Welcome to the Plymouth United Methodist Church

 

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Going to church on Sunday morning is just one way we strengthen our relationship with God. Being in relationship with other followers helps to sustain us as we grow in faith. Together in prayer, study, and good works we endeavor to increase spirituality in our everyday lives.

“Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors”

Do you have questions about God? Faith? We do too! We don’t claim to have everything figured out, but we are having fun while searching and finding answers together. For more information about the United Methodist faith, beliefs, and mission, visit http://www.umc.org and then visit with us at 334 Fairgrounds Road. The church is handicap accessible.

United Methodist Church’s Mission Statement

Based on the “Great Commission,” the  United Methodist Church has stated its purpose: “The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.” (From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church—2008,  Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission).

We invite you to join us as we look for ways to make a positive difference here in Plymouth and beyond.

Open Hearts...

Credit for Rose Window photo above: Danni Downing Photography

“Cover the ‘Net” on World Malaria Day

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Imagine No Malaria Wants You to “Cover the ‘Net” for World Malaria Day – April 25

Nashville, Tenn.: Imagine No Malaria is asking supporters to #CovertheNet to raise awareness across social media networks about this killer disease that claims the life of a child every 60 seconds.

Imagine No Malaria has created resources that make it easy for advocates to create social media buzz about this life-saving cause. Here’s how you can join the effort to help us #CovertheNet:

  • Add a special World Malaria Day Twibbon to your Twitter and/or Facebook profile photos to spread the word and let people know you support the cause. (Get your Twibbon)
  • Help us shout out a powerful message on Twitter and Facebook via Thunderclap. If enough people sign up to support it, Thunderclap will blast out a timed Facebook post or tweet from Imagine No Malaria supporters on April 25 – all at the same time – creating a giant wave of attention. (Join our Thunderclap)
  • Change your Facebook cover image using the one we have posted on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/imaginenomalaria. Like our page and check back during the week leading up to World Malaria Day for shareable videos and photo posts.
  • #CovertheNet with prayers for those at risk of death from malaria by posting a prayer on our Facebook wall on or leading up to April 25.

Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary ministry of the people of The United Methodist Church that is dedicated to eliminating deaths from malaria in Africa through prevention, treatment, education and communication. Through generous support, this goal has never been closer in reach. Malaria’s death rate is half of what it was in 2006; however, there is more work to be done as this preventable disease still claims a life every 60 seconds.

To learn more, follow Imagine No Malaria on Facebook, go to Twibbon, or join the conversation online using the hashtag #CoverTheNet.

A Living Last Supper

Scenes from last night’s Maundy Thursday celebration of Holy Communion: The men of the Plymouth United Methodist Church, led by Rev. Bill Torrey (retired), performed “The Living Dramatization of Leonardo da Vinci’s THE LAST SUPPER”, a recreation of da Vinci’s world-famous painting with thirteen living characters, as written by Methodist Ernest K. Emurian in 1953.

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(Photos by Lillian Furbish)

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Easter Sunday – April 20   We invite you to join us on Sunday as we rejoice in the Good News of Jesus’ Resurrection.

“Son Rise” Service – Gather at the Doug Dicenzo Bridge crossing the Pemi River in downtown Plymouth at 5:45 a.m. to greet the new day and celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. A continental breakfast will then be available at the church.

Traditional Worship Service – 9:30 in the church sanctuary, 334 Fairgrounds Road, Plymouth NH

 

Plant Seeds and Grow

by Pastor Lucas Boomsma

It is spring now and we are in the midst of our season of Lent. This month, we will celebrate Easter and the salvation and hope that it brings to our lives. But first, just like spring, we first must plant the seeds and grow. I invite you to participate in the many offerings that our church offers this time of the year. We have a discussion group on Adam Hamilton’s Forgiveness book on Saturdays. We have a collaborative Lenten series with some of the other churches in town on Tuesday nights. And, on Sundays, I am following with a series of sermons on the “Living Stone”.

As many of you may know, I was able to go to Cuba for a travel seminar with Boston University recently. The experience was enlightening and energizing for me. Sometimes it can be easy to get trapped into our bubble here in New England and the US and forget about what is happening outside our borders. Our Christian brothers and sisters around the world have much to share and teach us, and I hope to be able to share a little bit of what they taught me with all of you in the coming weeks.

May God bless and guide you during this Lenten journey.

 

Our Holy Week Services are listed under the “Join Us for Worship” tab.

Come Alive This Lenten Season

by Pastor Lucas Boomsma
Watching the Winter Olympics has given us all a wonder at the joy that winter games can bring, but now that they are over, I feel it is safe to look toward spring! With the start of spring, comes Easter. We will be starting our journey toward the cross on the second week in March with our Ash Wednesday program at the church.
Ash Wednesday reminds us of our own mortality and sinfulness through the imposition of the ashes. The next 40 days culminate in the greatest gift the world has ever known, the sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
I welcome you to come to the services at the Plymouth United Methodist Church, as we explore the “Living Stone”. I pray that we can all grow together during this season of Lent. It is a time of reflections and immeasurable grace. Come alive with us.

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March 5   6:30 p.m.
Rev. Bill Torrey, Worship Leader

Lenten Study Series:
Forgiveness and Peace
Having trouble forgiving someone?  Has someone not forgiven you?  Join Pastor Lucas Boomsma and Lay Leader Diane Randall in a Lenten Study series using “Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go” by Adam Hamilton. See how the scriptures can help us through the hurt. Learn from other real life stories. Learn what can happen to you if you have not forgiven others. Four Saturdays in Lent at 12:00. Please bring your own brown bag lunch; a beverage will be provided.
Come & explore these topics:
March 15 – The Divine Answer
March 29 – For Better, For Worse
April 12 – Seventy Times Seven
April 19 – The Dreamcoat

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“A Sampling of Spiritual Practices”
Tuesday Evenings     5:30 – 7:00
PUMC will join with the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Plymouth Congregational, and St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic churches to host a series Lenten dinner programs. Together we will explore different spiritual practices, designed to enhance our prayer lives. Everyone in the community is welcome to participate. All sessions are on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 p.m. and include a simple supper of soup and bread; locations vary from week to week. Here is the full schedule:
March 11, at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit (Griswold Hall, 263 Highland Street),
Rev. Grace Burson leads “Praying in Color”
March 18, at Plymouth United Methodist Church (334 Fairgrounds Road), Lois Grant leads “Christian Yoga”
March 25, at St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Parish (11 School Street), Deacon Mike Guy leads in the Stations of the Cross
April 1, at Plymouth UMC, Diane Randall leads “Spiritual Storytelling”; on display: “Home Altars: Creating Your Own Sacred Space”
April 8, at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit (Griswold Hall, 263 Highland Street),
Rev. Paulo Franca (of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ) leads “Being Human: A Lenten Practice”
If school in Plymouth is cancelled due to weather on any of these Tuesdays, the program will also be cancelled. If in doubt about whether the program will happen, call Rev. Grace Burson at 996-1490.

Happy New Year!

 

from Pastor Lucas Boomsma

We welcome in the New Year with a wealth of possibilities. We also look back over the past year and take a look at our accomplishments and also our areas that leave some room for improvement. It is truly a gift to look back and see all the wonderful work this congregation has done for the community. I look forward this year to make sure I give all the support I can to continue the work that everyone is already doing. I also welcome the possibilities of expanding our mission into new areas.

I pray that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s and that we all can work together this year to spread the joy of Christ to Plymouth and beyond.