Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Joys and Concerns

Sundays at 1:00 pm

Our weekly joys and concerns check-ins continue. 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 944-1809-2407#, then # when asked for the password.
Order of Worship



Invocation/Lord’s Prayer

Good and Faith Servant – Roy and Mary Gilliom

Special Music

Pastoral Prayer

Scripture – Romans 8:22-27

Message - “Sighs Too Deep for Words”

Closing Hymn


This Week
June 1
John Silcox

June 2
August "Gus" Solon

June 3
Amanda Minchski

June 4
Sally Felger
Susan Jarvis
Roger Meneely
Curt Smith

June 5
Bryce Western

June 6
Caleb Hollingsworth

June 7
Julie Davidson
Trevor Harkenrider

June 8
Rick Schilb
All programs and events are online unless otherwise stated.

Sunday, May 23
9:00 am Education Hour
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys & Concerns
2:30 pm Film & Faith: Forty & Over
4:00 pm Pentecost New Orleans Style
Festival Worship (in person)

Monday, May 24
Office Closed

Tuesday, May 25
1:00 pm Staff Meeting
4:00 pm Sanctuary Tech Task Force Meeting

Wednesday, May 26
5:30 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, May 27
1:00 pm Study Group Online

Saturday, May 29
9:00 am Supply Drive

Sunday, May 30
9:00 am Education Hour
10:00 am Worship Service (in person)
1:00 pm Joys & Concerns
Wednesday, May 26: Bible Study
Join Rev. Timothy C. Murphy and Plymouth members at 5:30 pm this Wednesday for our final online discussion of the upcoming Sunday’s scripture for the program year. Bible study will resume in the fall. Those unable to join by video can also call in at 1-253-215-8782, then enter the code 978-5908-1418#, then enter # when asked for a password.
Sunday, May 23 | May Chapel Class
Join us today at 9:00 am, to hear the latest news about redistricting using the 2020 Census results. Peg Maginn and Lucy Hess, representing the League of Women Voters, will give us the update, discuss how this might impact our communities, and give ideas of how we might influence and even participate in the outcome. Join us on Zoom with this link.
Sunday, May 23 | Film & Faith: Forty and Over
Concrete Cowboy is available on Netflix for you to watch at your convenience, and then, join us for lively discussion today from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Email Rev. Ruth E. Phillips rep@plymouthfw.org by 11 am today, and she will send you the Zoom link, meeting ID and Passcode.

Inspired by the YA novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri, the movie tells the story of a troubled teen, Colt (Caleb McLaughlin), who spends the summer in Philadelphia with his estranged father, Harp (Idris Elba). While Concrete Cowboy itself is fiction, the film is heavily inspired by the real-life riders of North Philly, which date back to the 1800s. Both the novel and film took inspiration from the Fletcher Street Riders, a community of Black horse-riders throughout North Philadelphia.
Sunday, May 23 | Pentecost New Orleans Style Festival Worship
Announcing a Pentecost Festival Worship Service, an outdoor, in-person, BYO chair event featuring New Orleans Style Jazz.

You are invited to Plymouth Congregational Church's live and in-person festival worship today at 4:00 pm in the north parking lot at 501 W. Berry Street in downtown Fort Wayne.

Attendees need to bring a chair, dress appropriately for a warm spring day, and are invited to don the colors of Pentecost (red, white, blue, yellow). Music for this hour-long 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 and activities for children will be available throughout.

Pandemic Protocol: Everyone is expected to be respectful of others' safety by practicing social distancing; masking is optional and may be worn as needed.
Upcoming Events
Saturday, May 29 | May Supply Drive for Rescue Mission
The Evangelism and Marketing Board invites you to participate in this month’s supply drive, happening May 29, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. We’ll be at the port cochere collecting items for the Rescue Mission here in downtown Fort Wayne. As we enter summer, they are requesting the following items for those who use their services: men’s athletic shorts and t-shirts (sizes M-4XL), men's flip flops (sizes M-XL); sunscreen, unscented body lotion and body powder, men’s and women’s deodorants, and disinfecting wipes of any brand/scent.

We know Memorial Day Weekend will probably find a lot of you out of town. If you plan to travel, but would like to participate in the supply drive, please contact the church office at (260) 423-9424 to set up an appointment to drop off your donations. Please give them at least 24 hours notice to arrange your appointment. Thank you!
Sunday, June 6 | Farewell to Reverend Ruth Phillips
Plymouth members and friends are invited to the farewell gathering for Rev. Ruth Phillips on Sunday, June 6 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm.

It will be located outside the Folsom Room in the Shedd parking lot. This will be a chance to visit with Rev. Ruth and other members, where we will have a simple farewell program and affirmation of her ministry with us. Pre-wrapped cookies will be available. Masks are not required but social distancing is encouraged.
General Announcements
Join Us For the Jubilee
For some, hearing the word “evangelism” immediately calls to mind memories of being cajoled, shamed, or otherwise lectured by scripture-wielding people desperate to hear you say the magic words, “I accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.” Certainly discussing scripture with interested parties is a wonderful way to share the good news of Christ. But why just tell when you can show? As those who would follow the Jesus way, we are called to be the ones who bring good news to the poor, liberation to the oppressed, and the kingdom of God to earth as in heaven. It is in light of this call that the Evangelism & Marketing Board requested funds from the 2020 budget surplus to seed a fundraising campaign to eradicate the burden of medical debt that crushes so many of our neighbors.

In the expectation that the blessing of our abundance can do good work in the world by liberating those shackled with unpayable debts, E&M is excited to invite you to participate in our fundraiser, operating through RIP Medical Debt! The campaign officially starts today and will run through September 26. Every dollar you donate will be used to purchase one hundred dollars in medical debt ($1 = $100!). Please give what you can and rejoice as it multiplies one hundred times. You have the power to be the trumpet of liberty, bringing the good message to your neighbors that they are free, their debt forgiven.

Our fundraising goal is $20,000 – or $2,000,000 in medical debt relief – but if we end up raising more than that it will be a joy. Please feel free to share the link with your friends and family – the more the merrier! Click the button below to visit our fundraising campaign page. There is also a link on our “Contribute” page at plymouthfw.org, and of course, there will be information on Facebook. Thank you!
Peace & Justice Survey
The Peace and Justice Committee invites you to take a simple survey to help us better understand the justice activities of members and how to help connect members with similar commitments. It takes only a couple minutes to do. Thank you!
COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility
The state of Indiana has opened COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to anyone 12 and older. You can click the button below to schedule an appointment. If you have difficulty registering online, you can dial 211 from any phone for assistance.
A Note from the Office
In order for the office to better serve you, please submit a separate check for each donation made whether it be for pledges, special offerings or any other donation. Checks should be made payable to Plymouth Church. Thank you!
Visiting Plymouth
If you have a need to visit the office, we’d love to see you. Remember to schedule an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. No one is at the front desk, so please arrive on time so a staff member is available to greet you and unlock the door. Please wait at the Berry Street entrance and be prepared to sanitize, sign-in, and wear a mask. Please contact Tina Puitz at tmp@plymouthfw.org to make an appointment. Thank you.