WORSHIP FOR MAY
ALL SERVICES ARE AT 8:15 AND 10:45 AM UNLESS
MAY 14(Mother’s Day)
LAST DAY OF SUNDAY SCHOOL
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION SUNDAY
MAY 27 (Saturday)
TAIZÉ SERVICE—CONTEMPLATIVE, CONTEMPORARY,
FOLLOWED BY A FELLOWSHIP DINNER Inside this Issue
MAY 28 events...........3-
GRADUATION SUNDAY Fellowship.......................5
JOHN 17:6-19 Updates........6-
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN…….9-10 …….9-
Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
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FROM HAL’S DESK
done to build up this community of faith. We need
Learning to Grieve to honor her contributions and her gifts.
I’ve never been good at long good-byes, but
In my family of origin grieving was never there is a time and place to acknowledge that this is
practiced, but rather scrupulously avoided. My a significant transition for Plymouth, and that we
parents were averse to the idea of funerals, thinking will miss Alice on many different levels. So, I hope
they were morbid. So, when my dad died 20 years you will join me and others to honor Alice and
ago, he and my mom had arranged that there would celebrate her ministry at a reception on Sunday,
be no funeral, but rather a memorial service held May 21 at 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
some months later. My father died in June, and it Like all losses, this particular grief will give
wasn’t until September that we held a service for way, but only after we’ve had a chance to
him. During the three intervening months my family acknowledge our feelings and celebrate all that
basically put their grieving on hold…or more Alice has done. It’s important to do that even as we
accurately we denied it. At my dad’s service, my commit to continuing the legacy of outstanding
brother cried hard, and continued to do so at the ministry that she have given us.
reception afterward. When my mother told him to
stop, my sisters and I nearly slugged her. It was the Shalom!
first time he (who was the only child at home when
my father died of a heart attack) had been able to
shed tears about his father’s death. Those tears are
I tell this story to illustrate what NOT to do
with grief. Acknowledging and allowing ourselves to
feel grief is a natural, healthy part of moving through
a loss. Grief accompanies more than just deaths. At
times we might grieve a child going off to college, a
divorce, a shift in employment, or moving away
from friends and neighbors.
Churches are more like families than
businesses in this regard: we are bound by the same
systemic dynamics that are at play within every family.
And if we fail to grieve a loss, it will come back to
haunt us later.
By now, you’ve received letters from Alice
Clark and me announcing the conclusion of Alice’s
13-year ministry with us at Plymouth. Hers has been
a very significant ministry in the life of this
congregation. The Adult Education program she
developed was one of the first things that attracted
me to Plymouth when I looked at the congregation’s PLACARD DEADLINE
profile almost five years ago. Alice has been a part of
THE NEXT PLACARD DEADLINE IS
our lives at Plymouth for 13 years, developing close
working relationships with members of staff and the MAY 19TH. PLEASE RESPECT OUR
congregation, building deep friendships as well. DEADLINE AND PLEASE KEEP
So, I would ask us to go ahead and grieve ARTICLES AS SHORT AS POSSIBLE,
Alice’s leaving. It’s important to acknowledge that NO LONGER THAN 300 WORDS.
she won’t be part of our lives in quite the same way. PLEASE SEND ALL ARTICLES TO:
At the same time we acknowledge our grief, it’s
important – both for Alice and for the congregation
– that we celebrate her ministry and all that she has email@example.com
AVON WALK Hilltoppers
FOR BBQ & Fiddler
CANCER 12-2:30pm Thursday, May 11th
We’ll move from lunch on the patio to the Fireside
Room where we’ll finish watching Fiddler on the Roof.
On June 3-4, my mom, sister and I will be among Sign up in the Fellowship Hall or call Karin to RSVP
thousands of people dedicating their weekend to (482-9212).
taking extraordinary steps (many, many steps!) to
help fight breast cancer.
We'll be participating in the Chicago Avon Walk
for Breast Cancer and will walk the distance of a For the past church year, 12 youth have gathered
marathon and a half (39.3 miles) over the regularly to consider their faith as Christians, what
weekend. We're calling our team "Ede's Girls" in that means to them, and how the church fits into it
honor of my grandmother, Ede Baur, who died of all. On May 14th they will make their covenants –
breast cancer in 1983. We're also walking in either to be Confirmed and join Plymouth
memory of Anne Mathews Scott, a childhood Congregational UCC, or to be Affirmed in the
friend, who lost her six-year battle with breast continuation of their seeking. Both Confirmands
cancer last year at the age of 37. and Affirmands will continue their faith journeys,
challenging and being challenged by their individual
I've committed to raising $1800 to help support calls, just as each of us journeys and changes
the fight against breast cancer. In less time than it throughout our lives. Join us at the 10:45 service to
will take you to read this another woman in the in meet these inspiring and thoughtful young people
the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer. and their mentors!
