Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, March 19, 2023

In Our Prayers 

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Mary Bir, Janis Bohnstedt, Clara Bowling, Matthew Carter, Teresa Clingaman, Kris Conner, Janelle Couture, Brad Crowder, Margie Dougherty, Lynda and Mike Eckard, Ann Filler, 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, Jacqueline Sanders, Max Schilb, Rick Schilb, Barbara Senn, John Shannon, Erin Shaw, Maureen Shea, Travis Sheets, Shirley Slater, Johanna Smith, The Spitler Family, Terry Springer, Dana Wichern, Sandra Woodruff Cully, Stan Volz

The acolyte for today is Robby Bilinski.


Sympathy is extended to Matt, Tony, and David Laudadio in the death of their mother, Virginia Lee Laudadio, March 12, 2023.

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 but encouraged.

Healing Touch © Mary Southard, www.ministryofthearts.org. Used with permission.

Steadfast Shepherd

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Fourth Sunday of Lent

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 23

Hymn No. 207 “Just as I Am” | WOODWORTH

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: “Shepherd Me, O God” by Marty Haugen

Peace Prayer

Mission Moment: One Great Hour of Sharing

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: John 9:1-41

Sermon: “Speaking Your Truth”

Hymn No. 247 “My Shepherd Is the Living God” | CONSOLATION

Invitation to Communion


Hymn No. 547 (v. 1-4) “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound” | AMAZING GRACE



This Week


March 19

Ann Borgerson

Todd Jordan

Kathy Kolb

March 21

Steve Etheridge

Tegan Fultz

Olivia Steele

March 24

Anne Rowland

March 25

Lucia Leal

Adrian Steele

Next Week's Birthdays

March 29

Ruth Bracht

March 30

Carol Roberts

March 31

Christine Archer

Katherine Helder


Sunday, March 19

Fourth Sunday of Lent

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:00 am OWL Class

11:30 am Reproductive Rights Action Team Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

3:00 pm Heartland Sings Concert: An American Tapestry

Monday, March 20

Office Closed

Tuesday, March 21

9:30 am Michael Spath Religion and Culture Class

12:00 pm Women's Book Study

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

4:00 pm Moderators' Meeting

5:30 pm Board Meetings

Wednesday, March 22

2:45 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, March 23

1:00 pm Study Group Online

5:00 pm Nominating Committee Meeting

Sunday, March 26

Fifth Sunday of Lent

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:00 am OWL Class

11:30 am Environmental Action Team Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Sunday, March 19: Chapel Class Series on Digital Citizenship

In our final chapel class session on digital citizenship, we will explore various online cybersecurity issues like phishing, identity theft, and domain squatting. We will discuss how your digital footprint can impact your vulnerability to these online issues and how these issues have effects beyond the individual to the family. Finally, we will review best practices for families to protect them including both security within the home and on the mobile phone. Chapel Class is held at 9:00 am every Sunday and is open to all adults. Join us in person or on Zoom! The passcode to attend via Zoom is 063060.  

Chapel Class Zoom Link

Sunday, March 19: One Great Hour of Sharing

It's time to share! On Sunday March 19, we will join UCC congregations across the country and participate in the One Great Hour of Sharing special collection.

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) special mission offering of the United Church of Christ involves you in disaster, refugee/immigration, and development ministries throughout the world. 

Through OGHS you engage in holistic development programs including health care, education, agriculture, food sustainability, micro-financing and women’s empowerment. Because the UCC relates in mutual partnership to churches and organizations through Global Ministries and worldwide response & recovery networks, your contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing put you in the right place at the right time for the relief, accompaniment and recovery of the most vulnerable. You meet immediate needs, and you address the underlying causes that create those needs in the first place.

You may contribute to the special collection with a check mailed to the Plymouth Church Office (the memo line should note “OGHS”). You also may give online by clicking the button labeled "Donate" below. On the donation page, you will find a list of potential recipients, including One Great Hour of Sharing.

For more information about OGHS and to read about the impact this funding has had in 2021, click the button below.

