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:
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 September 24 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.
Returning for the second year, the Progressive Christianity class will meet on various Sundays, beginning September 24 at 8:45A in Room 210.
The goal of this class is to provide an opportunity for the Congregation to study and discuss what it means to be Theologically Progressive. Each Sunday that we meet, a short reading, quotation, idea or question will be presented. No pre-reading or preparation is required, and in that sense, each Sunday will stand alone for those who can only occasionally attend.
You can be anywhere on your spiritual journey, in fact, maybe you feel like you haven’t even started. But the class will feel more comfortable to those who are seeking to know more about the past and the future of Christianity. It is a safe place to ask any question and express any progressive thoughts and so that each person carries the ideas of others home with them for further contemplation.
Welcome back, ladies of Calvary and First Plymouth churches! The first event of the new program year will be on September 14 in the Commons Room. Just as we ended last year by feeding our bodies, we will begin anew by feeding our minds.
Our speaker will be Officer Sheldon Gardner of the Cherry Hills Village Police Department who will address Safety for Seniors. Officer Gardner is quite new to the department, however he is not inexperienced. He came here from the Western Slope town of Montrose where he served the police department there for about 15 years often working as a detective in a special investigative unit dealing with narcotics trafficking. He moved to this area a couple years ago so his wife could pursue a Ph.D. at University of Colorado, Denver.
Here’s an early piece of advice from Officer Gardner about which you’ll hear more at the meeting: always use a gel pen to write checks!
Come early for refreshments provided by Pat Barker and Lucille Mann. Judy Scharf will lead devotions. Please bring baby items for the CanDo cupboard.
The new season of Men’s Fellowship Breakfasts kicks off on Saturday, September 9 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.
The eyes have it! For some reason, First Plymouth has been fortunate over the years to count as members an inordinate number of eye physicians. One of these, Ken Hovland, MD, will be our speaker at our September breakfast. Ken has been in ophthalmology for over half a century, and has seen enormous changes in the field, particularly in areas of cataract surgery, macular degeneration, and retinal surgery.
Advances in ocular medicine have literally transformed how many see the world. Ken will discuss the evolution of some common current treatments and ways in which they have become available to increasing number of patients throughout the world.
Men’s Fellowship meets at 8:00A the second Saturday of each month and is open to all FP men. There are no sign-ups, no committees, and no dues. For information, contact Bruce Glenn.
The congregation is invited to attend the First Plymouth Travel Club (the Armchair kind) for a presentation on Tanzania and Rwanda on Saturday, September 9 in Plymouth Hall
Tanzania came into being in 1964 when the newly independent mainland nation of Tanganyika merged with offshore Zanzibar. Currently about 50 million people inhabit the mainland while just over 1 million live on the islands. Tanzania is regarded as egalitarian and peaceful, imbued with a deeply ingrained sense of tolerance, justice, and respect for other cultures. Tanzania’s transition to independence occurred with a unique absence of bloodshed and it is one of the few African countries to enter its fifth decade of independence without ever having experienced a coup or sustained civil unrest. This pervasive sense of nationhood, ironically, is generally attributed to Tanzania’s great cultural diversity, consisting of more than 120 tribes. In addition, Tanzanians of Islamic and Christian persuasion generally live side by side without difficulty.
In the early spring of 2017, Ruth Neil was invited to visit “the real Tanzania” by Cynthia Critton, a dear friend who lives part of the time with her daughter Ikunda in Denver (Ruth’s “African daughter”), and part of the time in her homeland, Tanzania. Ruth and Cynthia will share stories and pictures from their visit to Arusha, Moise, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti, Zanzibar — plus a side trip to Kenombe Village, Rwanda.
Come at 5:30P to socialize and prepare for a potluck dinner at 6:00P. The presentation will begin at 7:00P. Everyone is welcome.
For those who wish to come to the potluck dinner, please bring your own table settings, and if your last name starts with A-G, please bring a dessert; H-P, a main dish; and Q-Z, a side dish. Please RSVP to Nancy Joe Shaw.