Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, April 10, 2022
Palm Sunday
"Balm in the Wilderness"
"You Are Worthy" - Lauren Wright Pittman
Joys and Concerns

Sundays at 1:00 pm

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in continues Sunday. Please join this Zoom call at 1:00 pm for a time to name something we are grateful for, a concern we have, and to be in prayer together.

Those unable to join by video can call 1-253-215-8782, then enter the code 944-1809-2407#, then # when asked for the password.
Order of Worship


Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Response No. 553 “There Is a Balm in Gilead” (verse 1)

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Processional Hymn No. 216 “All Glory, Laud, and Honor | ST THEODULPH

Passing the Peace

Response Song: Come Bring Your Burdens to God

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “Hail the King Who Comes A-Riding” | Shirley McRae

Scripture: Luke 19:29-40

Sermon: “A Tale of Two Kingdoms”

Hymn No. 213 “Hosanna, Loud

Response: "O Lord, Seek Us" | K. Lee Scott

This Week
April 11
Deb Miller

April 13
Thomas Baker

April 14
Isaiah Atienzo-Fisher
Leslie Spitler

April 15
Scott Rigdon

April 16
Jane Meredith
Monty Millage
Beth Price
Collin Ramsey

Next Week's Birthdays

April 18
Debra Compagnone
John Donley
Audrey Velagapudi

April 19
Maggie Jordan

April 20
Joni Sutton

April 21
Allie Brown

April 22
Rhys Rudolph
Mary Ann Sidell
Sunday, April 10
Palm Sunday
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Education Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, April 11
Office Closed

Tuesday, April 12
1:00 pm Staff Meeting
5:30 pm Benevolence Committee Meeting
5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

Wednesday, April 13
3:00 pm Study Connection

Thursday, April 14
Maundy Thursday
10:30 am Library Committee Meeting
1:00 pm Study Group (online)
6:00 pm Maundy Thursday Service and Dinner

Friday, April 15
Good Friday
7:00 pm Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Sunday, April 17
Easter Sunday
7:30 am Easter Sunrise Service
8:00 am Easter Breakfast
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)
Holy Week and Easter Schedule at Plymouth Church
  • Sunday, April 10 at 10:00 am – Palm Sunday service
  • Thursday, April 14 at 6:00 pm – Maundy Thursday supper and service with foot washing and communion (Note: All those planning on attending are asked to bring two sandwiches cut in half for the dinner.)
  • Friday, April 15 at 7:00 pm – Good Friday Tenebrae service
  • Sunday, April 17 at 7:30 am – Easter Sunrise service, followed by Easter breakfast
  • Sunday April 17 at 10:00 am – Easter Celebration service
Thursday, April 14: Maundy Thursday Service
The Thursday before Easter is called Maundy Thursday, where we remember Jesus’ final evening with the disciples before his arrest and crucifixion. This service takes place in the Folsom Room, with a meal at 6:00 pm, followed by a brief worship service. All those who plan to attend are asked to bring two sandwiches, each cut in half for the meal itself. During the service, attendees will have the opportunity to have their feet or hands washed if they wish. Worship concludes with communion. Please reach out to Rev. Murphy at tcm@plymouthfw.org if you have any questions.
Friday, April 15: Good Friday Prayer Vigil
There will once again be a prayer vigil on Good Friday during which individuals are invited to sign up for 15 minutes of prayer throughout the day, leading up to the Good Friday Tenebrae service. If you would like to sign up for a time slot to pray, go to our online sign up by clicking the button below.

If you are unable to access the online sign-up, you may call Jake in the office to request a time. You may sign up for one or more 15-minute slots. After you sign up, you will receive an email with instructions and resources for your prayer time. Please consider joining in this opportunity for personal prayer and reflection during the upcoming Holy Week.
Sunday, April 10: Wendell Berry and the Sabbath Poetry of Lent
In a series of two chapel class sessions on April 3 and April 10 at 9:00 am, Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals will guide the class through the poetry of Wendell Berry and his vision of Sabbath and the natural world. Over the course of two weeks, as we prepare our hearts for Easter, we will walk through the woods, keeping Sabbath as we go, with Wendell Berry and the words of scripture as our guide. Join us in person or on Zoom.
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, April 19: Women's Book Study
At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier is the next choice for the Women's Book Study on Tuesday, April 19 at 12:00 pm in the Amistad Room.

Set in the mid-1800s, this novel follows the fortunes of the youngest member of the Goodenough family who, when we meet them, are struggling to make a living in the Black Swamp.This was an area which stretched from Fort Wayne all the way to Lake Erie in those days. Johnnie Appleseed appears as a character. The setting complements Plymouth's environmental project at Eagle Marsh and the fate of wetlands. The book moves on to California where tree cultivation and the export of seeds provide the background of the main character's lively journey.

