Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, August 14, 2022

In Our Prayers

New this Week: Janis Bohnstedt, Diana Cornwell

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Clara Bowling, Teresa Clingaman, Kris Conner, Janelle Couture, Brad Crowder, Terry Dougherty, Lynda and Mike Eckard, Ann Filler, Ed Gomez, Joan Hartwig, Sarah Howard, Bob Huff, Nancy Jordan, Ginny Laudadio, Brian Laurenz, Carol Lewark, Joan Lipscomb, Gerald Lockwood, Sandy Lockwood, Sheldon Lockwood, Skyler Lockwood, Connie Mabe, Kelly Massey, Don and Ann McCord, Bev McFadden, Jane Meredith, Peter Michels, Jim Nelson, Bonnie Pennock, Noel Resor, Claire Roney, Jacqueline Sanders, Max Schilb, Rick Schilb, Jim Schmidt, Barbara Senn, John Shannon, Erin Shaw, Maureen Shea, Travis Sheets, Shirley Slater, Johanna Smith, Leslie Spitler, Beck Spitler, Terry Springer, Terri Stumpf, Marian Waltz, Sandra Woodruff Cully, Stan Volz

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 strongly encouraged.
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 829-3823-4464#, then # when asked for the password.

Please note: the code and link for Joys and Concerns has changed. The updated link is used here.
Click here to join Joys & Concerns on Zoom
Order of Worship


Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:23-27

Hymn No. 351 “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry” | BORNING CRY

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing the Peace

Response Song: "Make Us One" | Carol Cymbala

Peace Prayer

Baptism of Sarah Elizabeth McCrory

Hymn No. 323 “Little Sister, Welcome” | SAIPAN

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Isaiah 5:1-7

Sermon: “Christian Nationalism Heresy”

Closing Hymn (insert) “Here I Am, Lord”


This Week

August 14
Meredith Stumpf

August 15
Michael Jaurigue
Joan Lipscomb

August 16
Kristin Steckbeck

August 17
Barbara Bugg
Ann Corral

August 18
Jeanette Boerger
Molly Jordan

August 19
Judy Kaufman

Next Week's Birthdays

August 21
Becky Chasey
Braeden Melo-Rolland

August 22
Riley Fultz
Carol Patterson

August 23
Judy Springer
Joan Weber

August 26
Robby Bilinski

August 27
Ramie Kuhns
Sue Nell
Tessa Springer

Sunday, August 14

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Environmental Action Team Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns

4:00 pm Poplar Village Gardens Tour and Work Day

Monday, August 15

Office Closed

Tuesday, August 16

12:00 pm Women's Book Study

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

4:00 pm Moderators' Meeting

5:30 pm Board Meetings

Thursday, August 18

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

Sunday, August 21

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

12:00 pm Annual Church Picnic

Sunday, August 14: Poplar Village Gardens Tour and Work Day

Plymouth’s families with kids are gathering once a month this summer to socialize, serve, and explore our community! If there are babies, kids, teens, or graduates in your home, please join us!

Our final gathering of the summer is at the Poplar Village Gardens on Sunday, August 14, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We’ll tour this urban garden, learn about the ways they are bringing green space and food to their neighborhood, and help harvest veggies to distribute to local food pantries.

Poplar Village Gardens are located near Broadway, just short of Georges Market. Parking is available in the nearby neighborhood, around the corner of Miner and Walnut streets.

Tuesday, August 16: Women's Book Study

Picking Cotton has been chosen for the next Plymouth's Women's Book Study. The group invites any reader who self-identifies as a woman to join us in the Amistad Room on Tuesday, August 16 at 12:00 pm. Here's a review of it:

"Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape, and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken-- but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars.
After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released, after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face-- and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives."
Upcoming Events

Sunday, August 21: Annual Church Potluck Picnic

Congregational Life Board invites you to our Annual Summer Church Picnic on Sunday, August 21 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Rockhill Park Pavilion at 1500 Catalpa St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

Congregational Life will SUPPLY: pulled pork and hot dog sandwiches with BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard & relish. Lemonade and water, & minimal paper tableware & cups for those who forget their own.

