Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, July 23, 2023

In Our Prayers 

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Mary Bir, Clara Bowling, Anne Boyko, Ruth Bracht, Matthew Carter, Teresa Clingaman, Deb Conklin, Kris Conner, David Cornwell, Janelle Couture, Brad Crowder, Lynda and Mike Eckard, Ed Gomez, Cheryl Harkenrider, Joseph Harkenrider, Bob Huff, Nancy Jordan, Alli Keith, Tony Kell, Brian Laurenz, Joan Lipscomb, Gerald Lockwood, Sandy Lockwood, Skyler Lockwood, Connie Mabe, Kelly Massey, Jack Meredith, Jane Meredith, Peter Michels, Ron Muckway, Jim Nelson, Cindy Ottinger, Bonnie Pennock, Zoey Pinedo, Vicki Pogue, Noel Resor, Claire Roney, Anne Rowland, Jacqueline Sanders, Calvin Scantlin, Max Schilb, Barbara Senn, John Shannon, Erin Shaw, Maureen Shea, Travis Sheets, Shirley Slater, Johanna Smith, The Spitler Family, Terry Springer, Stan Volz, Marian Waltz, Dana Wichern, Maryanne Williams, Sandra Woodruff Cully

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 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.

Click here to join Joys & Concerns

Order of Worship


Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: Psalm 139:1-10

Hymn (insert) “Morning Has Broken” | BUNESSAN

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: “Spirit of the Living God”

Peace Prayer

Hymn No. 611 “O Day of God, Draw Near” | ST. MICHAEL

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Matthew 13:31-35

Sermon: “From Yeast and Mustard Seeds”

Hymn No. 564 (v. 1-2, 4-6) “We Are Not Our Own” | YARNTON



This Week


July 23

Leslie Frohberg

July 24

Patricia Adsit

Dave Jolliff

July 27

Lucy Brown

Bev McFadden

Stan Pflueger

July 28

Tom Braun

Next Week's Birthdays

July 31

Sonia Atienzo-Fisher

Brian Beifus

Fraser Coffeen

August 1

Anne Boyko

Leonard Iaquinta

August 3

Barb Christianson

Tom Lindhuber

August 5

Nathan Rupp


Sunday, July 23

9:00 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, July 24

Office Closed

Tuesday, July 25

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

Wednesday, July 26

6:30 pm Sweet Breeze Canal Boat Tour

Thursday, July 27

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

5:00 pm Nominating Committee Meeting

Sunday, July 30

9:00 am Parish Nurses

9:00 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

4:00 pm Plymouth Music Series: The Neue Wind Octet

Wednesday, July 26: Sweet Breeze Canal Tour

Congregational Life Board presents an all church event to tour our city from a different perspective aboard the Sweet Breeze Canal Boat on Wednesday, July 26! This will be a 90 minute guided tour with a docent. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and bottled water will be offered to each of you. No other food or drinks are allowed. 

The cost is $30 per person, cash or check, which includes the tip for the docent. Please make checks out to Plymouth Church with "Sweet Breeze" in the memo line. Sign up in the Folsom Room on Sundays! Children under 2 years old that can sit on your lap are free of charge. We will depart at 6:30 pm, but please arrive by 6:15 pm at the river dock to get everyone checked in.

Sweet Breeze Canal Boat is located at Promenade Park, 202 Superior St. Parking is available at either the new Harrison St building underground or just west of the park on Superior St. All parking meters are free after 5:00 pm. The park and the Sweet Breeze Canal Boat are accessible to all abilities. The Canal Boat seats a maximum of 38 passengers, so this will be a first come first serve event.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, July 30: Plymouth Music Series - The Neue Wind Octet

Plymouth Music Series returns with "The Neue Wind Octet" on Sunday, July 30 at

4:00 pm. Featuring John Uchal, Stephanie Patterson, Alex McCrory, Travis Larson, Tony Park, David Harris, Erin Yoder, and Kin Blaha, this “new” wind ensemble will perform the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Harrison, and Galbraith. The concert will take place in the Sanctuary and is expected to last an hour.

Monday, July 31: Tapping Into Faith

Friendly reminder that E&M will host Tapping Into Faith at Mad Anthony’s on Monday, July 31 at 7:00 pm. It’s a wonderful chance to get to know fellow Plymouth folks a little better and sometimes welcome folks from the community into fellowship. Loosely guided conversation and story-sharing, good food & drink, and good people – what more could you want?!

