Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Joys and Concerns

Sundays at 1:00 pm

Our weekly joys and concerns check-ins resumes 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


Welcome & Announcements
Invocation & Lord's Prayer
Passing the Peace (wave to neighbors)

Congregational Response: "Draw the Circle Wide"

Peace Candle

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Mark 6:1-6a

Sermon: "Even Jesus Has Limits"

Invitation to Communion

Closing Hymn: NCH#591 “This Is My Song”


This Week
July 14
Michael Popp
Michelle Grim

July 15
Karl Bandemer
Betsy Bonham

July 16
Dennis Roembke
Tyler Grim
Greg Week

July 17
Eric Miller
Jennifer Coffeen

July 18
Scott Lasley
Susie O Shaughnessy
Jeanie Rhoades

July 19
Kristi Lewark

July 21
Joan Hartwig
Luanne Root Koenig
Karen Nesius Roeger
Sunday, July 4
Independence Day
9:15 am Fellowship Hour
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, July 5
Office Closed

Tuesday, July 6
1:00 pm Staff Meeting

Thursday, July 8
1:00 pm Study Group (online)

Saturday, July 10
9:00 am Positive Resource Connection Supply Drive

Sunday, July 11
Christmas in July
9:15 am Fellowship Hour
10:00 am Worship Service
Rev. Murphy on Vacation July 5-12
Rev. Murphy will be on vacation from July 5-12. If you have a general church question that needs answering, please call or email the church office and they will assist you. If you have a pastoral emergency that cannot wait, please call the church line (260-423-9424, Ext. 398) and leave a message. The message is immediately forwarded to Rev. Murphy’s cell phone and he will call you back.
July Supply Drives: July 10 and 31
Evangelism & Marketing Board is organizing two supply drives this month to make up for skipping June. They’re going to be good ones!

Saturday, July 10, 9am – 11am, we are collecting for our friends at the Positive Resource Connection. They are requesting new/unopened items in the following categories:

  • Personal hygiene supplies, such as shampoo, soap/shower gel, toothpaste and mouthwash, deodorant, lotion, menstrual supplies, etc.
  • Household cleaning supplies, such as kitchen and bathroom spray cleaners, Pine-Sol or other concentrated multi-purpose cleaners, dish soap and sponges, dishwasher detergent, laundry soap and fabric softener.
  • Non-perishable food items, particularly heat-and-eat meals (limited/no prep needed), canned meats, and cereals.

Saturday, July 31, 9am – 11am, we are 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. The only limitation is whether they have what they need, so that’s where we come in! 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).

It’s a blessing to be a blessing, and partnering with these community organizations makes it so easy! Collections will be held rain or shine at the Folsom Room entrance. We hope to see you at the port cochère!
Upcoming Events
Monday, July 19 | A Music Marathon
Plymouth Music Series proudly supported local musicians during the pandemic by providing paid opportunities for them to perform and earn a living. As a result, the music series depleted its funds for presenting free concerts to the community.

In an effort to replenish the music series fund, Maestro Robert Nance has pledged to play a music marathon from the sanctuary of Plymouth Church.

The Marathon starts at 10:00 am and ends at 6:00 pm on Monday, July 19, and will be livestreamed via YouTube. The Sanctuary will also be open during the marathon and all are welcome to enjoy the music live from the sanctuary (please note: please bring a mask, which is required for everyone while moving around the church, though it may be removed when seated).

Everyone is encouraged to register for this event. Tickets are free and help us keep you up to date on this event. Register here.

Supporters are invited to make a donation to help reach our goal of $10,000.00. To make a donation, you can visit the Plymouth Website here, you can donate via Eventbrite, or you can donate in person on the day of the marathon.

