Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, June 11, 2023

In Our Prayers 

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Mary Bir, Clara Bowling, Ruth Bracht, Matthew Carter, Teresa Clingaman, Kris Conner, 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, 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

Hymn No. 609 “Now Is the Time Approaching” | WEBB

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: “Here in This Place”

Peace Prayer

Hymn No. 270 “Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song” | BRIDEGROOM

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: "Higher Ground" | D. Goeller

Scripture: Matthew 9:9-17

Sermon: “Reclining with Sinners”

Hymn No. 391 (v. 1-3, 5) “In the Midst of New Dimensions” | NEW DIMENSIONS



This Week


June 11

Kris Conner

Lois Teders-Horn

June 12

Dwight James

David Meriwether

June 13

Mariellen Beitman

June 14

Spencer Jordan

Evan Miller

June 15

Karen Holdeman

Melody Sutter

June 17

A.J. Calkins

Next Week's Birthdays

June 18

A'Qwaun Graff

June 19

David Weber

June 20

Kirby Volz

June 22

Michele Dollarhite

June 23

Steven Price

Cammy Sutter

June 24

Laura Ramsey


Sunday, June 11

9:00 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:00 am Pre-Pride Drag Forum

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, June 12

Office Closed

Tuesday, June 13

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

5:30 pm Benevolence Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 15

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

5:00 pm Peace and Justice Committee Meeting

6:30 pm Makers' Group

Saturday, June 17

7:00 pm An Evening with the TinCaps

Sunday, June 18

Father's Day

9:00 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Environmental Action Team Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Sunday, June 11: Pre-Pride Drag Forum

Rev. Timothy Murphy and January Simpson will be offering a forum on drag after worship on June 11 in the Folsom Room. This workshop will cover some of the history of drag and its significance for the queer community, as well as an examination of drag through the lens of theology. This will be a fun and interesting way to learn about drag. You’ll walk away knowing drag is far more than just lip syncing in bold makeup!

Saturday, June 17: Juneteenth Celebration at McMillen Park

All are invited to McMillen Park for the Juneteenth Macknificent Freedom Fest on Saturday, June 17 from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm The event will feature music, games, vendors, education, bounce houses, and more! For more information, click the button below.

Juneteeth Celebration

Saturday, June 17: An Evening with the TinCaps

Congregational Life invites you to join Plymouth for an evening with the TinCaps on Saturday, June 17! First pitch is at 7:00 pm and there will be fireworks following the game. For this annual outing for Plymouth we have reserved a section for seating. Purchased tickets are now available to pick up in the Folsom Room. LETS GO TINCAPS!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 20: Women's Book Study

You are invited to join the Women's Book Study as we discuss Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead by Cecile Richards on Tuesday, June 20 at 12:00 pm in the Amistad Room. We welcome anyone who self-identifies as a woman.

"From Cecile Richards—the president of Planned Parenthood, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington, and 'the heroine of the resistance' (Vogue)—comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women’s rights and social justice. Richards’ memoir will inspire readers to hope and action."

We are providing the opportunity to join us by Zoom this month. If you would like the link, please email [email protected]

Other books coming up are Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers.

Saturday, June 24: Pride at Plymouth

Perhaps you have already seen the Facebook posts, but the E&M Board is hard at work putting together our second annual Pride at Plymouth event for this month! The fun is happening on Saturday, June 24, with the opening workshop at 11:00 am, and the food, activities, resource tables, and entertainment going from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Last year’s event was an absolute delight, and this year promises to deliver another fantastic day of exercising our Open and Affirming welcome!

Our workshop this year will be led by Kris Wise, of the BRAVE Alliance. Kris is a licensed social worker and counselor in Fort Wayne, as well as an out trans man. He will be offering a workshop dealing with gender and the trans experience, and we hope you can make it. Details will be announced as available.

During the afternoon, enjoy live music from Wolf Young (drumming), Sugar Creek Lane, and Home by Ten, and then feel the love and joyful celebration at the closing all-ages, family-friendly drag show featuring local drag performers! Questions about drag in a church? Come to the forum after worship on June 11!

We will once again be hosting several local organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community in our area. Food trucks are confirmed, and ice cream is currently a distinct possibility awaiting confirmation. Kids’ activities are new and improved and sound really fun! Also featured will be the work of a queer local artist on the Folsom Room art wall. Finally, we'll be collecting donations of food and hygiene items for the Positive Resource Connections pantry.

