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Men’s Fellowship Breakfast: March 7, 2020

Every day, FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) provides service to more than 44,000 flights and 2.7 million airline passengers across more than 29 million square miles of airspace. Learn about the structure of the National Airspace System (NAS). We will touch on some statistics, rules and general flow of Air Traffic, including specifics when you fly in and out of the Denver Area. FP members Geoff Lynch and Nancy Erickson are former FAA Controllers, who will provide this presentation and field questions.

The men meet at First Plymouth for fellowship, breakfast and spirited discussions at 8:00A Women may share breakfast at Panera Bread at Hampden Ave. and I-25, and then join the men at 9:00A for the presentation. Contact Bruce Glenn for details.

Travel Memories Club: March 14

The congregation is invited to attend the First Plymouth Travel Memories Club (the Armchair kind) on Saturday, March 14. Sandy and Tim Young will present, “India: Seeing the Sites, Attending a Hindu Wedding and a Home Stay.”

With close family ties to India, the Youngs have visited that country several times but on the most recent trip, their travels included Delhi, some stops in Rajasthan (Jodhpur & Jaisalmer), Punjab (Amritsar), Uttar Predesh (Allahabad), Goa and Mumbai. Although Tim and Sandy saw lots of beautiful and varied places, it only hit on a smattering of the breadth of culture in that vast country. Two of the most interesting experiences were the grand traditional Hindu wedding of their daughter-in-law’s niece and staying with a local family. Come share in these experiences and see the colorful sites of India.

Gather at 5:30P for a 6:00P potluck dinner. The presentation portion of the evening begins at 7:00P. For those who wish to come to the potluck dinner, please bring your own table settings and if your last name starts with A-E bring a dessert; F-P, a main dish; and Q-Z, a salad or a side dish. RSVP to Nancy Joe Shaw. Her contact information is available in ShelbyNext and printed directory or you may contact the church office at 303-762-0616.

Adult CE: March 15, 2020

The Soul Box Project

Come to Plymouth Hall to meet Rhonda McGee, First Baptist Church, and learn how easy it is to make a soul box. The Soul Box Project was begun by an artist in Oregon after the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, NV as a way of honoring the lives lost to gun violence in this country. The single-fold origami style boxes are easy to make and when gathered, mounted and hung, are a powerful invitation to contemplate the tragic statistics.

Each year more than 65,000 Americans are killed or injured by the misuse of firearms. It’s a public health crisis that defies legislative solutions, and sometimes defies even compassionate care and dialogue with survivors and victims. Individuals, churches and community groups around the country have so far made more than 92,000 soul boxes, representing the lives of those we’ve lost to misuse of firearms. Help us set a goal for the number of boxes First Plymouth can make and contribute to this effort. Our Colorado boxes are headed to the State Capitol in April and then on to the National Mall in Washington DC in July. You can learn more about this effort and see how the individual boxes are grouped, mounted and displayed by going to the website

This First Plymouth Adult Forum program is hosted by First Plymouth’s Reduce Gun Violence Team.  Please contact Peter Fogg if you’d like to join us.

Harold Harris turns 99!

Harold Harris will be celebrating his 99th birthday on February 17th and is already looking forward to turning 100 next year. Harold grew up in a small town in Kansas where he met Doris at a roller skating rink and dated through high school and college. They married before he went into the Army Air Corps. Because of an eye injury when he was a child, his vision prevented him from fighting in WW II, but he served as a Link trainer, an on-the-ground simulation for instrument flights. After his stint in the Army, Harold and Doris returned to his hometown and he worked at his father’s lumber yard until he bought his own lumber yard in a nearby town, Halstead. He went on to own several lumber yards across the state.

He then formed Harris Development to build homes, a bank, apartments, a rest home, a bowling alley and other projects. After building a mobile home plant in his home town, he recognized an opportunity to strat another business and began making component parts for the mobile home industry and was quickly using 2 box cars of lumber a week. Starting with rafters, he soon was making enough at the Halstead operation for 300 mobile homes a week. He went on to open manufacturing plants in seven states, including Colorado. He eventually took the company, Mobile Components Inc., public where the stock was listed on the NASDAQ. Pizza Hut was founded in nearby Wichita and Mobile Components began making rafters for the quickly growing chain to be shipped all over the country.

After vacationing in Colorado all his life and having a manufacturing facility in Brighton, he and Doris moved to Denver in the 70s. Although he was semi-retired, he did consulting work for an oil company that took Doris and him to San Antonio for a few years, then back to help Fullenwider Development build homes in the Polo Field.

After 72 years of an exciting and fun-filled life with Doris, she passed away suddenly in February 2014. Their 3 children all lived in Denver until Steven, their oldest son, moved to Houston where he and his wife, Mei, live. Their youngest son, Greg, and his wife Lisa moved to Parker. Their daughter, Susan Cantwell, still lives in Denver and attends First Plymouth where her daughter, Alix Wright, is the Director of Children’s Ministries and another daughter Whitney Andreasen and her family are active in the church as well.

Harold Harris turns 99!

Harold has 8 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren, most living in the Denver metro area. They enjoy visiting him to hear about his many wonderful memories and enjoying his delightful sense of humor. Although living in an assisted living facility, he is still very independent and gregarious, participating in as many activities as his limited vision allows him to and is adored by all the staff for his good humor and positive outlook on life, even as it becomes more challenging with his advancing age. At a recent physical, when his doctor asked how he was doing, he replied the he was doing great, except he was continuing to struggle with seeing things, he was losing his hearing and his teeth were falling out, so he thought maybe he should see a “shrink” because it was all in his head.

Happy Birthday to a delightful human being, a loving husband, an amazing father and dedicated community leader. He is truly an example of how to live one’s life with dignity, faith, respect and gratitude.

First Plymouth Moves to Safer Lawn Care

After extensive research and several interviews, the Facilities Team and Whole Earth Ministry have partnered to select a new company to care for the lawns and hardscape areas at First Plymouth. Whole Earth has been concerned that toxic herbicides and pesticides applied in the past may be harmful to our pollinating insects, water runoff and people who come into contact with them. The Facilities Team has been very responsive in trying to find alternatives. Our new contract is with Natural Lawn of America, a leader in providing organic-based lawn care. Their products are specifically formulated for Colorado’s soil and drought conditions, with beneficial bacteria that break down nutrients for the lawn to absorb them. No 2,4D weed killer is used. We are excited about their customized service and safer lawn approach.

To learn more about the benefits of sustainable, organic farming you might enjoy watching the film “The Biggest Little Farm” available to stream through Amazon Prime or Netflix.