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A Kantorei Christmas

Celebrate the season with sounds of choir and harp as Kantorei is joined by harpist Janet Kay Harriman in performing newly composed holiday treats and arrangements of some of your favorites! Premiered by the BBC Singers in December of 2016, My Perfect Stranger by former King’s Singer-turned-composer, Bob Chilcott, retells the Christmas story. Kantorei will also bring you standard carols arranged by Jackson Berkey of Mannheim Steamroller fame, and they will even ask you to join in on the holiday cheer!

Join us December 16 at 7:30P in the First Plymouth Sanctuary. To purchase tickets for this special holiday concert click here.

Take A Stand!

The Just Faith in Action! committee of our Outreach Coordinated Area of Ministry asks all members to sign the following petition and to become more informed of, and educated in, our denomination’s and our own efforts to combat racism in our society.

For more information about our denomination’s stand against racism please read the following links:

Petition to becomr an antiracist church#2

What About First Plymouth?

FP At-A-Glance
Want to know more about First Plymouth? Could this be the spiritual home you’ve been looking for? Do you have questions about how to become a member of our church? Then “FP At-A-Glance” is for you! Come join us in the Commons Room after the Worship Service on the last Sunday of most months. We invite you to the next session scheduled for January 28 of the new year!

First Plymouth NMP
The New Membership Program (NMP) has been designed to accommodate everyone from singles to young families to retirees and beyond. The NMP meets for five sessions, studying a different Pillar of our Faith each session. Contact Heidi Thomas to learn when the next session is scheduled.

Attending the First Plymouth NMP (New Members Program) is not a commitment to join First Plymouth! It is simply to educate you further about who we are as a church, and the importance of the Covenant relationship we share with each other and with God. You will make your decision about whether you would like to become a member of FPUCC at the end of class.

Sock It To Em – All Through December!

While visions of sugarplums and overflowing stocking might dance in the heads of many in the Denver area this season, some are just hoping for a pair of NEW socks. The Sock It To Em Sock Campaign provides NEW socks for those experiencing homelessness to over 90 shelters, services and agencies in the Denver Metropolitan Area. Socks for men, women and children are being collected at First Plymouth throughout the month of December. We are grateful for First Plymouth’s support in helping us make a social impact, one pair of socks at a time! For more information on how you may help contact Sue Lee or Phillis Shimamoto, both Founders of the Sock It To Em Sock Campaign and members of First Plymouth.


Adult CE: December 17

photo by: Daniel Suavé

The Just Faith in Action Committee is honored to host  Rev. Tawana Davis and Rev. Dr. Dawn Riley Duval for the December 17 Adult CE session following the worship service in the Commons Room.

Reverends Duval and Davis are co-founders of Soul2Soul LLC, a faith-based consulting firm focused on racial justice, healing and liberation. They have both served as associate ministers at Shorter AME Church and both partner with The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado in the Facing Racism Program. Please come and enjoy this introduction to authentic inter-racial discourse and egalitarian relationship building.


2018 Caring Awards Nominations

The First Plymouth Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2018 Caring Awards and would like assistance from the First Plymouth community. If you know of someone who should be recognized for “outstanding community service” pick up a nomination form from either Mission Central or here online or print and complete the form below. The Foundation board will select from all nominations received one person from the First Plymouth community and one from the greater community so feel free to nominate either a First Plymouth member or someone in the wider community whom you believe should be recognized. Nominations are due by January 14, 2018.

FPF Caring Awards Nomination Form 2018

Transition to a New Senior Minister

Thanks to two years advance notice of his retirement given by Senior Minister George Anastos, First Plymouth has the opportunity to conduct an orderly and thorough search for his replacement. In response, Church Council has devised a transition plan which not only spreads the work among various teams, but affords the opportunity for a broad cross-section of the congregation to participate.

Council has appointed the undersigned to be co-chairs of the Transition Process. We in turn recruited co-chairs for the Transition Teams, and are non-voting members of each team. Below is a brief explanation of each team’s responsibility and their chairs:

  • Plan Development Team – Melissa Depper and Nancy Fogg, Co-Chairs. Among the issues this team will consider will be the various ministerial models (solo senior minister, part-time senior minister,
    co-pastors, etc.). It will review transition strategies (interim minister, overlapping ministers, etc.) and devise an initial budget. It will submit its recommendations to Church Council for approval and pass them on to the Church Profile and Recruitment Teams.
  • Church Profile Team – Eileen Robinson and Doug Brown, Co-Chairs. Developing a profile of First Plymouth for use in the recruitment effort will be the primary focus of this team.
  • Recruitment Team – David Nestor and Carole Westphal, Co-Chairs. Using recommendations developed by the Plan Development and Church Profile Teams, this team will obtain and review candidates for the position or positions of senior minister. Involved in this will be dealing with contract and compensation issues, as well as recommending whether to engage the services of a consultant to scout those candidates who may not be actively seeking a change in employment. The final candidate(s) will be reported to Council and put before the congregation for its consideration.
  • Hospitality Team – Nancy Joe Shaw and Joe Shaw, Co-Chairs. This team will organize a celebration of the service of George and Andrea Anastos as they make their own transitions. It will work with the incoming minister(s), if they are not from the Denver metro area, to facilitate their entry into the local environment and to connect them with the various services and professionals which may be useful to them. The Hospitality Team will also introduce the new minister(s) to the congregation and to those external organizations which are important to First Plymouth (Denver Inner City Parish, Kentucky Circle Village, Temple Sinai, etc.).
  • Research Subcommittee – Carole Westphal, Chair. This group will be made up of a few members of the Plan Development and Church Profile Teams. It will act as clearinghouse for research needed by each of the teams, and will investigate, among other issues, experiences of other churches during their own pastoral changes.
  • Transition Coordinating Committee – This committee consists of Moderator Suzie Wrenn, Vice-Moderator Ken Hoagland, the Team co-chairs and the undersigned Transition Process co-chairs. This team will review the recommendations of each team to insure completeness before forwarding to Council. It will also help to resolve problems any of the teams encounter and will develop a plan for regular and meaningful communication to the congregation.

All of the teams are charged with actively seeking input from the congregation through Congregational Conversations and other methods.

It is anticipated that the Plan Development and Church Profile Teams will complete their work by mid-2018, at which time the Recruitment Team will use the results to begin its primary work. The Hospitality Team’s work won’t begin until near the end of George’s tenure, and will likely continue until well after the new minster(s) has started. Presently, all of the co-chairs are recruiting 8-12 members for each team who represent, as nearly as possible, the demographics of First Plymouth. This process should be completed by the end of the year, particularly for the two teams and the Research subcommittee whose work begins the soonest.

The undersigned, and all of the co-chairs, are committed to making this process as open as possible to the First Plymouth members in expressing their concerns and opinions. Toward this end, as well as holding a number of Congregational Conversations, we intend to schedule regular after-service informal Q &A sessions so that we can hear from FP members over the next 18 months of this process.

While Council has set up this procedure for calling George’s replacement, this effort is not solely in the hands of these Teams. Each First Plymouth member has a responsibility to make their opinions, concerns and suggestions known so that the eventual candidate is the product of our collective experience, judgment and wisdom.

– Denise Brown and Craig Eley – Transition Process Co-Chairs

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