Plymouth United Church of Christ August continues, and the pandemic continues, but we may be seeing some good results from the face mask order in our county, so please help one another by wearing a mask, washing your hands often, and physically distancing in public. These are some ways in which we answer God’s call to love one another. We are holding in prayer those who are facing unemployment and/or eviction in these difficult times. We are holding children, parents, teachers, and administrators as all prepare for online learning in the fall (or in those areas where schools will have in-person learning, that all will be safe and be provided with all the safety equipment they need). We are still challenged to dismantle that which oppresses, and build up systems and institutions that would help us live in mutual respect and dignity. We can live into that challenge, if we can see the other as God created them — that is, as a blessing, a fellow companion on life’s journey, a beloved child of God! Be Safe, Be Well. God be with you! Special note related to the Coronavirus: Following public health directives and to help ensure the safety and well-being of all our neighbors, our church activities (including worship services and various meetings) are being done through electronic, rather than in-person, gatherings (through August, subject to change), as well as church meetings and meetings of outside user groups. We truly miss being able to welcome you on Sunday mornings and to have our building open every day for various community groups to meet. When it is safe for everyone to gather in groups again, we look forward to opening our doors to you, wherever you are in your life and faith journey. Note that the Atwood Personal Essentials Pantry continues to be open and serving the needs of the community during their regular hours (Sunday 12-2 pm, Thursday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm). This is subject to change. You can donate to PEP Atwood here. We very much believe that “church” is not about a building, but about a community of people helping each other on their life and faith journeys, so the life of this faith community continues. We continue to answer the call to “be the church,” offering loving kindness, care, and peace to one another. “Virtual worship” materials will be shared on this space each week. You are also invited to check out the messages from Pastor Leslie on our “blog” page. Even though we may not be able to connect physically, we are connected spiritually. Keep checking this site and our Facebook page for updates. We have been a part of Madison’s near east side community for over one hundred years, located at the corner of Atwood Avenue and Ohio Street. Part of the United Church of Christ, Plymouth is a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. We are a congregation open and affirming of all ages, races, church backgrounds, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We are a congregation that believes in Peace with Justice for all people. We are an Immigrant-Welcoming , Just Peace, Dementia-Friendly congregation. We welcome you to join us in making our community and our world a more loving, peaceful, and kind place to live.