Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, January 16, 2022
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 944-1809-2407#, then # when asked for the password.

Order of Worship


Call to Worship: Psalm 36:5-10

Hymn No. 423 “Great Is Your Faithfulness" | FAITHFULNESS

Welcome & Announcements
Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing the Peace

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

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: John 2:1-11

Sermon: “The Life of the Party”

Invitation to Communion

Hymn No. 451 “Be Now My Vision” | SLANE


This Week
January 16
January Simpson

January 20
Dan Kaufman

January 21
Karen Jenkins
Peg Schilb
Max Watson

Next Week's Birthdays

January 26
Brittany Ramsey

January 27
Lee MacSorley
Laura Rudolph

January 28
Kate Blake

January 29
Charlie Belch
Cher Phelps-Griswold
Sunday, January 16
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
11:30 am Board Member Training
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)
4:00 pm Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service

Monday, January 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Office Closed
Staff Holiday

Tuesday, January 18
12:00 pm Women's Book Study
1:00 pm Staff Meeting (online)
4:00 pm Moderator's Meeting
5:30 pm Board Meetings

Wednesday, January 19
10:30 am Library Committee Meeting
3:00 pm Study Connection
5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live
6:00 pm Refugee Task Force Meeting

Thursday, January 20
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Open Prayer in the Sanctuary
1:00 pm Study Group (online)
5:30 pm Peace and Justice Committee Meeting
6:30 pm PFLAG Meeting
6:30 pm ICMEP Program

Sunday, January 23
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Education Hour (online)
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
11:00 am Annual Business Meeting
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)
Sunday, January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service
Plymouth will be hosting the annual service commemorating the life and ideas of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tomorrow at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary. This event is being held in partnership with a number of other Fort Wayne congregations. As this is a public event, we are requiring proof of vaccination at the door, which involves a vaccination card or picture thereof. As there is limited seating for 60 households to allow for social distancing, we encourage people to also watch via the livestream, which will be available through Plymouth’s YouTube channel.
Tuesday, January 18: Women's Book Study
The next meeting of Plymouth’s Women's Book Study will be on Tuesday, January 18 from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm in the Amistad Room. Any reader who self-identifies as a woman is welcome, whether you've attended before or not. We shall be reading This Is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel.

"This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl...." One family learns and grows with a child who wants to change in a way many people don't understand.

For further information, contact Judith Beineke at [email protected].
 Wednesday, January 19: The Practice of Lectio Divina
On Wednesday nights in January, Rev. Sara will be leading a Lectio Divina practice on Zoom at 7:00 pm. Lectio Divina is Latin for “sacred reading” and is an ancient practice of reading scripture in a meditative, contemplative way. Each session will feature a time of fellowship, a short moment of instruction, and approximately 20 minutes of lectio. We will use sources from scripture as well as other spiritual texts. All are welcome regardless of your level of experience.
Thursday, January 20: ICMEP Program
Terry Dougherty, the ICMEP board chair, is one of the foremost experts on Afghanistan in our region. An Afghanistan Peace Corps Volunteer, and long-time board member of a residential girls’ school in Kabul (SOLA-School of Leadership Afghanistan), Terry facilitated scores of Afghan exchange students, and recently visited Camp Atterbury.

Terry will discuss all things Afghanistan – US foreign policy, past and present; the resurgence of the Taliban and the present political situation; and girls’ education, especially his involvement (from the beginning) with the School of Leadership Afghanistan, and its dynamic leader, Shabana Basij-Rasikh. The program will also be live-streamed on the ICMEP Facebook page. Join us at 6:30 pm at Plymouth Church on Thursday, January 20. This event is free and open to the public. Masks are required.
Upcoming Events
Sunday, January 23: Rev. Dr. Michael Spath Chapel Class
Rev. Dr. Michael Spath returns this month to lead teaching of the Chinese Religions (Taoism and Confucianism) at 9:00 am on the following Sunday mornings:

  • January 16: No class this Sunday
  • January 23: Taoism, "the Way of Water"
  • January 30: Confucius and the Confucian Virtues

Chapel Classes will continue to be held in-person and via Zoom.
Sunday, January 23: Annual Business Meeting
Plymouth’s Annual Business Meeting will be taking place after worship on January 23. Action items will include approval of past congregational meeting minutes, the 2022 budget, and the revised Safe Church Policy.
General Announcements
2021 Annual Report
The 2021 Plymouth Annual Report is now available. Please note the 2021 Financial Summary and the Standish Colony Circle project totals are still being calculated, but will be ready by the Annual Business Meeting on January 23.
Just Neighbors Is Seeking Volunteers
Our friends at Just Neighbors need our help! They are organizing the annual ‘Point-in-Time’ homeless count on Thursday, January 27, and are looking for people to help them do the count. Specifically, they are looking for about 15 people who can be stationed at the Rescue Mission to count individuals making use of that shelter. There are three shifts for volunteers: 6:00 am - 10:00 am, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, and 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Training will be provided. This is an important effort that helps ensure that homeless services in Allen Country are properly funded and supported by state and federal resources. Please consider volunteering if you are able. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ryan Remington at [email protected] or at (260) 888-6911. Thank you!
Safety Committee Volunteers Needed
The Safety Committee is seeking volunteers to join the group that monitors access to the church and patrols the building and grounds during Sunday services.

There are two volunteers on duty each Sunday. One is stationed in the Narthex monitoring activity in front of the church, anyone seeking entry, and the Berry Street parking area. The other would walk throughout the building and grounds alert for any unusual activities. Both have a walkie-talkie to communicate when necessary.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Tom Braun at [email protected] or at (260) 403-0384.
From the Office
There are a small number of Sunday contribution envelopes still available for anyone who is interested. Please contact Tina Puitz at [email protected] or (260) 423-9424 to arrange to get your booklet.
Artists Needed
During Lent, our Sunday school will explore how all the pieces of Jesus’ story fit together. We are looking for 13 artists to each illustrate one story from Jesus’ life. The kids in class will get first dibs, then we are hoping to find several teen and adult artists to fill in the rest of the spaces. If you would like a story to illustrate, please contact Katie Watson.
Quarantine Kits for Kids
Between COVID-19 and all the other germs going around, it seems like most of our families will get stuck at home at some point this winter. If your family is quarantined and missing your Plymouth friends, we’ve got a Quarantine Kit full of goodies for your child! Contact Katie Watson to arrange a Quarantine Kit drop-off.
Volunteers No Longer Needed for Receptionist Desk
Due to the ongoing pandemic, staff will not need volunteers to cover the staff meetings until further notice. We will make another announcement when we are back to in person meetings. Thank you to all who have volunteered so far.
COVID-19 Vaccination Update
Children ages 5-11 are now eligible to be vaccinated with the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.
Additionally, booster shots are available for all individuals age 18+ after 6 months or more from their initial series.
You can click the button below to schedule an appointment. If you have difficulty registering online, you can dial 211 from any phone for assistance.
Open Prayer in Sanctuary on Thursdays
For a time of personal prayer, visit the sanctuary on Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. 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:

  • Grants and Scholarship Opportunities Information
  • 2022 Stewardship Campaign Page
  • Chancel Flower 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 [email protected]