Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, March 24, 2024

In Our Prayers 

New this week: Linda Bixler, Gary Kerr

Donna Belch, Mary Bir, David Carter, Matthew Carter, Teresa Clingaman, John Cocciolone, Deb Conklin, Kris Conner, Ann Corral, David Cornwell, Brad Crowder, Lynda and Mike Eckard, Ed Gomez, Susan Green, Dan Hannie, Cheryl Harkenrider, Joseph Harkenrider, Charlene Holly, Sarah Howard, Bob Huff, Kyle Huff, Dwight James, Nancy Jordan, Alli Keith, Tony Kell, Brian Laurenz, Joan Lipscomb, Sandy Lockwood, Skyler Lockwood, Marc and Rachel Lovelace, Connie Mabe, Kelly Massey, Bev McFadden, Jane Meredith, Jim Michels, Lori Michels, Peter Michels, Pete Morris, Jim Nelson, Ethan Palmer, Carol Patterson, Bonnie Pennock, Zoey Pinedo, Rainee Purdue, Jacqueline Sanders, Calvin Scantlin, Max Schilb, Barbara Senn, John Shannon, Maureen Shea, Travis Sheets, Claire Sims, Shirley Slater, Johanna Smith, The Spitler Family, Terry Springer, Penny Trzynka, Carol Tyndall, Nate Vanover, 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.

Hosanna! ©Laura James, 2000 Used with permission.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Palm Sunday

"Temptation and Resistance"

Joys and Concerns

Sundays at 1:00 pm

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in will meet at 1:00 pm this Sunday. Please join this Zoom call 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 and Concerns

Order of Worship


Call to Worship: Blessed is the One, by Laura Bartlett

Processional Hymn No. 216 “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” | ST. THEODULPH

Welcome & Announcements

Invocation (adapted from Black Liturgies & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song:  “We Shall Not Be Moved”

Peace Prayer

Hymn (insert) “When the Poor Ones” | EL CAMINO

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Mark 11:1-11

Sermon: “Resisting through Ridicule” 

Hymn No. 181 “You Are Salt for the Earth, O People” | BRING FORTH



This Week


March 24

Anne Rowland

March 25

Lucia Leal

Aaron Paschal

Adrian Steele

March 29

Ruth Bracht

March 30

Carol Roberts

Next Week's Birthdays

March 31

Christine Archer

Katherine Helder

April 2

David Christianson

April 3

Sam Lipscomb

Jerry Schmeling

Jessamyn Schmidt

April 6

Sally Gerard


Sunday, March 24

Palm Sunday

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, March 25

Office Closed

5:30 pm Centering Prayer

7:00 pm Tapping Into Faith

Tuesday, March 26

9:00 am Religion and Culture with Michael Spath

1:00 pm Plymouth Staff Meeting

6:00 pm Anti-Racism Action Team

7:00 pm The Palestinian Way of the Cross

Wednesday, March 27

1:00 pm ICMEP Peace Quilts

3:30 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Lenten Book Study

5:15 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 28

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

6:00 pm Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, March 29

Staff Holiday - Half Day

7:00 pm Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Sunday, March 31

Easter Sunday

7:30 am Easter Sunrise Service

8:30 am Breakfast and Fellowship

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

Holy Week and Easter Schedule at Plymouth Church

  • Sunday, March 24 at 10:00 am – Palm Sunday service
  • Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 pm – ICMEP The Palestinian Way of the Cross
  • Wednesday, March 27 at 5:15 pm Final Lenten Book Study
  • Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 pm Maundy Thursday supper and service with foot washing and communion
  • Friday, March 29 from 7:00 am – 6:45pm – Good Friday prayer vigil (participants pray from home)
  • Friday, March 29 at 7:00 pm – Good Friday Tenebrae service
  • Sunday, March 31 at 7:30 am – Easter Sunrise service, followed by Easter breakfast. To join via Zoom, click this link. The passcode to join is 878745.
  • Sunday, March 31 at 10:00 am – Easter Celebration service

Chapel Class Schedule through Easter

Please see below for the full schedule of adult chapel class sessions from now until Easter. Chapel class begins at 9:00 am every Sunday, in person and via Zoom, and is open to all adults. The Zoom passcode is 063060. Click the link below to join on Sunday morning.


Sunday, March 24 – Celtic Christianity – Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals

Back by popular demand, Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals continues her series on Celtic Christianity during the season of Lent.

Easter Sunday, March 31 – No Chapel Class

As always, we know that Plymouth is full of many talented and knowledgeable folks. If you have a topic you would like to teach in Chapel Class, please contact Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals, or a member of the Christian Education board.

Chapel Class Zoom

Monday, March 25: Tapping Into Faith

Friendly reminder that E&M will host Tapping Into Faith at Mad Anthony’s on Monday, March 25 at 7:00 pm. Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals will be joining us as the special guest facilitator! It’s a wonderful chance to get to know fellow Plymouth folks a little better and sometimes welcome folks from the community into fellowship. Loosely guided conversation and story-sharing, good food & drink, and good people – what more could you want?!

We will provide appetizers for all to share, and you are welcome to buy whatever meal or beverage you’d like. Come on over!

