Events

Upcoming Events

Family Game Night
Saturday Nov. 17, 5-7 pm

We will be playing board games and games made up by church youth.
We will also share a meal of tacos with all the fixings, including a veggie option. Please feel free to bring a snack/dessert to pass. Come for an evening of fellowship and fun – families of all sizes (1 or more people) are invited!

 

 


Past Events

Rev. Randy Mayer in Madison to Talk about Humanitarian Aid at the Border
Want to learn more about what communities and migrants are experiencing “on the border” and about how we can join others in fighting for more humane immigration justice? Come to hear Rev. Randy Mayer, pastor of The Good Shepherd UCC in Sahuarita, AZ, who will be in Madison on November 3-4 for two events. On Saturday November 3rd 3:00-4:30 pm, Rev. Mayer will present “Help at the Border” at Plymouth Congregational UCC (2401 Atwood Avenue, Madison), speaking on the real impact of our broken immigration system on border communities, and the work of church groups like The Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans as they provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to migrants in distress in the desert as well as court accompaniment for those detained. Come to be inspired to work in our community so that all can feel welcome. A free will offering will be gladly accepted at this event for the work of the Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans.
Rev. Mayer will be preaching on Sunday November 4th at 10:00 am at Lake Edge UCC (4200 Buckeye Road, Madison) at a joint worship service of Lake Edge UCC and Plymouth UCC. He will be preaching on the Church at the border, and how our faith calls us to help our immigrant neighbors. Refreshments will be served after the service.
Green Valley, Arizona, where Rev. Mayer and his congregation are located, is just 40 miles from the border. Migrants, escaping violence, high unemployment, and poverty in Mexico and Central America, cross the border, mostly by foot and ill-equipped, through the harsh desert, desperate to find work and new lives. Since 2005, Rev. Mayer’s congregation, through the efforts of their group known as the Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans, have offered humanitarian aid to migrants in distress, in part through desert water drops, desert searches for those needing assistance, and help for those deported across the border to Nogales, often having all their personal belongings taken from them before being sent back. As the Samaritan group notes, “Powered by hope, generally uninformed, they walk toward great hardship and often death. We are your friends and neighbors. We believe that providing aid to another human being in distress is a fundamental human value, and that there should be no more deaths in our desert. We look forward to the day when our assistance is not needed.”
Co-sponsored by Lake Edge United Church of Christ (UCC) and Plymouth Congregational UCC; also supported by Dane Sanctuary Coalition and Seeds of Peace Madison. More information on these events can be found at http://www.pcucc.org, or find us on Facebook.

Annual Halloween Carnival for UNICEF
Saturday, October 27th, 2-4 pm
Seasonal activities, games of chance & skill, cake walk, and refreshments. All activities cost one or two quarters each to participate, with fabulous prizes to be won. All proceeds go to UNICEF.
Kids helping kids—all are welcome!

 

Make Music Madison
Join us for great music as we again are a host site for Make Music Madison on June 21, 11 am-4:30 pm, and 6 – 9 pm. Artists will be performing in our front yard (or inside if rain); some chairs provided, or bring your picnic blanket.

Plymouth Church to Host Conversations with Immigrants and Dreamers
Immigration and refugee policy was at the forefront of the presidential campaign in 2016, and continued to make headlines throughout 2017. Heart-breaking stories and images of immigrants and dreamers filled the news and challenged us almost daily. Who are the immigrant and refugee and “dreamer” among us? Come to hear stories, concerns, and hopes of our immigrant, refugee, and dreamer neighbors at “Promised Land, A Conversation” on Sunday afternoon on February 25th at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 2401 Atwood Avenue. Our time together begins at noon with a light lunch, and then we will hear from people in our community most directly impacted by the uncertainty of changing immigration policy. Conversation and brainstorming about what we as a community can do next will follow, with things wrapping up by 3:00 p.m. All are invited to participate. RSVPs (to lschenk@pcucc.org) not required but helpful for planning.

In 2017 a presidential ban was put in effect which blocks new visas for people from six majority-Muslim nations from immigrating to the U.S. (although this executive order is under judicial review as of late 2017). What must it be like to be separated from family or subsisting in the rubble of bombed out cities? When the future seems closed off, how does it feel living without hope? What is the everyday life experience of immigrants and refugees who have been in this country for 10 or 20 years? What are their struggles and their hopes? What disappointments, outright prejudices, and even signs of welcome do they encounter?
According to some officials, as many as 800,000 dreamers are now facing the possibility of deportation by March 5, 2018, as a result of the presidential order to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That program protected undocumented immigrants who had been brought to the US as children by their parents. What must it be like to live each day in fear of being arrested and sent back to cities or villages now unfamiliar? How terrible the nightmare of being forcibly separated from parents? How does one even think about a future when dreams have been foreclosed?
Can the US still claim to be the promised land it once was for immigrants and dreamers? A land of welcome and promise? A land in which immigrants and dreamers are encouraged to share their skills and gifts for the good and growth of this promised land?
Understanding and action begins with information. Come hear the stories of those who came to this country as immigrants and “dreamers” and who we now know as neighbors. Hear their stories, ask questions, join in conversation. With understanding comes a better sense of how we are indeed one world, friends and neighbors, and how we can better work together for the good of all. All are invited to participate.

