Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Joys and Concerns

Sundays at 1:00 pm

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in continues today. 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


Opening Hymn: NCH#403 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”

Welcome & Announcements
Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Mission Moment: Strengthen the Church

Passing the Peace

Response Song: “God Is So Good” (alt.)

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Matthew 7:1-11

Sermon: "Something in Your Eye"

Closing Hymn: NCH#530 “God Our Author and Creator”


This Week
August 28
Michaela Eitsert

August 29
Tasha Sutter

August 30
Chloe Price

August 31
Al Crain-Shick
Maggie Miller
Sunday, August 22
Strengthen the Church Special Offering
9:15 am Fellowship Hour
10:00 am Worship Service
11:15 am Safe Church Policy Workshop
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, August 23
Office Closed

Tuesday, August 24
1:00 pm Staff Meeting

Thursday, August 26
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm Open Prayer in Sanctuary
1:00 pm Study Group (online)

Saturday, August 28
9:00 am Supply Drive Collection

Sunday, August 29
Healing Service
9:15 am Fellowship Hour
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)
Sunday, August 22: Strengthen the Church Special Collection
As part of Plymouth’s commitment to the UCC’s "Our Church’s Wider Mission", we are collecting today for the UCC’s Strengthen the Church Offering. The Strengthen the Church Offering reflects the shared commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the denomination. Conferences and the national setting equally share the gifts given by members and friends through their local congregations. The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. By your generosity to this offering, you build up the Body of Christ.

If we have learned anything about being the church in the past 18 months, it’s that the church must have resources available to adapt to changing circumstances, to develop new ways of serving both the congregation and the community. Funds raised from the Strengthen the Church Offering provide resources to churches that would not be able to respond to new and developing contexts and calls without such assistance. As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches, and develop the spiritual lives of our youth and young adults.

You can contribute to this special offering by using the special envelope provided in service if you happen to be worshipping with us in person today. Offerings may also be made by mailing a check to Plymouth (with the memo line “Strengthen the Church”), or by going online to plymouthfw.org, clicking the “Contribute” tab, clicking “Donate”, and then entering your offering amount in the line for "Strengthen the Church."
Sunday, August 22: Safe Church Policy Workshop
The Safety Committee, Deacons' Worship Board, and Executive Council of Plymouth Church have reviewed and approved a Safe Church Policy to be presented to the congregation for final approval at a future congregational meeting. To introduce the congregation to this proposed policy, there will be several after-church gatherings to review the proposal and ask any questions you may have. The first workshop will be on Sunday, August 22 at 11:15 am following worship in the Folsom Room.
Tuesday, August 24: Walk the Talk Prayer Walk
Join the Fort Wayne UNITED TenPoint Coalition Teams and pastors of Fort Wayne for prayer walks through the Oxford Community.

When: Tuesday, August 24 & Thursday, August 26, 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Where: Weisser Park Youth Center: 802 Eckart St., Fort Wayne, IN 46806

Who: All are welcome!

In case of rain, the August 24 date will be pushed to August 31 at 5:30 pm and the August 26 date will be pushed to September 2 at 5:30 pm.

“The Fort Wayne UNITED TenPoint Coalition is influencing the lives of young people, families, local businesses, and neighborhoods by implementing proactive strategies to reduce violence and emphasize the importance of education, employment and community partnerships.

Created in 2018, foot patrol members visit local neighborhoods to examine the areas of crime, education, health, and housing and how to improve conditions and the quality of life for residents and explore opportunities for growth and future success.”

For more information about the Fort Wayne UNITED TenPoint Coalition, visit their website by clicking here.
Saturday, August 28: August Supply Drive for Fairfield Elementary
Saturday, August 28, 9:00 am to 11:00 am, Evangelism and Marketing will be collecting for our friends at Fairfield Elementary. What a joy to help school staff and students get a good start to the year!

They are requesting the following supplies: Pink/pastel, cutesy/girly backpacks, Dry Erase Markers, Clorox/disinfectant wipes, Sweatpants and/or leggings in youth sizes for kids pre-K and up, Play-Doh, Puzzles or Mini-Puzzle Games, Small Notepads or Sketchbooks

Collection will be held rain or shine at the Folsom Room entrance. We hope to see you at the porte-cochère! If you cannot make it on Saturday, you can drop your donations in the E&M donation bin, now available in the Folsom Room, near the porte-cochère doors, any time through Sunday, August 29.
Upcoming Events
Saturday, September 18: Rejoice & Renewal Celebration
“With Thanksgiving for the past, with joy in the present and with hope for the future we celebrate this renewal of Plymouth.” Plymouth Church presents the “Rejoice & Renewal Celebration” on Saturday, September 18 at 5:30 pm at the Mizpah Shrine Center Imperial Room located at 1015 Memorial Way, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805.

