Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, January 8, 2023

In Our Prayers 

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Janis Bohnstedt, Clara Bowling, Matthew Carter, Michael Clifton, Teresa Clingaman, Kris Conner, Diana Cornwell, Janelle Couture, Brad Crowder, Bill Deans III, Lynda and Mike Eckard, Ann Filler, Ed Gomez, Cheryl Harkenrider, Joan Hartwig, Charlene Holly, Bob Huff, Nancy Jordan, Alli Keith, Tony Kell, Ginny Laudadio, Brian Laurenz, Joan Lipscomb, Gerald Lockwood, Sandy Lockwood, Skyler Lockwood, Connie Mabe, Kelly Massey, Bev McFadden, Jane Meredith, Jack Meredith, Peter Michels, Jim Nelson, Cindy Ottinger, Bonnie Pennock, Noel Resor, Claire Roney, Jacqueline Sanders, Max Schilb, Rick Schilb, Barbara Senn, John Shannon, Erin Shaw, Maureen Shea, Travis Sheets, Shirley Slater, Johanna Smith, The Spitler Family, Terry Springer, Marian Waltz, Dana Wichern, Sandra Woodruff Cully, Stan Volz

The acolyte for today is Evelyn McCormick.

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 but strongly encouraged.

Joys and Concerns

Sundays at 1:00 pm

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in resumes 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 829-3823-4464#, then # when asked for the password.

Click here to join Joys & Concerns

Order of Worship


Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship

Hymn No. 326 “Crashing Waters at Creation” | STUTTGART

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: “There’s a Spirit of Love in This Place”

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17

Sermon: "Sacred Waters"

Affirmation of Baptism 

Hymn “Down to the River to Pray” | DOWN TO THE RIVER



This Week


January 8

Barbara Gregory

January 9

Tina Logan

Ella Moore

January 11

Kyle Miller

January 13

Mark Glassley

January 14

Starla Steckbeck

Next Week's Birthdays

January 15

Carol Shedd

January 16

January Simpson

January 17

Laura Rudolph

January 19

Beck Spitler

January 20

Dan Kaufman

January 21

Karen Jenkins

Peg Schilb

Max Watson


Sunday, January 8

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

11:30 am OWL Parent Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, January 9

Office Closed

5:30 pm Centering Praying Group

Tuesday, January 10

9:30 am Michael Spath Religion and Culture Class

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

5:30 pm Benevolence Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 11

2:45 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, January 12

10:30 am Library Committee Meeting

1:00 pm Study Group Online

1:30 pm Memorial Gifts Meeting (online)

6:30 pm ICMEP Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, January 14

9:00 am Deacons' Worship Board Retreat

2:30 pm Young Adult Film and Faith

4:00 pm Family Game Night

Sunday, January 15

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Leadership and Board Member Training

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

4:00 pm WE ARE THE DREAM: Commemorating the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 8: Chapel Class Series Continues

On Sunday, January 8, chapel class resumes as Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals continues her series on the prophetic message of the mystics for two more weeks. These two weeks will focus on modern-day mystics who have been influential in the world of contemporary social justice issues. Join us at 9:00 am, either in person or on Zoom. The password to attend via Zoom is 063060.

Chapel Class Zoom Link

Wednesday, January 11: Wednesday Night Live and Bible Study

Wednesday Night Live programming continues this Wednesday, January 11. Those who want to join the Bible study virtually can join via Zoom at 5:15 pm.

Bible Study Zoom Link

Wednesday, January 11: Wednesday Night Book Study

Wednesday night book study resumes on January 11, 2023 with the book Dear White Peacemakers: Dismantling Racism with Grit and Grace, by Osheta Moore. Written in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Dear White Peacemakers draws on the Sermon on the Mount, Spirituals, and personal stories from author Osheta Moore’s work as a pastor in St. Paul, Minnesota. Rooted in the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus, this book is a challenging call to transform white shame, fragility, saviorism, and privilege, in order to work together to build the Beloved Community as anti-racism peacemakers. Wednesday night book study is part of Wednesday Night Live activities, and meets from 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm, following Wednesday Night Live dinner. All are welcome!

Thursday, January 12: ICMEP - Kahlil Gibran

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace presents Dr. Michael Spath "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet at 100" on Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 pm at Plymouth Congregational Church

January 2023 marks the 100th anniversary of Kahlil Gibran's beloved The Prophet. Dr. Michael Spath discusses the spiritual classic, connecting it with larger themes from Gibran's life and work, and asks what it means for us today. Bring a favorite Kahlil Gibran quote to share. Free and open to the public. Invite a friend! Masks strongly recommended.

Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 22: Young Adult Film and Faith and Film and Faith 40 & Over

Young Adult Film and Faith (ages 24-39) will have its next film viewing and discussion on Saturday, January 14 at 2:30 pm. We will be watching the 1997 classic Princess Mononoke. It is a Japanese fantasy adventure film focused around the themes of the environment, feminism, non-violence, and modernity. Rated PG-13. Running time: 127 minutes. We will be using the English dub. Please enter through the Folsom Room side entrance. Folks are encouraged to RSVP to Rev. Murphy at tcm@plymouthfw.org. Then the following week on Sunday, January 22 at 2:30 pm, those 40 & over are invited to watch the same film and have a time of discussion afterwards.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 15: Leadership and Board Member Training

All board chairs, committee chairs, and board and committee members, whether new or returning, are invited to attend a leadership training session on Sunday, January 15, immediately following worship in the Folsom Room. This is a time to learn about the governance structure at Plymouth and the vital contributions that board members make for the healthy functioning of our church. This session is required for board chairs, and strongly encouraged for all board members. If you are serving on a board in 2023, please make every effort to attend.

Tuesday, January 17: January Women's Book Study

The Plymouth Women's Book Study's next book will be Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann and we will meet on Tuesday, January 17 from 12:00 pm to 1:15pm in the Amistad Room. It describes how In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, they began to be killed off and virtually anyone who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll surpassed more than twenty-four Osage, the newly created F.B.I. took up the case, in what became one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations. But the bureau was then notoriously corrupt and initially bungled the case. Eventually the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery.  

As always, anyone who self-identifies as a woman is welcome to drop in for one or more of our sessions if the chosen book interests them. We meet on the third Tuesday of most months from 12:00 pm to 1:15pm in the Amistad Room.

Sunday, January 22: Chapel Class Series – Christian Perspectives on War and Violence

Beginning on Sunday, January 22, Rev. Murphy will be teaching a four-week series on Christian perspectives on war and violence. We will examine a variety of traditions including holy war, just war and just revolution, pacifism, Christian realism, and just peacemaking. For week one, we will focus our discussion on understanding and defining violence. Join us at 9:00 am in person or on Zoom. The passcode to attend via Zoom is 063060.

Sunday, January 22: Annual Business Meeting

Plymouth’s Annual Business Meeting will be taking place after worship on January 22. Action items will include approval of past congregational meeting minutes and approval of the 2023 budget. The youth will be cooking and providing lunch. Please note that this meeting will be available to watch via livestream, however voting and participation can only be done in person. See the attached agenda for more information.

2023 Annual Business Meeting Agenda
2022 Annual Election Meeting  Minutes
2022 Annual Business Meeting Minutes

Sunday, January 29: WELCOMING GROUP

Our next WELCOMING GROUP will meet Sunday, January 29, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. 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. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals at smo@plymouthfw.org.

General Announcements

OWL Class Registration Open Now

Registration is now open for two classes of Our Whole Lives - the UCC’s comprehensive sexuality education program. A class for 1st and 2nd graders will meet after worship on Sundays from February 5 to March 26. A class for 8th and 9th graders will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm, from January 11 until May 3. These classes are free and open to kids at Plymouth and in our wider community. Students are expected to attend all classes. Please contact Katie Watson with any questions or to register your student.

Calling All Knitters, Crocheters, and Weavers!

The Indiana Kentucky conference of the UCC is hosting General Synod in June 2023, and it has been a tradition for the hosting conference to provide prayer shawls for delegates and others in attendance. Would you be willing to help by knitting or crocheting one or two shawls? Let Rev. Sara (smo@plymouthfw.org) know if you would like to commit to making one (or three!).

COVID-19 Protocols: Masking Strongly Encouraged

While masks remain optional in worship, we strongly encourage wearing them whenever possible. 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 if you find yourself at risk of being around groups or otherwise unable to attend services in person.

Desk Coverage Volunteers Needed

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 jss@plymouthfw.org with any questions.

Plymouth Church Linktree

The following links can be found on our Linktree:

  • Donate
  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Sign Up
  • Chancel Flower Dedication 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
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