Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, November 12, 2023

In Our Prayers 

New this week: Diane Lasley, Dan Hannie

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Mary Bir, Ruth Bracht, David Carter, Matthew Carter, Teresa Clingaman, Deb Conklin, Kris Conner, Ann Corral, David Cornwell, Brad Crowder, Lynda and Mike Eckard, Ed Gomez, Susan Green, Cheryl Harkenrider, Joseph Harkenrider, Charlene Holly, Sarah Howard, Bob Huff, Kyle Huff, Nancy Jordan, Alli Keith, Tony Kell, Brian Laurenz, Joan Lipscomb, Gerald Lockwood, Sandy Lockwood, Skyler Lockwood, Connie Mabe, Kelly Massey, Jane Meredith, Jim Michels, Lori Michels, Peter Michels, Ralph Miser, Pete Morris, Ron Muckway, Jim Nelson, 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, Diana Swayze, Nate Vanover, Stan Volz, Marian Waltz, Thea Westerman, Dana Wichern, Maryanne Williams, Sandra Woodruff Cully

Chancel Flowers

Chancel flowers this week are dedicated by Linda Balthaser in celebration of Ken Balthaser's birthday.

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

Sunday at 12:30 pm

Our weekly joys and concerns check-in will meet at 12:30 pm this Sunday. Please join this Zoom call 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

Prelude: “Ring Jubilee” | Susan E. Geschke

Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: Psalm 78:1-7

Hymn “Give Me Jesus” (insert) 

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Good and Faithful Servant Recognition

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: “Give Thanks”

Peace Prayer

Mission Moment: Reproductive Rights Moral Messaging

Hymn No. 451 “Be Now My Vision” | SLANE

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “Fairest, Lord Jesus” | Charles Forsberg  

Scripture: Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16

Sermon: “Wisdom at the Gate”

Hymn No. 581 “Lead Us From Death to Life | WORLD PEACE PRAYER


Postlude: Robert Nance, organ

Good and Faithful Servant Award

The Board of Deacons’ Worship is recognizing three individuals as Good and Faithful Servants to Plymouth Congregational Church. This award began in 2005 as a way to honor members of Plymouth Church who demonstrated exemplary and long term service to Plymouth in a variety of capacities with their time and talents.

Good and Faithful Servant Award Bios

This Week


November 12

Brian Army

November 14

Carol Miller

November 15

Andrea Ratajczak

November 16

Pam Etheridge

Jacob Key

Patrick Vonderau

November 17

Katie Carboneau

Garrett Pogue

November 18

Teddy Hurni

Next Week's Birthdays

November 19

Erin Shaw

November 20

Lowell Beineke

Amber Butler

Valerie Pelz

Genny Van Amerongen

November 22

Jenna Rupp

Darlene Smith

Ross Sonday

Deb Tuttle

November 23

Mary Bir

Matt Brown

Kirstin Springer

Ruth Anne Sprunger

November 24

Kathleen Simunek

November 25

Doug Powers

Jessie Throop-Voors

Christine Week


Sunday, November 12

Good and Faithful Servant Award

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

8:30 am Parish Nurses

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Makers' Group Winter Sale

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

12:30 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

1:15 pm Safety Committee Meeting

2:00 pm Reproductive Rights Action Team Forum: Moral Messaging Training

Monday, November 13

Office Closed

5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

5:30 pm Benevolence Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 14

9:30 am Michael Spath Religion and Culture Class

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

4:00 pm Moderators' Meeting

5:30 pm Board Meetings

Wednesday, November 15

3:30 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

6:45 pm Israel-Palestine Discussion

Thursday, November 16

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

5:00 pm Peace and Justice Committee Meeting

6:30 pm Makers' Group

Sunday, November 19

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Wreath Pick-Up

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Winter Sale

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Environmental Action Team Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Sunday, November 12: Chapel Class - The Human Library

On Sunday, November 12 and Sunday, November 19, Plymouth members Jan Evrard and Jane Meredith will lead two sessions about the Human Library, which will include bringing in several “books” for people to read. The Human Library is an organization committed to breaking down stereotypes and challenging stigma. Chapel Class begins at 9:00 am on Sunday morning and is open to all adults in person or on Zoom. The password for Zoom is 063060.

Chapel Class Zoom

Sunday, November 12 and 19: Makers' Group Annual Holiday Sale

Sunday, November 12 and 19 are the dates for this year's annual sale of items made by Plymouth members and friends. With new participants, you won't want to miss the new items; and, of course, the sweet pepper jelly will also be available. The sales in the Folsom Room will occur before and after the worship service. Proceeds from these sales and the wreath sales are donated to nonprofit agencies serving families. Bring your checkbook and get a head start on your holiday shopping!

