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Plymouth UCC’s National Mission Work and Social Justice Advocacy

Plymouth UCC has been recognized as one of the most generous churches in the denomination for its giving in the U.S. and overseas. The five denominational offerings of the United Church of Christ are foundational to its mission and ministry. These are: One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS), Strengthen the Church, Neighbors in Need, the Christmas Fund, and Our Church’s Wider Mission. Plymouth exceeds its goals in giving each time such an offering is taken. These offerings support international and national disaster relief, justice-making, the UCC's witness in the world, financial assistance to retired clergy and lay people, and the life of the UCC community as a whole.

Plymouth members believe in being "hands-on" in addition to their financial contributions. This is expressed through their reaching out toward those who might otherwise be underserved.

Refugee Support

The church has sponsored several refugee families, one from Russia and three from Iraq, helping them to start new lives here in the United States. Although these families rarely attend worship at Plymouth, Plymouth members provide support and friendship to these families even after they have been removed from the local refugee support network. We have been privileged to watch their children grow up, graduate, get married, and start families of their own.

Re-member

Since 2001, Plymouth members and friends have actively promoted and supported the mission of Re-Member, a ministry with the Lakota Indians on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Twenty to thirty Plymouth people, including young adults and children, take mission trips to the reservation annually, building relationships and working to effect change. Three Plymouth members serve as staff, including Ted Skantze, Re-member’s Executive Director, and two others as board members.
 

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