Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, April 30, 2023

In Our Prayers 

New this week: Ruth Bracht, Maryanne Williams

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Mary Bir, Clara Bowling, Matthew Carter, Teresa Clingaman, Kris Conner, Janelle Couture, Brad Crowder, Lynda and Mike Eckard, Ann Filler, Ed Gomez, Cheryl Harkenrider, Joseph Harkenrider, Bob Huff, Nancy Jordan, Alli Keith, Tony Kell, Brian Laurenz, Joan Lipscomb, Gerald Lockwood, Sandy Lockwood, Skyler Lockwood, Connie Mabe, Kelly Massey, Jack Meredith, Jane Meredith, Peter Michels, Jim Nelson, Cindy Ottinger, Bonnie Pennock, Noel Resor, Claire Roney, Jacqueline Sanders, Max Schilb, Barbara Senn, John Shannon, Erin Shaw, Maureen Shea, Travis Sheets, Shirley Slater, Johanna Smith, The Spitler Family, Terry Springer, Stan Volz, Marian Waltz, Dana Wichern, Sandra Woodruff Cully

The acolyte for today is Evan Conner.

Sunday Service
Join us for our weekly worship service at 10:00 am in-person, or through our livestream on our YouTube Channel.

If you miss out on our live broadcast, the worship service will be available on our YouTube Channel and listed by date on the Sermon Archive.
Join us for online worship!

Our in-person worship services are held on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. We continue to record and livestream our services, with the recorded video available by Sunday evening. Masks are optional but encouraged.

Joys and Concerns

Sundays at 1:00 pm

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in resumes 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 829-3823-4464#, then # when asked for the password.

Click here to join Joys & Concerns

Order of Worship

Prelude: Thee Combo

Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: Psalm 23

Hymn No. 252 (vs. 1-3 Eng.) “Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us” | BRADBURY

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: “We’ve Come This Far by Faith”

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “Sanctus” by Jill Gallina

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:17b-3:2

Sermon: "This Passage Is Wrong on Everything” 

Hymn No. 472 “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” | PRECIOUS LORD

Prayers for Healing

Hymn No. 581 “Lead Us from Death to Life” | WORLD PEACE PRAYER


Postlude: Thee Combo

This Week


April 30

Mark Friskney

May 1

John Briscoe Escosa III

May 3

Sophia Boyko

May 5

Linda Kerr

May 6

Laurie Eggers

Nada O'Neal

Next Week's Birthdays

May 7

Robin Grimm

May 8

Gareth Hurni

Corrie Silcox

May 9

Ean Degitz

May 10

Steve Hollingsworth

May 11

Barb Hill

May 13

Beth Balasia


Sunday, April 30

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

8:30 am Parish Nurses

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:00 am Just Neighbors Food Truck

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, May 1

Office Closed

Tuesday, May 2

9:30 am Michael Spath Religion and Culture Class

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

6:00 pm Executive Council Meeting

Wednesday, May 3

2:45 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, May 4

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

1:30 pm Memorial Gifts Committee Meeting

Friday, May 5

6:30 pm What is Truth Seminar Pre-Lecture Concert

7:00 pm What is Truth Seminar Lecture w/ Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon

Saturday, May 6

10:00 am What is Truth Seminar Workshop w/ Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon

2:30 pm What is Truth Seminar "Storytelling and Song" w/ Valerie Tutson

Sunday, May 7

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Intergenerational Chapel Class

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Sunday, April 30: Adult Chapel Class: Celtic Christianity

On Sunday, April 30, Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals will finish her two-week series on Celtic Christianity. Chapel Class begins at 9:00 am on Sunday morning and is available in person or on Zoom. To join via Zoom, the passcode is 063060.

Chapel Class Zoom Link

Sunday, April 30: Just Neighbors Food Truck at Plymouth

The Just Neighbors’ Same City food truck will be at Plymouth Church on Sunday, April 30, at 11:00 am. Lunch will be available immediately following worship outside the Folsom Room entrance. Please plan to stick around after worship to have some delicious food, enjoy a time of fellowship, and support a great cause. All the money raised through the Same City food truck supports the work and mission of Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network. 

Wednesday, May 3: Wednesday Night Live and Bible Study

Wednesday Night Live programming continues this Wednesday, May 3. Those who want to join the Bible study virtually can join via Zoom at 5:15 pm. The passcode to join the Zoom is 805552.

