Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, May 21, 2023

In Our Prayers 

New this week: Calvin Scantlin

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Mary Bir, Clara Bowling, Ruth Bracht, Matthew Carter, Teresa Clingaman, Kris Conner, Janelle Couture, Brad Crowder, Lynda and Mike Eckard, 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, Anne Rowland, 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, Marian Waltz, Dana Wichern, Maryanne Williams, 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.

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 47:1-2, 5-8

Hymn No. 306 “The Church of Christ, in Every Age” | WAREHAM 

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: “We’ve Come This Far by Faith”

Peace Prayer

Sunday School Teachers and Students Appreciation

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “Misty Morning” | C. Nygard

Scripture: Acts 1:6-14

Sermon: “Missional Witnesses”

Communion Hymn No. 413 “By Gracious Powers” | BONHOEFFER

Invitation to Communion


Hymn No. 249 “Peace I Leave with You, My Friends” | PEACE, MY FRIENDS



This Week


May 21

Laura Coon

Jordan Dollarhite

Greg Gibson

Patty Meriwether

Michal Miller

Dana Wichern

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

Next Week's Birthdays

May 28

Richard Robinson

May 29

Andrea Moll

May 31

Judson Chasey

Cathy Clifford Nicholson

David Lewellyn

June 1

Mary McCormick

John Silcox

June 2

Cole Van Amerongen

June 3

Amanda Minchski


Sunday, May 21

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

8:30 am Parish Nurses

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Ice Cream Social

11:30 am Environmental Action Team Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, May 22

Office Closed

5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

Tuesday, May 23

12:00 pm Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Wednesday, May 24

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, May 25

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

5:00 pm Nominating Committee Meeting

5:30 pm Just Neighbors Purse Bingo Fundraiser

Sunday, May 28


8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

4:00 pm New Orleans Jazz Pentecost Celebration

Sunday, May 21: Final Adult Chapel Class - Atonement

This Sunday is the final Chapel Class for the program year. In this second week on the theme of theories of atonement, Rev. Murphy will present atonement perspectives including example/moral influence, Christus Victor, and re-presentational/participatory options. 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

Sunday, May 21: Ice Cream Social

To celebrate all the volunteers who give of their time to make our programming happen throughout the year, Congregational Life Board will be serving up ice cream with lots of fixings following the worship service on Sunday, May 21.

Wednesday, May 24: Wednesday Night Live and Bible Study

Wednesday Night Live programming continues this Wednesday, May 24. Those who want to join the Bible study virtually can join via Zoom at 5:15 pm. The passcode to join the Zoom is 805552.

Bible Study Zoom Link

Wednesday, May 24: Wednesday Night Book Study

Wednesday Night Book Study concludes on Wednesday, May 24. We will be discussing chapter 6 of Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer, by Richard Rohr. Wednesday night book study is held after Wednesday Night Live dinner, at 6:45 pm in the chapel. Participation in this study will be available in person and through Zoom. The password to join via Zoom is 694847.

Book Study Zoom Link

Thursday, May 25: Just Neighbors Purse Bingo

Come to Plymouth on Thursday, May 25 for a rousing night of Purse Bingo to raise money for a great cause. There will be 10 rounds of play, with a designer handbag as the prize for each round! There will also be a silent auction for a Vera Bradley travel package. The Same City food truck will be on hand for food, beverages, and dessert. Admission is $40, with all proceeds going to assist families struggling with homelessness in Fort Wayne. Tickets available at Donate (paypal.com), or at the door. Doors open at 5:30 pm, Bingo starts at 6:00 pm!

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 28: New Orleans Jazz Pentecost Celebration

You are invited to Plymouth Congregational Church's New Orleans Jazz Pentecost celebration on Sunday, May 28 at 4:00 pm in the church parking lot on Berry Street.

Attendees should bring a chair, dress appropriately for a warm spring day, and are invited to don the colors of Pentecost (red, white, yellow). Music for this event features a jazz band of trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo, drums, piano and bass, and members of Plymouth’s choir will sing several songs as well. Rev. Timothy Murphy will deliver a brief homily.

Saturday, June 17: An Evening with the TinCaps

Congregational Life invites you to join Plymouth for an evening with the TinCaps on Saturday, June 17! First pitch is at 7:00 pm and there will be fireworks following the game. For this annual outing for Plymouth we have reserved a section for seating. Sign up in the Folsom Room by May 21 to help us know how many tickets to purchase. Starting Sunday, May 28, purchased tickets will be available to pick up in the Folsom Room. ⚾️ LETS GO TINCAPS! ⚾️

General Announcements

Let's Review Recycling

As an Earthwise Church, Plymouth folks have taken on the role of being a recycler both at home and at church. While this is a great thing to be doing, it has come to our attention both from Matt Gratz, Solid Waste Director for the city, and and John Hoelderle, our Maintenance Manager, that often the recycling is unacceptable and therefore contaminates the whole batch. This costs the church, as well as our trash and recycling provider, a lot of money.

As Earth Day 2023 approaches, let’s review the guidelines so we can be successful recyclers at home and church.

  1. Recycle, reuse, or repurpose everything you can.
  2. Know the recycling guidelines wherever you live (in Fort Wayne, outside Fort Wayne in Allen County, or elsewhere) as different companies have different policies.
  3. NEVER place recycling items in plastic bags before tossing them into the recycling bin.
  4. NEVER place containers with liquids in recycling bins. Everything should be empty, dry, and clean.

Donate Greeting Cards in the Folsom Room

If you have extra greeting cards, you can donate them to nursing home residents. You will find a container in the Folsom Room. Thanks for your help with this new mission sponsored by pastoral care.

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.

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.

Volunteers Needed for UCC General Synod

The General Synod gathering of the United Church of Christ will take place in Indianapolis this summer - June 30th through July 4th. This will be a rare opportunity to gather in our own Indiana-Kentucky Conference with fellow UCC folks from all over the United States, as well as folks from outside of the US. The last time General Synod was hosted in our conference was in the 1970's - and we are honored to be the host conference this year. All UCC church members are encouraged to attend - you can choose to attend for just one day, or more - it's really up to you! 

An event of this size does not happen without the help of hundreds of volunteers and the Indiana-Kentucky Conference would like to ask you to be one of our volunteers. If you volunteer, once you register as a volunteer you will receive a code you can use to register for the conference for a reduced rate of only $65.00. If you wish to be reimbursed for that expense, the Benevolence Committee is willing to do so with a registration receipt. Please see Allen Haynes, co-chair of Benevolence. There are volunteer opportunities for all physical abilities - including sitting!

General Synod includes Keynote Speakers, Guest Preachers during worship, Nationally known authors on matters of justice, Proposed Resolutions, Educational opportunities - and a chance to meet new UCC friends from outside of Fort Wayne! This year's synod also includes the nomination - and hopeful election - of the first woman - and the first woman of African descent - to serve as the new General Minister & President of the UCC - the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson. Exciting and historic times in the UCC! You can review the schedule and additional information here: https://generalsynod.org/

Interested in volunteering? Use this link to learn more and to register as a volunteer: https://ikcucc.org/volunteer/. Plymouth member Beth Walker serves on the Indiana-Kentucky Conference Board and will be attending and volunteering at the General Synod. You are welcome to direct questions to Beth via email at: [email protected] or you may call 260-437-3942.

We hope to see many Plymouth UCC Fort Wayne faces at General Synod this summer!!

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
  • 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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