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First Plymouth Congregational Church has an active Outreach Ministry reaching out to the greater community and educating the congregation in ways to help others. The Outreach Ministry receives nominations for the “Share-the-Plate” program from parishioners and the wider community. Each Sunday the worship service hosts a “Moment for Mission” segment where a representative of the recipient organization speaks to the needs and successes of their organization. 80% of the funds collected during the service for “Share-the-Plate” flow through the church to the organization. The remaining 20% is retained in the Outreach Ministry fund for future educational programs and other outreach purposes.

The Share-the-Plate recipient for October 2017 is Loaves & Fishes. 

Loaves & Fishes is a coalition of twelve churches in the Denver metropolitan area. We partner with a deserving family and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver to build a house each year.

Our 2017 house located at 3701 South Julian Street in Sheridan will be built in partnership with Francisco and Lisa. They have five children ranging in ages from 7 to 17, AND they are trying to keep their new home a surprise for these children! Francisco and Lisa will each spend at least 250 hours working on their home or helping with the other area Habitat homes.

How Can You Help?

  • GIVE – There are multiple ways for you to support Loaves & Fishes with your contributions.

o Give generously during Share-the-Plate this October

o Make a direct contribution by writing a check made payable to First Plymouth and marked for Loaves & Fishes in the memo line.

o Go to, making sure that “Loaves and Fishes” is noted in the comment section.

  • VOLUNTEER – You can volunteer to help construct Loaves and Fishes’ nineteenth house at 3701 South Julian Street, near Federal Boulevard and US-285 in Sheridan.

o Go to the Loaves and Fishes website and create an account, or contact Carole Westphal.

o Look for Team 2 or All Church dates and pick the one(s) on which you would like to work The work day is 9:00A to 4:30P, and you should plan on arriving on site by at least 8:50A.

o Help is needed on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in October and November, and again in January and February of next year.

Some of the Former Recipients:

The Action Center
Audubon Society of Greater Denver
Blue Theology
Colfax Community Network
Denver Inner City Parish
Empowerment Program
Family Homestead
Family Promise
Friends of Man
Interfaith Alliance
Loaves and Fishes
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
New Foundations: Alternatives to Violence
Reach Out And Read Colorado
Rocky Mountain Stroke Center
Second Chance Center