Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, March 31, 2024

In Our Prayers 

New this week: Sally Packard

Donna Belch, Mary Bir, Linda Bixler, 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, Gary Kerr, 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.

 Photo from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Easter Sunday

"Temptation and Resistance"

Joys and Concerns

Resumes Sunday, April 7

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in will not meet this Sunday. We will resume on Sunday, April 7 at 1:00 pm.

Click here to join Joys and Concerns

Order of Worship

Prelude: Robert Nance, organ

Introit: Sanctuary Singers

Call to Worship & Easter Acclamation

Processional Hymn No. 233 “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” | EASTER HYMN

Welcome & Announcements

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song:  “We Shall Not Be Moved”

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “Hallelujah” from the Mount of Olives | Beethoven

Scripture: Mark 14:51-52 and Mark 16:1-8

Sermon: "Expecting Someone Else" 

Communion Hymn (insert) “Ain’t No Grave”

Invitation to Communion


Vows of Sabbatical Release and Blessings

Hymn No. 245 “The Day of Resurrection” | LANCASHIRE


Congregational Response: “Hallelujah Chorus” from MESSIAH | G. F. Handel

Postlude: “Toccata” from Symphony No. V | Charles Marie-Widor

Easter Flower Dedications

  • Al Bohnstedt in honor of Janis Bohnstedt.
  • Lucy Hess in honor of the joy of the Plymouth family.
  • Larry and Beth Walker in memory Phil & Pat Steigerwald and Dick & Nancy Walker, and in celebration of their daughters, Katherine Helder and Christine Archer.
  • Rob Getrost in honor of Jim Getrost.
  • Doug Powers in memory of John & Emily Powers.
  • Abby Powers in memory of Lex & Ina Dormire.
  • Jacob Slone in memory of Barney Slone.
  • Ahnee Conner in memory of Nick Conner.
  • Patty Pendleton in honor of our new church members.
  • Mariellen Beitman in memory of Bernie Beitman.
  • Janet Eggiman and Joann McDonald in memory of the McDonald family.
  • Jeanie Rhoades in memory of Robert Owen Vegeler.
  • Jane Meredith in memory of Jack Meredith and Michael & Grace Kinese.
  • Gale Cunningham in memory of Doug Cunningham, Leon & Helen Wiesmer, and Dave & Madge Cunningham. 
  • Gail Mooney and Sara Reinking in memory of Robert & Ellen Mooney.
  • Michael and Mary Spath in memory of their grandparents, great-grandparents, and Ruthe Heltel. 

This Week


March 31

Christine Archer

Katherine Helder

April 2

David Christianson

April 3

Sam Lipscomb

Jerry Schmeling

Jessamyn Schmidt

April 6

Sally Gerard

Next Week's Birthdays

April 7

Heather Brackeen

Jeffrey Kolkman

April 8

Jeff Markley

April 11

Deb Miller

April 12

Janelle Couture

April 13

Thomas Baker


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

Monday, April 1

Office Closed

Tuesday, April 2

9:00 am Religion and Culture with Michael Spath

1:00 pm Plymouth Staff Meeting

6:00 pm Executive Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 3

1:00 pm ICMEP Peace Quilts

3:30 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, April 4

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

5:00 pm Nominating Committee Meeting

Sunday, April 7

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)

Easter Schedule at Plymouth Church

  • Sunday, March 31 at 7:30 am – Easter Sunrise service. To join via Zoom, click this link. The passcode to join is 878745.
  • Sunday, March 31 at 8:30 am – Easter breakfast and fellowship in Folsom Room
  • Sunday, March 31 at 10:00 am – Easter Celebration service

Sunday, March 31: No Chapel Class

There will be no Chapel Class on Sunday, March 31. We will return Sunday, April 7 at 9:00 am.

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.

Sunday, March 31: No Children's Fellowship Time

There will be no children’s fellowship time this Sunday morning and all children are invited to remain for the duration of the service. The childcare room will still be available on Sunday for any who may need it.

Monday April 1: No Centering Prayer

There will be no centering prayer on Monday, April 1 or April 8. We will resume on Monday, April 15 at 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, April 3: Wednesday Night Live Programming Resumes

Wednesday Night Live programming resumes Wednesday, April 3. At 5:15 pm there will be adult choir rehearsal, children’s choir rehearsal, and Bible study, followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. Bible study can be attended in person or via Zoom using the link below. The passcode to join via Zoom is 648589. All activities are open to anyone in the church, regardless of membership status. Come for activities, or just come for dinner and fellowship! The suggested cost for dinner is $10 per person, though no one is ever turned away due to inability to pay. If you plan to come for dinner, please sign up in the Folsom Room in advance so our caterer knows how much food to prepare. Hope to see you there!

WNL Bible Study
Upcoming Events

Rev. Murphy Sabbatical: April 1 to June 30

Rev. Murphy’s sabbatical runs from April 1 through June 30. During this time of rest and rejuvenation, Rev. Ofner-Seals is serving as the acting Senior Pastor. Rev. Murphy looks forward to communicating with and seeing Plymouth members and friends upon his return!

Sunday, April 7: Wi'am Center Chapel Class

In Chapel Class on Sunday, April 7, Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals will be conducting a live zoom interview with Zoughbi Zoughbi, the executive director of the Wi’am Center for Conflict Transformation in Bethlehem. The Wi’am Center is one of our global mission partners, and in the interview, Rev. Sara and Zoughbi will go into greater detail about the work of the center and will also discuss life in the West Bank as the war in Gaza continues. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from someone on the ground in Bethlehem, and to learn more about this new global mission partner. Chapel Class is held at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings, in person or on Zoom. The Zoom passcode is 063060. Click the link below to join on Sunday morning.

Chapel Class Zoom

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!

Chapel Class Zoom

General Announcements

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:

  • Plymouth Directory Login
  • Study Connection Volunteer Sign Up
  • Chancel Flower Dedication Sign Up Form
  • Donate
  • Past Chapel Class Series
  • 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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