Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, July 10, 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 829-3823-4464#, then # when asked for the password.

Please note: the code and link for Joys and Concerns has changed. The updated link is used here.
Order of Worship


Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: Psalm 25:1-6

Hymn No. 402 “De colores” | DE COLORES

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing the Peace

Response Song: “Deep Within Our Hearts" | Amy Barlow Liberatore

Peace Prayer

Mission Moment: Christmas in July

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Psalm 82

Sermon: “Mortal Gods"

Hymn No. 391 “In the Midst of New Dimensions | NEW DIMENSIONS

This Week
July 10
Carl Hasty
Matthew Peterson Stephan

July 11
Jim Lasley
Dave McKinnon

July 12
Mary McCoy
Cheryl Milligan
Rev. Timothy Murphy
Nelda Sonday

July 13
Betty Barry

July 14
Michelle Grim
Michael Popp
David Reynolds

July 15
Karl Bandemer
Betsy Bonham

July 16
Tyler Grim
Dennis Roembke
Greg Week

Next Week's Birthdays

July 17
Jennifer Coffeen
Erick Miller

July 18
Susie O'Shaughnessy
Jeanie Rhoades

July 19
Kristi Lewark

July 20
Anderson Joseph Escosa

July 21
Joan Hartwig
Karen Nesius Roeger
Luanne Root Koenig

July 22
Joe Hildenbrand

July 23
Leslie Frohberg
Sunday, July 10
Christmas in July Special Offering
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns
3:00 pm Blueberry Picking

Monday, July 11
Office Closed

Tuesday, July 12
1:00 pm Staff Meeting
5:30 pm Benevolence Committee Meeting (online)
5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

Thursday, July 14
1:00 pm Study Group (online)

Saturday, July 16
6:00 pm Plymouth Rocks the Block

Sunday, July 17
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns
Sunday, July 10: Christmas in July Special Offering
Sunday, July 10, we will have a special offering in support of the UCC Christmas Fund. This fund serves retired clergy, and their surviving spouses, by providing supplemental income and assistance with insurance premiums for those who served smaller churches unable to provide adequate retirement benefits. Clergy may also receive emergency funding for unforeseen health crises or similar difficulties.

You may contribute to the offering in service using the special envelopes (be sure to write UCC Christmas Fund in the memo line of your check) or any time online by clicking the button below, or visiting our website at www.plymouthfw.org/donate.

We thank you in advance for supporting those who answered their call to serve where needed, regardless of the pay grade.
Sunday, July 10: Blueberry Picking
Plymouth’s families with kids are gathering once a month this summer to socialize, serve, and explore our community! If there are babies, kids, teens or graduates in your home, please join us!

Our July gathering will be on Sunday, July 10, at Cedar Creek Produce at 3:00 pm. Join us to pick all the blueberries your family can eat, and stick around afterwards to cool off with a snack in the shade. Blueberries are priced by the pound. Slushies are available for purchase, or you can bring your own snack.

We’ll meet at Cedar Creek Produce, 11709 Clay Street, Leo, IN. If you don’t see us in the parking lot come on out into the blueberry field to find our group.
Saturday, July 16: Plymouth Rocks the Block
You are invited to attend Plymouth Church Music Series sponsored pre-fireworks concert on July 16! The lineup for the evening is below:

Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Plymouth Rocks the Block: A TRF Pre-Fireworks Concert
Plymouth Congregational Church | 501 W Berry Street North Parking Lot

6:00 pm - Open Mic Talent Show
Contact Robert Nance at robert@maestronance.com to sign up for an opportunity to sing

6:45 pm - The Jim Steele Jazz Trio
Featuring Jim Steele, piano; Brad Kuhns, bass; Kent Klee, percussion; and special guest Ed Renz, sax

8:00 pm - A Carole King Tribute
Featuring Kara Jaurigue as Carole King; with Robert Nance, piano; Brad Kuhns, bass; and Tod Ramsey, percussion.

9:00 pm - New Orleans Jazz Band 
Featuring with Al Parr, Ed Renz, David Cooke, Tod Ramsey, Brad Kuhns and Robert Nance

General Notes:

This concert is free…if you are able, please make a donation online. (click “donate", then select "Music Series")

Bring your own chair and a festive spirit!

