Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Imagining a New World
Fourth Sunday of Advent
"Shepherds" - John August Swanson
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 944-1809-2407#, then # when asked for the password.

Order of Worship


Introit: “Alleluia” | K Lee Scott

Call to Worship: Micah 5:2-5a

Hymn No. 121 “Toda la Tierra” | TAULE

Welcome & Announcements
Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing the Peace

Lighting the Fourth Advent Candle

Response Song: “Canticle of the Turning”
(vs. 1-4)

Mission Moment: Crossroad Child and Family Services

Peace Prayer
Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” arr. by Barlow Bradford

Scripture: Luke 1:39-56

Sermon: “What Love Looks Like”

Communion Anthem: “Gracious Spirit, Dwell with me” | K Lee Scott

Invitation to Communion

Hymn No. 165 “Love Came Down at Christmas” | WHITNEY

Response: “Amen” 

Christmas Poinsettia Dedications
  • Patty Pendleton in honor of all who serve at Plymouth
  • Roger Eversole in memory of his parents and his brothers, Arthur and Ralph
  • Gayle Cunningham in memory of Doug Cunningham, Leon & Helen Wiesmer, and Dave & Madge Cunningham
  • Rob Getrost in celebration of Jim Getrost 
  • Lucy Hess in celebration of the Plymouth Family 
  • Beth Walker in memory of Phil & Pat Steigerwald, Marcia Steigerwald, and Dick & Nancy Walker
This Week
December 20
Jan Gibson
Simon Price
Jude Price
Riet Zwiep

Deember 21
Ahnee Conner

December 22
Cheryl Rinehart

December 24
Elena Dupen

December 25
Michelle Bradley
Carol Lehman
Carol Tyndall

Next Week's Birthdays

December 26
Leeandia Justice
Steve Lauterberg

December 27
Joe Bir

December 28
Kathy Hartsch

December 29
Sharon Conrad

December 31
Juliette Coffeen

January 1
Tucker Miller
Terri Stumpf
Sunday, December 19
Advent 4
Special Offering: Crossroad
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Education Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, December 20
Office Closed

Tuesday, December 21
1:00 pm Staff Meeting
4:00 pm Moderator's Meeting
5:30 pm Board Meetings

Wednesday, December 22
3:00 pm Study Connection
5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, December 23
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm Open Prayer in the Sanctuary
1:00 pm Study Group (online)

Friday, December 24
Office Closed - Half Day for Staff
Christmas Eve
4:00 pm Christmas Eve Service
10:00 pm Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Saturday, December 25
Christmas Day

Sunday, December 26
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)
Sunday, December 19: Christmas Special Offering
On Sunday, December 19, we will collect a special offering for Crossroad Child & Family Services. Crossroad does incredible work for children struggling with emotional and behavioral health in our region, providing a wide range of residential and outpatient services, home-based casework and therapy, alternative education, and opportunities for recreation and nurturing a spiritual life. As we celebrate the season, anticipating God-with-us made real in the birth of a child, it is fitting that we offer support to Crossroad, which works to ensure all children experience hope, peace, joy, and love.

If you contribute with a check, please be sure to write it out to Plymouth Church and write “Crossroad” on the memo line. You may also contribute online by clicking the "Donate" button below. On this page, you will see a spot to enter an amount for the "Crossroad Christmas Offering."
Sunday, December 19: Chapel Classes
  • December 19 - Terry Dougherty, former Peace Corp volunteer in Afghanistan, a time in his young life which in many ways has shaped the rest of his life. He will help inform and guide our plans to be a welcoming space for Afghan Refugees resettling in Fort Wayne

Please note there will be no Chapel Class on Sunday, December 26.
Limited Wednesday Night Live Programming: December 22
Wednesday Night Live will have limited programming next week with only musical groups meeting. However, there will be no Bible study, dinner, or after-dinner small group. There will be no WNL on the 29th in lieu of the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival service that evening.
Friday, December 24: Christmas Eve Services at 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm
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 the coming of God’s light into the world.
Upcoming Events
January 2022 Chapel Classes
Rev. Dr. Michael Spath returns in January 2022 to lead teaching of the Chinese Religions (Taoism and Confucianism).
  • January 9: The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao” (Tao te Ching 1)
  • January 16: No class this Sunday
  • January 23: Taoism, "the Way of Water"
  • January 30: Confucius and the Confucian Virtues
General Announcements
Boar's Head is Back!
There have been some changes made in the Boar's Head services this year to address health and safety precautions so that it can be produced. There will be three services offered - one each night starting at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 28, Wednesday, December 29, and Thursday, December 30. Everyone involved in the Festival, including cast, choirs, crews, orchestra, and audience members must be able to prove they have been vaccinated. The only exception is children under the age of 5 who are not eligible for vaccination. The audience attendees will also be required to wear masks.

Four tickets are available to every Plymouth Church member’s household as well as the households in the groups mentioned above. Tickets will be distributed in the Folsom Room before and after service on Sunday, December 19, and Sunday, December 26, if tickets are still available. There is no public box office this year, and we never “sell” tickets.

The size of the audience has also been reduced; therefore, it is important to take only those tickets you know you will use and obtain them as soon as you can. Donations will still be gladly accepted as the continuation of the annual Festival is based on patron support. Tickets will continue to be distributed until we run out, so get your tickets in the Folsom Room before and after church the next two Sundays.

Thank you for your support. Hope to see you at the Boar's Head Festival this year!
Volunteers Needed for Receptionist Desk
Plymouth is need of volunteers to cover the receptionist desk during staff meetings on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. We have a particular need for December 28 and the months of January and February. Anyone interested in volunteering should either see Jake in the office, or email him at [email protected]. Thank you.
Sunday School During Advent
As we move towards the conclusion of Advent, this is a reminder that we have several resources & classes to help your family celebrate this season of hope and preparation.

ADVENT MAILINGS that have gone out include suggestions & supplies for observing Advent at home, and reminders of events here at church.

ADVENT JOURNALING DEVOTIONALS are available for free in the Folsom Room. These journals include weekly readings, images to color, and spaces for guided journaling. They are suitable for adults and youth, please take a copy!

Our PRESCHOOL & ELEMENTARY CLASS is working through the Christmas story. We will hear of the prophets’ hopes, Mary & Joseph’s journey, the shepherds’ joy and the wise ones’ gifts. Each week we hear a story and have time for the students to reflect through play and art.

The YOUTH CLASS will be working through the advent journaling devotionals during their Sunday school time. Middle and high schoolers are welcome to join us to color, doodle and discuss.

Sunday school classes run from 9:00 am to 9:50 am for this final Sunday of Advent. New students are always welcome to join us in the classrooms upstairs. There is no Sunday school on December 26 or January 2.
COVID-19 Vaccination Update
Children ages 5-11 are now eligible to be vaccinated with the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.
Additionally, booster shots are available for all individuals age 18+ after 6 months or more from their initial series.
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.
Open Prayer in Sanctuary on Thursdays
For a time of personal prayer, visit the sanctuary on Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. 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:
  • 2022 Stewardship Campaign Page
  • 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 [email protected]