Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, August 7 2022
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.

Please note: the code and link for Joys and Concerns has changed. The updated link is used here.
Order of Worship


Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: Reading from Psalm 33

Hymn No. 408 “All My Hope on God Is Founded” | MICHAEL

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing the Peace

Response Song: "Make Us One" | Carol Cymbala

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-12

Sermon: "Prophetic Hope"

Communion Hymn No. 349 “I Come with Joy” | DOVE OF PEACE

Invitation to Communion

Closing Hymn No. 403 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” | SOLID ROCK

This Week
August 7
Millie Diekhoff
Michaela O'Neal

August 8
Deb Conklin
Collin Leal
Patty Pendleton

August 9
David Grim

August 10
Brandy Fiedler
Mary Spath
Katie Watson

August 13
Kristen Miller

Next Week's Birthdays

August 14
Meredith Stumpf

August 15
Michael Jaurigue
Joan Lipscomb

August 16
Kristin Steckbeck

August 17
Barbara Bugg
Ann Corral

August 18
Jeanette Boerger
Molly Jordan

August 19
Judy Kaufman
Sunday, August 7
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
11:15 am Palestine Solidarity Tour Forum
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns

Monday, August 8
Office Closed

Tuesday, August 9
9:00 am Staff Retreat
5:30 pm Benevolence Committee Meeting
5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

Thursday, August 11
10:30 am Library Committee Meeting
1:00 pm Study Group (online)

Sunday, August 14
8:30 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
4:00 pm Poplar Village Gardens Tour and Work Day
Sunday, August 7: Palestine Solidarity Tour Forum
Come to this forum to hear from Plymouth members who went on the most recent 2022 solidarity tour to Palestine and Israel with Dr. Michael Spath of the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace. There will be stories, there will be pictures, and there will be an opportunity to ask the group questions about their experience. This forum will take place after worship in the Folsom Room on Sunday, August 7. The forum will also be livestreamed on our YouTube Channel, linked here. We hope to see you there!
Thursday, August 11: Library Committee Meeting
The Library Committee will meet this Thursday, August 11 at 10:30 am. The Library Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month at 10:30 am in the Amistad Room.
Upcoming Events
Friday, August 12: TaybehFest 2022
TaybehFest 2022 | Friday, August 12, 4:00 pm to 8:30pm | On the grounds of St. Mary Magdela Center at 2800 Rolston Street, Fort Wayne.

Join Indiana Center for Middle East Peace for our third annual TaybehFest, featuring beer and wine from Taybeh Brewery, the first micro-brewery in the Middle East, located in Taybeh village, Palestine. We will have Taybeh Golden, Dark, and a limited amount of IPA available for purchase, as well as wines from Taybeh. Read the story of Taybeh Brewery here.

And come hungry! New this year, we're excited to welcome Same City Food Truck, a project of Just Neighbors Homeless Network! See their menu, and learn more about them here.

Come and enjoy a leisurely summer evening with friends, and as they say in Taybeh village, "Drink the resistance!"
Sunday, August 14: Poplar Village Gardens Tour and Work Day
Plymouth’s families with kids are gathering once a month this summer to socialize, serve, and explore our community! If there are babies, kids, teens, or graduates in your home, please join us!

Our final gathering of the summer is at the Poplar Village Gardens on Sunday, August 14, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We’ll tour this urban garden, learn about the ways they are bringing green space and food to their neighborhood, and help harvest veggies to distribute to local food pantries.

Poplar Village Gardens are located near Broadway, just short of Georges Market. Parking is available in the nearby neighborhood, around the corner of Miner and Walnut streets.
Tuesday, August 16: Women's Book Study
Picking Cotton has been chosen for the next Plymouth's Women's Book Study. The group invites any reader who self-identifies as a woman to join us in the Amistad Room on Tuesday, August 16 at 12:00 pm. Here's a review of it:

"Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape, and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken-- but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars.
After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released, after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face-- and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives."
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.
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!
General Announcements
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 Connections 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.
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