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3/17/2020 Communication from Rev. Al Bunis & Rev. Moira McGuinn

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it . Psalm 118:24
In the midst of a stretch of remarkably beautiful weather here in Miami, we are also in the midst of an unprecedented new “normal” that calls upon us to practice patience and prudence. We are all in the same boat. During difficult times, of course, we want to find ways to adapt and thrive. We often find the first step on the path toward solid footing is to be mindful of the things for which we are grateful. We want to begin by expressing our amazement and gratitude for the beauty that surrounds us here in Miami and on our campus. 
A brief update on plans here at Plymouth. 
  • Campus: Given new government guidance, on-campus gatherings are suspended for the immediate future. While our office is open with just a few folks, most of the team is working remotely. However, please come and walk the campus, one of the true gems of Miami. Explore places on this campus you may have not seen before. 
  • Worship: We will continue to videotape worship each Sunday and email it to everyone, as we did last Sunday (see video). We will also post the video on our homepage and our Facebook page
  • Weekly Communication: One way we will be communicating with you will be through periodic short written or video reflections. Al will do his first video reflection this Thursday from his office, and we will send that to you. Other reflections will be filmed as well, including as we walk the campus. 
  • Thursday Bible Study: Al will continue with Thursday 8am Bible study via teleconference. Instead of gathering at Berries for breakfast, you’re invited to dial-in and share conversation about the Bible texts for the coming Sunday. Here is the dial-in number: 1-253-215-8782 with Meeting ID: 553720134#. This week’s texts are Isaiah 58:9b-12 and Matthew 5:17-20, as we continue through the Sermon on the Mount.   
  • Scriptural Questions: In these times, we want and need to turn to the Bible. We find the following website to be very helpful. Just fill in the blank with the topic on which you’d like scriptural guidance:  
  • Pastors: The easiest way to reach either of us is via email: and Please know that we are here for you. 
  • Office Questions: You can also reach Zach at
  • Lay Leader: Please also know that Moderator, Celeste Miller, is available for you as well at
  • Member Connecting: During this time of “social distancing” we want to do everything we can to fend off “social isolation”. We are a church family and we want to stay connected.  Needless to say, we encourage everyone to reach out to people they know in the congregation early and often. But we would like to establish an additional process to connect folks, whether by phone or email, etc. To that end, please email Moira if you would like to be part of that ministry.   
  • Non-Perishable Food: We will continue to collect non-perishable food items for people in need – especially important at this time. Please email Zach to arrange a drop-off time.
  • This ‘N That Thrift Shop: Although the shop is closed, we are still able to receive donations of items. Please email Edith Georgi Houlihan at to arrange a drop-off time.    
We often use the name “Emmanuel” for Jesus, which means “God with us”. In our faith walk, there is no more important thing to remember about God’s promises than that simple fact. God is with us! Or as we very often say… there’s no valley so low, no wilderness so vast, no passage so crooked, that God is not already there, waiting to be with you. Amen. 
Blessings and love, Al and Moira

3/14/2020 Communication from Rev. Al Bunis

Dear People of Plymouth,
After hearing concerns from a good number of our members over the course of the day, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel worship for tomorrow. My apologies about the late notice. 
Pastor Moira, Gerry and I will be posting video online of a musical piece, prayers and the sermon by early Sunday afternoon – on our website and our Facebook page.  
In the same spirit, for the foreseeable future we are minimizing gatherings in the buildings on our campus, including the Wednesday Lenten Suppers and next Sunday’s Prospective Member Brunch. We will be getting out more information on this early in the week. 
But for now, wishing everyone blessings of good health. 
Peace and love, Al
3/13/2020 Communication from Rev. Bunis
Dear People of Plymouth,
Since each day brings something new with regard to Coronavirus, I want to update everyone on the plans our leadership team has in place for the coming days.  
  • This Sunday:
  • 10:00 A.M. Worship: We will have regular Sunday worship. Additional comments below.   
  • Jazz Brunch: As you will have seen in ThisWeek@Plymouth, we have postponed the Jazz Brunch, and will let you know when we reschedule. 
  • During Worship/Sunday School: We will continue to have prominently located tables with hand sanitizer, Lysol and wipes, and we will take other protective steps to minimize direct and indirect hand contact (such as new Friendship Register and offering processes). And we continue to encourage revised choices as to how we greet each other. Many of us will choose to wave and say “hello” without making contact. Please do not take offense if a person does not share the same greeting style. 
  • If in Doubt, Caution Advised: If you are not feeling well, are considered “at risk, or are feeling very worried about contact with others, please be cautious and stay home. 
  • Scheduled Events: While the Jazz Brunch has been postponed, we are not postponing or cancelling other events at this time. But that could change, and we will let you know. 
  • Online Access: Audio and video versions of the weekly sermon are available on our website and on our Facebook page ( We are also putting a video of the sermon plus other parts of the service on Facebook – by Sunday evening.
  • Official and Professional Guidance: We urge everyone to continue to monitor announcements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, as well as to consult with your own physicians as appropriate. Also note Florida’s 24-Hour Hotline if you are concerned you are having symptoms: 866-779-6121 or   
Now more than ever, we need each other – which is particularly challenging given concerns about gatherings. Please let us know if you are looking for a connection or pastoral care during this time. There are many ways to connect and we can be creative. 
Let me close with words from Paul, which many of us turn to during times of stress, and which remind us that even in difficult times, in the Lord, we can find plenty of reason for joy and peace.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus… "
Faithfully yours, Al
3/6/2020 Communication from Rev. Bunis
Dear people of Plymouth,
Like most of the country, we at Plymouth have been following the news about the Coronavirus. Plymouth is a place of welcome, hospitality, community and faith, and so we are offering these basic thoughts with regard to our church family.  
  • Sundays: We will have prominently located tables with hand sanitizer, Lysol and wipes, in the sanctuary, in the garden, and in the various buildings we use on any given Sunday (and also in the office). Note that the CDC continues to recommend hand washing with soap and water as the best way to kill germs.
  • Greetings: Be sensitive to those who are making revised choices as to how we greet each other. Many of us will choose to wave and say “hello” without making contact. Please do not take offense if a person does not share the same greeting style. If in doubt, a warm smile is always a winner.
  • If Not Feeling Well: If you are feeling ill—for any reason, COVID-19 notwithstanding—this is a time to be cautious and stay home.
  • Scheduled Events: For now, we will continue to hold all of our scheduled events on our church campus. As always, an audio version of each weekly sermon is available on our website and on our Facebook page. This week we are experimenting with putting videos of part of the service on our Facebook page. These will go up either Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.
We will keep you up to date on any developments in our thinking and plans. 
Needless to say, we all want to pray for a swift resolution to the spread of this virus, as well as for those who are sick, those who love them, those who are caring for them, and those who are afraid. Friends, we believe in the power of prayer! 
Faithfully yours, Al