Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, January 7, 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, Ron Muckway, 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


Sympathy is extended to Joe and Mary Bir in the death of their brother-in-law Paul Legan, on December 28, 2023, in Greenfield, IN.

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 72

Hymn No. 165 "Love Came Down at Christmas" | WHITNEY

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: "He Came Down"

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-3, 6; and Matthew 2:1-15

Sermon: “Home By Another Road”

Communion Hymn No. 417 “This is a Day of New Beginnings” (verses 1-3, *) | BEGINNINGS

Invitation to Communion


Hymn No. 164 “Arise Your Light Has Come” | FESTAL SONG



This Week


January 7

Tony Kell

Ricky Talarico

January 8

Barbara Gregory

January 9

Tina Logan

Ella Moore

January 11

Kyle Miller

January 13

Mark Glassley

Next Week's Birthdays

January 14

Starla Steckbeck

January 16

January Simpson

January 17

Laura Rudolph

January 19

Dom Spitler

January 20

Dan Kaufman


Sunday, January 7

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Parish Nurses

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Taking Down the Greens

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, January 8

Office Closed

5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

Tuesday, January 9

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

5:00 pm Lisa's Legacy Meeting

5:30 pm Benevolence Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 10

3:30 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

7:00 pm Covenant Class

Thursday, January 11

10:30 am Library Committee Meeting

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

1:30 pm Maker's Group Meeting

6:30 pm ICMEP: Josh Ruebner

Saturday, January 13

9:30 am Deacon's Worship Board Retreat

12:00 pm Faith in Place Presentation

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

Sunday, January 7: Bethlehem Chapel Class Extended

Due to the overwhelmingly large amount of material to cover, we will be extending the Chapel Class series on Bethlehem one more week, with the final session to be held on Sunday, January 7. We will cover topics related to the current Israel-Hamas war and will set aside most of the time for people to ask questions and engage in discussion. Chapel Class is open to all adults and is available in person and on Zoom at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings. The Zoom password is 063060.

Chapel Class Zoom

Sunday, January 7: Taking Down the Greens

All who are able are invited to stay after worship this Sunday to help take down the greens and holiday decorations throughout the church. Many hands make for light work, so please consider helping out if you can. Many thanks!

Wednesday, January 10: Wednesday Night Live Resumes

Wednesday Night Live programming will resume Wednesday, January 10. 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

Thursday, January 11: ICEMP "Palestinian Nakbas: From Truman to Biden" with Josh Ruebner

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace invites you to “Palestinian Nakbas: From Truman to Biden” with Josh Ruebner on Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 pm.

Josh Ruebner is a leading US Middle East policy analyst. He has worked at the

Congressional Research Service; the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights; and American

Muslims for Palestine. Presently a PhD candidate at University of Exeter’s European Centre for Palestine Studies. Also a Fellow, Middle East Institute. Author: Israel: Democracy or Apartheid State? and Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 13: Faith in Place Presentation

The Environmental Action Team invites all Plymouth members and friends to a meeting on Saturday, January 13 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm for a presentation from Faith in Place (formerly known as Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light). Faith in Place is an organization that works on Environmental Advocacy, Youth Empowerment, Energy and Climate Policy, Water Conservation, and Sustainable Food and Land Use. They will be coming to talk to us about their programs and how our church can get involved and work effectively for change in the state of Indiana. This is a great opportunity for us to learn about how we can live more effectively into our Earthwise covenant and take action on climate change where we live. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

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

In the new year, Rev. Murphy will be leading a three-week Chapel Class series 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.

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.

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. Thanks!

Sunday, January 21: Film and Faith

The next Film and Faith will be Sunday, January 21 at 2:30 pm. This will be a joined gathering for anyone under or 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. Please RSVP to Rev. Murphy at [email protected] if interested.

General Announcements

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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