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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:

  1. http://www.ucc.org/justice_racism_anti-racist-church
  2. http://www.ucc.org/justice_racism
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New Member Program

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 will be meeting next on October 29 at 11:00A.

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 or Rev. Paul Griego 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. The next class will be held in two sessions: Sunday, October 22 and Sunday, November 5 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided and, if requested, childcare can also be arranged. If interested, please contact Heidi Thomas by Sunday, October 8 to reserve your space and lunch!

Everybody Welcome. Seriously. Everybody.

Enough said.

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Prayer and Memory Walk

All Saints’ Day, Wednesday, November 1

Starting at noon at the Memorial Labyrinth at First Plymouth (southwest corner of the building), we’ll have a guided time of walking (or sitting if that is better), reflection, remembering, and prayer, remembering all the saints who have been a part of our lives.

We will follow our time with lunch together at Modern Market at the corner of Hampden and University. If you have questions, contact Calvary Presbyterian Pastor Dave or Sherrie Larson.

 

Stratus Chamber Orchestra: November 17

Fantasy Lights 2On the night of the New Moon, with a chill in the air, Stratus will spirit you away to a fantasy world of music that is capricious, whimsical and, at times, slightly ghoulish. Transcendental, masterful works of eccentricity will be paired with equally fantastical and off-kilter art. Prepare to be beguiled.

The Friday evening concert format will follow our popular immersive seating arrangement, with traditional seating option available as well. An ideal format for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Tickets can be purchased online at Augustana Arts.

Sharing Visions for Mental Health

If  I told you. . . we shared stories of stigma, depression in women, depression and isolation for men. Our sons, our fathers and brothers, cousins and friends.

If I told you. . . . of my OCD, his paranoid -schizophrenia, her brain injury, my fathers’ depression; their bi-polar disease; her PTSD; our anxiety; my daughters’ autism; my brothers’ suicide, my sister’s murder.

If I told you. . . . we experienced guns turned toward us. We witnessed violence, anger, abuse, pain.

If I told you. . . . we spoke of helplessness, fear, confusion, loss of control.

If I told you. . . . he’s a medical professional; she’s ordained; he’s a brother; she’s a mother; he’s an advocate; she’s a doctor; I’m an artist.

If I told you. . . .he is compassionate, she is trained, I am ready, she is skilled, he is uncertain, she is funny; he is dedicated.

If I told you. . . there is hope.

Will you join us?

Share your story and your vision at the meeting of FPUCC’s W.I.S.E. Mental Health Ministry, Wednesday, November 8, at 7:00P in the Commons Room.

 

Recommended resources and upcoming events:

Blessed are the crazy. Breaking the silence about mental illness, family & church.
Sarah Griffith Lund, Regional Minister, Conference Staff, UCC Florida. Keynote: W.I.S.E. UCC Conference, Omaha, NE, Spring 2017.

UCC’s Mental Health Network, http://mhn-ucc.org

Saturday, November 189-12 pm, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. Two events in the Denver Metro area:

https://afsp.org/survivor_day/englewood-colorado/

https://afsp.org/survivor_day/denver-colorado/

Adult C.E: Sunday, December 12, 11:15A in the Commons Room

Men’s Breakfast: November 11, 2017

The next Men’s Fellowship Breakfast will be on Saturday, November 11 in the First Plymouth Commons Room. We begin at 8:00A with a continental breakfast and intriguing table talk followed by an enlightening speaker. We always conclude by 10:00A. Women of First Plymouth who wish to hear the speaker may share breakfast at 8:00A at Panera Bread, 6385 E. Hampden Avenue, after which both groups will come together in the Commons Room at about 8:45A for the presentation portion of the meeting.

First Plymouth’s Senior Minister, George Anastos, has announced that he will be retiring in mid-2019. That’s less than two years away, and what are we doing about it? FP’s Craig Eley, co-chair of the Transition Team, will tell us. Craig is a former First Plymouth Moderator and a current Colorado Administrative Law Judge. He will fill us in on the transition plan which has been designed by Church Council and the progress made so far. Craig will also discuss ways in which the congregation can offer its input and insights in the determination of which of a number of paths we can take in completing the process of choosing a new Senior Minister. The Summary of the Transition Plan as well as the Detailed Plan can be found below:

Two Page Summary                        Full Transition Report

Men’s Fellowship meets at 8:00A the second Saturday of each month and is open to all First Plymouth men. There are no sign-ups, no committees, and no dues. For information, please contact Bruce Glenn.

Healing Touch: November 8, 2017

Emotional Freedom Technique (logo).gifThe Healing Touch group will meet Wednesday, November 8 at 1:00P Room 212. Ann Seig will be speaking about the use of emotional healing with energy techniques, including EFT, the Emotional Freedom Technique, which utilizes the body’s energy meridians to release blocks, resolve conflicts, raise our energy and vitality, and achieve a calm, balanced emotional state.

Please contact Ann Seig with your questions.