Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, December 25, 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, Charlene Holly, 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 Evan Miller.

Chancel Flowers

Chancel flowers today are dedicated by Laura and Rhys Rudolph in celebration of Riet Zwiep's 96th birthday on December 20.


Sympathy is extended to Paul Lewark, Laura Ramsey, David Lewark, Daniel Lewark, and Elizabeth Lovejoy and family in the death of wife and mother, Carol Lewark, December 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

No Joys & Concerns this Sunday

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in will resume next Sunday, January 1. Merry Christmas!

Order of Worship


Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: “Where the Light Begins” by Jan Richardson

Congregational Carol Sing

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Response Song: “Jesus, Jesus, Oh, What a Wonderful Child”

Peace Prayer

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Special Music

Scripture: Isaiah 52:7-10

Christmas Poems & Readings

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



This Week


December 25

Michelle Bradley

Carol Lehman

Carol Tyndall

December 26

Leeandia Justice

Steve Lauterberg

December 27

Joe Bir

Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals

December 28

Kathy Hartsch

December 29

Sharon Conrad

December 31

Juliette Coffeen

Next Week's Birthdays

January 1

Tucker Miller

Terri Stumpf

January 2

Bethany Binkley

Kathryn Diekhoff

January 5

Chloe Boyko

Sarah McCrory

January 6

Elyse Jaurigue

Mary Voors

January 7

Tony Kell

Ricky Talarico


Sunday, December 25

Christmas Day

9:00 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

Monday, December 26

Office Closed - Staff Holiday

7:30 pm Tapping Into Faith

Tuesday, December 27

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

Thursday, December 29

1:00 pm Study Group Online

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

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

Friday, December 30

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

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

Saturday, December 31

New Year's Eve

Sunday, January 1

New Year's Day

9:00 am Parish Nurses

9:00 am Fellowship Hour

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 25: Christmas Day Service

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.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 8: Chapel Class Series Continues

On Sunday, January 8, chapel class resumes as Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals continues her series on the prophetic message of the mystics for two more weeks. These two weeks will focus on modern-day mystics who have been influential in the world of contemporary social justice issues. Join us at 9:00 am, either in person or on Zoom. The password to attend via Zoom is 063060.

Wednesday, January 11: 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!

Saturday, January 14: Young Adult Film and Faith

Young Adult Film and Faith (ages 24-39) will have its next film viewing and discussion on Saturday, January 14 at 2:30 pm. We will be watching the 1997 classic Princess Mononoke. It is a Japanese fantasy adventure film focused around the themes of the environment, feminism, non-violence, and modernity. Rated PG-13. Running time: 127 minutes. We will be using the English dub. Please enter through the Folsom Room side entrance. Folks are encouraged to RSVP to Rev. Murphy at tcm@plymouthfw.org.

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.

Sunday, January 22: Chapel Class Series – Christian Perspectives on War and Violence

Beginning on Sunday, January 22, Rev. Murphy will be teaching a four-week series on Christian perspectives on war and violence. We will examine a variety of traditions including holy war, just war and just revolution, pacifism, Christian realism, and just peacemaking. For week one, we will focus our discussion on understanding and defining violence. Join us at 9:00 am in person or on Zoom. The passcode to attend via Zoom is 063060.

General Announcements

OWL Class Registration Open Now

Registration is now open for two classes of Our Whole Lives - the UCC’s comprehensive sexuality education program. A class for 1st and 2nd graders will meet after worship on Sundays from February 5 to March 26. A class for 8th and 9th graders will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm, from January 11 until May 3. These classes are free and open to kids at Plymouth and in our wider community. Students are expected to attend all classes. Please contact Katie Watson with any questions or to register your student.

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.

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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