Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, December 11, 2022

In Our Prayers 

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Janis Bohnstedt, Clara Bowling, Matthew Carter, Michael Clifton, Teresa Clingaman, Kris Conner, Diana Cornwell, Janelle Couture, Brad Crowder, Bill Deans III, Lynda and Mike Eckard, Ann Filler, Ed Gomez, Cheryl Harkenrider, Joan Hartwig, Sarah Howard, Bob Huff, Nancy Jordan, Alli Keith, Tony Kell, Ginny Laudadio, Brian Laurenz, Carol Lewark, Joan Lipscomb, Gerald Lockwood, Sandy Lockwood, Skyler Lockwood, Connie Mabe, Kelly Massey, Bev McFadden, Jane Meredith, Jack Meredith, Peter Michels, Jim Nelson, Cindy Ottinger, Bonnie Pennock, Noel Resor, Claire Roney, Jacqueline Sanders, Max Schilb, Rick Schilb, Barbara Senn, John Shannon, Erin Shaw, Maureen Shea, Travis Sheets, Shirley Slater, Johanna Smith, The Spitler Family, Terry Springer,Ruth Anne Sprunger, Marian Waltz, Dana Wichern, Sandra Woodruff Cully, Stan Volz

The acolyte for today is Evelyn McCormick.

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.

Active Waiting

Third Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 11, 2022

PSALM 85 © 2003 by John August Swanson

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: from Isaiah 35

Hymn No. 107 “Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn” | REJOICE, REJOICE

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Lighting the Third Advent Candle - Peterson-Stephan family

Response Song: “While We Are Waiting, Come”

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Matthew 11:2-11, 18-19

Sermon: “A Nonconforming Expectation”

Closing Hymn No. 15 (v. 1-3, 5) “My Heart Is Overflowing” | TOLLEFSON



This Week


December 11

Jan Evrard

Riley Grim

December 12

Dave Craker

December 13

Doris Grandos

December 14

Linda Hambrick

December 15

Alan Chambers

December 16

Rhonda Eitsert

Paul Lewark

Ryleigh Minchski

December 17

Judy Dahl

Johanna Smith

Virginia Zimmerman

Next Week's Birthdays

December 18

Lois Steere

December 20

Jan Gibson

Simon Price

Jude Price

Riet Zwiep

December 21

Ahnee Conner

December 22

Cheryl Rinehart

December 23

John Briscoe Escosa IV

December 24

Elena Dupen


Sunday, December 11

Third Sunday of Advent

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Reproductive Rights Action Team Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

2:30 pm Film and Faith Forty & Over

Monday, December 12

Office Closed

Annual Report Submission Deadline

5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

Tuesday, December 13

9:30 am Religion and Culture Class with Michael Spath

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

5:30 pm Benevolence Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 14

2:45 pm Study Connection

5:15pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, December 15

1:00 pm Study Group Online

4:30 pm Boar's Head Public Box Office

Saturday, December 17

10:00 am Harriet Siples Memorial Visitation

11:00 am Harriet Siples Memorial Service

12:00 pm Harriet Siples Memorial Reception

Sunday, December 18

Fourth Sunday of Advent

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Carols and Cocoa

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Important Recurring Automatic Donation Info

ATTENTION! Do you have a recurring online donation to Plymouth set up with your bank account or credit card? Because Plymouth is moving to a new giving platform, these automatic payments will end by December 31. If you wish to continue with automatic payments, you will need to enter your bank/credit card info on the new platform by following this link. If you wish the payment to be posted to your 2023 pledge, please choose the Operations 23 fund and a start date of 1/1/2023 or later.

Thank you for your patience with this transition. This new giving platform provides you as a donor greater access and control over your giving and streamlines the recordkeeping for the church staff, so it's a win-win! If you have questions or need assistance, please call the office at (260) 423-9424 and ask for Tina Puitz, Office Manager or Stephen Cook, Financial Administrator.

