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 December 2017 is First Plymouth’s Rwanda Project.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
– Nelson Mandela
The Rwanda Project, First Plymouth’s international outreach mission, is the Share-the-Plate recipient during December. Envelopes designating “Share-the-Plate” as well as any loose offerings will go toward the education of children from Kenombe Village in Rwanda.
First Plymouth made a 12-year commitment to educate a generation of Kenombe children. We are entering our 12th year, and need to raise $20,000 to see our commitment through. Therefore, beyond the Share-the-Plate proceeds, the Rwanda Project will be undertaking its usual December fundraising efforts to bring education to those who may not otherwise be able to have one.
Our Rwanda contact, Kathy Anastos, visited First Plymouth in October and reported that, through First Plymouth’s efforts, more than 300 students have either graduated from high school or earned a technical certificate (leading to employment) during the 11 years we have supported this project. This school year, 30-40 more will finish their educations. Most of these young people would not have been able to attend school without First Plymouth’s help.
The education of a child not only benefits the child, but also family and village members as well as employers who can expand the economy by having access to educated employees. The ripple effects of First Plymouth’s help will extend further than we will ever know. For the weekly cost of a single Starbucks coffee we can change lives and help bring economic stability to a country which is still recovering from a horrific history. Thank you to First Plymouth for its tremendous support of this small village over the years. While our 12-year congregational commitment ends, the need does not. In the future, First Plymouth will continue to provide an opportunity for Kenombe Village supporters to help build on the educational foundation which has been laid.
Some of the Former Recipients:
The Action Center
Audubon Society of Greater Denver
Colfax Community Network
Denver Inner City Parish
Friends of Man
Loaves and Fishes
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
New Foundations: Alternatives to Violence
Reach Out And Read Colorado
Rocky Mountain Stroke Center
Second Chance Center