Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, February 4, 2024

In Our Prayers 

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, 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, Patrick Vonderau, Marian Waltz, Dana Wichern, Maryanne Williams, Sandra Woodruff Cully


Sympathy is extended to Nelda Sonday in the death of her husband, Ross Sonday, January 31.

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


Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: Psalm 147:1-11

Hymn No. 403 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” | SOLID ROCK

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song:  “Make Us One” | Carol Cymbala

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Mark 1:29-45

Sermon: "Deserted No More"

Communion Hymn No. 330 “Let Us Break Bread Together” | LET US BREAK BREAD

Invitation to Communion


Hymn (insert) “Let There Be Peace on Earth”



This Week


February 4

Renee Hartman

February 5

Jim Eitsert

Candace Murphy

February 7

Bill Balasia

February 8

Jim Graham

February 9

Clara Bowling

February 10

Sara Sprunger

Next Week's Birthdays

February 11

Nicholas Brattain

Benjamin Hoffman

Jeff Moore

February 12

Ruth Phillips

February 13

Karen O'Neal

Andrea Reichard

February 15

Gale Cunningham

Bill Lambert

February 16

Allyn Beifus


Sunday, February 4

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Environmental Action Team Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, February 5

Office Closed

5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

Tuesday, February 6

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

5:00 pm Lisa's Legacy Meeting

6:00 pm Executive Council Meeting

Wednesday, February 7

3:30 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

7:00 pm Covenant Class

Thursday, February 8

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

Sunday, February 11

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:30 am Welcoming Group

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Sunday, February 4: Chapel Class

Beginning Sunday, Feburary 4 Rev. January Simpson will facilitate a contemplative reading of John 8:1-11, looking ahead to the beginning of Lent. Together we will enter and explore this sacred story of restoration and mercy in the wilderness, and open ourselves, with our minds in our hearts, to the truth it offers.

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

Tuesday, February 6: ICMEP Zoom Conversation with Cindy and Craig Corrie

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace will host a Zoom Conversation with Cindy and Craig Corrie on Tuesday, February 6 at 2:00 pm. Michael Spath will be interviewing Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of the young American activist, Rachel Corrie, crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in 2003 as she stood in front of it attempting to prevent the demolition of the home of a Gazan family with whom she’d been staying.

The Corries established the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice to honor their daughter, devoting their lives to engaging with US government officials and activist groups to seek justice in Palestine and Israel.

ICMEP hosted Craig and Cindy in 2013 here at Plymouth Church. In the interview we'll catch up with Corries about Rachel's memory, the ongoing work of the Rachel Corrie Foundation, and their reflections of the genocide Israel is inflicting upon Gaza today.

Click the button below to register for this livestreamed event.

Zoom Event Registration

Wednesday, February 7: Wednesday Night Live Programming

Wednesday Night Live programming continues Wednesday, February 7. 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 Bible Study Zoom

Wednesday, February 7: Lenten Book Study

Lent begins early this year on February 14, but the Lenten book study will begin one week earlier on February 7. This year, we will be looking at 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 will replace Rev. Timothy’s weekly Bible study for its duration, which will last through the end of March. Folks are invited to order the book ahead of time and have the first chapter read when we gather on Wednesday, February 7.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, February 11: Welcoming Group for New Members

Are you interested in becoming a member at Plymouth Church? Our next Welcoming Group will meet Sunday, February 11, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in the Amistad Room. If you have been attending Plymouth for six months or longer, and your faith journey is leading you to explore becoming a member, this is a one-time required session. Whether you are confident, confused, or curious, our time together is focused on orientation, conversation, interpretation, and exploration. It is an opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet others who are considering affirming their formal relationship with Plymouth Church, UCC. A light lunch will be provided, and childcare is available upon request. Please RSVP to Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals at [email protected] if you would like to attend.

Tuesday, February 13: Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Sausage Supper

Come one, come all to the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Sausage supper on Tuesday, February 13 at 5:30 pm. This is an annual tradition as we prepare to enter the season of Lent and observe Ash Wednesday the following day. Congregational Life will provide pancakes, sausages, and beverages, all with a festive Mardi Gras theme. Please sign up in the Folsom room if you plan to attend so that we can be sure to have enough food for everyone. All are welcome!

Wednesday, February 14: Ash Wednesday Service

The season of Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14, where 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.

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.

General Announcements

Reminder for Academic Scholarships and Grants

Completed applications for the following scholarships are due in the church office by February 15:

  • The Richard Nelson Kent Memorial Fund provides educational grants for tuition and fees for academic credit for members of the United Church of Christ in the Northeast [Indiana] Association and other qualified applicants who are at least 16 years of age and entering into or continuing ecological studies, conservation biology, or other environmentally related studies.

  • The Van Gorder Scholarship is awarded annually for tuition and fees for post-secondary education leading to a degree, certificate, or license for a graduating senior who is a member of Plymouth Church.

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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