Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, August 21, 2022

In Our Prayers

New this week: Roberta Braunlin

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Janis Bohnstedt, Clara Bowling, Teresa Clingaman, Kris Conner, Diana Cornwell, 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

No Joys and Concerns this Week

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in will not meet this week. We will resume next Sunday, August 28 at 1:00 pm. 

Order of Worship


Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: “God Speaks” by Rainer Maria Rilke

Hymn No. 28 “For the Beauty of the Earth" | DIX

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing the Peace

Response Song: "Make Us One" | Carol Cymbala

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Hosea 11:1-9

Sermon: “Deity Differently Defined”  

Communion Hymn (insert) “We Limit Not the Truth of God” | ELLACOMBE

Invitation to Communion


Closing Hymn No. 459 “Come, O Fount of Every Blessing” | NETTLETON


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

August 27

Ramie Kuhns

Sue Nell

Tessa Springer

Next Week's Birthdays

August 28

Michaela Eitsert

August 29

Tasha Sutter 

August 30

Chloe Price

August 31

Maggie Miller

September 1

Dan Lewark

Eli Jarred Spath

Shelley Woehnker

September 2

Ian McCormick

Michael Spath

September 3

Barb Christianson


Sunday, August 21

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

12:00 pm Annual Church Picnic

Monday, August 22

Office Closed

Tuesday, August 23

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

Wednesday, August 24

12:00 pm Reproductive Rights Action Team Meeting (online)

5:30 pm Peace and Justice Committee Retreat

Thursday, August 25

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

4:00 pm Stewardship Campaign Meeting

5:30 pm Nominating Committee Meeting

Sunday, August 28

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

8:30 am Parish Nurses

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:30 am Environmental Action Team Forum

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

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

Wednesday, August 24: ICMEP Interview with Don Wagner

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace hosts "An interview with Don Wagner: What I’ve Learned in 50 Years of Palestinian Solidarity" on Wednesday, August 24 at 12:00 pm. 

Michael Spath interviews his friend and mentor, Don Wagner, via zoom, on the release of his autobiography Glory to God in the Lowest! Journeys to an Unholy Land. Don’s book is a personal, political, and religious journey from an evangelical Christian faith and conservative politics, to solidarity with the poor and advocacy for anti-war, anti-racism, and Palestinian rights.

Co-sponsored by the national United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network and eight other national organizations, including the Presbyterians, Quakers and Mennonites.

Click the button below to register for this Zoom interview. 

Register Here
Upcoming Events

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!

Sunday, September 18: Welcoming Group

Our next WELCOMING GROUP will meet Sunday, September 18, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. If you have been attending Plymouth for six months or longer, and your faith journey is leading you to explore becoming a member, this is a one-time required session. Whether you are confident, confused, or curious, our time together is focused on orientation, conversation, interpretation, and exploration. It is an opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet others who are considering affirming their formal relationship with Plymouth Church, UCC. Please contact Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals at smo@plymouthfw.org or 260-423-9424 x322 to register. An accurate number is needed for the light lunch that will be provided by Congregational Life Board.

General Announcements

Standish Circle Wreath Orders

Merry Christmas! Wait! It’s only late summer, but orders need to be placed for wreaths now. St. Joe Tree Farm is graciously working with Standish Circle to keep the tradition of selling wreaths for you to order and receive in time for the Christmas holidays. The profits are used to assist those in need in our community. Wreath pickup will be at Plymouth on both Sunday, November 20 and Sunday, November 27 at the porte-cochere entrance before and after church. 

Orders and payment must be received no later than Sunday, September 18. To complete an order form, either click the button below to print off the form and return it to the Plymouth office or pick up an order form at the front office on Sunday mornings. Order forms will also be available at the Plymouth Resource Faire at the Standish Colony table. Checks should be made payable to Plymouth Church and include a notation stating "Standish Wreaths" on the memo line.

Print Order Form Here

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 Connection 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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