Please help to support our efforts and the breast
cancer cause by making a generous contribution.
You can make your donation online by going to May(!) Taizé Date Change
www.avonwalk.org (you'll have to search for me
on the Chicago walk) or you can contact me at: Well, yes, we did say in last month’s Placard
firstname.lastname@example.org or 493-7596 and I'll that May 21 would be our next Taizé service day, but
provide you with a donation form and envelope. things have changed since then. We have been
asked to move the service to Saturday, May 20, in
The money raised goes to the Avon Foundation order to avoid overlapping with the special activity
for Breast Cancer Crusade, whose mission is to in the fellowship hall on Sunday. This is just a
fund access to care and finding a cure. They temporary switch; we do plan to resume our normal
provide funding to organizations all over the schedule in September, with our Taizé service
country in five areas: medical research, clinical celebration back on the third Sunday of the month.
care, support services, educational and advocacy Remember that we do not hold Taizé services
seminars and community-based, non-profit early during the summer months.
detection breast health programs.
So—plan to see us on Saturday, May 20
Thanks for your support, at 6:00 pm for the next celebration of our Taizé
Michele M. Betsill
Assistant Professor P.S. Thank you for your patience!
Department of Political Science Comments and suggestions are always appreciated.
Colorado State University Contact Mary Sue Rowan, 663-4327, for more
PLYMOUTH MENS PLYMOUTH CHURCH
It seems to be a necessary part of our lives. It helps As you start those “spring” cleaning chores, don’t
us keep our balance. But what about misdirected forget that we are having a yard sale here at
humor? Plymouth. All proceeds will go towards the
remodeling of our church. The scheduled date for
Humor that needs a victim? And what is humor the sale is August 19, Saturday.
anyway? If these topics pique your interest, mark
your calendar for the Annual Fall Retreat, to be held The church will be available to bring your
the last weekend of October, Friday, 27 Oct 2006 treasured items the week before the sale August
through Sunday, 29 Oct at the Sunshine Mountain 13-18. We’ll need help during that week to sort
Inn, Allenspark. Questions? Contact coordinators and on the day of the sale to keep things going. If
Les Fraley or Bob Crandall. you’ve never worked one of our sales before – it is
loads of fun☺
The Plymouth Men’s Fellowship will sponsor a
family bike ride in the mountains on Saturday, 19 As we approach the week before the sale, if you
Aug 2006. Tentative plans call for riding Larimer need someone to come by and pick up your stuff,
County road 103 (Laramie River Rd) from CO-14 in call either Eva Wallace (482-8329), Marcia Hoefer
about 2.5 miles, investigate the Boston Peak Fenn (377-1950) or Mary Freeland (484-9389). If you
(contains above average concentrations of naturally wish to help sort or work the day of the sale, give
occurring radioactive nuclides), then riding back to us a call.
our vehicles. More details later. Les Fraley,
coordinator. If you have any large items or it would be more
convenient, A STORAGE PLACE, located just
The Plymouth Men's Fellowship will host a off 287 between Ft. Collins and Loveland, at 232
E. County Rd 30, has donated us a storage unit.
breakfast prior to the "work Day" at Church on
You can simply drop things off there between the
Saturday, May 13th. Come have breakfast at 8:00
hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM. Just stop at the
and be fueled to begin work at 9:00. Everyone is
office and let them know you are dropping items
off for Plymouth. This will be available anytime
after August 1st.
May 21st is the last day of Sunday school this year.
We will be offering a Children’s Fellowship time during the summer worship services for
children ages K- 5th Grade. This will begin on June 4th and continue through August 7th.
Children will attend worship with their parents until after the “Passing of God’s Peace”,
when the children may leave the sanctuary and gather in the North Room until the end of
the service. We need adults who do not typically teach Sunday school to volunteer for a
Sunday in order for this program to be successful. We plan to offer movies, music, games,
and one “mystery” Sunday each month. This will be an important ministry for our own
children, as well as any visitors to Plymouth during the summer. Contact Donna Greene
for more details, or sign up in the Fellowship Hall on May 14th.
IT OUT! Xtra Years of Zest (folks over 60)
The XYZ group will tour the National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
HATE CRIMES is the subject of an information
(NOAA) facility in South Boulder on Tuesday, May
resource packet from the UCC, available for you
9, then gather for tea afterwards at the Duchanbe
to borrow from the Peace With Justice library in
Tea House in downtown Boulder. We will meet at
the Fireside Room.
church at 11 a.m. to car pool, leaving by 11:15 to
Hate crimes range from jokes about to
arrive at NOAA by 12:30 to check in for the 1 p.m.
assassinations of individuals or groups because of
tour. (A volunteer to drive the church van would be
their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual
helpful.) Please sign up for the tour ASAP, but not
orientation. You may have observed some forms
later than Sunday, May 7, with your name as it
of hate crimes connected to the immigration
appears on your driver's license or other photo ID.
debate, the Dubai ports deal, or other current
Because of Homeland Security Dept. requirements,
events. The "Not In Our Town" organization is
names of participants will be submitted to NOAA in
working against hate crimes in Fort Collins; Phil
advance, and your photo ID must be shown for
Koester could tell you about this.