Bible Study Zoom Link

Wednesday, May 3 Wednesday Night Book Study

Wednesday Night Book Study will continue on Wednesday, May 3 with the book Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer, by Richard Rohr. This popular and best-selling book from a renowned Franciscan priest challenges people to move beyond the comfort of a settled life toward an understanding of themselves that is rooted in their connection to God. Only when they rest in God can they find the certainty and the freedom to become all that they can be. Contemplation has its place at the heart of Christianity, a place that allows people to experience how “everything belongs”. Wednesday night book study is held after Wednesday Night Live dinner, at 6:45 pm in the chapel. Participation in this study will be available in person and through Zoom. The password to join via Zoom is 694847.

Book Study Zoom Link

Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 7: What is Truth Seminar

Plymouth Church will be hosting the “What is Truth Seminar: An Exploration through Study, Story, and Song” beginning Friday, May 5 and continuing through Sunday, May 7. 

The seminar will aim to explore the following questions:

  • How do we discern truth in a world of disinformation and alternative facts?
  • How can we name our truth when we are gaslit or our experience is dismissed?
  • How might we stand up for truth when people deny the reality of injustice?

Come explore these questions with others in this interactive, free seminar!

What is Truth Seminar Schedule:

Friday, May 5

  • 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm - Evening Lecture and Q&A w/ Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon (Doors at 6:30 pm and music beginning at 6:45 pm)

Saturday, May 6

  • 10:00 am to 12:30 pm - Morning Workshop w/ Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon
  • 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm - Lunch
  • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Storytelling and Song w/ Valerie Tutson

Sunday, May 7

  • 9:00 am - Intergenerational Education Hour w/ Valerie Tutson
  • 10:00 am - Worship Service (livestream available)

Featured presenters include Rev. Dr. Traci D. Blackmon, Valerie Tutson, and Maestro Robert Nance. More participants will be announced in the lead up to the seminar. Read each presenter's bio and learn more about the seminar by clicking the button below.

The What is Truth Seminar is free and open to the public, although we do ask for you to complete registration. Register by clicking the link below.

We hope to see you there!

Register Here!
What is Truth Website
Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 11: ICMEP "An Evening with Philip Farah" 

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace welcomes you to, "An Evening with Philip Farah" on Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 pm at Plymouth Church.

Philip Farah is a Palestinian Christian born and raised in East Jerusalem. He immigrated to the US in 1978 at age 27. He has lived, studied, and worked in several countries in the Middle East and is now a natural resources economist in Washington DC. He is a founding member of the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace and co-founder of the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace. Free, open to the public. Masks encouraged.

Click the button below to view the event on Facebook.

Facebook Event Page

Sunday, May 14 and 21: Adult Chapel Class - Atonement

Our final chapel class for the program year will be led by Rev. Murphy. It is a two-week series on theories of atonement. How are we reconciled with God? What happened on the cross? We will look at some of the dominant ways Christians have tried to answer these questions, including options including Christ as a ransom, satisfaction, penal substitute, example, victor, and others. Chapel Class begins at 9:00 am on Sunday morning and is available in person or on Zoom. To join via Zoom, the passcode is 063060.

Chapel Class Zoom Link

Saturday, May 13: Euchre Tournament and Family Game Night

Congregational Life Board will be hosting a Euchre Tournament on Saturday, May 13 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm here in the Folsom Room. Euchre is one of those games where it's not always easy to find four people who play, so,this will be a fun opportunity to play euchre, in a friendly, competitive environment. The winner gets the official Plymouth Euchre bragging rights for the entire year. The cost to enter the tournament is one of the items listed below. All proceeds go to the Positive Resource Connection:

We are also asking everyone to bring items to fill bags for Positive Resource Connection clients. The items include: 

  • Individually wrapped snacks
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Clothing
  • Toiletries

Click the button below for the full list of accepted donations.

This will also be Family Game Night, so as usual, please bring a light snack to share and your favorite game to introduce to others. Coffee and water provided. 

Positive Resource Connection Bag of Prevention

Sunday, May 21: Ice Cream Social

To celebrate all the volunteers who give of their time to make our programming happen throughout the year, Congregational Life Board will be serving up ice cream with lots of fixings following the worship service on Sunday, May 21.

Saturday, June 17: An Evening with the TinCaps

Congregational Life invites you to join Plymouth for an evening with the TinCaps on Saturday, June 17! First pitch is at 7:00 pm and there will be fireworks following the game. For this annual outing for Plymouth we have reserved a section for seating. Sign up in the Folsom Room by May 21 to help us know how many tickets to purchase. Starting Sunday, May 28, purchased tickets will be available to pick up in the Folsom Room. ⚾️ LETS GO TINCAPS! ⚾️

Sunday, August 6: Plymouth Family Picnic

The Plymouth Family Picnic will take place Sunday, August 6. Save the date to your calendars. More information to come in July. 

