Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, May 15, 2022
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.

Please note: the code and link for Joys and Concerns has changed. The updated link is used here.
Order of Worship


Call to Worship

Hymn No. 18 “Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer” | CWM RHONDDA

Welcome & Announcements

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing the Peace

Response Song: “I Am the Resurrection” | Jim Anderson

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem “God is Our Strong Salvation” | Austin Lovelace         

Scripture: Genesis 2:7 & Exodus 21:22-25

Sermon: "Abortion and the Bible"

Communion Hymn No. 497 “Guide My Feet” | GUIDE MY FEET

Invitation to Communion

Hymn No. 403 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” | SOLID ROCK L.M.


This Week
May 15
Martha Dively
Mariah Grim
Rod Kuhn

May 17
Tod Ramsey
Mike Thomas

May 20
Kara Jaurigue

May 21
Laura Coon
Jordan Dollarhite
Greg Gibson
Judy Madden
Patty Meriwether
Michal Miller
Dana Wichern

Next Week's Birthdays

May 22
Gary Kerr
Carrol Stumpf

May 23
Dick Conklin
Stan Fahl
Wayne Gerard

May 24
Bryce Longenberger

May 26
Jim Sidell

May 27
Jim Nelson

May 28
Richard Robinson
Sunday, May 15
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Education Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
11:15 am Environmental Action Team Meeting
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns
3:00 pm Rev. Sara Installation Service

Monday, May 16
Office Closed

Tuesday, May 17
12:00 pm Women's Book Study
1:00 pm Staff Meeting
4:00 pm Moderators' Meeting
5:30 pm Board Meetings

Wednesday, May 18
5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, May 19
1:00 pm Study Group (online)
5:30 pm Peace and Justice Committee Meeting (online)
6:30 pm PFLAG Meeting

Sunday, May 22
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Education Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
11:15 am Ice Cream Social
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns
3:00 pm Young Adult Bowling
Sunday, May 15: Chapel Class
For this week and next, Rev. Murphy continues the chapel class series on the topic of “Socialism and Christianity.” Typically, these two terms are placed as oppositional ideas: Socialism vs. Christianity. Godless communism vs. Christian capitalism. But there’s a lot more to consider! What, if anything, do they have to say to each other? Those attending will look at competing definitions of socialism, the historic influence of socialism on Christianity, Christian influences on and expressions of socialism, notable Christian socialists, and possible implications for today.
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.
Wednesday, May 18: Wednesday Night Book Study
On Wednesday, May 18 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.
Upcoming Events
Sunday, May 22: Ice Cream Social
On Sunday, May 22, Congregational Life is sponsoring an ice cream social to celebrate another successful program year in the life of Plymouth Church. The social will be held in the Folsom Room after worship. All members and friends are invited to this family friendly gathering. Please sign up in the Folsom Room to let Congregational Life know how many people to expect. We hope you can join us!
Sunday, May 22: Young Adult Bowling
In addition to the return of Film and Faith, Young Adult Ministries is offering an afternoon of bowling at Pro Bowl West on May 22, 3:00 pm on 1455 Goshen Road. This is a time to gather for some fellowship and to see how much our bowling skills have atrophied for those of us who have not bowled in a while (Rev. Timothy once scored a 31 while trying to work on his spin!). Reservations are not required but RSVPs are appreciated so we know how many to expect. Please email Rev. Timothy if you plan on joining. Age range is roughly 25-39, but kids coming along with parents or for those close to that range are also welcome!
Saturday, May 28: May Supply Drive for Just Neighbors
The E&M Board is holding a supply drive this month to benefit our friends at Just Neighbors. Our “official” collection date is Saturday, May 28, 9:00 am to 11:00 am, when we’ll be at the Folsom Room entrance to accept donations in person. However, because we know that’s a holiday weekend, we also encourage those who want to participate to drop off donation items at any point between now and then. Drop donations in the “Supply Drive” bin in the Folsom Room. (If your donations include any squeeze/pump bottles of liquid, please be sure they are truly closed, and place them gently in the bin rather than dropping them.)

When asked for donation requests, Just Neighbors provided a varied list of primary needs, so there’s a little bit of everything for you to choose from.

Their current biggest needs are:
  • Paper towels & toilet paper
  • Bath soap
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Liquid laundry soap
  • Bleach, Lysol, and other cleaning supplies
  • Gas/Walmart/Meijer gift cards ($25 is “great”)
  • Diapers (size 4-6)
  • Pull Ups (girls and boys)
  • Bed pillows
  • Twin sheets & pillowcases
  • Bath towels

We’ll see you May 28! Thanks so much for supporting the good work of providing housing for unhoused families
Monday, May 30: Tapping Into Faith
E&M will be hosting our monthly Tapping Into Faith get together at 7:30 pm on Monday, May 30, at Mad Anthony Brewing. In recognition of the fact that this is, of course, Memorial Day, we’ll focus our conversation on the role(s) and meaning(s) of sacrifice, as well as our own experience(s) with it. So if May 30 rolls around and you’ve already paid your respects and you find yourself finished with cookouts, come on over to Mad’s and join us in their party room for some good conversation and great community.

E&M will provide appetizers to share, and you are welcome to order food and drink for yourself. Invite a friend! Open to the public.
General Announcements
Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
Plymouth Church has recently reconnected with Habitat for Humanity. You can keep an eye out for future updates, but for now, sign ups to volunteer with the Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity are available. Click the button below to sign up to be a Construction Volunteer, Lunch Provider, or a ReStore volunteer!
Seeking General Synod 2023 Volunteers
The bi-annual national gathering of the United Church of Christ, called General Synod, will be in Indianapolis from June 30 to July 4, 2023. As such, the Indiana-Kentucky Conference will be its host. The Conference is inviting members of local congregations such as ours to volunteer to assist in a variety of tasks, such as ushering, staffing a help desk, hospitality, serving as pages for plenary and business sessions, and more. In total, they are seeking 300 volunteers from throughout the Conference to assist for part or for the duration of General Synod. If you would like to volunteer, please email generalsynod2023@ikcucc.org. Thank you!
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.
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