 

Pancake Brunch
Sunday October 22
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
All are welcome!
Free will offering for the refugee relief efforts of Mercy Corps, providing food, shelter, medical care, education, and more to Syrian refugees (and others) living in camps in the Mediterranean region.

All are welcome!
Annual Halloween Carnival for UNICEF
Saturday, October 28th, 2-4 pm
Seasonal activities, games of chance & skill, cake walk, and refreshments. All activities cost one or two quarters each to participate, with fabulous prizes to be won. All proceeds go to UNICEF.
Kids helping kids—all are welcome!

Poster MercyCorps Msn RD 5oct17

Great music, refreshments, and an opportunity to help – a great night for all! You are invited to a benefit concert by Ritt Deitz and Friends, October 5th at 7:30 pm at Plymouth. Proceeds from the concert will go to MercyCorps’ Refugee Assistance Project, which helps shelter, feed, provide medical and other needs, and schooling for Syrian and other refugees living in temporary camps in the Mediterranean region. Suggested donation is $20. Refreshments will be served, and you can also enjoy beautiful artwork by students from Lowell Elementary students, which will be on display for Gallery Night (which is October 6th, 5-9 pm). All are welcome to the concert and to Gallery Night!

 

Plymouth again is a host site for Gallery Night, this fall on Friday October 6th, 5-9 pm. On display will be amazing artwork by Lowell Elementary students, as well as some other (grown-up) artists. Refreshments will be served. Come and enjoy and be inspired!

 

Plymouth is again a host site for Make Music Madison on Wednesday, June 21st.  Make Music Madison is an annual citywide, free, outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice (see their website http://www.makemusicmadison.org/ for information on other sites).We have an excellent schedule of performers, and their performance space will be the front yard of our church, where we will set up a sun canopy and folding chairs (but feel free to bring a blanket to spread on the grass, or your own chairs.  If there is rain, performances will move inside. 

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This is always a fun, relaxing event, and a great way to kick off the summer with music.  The event is free, although a free will offering for the artists is always welcome!

 

Performance schedule:

Granuaile                    12:00 – 1:00 pm          Celtic

Bayou Spice Blend     1:00 – 2:00 pm            Cajun/Blues/Folk/Country

John Stano                  2:00 – 3:00 pm            Folk Blues Americana/Bluegrass

Jason Moon                6:00 – 7:00 pm            Folk/Americana

Brother Rye                7:00 – 8:00 pm            Indi-Folk/Americana/Bluegrass/Rock

MAUI                           8:00 – 9:00 pm            Pop

(Madison Area Ukulele Initiative)

 


 

Celebrate the blessings of creation with us with music!

On Sunday April 23rd, Ken Lonnquist, noted local musician, storyteller, and environmental activist will help us celebrate Earth Day in a free concert.  Before the concert, Lonnquist will lead a workshop for kids, teaching them songs for the concert.

The schedule for this Earth Day Event is:

9:30 am worship service (Lonnquist will lead us in song early in the service, and at about 9:45 am will leave with the kids for a musical workshop in our Fellowship Hall)

10:30 am: refreshments

11:00 am: concert

All are invited to join us for any/all parts of this event!


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  MOVING FROM CHARITY TO JUSTICE: A WORKSHOP IN ADVOCACY

Across time and place, people have been inspired and impelled to speak out in the public square.  To help us live out our commitment to social justice advocacy, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice and Plymouth Congregational UCC present Moving From Charity to Justice: A Workshop in Advocacy. This two-session workshop introduces participants to the challenges and opportunities for engagement in advocacy; explores the many forms advocacy can take, and trains participants in the nuts and bolts of advocacy – how to write an effective Letter to the Editor or an Op-ed; how to conduct an advocacy campaign; how to present testimony before a school board or a legislative committee hearing; and how to make a lobby visit to your elected official.

SESSION 1: Thursday March 23rd, 7:00-9:00 pm – In-person advocacy: presenting testimony, making lobby visits

 SESSION 2: Thursday April 6th, 7:00-9:00 pm – Nuts & bolts of advocacy; effective letter writing

 (Note: you can attend one or both sessions)

WHERE: Plymouth Congregational UCC, 2401 Atwood Avenue (corner of Ohio Avenue); Street parking, except handicap parking available behind the church (accessed by Somers Avenue)

COST: Free (free-will offering for WI Faith Voices for Justice welcomed)

LIMITED SPACES; RSVP to lschenk@pcucc.org or 608-249-1537 by March 16, if possible.