In addition to reaching out to those in need in our community and world, one of the warmest aspects of First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth is that we focus on taking care of one another within our congregation. The Congregational Care groups support those in need within our church family. If you have a need or would like to help those in need, there is a group here that would love to connect with you.
Building & Grounds
Building and Grounds (B&G) is an all-volunteer group with a wide variety of construction and building management skills. This team takes diligent care of the church facilities which is an extensive and ongoing responsibility. If you have a passion for any form of handy work, like carpentry, repair work, painting, gardening, woodworking, and/or creative problem solving, consider joining the B&G team. Reach out to our Building & Grounds Elders, Barry Simescu, Jim Ladley, or Wayne Krupin, for more information.
Weekly Work Days
The B&G team have regularly scheduled work days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays every week. They meet at 9 AM in the Building and Grounds office in the basement to assign work projects for the day. Volunteers with all skills and skill levels are welcome!
Are you looking for assistance with small home repairs but don’t have the skills to complete them? Our Building and Grounds Handyman Team will perform small home repairs like replacing an electrical switch or repairing a leaky faucet – jobs that don’t require more than a 6 ft ladder or 50 lbs of lifting.
The role of the Board of Deacons is to demonstrate God’s love for His people by caring for our church family, assisting in worship, and engaging in outreach. The Deacons are a body of eighteen members who serve staggered 3-year terms as they fulfill the many activities of this committee.
Deacons provide ministry and support to church members and the community by participating in the following activities:
- Comfort Care Kits
- Christmas Card Display
- Clothing Drives
- College Care Gift Cards
- Communion Service
- Deacon of the Day
- Food and Fellowship Events
- Food Drives
- Funeral Greeters
- Greeting Card Ministry
- Hanging of the Greens
- Member Care
- Nominating Committee
- Prayer Ministry
- Red Cross Blood Drives
- Salvation Army Angel Tree
- Salvation Army Bell Ringing
- Salvation Army “Keep It Clean”
- Session Committee representation
- Unsung Hero Award
- And many, many more!
College Care Gift Cards
To encourage our college students, and let them know we are thinking of them here at FPCP, the Deacons send them gift cards. If you would like to contribute to this outreach, you can make a monetary donation to FPCP Deacons and write “College Care” on the memo line.
Attention Parents! If you would like your student to receive a gift card with a note at final exam time, please fill out the College Care Registration Form with any address changes since last semester or addresses for new college students. Please also let us know of any recent college graduations.
Going Home: An End of Life Planning Booklet
This book may sound depressing, but a completed book like this is one of the greatest gifts that you can give to your spouse or children. Within this book, you have the opportunity to share information concerning your finances, household policies, medical decisions, and funeral planning. As people of faith, we do not fear death. This book allows those whom we love the opportunity to grieve without any added stress, worry or fear that comes from not knowing the vital information and desires of our loved ones.
You are encouraged to get a copy of this book for yourself and/or a loved one and fill it out in detail. You can request a copy of the book to be mailed or emailed (as a Word document).
If you receive the booklet by email, you are encouraged to edit the document as needed in order to best fit your needs. Additionally, you can print the document yourself – just be aware that the document in full form is about 70 pages.
We pray that this book will be a blessing to you and your family. If in your planning you need any additional guidance, please know that you can always contact one of our pastors for support.
Suppers of Support:
Calling all cooks!
The Suppers of Support team is a group of volunteers who prepare and deliver a meal to anyone who is finding meal preparation to be a challenge. Whether it’s a death in the family, a birth, or an illness, we are here to provide you with this support.
We always welcome volunteer cooks to help with meal preparation. You don’t have to be a Deacon to help with this ministry. All volunteers are invited to participate. If you sign up, you will receive an email with dates for a meal request. Volunteers only need to respond if the date is convenient for them.
If you would like to volunteer to cook meals, please contact our Deacon Chair, Linda Baric.
Unsung Hero Award
The Unsung Hero Award is typically presented twice a year in the winter and summer by the Board of Deacons to an individual or group within our church who has been nominated for their outstanding service to God.
Nominee(s) should be an active participant of the church who has served well above and beyond the normal call of service. Multiple individuals may nominate together to show more support for the nominee. Nominees will remain eligible for two years. Each individual or group can only receive the award once and paid church staff are not eligible for the award. All nominations are reviewed and the award recipient is chosen by consensus of the Board of Deacons. The award recipient will receive a certificate and a small gift and will have their photo displayed with previous Unsung Heroes.
You can nominate an Unsung Hero by filling out a nomination form which can be found in and returned to the Deacon mailbox in the narthex or complete an online Unsung Hero Nomination Form.
Praise and Prayer Requests
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6 NIV
Do you have some wonderful news or an answer to prayer that you would like to thank God for and share with our church family? Do you or a loved one need support in prayer? Our community is steadfast in our belief in the divine power of prayer.
Fill out the online Praise and Prayer Request Form (below) or email us at prayerlist[at]fpcp.net to add your praise or prayer request to the Thursday Deacons’ Prayer Email and/or the Prayer Concerns page in the bulletin.
When filling out the form or sending an email, please include:
- Your name
- If you are a member or friend of FPCP
- The name of the person(s) to receive prayer (if different from your own, including how that person(s) is related to you)
- A general explanation of the circumstances of the situation
While many people request that their prayer concerns or praises are published in our Sunday bulletin and/or Thursday Deacon Prayer Email that is available to the congregation, you may request that a prayer request remain private and given only to the Ministers. To request privacy, please check the “Ministers Only” box on the form or indicate this directly in your email.
To subscribe to the Thursday Deacons’ Prayer Email, send a request to email@example.com or call 734.453.6464 x 115. Thank you for continuing to hold members of our church family, community, and world in prayer.
