Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, June 5, 2022
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.

Please note: the code and link for Joys and Concerns has changed. The updated link is used here.
Order of Worship



Call to Worship

Hymn No. 282 “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” | Spiritual

Welcome & Announcements

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing the Peace

Response Song: “Deep Within Our Hearts” | Amy Barlow Liberatore

Peace Prayer

Confirmand Reflections


Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “Sweet, Sweet Spirit” | Akers, arr. Joel Raney

Scripture: John 14:8-17, 25-27

Homily: "Abiding Spirit"

Hymn No. 399 “When Minds and Bodies Meet as One” | TRINITY CAROL

Invitation to Communion

Hymn No. 286 “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness” | SPIRIT


This Week
June 5
Cassidy Bradley
Bryce Western

June 6
Caleb Hollingsworth

June 7
Julie Davidson
Trevor Harkenrider

June 8
Rick Schilb
Jonah Silcox

June 9
Tim Chronister

June 10
Marty Kabisch
Dick Stumpf

June 11
Kris Conner
Lois Teders-Horn

Next Week's Birthdays

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

June 18
A'Qwaun Graff
Sunday, June 5
Pentecost Sunday
Youth Confirmation Day
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns
4:00 pm New Orleans-Style Jazz Outdoor Pentecost Worship Service

Monday, June 6
Office Closed

Tuesday, June 7
1:00 pm Staff Meeting
6:00 pm Executive Council Meeting

Thursday, June 9
10:30 am Library Committee Meeting
1:00 pm Study Group (online)

Saturday, June 11
7:30 am Community Harvest Work Day for Families

Sunday, June 12
Strengthen the Church Offering
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns
Sunday, June 5: Pentecost Sunday Services
This year for Pentecost, we will also be celebrating Confirmation for members of the Covenant Class who have decided to be confirmed. Please be sure to come to the 10:00 am service to support them and hear their faith reflections. Congratulations and welcome to the following students:

  • Garrett Givens
  • Grayson Givens
  • Em Grim
  • Andrew Jaurigue
  • Elyse Jaurigue
  • Lyra Miller
  • Ella Moore
  • Toby Watson

Then at 4:00 pm, we will have an outdoor service featuring New Orleans-style jazz and worship in the church parking lot on Berry Street. Come bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music!
Sunday, June 5: Pentecost Sunday Children's Involvement
June 5 is Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the church! Our kids and youth will start off worship by parading in with red streamers and flags from around the world. If your family would like to participate, please meet us in the narthex just before the 10:00 am worship service.
Saturday, June 11: Community Harvest Work Day for Families
Plymouth’s families with kids are gathering once a month this summer to socialize, serve, and explore our community! If there are babies, kids, teens or graduates in your home, please join us!

Our first summertime family gathering will be Saturday, June 11. We’ll be working at the Community Harvest Food Bank from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. They have work for all ages, so if you’ve got a toddler willing to help stuff bags alongside you, or a teen ready to carry bags of food to cars, there is a job for everyone in your family!

Registration is required for this event. Click the button below to register.
Upcoming Events
Sunday, June 12: Strengthen the Church Special Collection
As part of Plymouth’s commitment to the UCC’s Our Church’s Wider Mission, we are collecting for the UCC’s Strengthen the Church Offering on Sunday, June 12. The Strengthen the Church Offering reflects the shared commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the denomination. Conferences and the national setting equally share the gifts given by members and friends through their local congregations. The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. By your generosity to this offering, you build up the Body of Christ.

If we have learned anything about being the church during a pandemic, it’s that we must have resources available to adapt to changing circumstances, to develop new ways of serving both the congregation and the community. Funds raised from the Strengthen the Church Offering provide resources to churches that would not be able to respond to new and developing contexts and calls without such assistance. As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches, and develop the spiritual lives of our youth and young adults.

You can contribute to this special offering by using the special envelope provided in-service if you happen to be worshipping with us in person today. Offerings may also be made by mailing a check to Plymouth (with the memo line “Strengthen the Church”), or by going online to plymouthfw.org, clicking the “Contribute” tab, clicking “Donate”, and then entering your offering amount in the line for Strengthen the Church.
Sunday, June 12: Children's Activity Book for Sale
Looking for a good summer read for children?

On Sunday, June 12 and Sunday, June 19, a delightful, interactive book of short stories will be for sale in the Folsom Room for $10. The book, Once Upon a Time, by author Bill Deans and illustrator Paul Demaree, is intended for children of all ages. There is space to draw and/or to write your own stories. This colorful book with little lessons for all is a good summer activity. 100% of the proceeds will go to the RCH Peace Studies Scholarship. Come to the table in the Folsom Room after the services on June 12 and 19 to purchase your copy.
Tuesday, June 21: Women's Book Study
The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak is the next book to be discussed for the Women's Book Study on Tuesday, June 21 at 12:00 pm in the Amistad Room. We welcome any reader who self-identifies as a woman to drop in to join us. Please contact Judith Beineke at jrbeineke@yahoo.co.uk with any questions.
Saturday, June 25: Plymouth Pride!
E&M is thrilled to say this year we are hosting a Plymouth Pride event, on Saturday, June 25, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This event has it all; an opening workshop, resource tables, food trucks, activities for kids, local musicians, and drag queens!