The evening will include a free catered dinner and music. A registration form can be found at the button below and will ask you to select your dinner choice: homestead chicken (rotisserie grilled half chicken), or vegan friendly pasta primavera (bow tie pasta with broccoli, carrots, red peppers, mushrooms, onions and ripe olives in an herbed olive oil). Please register for each individual person who will be in attendance and their dinner choice. Registration ends at 11:59 pm on September 7.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Monty Millage at [email protected] or (260) 602-7209. If you have trouble completing the registration online or need to make a change to your registration, please contact our Communications Specialist Elizabeth Pruitt at [email protected] or (260) 423-9424.

Register today and help us celebrate our future with respect for the past!
Tuesday, September 21: Women's Book Study
After an extended break, Plymouth’s Book Study, open to anyone who self-identifies as a woman, will be resuming in a refreshed format this fall. We have decided to choose books related to one of our four covenants (Open and Affirming, Just Peace, Global Missions, and Earthwise). It is expected that most books will be discussed in just one session, which will allow persons to choose when a topic is of special interest to them.

We plan to meet on the third Tuesday of each month, and our first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 21, from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm, when the book will be Flight Behavior, a novel by Barbara Kingsolver.

We also hope to make plans for future books, so if you are interested in sharing a book – either fiction or non-fiction – we hope that you will be able to come. In any case, if you have a book to recommend but cannot attend, or have any questions, please contact Judith Beineke at [email protected].
General Announcements
Wednesday Night Live Dinner Sign Up Sheet
Wednesday Night Live has its kickoff event on Wednesday, September 1 at 6:00 pm, followed by the regular weekly programming starting September 8. Sign up sheets are in the Folsom Room to indicate if you will be there for the weekly dinner, which is at 6:00 pm. Please write your name, number of members of your household, and mark if you are requesting a vegetarian option. Masks will be required indoors except when eating. Plans are fluid based on local COVID cases so watch for e-blasts on any changes of plans. We look forward to seeing you there!
New T-Shirts Available Soon
The Evangelism & Marketing Board has ordered new Plymouth t-shirts, and will have them available soon! There is no set price. Suggested donations are $5 for children’s sizes and $10 for adult sizes, to help offset the cost, but this is a “pay what you can” situation. Whether you are able to donate at the suggested level or a little more or less, it is important to us that anyone who wants a t-shirt can have one.

Keep an eye out for updates about their arrival – or a table full of t-shirts in the Folsom Room.
Christmas Wreath Orders - Standish Women's Organization
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 the Christmas family that Standish/Knit & Kibitz adopts each year. Unfortunately, swags and roping will not be available this year as the greenery comes from Oregon and Washington where fires and extreme heat have really damaged, if not wiped out, the crops. The pickup will be at Plymouth and handled in a noncontact manner. Wreath pick up will be Sunday, November 21 at the porte-cochere entrance before and after church.

Orders and payment must be received before Sunday, September 12. 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. Checks should be made payable to Plymouth Church and include a notation stating "Standish Wreaths" on the memo line.
From the Office
Now that events and meetings are returning to the building, it is important that you contact Tina Puitz, Office Manager, to make sure the time, date and room for your event is available. You may also be asked to complete a building use form. By contacting the office, your event will be entered onto the calendar and your meeting space will be ready when you arrive. Even if your event is returning after the long break due to the pandemic, you must still contact Tina. Also, if you will be selling anything or money will be coming to the office, please coordinate with Tina so office preparations can be made. Contact Tina at 260-423-9424 or [email protected]. Thank you.
Tutors Needed for Study Connection
Last year, Plymouth hosted Study Connection via zoom for six children who attended Fairfield Elementary school. We plan to offer the Study Connection again beginning early to mid October in person in the Folsom Room, COVID permitting.

An orientation for new tutors is provided by Study Connection. In September there will be an organizational meeting for new and returning Plymouth tutors and subs. If interested, please apply ASAP so we can have the tutors in place and assigned when the Study Connection begins in early to mid October. Everyone is welcome to be a special friend to an elementary age child. Providing support and encouragement is the main task for each tutor and sub. Being a tutor is a great way to make a difference in a child’s life.