General Announcements

Mother’s Day Supply Drive for Amistad Presbyterian Church Migrant Assistance

If you attended chapel class on March 26, you already know that our neighbors at Amistad, Pastors Martin and Sandy Garcia, do incredibly important work with new migrants settling here in Fort Wayne. These individuals and families, starting new lives in a new country, often arrive with little more than what they can carry. The good people of Amistad Presbyterian offer intentional outreach that helps provide the necessities of setting up house and settling into a new home.

In the tradition of former Mother’s Day Special Offerings, the Evangelism & Marketing Board invites you to participate in a supply/gift-card drive, April 30 – May 14.

Most versatile and helpful items: Gift Cards to Kroger, Wal-Mart, Meijer, $25.00 +

If you’re feeling more shoppy, team up with a few friends and assemble a focused “supply bundle,” such as:

  • A bathroom bundle: bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths, toilet brush, bathmat, wastebasket.
  • A kitchen bundle: skillet(s) & pot(s), maybe a basic stock pot, basic set of kitchen utensils, manual can opener, kitchen towels and hot pads, measuring cups & spoons
  • A dining bundle: basic set of bowls & plates, cutlery, glasses/cups
  • A cleaning bundle: 13 gal trash can, trash bags, bucket, broom, dish soap, toilet cleaner, all-purpose cleaner (Fabulouso, Pine-Sol, etc), glass cleaner, sponges/cleaning cloths/etc.
  • A laundry bundle: laundry basket, laundry bag, detergent, stain remover, softener or those silicone anti-static balls that are neat

Items should be new and unused.

Please place your donations in/around the bins in the Folsom Room. If possible, wait until Sunday, May 14, to bring your “bundle” donations, so the space doesn’t get too chaotic.

Let's Review Recycling

As an Earthwise Church, Plymouth folks have taken on the role of being a recycler both at home and at church. While this is a great thing to be doing, it has come to our attention both from Matt Gratz, Solid Waste Director for the city, and and John Hoelderle, our Maintenance Manager, that often the recycling is unacceptable and therefore contaminates the whole batch. This costs the church, as well as our trash and recycling provider, a lot of money.

As Earth Day 2023 approaches, let’s review the guidelines so we can be successful recyclers at home and church.

  1. Recycle, reuse, or repurpose everything you can.
  2. Know the recycling guidelines wherever you live (in Fort Wayne, outside Fort Wayne in Allen County, or elsewhere) as different companies have different policies.
  3. NEVER place recycling items in plastic bags before tossing them into the recycling bin.
  4. NEVER place containers with liquids in recycling bins. Everything should be empty, dry, and clean.

May Bell Submissions Open: Open and Affirming Covenant

This year the Bell Newsletter will focus on one of our four covenants each quarter. Our first issue covered the Just Peace covenant. The next Bell will be published on May 19 and will focus on Plymouth Church's Open and Affirming covenant. "We are an Open and Affirming congregation (2001), welcoming members of the LGBTQ community. We find strength in our diversity and a greater understanding of God's inclusive love." This is a great opportunity for your Board/Committee/Task Force to inform Plymouth members and friends of the work you are doing that aligns with this covenant. If you'd like to submit an article to the Bell, your article is not required to be geared toward the Open and Affirming covenant. The covenant is just a framework for your article and the overarching theme of the May issue. 

The submission deadline for the May Bell is Wednesday, May 10 at 11:59 pm. The Bell will be published Friday, May 19. If you'd like to write an article for the Bell, please submit it to Elizabeth Pruitt by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, May 10 to [email protected].

Donate Greeting Cards in the Folsom Room

If you have extra greeting cards, you can donate them to nursing home residents. You will find a container in the Folsom Room. Thanks for your help with this new mission sponsored by pastoral care.

Calling All Knitters, Crocheters, and Weavers!

The Indiana Kentucky conference of the UCC is hosting General Synod in June 2023, and it has been a tradition for the hosting conference to provide prayer shawls for delegates and others in attendance. Would you be willing to help by knitting or crocheting one or two shawls? Let Rev. Sara ([email protected]) know if you would like to commit to making one (or three!).

COVID-19 Protocols: Masking Encouraged

While masks remain optional in worship, we encourage wearing them whenever possible. A high-quality mask provides good protection against infection even if others around you are not wearing one. 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.

Desk Coverage Volunteers Needed During Staff Meetings

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.

Sign Up Form

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 [email protected] with any questions.

Plymouth Church Linktree

The following links can be found on our Linktree:

  • What is Truth Seminar Registration
  • Chancel Flower Dedication Sign Up Form
  • Donate
  • Past Chapel Class Series
  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Sign Up
  • Study Connection Volunteer Sign Up
  • Plymouth Google Calendar
  • Plymouth's Social Media

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 [email protected]
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