Same City Food Truck will be onsite for this event. They serve Peruvian fusion and all of prices are suggested donations. Donations go directly to supporting and feeding unsheltered and unhoused individuals in our community.

Join us for a festive evening!
Upcoming Events
Sunday, July 17: Abortion Rights Advocacy Action
Please join us after worship on Sunday, July 17 in the Folsom Room to sign postcards to our Indiana state legislators, advocating for the right to safe and legal abortion in the state of Indiana. As you may know, there has been a special session of the General Assembly called for later this month, during which the GA will likely pass a bill restricting abortion rights in our state. We want to let our legislators know that this action is not supported by a majority of Hoosiers, and that access to abortion is essential healthcare for all with reproductive capabilities. We will have pre-written postcards available that you can simply sign and address to your legislators, and we will even mail the postcards for you! Even if you have already contacted your legislators personally, we invite you to show up and be part of this effort—the more mail our legislators receive, the better!
Tuesday, July 19: Plymouth Women's Book Study
The next meeting of Plymouth Women's Book Study (open to any reader who self-identifies as a woman) will be on Tuesday July 19 at 12:00 pm in the Amistad Room. We shall be talking about the books we'd like to discuss over the coming few months. Feel free to bring a favorite book or two you'd like to share. We'll select the top choices during the following week with on line voting. As always, there will be a warm welcome at the table. For further information contact Judith at jrbeineke@yahoo.co.uk
Saturday, July 23: Sign Up to Volunteer for Plymouth's FW Pride Booth!
On Saturday, July 23, E&M will have our Plymouth booth set up at Fort Wayne Pride 2022, and we will need volunteers to be the friendly face of Plymouth to our neighbors. If you are interested, we will do this signup the old-fashioned way, with a signup sheet on the board in the Folsom Room. Pick a time slot or two and join us for a great day sharing the love!

For those who wish to march with Plymouth in the Pride parade, we will be meeting downtown at 11:00 am (location TBA) on Saturday, July 23 to march together. All are welcome—the more the merrier!
Saturday, July 30: School Supply Drive
On Saturday, July 30, E&M will have a supply drive to support the backpack program at the Wayne Township Trustee Office. Any family can request a backpack for their student(s), fully stocked with the required supplies for their grade level.

Based on their current stocks, the program coordinator provided the following list of needs:

  • Most needed items: Backpacks, Kleenex, Notecards, Hand Sanitizer, 3 Ring Binders, Pencil Pouches, 2-Pocket Folders, 1-Subject Notebooks, Loose Leaf Paper
  • Also needed items: Pens & Pencils, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Composition Notebooks, Highlighters, Scissors, Lunch Boxes

We suggest focusing on most-needed items and then throwing in some crayons or what have you as a fun bonus if you just can’t resist fresh school supplies – but follow your bliss, because every little bit helps!

We will collect donations on Saturday, July 30, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, outside the Folsom Room. If you’d like to leave donations in the Supply Drive bin in the Folsom Room before that date, that’s fine too!
General Announcements
COVID-19 Protocols: Masking Strongly Encouraged
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have now risen from low (green) to medium (yellow) in Allen County. Therefore, we are updating our mask policy to say that 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.
Plymouth's Free Little Library Needs Donations!
Plymouth's Free Little Library is in need of additional books to share with the community on a regular basis. If you would like to help, please place your donations in the designated container beside the library book display in the Folsom Room. Our recipients will continue to appreciate your generosity.
Seeking Volunteers for OWL Classes
We are seeking a few volunteers to assist with teaching OWL classes this fall. OWL stands for ‘Our Whole Lives,’ and is a sexuality education program for children and youth. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. OWL was developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.

If interested in volunteering, please contact Katie Watson at kjwatson4@gmail.com.
Study Connections Volunteers Needed
Volunteers for the Study Connection are needed. You can be a tutor or a substitute to fill in on the few days when a tutor must be away. Contact Lucy Hess for more information on what is expected of a tutor and sub at lrh22@frontier.com or (260) 484-4430. Study Connection is offered at Plymouth every Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm starting early October to mid-May. To sign up for the background check, click here. The Study Connection sign up sheet is always linked in the Plymouth LinkTree, linked in the bulletin each week.
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.
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:

  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Sign Up
  • 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