Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, February 18, 2024

In Our Prayers 

New this week: Al Bohnstedt

Donna Belch, Mary Bir, 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, Arlo Helder, Charlene Holly, Sarah Howard, Bob Huff, Kyle Huff, Nancy Jordan, Alli Keith, Tony Kell, Brian Laurenz, Joan Lipscomb, Sandy Lockwood, Skyler Lockwood, Marc and Rachel Lovelace, Connie Mabe, Kelly Massey, Bev McFadden, Jane Meredith, Jim Michels, Lori Michels, Peter Michels, Pete Morris, Jim Nelson, Ethan Palmer, 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, Carol Tyndall, 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.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

First Sunday of Lent

“Temptation and Resistance”

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, piano

Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: Psalm 25:1-10, alt.

Hymn No. 497 “Guide My Feet” | GUIDE MY FEET

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song:  “We Shall Not Be Moved”

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “God So Loved the World” | Stainer, arr. Bock

Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11

Sermon: “Temptation and Resistance” 

Communion Hymn No. 333 “O Bread of Life” | SHENG EN

Invitation to Communion


Hymn “Sing a New World Into Being” (insert) | HYMN TO JOY


Postlude: Robert Nance, organ

This Week


February 18

Kris Jensen

February 19

Andrew Spath

February 20

Donna Childs

February 21

Margie Dougherty

Nick Eitsert

February 22

Miriam Brown

Ren Moore

February 23

Wayne Peterson-Stephan

February 24

John Escosa

Next Week's Birthdays

February 25

Linda Balthaser

Vicki Bandor Braun

Ashlee McCrory

February 27

Claire A. Roney

February 28

Betty Deans

March 2

Andrea Grim


Sunday, February 18

First Sunday of Lent

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Green Team Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

4:00 pm Plymouth Music Series - Neue Wind Octect

Monday, February 19

Office Closed

5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

Tuesday, February 20

9:00 am Religion and Culture with Michael Spath

12:00 pm Women's Book Study

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

4:15 pm Moderators' Meeting

5:30 pm Board Meetings

Wednesday, February 21

1:00 pm ICMEP Peace Quilts

3:30 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

7:00 pm Covenant Class

Thursday, February 22

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

6:30 pm ICMEP "Israel's War on Gaza: A Conversation with Lara Friedman"

Sunday, February 25

Second Sunday of Lent

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

8:30 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)

Chapel Class Schedule through Easter

Please see below for the full schedule of adult chapel class sessions from now until Easter. Chapel class begins at 9:00 am every Sunday, in person and via Zoom, and is open to all adults. The Zoom passcode is 063060. Click the link below to join on Sunday morning.

Sunday, February 18 & 25– Debunking the “Clobber Passages” – Rev. Timothy Price

These sessions will focus on debunking the interpretations of those verses of the Bible that have traditionally been used to condemn the LGBTQ community.

Sunday, March 3-24 – Celtic Christianity – Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals

Back by popular demand, Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals will continue her series on Celtic Christianity during the season of Lent.

Easter Sunday, March 31 – No Chapel Class

As always, we know that Plymouth is full of many talented and knowledgeable folks. If you have a topic you would like to teach in chapel class, please contact Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals, or a member of the Christian Education board.

Chapel Class Zoom

Tuesday, February 20: Women's Book Study

The Women's Book Study's next meeting will be held Tuesday, February 20 at 12:00 pm in the Amistad Room, where we'll discuss Barbara Kingsolver's latest book, Demon Copperhead.

"Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, this is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father's good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. He braves foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses, dealing all the way with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities."

As always, we invite anyone to join us who self-identifies as a woman. If you would like to join us by Zoom, please email Laura McCoy. In March, our book will be All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Wednesday, February 21: Wednesday Night Live Programming

Wednesday Night Live programming continues Wednesday, February 21. At 5:15 pm there will be adult choir rehearsal, children’s choir rehearsal, and Lenten Book Study with Rev. Timothy, followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. The Lenten Book Study with Rev. Timothy can be attended in person or via Zoom using the link below. The passcode to join via Zoom is 648589. All activities are open to anyone in the church, regardless of membership status. Come for activities, or just come for dinner and fellowship! The suggested cost for dinner is $10 per person, though no one is ever turned away due to inability to pay. If you plan to come for dinner, please sign up in the Folsom Room in advance so our caterer knows how much food to prepare. Hope to see you there!

WNL Lenten Book Study Zoom

Wednesday, February 21: Lenten Book Study

Our Lenten Book Study will meet Wednesday, February 21 at 5:15 pm. We are studying Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s 2007 book The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem. Borg and Crossan are major popular progressive Christian scholars and should have much to offer for reflection and discussion. This study replaces Rev. Timothy’s weekly Bible study for its duration, which will last through the end of March. The passcode to join via Zoom is 648589.

Thursday, February 22: ICMEP "Israel's War on Gaza: A Conversation with Lara Friedman"

ICMEP will host Lara Friedman on Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 pm in the Folsom Room for a conversation on Israel's war on Gaza. Friedman is President of Foundation for Middle East Peace. She is a leading authority on the Middle East with expertise on US foreign policy in the region, on Palestine and Israel. Lara is a former officer in the US Foreign Service, with diplomatic postings in Jerusalem, Tunis, Beirut, and Washington. She also served as the Director of Policy and Government Relations at Americans for Peace Now. Lara is a non-resident fellow at the US/Middle East Project. This event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

General Announcements

Reminder for Academic Scholarships and Grants

Completed applications for the Richard C. Hess Peace Studies Scholarship are due in the church office by April 15:

  • The Richard C. Hess Peace Studies Scholarship provides a $1,000 tuition and fees scholarship for a college student majoring in peace studies or a related program.

Contact Linda Balthaser at [email protected] with your name, email address, 

and the name of the college/university in which will be enrolled in the 2024 fall semester.

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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