It all sounds pretty fantastic, right? Don’t you want to be a part of it all? Well, good news – we’re accepting volunteers! We need help decorating the Folsom Room and Sanctuary on Friday, June 23 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) and will need some extra folks to help keep things organized and moving smoothly on Saturday.

Please visit our SignUp Genius to sign up for a volunteer shift by clicking the button below! Also please make note of which “Tab” you are looking at when signing up – Friday and Saturday will both be available at this link.

Pride at Plymouth Volunteer Sign Up

Sunday, June 25: Reproductive Rights Action Team Forum

The Plymouth Reproductive Rights Action Team is pleased to welcome Dr. Alison Case, a Family Medicine physician from Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Case provides full spectrum care to her patients, including obstetrics, and works part time as an abortion provider for Planned Parenthood and Whole Woman's health. 

Dr. Case will speak with us and share her expertise about medication abortion, self-management, and how advocates can support abortion care, patients, and providers.

Mark your calendars and join us on Sunday, June 25 at 2:00 pm in the Folsom Room at Plymouth Church.

General Announcements

Thank You to All Prayer Shawl Makers!

A huge shout out to all the knitters, crocheters, and crafters who made prayer shawls these past few months. We collected 39 prayer shawls to donate to the Indiana-Kentucky Conference for the United Church of Christ General Synod in Indianapolis later this summer. The shawls were blessed at the IKC Annual Gathering on June 2-3 and will surely be a blessing for General Synod delegates and attendees. Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this effort!

Benevolence Committee Grant Awarded to Blue Jacket, Inc.

Plymouth’s Benevolence Committee has awarded a $2,000 grant to Blue Jacket, Inc. 

Blue Jacket is 1 of 20 organizations receiving a benevolence grant for 2023. Most people know the Blue Jacket name from their sponsorship of the annual light display held each Christmas season at Franke Park. The Blue Jacket organization was launched in 2005 to assist individuals who were recently released from prison, by easing their way back into society through gainful employment. Since that time, the Blue Jacket organization has evolved to assist any individual who faces a barrier to employment by teaching the skills and providing the necessary clothing needed to enter the workforce. Your benevolence dollars have supported Blue Jacket for a number of years in this worthwhile mission. 

For more information on Blue Jacket go to www.bluejacketinc.org/

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.

Volunteers Needed for UCC General Synod

The General Synod gathering of the United Church of Christ will take place in Indianapolis this summer - June 30 through July 4. This will be a rare opportunity to gather in our own Indiana-Kentucky Conference with fellow UCC folks from all over the United States, as well as folks from outside of the US. The last time General Synod was hosted in our conference was in the 1970's - and we are honored to be the host conference this year. All UCC church members are encouraged to attend - you can choose to attend for just one day, or more - it's really up to you! 

An event of this size does not happen without the help of hundreds of volunteers and the Indiana-Kentucky Conference would like to ask you to be one of our volunteers. If you volunteer, once you register as a volunteer you will receive a code you can use to register for the conference for a reduced rate of only $65.00. If you wish to be reimbursed for that expense, the Benevolence Committee is willing to do so with a registration receipt. Please see Allen Haynes, co-chair of Benevolence. There are volunteer opportunities for all physical abilities - including sitting!

General Synod includes Keynote Speakers, Guest Preachers during worship, Nationally known authors on matters of justice, Proposed Resolutions, Educational opportunities - and a chance to meet new UCC friends from outside of Fort Wayne! This year's synod also includes the nomination - and hopeful election - of the first woman - and the first woman of African descent - to serve as the new General Minister & President of the UCC - the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson. Exciting and historic times in the UCC! You can review the schedule and additional information here: https://generalsynod.org/

Interested in volunteering? Use this link to learn more and to register as a volunteer: https://ikcucc.org/volunteer/. Plymouth member Beth Walker serves on the Indiana-Kentucky Conference Board and will be attending and volunteering at the General Synod. You are welcome to direct questions to Beth via email at: [email protected] or you may call 260-437-3942.

We hope to see many Plymouth UCC Fort Wayne faces at General Synod this summer!!

Plymouth Church Linktree

The following links can be found on our Linktree:

  • 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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