Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, August 20, 2023

In Our Prayers 

New this week: Ralph Miser

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Mary Bir, Clara Bowling, Ruth Bracht, Matthew Carter, Teresa Clingaman, Deb Conklin, Kris Conner, Ann Corral, David Cornwell, Janelle Couture, Brad Crowder, Lynda and Mike Eckard, Ed Gomez, Cheryl Harkenrider, Joseph Harkenrider, Charlene Holly, 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, Ron Muckway, Jim Nelson, Cindy Ottinger, Bonnie Pennock, Zoey Pinedo, Noel Resor, Claire Roney, Anne Rowland, Jacqueline Sanders, Calvin Scantlin, 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, Maryanne Williams, Sandra Woodruff Cully

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.

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.

Click here to join Joys & Concerns

Order of Worship


Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship

Hymn No. 11 “Bring Many Names” | WESTCHASE

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: “Deep Within Our Hearts”

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

Sermon: “For Everyone Born”

Communion Hymn “For Everyone Born” (insert)

Invitation to Communion


Hymn No. 181 “You Are Salt of the Earth, O People” | BRING FORTH



This Week


August 21

Becky Chasey

Braeden Melo-Rolland

August 22

Riley Fultz

Carol Patterson

August 23

Judy Springer

Joan Weber

August 26

Robby Bilinski

Next Week's Birthdays

August 27

Ramie Kuhns

Sue Nell

August 28

Michaela Eitsert

August 29

Tasha Sutter

August 30

Chloe Price

Lily Van Amerongen

August 31

Maggie Miller

September 1

Dan Lewark

Eli Jarred Spath

Shelley Woehnker

September 2

Ian McCormick

Michael Spath


Sunday, August 20

9:00 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 (online)

Monday, August 21

Office Closed

Tuesday, August 22

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

6:00 pm Ecclesiastical Council for January Simpson

Thursday, August 24

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

5:00 pm Nominating Committee Meeting

6:30 pm ICMEP "Biodiversity and Environmental Justice in Palestine"

Sunday, August 27

9:00 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Parish Nurses

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Anti-Racism Action Team Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

5:00 pm MLK Unity March Downtown

Tuesday, August 22:  Ecclesiastical Council for January Simpson

As we prepare to celebrate January Simpson’s ordination in September, the final step in the process is her Ecclesiastical Council before the Northeast Association of the United Church of Christ. This is an opportunity for January to present her ordination paper and answer questions from members of the association before a final vote is taken to approve her for ordination pending call. All Plymouth members are invited to attend this meeting to support January in this important moment on her path to ordination. The meeting will be held via Zoom at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, August 22. Click the button below to attend.

Zoom Link

Thursday, August 24: "Biodiversity and Environmental Justice in Palestine" ICMEP Event

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace will host Bethlehem’s Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh for “Biodiversity & Environmental Justice in Palestine, on Thursday, August 24 at 6:30 pm here at Plymouth Church.

Mazin Qumsiyeh is a scientist, author, and activist. He has taught at Tennessee, Duke, and Yale, returning to Palestine in 2008 to found with his wife, Jesse, the Palestine Museum of Natural History and Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability in Bethlehem. A prolific author, Mazin writes on biodiversity as well as conserving Palestine’s natural world, culture and heritage in the face of Israeli human rights and environmental abuses. As President of the Bethlehem Rotary Club, Mazin's work connects on a worldwide level to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. Free, open to the public.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, August 27: MLK Unity March

All are invited to join in a community march to commemorate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech on Sunday, August 27 at 5:00 pm. Participants in the march are asked to gather at Fourth Street, near the intersection with North Clinton Street. After crossing the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge, participants will proceed south down Clinton and gather at the Allen County Courthouse Green, where music and prayers for unity will be offered.

Wednesday, August 30: Wednesday Night Live Kick-Off

Wednesday Night Live programming will begin in September, but we’re kicking things off with a BBQ potluck and trivia night on Wednesday, August 30 at 6:00 pm. We’ll have some home-smoked brisket available for all, everything else will be potluck, so please bring a side dish or dessert to share. We’ll also enjoy a few rounds of Plymouth-themed trivia with Rev. Timothy serving as our trivia-master for the evening. Wednesday Night Live is a wonderful fellowship opportunity and a great way to get to know your fellow Plymouth members. Suggested donation for dinner is $10. Please sign up in the Folsom room if you plan to attend so our pitmaster knows how many briskets to smoke!

Friday, September 1: 2nd Annual Youth Camp Out

The 2nd Annual Camp Out at Kara’s will take place on Friday September 1 at 7:00 pm. All Youth in grades 6-12 are invited and encouraged to attend, and this includes our new, incoming 6th graders! Please let Kara Jaurigue know if your youth can attend, and if you have a tent you can bring. Swimming, cornhole, bonfire, s’mores, and fun are on the agenda! What a way to enjoy the last dog-days of summer! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 10: Sunday School Kicks Off

Kids 3 years old through 5th grade gather weekly for a Godly Play story in Room 205. On the first day of Sunday school, preschool and elementary aged kids are encouraged to bring their adults along. Together we will hear a story, explore the stations in the classroom, and share a snack. Parents and grandparents will hear a bit about our teaching philosophy and get to see a class in action. This will be a great chance for new students to ease into the program and for returning students to share Sunday school with their families.