Presbyterian Women (PW) is a church-wide organization whose membership is open to all women who choose to participate in or support the organization in any way. PW welcomes the involvement of women of all ages, interests, backgrounds, and talents so that we reflect the vision of the whole church.
Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to:
- Nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study
- Support the mission of the church worldwide
- Work for justice and peace
- Build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witnesses to the promise of God’s Kingdom
PW Coordinating Team:
The PW Coordinating Team meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 2 PM in the Hearth Room.
For more information about any of the PW activities, please reach out to anyone on the PW Coordinating Team.
Presbyterian Women Activities:
Common Ground Gathering
The Common Ground Gathering is a group focused on reaching out with the hand of friendship to women of different faith backgrounds in our local communities to establish a common ground that promotes understanding, friendship, and unity.
Compassion International Sponsorship:
The Presbyterian Women have been sponsoring children with Compassion International for many years. Since 2015, they have been financially supporting Magda from Haiti, praying for her, and maintaining regular written communication with her.
Faith Communities Coalition for Foster Care
The Presbyterian Women have had a passion for children in the foster care system as well as those who have aged out of the foster care system. To learn more about First Pres Plymouth’s activities in support of foster care, go here.
Festival of Tables
Most definitely one of the highlights of the year for the women at First Pres Plymouth is the Festival of Tables event held each year in early December. Women gather to hear an inspirational speaker, enjoy a musical performance, sing Christmas carols, and tour Fellowship Hall filled with breathtakingly beautiful tables each decorated according to a unique theme. A highlight of the evening is the announcement of the Carol Dodge Award recipient. This award is given to one woman within FPCP who exemplifies a Christ-like attitude through prayer, Bible study, and living out her Christian faith. For more information about the next Festival of Tables, go to Upcoming Events.
Health Care Kits for Second Mile Center
Every year, the Presbyterian Women pack 50 healthcare kits to be distributed to the community around the Second Mile Center of Detroit. These encourage proactive self-care for those who find medical care difficult to access.
Kids Hope USA
FPCP’s involvement with the Kids Hope USA mentoring program began with our Presbyterian Women in 2015. For more information about how to become an elementary or middle school mentor, go to Local Mission under Kids Hope USA.
Partners in Earth Care
As a PC (USA) certified Earth Care congregation, our vision is to connect, equip, and inspire one another with the realization that creation is God’s gift to us. By being good stewards, we honor God’s creation through worship, prayer, teaching, and fellowship. For a more complete description of how FPCP is growing in our care for the Earth, go to Partners in Earth Care.
Presbyterian Women Book Discussions
If you love to read and enjoy a good discussion about the book, join us for one or BOTH of our Presbyterian Women book discussions. Check out the two reading lists on Upcoming Events and come dig a little deeper into the heart of the book we’re discussing.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a circle dedicated to making shawls to wrap those in need of comfort in God’s love.
The individual hand-knitting or crocheting the shawl begins the process with prayers and blessings for the recipient of the completed shawl. These prayers are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon its completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way.
The creator of the prayer shawl is never sure who will receive their work of art. All they know is that someone will be blessed by it, and they pray that God’s healing love will flow into their lives through the shawl they have created. The prayer shawl ministry has changed lives and helped begin the process of healing for many.
Give the Gift of a Shawl
Shawls can be given to individuals in a variety of circumstances:
- To support someone undergoing medical procedures or suffering through illness and/or recovery
- To comfort someone after a loss, in times of stress, or during a period of bereavement
- To celebrate a marriage or the birth of a child
Shawls are located in a display in the hallway across from the Library. Church members may take a shawl for anyone they feel is in need of this kind of support. We simply ask that you fill out an information card located on the display cabinet.
If you would like to knit or crochet shawls to contribute to this ministry, please join us on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Hearth Room from 7 – 9 PM, September through May. If you have any questions, please contact Ginny Weaver.
Threads to Heal the Heart
Can you touch a prayer? Can you pull it close and feel its comfort? Threads to Heal the Heart is a prayer group ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth. This group is dedicated to prayerfully making quilts intended for anyone experiencing an illness, depression, grief, or a variety of serious situations. Many prayer and baptismal quilts have been given both locally and internationally, since the beginning of this ministry in 2001.
Give the Gift of a Quilt
Friends and family can request a quilt. Complete the form labeled “Threads to Heal the Heart” found on the table across from the library or download a copy of the form by clicking on the Threads to Heal the Heart Request Form button below. Complete the form and drop it in the Threads to Heal the Heart mailbox in the narthex. After receiving the request, a quilt is selected, prayers are lifted for the family, and then you will be called to pick up the quilt. You can then deliver it to the person in need. There is no charge for the quilt.
You are invited to participate in whatever way you feel called to assist in this prayer quilt ministry. The beauty of combining the gift of prayers with the gift of a quilt is in the interweaving connections. Each of us contributes towards uplifting the recipient, and each other. Through fellowship, God touches each of us in a special way.
Threads to Heal the Heart meets on the 4th Monday of each month from 12:30-3:30 PM in Room 134.
Some of the ways you can participate in this ministry are:
- Pressers and fabric cutters
- Quilt piecers and assemblers
- Hand stitchers
Although we do not accept any payment for the prayer quilt, donations are accepted and help sustain this ministry.
Contact Ginny Weaver for more information.
Retired Men’s Breakfasts
Started in 2003 in the home of Dave and Milanne Richards, the retired men have been gathering on a monthly basis to fellowship and support one another. The location has changed over the years but the camaraderie has not! This group welcomes all men to join whether or not you’re retired.
When: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30-9 AM
Where: Omelette & Waffle Cafe
Questions: Contact John Roose