Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, August 28, 2022

In Our Prayers

New this Week: Jack Meredith, Dana Wichern 

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


Sympathy is extended to Katie and Charlie Carboneau in the death of mother and mother-in-law, Roberta Braunlin, August 20.

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 resumes 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: "Hearing Better Voices"

Hymn (insert) “Let the Rain of Your Presence Fall on Me”

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing the Peace

Response Song: "Make Us One" | Carol Cymbala

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:11-20

Sermon: “Choose Life"

Closing Hymn No. 350 “Now in the Days of Youth” | DIADEMATA



This Week


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

Next Week's Birthdays

September 4

Phillip Colglazier

Traci Hamilton

Dawn Wiley

September 6

Clyde Dively

September 7

Kennon Nicholson

September 8

Jayme Chasey 

Clark Geerlings

Karen Goss 

Bob Nance 

September 10

Mariah Western


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)

Monday, August 29

Office Closed

7:30 pm Tapping Into Faith

Tuesday, August 30

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

Wednesday, August 31

6:00 pm Wednesday Night Live Kickoff

Thursday, September 1

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

1:30 pm Memorial Gifts Committee Meeting

Sunday, September 4

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

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. This event will be livestreamed and available for viewing on our YouTube Channel. Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 29: Tapping Into Faith

Monday, August 29, is the last Monday of the month, and that means it’s time for Tapping Into Faith! This is a fun and casual gathering of Plymouth folks and community folks, enjoying some snacks and sharing good conversation about different topics in faith and spirituality. We would love to have you join us – the more the merrier!

We meet at Mad Anthony brewing, on Taylor and Broadway, at 7:30pm in the party room. E&M will buy some appetizers for sharing, and you are more than welcome to order dinner or drinks as you wish.

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!
Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 11: Chapel Class Series

Starting on Sunday, September 11 and continuing through October 9, Rev. Murphy and Rev. Ofner-Seals will be offering a six-week series on progressive Christianity, which can serve as either an introduction or a refresher. Whether you are a new Christian, new to Plymouth, or have been here a while but want to learn more, this series is for you! This Chapel Class series will have a livestream option for those who want to learn but are unable to be there in person. Topics will include orthopraxy vs orthodoxy, how we interpret the Bible, inclusivity and a preferential option for the poor, ways of understanding God including pantheism and panentheism, how we approach other religions from an interfaith perspective, and non-dualism, among other topics.

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!

Wednesday, September 14: Safe Church Training

There will be a Safe Church training at 6:45pm on Wednesday, September 14, following Wednesday Night Live dinner. This training is required for all staff and volunteers who work with children and youth. The training should last about an hour, and childcare will be provided.

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.

Sunday, September 18: September Litter Pick-Up

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 18 at 1:00pm as the E&M Board is organizing another litter pickup outing, open to all ages! Our Spring Cleaning pickup resulted in a shocking number of full trash bags, and we received thanks from folks in the neighborhood where we were working. It’s a rewarding way to spend an hour or two on a Sunday afternoon, and it’s an easy way to lean into our Earthwise covenant while offering visible evidence of our care for our neighbors.

Karen, our eagle-eyed litter scout, is determining a good location for the day, so keep your eye out for updated information closer to the date. We hope you’ll join us!

Wednesday, September 21: Fall Book Study - Crisis Contemplation

For our next Wednesday evening book study, we will be reading and discussing the book Crisis Contemplation: Healing the Wounded Village, by Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes. In this book, Dr. Holmes takes a deep dive into the contemplative practices of non-white, non-western European communities to expand our vocabulary around what constitutes spiritual practice. Published in 2021, Crisis Contemplation is a deeply relevant salve to the anxiety so many of us feel amid multiple global crises, and masterfully bridges the illusory gap between social action and contemplative spirituality.


We will begin our study on Wednesday, September 21 and continue for six weeks. We will meet in the Amistad room after Wednesday Night Live dinner from 6:45 pm to

7:30 pm. Crisis Contemplation: Healing the Wounded Village can be purchased on Amazon or directly through the publisher at Crisis Contemplation: Healing the Wounded Village – CAC Bookstore. If assistance with the cost of the book is needed, please speak with Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals to have the church purchase a copy for you. Please consider joining us this fall!

General Announcements

RIP Medical Debt: An Invitation

You may remember the wild success of last year’s RIP Medical Debt campaign, which ended up forgiving a little over $3.8 million in medical debt for folks in Ohio and Michigan. Perhaps you also remember that our friends at Peace UCC and First Congregational UCC in Angola joined us in the campaign. Well, the folks in Angola were so excited by the results of the campaign, that they’ve decided to do it again this year! Their campaign started August 1. Plymouth is not officially signing on to the campaign this year, but if you feel moved to chip in, you may do so at the link below. Every dollar donated relieves at least $100 in medical debt, which is an astonishingly good deal.

Donate Here

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

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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