Tuesday, March 26: The Palestinian Way of the Cross

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace and Plymouth Church invite you to join us for The Palestinian Way of the Cross on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 pm in the Chapel.

The Way of the Cross is a centuries-old devotion to focus the Christian’s journey with Christ on his way to the Cross. In the Old City of Jerusalem, pilgrims follow the Via Dolorosa, the winding route of 14 stations, beginning at the Garden of Gethsemane and ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Michael Spath (Indiana Center for Middle East Peace), Sara Ofner-Seals (Plymouth Congregational Church), and others will lead us on a “Palestinian Way of the Cross” as a means of personal spiritual reflection, of solidarity with the people of Palestine in their suffering and in their steadfastness and resilience, and in their – and our – resistance to the powers of Empire in Israel and in the US.

We will journey with our Palestinian friends as they carry their crosses – Checkpoints, Settlers, Night Raids and Child Torture, Refugees, the Apartheid Wall, and more.

There will be an option to join the service by Zoom. Click the button below to attend this event virtually.

Palestinian Way of the Cross Zoom

Wednesday, March 27: No Wednesday Night Live Programming

Regular Wednesday Night Live programming will not meet on Wednesday, March 27 in observance of Holy Week. However, Rev. Timothy's Lenten Book Study will meet at 5:15 pm. The Lenten Book Study with Rev. Timothy can be attended in person or via Zoom using the link below. The passcode to join via Zoom is 648589. Wednesday Night Live programming will resume Wednesday, April 3.

WNL Lenten Book Study Zoom

Wednesday, March 27: Lenten Book Study

Our Lenten Book Study will have its final session this Wednesday, March 27 at 5:15 pm. We will be discussing Chapter 8: Sunday of Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s 2007 book The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem. The passcode to join via Zoom is 648589.

Friday, March 29: Good Friday Prayer Vigil

Plymouth members are once again invited to participate in an all-day prayer vigil from their homes on Good Friday. Sign up for one or more 15-minute slots using the link below, and you will receive further instructions and prayer resources via email. Please consider joining your fellow church members in prayer on this sacred day.

Sign Up Link
Upcoming Events

Rev. Murphy Sabbatical: April 1 to June 30

Rev. Murphy’s sabbatical will begin shortly, running from April 1 through June 30. During this time of rest and rejuvenation, Rev. Ofner-Seals will be serving as the acting Senior Pastor. Rev. Murphy will be out of contact during the sabbatical, so if you need to talk to him before his return in July, now is the time to reach out!

Sunday, April 14: "Rest is Resistance" Chapel Class Series

Starting Sunday, April 14, Rev. Sara and Rev. January will be co-leading a chapel class series on the book Rest is Resistance by Tricia Hersey. The book casts an illuminating light on our troubled relationship with rest and how to imagine and dream our way to a future where rest is exalted. Our worth does not reside in how much we produce, especially not for a system that exploits and dehumanizes us. Rest, in its simplest form, becomes an act of resistance and a reclaiming of power because it asserts our most basic humanity. Rest Is Resistance is a call to action, a battle cry, a field guide, and a manifesto for all of us who are sleep deprived, searching for justice, and longing to be liberated from the oppressive grip of Grind Culture. Buy a copy on Amazon, or wherever you buy your books, and plan to join us on April 14 at 9:00 am, in person or on Zoom!

General Announcements

Easter Sunday Flower Orders Due March 25

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 also $10 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 Monday, March 25. We encourage you to take your flowers with you following worship on Easter Sunday.

Easter Flower Order Form

Plymouth Emergency Winter Shelter Survey

Just Neighbors has asked if Plymouth would consider hosting homeless families in the winter when temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The City of Fort Wayne and Just Neighbors, as well as a few other organizations, work with local shelters and a few local churches to house homeless people in the coldest weather. This past winter, there were quite a few more homeless families than in past years which has put a strain on the shelters.

The EC is forming a task force to determine whether the Plymouth Church Congregation would be supportive of occasionally sheltering families between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am on the coldest winter nights. The Task Force’s first job is to identify concerns such as safety, liability, level of interest and other factors, before the recommendation is made to the Executive Council. The Executive Council will then present the Task Force’s findings to the congregation. The congregation ultimately will have the decision to whether Plymouth would occasionally house families in the winter when the other shelters are full.

A link to a very brief survey is linked at the button below for each congregant to express their level of support for housing families in cold weather. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, March 27. Thank you for your consideration.

Link to Survey

Property Board Volunteers Needed!

The Property Board needs volunteers to pick up trash and pull weeds around the church, parking lot, and the 527 W. Berry property west of the church. Questions? Call or text Gary Kerr at (260) 341-2943 or email [email protected] to find out how you can help!

Reminder for Academic Scholarships and Grants

Completed applications for the Richard C. Hess Peace Studies Scholarship are due in the church office by April 15:

  • The Richard C. Hess Peace Studies Scholarship provides a $1,000 tuition and fees scholarship for a college student majoring in peace studies or a related program.

Contact Linda Balthaser at [email protected] with your name, email address, 

and the name of the college/university in which will be enrolled in the 2024 fall semester.

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.

Plymouth Church Linktree

The following links can be found on our Linktree:

  • 2024 Stewardship Campaign Website
  • Study Connection Volunteer Sign Up
  • 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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