Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, December 24, 2023

In Our Prayers 

Donna Belch, Mary Bir, Ruth Bracht, David Carter, Matthew Carter, Teresa Clingaman, Deb Conklin, Kris Conner, Ann Corral, David Cornwell, Brad Crowder, Lynda and Mike Eckard, Ed Gomez, Susan Green, Dan Hannie, Cheryl Harkenrider, Joseph Harkenrider, Charlene Holly, Sarah Howard, Bob Huff, Kyle Huff, Nancy Jordan, Alli Keith, Tony Kell, Brian Laurenz, Joan Lipscomb, Sandy Lockwood, Skyler Lockwood, Connie Mabe, Kelly Massey, Bev McFadden, Jane Meredith, Jim Michels, Lori Michels, Peter Michels, Ralph Miser, Pete Morris, Ron Muckway, Jim Nelson, Carol Patterson, Bonnie Pennock, Zoey Pinedo, Rainee Purdue, Jacqueline Sanders, Calvin Scantlin, Max Schilb, Barbara Senn, John Shannon, Maureen Shea, Travis Sheets, Claire Sims, Shirley Slater, Johanna Smith, The Spitler Family, Terry Springer, Penny Trzynka, Nate Vanover, Stan Volz, Marian Waltz, Dana Wichern, Maryanne Williams, Sandra Woodruff Cully


Sympathy is extended to Kathy Sprunger and family in the death of her mother, Ruth Anne Sprunger, December 14.

Sympathy is extended to Donna Belch and family in the death of her husband, Charlie Belch, December 17.

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.

Fourth Sunday of Advent & Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Joys and Concerns

Sunday, December 31 at 1:00 pm

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in will not meet on Sunday, December 24. We will resume on Sunday, December 31 at 1:00 pm.

Order of Worship

Prelude: “Whatcha Gonna Call that Baby?” | SPIRITIUAL | Phyllis Wolfe-White

Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: Luke 1:46-55

Hymn (insert): “Joy to the World” | ANTIOCH

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Lighting the Fourth Advent Candle: The Watson Family

Response Song: “One Candle is Lit"

Children's Moment

Peace Prayer

Hymn No. 128 “In the Bleak Midwinter” | CRANHAM

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “Carols Around” | arr. by Carl Nygar

Scripture: Luke 1:26-38

Homily: “Mary, Servant of God”

Lighting the Christ Candle

Hymn (insert): “May the Christ Be Born in Me” | PIERCE

Invitation to Communion


Hymn (insert): “O Little Town of Bethlehem” | ST. LOUIS


Postlude: Thee Combo

Poinsettia Dedications

  • Robert Getrost in celebration of Jim Getrost. 
  • Lucy Hess in honor of the Boar’s Head Festival Team.
  • Karl Bandemer in memory of Irwin and Maxine Bandemer.
  • Larry and Beth Walker in memory of Phil & Pat Steigerwald, Dick & Nancy Walker, Marcia Steigerwald, and Ranelle Melton. 
  • Larry and Beth Walker in celebration of their grandchildren (Samuel, Hazel, Audrey, Margaret, and two set to arrive in 2024).
  • Dawn Wiley in memory of Doug Wiley.
  • The Florida Family in celebration of Kristen, Eric, Lyra, and Evan Miller. 
  • Lisa Johnson in memory of Mary Knopp.
  • Mary LaRocque in memory of Mary Willett and Gussies & John Sherman. 
  • Barb and Dave Christianson in memory of Jeanne & Hilmar Wahl and Ann & George Christianson.
  • Sara Ofner-Seals and Barrett Seals in celebration of David and Deanna Seals.
  • Gale Cunningham in memory of Doug Cunningham, Leon & Helen Wiesmer, and Dave & Madge Cunningham. 

This Week


December 24

Elena Dupen

December 25

Michelle Bradley

Carol Lehman

Carol Tyndall

December 26

Leeandia Justice

Steve Lauterberg

December 27

Joe Bir

Sara Ofner-Seals

December 28

Kathy Hartsch

December 29

Sharon Conrad

Next Week's Birthdays

December 31

Juliette Coffeen

January 1

Tucker Miller

Terri Stumpf

January 2

Bethany Binkley

Kathryn Diekhoff

January 5

Chloe Boyko

Sarah McCrory

January 6

Elyse Jaurigue

Mary Voors


Sunday, December 24

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Christmas Eve

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Carols and Cococa

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

10:00 pm Carols and Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Monday, December 25


Staff Holiday - Office Closed

Tuesday, December 26

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

Thursday, December 28

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

Friday, December 29

5:30 pm Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival Service

8:00 pm Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival Service

Saturday, December 30

5:30 pm Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival Service

8:00 pm Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival Service

Sunday, December 31

New Year's Eve

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Sunday, December 24: Christmas Eve at Plymouth

Here is a reminder of all that will be going on this Christmas Eve at Plymouth!

