Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Joys and Concerns

Sundays at 1:00 pm

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in continues today. 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


Opening Hymn: NCH#544 “If I Have Been the Source of Pain, O God” (v. 1-3, Eng.)

Welcome & Announcements
Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Mission Moment: Growing Hope Globally

Passing the Peace

Response Song: "Draw the Circle Wide"

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:1-15

Sermon: "There Are No Good Kings"

Closing Hymn: NCH#475 “God’s Eye Is on the Sparrow”


This Week
August 6
Gail McKinnon

August 7
Michaela O'Neal
Millie Diekhoff

August 8
Deb Conklin
Patty Pendleton
Collin Leal

August 9
David Grim

August 10
Mary Spath
Katie Watson
Sunday, July 25
9:15 am Fellowship Hour
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, July 26
Office Closed

Tuesday, July 27
1:00 pm Staff Meeting

Thursday, July 29
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm Open Prayer in Sanctuary
1:00 pm Study Group (online)
3:00 pm Stewardship Campaign Meeting

Saturday, July 31
9:00 am Supply Drive
3:00 pm Young Adult Ministries Berry Picking

Sunday, August 1
9:15 am Fellowship Hour
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)
Saturday, July 31: July Supply Drive
Saturday, July 31, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, E&M will be collecting for the School Supply Closet at the Wayne Township Trustee Office. This is a fantastic service to the community, providing backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies, free of charge, to any student.

They are requesting the following school supplies:
  • Book Bags, Pencil Pouches/Cases, Index Cards, Erasers, Highlighters, Markers, Crayons, Colored Pencils, Pens, Pencils, Glue Sticks, Rulers, 2-Pocket Folders, 3-Ring Binders, 1-Subject Notebooks, Composition Notebooks, Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer, and Ear Buds (with auxiliary cord plugin – not wireless! – for use in online learning and at study stations).

Collection will be held rain or shine at the Folsom Room entrance. We hope to see you at the port cochère! If you cannot make it on Saturday, you can drop your donations in the E&M donation bin, now available in the Folsom Room, near the port cochère doors, any time through Sunday, August 1.
Saturday, July 31: Young Adult Ministries Berry Picking
Plymouth's Young Adult Ministries will be doing blueberry and blackberry picking on Saturday, July 31 at 3:00 pm. The location is Cedar Creek Farm in Leo, Indiana. Contact Rev. Murphy at tcm@plymouthfw.org to RSVP or for details.
Upcoming Events
Saturday, August 14: An Evening with the TinCaps
Congregational Life presents an evening with the TinCaps on Saturday, August 14 at Parkview Field against South Bend Cubs. The game starts at 7:00 pm and there will be fireworks following the game. All tickets $14.00. Tickets are on sale in the Folsom room after Sunday service.
General Announcements
Open Prayer in Sanctuary on Thursdays
Due to numerous requests, Plymouth has decided to open our sanctuary on Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm for a time of personal prayer. Please enter through the Berry Street Office entrance and check in with our receptionist. Contact our receptionist Jake Slone at (260) 423-9424 or jss@plymouthfw.org with any questions.
Plymouth Church is on Instagram
Plymouth Church has joined Instagram! If you would like to follow our Instagram to see what's happening at Plymouth each week and more, give us a follow @plymouthchurchfortwayne. The link to our Instagram can be found at the bottom of this bulletin and on our website.
Sanctuary Flower Donation Sign Up
Now that we are back in our sanctuary for worship, we again offer the opportunity to sign up for a Sunday to sponsor the chancel flowers. Members have used this opportunity to remember family and friends, celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or other events. After the service, members volunteer to divide up the flowers to take to those who are not able to attend church services. Your donation of the flowers serves two purposes: to beautify the sanctuary and bring joy to members who cannot be in church. If you wish to take some of your donated flowers home, go to the kitchen after the service to claim your bunch.

Those who want to sign up can do so by filling out the form, linked here, or they can call/email the office. Payment can be made through the donation link on our website (included in the form) or they can mail cash/a check to the office. Donations for the selected Sunday(s) must be to the office by the prior Tuesday. The cost for one bouquet is $50. If two members sign up for the same Sunday, we will have two bouquets that week.

Contact the church office at (260) 423-9424 or office@plymouthfw.org with any questions.
Join the Jubilee
Evangelism & Marketing wants to extend a huge thanks to all who have donated so far to our RIP Medical Debt campaign. Not only have our friends at Peace and FCUCC Angola officially joined the campaign, they’ve both now had their official in-service kickoff for their participation. With their help, we’re at 67% of our goal! When we work together, incredible things can happen.

Remember, any donation is a great donation; $1 forgives $100, $5 forgives $500 – you can do so much good with so little. In the expectation that the blessing of our abundance can do good work in the world by liberating those shackled with unpayable debts, we invite you to consider a contribution.

The fundraising campaign will run through September 26, and our fundraising goal is $20,000 – or $2,000,000 in medical debt relief – but if we end up raising more than that our joy will increase with our giving. Please feel free to share the link with your friends and family – the more the merrier! Click the button below to visit our fundraising campaign page. There is also a link on our “Contribute” page at plymouthfw.org. Scroll down and click on “Campaign." Information can also be found on Facebook. Thank you!
Seeking CPR/Defibrillator Instructor
The Safety Committee, a sub committee of the Deacons Board, needs a CPR/Defibrillator instructor that has access to the necessary training equipment to provide recertification training for those employees, safety committee members and volunteers who took the course two years ago. We hope to find someone in the congregation with that ability. This event would be available for our new employees as well as any new volunteers. Anyone interested should contact Tom Braun at (260) 403-0384 or tmbraun1@frontier.com.
Seeking New Technology Volunteers
In July, the sanctuary will receive a much-needed upgrade to its audio and video equipment, allowing for a wonderful expansion of Plymouth’s digital ministry. We need some folks to learn to operate the new equipment and to assist with recording the worship services. Ideally, there will be several willing volunteers, so the duty remains light. John Escosa has been faithfully serving in this capacity for quite some time, and it will be good to expand the team!

Advanced tech skills are not required. Possessing these traits will be useful:
  • Technology competent: Having a basic understanding of audio/video equipment operation (such as what happens when one adjusts controls on a stereo, radio, or television)
  • Observant: Capable of anticipating a sequence of events and being prepared to make necessary adjustments to controls
  • Discerning: Able to listen and watch for changes in the appearance of an image or the sound in the room
  • Willing to take direction from participants in worship who are not technologically proficient

Anyone interested in joining or learning more about the specifics of the technology team is encouraged to attend the equipment training session which will be conducted once the equipment installation is complete. Please email either John Escosa at gtrplr2@aol.com or Cammy Sutter at cammysutter@gmail.com to be notified when the training will occur.
Seeking Ushers
With our worship services returning to mostly normal, we need volunteer ushers to welcome folks and hand out bulletins. There are a few other minor duties involved, like collecting the pew pad attendance sheets, counting people in the sanctuary, etc. As an usher, the amount of energy you expend is minimal and it will help the congregation! If you are interested in serving as an usher, and would be willing to be placed on an usher’s schedule, or if you have any questions, please contact Bill Lambert at (260) 445-6270 or billlmbrt@gmail.com. Thank you!
Visiting Plymouth
If you have a need to visit the office, we’d love to see you! Our office is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Appointments are no longer necessary to visit the office during these days. On Fridays, our office will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm by appointment only. Contact the office at (260) 423-9424 or office@plymouthfw.org with any questions.
COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility
The state of Indiana has opened COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to anyone 12 and older. 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.