Priority application deadline:  August 31. Opening Retreat in September. For more information visit:

Staying Connected Sunday coffee hour and weekday online gatherings are on hiatus in the month of July. This is a chance to practice sabbath, for rest and renewal. You are encouraged to continue to connect on your own through phone or social media and be a source of encouragement and companionship. You may also want to subscribe to the UCC Daily Devotional. Sign up here. 

Anti-racism Resources This list of resources is intended to serve white people and parents to deepen anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Click here for full list.

The Seattle Times recently featured Plymouth in its article, "Historic downtown church confronts Seattle’s ‘original sin’" Read it here. 

Being Church While the Neighborhood Burns Ingrid C. A. Rasmussen and Angela Khabeb are pastors at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis. When protests, violence, and property destruction erupted after the killing of George Floyd by a police officer, Holy Trinity quickly emerged as an organizational center for volunteers, medics, and wounded protesters. Read full interview here. 

Call to Action On March 3 in Tacoma, Manny Ellis died while being arrested by Tacoma Police. We are in a complex and volatile time and the investigation into the death needs to be credible and transparent.  State law gives the Governor authority to ask the State AG to do a criminal investigation and this is the time to use that extraordinary step. Call the Governor's office to urge action: 360.902.4111. 

Fresh Bucks Match helps SNAP/EBT (food stamp) recipients get an unlimited, dollar-for-dollar match on fruits and vegetables at Seattle farmers markets. This great benefit remains the same, but will now be called SNAP Market Match in partnership with Washington State’s Fruit and Vegetable Incentive program. Learn more about how to save on fruits and vegetables with SNAP/EBT. Select farmers markets are operating in a limited capacity. Please make sure to follow social distancing guidelines and review these rules before heading to the farmers market. Visit the Seattle Farmers Market Association and Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Market websites for weekly updates.

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,

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, Ernie Boyer, Glenda Carper, Anna Colwell, Steve Davis, Pam Dorrance, Rick Eberharter, Ellie Edelweiss, Mark Edwards, Phil Fredrickson, Jackie Fouts (Mother-in-law of Al Wallace), Keili Geller (Granddaughter of Nancy Geller), Peter Gibbons (Brother of Eileen Gibbons), Don Gwilym, Joyce Irving (mother of Rev. Louis Mitchell), Michael Kaid, Libonati Family, Sharon Masse (Wife of Gary Magnuson), Jo Mitchell, Georgia Nelson, Dick, Jean and Alex Paul (Parents and Nephew of Beth Paul Russell), Jose Robles, Rod Shutt, Jim Stultz (brother of Doug Stultz), Jaime Rubio Sulficio, Jim Tsuchiya (Brother-in-law of Bill Castello), Jordyn Woodke and David Flores (friends of Karen Clark)

Our hearts are with the family and friends of Hilda Blaikie, member of Plymouth since 1951, who passed away July 17.

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