Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Joys and Concerns

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in will not meet today due to the congregational meeting after the service. Joys and concerns will resume next week, over Zoom at 1:00 pm.
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

Anthem: "Sweet, Sweet Spirit"

Scripture: Mark 5:25-34

Sermon: "A Wider Circle"

Closing Hymn: NCH#391 “In the Midst of New Dimensions”


This Week
July 7
Joyce Augspurger

July 10
Carl Hasty

July 11
Jim Lasley
Dave McKinnon

July 12
Cheryl Milligan
Nelda Sonday
Mary McCoy
Timothy Murphy

July 13
Betty Barry
Sunday, June 27
Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals Candidating Day
9:15 am Fellowship Hour
10:00 am Worship Service
11:30 am Congregational Meeting

Monday, June 28
Office Closed

Tuesday, June 29
1:00 pm Staff Meeting

Wednesday, June 30
1:00 pm Program Staff Planning Meeting

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

Sunday, July 4
Independence Day
9:15 am Fellowship Hour
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)
Upcoming Events
Congregational Meeting to Call Associate Pastor
The Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals is leading us in worship this morning as the culmination of her candidating weekend. A congregational meeting to vote on whether to call Rev. Sara as our next Associate Pastor will take place immediately following worship today. Please attend if you are able for this congregational decision.
Pandemic Reflection Concert | Sunday, June 27
Heartland Sings presents a concert to reflect on the weight, growth, loss, and love experienced during this past year. The Mozart Requiem (a tribute to those lost), along with choral selections of unity and hope, will be performed outdoors on the Arts United Plaza (303 E Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802), today at 4:00 pm. Maestro Robert Nance conducts. Special guests Rabbi Meir Bargeron, Rev. Misty Dawn-Shelly, Judge Fran Gull, Judge Stanley Levine, and Diane Jackson Davis will read reflections as part of the presentations.

The concert is free and open to the public. Bring your own chair.

**This concert was initially meant to take place on June 20, but was postponed to today.
General Announcements
Need for 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 [email protected]. Thank you!
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 5:00 pm by appointment only.
Join Us For the Jubilee
This is your friendly weekly reminder that we are raising money to eliminate medical debt!

It is difficult to track down recent statistics, but the information on medical debt that we have from 2018 and 2019 is troubling indeed. For example, in 2019, 19.2% of Hoosiers—nearly one fifth—had medical debt in collections. The growing disparity between annual income and annual out-of-pocket medical expenses contributes to this number. In 2008, only 7 states had residents spending more than 10% of their income on medical costs. In 2018, that number had increased to 42 states, including Indiana. In 2019, Indiana ranked 28th in the nation for the ratio of median income to medical expenses, with Hoosiers using 11.9% of their annual income to pay for out-of-pocket medical costs. This includes people with health insurance, of course. The average deductible in 2019 was $4,544. Even with insurance, patients had to pay nearly $5,000 out-of-pocket before procedures and prescriptions would be covered. In the same year, the average wage nationwide increased by 3.4%, while insurance premiums increased 4% for individuals and 5% for families.

In the expectation that we can do good work in the world by liberating those shackled with unpayable debts, we offer huge thanks to those who have donated already, and we invite you to consider a contribution. Every dollar you donate will be used to purchase one hundred dollars in medical debt ($1 = $100!). Please give what you can and rejoice as it multiplies one hundred times. You have the power to be the trumpet of liberty, bringing the good message to your neighbors that they are free, their debt forgiven.

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 it will be a joy. 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!
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.
A Note from the Office
In order for the office to better serve you, please submit a separate check for each donation made whether it be for pledges, special offerings or any other donation. Checks should be made payable to Plymouth Church. Thank you!