Often both the perpetrators and the victims of
After the tour, we will reassemble at the Tea House,
hate crimes are teenagers and young adults.
1770 13th St., by about 3 p.m. Metered street
Because of this, the resource packet has several
parking is available, so car pool and bring change.
sections geared specifically to teenagers. Charts,
The Tea House is a fanciful and unique structure
lists, graphs, background texts etc. are included.
contributed to Boulder by their sister city,
This packet would be helpful for adult or youth
Duchanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. Information,
groups, families, or people writing term papers. It's
photos of the facility and menus can be viewed at
in a black folder. To borrow it, just fill out the
their website, www.boulderteahouse.com. We will be
check-out card in the folder and leave the card in
making reservations for "Afternoon Tea" in
the marked check-out box in the PWJ library.
traditional British style (including tea sandwiches,
If you have questions about this library, call
pastries and pots of tea) at $14.95 (plus tax & tip).
Margaret Smith 493-3857.
Appetizers, snacks and beverages can also be
ordered from their "Tea Time" menu. Customers are
YOGA INSTRUCTOR encouraged to look around and enjoy the elaborate
painted ceilings, carved wooden columns and large
NEEDED ceramic tile panels in the restaurant. We expect to
return to Plymouth between 5 and 6 p.m. Further
The Congregational Life Committee is looking info is available from Jim Poole (472-5028) or Karen
for a volunteer to teach Yoga Classes. Several Smith (282-9015).
members at Plymouth have expressed an interest
in doing Yoga. We are in dire need of a volunteer Disclosure Forms
who would be willing to teach evening classes. If
you or anyone you know would be willing to help If you work with the Sunday School children or in
us out, please contact John Collier at 980-5003 or one-on-one situations with others at Plymouth, we
email at: need a completed disclosure form from you. A new
email@example.com form must be filled out each year. Last year’s forms
will expire at the end of April. New blank forms are
available on the glass table at the back of the
If you are not as close to God as sanctuary and in the church office. Please
you used to be, who moved? remember to return your completed disclosure form
~Author Unknown to the church office in the next few days. Thanks!
Sensitivity and Etiquette Towards Be aware of and sensitive to the fact that not
all disabilities are obvious or physical. In my
People with Disabilities psychotherapy practice, I worked with several
Continued from April Placard patients with Multiple Personality Disorder, now
Another important principle is patience. called Differentiated Identity Disorder. One patient
Often, the best gift you can give a person with had a serious problem in that many different
disabilities is more time. Physically challenged personalities drove, and then whoever was out
people need extra time to get dressed, to get in and (conscious) had no idea where the driver had parked
out of the building, to use the restroom, etc. etc., the car, resulting in more confusion and panic
and it’s rude to pressure them or make them feel attacks. Since she was a legally disabled person, we
guilty for “making people wait”. I can do many got her a handicapped parking sticker, thus making
things well if I take my time, but if people pressure the challenge of finding her car much simpler.
me to “hurry up”, it will take me twice as long. However, she still had to endure the rude comments
The anxiety of trying to appease impatient, people would make to her as she was leaving and
irritated people usually causes me to drop, spill and entering her car because she “didn’t look
break things, and then have to spend even more handicapped”.
time dealing with the mess. A task that I can
comfortably accomplish in 30 minutes will take me Bear in mind that many people with chronic
an hour if I “try to hurry”. illnesses have “good days and bad days”. When you
see us on “a good day”, we appear, and often are,
A common mistake people often make is quite functional. However, you don’t see us on “bad
to assume a person can’t understand language days” when we can barely crawl from the bed to the
because he/she doesn’t respond immediately. bathroom.
Many people with neurological challenges need a
few extra seconds to input verbal information, Jesus Christ taught us to never judge by
process it, and then formulate a response. So ask appearances, and it’s imperative to refrain from
your question or make your comment, and then making inappropriate or disparaging remarks to
wait patiently several seconds for the individual to people who might not “appear” to have a valid
respond. I think teaching people patience is one disability. Remember the old saying, “When in
of the many great gifts individuals with disabilities doubt, shut your mouth!”
bring to the world. And in our modern high tech
society filled with “busyholism” and “hurry Jesus also taught us with parables, so here’s a
sickness”, what a blessing! lovely one from India called “The Water Bearer”.