Plymouth’s Women's Book Study welcomes any reader who self-identifies as a woman to join the group for one or more sessions. We meet in the Amistad Room on the third Tuesday of the month at noon.
Wednesday, April 27: Wednesday Night Book Study
Starting on Wednesday, April 27, Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals will be leading a book study on Native: Identity, Belonging and Rediscovering God, by Kaitlin B. Curtis. Native is about identity, soul-searching, and the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God. As both a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, Kaitlin Curtice shares what it means to experience her faith through the lens of her own Indigenous heritage and encourages us to embrace our own origins. This book study will take place after Wednesday Night Live dinner at 6:45 pm, in the Amistad Room. Native can be purchased online, wherever you buy books. If you cannot afford the cost of the book, please let us know, and a book can be purchased for you. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, April 23: ICMEP Earth Day Conference
WE ARE THE EARTH: Earth Day Conference: Sponsored by Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, with a gift from HAPPY WAY FOUNDATION.

Saturday, April 23, 8:45 am - 1:30 pm
Doors open 8:00 am, conference begins promptly at 8:45 am.

  • Malik Kenyatta Yakini: Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
  • Rev. Liz Theoharis: Co-Chair, Poor Peoples Campaign

  1. Sierra Club
  2. Little Rivers Wetland Project
  3. Indiana Poor Peoples Campaign
  4. Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition and Faith in Place (formerly Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light)

  • Individual Registration: $20
  • Student Registration: $5
  • Become a Partner: $150

  • Online at the ICMEP website, linked here.
  • Mail a check (memo: Earth Day Conference) to:
  • Indiana Center for Middle East Peace PO Box 12005, Fort Wayne, IN 46862
  • Same day registrations accepted
Saturday, May 7: Progressive Evangelism 101
On Saturday, May 7, Rev. Timothy, Rev. Sara, and Licensed Minister January Simpson will be offering a free workshop on how to practice evangelism from a progressive perspective. We will dismantle destructive approaches to evangelism and reconstruct a more positive framework for how we share our faith with others. The workshop will be from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Please sign up in the Folsom Room if you would like to attend.
Sunday, May 15: Installation Service for Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals
Please join Plymouth Church, members of the Northeast Association, local clergy, and staff from the Indiana Kentucky conference of the UCC for the installation service of Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals, on Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 pm. This is an important service in which Plymouth Church formalizes its covenantal relationship with its new associate pastor. A light reception will follow the service.
General Announcements
Parish Nurse Program to Begin at Plymouth
Beginning this month, the Parish Nurse Program will be starting at Plymouth Church. Supported by Marion Health, the Parish Nurse Program "provides registered nurses who are committed and called to help the congregation stay well and improve the overall health and healing ministry of individual faith communities." One Sunday a month in the Folsom room, the Plymouth Parish Nurses will be available for a variety of healthcare resources and support. Please note the Parish Nurse Program does not provide prescriptions or diagnostics. Sunday, April 24 will mark the first of many Parish Nurse Sundays. Additionally, a new informational health flyer will be placed in the stall of every restroom each month at Plymouth.

If you would like to learn more about this program, including finding out how to volunteer (non-medical volunteer opportunities are available), please contact Erin Shaw at selshaw@live.com or 260-224-0860. Click the button below to learn more about the Marion Health Parish Nurse Program.
Desk Coverage Volunteers Needed
Plymouth Church is looking for volunteers to cover the 1:00 pm Staff Meetings on Tuesdays. If you would like to assist, please sign up with Jake in the office or sign up by clicking the button below.
COVID-19 Protocols: Optional Masking
Masks are currently optional during worship. This is not a prohibition on masks but only an announcement that they are now optional for individuals. A high-quality mask provides good protection against infection even if others around you are not wearing one, so please continue to wear a mask if you find it necessary or beneficial. We will continue to offer livestreamed and recorded worship services if you find yourself at risk of being around groups or otherwise unable to attend services in-person.
Open Prayer in the Sanctuary
For a time of personal prayer, the sanctuary will be available Tuesday through Thursday during office hours. Please enter through the Berry Street office entrance and check in with our receptionist. Contact Jake Slone at (260) 423-9424 or jss@plymouthfw.org with any questions.
Plymouth Church Linktree
The following links can be found on our Linktree:

  • Chancel Flower Sign Up Form
  • Study Connection Volunteer Sign Up
  • Plymouth Google Calendar
  • Plymouth's Social Medias
Plymouth Office Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday: By appointment only 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Questions? Contact the office at 260-423-9424 or office@plymouthfw.org