Pastor’s Pen – May 2024 -Planning for the Future

Pastor’s Pen – May 2024 -Planning for the Future

Celebration – 6 Months & Planning for the Future:

Here we are, seven months into our new relationship as congregation and pastor. Many of you have come to me with your praise and input for worship services and seasons of the church year. I am grateful for the words you have shared. I am grateful for the new ideas we have tried out and for any input you give to shorten sermons to more kid stuff! I sincerely want to point out something to you; this congregation is as responsible for any wonders we have received in worship as anyone who planned the worship. You here at Plymouth have created an atmosphere that is open to some new ideas and you have nurtured me, the staff, and the worship team to step up and out on faith. Thank you for creating that open atmosphere. Please don’t hesitate to bring forward ideas and changes. Those who plan worship and small groups need to hear your words and thoughts.

As I go forward toward completing year one as Pastor and Teacher at Plymouth UCC, I want to organize some time for us to share scripture and inspired time together. To that end, I am putting forward some Bible study, book study, and fellowship for us to share. I am planning ahead hoping that you will find what calls to you, put it on your schedule, and plan around it. Below you will find information for Lunch Bunch, Pot Lucks, Bible Studies, and a Book Study. Please plan ahead to nurture your relationship with God by fellowship, discussion, and scripture.

FELLOWSHIP DATES

Lunch Bunch Dates
  • June 12, Noon, Summer Lunch Bunch, Pine Street Cafe
  • Sept. 11, Noon, Patriots Day Lunch Bunch, Napoli
  • Nov. 13, Noon, Kick-off the Holiday’s Lunch, TBA

Lunch bunch gathers at noon for fellowship and to support local restaurants.

SUNDAY AFTER WORSHIP POTLUCKS

  • September 8th – Faith Formation Sunday Celebration
  • December 15th – Following the Children’s Christmas Worship Service

Both Potlucks will be coordinated by Pam Moersfelder. Details to Come!

BIBLE STUDIES

June Bible Study – The Chosen- TV Series on Tuesdays at 1:30PM

Episodes of the TV series The Chosen. The chosen is the first multi-season series about the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. Rev. Yvette will show an episode or parts of an episode and we will compare it to the Bible. You can watch “The Chosen” at home or with Rev. Yvette beginning at 12:30. Discussion on the Bible Story will begin at 1:30.

DATESTORYWatchingDiscussion
June 4Wedding Feast at Cana12:301:30
June 11Jesus Loves the Little Children12:301:30
June 18Jesus & Nicodemus12:301:30
June 25“I am He”12:301:30

You may attend one or all four. If you are out-of-town or unable to travel, I can set up a Zoom call for you to attend on. I am willing to do a second class on any of the above on an evening or Sunday by request. Just ask me to set one up!

August Bible Study – The Book of Acts – Wednesdays at 1:30PM

Come and explore how the teachings of the book of Acts calls us as a church and as individuals into action.

Aug 7Introduction to Acts & New Beginnings
Aug 14The Conversion of Saul
Aug 21The Jerusalem Council
Aug 28The Women of Acts

FALL BOOK STUDY

The Chosen – A Novel by Chaim Potok.
  • Daytime Discussion – Tuesday, September 17th at 1:30
  • Evening Discussion – Thursday, September 19 at 6:30PM

(You can join either by Zoom)

First published in 1967, two unlikely boys, a Hassidic Jew and a Modern Orthodox Jew, become friends. The book takes place during WW II and the creation of the state of Israel. Recently, Rev. Yvette, and Jackie and Bob Kastengren, were blessed to see the novel transformed to the stage in Milwaukee. Rev. Yvette will be comparing some of the dialogue in the book to the monologue of the script.

Questions to be explored:

  • How does religion unite and separate us from each other?
  • How is history still connected to the present day in Israel/Palestine?
  • How do we live in a gray world when we seek black and white answers?

The power of friendship explored.

THERE WILL ALSO BE AN ADVENT BIBLE STUDY WITH INFORMATION TO BE CHOSEN LATER.