A water bearer in India had two large pots
Please be aware that many people with that hung on each end of a pole that he carried
disabilities have more difficulty coping with across his neck. One of the pots was perfect and
distractions, interruptions, crowds, noise, and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of
changes in routines. It can be very stressful for us the long walk from the stream to the Master's
to be interrupted or distracted with other House. The other pot had a crack in it, so arrived
information or activities when we’re trying to only half full. For two years this went on daily, with
concentrate on one speaker or activity. A good the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of
rule of thumb is to WAIT (Patience, water to The Master's House.
Grasshopper!) for the individual to complete the Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its
activity or information with which they are accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it
engaged before presenting another activity, or was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of
more information. I often wish I had one of those its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able
stoplights like freeway entrances have during rush to accomplish only half of what it had been made to
hour so I could let in one “carload” of data at a do. After two years of what it perceived to be a
time. bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by
the stream. Blessed are you who love us
"I am ashamed of myself, and I want to unconditionally, for our greatest need is to be
apologize to you." loved for who we are, not for what we can or
"Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed cannot do.
of? "I am able to deliver only half my load because “It is in the silence of the heart
this crack in my side causes water to leak out all that God speaks.” Mother Teresa
the way back to The Master's House,” the pot said.
“Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this
work without the full value from your efforts,"
The water bearer replied, "As we return to NOVEMBER
The Master's House, I want you to notice the ELECTION
beautiful flowers along the path.” INFORMATION
Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old ONA Committee
cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the
beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and
Because we are an Open and Affirming
this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it
congregation we want to share with our members
still felt bad because half its load had again leaked
information regarding legislation currently working
out. Again it apologized to the bearer for its
through the Colorado Legislature which would
allow many fundamental rights that married
The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice
couples take for granted but which are denied to
that there were flowers only on your side of your
same sex couples.
path, but not on the other pot's side? That's
because I have always known about your flaw, and
The legislation is called THE COLORADO
I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on
DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP ACT. It has
your side of the path, and every day while we walk
been approved by the House and is now working
back from the stream, you water them. For two
its way through the Senate. The ACT will take the
years I have been able to pick these beautiful
form of a referendum which would give partners
flowers to decorate The Master's Table. Without
in a domestic partnership the same benefits,
you being just the way you are, He would not have
protections, and responsibilities under state law as
this beauty to grace His House."
are granted to married spouses.
Some of these include:
And finally . . . The Beatitudes for people
*The right to visit a sick or injured committed
supporting individuals with disabilities:
partner in the hospital.
Blessed are you who take time to listen to
*The right to make medical decisions on behalf of
difficult speech, for you help us persevere until we
a partner, when they cannot do so themselves.
*The right to family leave when there is a major
Blessed are you who walk with us in public
illness or death in the family.
places and ignore the stares of strangers, for we
*The right to share the same room in a nursing
find havens of relaxation in your companionship.
home, so as to comfort each other during their last
Blessed are you who never bid us to “hurry
up”, and more blessed are you who do not snatch
*Responsibility for financial support of a partner
away our tasks to do them for us, for often we
and the partner’s children.
need time and patience, rather than help.
*Most pension plans pay survivor benefits only to
Blessed are you who see our gifts and
the legal spouse of the participant which means
strengths, and provide for us the assistance we
that, under current law, gay and lesbian workers
need to use them.
get no pension support for their partners.
Blessed are you who ask for our help, for
we also need to be needed.
We will keep you up to date on the progress of
this Act in the Placard monthly.
Living “Open and Affirming” members thanks to their participation in our ONA
Sunday service last year.
GLBT Student Services at CSU, 970-491-
Plymouth Connecting with the 4342, www.glbtss.colostate.edu
Community This office is committed to providing
by Jason Theil and Bob Kling for the ONA support services, programs and a safe gathering
Committee space for GLBT people, other sexual
minorities, and allies of the Colorado State
Northern Colorado is very fortunate to have an University community.
active and vibrant GLBT (Gay Lesbian Bisexual There are many other organizations, as well as
Transgender) community. The ONA Committee some great social and recreational programs, to
urges Plymouth members to be aware of, and take know and enjoy in our thriving community.
advantage of, the great resources available:
Lambda Community Center, 970-231- SUICIDE AWARENESS
The Lambda Center is the local GLBT
Did you know?
community center, with groups for all ages and an *Every 17 minutes, someone dies of suicide
extensive library on GLBT topics. Check them out *Colorado has the 7th highest suicide rate in the
online or stop by and visit. Plymouth is an nation (40% higher than the national average)
institutional member and participates in the annual *Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for
Pride in the Park festival. Our church membership adolescents in Colorado
is represented on the Lambda board. *The elderly account for 20% of all suicides, yet
PFLAG – Parents, Family, and Friends they represent only 12% of the population.
of Lesbians and Gays *Over 90% of people who die from suicide suffer
Local chapter: 970-407-0300, www.pflagftc.org.
from a mental illness, most commonly depression
PFLAG is a national organization and the local
*Depression is a treatable illness
chapter meets monthly at Plymouth. PFLAG
What can you do?
supports parents, families, friends, and GLBT
1. Participate in the 2006 Suicide Awareness 1 mile
people, and welcomes all. Several Plymouth
walk and Candlelight Vigil. Friday May 5 at Old
members are active participants.
