Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Joys and Concerns

Sundays at 1:00 pm

Our weekly joys and concerns check-ins continue. Note: We are using a new Zoom link starting this Sunday as the previous one is set to expire. 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



Invocation/Lord’s Prayer

Special Music

Pastoral prayer

Scripture – Acts 4:32-35


Closing song – “Hoy celebramos con gozo al Dios” NCH#246


This Week
April 19
Maggie Jordan

April 20
Joni Sutton

April 21
Gina Arata

April 22
Rhys Rudolph
Mary Ann Sidell

April 24
Robin Ames
Sandra Moliere

April 25
Diane Lasley
All programs and events are online unless otherwise stated.

Sunday, April 11
9:00 am Education Hour
10:00 am Worship Service
11:30 am Meet & Mingle: Coffee Fellowship
1:00 pm Joys & Concerns

Monday, April 12
Office Closed

Tuesday, April 13
1:00 pm Staff Meeting
5:30 pm Benevolence

Wednesday, April 14
5:30 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, April 15
5:30 pm Peace & Justice Committee Meeting

Sunday, April 18
9:00 am Education Hour
10:00 am Worship Service
11:30 am Transition and Grieving AP
1:00 pm Joys & Concerns
Sunday, April 11: Meet & Mingle: Coffee Fellowship
Join Congregational Life Board at 11:30 am for a virtual Coffee Hour via Zoom to help Plymouth people stay connected! You provide your own coffee and donuts and we’ll provide the platform. The passcode for this meeting is 472656.
Chapel Class: Sunday, April 11 - “Living the Creative Life”
Artist Mary Southard will be our special guest, via Zoom, from the Congregation of St. Joseph, LaGrange Park, IL. Join Rev. Ruth E. Phillips on April 11 at 9:00 am as we engage in conversation with Sr. Mary. She will share a PowerPoint with us as she talks about her creative story and process, as well as her commitment to eco theology and the universe story.

We have been inspired by Mary Southard’s paintings for several years. Now, join us on Zoom to meet this uniquely gifted and inspiring human being.
Achduth Vesholom Presentation: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The Social Action Committee of Congregation Achduth Vesholom invites you to a presentation on the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Monday, April 12 at 7:00 pm. The speaker is Irin Carmon, coauthor of “Notorious RBG, the Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” The author will speak about the late Justice Ginsburg, one of the Supreme Court’s most liberal justices, and how her presence on the Court has affected the laws of our country. With humor and inside stories, Carmon shares the time she spent with Justice Ginsburg to prepare for the book’s publication in 2015, plus the rich history of one of America’s most admired women.

The hour will include a question-and-answer segment. If you would like to attend, please email office@templeCAV.org or call (260) 744-4245 for access information. Carmon is a journalist and a frequent speaker around the country. A New York magazine senior correspondent and on-air CNN contributor, she reports and comments on gender, politics, and the law. Carmon and her co-author were featured in the award-winning and Oscar nominated 2018 documentary RBG.
Upcoming Events
Sunday, April 18: Theories of Salvation Education Series
Do we become Christians to avoid hell or to enter heaven? If not, what exactly are we saved from, and what are we saved for? Does God save us from oppression? From meaninglessness? What is “salvation” anyways? If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, an upcoming Adult Education series is for you!

Starting April 18, Rev. Murphy will be leading a four-week series on salvation. We’ll be looking at basic salvation models in Christianity, including classic substitutionary models, moral example models, liberationist approaches, and working on articulating our own theories of salvation and why it matters. We’ll be meeting weekly via Zoom on Sundays at 9:00 am; we’ll be sure to “save” you a spot!
Sunday, April 18: Transition and Grieving Associate Pastor
It’s hard to believe but Rev. Ruth Phillips is retiring in two months. As church members, we need spaces to grieve all that we will miss once she retires. The next opportunity to meet with Rev. Timothy Murphy and other church members will be on Sunday, April 18. This will be a space to discuss what she has meant for us and Plymouth Church.
This gathering will be via Zoom; please use the button below to join in this transition process.
Sunday, April 25: Film & Faith: Forty & Over
“NOMADLAND” is a new release on Hulu which recently won “Best Picture” at the Golden Globes. “Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.  The third feature film from director Chloe Zhao, NOMADLAND features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.”
To participate in the discussion, email Rev. Ruth E. Phillips rep@plymouthfw.org by Saturday Noon, April 24. She will send you the Zoom Meeting ID and Passcode to enter the Zoom gathering on Sunday.
Sunday, April 25: A CELEBRATION OF SPRING | Music Series
Plymouth Music Series presents a spring concert featuring string orchestra performing music of Tchikovsky and Vivaldi. Players on the concert are among the many musicians in our community who have been struggling to maintain their careers during the pandemic. Your support of this series directly helps to provide these musicians with the ability to practice their craft and earn a living.

All concerts are presented in the sanctuary of Plymouth Congregational Church but due to Covid19 restrictions, concerts are performed via livestream on YouTube. As restrictions are relaxed, limited seating will be permitted. Register for this concert to get up to date information on seating possibilities.
General Announcements
Peace & Justice Survey
The Peace and Justice Committee invites you to take a simple survey to help us better understand the justice activities of members and how to help connect members with similar commitments. It takes only a couple minutes to do. Thank you!
Donating for Sanctuary-Chapel Technology Improvements
A Sanctuary-Chapel Tech Task Force is at work to substantially upgrade our video recording equipment. The Task Force is busy evaluating a proposal to ensure that it meets our needs and finding funds to help cover the cost. The Task Force has nearly secured sufficient funds to proceed. However, individual members also have an opportunity to financially contribute to this project! Checks should be made out to Plymouth Congregational Church with “Sanctuary Tech” in the memo line. Alternatively, you can donate online by clicking the button below and make a gift in the “Sanctuary Technology” option.
Once we eventually return to regular Sunday morning in-person services, we still want to be able to livestream and record them on site, as well as our music series events. We expect this project to be a major improvement in our technological capabilities and enhance our online presence for years to come!
COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility
The state of Indiana is opening COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to anyone 16 and older. You can click the button below to schedule an appointment. If you have difficulty registering online, you can dial 211 from any phone for assistance.
Indiana-Kentucky Conference UCC COVID-19 Guidance
Our conference released further guidance around churches and COVID-19 this week entitled “Healthy Continuity of Ministry and Mission during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” We are including a link below for your review. Church pastoral staff are reviewing the guidelines as they determine what Plymouth’s process will be going forward for this spring. Look for updates in the announcements or as an e-blast.
A Note from the Office
In order for the office to better serve you, please submit a separate check for each donation made whether it be for pledges, special offerings or any other donation. Checks should be made payable to Plymouth Church. Thank you!
Visiting Plymouth
If you have a need to visit the office, we’d love to see you. Remember to schedule an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. No one is at the front desk, so please arrive on time so a staff member is available to greet you and unlock the door. Please wait at the Berry Street entrance and be prepared to sanitize, sign-in, and wear a mask. Please contact Tina Puitz at tmp@plymouthfw.org to make an appointment. Thank you.