To apply, click the button below and complete the Volunteer Information Form. All volunteers must have a background check which is done by the FWCS and two references. If you would like to be a tutor or a substitute or have any questions about volunteering, please let Lucy Hess know by contacting her at [email protected] or 484-4430.
Open Prayer in Sanctuary on Thursdays
Due to numerous requests, Plymouth has decided to open our sanctuary on Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm for a time of personal prayer. Please enter through the Berry Street Office entrance and check in with our receptionist. Contact our receptionist Jake Slone at (260) 423-9424 or [email protected] with any questions.
Plymouth Church Is on Instagram
Plymouth Church has joined Instagram! If you would like to follow our Instagram to see what's happening at Plymouth each week and more, give us a follow @plymouthchurchfortwayne. If you post any pictures at Plymouth or at a Plymouth event, or have any previous posts at Plymouth, please tag us! The link to our Instagram can be found at the bottom of this bulletin and on our website.
Sanctuary Flower Donation Sign Up
Now that we are back in our sanctuary for worship, we again offer the opportunity to sign up for a Sunday to sponsor the chancel flowers. Members have used this opportunity to remember family and friends, celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or other events. After the service, members volunteer to divide up the flowers to take to those who are not able to attend church services. Your donation of the flowers serves two purposes: to beautify the sanctuary and bring joy to members who cannot be in church. If you wish to take some of your donated flowers home, go to the kitchen after the service to claim your bunch.

Those who want to sign up can do so by filling out the form, linked here, or they can call/email the office. Payment can be made through the donation link on our website (included in the form) or they can mail cash/a check to the office. Donations for the selected Sunday(s) must be to the office by the prior Tuesday. The cost for one bouquet is $50. If two members sign up for the same Sunday, we will have two bouquets that week.

Contact the church office at (260) 423-9424 or [email protected] with any questions.
Join the Jubilee
For this week’s RIP Medical Debt campaign announcement, E&M would like to share a story published December 20, 2019, by WTIU, out of Indianapolis. There, Northview Church collected $40,000 and paid off $7.8 million through RIP Medical Debt.

One beneficiary of this collection is a woman named Sonya Brown, who agreed to be interviewed for the story. She had approximately $15,000 in unpaid medical bills, which had resulted from struggles with diabetes and several strokes. Her health issues eventually led to her quitting her job at Wal-Mart, leaving her and her husband to get by on only his pay. There wasn’t any extra to pay off debt.

Then Ms. Brown received a letter from RIP Medical Debt informing her that her debt had been forgiven, and she now owed nothing. “You know how people feel when they hit the lottery? Just overwhelming and so exciting. […] I wanted to pay my medical bills, I didn’t want to be that deadbeat person, but I couldn’t afford to pay that,” she said.

The interview with Ms. Brown was during December, so she was asked about her plans for the holidays. She replied that she was scraping together whatever extra she had to pay the blessing forward, because so many had helped her. She said, “It don’t take a lot of money, because if everyone puts in 10 or 20 dollars, it adds up quick, and it helps somebody.”

We couldn’t agree more, Ms. Brown. If everyone chips in a little, we can do a lot. Please give what you can, and help us bring the good news to more folks like Sonya Brown.

The fundraising campaign will run through September 26, and our fundraising goal is $20,000 – or $2,000,000 in medical debt relief – but if we end up raising more than that our joy will increase with our giving. Please feel free to share the link with your friends and family – the more the merrier! Click the button below to visit our fundraising campaign page. There is also a link on our “Contribute” page at plymouthfw.org. Scroll down and click on “Campaign." Information can also be found on Facebook. Thank you!
Seeking CPR/Defibrillator Instructor
The Safety Committee, a sub committee of the Deacons Board, needs a CPR/Defibrillator instructor that has access to the necessary training equipment to provide recertification training for those employees, safety committee members and volunteers who took the course two years ago. We hope to find someone in the congregation with that ability. This event would be available for our new employees as well as any new volunteers. Anyone interested should contact Tom Braun at (260) 403-0384 or [email protected].
Seeking New Technology Volunteers
The sanctuary will soon receive a much-needed upgrade to its audio and video equipment, allowing for a wonderful expansion of Plymouth’s digital ministry. We need some folks to learn to operate the new equipment and to assist with recording the worship services. Ideally, there will be several willing volunteers, so the duty remains light. John Escosa has been faithfully serving in this capacity for quite some time, and it will be good to expand the team!

Advanced tech skills are not required. Possessing these traits will be useful:
  • Technology competent: Having a basic understanding of audio/video equipment operation (such as what happens when one adjusts controls on a stereo, radio, or television)
  • Observant: Capable of anticipating a sequence of events and being prepared to make necessary adjustments to controls
  • Discerning: Able to listen and watch for changes in the appearance of an image or the sound in the room
  • Willing to take direction from participants in worship who are not technologically proficient

Anyone interested in joining or learning more about the specifics of the technology team is encouraged to attend the equipment training session which will be conducted once the equipment installation is complete. Please email either John Escosa at [email protected] or Cammy Sutter at [email protected] to be notified when the training will occur.
Visiting Plymouth
If you have a need to visit the office, we’d love to see you! Our office is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Appointments are no longer necessary to visit the office during these days. On Fridays, our office will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm by appointment only. Contact the office at (260) 423-9424 or [email protected] with any questions.
COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility
The state of Indiana has opened COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to anyone 12 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.