Town Square. Registration and Sign in are at 6:00
NCAP - Northern Colorado AIDS
p.m. and the walk begins at 7:30. Contact
Project, 970-484-4469, www.ncaids.org www.SuicideResourceCenter.org or 635-9301 for
Northern Colorado AIDS Project serves
HIV+ residents of Larimer, Weld, and 6 other 2. Come to Adult Forum at Plymouth, May 7, 9:30
northeast Colorado counties, and their loved ones. a.m. on Depression and Suicide presented by the
It also provides prevention, outreach, and
Health Ministry Team and Suicide Resource
education in its efforts to stop the disease. Its
services are free and confidential. Our church
membership is represented on the NCAP board.
FORT PRIDE, www.fortpride.org.
Fort Pride is a high-quality online resource with
a community calendar, links, business resources, The Health Ministry Team is seeking new members
news and MORE!!!! Check out this terrific with experience in the health and/or human
website. services fields from a professional or consumer
Rainbow Chorus. therainbowchorus.org perspective. Examples of recent activities include
This inclusive and affirming choral group unites blood pressure checks, walking groups, and
gay and straight voices in a musical celebration of Forums on heart health, stress, and mental health.
diversity and human rights. It includes some For more information, contact Marietta
Plymouth members, and may be familiar to other Zimmerman at 221-5474.
A MONSTROUS thank you to the people listed below who did so much to make
the Capital Campaign a success.
Campaign Leader Emeritus: Ray Becker
Campaign Leader: Larry McCulloch
Campaign Consultant: Bea Stoner
Church Council Moderator 2005: Doug Robinson
Church Council Moderator 2006: Liz McGrew
Ministers: Sharon Benton & Hal Chorpenning
Capital Campaign Exploratory Committee: Betty Weber, Harry Halac, Tom Dille,
Sharon Smith, Steve Freeland, & Hal Chorpenning
Publicity Admin. Support Brochure Recorder
Bill Tucker Tobey Yadon Marge Norskog Verley Boulton
Jamie Kepros Sue Yadon Janet McCulloch Tobey Yadon
John Hafnor Allen Norskog JoAn Bjarko
Campaign Visitor Prayer Team Hospitality Leadership Gifts
Julie Karbula Sharon Smith Sally Gilmore Paula Dille
George Worcester Rick Riddoch Gail Knoblock George & Marilu Theodore
David Bernard Jean Preslan Claudia Karp Harry & Carol Halac
John Henry Peck Bob Winegarner Jodie Rankin Meredith Burns
Carl Mohr Judy Clough Mary Freeland Curt Minter
Wil & Geri Stutheit Jane Repert Larry & Janet McCulloch
Lauren Mingus Truman Solverud Paul & Lynn Soraci
Gail Gumminger Judy Barth Dianne Stober & Ben Slocumb
Caryl Beaty Terry & Keith Shultz
Karen & John Smith
Phil & Marcia Hoefer
Ginny Gibson Sue Rutherford Sarah Lollar
Holley Gilliam Carole & John Oldemeyer Larry & Janet McCulloch
Betty Clark Jean Sanfaçon Jane Clark
Linda Smith Jamie Kepros Megan & Zach Campain
Phil and Karen Moeckli Diana McHenry Mary & Jim Fuller
Mary Mosier Wayne Carpenter Tom & Paula Dille
Dotty Mattern Nancy Tellez Sue & Tobey Yadon
Molly and John Nortier Doug & Mary Robinson
Mary Sue Rowan Jim Hazen
Don Preslan Linda & Lew Garton
Ruth Jakubauskas Larry & Kim Redd
Bruce Hansen Karen Nesler
John Dodson & Tia McDonald Saralyn Laughlin
Curt Minter Breese Hinde
Carol & Harry Halac Liz McGrew
Sharon Smith Wes Bolton
CAPITAL • Our senior minister, Hal Chorpenning, has
been with us for 3½ years. He has been
CAMPAIGN involved in the Strategic Planning, Capital
UPDATE Campaign, and Long-Range Planning
committees. He will also serve on the
At Celebration Sunday, Larry McCulloch, Capital • Larry McCulloch has been a Plymouth
Campaign Committee chair, announced that we’ve member for 9 years. He is chair of the
raised $1,753,300. With additional commitments Capital Campaign Committee and a member
still coming in, that total is now $1,773,214. This of the Follow-up Committee. Larry has
amount includes $71,127 for the church’s large program management and business
endowment fund as well as $85,000 for a new leadership experience.
organ. Once these two funds and the expenses for • Liz McGrew, a 30-year member of
the Capital Campaign are subtracted, we have Plymouth, is moderator of Church Council.