OGHS Impact Report 2021

Tuesday, March 21: Women's Book Study

Plymouth Women's Book Study will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, March 21 from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm in the Amistad Room. We encourage you to join us as we discuss:

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Quoting from the book's cover:

"As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these lenses of knowledge together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings are we capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learning to give our own gifts in return."

As always, anyone who self-identifies as a woman is welcome to drop in if you're interested in the chosen book. We meet on the third Tuesday of most months from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm in the Amistad Room. 

At the April 18 meeting we will be taking suggestions for books, both fiction and non-fiction, for the year ahead. A vote will follow on line. Please try to read any book you submit before you propose it.

Wednesday, March 22: Lenten Book Study

Rev. Murphy’s Lenten Book Study of Walter Wink’s The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium continues through March 29. We are discussing the spirituality of systems and institutions, breaking cycles of violence, and Jesus’ third way, among other topics covered in the book. The series meets in the Chapel each Wednesday at 5:15 pm weekly. The study is also available via Zoom, and the passcode to attend is 805552.

Lenten Book Study Zoom Link
Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 26 and Sunday, April 2: Upcoming Chapel Class Presentations

On Sunday, March 26, Pastors Martin and Sandy Garcia from Amistad Presbyterian Church will be sharing about their ministry with migrants from Central America. They will discuss the current situation at the southern border and the realities for migrants who are settling here in Fort Wayne. On Sunday, April 2, Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals will lead us in a deep dive into Holy Week. We’ll learn about its history and theological significance, and we’ll discuss the various ways Holy Week is observed around the world. Chapel Class begins at 9:00 am on Sunday morning and is available in person or on Zoom.

Holy Week and Easter Schedule at Plymouth Church

  • Sunday, April 2 at 10:00 am – Palm Sunday service
  • Thursday, April 6 at 6:00 pm – Maundy Thursday supper and service with foot washing and communion
  • Friday, April 7 from 7:00 am - 6:45pm – Good Friday prayer vigil (participants pray from home)
  • Friday, April 7 at 7:00 pm – Good Friday Tenebrae service
  • Sunday, April 9 at 7:30 am – Easter Sunrise service, followed by Easter breakfast
  • Sunday, April 9 at 10:00 am – Easter Celebration service

General Announcements

IKC Open and Affirming Survey

The Indiana-Kentucky conference has designated a group of leaders to engage the Open and Affirming process at a conference level. Just as individual congregations can go through this process, each conference of the UCC is invited to have this important conversation as well. To that end, our team has put together a few questions that we invite you to answer honestly. Your responses will help us better understand where we are as a conference and discern the best way to move forward. We are grateful for your help as we seek to offer extravagant welcome to our LGBTQIA+ siblings in Christ. The survey can be found at the button below.


Easter Sunday Flower Order Forms Due March 24

It’s time to order Easter flowers! Each year, we offer the opportunity to dedicate flowers on Easter Sunday. You can pick between Easter lilies or daffodils (or feel free to order both). Lilies are $10 each and daffodils are $9 each.

To order, print off the order form at the button below or pick one up from the receptionist's office or Folsom Room, and return it no later than Friday, March 24. We encourage you to take your flowers with you following worship on Easter Sunday.

Print Order Form

Calling All Knitters, Crocheters, and Weavers!

The Indiana Kentucky conference of the UCC is hosting General Synod in June 2023, and it has been a tradition for the hosting conference to provide prayer shawls for delegates and others in attendance. Would you be willing to help by knitting or crocheting one or two shawls? Let Rev. Sara ([email protected]) know if you would like to commit to making one (or three!).

COVID-19 Protocols: Masking Encouraged

While masks remain optional in worship, we encourage wearing them whenever possible. 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 if you find yourself at risk of being around groups or otherwise 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.

Plymouth Church Linktree

The following links can be found on our Linktree:

  • Chancel Flower Dedication Sign Up Form
  • Donate
  • Past Chapel Class Series
  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Sign Up
  • 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 [email protected]
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