  • A side dish or dessert to share
  • Your own reusable tableware & cups
  • A folding chair

This nearby open air Pavilion only has 4 tables available which is why we ask everyone to bring their own chair, and in keeping with our earthwise commitment to use reusable tableware and cups. We hope to see y'all there!

* In case of rain, this event will be held at Plymouth in the Folsom Room.
** The entrance to Rockhill Park is best accessed by using, if from church, W. Jefferson to Freeman St (stoplight) to left onto Taylor St to left onto Catalpa St. The entrance directly from W. Jefferson onto Catalpa St is a one way exit from Catalpa St, and is too dangerous with the traffic configuration.

Wednesday, August 24: Reproductive Rights Action Team

Are you interested in being part of the newly formed Reproductive Rights Action Team at Plymouth Church? If so, we will hold our first organizational zoom meeting on Wednesday, August 24 at 12:00 pm. We will talk about where things currently stand in the state of Indiana and brainstorm ideas for actions in 2022-2023.
Zoom Link

Sunday, August 28: Composting 101 with Dirt Wain

Please mark your calendars and sign up to join us right after worship on Sunday, August 28, in the Folsom room. Brett Bloom from Dirt Wain will be enlightening us with a quick and painless way we can all compost-- one small way to enrich our soil and cut down on waste. A light luncheon will be provided, so please sign up in advance so we know how much food to provide. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 31: Wednesday Night Live Returns!

Please join us for our Wednesday Night Live kick-off on August 31 at 6:00 pm. We’ll kick-off the new season with a cook-out and potluck supper. Plymouth will supply hamburgers, hotdogs, and veggie burgers, and others are invited to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Wednesday Night Live is a wonderful opportunity to get more involved in the Plymouth community and offers many different activities, including Bible Study, book discussion groups, various musical groups, and of course, dinner! There is a new Wednesday Night Live sign-up sheet in the Folsom room—please sign up if you plan to attend so that we know how much food to prepare. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 11: Plymouth Resource Faire

On September 11, we will have a resource faire after worship in the Folsom Room. There will be tables set up for the different ministries and programs that occur in the life of the church. This faire gives the congregation the opportunity to see what all is going on, find where they might want to plug in, and ask volunteers from that ministry any questions. There is a sign-up sheet in the Folsom Room we are asking the various ministries, committees, etc. to fill out to indicate they will be present and need to reserve a table. We look forward to seeing you there!

General Announcements

Acolytes Needed for Fall

As we approach fall and the beginning of another program year, we are recruiting students in grades 3-8 who would like to serve as acolytes for Sunday morning worship. Training for new acolytes will be held on Wednesday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 7 following Wednesday Night Live dinner. If these times do not work for you, an alternative time can be arranged. Acolytes assist in worship by lighting the candles at the beginning of worship, lighting the peace candle during worship, and extinguishing the candles at the end of the service. All children in grades 3-8 are eligible to serve. Please contact Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals at smo@plymouth.org if your child would like to participate!

Bibles for Students

Each year Plymouth gives a story Bible to incoming Kindergarteners and an NRSV full-text Bible to our 2nd graders. If your child will be entering either grade and would like a Bible, please contact Katie Watson.

COVID-19 Protocols: Masking Strongly Encouraged

While masks remain optional in worship, we strongly 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.

Study Connections Volunteers Needed

Volunteers for the Study Connection are needed. You can be a tutor or a substitute to fill in on the few days when a tutor must be away. Contact Lucy Hess for more information on what is expected of a tutor and sub at lrh22@frontier.com or (260) 484-4430. Study Connection is offered at Plymouth every Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm starting early October to mid-May. To sign up for the background check, click here. The Study Connection sign up sheet is always linked in the Plymouth LinkTree, linked in the bulletin each week.

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.
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 jss@plymouthfw.org with any questions.

Plymouth Church Linktree

The following links can be found on our Linktree:

  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Sign Up
  • 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
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