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.

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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.

Advent Seasons Greetings

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Pastor Lucas Boomsma
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe travels. The month of December is upon us and with it the season of Advent. This is an exciting time for the Church, as we get ourselves ready for the coming of Christ! We will explore how the coming of Christ was predicted in the Old Testament, the wonderful and powerful events that his birth echoed in, and also the promise that he will come again. As we get ready for this Christmas season, I pray that we can focus in on these powerful messages and that we can reflect on how they teach us to live out our lives. God has a plan for all of us and he is working within our Church through you the congregation. As we think about the gifts under our trees, remember and give thanks for the greatest gift we have, the gift of God’s son and the promise of everlasting life!

Welcome to the Plymouth United Methodist Church

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 window photo above: Danni Downing Photography