Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, December 31, 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

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.

Joys and Concerns

Sundays at 1:00 pm

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in will meet at 1:00 pm this Sunday. Please join this Zoom call 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 and Concerns

Order of Worship

Prelude: Barrett Seals, oboe; Robert Nance, organ

Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship

Congregational Carol Sing

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Lighting the Christ Candle

Response Song: "He Came Down"

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Christmas Poems

Scripture: Luke 2:21-40

Homily: "Great Things to Come"

Hymn No. 160 "Jesus, the Light of the World" | ELDERKIN

Prayers for Healing

Hymn No. 154 "Go Tell It on the Mountain" | AFRICAN-AMERICAN


Postlude: Robert Nance, organ

Christmas Poem

Click below to read Steve Hollingsworth’s Christmas poem and view its companion photo.

Christmas Poem

This Week


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

Next Week's Birthdays

January 7

Tony Kell

Ricky Talarico

January 8

Barbara Gregory

January 9

Tina Logan

Ella Moore

January 11

Kyle Miller

January 13

Mark Glassley


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)

Monday, January 1

New Year's Day

Staff Holiday - Office Closed

Tuesday, January 2

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

6:00 pm Executive Council Meeting

Thursday, January 4

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

Sunday, January 7

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Parish Nurses

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Sunday, December 31: No Chapel Class

Please note there will be no Chapel Class on December 31 due to New Year's Eve. Chapel Class will resume on Sunday, January 7 at 9:00 am.

Wednesday, January 3: No Wednesday Night Live

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

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

Thursday, January 11: ICEMP "Palestinian Nakbas: From Truman to Biden"

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace invites you to “Palestinian Nakbas: From Truman to Biden” with Josh Ruebner on Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 pm.

Josh Ruebner is a leading US Middle East policy analyst. He has worked at the

Congressional Research Service; the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights; and American

Muslims for Palestine. Presently a PhD candidate at University of Exeter’s European Centre for Palestine Studies. Also a Fellow, Middle East Institute. Author: Israel: Democracy or Apartheid State? and Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

 This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 13: Faith in Place Presentation

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

The next Film and Faith will be Sunday, January 21 at 2:30 pm. 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

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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