Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, February 26, 2023

In Our Prayers 

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Mary Bir, Janis Bohnstedt, Clara Bowling, Matthew Carter, Teresa Clingaman, Kris Conner, Janelle Couture, Brad Crowder, Margie Dougherty, 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 Evelyn McCormick.

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.

Healing Touch © Mary Southard, www.ministryofthearts.org. Used with permission.

Steadfast Shepherd

Sunday, February 26, 2023

First Sunday of Lent

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: UCC Worship Ways

Hymn No. 187 “Again We Keep This Solemn Fast” | ERHALT UNS, HERR

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: “Shepherd Me, O God” by Marty Haugen

Peace Prayer

Welcoming of New Members

Affirmation of Plymouth Covenant

Pastoral Prayer

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

Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11

Sermon: “Led Through Temptation”

Hymn No. 209 (v. 1-3, 6) “O Love, How Vast, How Flowing Free” | DEO GRACIAS



This Week


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

Next Week's Birthdays

March 5

Diane Campion

Jeffrey Dellinger

Bob Pugh

March 6

Stewart Ayers

Barb Duch

March 8

Ethan Leal

Ken Modesitt

Caspian Throop-Voors

March 9

Beth Walker

March 10

Brandi Wallace


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

11:00 am Postcard Signing in Folsom Room

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

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

Monday, February 27

Office Closed

5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

7:00 pm Tapping Into Faith

Tuesday, February 28

9:30 am Michael Spath Religion and Culture Class

5:00 pm Staff Mini Retreat

Wednesday, March 1

2:45 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, March 2

1:00 pm Study Group Online

1:30 pm Memorial Gifts Meeting

Sunday, March 5

Second 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

11:15 am Kitchen Training

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

4:00 pm Music Series: A Concert for Ukraine. Alexander Klepach, Piano

Sunday, February 26: Welcoming New Members

This Sunday we joyfully welcome 11 new members to the Plymouth community. They are:

Beth Paschal

Marvin Paschal

Jordan Peterson-Stephan

Randy Metzger

Dan Van Amerongen

Genny Van Amerongen

Laurel Van Amerongen

Cole Van Amerongen

Lily Van Amerongen

Jason Vanover

Nate Vanover

Please click the link below to read more about them and be sure to offer them a Plymouth welcome!

New Member Bios

Sunday, February 26: 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 looked 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 26 in person or on Zoom. The passcode to attend via Zoom is 063060.

Chapel Class Zoom Link

Sunday, February 26: Environmental Postcard Signing

Immediately following worship this Sunday, you are invited to stop by the Folsom Room and sign a postcard to your state legislator around HB 1138, which is focused on testing preschool and childcare facility drinking water for lead. This action is sponsored by the Environmental Action Team. The fronts of the postcards include environmental images created by children and youth of Plymouth Church!

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

This Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm, attorney Marty Lemert will educate us on the status of Indiana Senate Bill 1 (“SB1”) legislation, which was passed in July 2022, severely restricting abortion access to Hoosiers. Currently, two cases brought by the ACLU against the law have resulted in a temporary injunction preventing the law from taking effect. Due to this injunction, abortion is still legal in Indiana. Ms. Lemert will discuss the pending litigation, the Indiana Supreme Court oral arguments, and the possible outcomes. Join us Sunday February 26 at 2:00 pm in the Folsom room.

Monday, February 27: Tapping Into Faith

Friendly reminder that E&M will host Tapping Into Faith at Mad Anthony’s on Monday, February 27 at 7:00 pm. It’s a wonderful chance to get to know fellow Plymouth folks a little better and sometimes welcome folks from the community into fellowship. Loosely guided conversation and story-sharing, good food & drink, and good people – what more could you want?!

We will provide appetizers for all to share, and you are welcome to buy whatever meal or beverage you’d like. Come on over!

Wednesday, March 1: 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 has begun and will run though 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 805552.

Lenten Book Study Zoom Link
Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 5: 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.

Sign Up

Sunday, March 5: Chapel Class Series on Digital Citizenship

Starting on Sunday, March 5, we will be welcoming guest speakers Jessica Pater and Fayika Farhat Nova to our adult Chapel Class to lead a series of talks on digital citizenship and social media concerns. This three-week series will cover what it looks like to use social media responsibly and safely in this digital age. In the first session we will explore the “what, where, how, and why’” of social media and digital technology use. We will discuss our digital footprints and what is done with the data connected with our technology use. Attendees will learn more about new emerging platforms, how platforms use data, and resources available to support parents and children. Chapel Class is held at 9:00 am every Sunday and is open to all adults. Join us in person or on Zoom! The passcode to attend via Zoom is 063060.  

Chapel Class Zoom Link

Sunday, March 5: Kitchen Training

Building Maintenance Manager John Hoelderle will be leading a training on the proper use of kitchen equipment on Sunday, March 5, immediately following worship. This training is required for anyone wishing to use the Plymouth kitchen, and all are welcome to attend. No RSVP is needed.

Thursday, March 9: ICEMP Dr. Shawki Harb - A Surgeon Under Israeli Occupation

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace welcomes Palestinian surgeon Dr. Shawki Harb, Thursday, March 9, 6:30 pm at Plymouth Church.

In his memoir, A Surgeon Under Israeli Occupation, Dr. Shawki Harb shares his experiences about Palestine and life as a Palestinian surgeon practicing medicine under Israeli occupation from 1975 to 2003, at the Ramallah Hospital and teaching at Al Quds Medical School in Jerusalem. He also describes his medical school training in Germany and specialty training in the US from 1967 to 1975, including his fellowship with internationally acclaimed Houston Methodist Hospital cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Michael DeBakey.

In Palestine, for example, he tells how, under Israeli military occupation, he endured harassment and overcame challenges like performing heart surgery with flashlights during blackouts and gunfire. Dr. Harb will share his unique insights into Israeli apartheid and oppression, practicing medicine, and reflect on the social and political context in Palestine. Free, open to the public. Masks strongly encouraged.

For more information and to RSVP, click the button below to check out the event page on ICEMP's Facebook.

Facebook Event Page

General Announcements

Easter Sunday Flower Order Form

It’s time to order Easter flowers! This year we are offering you a choice of Easter lilies or daffodils (or feel free to order both!) Lilies are $10 each and daffodils are $9 each. Please have your orders into the church office no later than Friday, April 24. We encourage you to take your flowers with you following worship on Easter Sunday.

Please either print out a copy of the Easter flower order form by clicking the button below or fill out a copy in the receptionist's office on Sunday mornings.

Print Order Form

Collection for Fairfield Elementary Ends Sunday, February 26!

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 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 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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