Sunday, November 12: Plymouth Week at Just Neighbors Shelter

Our next week to provide dinner at the Just Neighbors family shelter is coming up Sunday, November 12 through Friday, November 17. Each night, we are responsible for providing a main dish, a side dish/vegetable, fruit, and dessert. You can sign up to provide one part of the meal, or the whole meal. If you are interested in helping, please use the link below to sign up.

SignUp Genius

Sunday, November 12: Moral Messaging on Reproductive Rights

The Reproductive Rights Action Team invites you to a training on ‘moral messaging’ on Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 pm. The training will be led by Rev. Terry Williams from Faith Choice Ohio. This one-hour, interactive training will equip you to use abortion-positive language rooted in religious values to help lift up abortion as a moral good. Come prepared to dive deep into the words, frameworks, and stories that we use to talk about abortion justice and reproductive freedom. This training is free and open to anyone in the community, so please feel free to invite friends!

Monday, November 13: Centering Prayer Meeting Weekly

The Centering Prayer group at Plymouth meets every Monday evening at 5:30 pm, in the Chapel. Centering Prayer is an ancient form of Christian meditation that dates back as far as the 14th century and is practiced by Christians all over the world. The main idea behind Centering Prayer is to let go of all thoughts in order to open oneself to the healing presence of God within. Plymouth’s Centering Prayer group is open to anyone, regardless of one’s level of experience. Beginners are encouraged to drop in anytime. Whether you can come once a week or once a month, or just once in a while, we’d love to see you there! Join us Monday, November 13 at 5:30 pm!

Wednesday, November 15: Wednesday Night Live Programming

Wednesday Night Live programming continues this Wednesday, November 15. At 5:15 pm there will be adult choir rehearsal, children’s choir rehearsal, and Bible Study with Rev. Timothy, followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. The Bible Study with Rev. Timothy 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 Zoom Link

Wednesday, November 15: Israel-Palestine Conversation

Do you have questions about the current war between Israel and Hamas? Would you like to know more about the historical context of the conflict? Are you confused by competing narratives in the media and wondering where the truth lies? Join us on Wednesday, November 15 at 6:45 pm for an informal discussion with Michael Spath, Rev. Timothy, and Rev. Sara to learn more. This is a safe space to ask your questions and share honestly with one another. The discussion will take place in the Chapel immediately following Wednesday Night Live dinner. RSVPs are appreciated but not required—please email Rev. Sara at [email protected] to let us know if you plan to come. All are welcome.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 19: Standish Circle Wreath Pickup

If you pre-ordered a wreath through the Standish Circle Wreath Sale, they will be available for pickup on Sunday, November 19 at the porte-cochere entrance before and after church. 

Sunday, November 19: Thanksgiving Special Offering

On Sunday, November 19, we will hold a special offering benefitting Homebound Meals to celebrate Thanksgiving. Homebound Meals has been serving our community for over 50 years, delivering freshly made, medically tailored meals to folks who aren’t able to get out and about to hunt and gather for themselves. While the price of $5.50/meal is low, many of their clients are unable to pay, and so meal costs are subsidized, or eliminated, allowing all people access to good food prepared well. Your donations will help Homebound Meals continue to serve our neighbors, regardless of their capacity to pay.

Please mark your offering envelope and the memo line of your check for Thanksgiving Offering. You may also donate online by clicking the button below and use the dropdown “Fund” menu to select “Thanksgiving.”


Tuesday, November 21: Plymouth Women's Book Study

Next month's selection for Plymouth's Women's Book Study is Both/And: A Memoir by Huma Abedin.

"A New York Times bestseller, this extraordinary memoir from Huma Abedin—Hillary Clinton’s famously private top aide and longtime advisor—offers “a gripping testament to the power of a woman finding her voice, owning her ambition, and sharing her truth.” - Glennon Doyle

"The daughter of Indian and Pakistani intellectuals and advocates, Abedin grew up in the United States and Saudi Arabia and traveled widely. Both/And grapples with family, legacy, identity, faith, marriage, motherhood—and work."

As always, we invite anyone to join us who self-identifies as a woman. We shall meet in the Amistad Room at 12:00 pm on Tuesday November 21. If you would like to join us by Zoom, please email Laura McCoy. Other books coming up are Cobalt Red by Siddharth Khan in January, and Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver in February. There will be no meeting in December.

