Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, February 19, 2023

In Our Prayers 

New this week: Margie Dougherty 

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Mary Bir, Janis Bohnstedt, Clara Bowling, Matthew Carter, Teresa Clingaman, Kris Conner, Janelle Couture, Brad Crowder, Bill Deans III, Lynda and Mike Eckard, Ann Filler, Ed Gomez, Cheryl Harkenrider, Bob Huff, Nancy Jordan, Alli Keith, Tony Kell, Ginny Laudadio, Brian Laurenz, Joan Lipscomb, Gerald Lockwood, Sandy Lockwood, Skyler Lockwood, Connie Mabe, Kelly Massey, Bev McFadden, Jack Meredith, Jane 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, Dana Wichern, Sandra Woodruff Cully, Stan Volz

The acolyte for today is Cora Bilinski.

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

Sundays at 1:00 pm

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in continues 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 829-3823-4464#, then # when asked for the password.

Click here to join Joys & Concerns

Order of Worship


Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: No. 886 “Affirmation of Faith”

Hymn No. 177 “God of Change and Glory” | KATHERINE

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Matthew 17:1-9

Sermon: “Glimpses of Glory”  

Hymn No. 334 “Graced with Garments of Great Gladness” | SCHMUCKE DICH

Invitation to Communion


Hymn No. 182 “We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding” | HYFRYDOL



This Week


February 19

Andrew Spath

February 20

Donna Childs

February 21

Margie Dougherty

Nick Eitsert

February 22

Miriam Brown

Benjamin Hoffman

Ren Moore

February 23

Wayne Peterson-Stephan

February 24

John Escosa

February 25

Linda Balthaser

Vicki Bandor Braun

Ashlee McCrory

Next Week's Birthdays

February 27

Claire Roney

February 28

Betty Deans

March 1

Jennifer J. Ferguson

March 2

Andrea Grim

March 3

Maia Maddela

March 4

Terry Dougherty

Lucy Hess

Evelyn McCormick


Sunday, February 19

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

11:00 am OWL Class

11:15 am Environmental Action Team Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, February 20

Office Closed

Tuesday, February 21

9:30 am Michael Spath Religion and Culture Class

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

4:00 pm Moderators' Meeting

5:00 pm Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

5:30 pm Board Meetings

Wednesday, February 22

Ash Wednesday

2:45 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

7:00 pm Ash Wednesday Service

Thursday, February 23

1:00 pm Study Group Online

5:30 PM Truth Conference Taskforce Meeting

Saturday, February 25

7:00 pm Philharmonic Players Concert

Sunday, February 26

First Sunday of Lent

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:00 am OWL Class

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

2:00 pm Reproductive Rights Action Team: Guest Speaker Marty Lemert

Sunday, February 19: New Chapel Class Series - How Do We Hope?

Faith, Hope and Love! We have heard those three words many times and while we talk a lot about love and faith, sometimes hope seems forgotten or misunderstood. In this chapel series we will dig into hope and examine it from both a psychological and spiritual lens. Hope is not only a critical part of our Christian faith, but of our human condition. How do we define hope? Is it measurable? Where does it come from or how do we find it? These are some of the questions we will be asking and exploring during this series. On the first Sunday of the series, we will be looking at how we define hope and how it works as a psychological construct. On the second Sunday we will look more at hope from a spiritual lens and how the two perspectives diverge or synthesize. Lastly, we will also discuss how we can foster hope in our lives and the lives of others. So, if the world has you down lately and you are in need of some hope, please join us at 9:00 am on Sunday, February 19 in person or on Zoom. The passcode to attend via Zoom is 063060.

Chapel Class Zoom Link

Sunday, February 19: Parish Nurses

The Plymouth Parish Nurses will be taking blood pressure readings and answering questions in the Folsom Room during Fellowship Hour this Sunday, February 19.

Sunday, February 19: Environmental Action Team Meeting

The next meeting of the Environmental Action Team will be held this Sunday, February 19, after worship in the Amistad room. We will be discussing plans for an upcoming advocacy campaign and other future events. All who are interested are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, February 21: Women's Book Study

In February, Plymouth's Women's Book Study will be reading The Choice: Embrace the Possible, by acclaimed psychologist Dr. Edith Eger. As a teenager she experienced the horrors of Auschwitz. Now in this book she shares her life's journey, from trauma through healing. In addition, she invites her readers to join her in their own dance of freedom. We will be meeting on Tuesday, February 21 at 12:00 pm.