$1,586,000 left for the Project Priority Committee She has held various positions at Plymouth
to use as a basis for its recommendations. including Sunday school teacher, junior high
and senior high youth leader, Youth
The Project Priority Committee’s task is to make a Advisory Council chair, confirmation mentor
recommendation to the Church Council on how to and class co-leader, and choir member.
implement the building master plan, given the George Theodore, a 1-year member of Plymouth,
amount of money pledged and the maintenance, is vice moderator of Church Council. He is an
renovation, and new construction projects we electrical engineer, and he has been everything from
would like to do. Then, at a future congregational a draftsman to CEO in architecture/engineering
meeting, the Church Council will make a firms. George is the veteran of two capital
recommendation to church members on how to campaigns with churches in Minnesota. He will also
implement the building projects. serve on the Building Committee.
The committee will meet on May 3, 8, 15, and 22.
The Project Priority Committee has been meeting All meetings are at 7 p.m. at the church. These
weekly to prepare its ranked list of building projects meetings are open to all church members.
and loan options for the Church Council.
Committee members bring a variety of credentials In addition to the above meetings, the committee is
to the task. hosting an adult forum on May 21. Committee
• Marge Norskog, committee chair, is a 20- members will update the congregation on their
year member of Plymouth. She’s a past progress, conclusions, and the next steps in the
moderator of Church Council, and she’s on process.
the Long-Range Planning Committee.
• Judy Barth, a 21-year member of Making Pledges and Payments
Plymouth, is a past deacon and is currently If you haven’t done so, this is an excellent time to
serving as church treasurer. Judy is a make your pledge to the Capital Campaign. Please
member of the Long-Range Planning contact Larry McCulloch or Tobey Yadon. If you’d
Committee, and she was involved in the like to make a payment to the campaign, please
development of the Larimer County make your check payable to Plymouth
Fairgrounds and Event Center. Congregational Church with “Capital Campaign” on
• Don Bundy is an architect and a 22-year the memo line and send it to the church office or
member of Plymouth. Don has held put it in the collection plate on Sunday. In a few
various positions at Plymouth; he is months you’ll start receiving additional Capital
currently the chair of the Trustees. He will Campaign envelopes with your pledge envelopes.
also serve on the Building Committee.
YOU UCC YOUTH
SR HIGH YOUTH welcomes the big questions, but encourages them.
Thank God this is a place where our youth feel
KEEP ON ASKING comfortable enough to ask such questions (and
THE QUESTIONS seek answers) without fearing condemnation or
censure. Thank God we recognize the question
Why Do We Believe? mark as a positive and powerful symbol of faith.
But then, we’re into punctuation these days:
This is the question the Sr. High Youth have “Never place a period where God has placed a
challenged themselves with for the past several comma” can be followed up with: “Hold a
weeks. Much more than just the theme of this year’s question mark in your head at all times and your
Youth Sunday, such a question has given many a heart will supply the answers.”
theologian and philosopher a lifetime of work. Such
a question has filled libraries with varied attempts at Jamie Kepros
illumination. Such a question is at the heart of our
spiritual life. Such a question can be a scary one to
ask. OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!
Why Do We Believe? As in the past, we will be creating a bulletin board
to honor our Plymouth graduates...high school,
There are, of course, a multitude of factors that college, and beyond. So that we may recognize
influence our individual life journeys – that influence you appropriately, we need you to get us the
our faith (or lack of faith) lives. Those in their teen following:
years are optimally positioned to ask such questions 1. A graduation announcement and a
and seek answers, or at least bits of answers, with a graduation picture (wallet size is best)
passion and intensity that would make Plato proud. 2. A statement of your future plans.
Indeed, I sometimes wonder if we too quickly loose Please get these to the church asap. Put them in
that sort of intensity for life’s big questions. Do we an envelope labeled "Graduation" - Liz McGrew.
become satisfied in our routines? Do the grooves If you have questions, please call Liz at 484-1871.
which our accepted beliefs form become so deep
within our minds and hearts that jumping out of
those grooves is difficult? Or may even seem
dangerous? THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
As children grow older, their innocent
acceptance of a loving God can become
Why Do We Believe?
confused. Bring their attention to a loving,
constant Source that doesn’t judge them, even
It is clear to me that those grooves of thought and
when they are judging themselves.
belief have not yet become ruts in the minds of our
youth. It is also clear to me just how fortunate we all
are that our church home is a place that not only
YOU UCC YOUTH
Get to Know our Plymouth Children Ways You Can Help Our
and Youth! Attend our Progressive Children Reach Out
Brunch & Opportunity Fair in the to Other Afghan Children
Fellowship Hall on May 14th.
