Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, April 2, 2023

In Our Prayers 

New this week: Marian Waltz

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, Barbara Senn, John Shannon, Erin Shaw, Maureen Shea, Travis Sheets, Shirley Slater, Johanna Smith, The Spitler Family, Terry Springer, Stan Volz Dana Wichern, Sandra Woodruff Cully

The acolyte for today is Claire Roney.

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, April 2, 2023

Palm Sunday

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 118:1, 19-24

Hymn No. 213 “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” | ELLACOMBE

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

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

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11

Sermon: “Re-membering Christ”

Hymn No. 333 “O Bread of Life” | SHENG EN

Invitation to Communion


Hymn “City of God” (insert)



This Week


April 2

David Christianson

April 3

Sam Lipscomb

Jerry Schmeling

Jessamyn Schmidt

April 4

Janelle Couture

April 6

Sally Gerard

April 7

Heather Brackeen

Jeffrey Kolkman

April 8

Jeff Markley

Next Week's Birthdays

April 11

Deb Miller

April 13

Thomas Baker

April 14

Isaiah Atienzo-Fisher

Leslie Spitler

April 15

Scott Rigdon


Sunday, April 2

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, April 3

Office Closed

Tuesday, April 4

9:30 am Michael Spath Religion and Culture Class

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

6:00 pm Executive Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 5

2:45 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Choir Practice

Thursday, April 6

Maundy Thursday

1:00 pm Study Group Online

6:00 pm Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, April 7

Good Friday

7:00 pm Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Sunday, April 9

Easter Sunday

7:30 am Easter Sunrise Service

8:00 am Breakfast and Fellowship

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

Sunday, April 2: Chapel Class

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. To join via Zoom, the passcode is 063060.

Chapel Class Zoom Link

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.To join via Zoom, click the link below. The passcode to join is 462259.
  • Sunday, April 9 at 10:00 am – Easter Celebration service
Easter Sunrise Service Zoom Link

Wednesday, April 5: No Wednesday Night Live

There is no Wednesday Night Live programming this week. The one exception is that choir practice will still happen at 5:15 pm. Regular programming, activities, and dinner will return on Wednesday, April 12.

Friday, April 7: Good Friday Prayer Vigil

There will once again be a prayer vigil on Good Friday during which individuals are invited to sign up for 15 minutes of prayer at home throughout the day, leading up to the Good Friday Tenebrae service. If you would like to sign up for a time slot to pray, please go to our online sign up by clicking the button below. If you are unable to access the online sign-up, you may call Jake in the office to request a time. You may sign up for one or more 15-minute slots. After you sign up, you will receive an email with instructions and resources for your prayer time. Please consider joining in this opportunity for personal prayer and reflection during Holy Week.

Good Friday Prayer Vigil Sign Up

Saturday, April 8: Memorial Service for Carol Shedd

A Memorial Service will be held for Carol Shedd on Saturday, April 8 at 11:00 am, at the Townhouse Chapel. There will be calling hours with the family beginning at 10:00 am. The Towne House chapel is located at 2209 St. Joe Center Road. Memorial gifts may be made to Homebound Meals of Fort Wayne or Matthew 25. 

Upcoming Events

Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 7: What is Truth Seminar

Plymouth Church will be hosting the “What is Truth Seminar: An Exploration through Study, Story, and Song” beginning Friday, May 5 and continuing through Sunday, May 7. 

The seminar will aim to explore the following questions:

  • How do we discern truth in a world of disinformation and alternative facts?
  • How can we name our truth when we are gaslit or our experience is dismissed?
  • How might we stand up for truth when people deny the reality of injustice?

Come explore these questions with others in this interactive, free seminar!

What is Truth Seminar Schedule:

Friday, May 5

  • 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm - Evening Lecture with Q&A (Door at 6:30 pm and music beginning at 6:45 pm)

Saturday, May 6

  • 10:00 am to 12:30 pm - Morning Workshop
  • 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm - Lunch
  • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Storytelling and Song

Sunday, May 7

  • 10:00 am - Worship Service (livestream available)

Featured presenters include Rev. Traci D. Blackmon, Valerie Tutson, and Maestro Robert Nance. More participants will be announced in the lead up to the seminar. Read each presenter's bio and learn more about the seminar by clicking the button below.

The What is Truth Seminar is free and open to the public, although registration is highly encouraged. Register by clicking the link below.

We hope to see you there!

Register Here!
What is Truth Website

General Announcements

Peace and Justice Committee Seeks Members

Are you interested in the peace and justice work of Plymouth Church? Consider joining the Peace and Justice committee! The Peace and Justice committee oversees and supports the work of our many justice and service action teams, awards a yearly Peace scholarship, decides on the recipient of Plymouth’s annual Amistad award, and much more! The Peace and Justice committee meets every third Thursday at 5:00 pm. Our next meeting is Thursday, April 20. Come and check us out!

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.


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 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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