Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, January 14, 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, Connie Mabe, Kelly Massey, Bev McFadden, Jane Meredith, Jim Michels, Lori Michels, Peter Michels, Ralph Miser, Pete Morris, 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


Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: Adapted from Psalm 139

Hymn No. 391 "In the Midst of new Dimensions" | NEW DIMENSIONS

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: "He Came Down"

Peace Prayer

Hymn No. 534 "O God of Strength" | WELWYN

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-20

Sermon: "Callings and Consequences"

Hymn (insert) "Here I Am, Lord" | HERE I AM, LORD



This Week


January 14

Starla Steckbeck

January 16

January Simpson

January 17

Laura Rudolph

January 19

Dom Spitler

January 20

Dan Kaufman

Next Week's Birthdays

January 21

Karen Jenkins

Peg Schilb

Max Watson

January 26

Brittany Ramsey

January 27

Lee MacSorley


Sunday, January 14

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Reproductive Rights Action Team Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

4:00 pm MLK Jr. Commemoration

Monday, January 15

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Staff Holiday-Office Closed

Tuesday, January 16

12:00 pm Women's Book Study

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

4:15 pm Moderators' Meeting

5:30 pm Board Meetings

Wednesday, January 17

3:30 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

7:00 pm Covenant Class

Thursday, January 18

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

5:00 pm Peace and Justice Committee Meeting

6:30 pm Makers' Group

Saturday, January 20

10:00 am Ruth Anne Sprunger Memorial Visitation

11:00 am Ruth Anne Sprunger Memorial Service

12:00 pm Ruth Anne Sprunger Memorial 


Sunday, January 21

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

11:15 am Board Training

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

2:30 pm Film & Faith

Sunday, January 14-28: General Synod Resolutions Chapel Series

Rev. Murphy will be leading a three-week Chapel Class series starting this Sunday 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. You can review all the resolutions here.

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!

Tuesday, January 16: Women's Book Study

Women's Book Study will be meeting on Tuesday, January 16 at 12:00 pm in the Amistad Room to discuss Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives by Siddarth Kara. How do we change our participation when we know about the uncomfortable facts described in this book?

"Cobalt is an essential component to every lithium-ion rechargeable battery made today, the batteries that power our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and electric vehicles. Roughly 75 percent of the world’s supply of cobalt is mined in the Congo, often by peasants and children in sub-human conditions. Billions of people in the world cannot conduct their daily lives without participating in a human rights and environmental catastrophe in the Congo."

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 February, our book will be Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver.

Wednesday, January 17: Wednesday Night Live Programming

Wednesday Night Live programming continues Wednesday, January 17. At 5:15 pm there will be adult choir rehearsal, children’s choir rehearsal, and Bible Study with Rev. Timothy, followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. The Bible 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

Saturday, January 20: Ruth Anne Sprunger Memorial Service

There will be a memorial service for Ruth Anne Sprunger this coming Saturday, January 20, with a visitation at 10:00 am in the Folsom Room, service at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary, and a lunch reception to follow. Any members or those impacted by Ruth Anne’s life are invited to attend.

Upcoming Events

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. Childcare will be available. Thanks!

Sunday, January 21: Film and Faith

The next Film and Faith will be Sunday, January 21 at 2:30 pm. This will be combined gathering for young adults and anyone 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. We will watch it in the Choir Room. Please enter through the Folsom Room side entrance. Please RSVP to Rev. Murphy at [email protected] if interested.

Sunday, January 28: Annual Business Meeting

Our Annual Business Meeting will be Sunday, January 28 after worship. This congregational meeting is where we will vote on the 2024 annual budget, approve the October meeting minutes and Annual Report, hear some updates and brief presentations. All members are eligible to vote and are encouraged to attend. Non-member participants are invited to attend as well but are not able to vote. A lunch will be provided by the Youth Group after worship and we will have the meeting in the Folsom Room.

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.

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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