1. Donate unopened, travel-size soap,
toothpaste, & toothbrushes that will be
We have many awesome, bright, gifted, funny, used to create personal gift bags for 40
talented, incredible young people lurking around this Afghan children. We need these items
church. If you already spend quality time with these by May 7th.
colorful characters, then you know what I’m talking 2. Purchase a copy of the Plymouth Easter
about. If you have not had the opportunity to get Shadow Theater DVD for $10. All profits
involved in some way with our children and youth, will be donated to the ARO school in
then May 14th is your lucky day. The Youth Kabul to provide nutritional snacks for
Education Committee will be hosting a Progressive children. Each $100 we can send will
Brunch & Opportunity Fair. Information tables will provide added nutritional support for one
be set up in the Fellowship Hall in a configuration month. These will be available on May
that will allow you to check out all the ways you could 7th & 14th.
possibly connect, while also providing you with a 3. Margaret will have items available for
complete meal by the time you have completed the purchase that were made by women in the
tour. We need Preschool Sunday school teachers, Jr. Afghan Women’s Sewing Initiative.
& Sr. High Teacher Assistants, Trailguides,
Workshop Planning Team members, Community Junior & Senior High Mission/
volunteers to assist Jr. & Sr. High Youth Group
leaders, Sexuality Educators (training provided this Rafting trip to Buena Vista from
summer) and adults to help with children’s church June 22-25th.
this summer. Ask yourself where God might be Several folks have expressed interest in
able to use you to enrich the Plymouth attending. We have a couple of seats left in the
experience for our youth, and stop by and chat church van, and the option of driving a second
with our recruiters on May 14th. van if necessary. We are still finalizing the
costs, but are trying to keep them at a minimum.
DON’T FORGET TO Scholarship funds are available from a generous
and anonymous Plymouth member. Our plan is
REGISTER FOR SUMMER to stay at the UCC church in Buena Vista, work
on a local service project, enjoy a half-day
CAMP rafting trip, hike, and share a lock-in and
Forms are available from the Sunday worship with the Jr/Sr High youth
church office. The deadline for signing up is May 21st.
Contact Donna Greene.
MARIA SWALL BENJI
Maria has done various things YARRINGTON
in the field of social work and
public policy, including direct-
ing a statewide child care rate Benji is 10 (almost 11) and attends
survey in Texas, researching family O’Dea Core Knowledge and is in
group conferences in England, and the 5th Grade. At school, Benji is
serving as the Executive Director busy with Odyssey of the Mind, lunch-time
of a domestic violence and rape crises center in intramural sports, Running Club, Hockey Club, and
Alamosa, Colorado. Most recently she has been the the O’Dea Originals Choir.
attendance clerk and health tech at Benji’s school,
but is now looking at a new job doing grant-writing, Benji’s parents are Maria Swall and Doug
fund-raising and strategic planning for a faith-based Yarrington.
community organization group.
Benji likes to play video games and Game Cube,
Maria has lived in Fort Collins for six years now. sword-fighting, drawing and acting in plays.
She is married to Doug Yarrington and they have
one child, Benji, also profiled here. When he grows up, Benji would like to direct
movies or write books.
She enjoys singing in the Rainbow Chorus, knitting
prayer shawls, reading and doing crosswords, His activities at Plymouth include Goodness
Sudoku and Kukuo puzzles. Gorillas. When asked what his favorite thing about
Plymouth is, he replies, “The plays we do”.
Maria has been attending Plymouth almost two years
but started attending Taizé services when they first When asked one thing that might surprise the rest
started. She serves on the Open and Affirming of us about you, Benji replied, “I get to go to
Committee, where she chairs that committee. Disneyland every other summer when I visit my
When asked what are her favorite things about aunts in Los Angeles”.
Plymouth, she replies “Taizé services, stimulating
sermons and forums, great children’s programs and
all the progressive ideas”.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It
When asked one thing that might surprise the rest of turns what we have into enough, and
us about you, Maria replied, “I love to sing and
perform on stage”. more. It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It
can turn a meal into a feast, a house into
CHURCH BLOOPER a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
The senior choir invites any member of
the congregation who enjoys sinning to brings peace for today, and creates a
join the choir. vision for tomorrow.
Male depression may include symptoms not
Please keep these normally thought of as the classic symptoms
members and friends in associated with depression. As a result, depression
can be difficult to recognize in men, and doctors
your prayers. may be less likely to suspect depression as the
cause of a man's complaints. In addition, men may
not be willing to admit that they are feeling
Recently in the Hospital
Linda Smith Symptoms Associated With Male
Rachel Lieurance Depression:
Dorothy Uhrich • Using alcohol or drugs to self medicate
• Working excessively long hours
• Watching excessive amounts of television
• Becoming irritable or angry
Our Sympathy is with • Becoming violent to himself or others
Jane Nicolet on the death of her Aunt.
