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Worship Times

Holy Saturday – 5:30 p.m.

Waveland Hall
Matt Mardis-LeCroy

Easter Sunday

Sunrise Service – 6:30 a.m.

Waveland Hall
Matt Mardis-LeCroy
7th Grade Confirmation Class

Easter Sunday – 9 & 11 a.m.

David Ruhe

Matthew 28:1-10


Parking ramp just east of the church


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This Lenten season, you are invited to participate in an all-church, in-life retreat called SACRED JOURNEYS. Retreats were an important and regular part of the ministry of Jesus and they have been a spiritual discipline pursued by Christians since his death. Retreats give us time to turn our attention away from mundane concerns so that we can attend to the still small voice inside of us. They are an opportunity to shift our awareness to our experience of the spirit. While there are beautiful retreat centers located within and around Des Moines where people can get away for a few days or longer, most of us cannot find the time to do this on a regular basis. But if we can view a retreat as any experience that allows us to intentionally enter another world where time slows just a bit, silence prevails and a degree of tranquility permeates the atmosphere; then the opportunities multiply. You are invited to create your own Sacred Journey and to share this exploration with other members of the congregation during this Lenten season.

Pick up your Sacred Journeys Travel Guide and Passport at the Welcome Center or in the Center for Spritual Growth. Use it as a guide throughout Lent and seek out greater intimacy with God. A Passport stamped full of all-church, in-life experiences just might lead you to a more fulfilling season of Lent.



Plymouth Church Calls

Matt Mardis-LeCroy

to be Senior Minister Elect

Almost a year after Senior Minister David Ruhe announced his pending retirement effective December 1, 2014, members of Plymouth Church voted during a Congregational Meeting, Sunday, October 20, 2013, to call Executive Associate Minister Matt Mardis-LeCroy as its Senior Minister Elect.

“I love this church,” Matt told the group of more than 500 assembled. “For over eight years now, I have shared life with the people of Plymouth. I have listened to you and lived with you; buried your loved ones, baptized your babies, married you to each other. I’ve had the privilege of coming alongside you in hospital rooms, in hospice care, in the halls of the legislature...

“And through all of that, I have learned how much I love the people of this church, how deeply I believe in the work that God is doing in this place. I resonate with Plymouth’s core values: Welcome of All People, Community Engagement, Education for All, Progressive Theology and Excellence in Worship. That is what a church should be about, and that is what Plymouth embodies so well. And I share this congregation’s dreams for the future; the vision of a church where all people are welcome to come along with us as we grow in love of God and neighbor.”

Moderator Pam Duffy presided over the meeting, which included worship, music from both the Chancel and Matins choirs, and David Ruhe on guitar. During the two-hour meeting, representatives of the Senior Minister Transition Team, the Senior Minister Search Committee and the Church Council described in detail the process of discernment that led them to unanimously recommend that the church call Matt as its next senior minister. Lynn Heggen, chair of the Search Committee, displayed a hefty three-ring binder of material that the committee accumulated during its thorough and detailed discernment process.

After the 514 ballots were counted, Head Deacon Pam Kenyon announced that 474 votes were cast for the motion, and 40 were cast against. Two ballots were ineligible. Plymouth’s process for calling an internal candidate to the position of senior minister required a 75 percent approval, and the vote of 92 percent in the affirmative well exceeded that threshold.

Welcome to Plymouth Church!

Come in! Experience the spirit at Plymouth. We are a community of people from the entire Greater Des Moines area – people of all ages who embrace life’s questions, even when we don’t have all the answers.

We are a progressive, active, inclusive, joyful congregation whose purpose is the heart of Christianity… to increase the love of God and neighbor. Join us as we live our commitment to the Plymouth motto: 

We agree to differ. We resolve to love. We unite to serve.  




Thursdays, 7-8 a.m.

WISE (Women in Spiritual Exploration)
Burling Room
FMI: Chery Sypal, 277.0554 or Scarlett Lunning Huey 

Through May 10

Gallery Exhibit
Awakening a Spiritual Vision, Beth Ann Edwards

Friday, March 7 and every Friday through Lent

Weekly Prayer Vigil of Lament
Noon, Meditation Chapel
This is a half-hour prayer vigil of lament and healing for our broken world. The theologian Karl Barth urged Christians to pray with "the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other." In these weekly prayer vigils, we will seek to pray just this way - struggling with both scripture and current events, as we bring the pain of our world to God in communal prayer.

Wednesday, April 16

Holy Week Family Worship Service
6 p.m., Waveland Hall

Thursday, April 17

Maundy Thursday Dinner
6:15 p.m., Waveland Hall
RSVP at 255.3149
Service of Tenebrae and Communion
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Friday, April 18

Holy Week Quiet Day
9 a.m.-Noon, Burling Room
Quiet days are offered for members who would like to experience contemplative time in community. We will gather and pray together in the open and close of each quiet day. In between, participants will be free to find quiet spaces in the church to read, reflect and/or pray in silence.

Friday, April 18

Walk A Labyrinth
4-7 p.m., Waveland Hall

Friday, April 18

Good Friday Worship with Matins Choir
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Friday, April 18 - Sunday, April 20

Easter Prayer Vigil
8:30 p.m. Friday - 6:30 a.m. Sunday
Meditation Chapel

Saturday, April 19

Holy Week Quiet Day
9 a.m.-Noon, Burling Room

Saturday, April 19

Walk A Labyrinth
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Waveland Hall

Saturday, April 19

Holy Saturday Worship
5:30 p.m., Waveland Hall

Sunday, April 20

Easter Sunday Worship
6:30 a.m., Sunrise Service with Soul Singers, Waveland Hall
9 & 11 a.m., Traditional Easter Worship with Brass, Organ and Choirs, Sanctuary

Sunday, April 27

"The Stranger"
9 & 11 a.m., Sanctuary
A musical worship experience written by David Ruhe and performed by David Ruhe and the Soul Singers.

FMI: Click on the link or call the church office at 255.3149.

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