If you need assistance with your reservation or making a donation, please call
(260) 423-9424 and ask for Music Director Robert Nance.
General Announcements
Retirement of Rev. Carole Green
Dear Plymouth family,

I am writing this to you to announce my retirement as the Associate in Pastoral Care. When I joined Plymouth in 1960, I never imagined the journey I would take and the many different hats I would wear. From singing in the choir, to serving on committees, to being elected the first female moderator, to serving as an interim associate pastor and now serving as your associate in pastoral care. I have learned from and grown from each opportunity I have been given. I cherish the memories and the friends I have made along the way.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you through the word of God. I look forward to the exciting future ahead of us here at Plymouth church! I'll see you in the pews!

Reverend Carole

From the office: Anyone who would like to send Rev. Carole a card indicating their well wishes at her retirement may send it directly to:

Rev. Carole Green
Cedar Ridge Assisted Living
Apt. #107
3320 E. State Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Pride Festival 2021 - Booth Volunteers Needed
Oh frabjous day, callooh, callay, we get to participate in Pride this year! There won’t be a march, but there will be the resource fair, and we’ll be part of it! Of course, that means that the Evangelism & Marketing Board will be asking for volunteers to staff our booth for the day.

Saturday, July 24, is when the magic happens. We will divide the day into two-ish hour shifts, and would like to have four people on every shift. In addition to allowing some flexibility in terms of stepping away from the booth for a moment or having an extra-long conversation with a visitor, it makes it easy to keep ourselves entertained if there’s a lull in the crowd.

If you’re interested in letting people know the good news that they are beloved just as they are, and that there’s a church in town that knows it, you’ll have a blast! We’ll also give away little goodies and answer questions and just generally enjoy ourselves.

Please visit our online SignUp Genius to reserve a spot in the Plymouth Booth! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050949AEA929A0FA7-pride1

Once you pick your time slot(s), you just type in your name and give us your email, and choose how many of the four spaces you are reserving (one space per person, per time slot).
Jubilee Milestones
It has been a big couple of weeks for our RIP Medical Debt campaign!

First, Evangelism & Marketing is delighted to officially welcome our neighbors at Peace UCC into our campaign! Their Wider Missions folks have voted, and we’ve got their logo up on the fundraiser site, so you know it’s for real. We consider ourselves so fortunate that the good people of First Congregational in Angola and Peace here in Fort Wayne decided to join in the jubilee! Great things happen when we work with our neighbors to manifest God’s realm on earth as it is in heaven.

Second, we have received just over our first $2,000 in donations to the campaign. This alone is pretty exciting, but it is even more exciting because that means that the Benevolence Committee is making their $2,000 matching donation! Friends, this brings our campaign total up to just over $9,000 so far. That’s $930,000 in medical debt we know will be forgiven, thanks be to God!

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. Every dollar you donate will be used to purchase one hundred dollars in medical debt. Please give what you can and rejoice as it multiplies one hundred times.

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 and any new volunteers. Anyone interested can reach me at 260-403-0384 or by email at 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 the team or learning more specifics about what is required is encouraged to attend the equipment training session which will be conducted once the equipment installation is complete. Please email John Escosa at gtrplr2@aol.com or Cammy Sutter at cammysutter@gmail.com by July 15 to be notified when the training
will occur.
Seeking Ushers
With the services returning to normal (or 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, please contact Bill Lambert at 260-445-6270 or billlmbrt@gmail.com. Thank you!
Seeking Flower Delivery Team Volunteers
Flowers have returned to our Sunday worship service. After the service, bouquets are delivered to grateful members who enjoy a visit and being remembered by their church family. The flower delivery team needs to reassemble. The typical commitment is one Sunday each month. If this is you, or if this sounds like an enjoyable task, please contact Linda Kerr at 260-341-2796.
Visiting Plymouth: Office Now Open
If you have a need to visit the office, we’d love to see you. Our office is now 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.
Peace & Justice Survey
The Peace and Justice Committee invites you to take a simple survey to help us better understand the justice activities of members and how to help connect members with similar commitments. It takes only a couple minutes to do. Thank you!
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.