2023 Pledge Form Reminder

For all those who have pledged for 2023, thank you! For those who have yet to pledge or fill out the time and talent form, there is still time. Just visit this link to set up your pledge. Every bit helps as we prepare the 2023 budget and look forward to a new year of community-building, service, and sharing the good news!

Sunday, December 11: Chapel Class Series

On Sunday, December 11, Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals will conclude her series on the prophetic message of the mystics. Mysticism is a thread that weaves throughout every major religion and is often a small, alternative movement of those unwilling to acquiesce to the powers that be. Many of the mystics throughout history resisted control by the hierarchy of the church and offered prophetic ideas that were ahead of their time. Over the course of this series, we’ll hear about how the mystics of many times and places have resisted empire, patriarchy, ecological abuse, economic injustice, materialism, and violence. Join us at 9:00 am in person or on Zoom. The passcode to attend via Zoom is 063060.

Zoom Link

Sunday, December 11: Film and Faith 40 & Over

By popular demand, there will be a Film and Faith for those 40 and over on Sunday, December 11. We will be watching the 2006 film Children of Men. It is a rated R dystopian sci-fi drama about the rebirth of hope in a world that has lost it. Rev. Murphy thinks this is thematically a Christmas movie. Is he right? Has he lost his senses? Find out! We will gather at 2:30 pm and have a discussion afterwards. Please enter through the Folsom Room side entrance. Folks are encouraged to RSVP to Rev. Murphy at tcm@plymouthfw.org.

Monday, December 12 and Friday, December 16: Help Not Handcuffs Rally and Court Hearing

The Help Not Handcuffs Coalition will be having a rally on Monday, December 12 at 6:00 pm at the Destiny Life Center at 3601 Warsaw Street to update the community on its goals around preventing a larger jail project and instead invest in community-based services to help avoid over-incarceration in Allen County. It is also a rally meant to encourage people to show up for the next federal court hearing on Friday, December 16 at 10:00 am, which will be located at 1300 S. Harrison Street. Come join this growing organizing effort at either or both events and make your presence known!

Wednesday, December 14: ICMEP - An Advent Conversation from Bethlehem

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace presents An Advent Conversation from Bethlehem with Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh on Wednesday, December 14 at 1:00 pm. Register here.

Michael Spath interviews Mazin Qumsiyeh, founder/director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History, and the Institute for Biodiversity & Sustainability at Bethlehem University. Visit the Institute’s website for some background info in advance of the interview here.

Mazin has previously taught at the University of Tennessee, Duke University, and Yale University. He has published 130+ scientific papers on topics ranging from biodiversity to cancer. Mazin’s books include Mammals of the Holy Land, Sharing the Land of Canaan, Human Rights and the Israeli Palestinian Struggle, and Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, December 18: Carols and Cocoa

There will be no chapel class on Sunday, December 18. Instead, all are invited to gather in the Folsom room at 9:00 am for an hour of carols and cocoa before worship. Those with instruments are invited to bring them along to share a tune, and we will be taking carol requests! Hot chocolate will be available, as will the regular donuts, coffee, and tea. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services

Please join us for services of celebration and anticipation on Christmas Eve night at either 4:00 pm or 10:00 pm. The 4:00 pm service will be a family-friendly service featuring carols, communion, and a special time for children, and the 10:00 pm service will be a service of lessons and carols by candlelight. All are welcome as we celebrate God’s incarnation in the world. Childcare will be available at the 4:00 pm but not the 10:00 pm service. Both will be livestreamed if you are unable to be here in person.

Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. For Sunday worship, folks are invited to wear Christmas sweaters or any other appropriate Christmas attire, and we will have an extended time of carol singing as part of the worship experience along with poems and reflections.

Wednesday, January 11: January Wednesday Night Book Study

Wednesday night book study resumes on January 11, 2023 with the book Dear White Peacemakers: Dismantling Racism with Grit and Grace, by Osheta Moore. Written in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Dear White Peacemakers draws on the Sermon on the Mount, Spirituals, and personal stories from author Osheta Moore’s work as a pastor in St. Paul, Minnesota. Rooted in the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus, this book is a challenging call to transform white shame, fragility, saviorism, and privilege, in order to work together to build the Beloved Community as anti-racism peacemakers. Wednesday night book study is part of Wednesday Night Live activities, and meets from 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm, following Wednesday Night Live dinner. All are welcome!