• Creating conflict
• Acting overtly or covertly hostile
Classic Symptoms of Depression:
CONGRATULATIONS • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
Debby, Laurie and Seth Clark have a new son/
• Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
brother, Alex, who they have adopted from
Guatemala. • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness,
David Greene on receipt of Outstanding Teacher • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and
Award in Occupational Therapy at Colorado State activities that were once enjoyed, including
• Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed
Dianne Stober on the publication of her book-- down"
Evidence Based Coaching Handbook: Putting Best • Difficulty concentrating, remembering,
Practices to Work for Your Clients. making decisions
• Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or
• Appetite and/or weight loss, or overeating
and weight gain
Symptoms of • Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide
Depression in Men • Restlessness, irritability
by Mary Calvagna • Persistent physical symptoms that do not
respond to treatment, such as headaches,
Depression—once thought of as a woman's digestive disorders, and chronic pain
disease—is appearing more frequently in men. Two-thirds of people who suffer from depression
Nearly 20 million Americans suffer from depression do not seek help. It is crucial, however, that
each year; over six million of these sufferers are depression be diagnosed and treated—untreated
men. depression has been linked to suicide. Of those
who seek treatment, 80% experience significant
improvement and lead productive lives.
LIFE & CARE
Here All Year Plymouth
May is a month when we as a congregation tend to pay much attention to the United Church of
young people in our midst. We just celebrated Youth Sunday at the end of April – Christ
Senior Highers showcasing their talent, their passion, their wisdom and insight in
new and sometimes challenging ways. Mid-May brings Confirmation/Affirmation AN OPEN &AFFIRMING
Sunday –inspiring us with the questions and desire they bring to faith and church. CONGREGATION
The final day of Sunday School reminds us of how necessary children are to the Gathered in 1903.
life of a congregation – not for their future contributions, but for their present www.plymouthucc.org
and their presence here and now. In the give and take of ministry, anyone who
has worked with kids knows they give to us as much as we give to them. And
finally May brings Graduation Sunday. While we celebrate and honor graduates of
all ages and degrees, we tend to focus on those making the giant leap from High
School into adulthood. Their official years as children of the church are over,
and we lovingly, bitter-sweetly send them off. Whether we watched them grow The Rev. Hal Chorpenning
from infancy or met them as teens, they are a part of our church family, and we Senior Minister
hold hopes for them and their lives.
The Rev. Sharon Benton
Do you recognize these feelings? Are they a part of your experience as a member Associate Minister for
of this beautifully inter-generational congregation? Churches that don’t have all Congregational Life & Care
ages represented (those with only senior members, or those “family-centered” firstname.lastname@example.org
churches that lack elders) long for the opportunity presented right here at
Plymouth. The mere thought of a Wisdom Party like the one Goodness Gorillas Donna Greene
held for Hilltoppers is wishful thinking in many places. Youth Education Director
If you’ve worked with Trailblazers or the Sr./Jr. High Community, you may be
familiar with the feeling I express for the young people of this church. If you Alice Clark
Adult Education Director/
don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, right here is an opportunity to discover Parish Assistant
Young people have so many places to spend their time, and church is less and Karin Marsh
less often chosen as their first or even fourth option. When we do see them Church Secretary
before us in worship we tend to think: “wonderful! Things are well with our email@example.com
kids” and then we let them “do their thing”. But they are here all year – not just
in May – and they need more from us than to see them irregularly. They need their Carrie Hanson
church to engage them meaningfully. Music Coord./Organist
I believe that it is people who make a difference in anyone’s life. As privileged in Donna Solverud
love as many of our youth are – as cherished and supported as they are by their firstname.lastname@example.org
families – they still need to experience the love of God through a community of
faith. They need us. Jan Welch
Yes, I’m preaching … that’s what I do. The children and youth at Plymouth are
as much a part of my love for this congregation as the adults. They continue to Alda Frucci, Porter Industries
teach me what it means to be a person of God and a follower of Christ. May we Custodians
share with them all that we desire as community of faith.
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NEWS & NOTES
WINTER IS OVER…SPRING HAS SPRUNG
Let's all get together Saturday morning May 13th and spruce up our building
The Trustees have a few projects that need all of the many and varied
talents and strengths of all of Plymouth's members and friends.
With many hands the work will go faster and easier...and you might even have
the joy of meeting a new person or two.
Bring yard tools and cleaning equipment if you have them...or just bring
your energy and enthusiasm.
Join us at the church at 8:30, May 13th!