Tuesday, November 21: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Each year Plymouth participates in the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service held at Congregation Achduth Vesholom. This year’s event will be on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 pm. The theme is “Giving Thanks for One Another.” Rev. Murphy, Rev. Ofner-Seals, and Maestro Nance will all be participating. We hope to see you there. There will be an offering for Just Neighbors and a reception afterwards.

Link to Event Flyer

Thursday, November 23: Thanksgiving Day Service and Dinner

There will be a Thanksgiving Day devotional service held in the Chapel at 11:30 am on November 23. Afterwards, all those who wish to participate are invited to come to the Thanksgiving Day dinner at 12:00 pm in the Folsom Room. Both activities are a great way to connect with Plymouth folks and be in fellowship with others. Anyone who is willing and able to provide some side food items for the dinner are welcome to sign up with the sign up sheet in the Folsom Room. 

Chapel Class Schedule Through December 31

Believe it or not, we only have a handful of Chapel Class sessions left before the end of the year! Here is what you can look forward to as we close out the year:

November 26 – Sunday after Thanksgiving, no class

December 3, 10 & 17 – “O Little Town of Bethlehem” – We sing the carol every year, but how much do we really know about the little town of Bethlehem? Rev. Sara will be teaching this three-week series, delving into the history of this Palestinian city, its status as part of the occupied West Bank, and what’s happening there right now as war rages less than two hours away. We’ll also discuss ways we can be in solidarity with Palestinian Christians living in the city.

December 24 & 31 – no class due to Christmas Eve and New Years Eve holidays

Chapel Class begins at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings and is open to all adults in person or on Zoom. The password for Zoom is 063060.

Chapel Class Zoom

General Announcements

Poinsettia Order Forms Due November 30

It’s time to order your Christmas poinsettias! Ordering poinsettias is an easy way to remember, honor, and celebrate loved ones and friends, while helping to decorate our church home for Christmas. To order, please fill out the order form and return it with your check to the church office by Thursday, November 30. Poinsettias are $11.00 each. Plants will be placed in the sanctuary Sunday, December 24. Please take your plant home with you following the 10:00 pm worship service on Christmas Eve.

To place an order, please either click the button below to print off a copy of the order form to fill out and return to the church office, or pick up an order form in the church office on Sunday morning. Please include "poinsettia" in the memo line of your check.

Poinsettia Order Form

Online Church Directory Update

In order expedite a functional directory, Plymouth will be switching from an opt in system to and opt out system. What does this mean for you? What steps will you need to take to ensure your place in the directory? Nothing! We’ll do all the work. Starting December 5, all Plymouth members will be automatically included in the online directory! Now, if you do not wish to be a part of this undertaking, you may email Jake Slone no later than December 4 at [email protected]. After that you will be automatically added to the online directory. You may request to be removed from the directory at any time.

Online Access Emails Are Not a Scam

In the coming months, Plymouth staff will be working on getting all members online access in preparation for the switch to the online directory. If you receive an email stating that your password and username has been changed, don’t worry. It is not a scam. It is an automatically generated e-mail that we can’t change when you are being assigned a randomly generated password.

Lost and Found Clean Out

Are you missing something? Our lost and found box is overflowing and it is time for a clean out. You will have until Sunday, November 19 to go through the box located in the closet next to the stairs on the first floor by the Folsom Room. After the 19th, we will be donating all gently used items, recycling what can and should be recycled, and discarding the rest.

Stewardship Campaign Pledge Forms

Our Stewardship Campaign has formally concluded, but you can still submit a pledge form for 2024 if you have not already done so, either in person or via our website, with a digital link below. Thank you!

Online Pledge Form

Safety Committee Looking for Security and Communication Volunteers

Plymouth’s Safety Committee is looking for security and communication volunteers to assist the office Receptionist during the 10:00 am Sunday service by being on standby in the Narthex. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Greeting & welcoming late comers in the Narthex and directing them to the Sanctuary
  • Communicating with the Receptionist via radio in the instance of an emergency (inclement weather, medical emergency in the sanctuary, fire, etc.)
  • Retrieving medical equipment such as the wheelchairs or first aid kits
  • Helping to direct first responders in case of an emergency or assisting others with evacuations.

If you have any interest, please Contact the Safety Committee chair, Patrick Vonderau at [email protected].

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:

  • 2024 Stewardship Campaign Website
  • Study Connection Volunteer Sign Up
  • Plymouth Directory Login
  • 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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