Our Youth Class in Room 203 is for students in Middle and High School. This fall we’ll be taking a whirlwind trip–going through the entire Bible in just 12 sessions. It’s fast, but it’s a great way to see how all the pieces fit together. Yes, returning students, there will be short videos again, and plenty of coloring pages.

Sunday, September 10: Plymouth Resource Faire

On September 10, 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!

Tuesday, September 19: Women's Book Study

The author of next month's book for Plymouth's Women's Book Study needs no introduction. She's Michelle Obama, and the book is The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times.

One critic wrote: "... Michelle Obama opens a frank and honest dialogue with readers, considering the questions many of us wrestle with: How do we build enduring and honest relationships? How can we discover strength and community inside our differences? What tools do we use to address feelings of self-doubt or helplessness? What do we do when it all starts to feel like too much?"

If you think you would enjoy discussing this book (and you self-identify as a woman), please do join us in the Amistad Room at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, September 19, or contact Laura McCoy to join us virtually. You will be most welcome.

Other books on our autumn schedule are Anam Cara by John O'Donohue, and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

General Announcements

Back to School Drive for Fairfield Elementary End August 20

Summer break is through and the youngsters of Fort Wayne are headed back to school! That means it’s the perfect time for us to hold a supply drive to help our partner school, Fairfield Elementary. The good folks at Fairfield are shaping the future as they educate their students, so let’s make sure they have what they need to do it well!

Requested donation items are:

  • Paper towels
  • Elmer’s glue sticks
  • Underwear (sizes 4-6)
  • Kids’ Sweatpants/Leggings (often @Walmart for under $5)
  • Art supplies: Buttons, Fabric, Ribbons, Sequins, Beads

Please bring your donations to church by Sunday, August 20. You can place them in or near the donation bins in the Folsom Room.

Thank you for supporting our local students!

Crowdfunding for Faith-Based Film

Plymouth Member Zoe Moore is finishing their final year at Boston University and will graduate with a degree in Film and Television. As their senior project through DKA, the professional film fraternity at BU, they are producing a short film called “Ash Wednesday,” a coming-of-age comedy about acceptance, faith, and friendship. It follows a queer Catholic schoolgirl who gets her period during Ash Wednesday Mass and must embark on an odyssey with her best friend to find a tampon and make it back to Mass in time to get their ashes — or else they're suspended. At Plymouth, we believe faith and queer joy can coexist. “Ash Wednesday” uses humor to convey this theme. Zoe is fundraising for the film and would be beyond grateful for any support their home church community can provide. You can donate or share the crowdfunding link at the button below.

Link to Donate

Kindergarten and 2nd Grade Bibles

Each year Plymouth gives a children’s story Bible to incoming Kindergarteners, and a full-text NRSV Bible to incoming 2nd graders. If you have a child who would like a Bible this year, please contact Katie Watson.

Volunteers Needed for Nursery Care and Children’s Fellowship Time

Do you enjoy working with young children? Are you looking for a way to get involved with children’s ministries at Plymouth? We need your help! We are in need of volunteers to assist with Children’s Fellowship Time and Nursery Care on Sunday mornings during the worship hour. You can volunteer one Sunday a month, or as often as you like. No experience is needed; however a background check is required. If interested, please email Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals at [email protected] for more information.

Study Connection Volunteers Needed

Volunteers for the 11th year of Study Connection at Plymouth Church 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 [email protected] or (260) 484-4430. Study Connection is offered at Plymouth every Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 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.

Online Directory and Emergency Contact Information

Plymouth’s directory is going digital! You can now sign up for account access on the Plymouth Website. This will allow you to see your own personal information, see your giving and contributions for the year, and access the new Plymouth Church Directory. By moving to a digital directory, we keep our commitment to protect the environment by being an Earthwise congregation, while also guaranteeing that we have up to date information right at your fingertips. Once the request is processed, you will receive an e-mail from the office with your unique username and password allowing you to log in via the "Member Login" button on our website.

At the same time that we are providing this fantastic service, we are also collecting emergency contact information that will be kept on file in case you were to become seriously injured or ill at a church service or event. Such information will be kept private and only used in emergency situations by staff.

To sign up for either please visit here or see Jake Slone, Church Receptionist, in the office for a paper form.

COVID-19 Protocols: Masking Optional

Masks are optional in worship and church programming. If you are feeling under the weather or prefer to wear a mask around others, it is an ongoing option. 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 for anyone 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:

  • Study Connection Volunteer Sign Up
  • Plymouth Directory Login
  • Chancel Flower Dedication Sign Up Form
  • Donate
  • Past Chapel Class Series
  • Habitat for Humanity 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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