9:00 am Carols and Cocoa in Folsom Room

This will be a time to sing your favorite Christmas carols or Christmas songs. Hot cocoa will be available. There will be no Chapel Class or Sunday School.

10:00 am 4th Sunday of Advent/Christmas Eve Service

Our morning service will serve as both the 4th Sunday of Advent service with elements of the traditional 4:00 pm Christmas Eve family service included, including children’s moment and communion. There will be no children’s fellowship time but childcare is provided.

10:00 pm Carols and Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

This evening service will include the singing of carols and end with our tradition of singing “Silent Night” as we share the light of Christ with each other and the world as we depart. There is no childcare for this service.

Sunday, December 24: No Chapel Class

Please note there will be no Chapel Class on December 24 and December 31 due to Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve holidays.

Wednesday, December 27: No Wednesday Night Live

Wednesday Night Live will be taking a short hiatus during the holidays. There will be no WNL on Wednesday, December 27 and Wednesday, January 3. WNL will resume on Wednesday, January 10 with regularly schedule programming. We will see you in 2024!

Friday, December 29 & Saturday, December 30: 47th Annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival

The 47th Annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival will be Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30, with services at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm each night. The festival is free, but tickets are required.

Call the Boar's Head Ticket Line at (260) 423-9424 ext. 325 (or ask for the Boar's Head line) with any questions, and someone from our ticket team will return your call in 24-48 hours.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 7: Bethlehem Chapel Class Extended

Due to the overwhelmingly large amount of material to cover, we will be extending the Chapel Class series on Bethlehem one more week, with the final session to be held on Sunday, January 7. We will cover topics related to the current Israel-Hamas war and will set aside most of the time for people to ask questions and engage in discussion. Chapel Class is open to all adults and is available in person and on Zoom at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings. The Zoom password is 063060.

Chapel Class Zoom

Sunday, January 14-28: General Synod Resolutions Chapel Series

The Environmental Action Team invites all Plymouth members and friends to a meeting on Saturday, January 13 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm for a presentation from Faith in Place (formerly known as Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light). Faith in Place is an organization that works on Environmental Advocacy, Youth Empowerment, Energy and Climate Policy, Water Conservation, and Sustainable Food and Land Use. They will be coming to talk to us about their programs and how our church can get involved and work effectively for change in the state of Indiana. This is a great opportunity for us to learn about how we can live more effectively into our Earthwise covenant and take action on climate change where we live. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 14-28: General Synod Resolutions Chapel Series

In the new year, Rev. Murphy will be leading a three-week Chapel Class series on the resolutions discussed at last summer’s UCC General Synod. They cover a range of topics and issues, from electrifying church buildings and reparations for African Americans, to ending solitary confinement and advocating for plant-based diets. We will talk about the content of the resolutions, what they call for, and the role of resolutions in our denomination. Fun fact: Not every resolution was approved; come to learn which one! This series will run from Sunday, January 14 through Sunday, January 28.

Chapel Class begins at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings and is open to all adults in person or on Zoom. The password for Zoom is 063060.

Chapel Class Zoom

Sunday, January 14: We Are the Dream MLK, Jr. Service

Each year, Plymouth hosts a service of music and quotes remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work and legacy. The service this year will take place on Sunday, January 14 at 4:00 pm. Several other congregations and clergy from the community will be in attendance and participating in the program. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 21: Board Training

Save the date! There will be a board training session following the worship on Sunday, January 21. This training is for all board members and chairpersons. Our aim would be to finish in about 45 minutes. If you are on one of our 2024 boards, your attendance is requested. Thanks!

Sunday, January 21: Film and Faith Rescheduled

Film and Faith, which originally was set for Sunday afternoon, has been rescheduled to Sunday, January 21. This will be a joined gathering for anyone under or over 40. We will be watching the 1966 classic Battle of Algiers. It is in Arabic and French and is one of the most influential war films of all time. Running time is 2 hours. Please RSVP to Rev. Murphy at [email protected] if interested.

General Announcements

Kitchen Cleanup for Boar's Head

As the Boar's Head Festival quickly approaches, the kitchen crew kindly asks that all food and materials in the kitchen refrigerators be removed by December 26 to make room for festival food and supplies. We thank you for your cooperation. 

Growing Hope Globally Gift Catalog

This holiday season, Growing Hope Globally offers a charitable gift catalog so people can make charitable gifts in honor of friends or family. Donations to nonprofits in honor of loved ones make great gifts for charitably minded family members and friends, and for those who say they don't need more stuff. They also make easy-to-purchase, last-minute gifts. For the full catalog of gifts, click the button below. 

Gift Catalog

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:

  • 2024 Stewardship Campaign Website
  • 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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