Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, June 4, 2023

In Our Prayers 

New this week: Ron Muckway

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, 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: Psalm 8 (adapted)

Hymn No. 505 “Sweet Hour of Prayer” | SWEET HOUR

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Solidarity Tour Commissioning

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: “Here in This Place”

Peace Prayer

Recognition of Graduates

Graduate Reflections  

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Romans 12:9-18, 21

Sermon: “The Next Good Thing”

Communion Hymn No. 349 “I Come With Joy” | DOVE OF PEACE

Invitation to Communion


Hymn (insert) “The Summons”



This Week


June 4

Sally Felger

Susan Jarvis

Roger Meneely

Curt Smith

June 5

Cassidy Bradley

Bryce Western

June 6

Caleb Hollingsworth

June 7

Julie Davidson

Trevor Harkenrider

June 8

Jonah Silcox

June 9

Tim Chronister

June 10

Marty Kabisch

Dick Stumpf

Next Week's Birthdays

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


Sunday, June 4

Graduate Sunday

9:00 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Reproductive Rights Action Team Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, June 5

Office Closed

Tuesday, June 6

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

6:00 pm Executive Council Meeting

Thursday, June 1

10:30 am Library Committee Meeting

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

4:00 pm Stewardship Campaign Meeting

Saturday, June 10

9:45 am River Greenway Clean-Up

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)

Sunday, June 4: Graduate Sunday

Congratulations to Plymouth Graduates!

Sunday, June 4 is Graduate Sunday, when we recognize and celebrate Plymouth members who have graduated from high school, college, and graduate school programs. The names of graduates are listed below. To learn more about them, clink the link to read their bios. Congratulations to all our graduates!

High School Graduates

Maggie Jordan

Ren Moore

Simon Price


College Graduates

Allyn Beifus

Brendan Sutter

Tasha Sutter 

Graduate School/Doctoral Program Graduates

Wagner Pástor

Andrea Salazar

Barrett Seals

Graduate Bios

Saturday, June 10: River Greenway Clean-Up

Plymouth’s Environmental Action Team has adopted a section of the River Greenway Trail. This means that we are responsible for clean-up and maintenance of this section of the trail three times each year. Our first clean up day will be Saturday, June 10 from 9:45 am to 12:00 pm. We will be gathering at 9:45 am at Tillman Park (park near the playground) before heading out as a group at 10:00 am. We will cover about two miles of the trail and plan to finish by 12:00 pm. Please join us if you can and help us live into our Earthwise covenant!

Upcoming Events

Sunday, June 11: Pre-Pride Drag Forum

Two weeks prior to Pride at Plymouth 2023, 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! ⚾️

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.

General Announcements

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.

Let's Review Recycling

As an Earthwise Church, Plymouth folks have taken on the role of being a recycler both at home and at church. While this is a great thing to be doing, it has come to our attention both from Matt Gratz, Solid Waste Director for the city, and and John Hoelderle, our Maintenance Manager, that often the recycling is unacceptable and therefore contaminates the whole batch. This costs the church, as well as our trash and recycling provider, a lot of money.

As Earth Day 2023 approaches, let’s review the guidelines so we can be successful recyclers at home and church.

  1. Recycle, reuse, or repurpose everything you can.
  2. Know the recycling guidelines wherever you live (in Fort Wayne, outside Fort Wayne in Allen County, or elsewhere) as different companies have different policies.
  3. NEVER place recycling items in plastic bags before tossing them into the recycling bin.
  4. NEVER place containers with liquids in recycling bins. Everything should be empty, dry, and clean.

Donate Greeting Cards in the Folsom Room

If you have extra greeting cards, you can donate them to nursing home residents. You will find a container in the Folsom Room. Thanks for your help with this new mission sponsored by pastoral care.

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.

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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