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Family Promise: April 26 – May 3

With the COVID-19 pandemic, Family Promise will be hosting families in need at motels rather than Calvary Baptist Church. Volunteers will be supporting these families where they are. Funds are needed to help support the cost of motel rooms, purchase supplies, food for breakfasts and lunches and ordering food delivered by local restaurants. Please donate money to Calvary Baptist, or if you are not “at risk”, please volunteer to drop supplies or meals off at the motel. As a combined community of churches we would like to raise $2,500 to cover cost of these resources. Please send your check to: Calvary Baptist Church, 6500 E Girard Ave, Denver, CO 80224.  Make the check out to Calvary Baptist and put ‘Family Promise’ in the memo line. Deadline is Monday, April 20.

Your help in providing shelter for the families protects them and our volunteers.  We are grateful for your generosity.

If you would prefer to provide supplies; provide food for breakfasts/lunches; ordering food delivered by local restaurants or delivering meals you have made to the families – please contact Susan Oakes for additional information.

Annual Pledge Campaign

Stewardship or Annual Giving supports the ongoing mission and programming of the church. As members of a covenant community, we commit to, and are expected to support the mission of First Plymouth. Our church’s bylaws state that as part of this covenant, we commit “to provide generous material and spiritual support for our mission and community.”

Each year in the spring, the Stewardship Ministry invites members of the Congregation and friends to make a financial commitment to support the operations, programming, and overall mission of the church. The church’s fiscal year begins on July 1 and runs through June 30 each year. You  can make a financial commitment online by clicking here.

Adult Forum – April 5

Flattening the Curves:
Shared Lessons from Coronavirus and Climate Justice

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The issues of climate change and the pandemic are quite different, but there are remarkable similarities in the need to “flatten the curve” to keep below catastrophic thresholds. Both situations call for sweeping steps to be taken by individuals and societies, and the actions that are taken now to deal with the coronavirus will shape how well we’re able to address the climate threat in the coming decade.

On Sunday, April 5, Rev. Peter Sawtell will lead an on-line conversation about the lessons that can be shared as we face the dual challenges of pandemic and climate chaos. How can the work for good in each area reinforce the other’s efforts? How do we need to see ourselves and our world to find a hopeful path to the future?

Rev. Sawtell is the executive director of Eco-Justice Ministries, and a long-time friend of First Plymouth.

Summer Weekend in Creed, CO

As we have for the past few years, a group of First Plymouth folks will be heading to Creede, Colorado August 7 through 10 to attend performances of the Repertory Theatre and to take in the natural beauty of the area. This year, three comedy plays will be offered including Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” as well as the musical “Oklahoma.” If you would like to join in the fun and fellowship or would like more information, contact Craig Eley as soon as possible.

 Green Team Eco-tips

( Mar 1) – Fast from single use plastics.  Avoid using single use, disposable plastics such as water bottles, grocery bags, straws and packaging.  A plastic bag takes 10-20 years to break down.  Plastic bottles never totally disappear.  They just break down into smaller particles that end up in our soils, air and waters.  Use alternatives such as refillable beverage containers, compostable baggies, reusable containers for leftovers and sack lunches.  Recycle your plastic bags and plastic film wrapping in barrels at local grocery stores.  Support efforts to ban the use of single use plastics.

(Mar 8) – Try some meat-free meals.  The production of meat contributes to greenhouse emissions by using more land, energy, chemicals and water than the growing of grains, vegetables and fruits. Enjoy plant based foods purchased from local sources. For the times you do eat meat, choose those that are sustainably and organically raised.  There ae many appetizing meatless meal ideas on the internet.

(Mar 15) – Plant a tree.  Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.  Forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines.  If the time isn’t right to plant a tree in your own backyard, consider making a donation to plant trees in areas needing restoration.  Go to websites like www.one.treeplanted.org  or www.shoparborday.org.

(Mar 22) –Walk, or bike. Drive less! One third of all traffic is commuters.  You’ll save one pound of carbon dioxide for every mile you don’t drive.  If you drive 20 miles less each week in Lent you will have fasted from 120 pounds of carbon emissions.  You’ll save on gas costs and enjoy watching nature show its magnificence around you as you exercise.

(Mar 29) – Recycle and Reuse. Choose reusable options for disposable items – cloth napkins, reusable water bottles, cloths for cleaning, washable plates and utensils, non-disposable straws, lunch packed in reusable containers. Donate unused clothing, toys, books, household items to others who might need them. Start gathering old, non-functioning electronics and plan to bring them to the First Plymouth E-waste recycling event which hopefully will be rescheduled in the fall.