As always, anyone who self-identifies as a woman is welcome to drop in to join our discussion. We meet on the third Tuesday of most months from 12:00 pm until 1:15 pm in the Amistad Room. If you have any questions, please contact jrbeineke@yahoo.co.uk

(In case you are interested in reading ahead, our March book will be Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.)

Tuesday, February 21: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Please join us on Tuesday, February 21 at 5:00 pm for our annual Shrove Tuesday pancake and sausage supper. Congregational Life will be preparing all you can eat pancakes and sausages as we feast before the beginning of Lent. If you plan to attend, please sign up in the Folsom room. All are welcome!

Wednesday, February 22: Lenten Book Study

Each year during Lent, Rev. Murphy’s Wednesday Bible Study is replaced with a book study. For this year, the book is The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium by Walter Wink. We will be discussing the spirituality of systems and institutions, breaking cycles of violence, and Jesus’ third way, among other topics covered in the book. The series begins Wednesday, February 22 and runs through March 29, meeting in the Chapel at 5:15 pm weekly. Participants are encouraged to order their books ahead of time (Note: there is more than one book with that title so doublecheck the author). For February 22, participants are invited to read the introduction and chapter 1. The study will also be available via Zoom. The passcode to attend via Zoom is 063060.

Lenten Book Study Zoom Link

Wednesday, February 22: Ash Wednesday Service

The season of Lent begins this Wednesday, February 22, and we will observe the day with our annual Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 pm. Join us in the sanctuary for a service of reflective music, communion, and the imposition of ashes. This service is an opportunity to reflect together about the meaning of the Lenten season, and to enter into it with intentionality and prayer. We hope to see you there.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, February 26: Reproductive Rights Action Team Guest Speaker Marty Lemert

The Reproductive Rights action team is excited to welcome back attorney Marty Lemert to bring us up to date with the status of SB1 litigation in Indiana. In 2022, SB1 was passed by the Indiana General Assembly and banned nearly all abortions in the state. That legislation is currently on hold as the law makes its way through the court system. There will be an opportunity for discussion with Ms. Lemert following her presentation. This event will take place on Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm in the Folsom room. All are welcome and encouraged to bring friends.

Sunday, February 26: Just Neighbors Week

Plymouth’s next week to provide dinner at the Just Neighbors Shelter is coming up, starting on Sunday, March 5. Plymouth members are responsible for providing the dinner meal for shelter guests each night that week. You can sign up to bring the whole meal, or simply a component of the meal. Typically, there are around 20-30 guests staying at the shelter on any given night. If you are interested in providing a meal, or part of a meal, please click the link below to sign up.

General Announcements

Collection for Fairfield Elementary

Through the month of February, Evangelism & Marketing will be collecting items to help keep our friends at Fairfield Elementary in good shape into the spring. You can place donations in the Folsom Room bins on Sundays during February, or anytime during the week you happen to come to Plymouth!

Our list of requested items is pretty straightforward: Kleenex, Clorox Wipes, Sweatpants/Leggings in kids’ sizes 5-10.5, and, if anyone happens to have some kids’ shoes in good shape but no longer fitting the kiddos in your family, their shoe supply is low and could use a boost (they don’t need snow boots).

The final Sunday for donations will be February 26. Thanks in advance for your love of neighbor!

Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

The Grants and Scholarships Committee has the pleasant responsibility of awarding scholarship grants for tuition and fees for academic credit from the earnings generated by several endowed funds.

Applications for the following 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.

Completed applications for grants/scholarships for tuition and fees for academic credit with all supporting materials must be received in the church office by the respective due dates. Incomplete applications are ineligible for consideration.

​To request application packets for these funds or to receive additional information, call the church office (260) 423-9424 and leave your name, phone number, and email address so a member of the Grants and Scholarships Committee can respond to your request.

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:

  • Grant and Scholarship Opportunities
  • 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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