Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, April 4, 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


Easter Acclamation

Easter song – "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today"


Invocation/Lord’s Prayer

Responsive song"Christ Rose Up from the Dead"

Pastoral prayer

Special music – "Lord of the Dance"

Scripture – Mark 16:1-8


Invitation to Communion


Closing song – "The Day of Resurrection" NCH#245


Postlude – Hallelujah Chorus
This Week
April 12
Linda South

April 13
Thomas Baker
Melanie Hollingsworth

April 14
Isaiah Atienzo-Fisher

April 15
Sharon Christian
Scott Rigdon

April 16
Eric Gilliom
Jane A. Meredith
Monty Millage
Beth Price

April 17
Steve Ross

April 18
Debra L. Compagnone
John Donley
All programs and events are online unless otherwise stated.

Sunday, April 4
Easter Sunday
8:00 am Sunrise Outdoor Service (in-person)
10:00 am Easter Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys & Concerns

Monday, April 5
Office Closed

Tuesday, April 6
1:00 pm Staff Meeting

Thursday, April 8
Yom HaShoah

Saturday, April 10
3:00 pm Young Adult Hike

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
Sunday, April 4: Easter Sunrise Service
You are invited to an in-person, outdoor service on Easter Sunday. In past years, this was often done in the Folsom Room. We will meet for a simple sunrise service in the Berry Street parking lot near the corner of Berry and Fairfield as the eastern sun rises. The service begins at 8:00 am. No registration is required but wear your mask and practice social distancing.
Sunday, April 4: Sunday School
Today, if you find yourself stopping by Plymouth’s building, keep an eye out for painted Easter Egg stones around our gardens. The “eggs” will be in place at the Sunrise Service, and will stay out until 4:00 pm. Please leave the stones where they are so that other families can enjoy the hunt.
No Wednesday Night Live, April 7
Rev. Timothy’s Bible study and WNL music practices are cancelled for April 7 but will resume the following week.
Upcoming Events
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, including The Children Are Asking for this season of Lent. 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 [email protected] 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.
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!
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 [email protected] to make an appointment. Thank you.