Our day will begin with a workshop offered by UCC minister, Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser, lead pastor of Community UCC in Champaign, IL. She will present “Biblical Self-Defense for LGBTQ+ Folks & Allies,” covering the so-called “clobber passages” that too many Christians use to justify the oppression and marginalization of members of the queer community. Pastor Leah will explain the historical context and interpretations of these passages, and also provide examples of queer-affirming passages in the scriptures. This workshop is free and open to the public, but we are asking people to register for the workshop so we have an idea of how many to expect. Bring friends!

Obviously this day is going to be amazing, and of course you want to be part of it, right? Right! We’ve got enough work to go around, so check your calendar and see if you have time to help us make the magic happen.
General Announcements
Update from the Louise Folsom Library Committee
COVID-19 may have slowed us down, but it certainly didn’t stop the Library Committee from continuing to organize and expand the collection of books in our Louise Folsom Library, located in the Amistad Room. For those of you who may not have ever visited the library, you will find it directly across from the kitchen serving counter. While the lights may not always be on, you are still welcome to come in, flip on the lights and browse to your heart’s content.

Books are organized by general topic, and then by sub-topics. You will see shelf tags guiding you to each section. Additionally, all books in the adult sections are catalogued in an online system known as “Library Thing”. To access the catalog, simply login at www.plymouthfw.org using your own computer or the one housed in the library. When the page comes up, look in the upper right corner of the page and click on “Plymouth Library Catalog”. Once in the Plymouth catalog you will see over 1300 books listed. To explore, scroll through the collection, clicking on the title of a book that may be of interest and it will show a brief description. It will also indicate the “shelf tag” information, making it easier to find in our library. Just as an FYI, “Library Thing” is used by multiple organizations and individuals, so be sure that you are in the Plymouth section when searching!

We have recently added a number of new books written by authors of color. Some have been displayed on the library table in the Folsom Room and others are housed in the Louise Folsom Library. We think you will enjoy the different perspectives explored in these books. If you wish to suggest other books that enhance the church’s collection, please feel free to fill out a request form, found in the Folsom library. Leave your request on the checkout table.

Checking out a book is easy. On the book display table in the Folsom Room AND in the library in the Amistad Room you will find a sign-out form to list your name, book title, email, and date checked out. Each book you check out should be recorded on a separate line. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT BOOKS ARE TO BE CHECKED OUT FOR A MAXIMUM OF FOUR (4) WEEKS. If you need to renew the checkout, please find your original sign out, and change the sign out date to the renewal date.

Returning a book is also easy! Simply place the returned book in the basket on the floor below the Folsom Library checkout table in the Amistad Room. It will also help if you note the date of return on the checkout list! The committee will shelve all returned books. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN THEM TO THE SHELVES ON YOUR OWN…that’ll confuse us!!

The Louise Folsom Library also houses a collection of children’s books that can be checked out. We ask that an accompanying adult complete the checkout form with their information.

We look forward to increased usage of our wonderful library and are anxious to help you in any way we can!

The Louise Folsom Library Committee,

Barbara Duch
Terri Stumpf
Laurice Harris
Beth Balasia
Nada O’Neal
Kathy Kolb
Seeking General Synod 2023 Volunteers
The bi-annual national gathering of the United Church of Christ, called General Synod, will be in Indianapolis from June 30 to July 4, 2023. As such, the Indiana-Kentucky Conference will be its host. The Conference is inviting members of local congregations such as ours to volunteer to assist in a variety of tasks, such as ushering, staffing a help desk, hospitality, serving as pages for plenary and business sessions, and more. In total, they are seeking 300 volunteers from throughout the Conference to assist for part or for the duration of General Synod. If you would like to volunteer, please email generalsynod2023@ikcucc.org. Thank you!
Desk Coverage Volunteers Needed
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.
COVID-19 Protocols: Optional Masking
Masks are currently optional during worship. This is not a prohibition on masks but only an announcement that they are now optional for individuals. A high-quality mask provides good protection against infection even if others around you are not wearing one, so please continue to wear a mask if you find it necessary or beneficial. We will continue to offer livestreamed and recorded worship services if you find yourself at risk of being around groups or otherwise unable to attend services in-person.
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 jss@plymouthfw.org with any questions.
Plymouth Church Linktree
The following links can be found on our Linktree:

  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Sign Up
  • Chancel Flower Sign Up Form
  • Study Connection Volunteer Sign Up
  • Plymouth Google Calendar
  • Plymouth's Social Medias
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 office@plymouthfw.org