Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Joys and Concerns

No Joys and Concerns this Week

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in will not meet on Sunday, May 1. We will resume at 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 8.
Order of Worship


Call to Worship: Psalm 36:5-9

Hymn No. 223 “What Wondrous Love Is This”

Welcome & Announcements

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing the Peace

Response Song: "This Little Light of Mine" | Spiritual

Peace Prayer

An ONA Litany (insert)

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “Higher Ground” | arr. Dan Goeller

Scripture: John 21:1-17

Sermon: “What Comes Next”

Communion Hymn (insert): Deeper Love: A Hymn | O WALY WALY

Invitation to Communion

Hymn No. 506 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” | ERIE


This Week
May 1
Judy Crooks
John Briscoe Escosa III

May 5
Linda Kerr

May 6
Laurie Eggers
Nada O'Neal

May 7
Robin Grimm

Next Week's Birthdays

May 8
Corrie Silcox

May 9
Ean Degitz

May 10
Steve Hollingsworth

May 11
Barb Hill

May 13
Beth Balasia

May 14
Roy Gilliom
Sunday, May 1
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Education Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
12:15 pm Seed to Marsh Project Part 3
2:30 pm NE Association Meeting (FCC, Angola, IN)
4:00 pm Plymouth Music Series: Peter and the Wolf

Monday, May 2
Office Closed

Tuesday, May 3
1:00 pm Staff Meeting
6:00 pm Executive Council Meeting

Wednesday, May 4
3:00 pm Study Connection
5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, May 5
1:00 pm Study Group (online)
1:30 pm Memorial Gifts Meeting
4:00 pm Program Staff Planning Meeting

Saturday, May 7
10:00 am Progressive Evangelism 101 Workshop

Sunday, May 8
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
Sunday, May 1: Seed-to-Marsh Project Part Three
Part three of our Seed-to-Marsh Project is scheduled for Sunday, May 1 at 12:15 pm. All Plymouth people are invited. We’ll transplant seedlings into pots, and if there are some larger plants available, we’ll put some in the ground near the gravel road to the Eagle Marsh barn. We also hope to do some pond dipping for macro invertebrates and tadpoles. Of course, another hike will be offered. For those interested, we can take part in the city nature challenge by recording our nature observations on iNaturalist. You’ll want to load the iNaturalist app and create an account ahead of time. Or, just kick back and enjoy the marsh experience with Plymouth friends. Questions? Contact Jan Gibson at gibsontjg@frontier.com.
Sunday, May 1: Peter and the Wolf at the Organ
The Plymouth Music Series presents, "Peter and the Wolf at the Organ" on Sunday, May 1 at 4:00 pm at Plymouth Church.

This interactive music program features Prokoviev’s famous “Peter and the Wolf” transcribed for the organ and performed by Robert Nance at the Allen Renaissance Digital Concert Organ and Janice Furtner narrating. This program takes place in the sanctuary and is designed for children of all ages!
Wednesday, May 4: Wednesday Night Book Study
On Wednesday, May 4 at 6:45 pm, Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals continues a book study on Native: Identity, Belonging and Rediscovering God, by Kaitlin B. Curtis. Native is about identity, soul-searching, and the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God. As both a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, Kaitlin Curtice shares what it means to experience her faith through the lens of her own Indigenous heritage and encourages us to embrace our own origins. This book study will take place after Wednesday Night Live dinner in the Amistad Room. For May 4, we will be discussing chapters 3 through 8.
Saturday, May 7: Progressive Evangelism 101
On Saturday, May 7, Rev. Timothy, Rev. Sara, and Licensed Minister January Simpson will be offering a free workshop on how to practice evangelism from a progressive perspective. We will dismantle destructive approaches to evangelism and reconstruct a more positive framework for how we share our faith with others. The workshop will be from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Please sign up in the Folsom Room if you would like to attend.
Upcoming Events
Sunday, May 15: Installation Service for Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals
Please join Plymouth Church, members of the Northeast Association, local clergy, and staff from the Indiana Kentucky conference of the UCC for the installation service of Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals, on Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 pm. This is an important service in which Plymouth Church formalizes its covenantal relationship with its new associate pastor. A light reception will follow the service.
Tuesday, May 17: Women's Book Study
The next book that will be discussed in the Plymouth Women's Book Study will be Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson on Tuesday, May 17 at 12:00 pm.

"A true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to end mass incarceration in America — from one of the most inspiring lawyers of our time.

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law office in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to defending the poor, the incarcerated, and the wrongly condemned.

Just Mercy tells the story of EJI, from the early days with a small staff facing the nation’s highest death sentencing and execution rates, through a successful campaign to challenge the cruel practice of sentencing children to die in prison, to revolutionary projects designed to confront Americans with our history of racial injustice." - Goodreads

Plymouth’s Women's Book Study welcomes any reader who self-identifies as a woman to drop in to the group for one or more sessions. We meet in the Amistad Room on the third Tuesday of the month at 12:00 pm.

Contact, Judith Beineke jrbeineke@yahoo.co.uk with questions.
General Announcements
New Member Bios
The bios for the eleven new members who joined on April 24 were inadvertently left off last week’s digital bulletin. We’ve included them here so you can get to know these new members!
2022 AIDS Walk
Join and/or Support Team Plymouth in the 2022 AIDS Walk, benefitting the Northeast Indiana Positive Resource Connection! The E&M Board is excited to offer this fun way of showing our love for the PRC and all the good work they do. Fundraising has already begun and the walk itself will happen at Parkview Field on Saturday, June 4, at 10:00 am. Of course, we ask that you wear your Plymouth t-shirt. (If you don't have one yet, we still have plenty!)

There are a few ways to participate.

1. If you have the resources and the inclination to join in the walk and contribute to our fundraiser, please visit our Team Page and click on Join Team. Your $15 registration fee goes towards our fundraiser, and you should have the option of adding a separate, tax-deductible donation as well. Registering will create a page specific to you, but linked to our team, so any contributions given on your page will automatically add into Plymouth’s total.

2. If you would like to donate, but aren’t particularly interested in joining the walk itself, visit our Team Page and click on Donate! It’s pretty simple from that point on.

3. If you aren’t able to donate but would like to show your support and join the walk, we’d love to have you there! Make sure you wear your Plymouth t-shirt!

4. If you aren’t able to donate or join the walk but want to chip in – please share the link to our Team Page on social media and invite your friends to contribute! Actually, also do this if you are doing any of the options listed above.

Questions? Ask January! And thanks in advance for participating in whatever way you are able.
Primary Election on Tuesday, May 3
The primary election is important because this is where voters select the candidates for office who will be on the ballot in November. Many offices have two or more people running. Would you like to know more about the candidates on your ballot? Go to VOTE411.org to compare side by side what the candidates say about issues. Early voting starts Tuesday, April 26 or vote on Tuesday, May 3. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Fort Wayne.
The Bell Newsletter Writers Wanted!
The Bell has changed format and we are looking for writers to contribute! The Bell is now a quarterly, article-based publication focusing on the Plymouth family and its impact in the community. Are you involved in an organization that you'd like to share more about? Was there a Plymouth event that really spoke to you? Whatever it may be, contact Elizabeth Pruitt at edp@plymouthfw.org to find out how you can submit an article to the Bell.
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:

  • 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