"A Continuing Work of God's Hands"

 

WorshipSundays, 10:00 am

Worship & Communion: First and Third Sundays

Worship & Healing: Fifth Sundays

Bible Study: Wednesdays, 5:15 pm, (Oct. 15 - Dec.17) with Rev. Ruth E. Phillips, in the Chapel.

Small Group Study: Wednesdays, 6:45 - 7:30 pm, with Rev. Ruth E. Phillips, in the Amistad Room. 

 

All Members Of The Plymouth Family Are Invited

Join us for our “Green Christmas” sessions on November 30, and December 7, 14, and 21.  Together we will learn about waiting from scripture passages about nature, and encourage each other to care for the earth though our celebrations.  Join us downstairs in the Youth Lounge to plant a Christmas tree, paint recycled gift wrap, and prayerfully listen as “heaven and nature sing” in anticipation of Christmas Day! Next week,( November 30), we will be sharing things we already do to care for the environment this time of year.  Come ready to share your answer to the question: What green traditions help your family celebrate Christmas?

 

Attention Artists Of All Ages!

Artwork is needed for our 2014 Online Advent Calendar to be paired with Advent quotes, and shared daily through Plymouth's Facebook page. We can use paintings, drawings, photographs—even a photograph of a craft you've made.  Winter, nature, or abstract themes would all work well.  Please contact Katie Watson with your submissions.

 

Standish Circle's Annual Wreath And Roping Sale

Holiday wreaths will again be for sale by Standish Circle.  Thanksgiving is late in the month this year, so the wreaths will be available for purchase on Sunday, November 30(Thanksgiving weekend).  We are fortunate that the St. Joe Tree Farm has not raised their prices to us, making the costs:

· $19…small, undecorated wreath

· $24…small, decorated wreath

· $24…large undecorated wreath

· $29…large, decorated wreath

· $15…white pine roping (20 ft.)

Decorated wreaths come with your choice of red or burgundy bows and natural or frosted berries.  The sale will be located in the Folsom Room before and after church services.

 

Third World Shoppe Sale

What does a birch bark basket from Minnesota have in common with a jute angel tree ornament from Bangladesh? Both are handmade by low-income people working to support their families. They are also some of the many items from over 35 countries on display immediately following worship service on Sunday, November 30, in the Folsom Room. The display is provided by volunteers from the Third World Shoppe, a nonprofit ministry aiding the poor through employment programs and education. Please take a few minutes to view these unique items and consider giving a gift that gives twice! 

 

Plymouth Music Series: Sunday, November 30, 2:00 pm

The Plymouth Music Series Presents, “O Holy Night: A Christmas Collection for Flute and Piano,” Sunday, November 30, 2:00 pm, in the sanctuary. Pianist David Snyder and flutist Janet McKay Galbraith perform a special concert featuring arrangements of favorite Christmas Carols by David Snyder. Invite your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues! It’s a great way to start the holiday season!

 

Luminous Night Service Of Lament and Promise: Wednesday, December 3, 7:00 pm

A quiet service of Psalms, music, and candle lighting in memory of loved ones, in acknowledgement of the difficulties and sadness of life circumstances, and an expression of Hope and Promise in the Birth of the One who brings God’s love and light to earth.

The Christmas season invites us to be gentle with one another and ourselves.  During the darkening days of December, and because of unrealistic expectations in the cultural Christmas rush, many people suffer anxiety, depression, sadness, and loneliness. We need a safe place to lament, to complain, to grieve – without being told to “get over it.” Our Luminous Night Service of  Lament and Promise allows us to express our grief, anger, discouragement first, and then move to affirmations of God’s love and compassion. We can listen and be reminded that God keeps the divine promise “never to leave or forsake” us.

The service will be interwoven with song, prayer, scripture, and readings.  Candle lighting is included in the liturgy for those who wish to light a candle in remembrance, in hope, as an expression of searching for the “light in the darkness.”

Come, gather with others who share an understanding of the need to replace pressure with peace. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”   Isaiah 9:2

 

Amazing Grays Host Boar's Head Luncheon

Join the Boar's Head Committee and the Amazing Grays in celebrating 40 years of services of the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival, 11:30 am, Sunday, December 14. A delicious English lunch will be served by Rhonda. Make reservations now! Space is limited!

 

Announcing ...

The 40th Anniversary Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival: 2014 Performances: December 28, 29, and 30, 5:30 and 8:00 pm

 Box Office Day (tickets available to the general public): Thursday, December 18, 4:30 - 7:00 pm

About the Festival

On December 27, 1975, a small child in the arms of the minister of Plymouth Congregational Church lit the Christ Candle in our sanctuary. This marked the beginning of our Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival tradition. No one knows who first planned the festival procession, but it is a matter of record that it was part of the Christmas celebration at Queen’s College, Oxford, shortly after the founding of the university in 1340.

This festival includes more than 250 Plymouth members and friends and is experienced by 3,000 audience members each year. The six services are FREE and open to the public. Production costs are paid through the support of generous patrons and freewill offerings.

Truly, this festival is part of Plymouth’s community outreach. There is a wonderful Festival Choir, Orchestra, and Bell Choir, along with a cast and crew of all ages. All are welcome to participate. Roles are cast in the fall. Festival Choir rehearses on Wednesdays in December. For more information, contact Kara Jaurigue (cast/crew) or Robert Nance (Festival Choir). 

ReminderBoar’s Head tickets can be picked up on Sundays, December 7, 14, and 21, in the Folsom Room following worship.  The six Boar’s Head services are on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, December 28, 29, and 30, at 5:30 and 8:00 pm. Will-call tickets should be picked up at least 30 minutes prior to services.  Stand-by tickets will be available.  

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