We will provide appetizers for all to share, and you are welcome to buy whatever meal or beverage you’d like. Come on over!

Friday, August 4 & Saturday, August 5: Growing Hope Globally Summer Celebration

The annual GHG summer conference will be held this year in nearby Archbold, Ohio, and all are invited to be a part of the celebration! Participants will have the opportunity to tour the farm of a local Growing Project leader, learn more about what Growing Hope Globally does around the world, worship together, and enjoy a variety of fellowship and entertainment activities. Registration for the event is free, and there are special rates available for local accommodations.

For more information, please click the button below. Growing Hope Globally is one of Plymouth’s Global Mission projects and trains farmers around the world in sustainable agricultural practices that help break families out of poverty and end generational food insecurity.

GHG Summer Celebration

Sunday, August 6: Annual Church Picnic

Plymouth's Annual Church Picnic will be Sunday, August 6 at Northside Park in the Psi Ote Lower Level Pavillion from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Congregational Life Board will be providing pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, iced tea, lemonade, and water. Please bring a dish to share as well as your own picnic tableware, including cups. The pool at North Side will be also be open during our time and costs are $3.50 for those under 18 and $4.50 for those over 18, until 5:00 pm.

Sunday, August 6: Plymouth Music Series - Andrea Salazar, Soprano, Dr. Wagner Pastor, Tenor, and Maestro Robert Nance, Piano

On Sunday, August 6, the Plymouth Music Series presents Andrea Salazar, Soprano, Dr. Wagner Pastor, Tenor, and Maestro Robert Nance, Piano for a concert at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Wagner and Andrea, originally from Ecuador, will present a recital of music from traditional art song, arias, and music from Latin America. This husband and wife duo both work for Heartland Sings as professional vocal artists and teachers.

General Announcements

Study Connection Volunteers Needed

Volunteers for the 11th year of Study Connection at Plymouth Church 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 [email protected] or (260) 484-4430. Study Connection is offered at Plymouth every Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 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.

Trans-Affirming Yard Signs Available

Thanks to a generous donation from Cammy and Matt Sutter, the E&M Board is delighted to report that there are 50 new yard signs available in the Narthex! These went more quickly than we anticipated the first time around, so we’re grateful for the chance to let more of you have one.

PLEASE WAIT to grab a sign if you already have one in your yard, so that folks who didn’t get one, or who had theirs stolen, can get one if they would like to. A note to those whose HOA’s don’t allow yard signs—some folks have gotten creative and put them in their front porch windows, or other prominent places.

Our thanks to the Sutter family for covering a majority of the expense!

Positive Resource Connection “Bags of Prevention”

You might notice a collection of safety orange reusable shopping bags in the Folsom Room. These Bags of Prevention are a great way to make a donation to the PRC’s Gregory L. Manifold Pantry and give real help to people in our area who are enrolled in the PRC’s PrEP program, receiving care through Hep C case management, and their non-medical case management program as well.

Donations, along with helpful prevention resources, are distributed to high-risk individuals through the Street Outreach program, which works to prevent new cases of HIV/AIDS, Hep C, and other STI’s.

The fact is simple: When folks don’t have to worry so much about meeting the basic needs for survival, they are in a better position to make good choices.

Each bag has a laminated list of suggested donation items and instructions attached, so you don’t have to worry about remembering. Check it out and decide if you’d like to participate in their good work (or take a few for office mates!).

Online Directory and Emergency Contact Information

Plymouth’s directory is going digital! You can now sign up for account access on the Plymouth Website. This will allow you to see your own personal information, see your giving and contributions for the year, and access the new Plymouth Church Directory. By moving to a digital directory, we keep our commitment to protect the environment by being an Earthwise congregation, while also guaranteeing that we have up to date information right at your fingertips. Once the request is processed, you will receive an e-mail from the office with your unique username and password allowing you to log in via the "Member Login" button on our website.

At the same time that we are providing this fantastic service, we are also collecting emergency contact information that will be kept on file in case you were to become seriously injured or ill at a church service or event. Such information will be kept private and only used in emergency situations by staff.

To sign up for either please visit here or see Jake Slone, Church Receptionist, in the office for a paper form.

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:

  • 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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