Tuesday, January 17: January Women's Book Study

Plymouth's Women's Book Study will not be meeting in December, but it's never too soon to start reading for January! Our next book will be Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann and we will meet on Tuesday, January 17 from 12:00 pm to 1:15pm in the Amistad Room. It describes how In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, they began to be killed off and virtually anyone who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll surpassed more than twenty-four Osage, the newly created F.B.I. took up the case, in what became one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations. But the bureau was then notoriously corrupt and initially bungled the case. Eventually the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery.  

As always, anyone who self-identifies as a woman is welcome to drop in for one or more of our sessions if the chosen book interests them. We meet on the third Tuesday of most months from 12:00 pm to 1:15pm in the Amistad Room.

General Announcements

Boar's Head Ticket Distribution Days!

Tickets for the 2022 Boars Head and Yule Log Festival will be distributed on Sunday, December 11 and 18. Please stop by the Folsom Room and get your tickets. Just a reminder all church members are entitled to 6 tickets for this years Festival. You may also get 6 tickets as a Festival Patron, so if you’d like to become a Patron, we can get you set up at that time. We look forward to seeing you! 

Crossroad Christmas Collection

The Knit & Kibitz and Standish ladies are asking for the entire congregation to be included in the collection for Crossroad. Here is a list of “wishes”:

  • Art supplies (coloring and sketch books, colored pencils, markers, paints). No spiral notebooks.
  • Toys and Games (cards, board games, Legos, DVDs (G or PG rated movies), DVD players).
  • Clothes (boys and girls ages 9-18 varied sizes clothes, shoes, underwear, socks, hats, coats.) No drawstings on any clothing item.
  • Gift cards or cash (envelope in office).

There is a bin in the Folsom Room for donations. Items will be delivered on December 12. If you have a question ask Anne Hughes or Becky Hollingsworth.

Holiday Outreach Opportunities

Thank you in advance for being the church!

Now – January 1

During this season, we will be collecting unopened canned/boxed food items. From what is collected, we will work to help keep the community pantry in the parking lot stocked during the winter. Please ensure cans have “pop tops” so they can be opened without a can opener if necessary. Canned meats and beans, hearty soups and pastas, and potatoes are treasures! Peanut butter, shelf-stable microwave meals, and instant oatmeal are easy for kids to prepare! Canned fruit, canned veggies, and condiments really complete a meal! Shelf-stable milk is a miracle!

The pantry gets used quite a bit. Any time you are here and notice that it could use some restocking, feel free to grab a few things from the collection bin and put them out for people to use.

Boar’s Head Kitchen Crew Volunteers Needed

The Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival is December 29 and 30, 2022. Between the 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm services, the kitchen crew serves food to the cast, orchestra, and crew. The kitchen crew is always looking for additional volunteers to spend a few hours or the entire afternoon/evening in the kitchen preparing food. A big thanks to those kitchen crew members who return year after year. We also gladly welcome new crew members. Between making sandwiches and cutting fruits and vegetables, there is a lot of lively banter and conversation. We usually get started early in the afternoon each day. If you would like to be part of the kitchen crew on one or both days, please send an email to Diana Bauer at dcb1120@gmail.com. Boar's Head is a huge part of Plymouth and the kitchen crew makes an important contribution to the overall production!

Calling All Knitters, Crocheters, and Weavers!

The Indiana Kentucky conference of the UCC is hosting General Synod in June 2023, and it has been a tradition for the hosting conference to provide prayer shawls for delegates and others in attendance. Would you be willing to help by knitting or crocheting one or two shawls? Let Rev. Sara (smo@plymouthfw.org) know if you would like to commit to making one (or three!).

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.

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:

  • Donate
  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Sign Up
  • Chancel Flower Dedication 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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