Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, January 30, 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: Jeremiah 1:4-8

Hymn No. 164 “Arise, Your Light Is Come" FESTAL SONG

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: Luke 4:14-30

Sermon: “Better No Prophet Than a Prophet for Others”

Hymn No. 179 “We Yearn, O Christ, for Wholeness” | PASSION CHORALE

Prayers for Healing

Hymn No. 576 “For the Healing of the Nations” WESTMINSTER ABBEY


This Week
January 31
James Evans Sr.

February 1
Terry Anderson
David Cornwell

February 2
Allen Haynes

February 3
Theo Garcia
Bill Deans
Merideth Minchski

February 5
Jim Eitsert
Candace Murphy

Next Week's Birthdays

February 7
Bill Balasia
Ginny Laudadio

February 8
Jim Graham

February 9
Clara Bowling

February 10
Sara Sprunger

February 11
Nicholas Brattain
Benjamin Hoffman
Jeff Moore
Sunday, January 30
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Education Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
11:00 am Environmental Action Team Meeting
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, January 31
Office Closed
7:30 pm Tapping Into Faith at Mad Anthony Brewing Co.

Tuesday, February 1
First Day of Black History Month
1:00 pm Staff Meeting (online)
6:00 pm Executive Council Meeting (online)

Wednesday, February 2
3:00 pm Study Connection
5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, February 3
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Open Prayer in the Sanctuary
1:00 pm Study Group (online)

Sunday, February 6
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Education Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)
Sunday, January 30: Final Dr. Michael Spath Chapel Class
Dr. Michael Spath will be leading the final January Chapel Class on the teachings of Confucius and Confucian Virtues this Sunday, January 30 at 9:00 am.

This Chapel Class will be held both in-person and via Zoom. Please click the button below to join and wait for the host to let you in.
Monday, January 31: Tapping Into Faith
Tapping into Faith continues at Mad Anthony’s! This casual gathering of Plymouth folks and any community members who feel like joining in the fun is a great chance to enjoy good company, good conversation about different questions and topics in faith, and, of course, a tasty snack and beverage. Appetizers to share will be provided by Plymouth, and you’re welcome to purchase whatever food you like. If you do not drink alcohol, you can enjoy Mad’s home-brewed root beer or red cream soda, as well as the usual iced tea and sodas.

Please know that we cannot demand or enforce vaccination status or mask-wearing for this event and make your decision accordingly. You are more than welcome to wear a mask yourself, of course – at least while you aren’t eating or drinking.

Join us at 7:30 pm in the Mad Room on Monday, January 31, in Mad Anthony Brewing on Broadway and Taylor!
Wednesday, February 2: The Practice of Lectio Divina
On Wednesday nights in February, 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.
Upcoming Events
February Chapel Classes: Music and Faith Series
This February, Rev. Timothy Murphy will once again be offering a Music and Faith Series during Chapel Class. Each week, we will share and discuss songs that are meaningful to us in some way. Each week will focus on a different theme, which we will connect with scripture and explore how music complements our faith. While we will not be able to listen to everyone’s song on a given week, all attendees are asked to pick a song that fits with the weekly theme in advance for group conversation. The weekly themes are:

  • February 6 – a song that helps you relax
  • February 13 – a song about justice/song that inspires you
  • February 20 – a song from your childhood/song that helped you at some point in your life
  • February 27 – a song that you love that others would be surprised to learn about

If you have questions or want to sign up to share a song on a given week, please contact Rev. Murphy at tcm@plymouthfw.org.
Save the Date: Seed to Marsh Project
On Sunday, February 20, the Environmental Action Team will kick off the Seed to Marsh project by learning about wetland restoration and the importance of using native plants. After a light lunch provided by Congregational Life, we’ll make a MESS sorting and stratifying seeds for future planting. The program will take place in the Folsom room starting at 11:15 am. Please sign up in advance in the Folsom room so that we know how much food to provide. This is part one of a multi-part series— check out the upcoming February Bell for more details. Questions? Contact Jan Gibson at gibsontjg@frontier.com
General Announcements
Calling All Cooks!
Plymouth is once again hosting the annual luncheon for the Workers of the Blind on Wednesday, March 16 from 12:00-2:00 pm. We are looking for a few volunteers to help prepare and serve the lunch, which would consist of a main dish, salad, and dessert. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals at (260) 423-9424 or smo@plymouthfw.org.
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 tmbraun1@frontier.com 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 office@plymouthfw.org or (260) 423-9424 to arrange to get your booklet.
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.
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 jss@plymouthfw.org with any questions.
Plymouth Church Linktree
The following links can be found on our Linktree:

  • Grants and Scholarship Opportunities Information
  • 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 office@plymouthfw.org