Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, August 27, 2023

In Our Prayers 

New this week: Kirby Volz

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, Ralph Miser, 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


Sympathy is extended to Judith Beineke in the death of her sister Gillian Wooldridge, August 8, in their home village of Banstead in Surrey, England.

Sympathy is extended to Jane Meredith in the death of her husband Jack Meredith, on August 18.

Sympathy is extended to Braeden Melo-Rolland and family in the death of his grandmother, Miriam “Mimi” Rolland, August 19.

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 (insert) “Take My Life, God, Let It Be” | PEARCE

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: “Deep Within Our Hearts”

Peace Prayer

Mission Moment: Growing Hope Globally

Hymn No. 493 “O Jesus, I Have Promised” | ANGEL’S STORY

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Romans 12:1-8

Sermon: “Minds and Bodies Dedicated to God”

Hymn No. 539 “Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant?” | SERVANT SONG



This Week


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

Next Week's Birthdays

September 4

Phillip Colglazier

Traci Hamilton

Dawn Wiley

September 6

Clyde Dively

Jason Vanover

September 7

Kennon Nicholson

September 8

Jayme Chasey

Clark Geerlings

Karen Goss

Bob Nance


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)

1:15 pm Safety Committee Meeting

5:00 pm MLK Unity March Downtown

Monday, August 28

Office Closed

5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

7:00 pm Tapping Into Faith

Tuesday, August 29

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

Wednesday, August 30

6:00 pm Wednesday Night Live Kickoff

Thursday, August 31

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

Sunday, September 3

9:00 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Sunday, August 27: Heartland Sings Concert

On Sunday, August 27 at 4:00 pm, Heartland Sings will be presenting a show from the parking lot north of Plymouth Church. We hope you will join us for this free, family friendly one-hour performance. Be sure to bring a chair!

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.

Sunday, August 27: Mimi Rolland Memorial

The family of Mimi Rolland invites Plymouth Church to her memorial and celebration of life service on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm, located at Junior Achievement, 550 E. Wallen Road, Fort Wayne 46825.

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!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 9: Help Not Handcuffs Community Forum

Plymouth Church will be hosting a community forum of the Help Not Handcuffs Coalition on Saturday, September 9 at 3:00 pm in the Folsom Room. This will include an update on the current status of Allen County’s new jail proposal and on the importance of providing alternatives to incarceration over building a larger jail. More details coming soon!

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!

Sunday, September 10: January Simpson Ordination Service


Hello Plymouth family, it’s your pal, January Simpson. Thanks in no small part to your welcome, support, and nurture over these past seven years, it is my absolute honor and delight to invite you all to my ordination service! Can you believe it?? I’m still taking it in, myself. Anyway, the service will be on Sunday, September 10, here at Plymouth. Service will start at 4:00 pm. I have it on good authority there will be cake to follow.

My gratitude for all of you, individually and as a community of faith, is overwhelming. Thank you.

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

Construction Coming Soon

A renovation of the Folsom Room and the two adjacent hallways will be beginning soon. These spaces will remain available for programming and fellowship, but they will be in transition for several weeks as wallpaper is removed, walls are repainted, and flooring is replaced. Thank you for your understanding!

School School Volunteers Needed

Our Sunday School runs on volunteer power! Take a look at our needs below. If you can contribute to our program, please contact Katie Watson.

In the classroom:

  • Teachers/storytellers - prepare a story (children’s class) or lesson (youth class) each week.
  • Classroom assistants - help out in the classroom for a 3-month session as a reliable welcoming presence for the kids
  • Substitutes - fill in for a teacher or assistant for a single week.

Behind the scenes:

  • Feast helpers - set out snacks so students can enjoy them at the end of their work time. Feast helpers sign up for single weeks as they are available.
  • Craftspeople - Our stories come to life thanks to props made by Plymouth people. Past craftspeople have cut out wooden figures, illustrated stories with original drawings, sewn stuffed animals, and even constructed doll-sized temples and churches. If you have a skill, we probably have an idea of something you could make!

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. (Click the first link on the LinkTree.)

Link to Crowdfunding Campaign

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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