Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, November 6, 2022

In Our Prayers 

New this Week: Cindy Ottinger

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Janis Bohnstedt, Clara Bowling, Matthew Carter, Michael Clifton, Teresa Clingaman, Kris Conner, Diana Cornwell, Janelle Couture, Brad Crowder, Bill Deans III, Lynda and Mike Eckard, Ann Filler, Ed Gomez, Cheryl Harkenrider, Joan Hartwig, Sarah Howard, Bob Huff, Nancy Jordan, Alli Keith, Tony Kell, Ginny Laudadio, Brian Laurenz, Carol Lewark, Joan Lipscomb, Gerald Lockwood, Sandy Lockwood, Skyler Lockwood, Connie Mabe, Kelly Massey, Bev McFadden, Jane Meredith, Jack Meredith, Peter Michels, E. Louise Misegades, Jim Nelson, Bonnie Pennock, Noel Resor, Claire Roney, Jacqueline Sanders, Max Schilb, Rick Schilb, Barbara Senn, John Shannon, Erin Shaw, Maureen Shea, Travis Sheets, Harriet Siples, Shirley Slater, Johanna Smith, The Spitler Family, Terry Springer, Marian Waltz, Dana Wichern, Sandra Woodruff Cully, Stan Volz


Sympathy is extended to Tina Puitz and family in the death of her nephew, Eric Glenn, on October 27 in New Jersey.

Sympathy is extended to Donna Childs in the death of her husband, David Childs, October 27.

Sympathy is extended to Dwight James and the Lockwood family in the death of his nephew, Sheldon Lockwood, October 28.

Sympathy is extended to David Siples in the death of his mother, Harriet Siples, October 28.

Chancel Flowers

Chancel flowers today are from Linda Balthaser with appreciation for Ken Balthaser's birthday.

The acolyte for today is Liam Hurni.

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 but strongly encouraged.

Compassion © Mary Southard, www.ministryofthearts.org. Used with permission.

"Repairers of the Breach" 

2023 Stewardship Campaign 

“You shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in” 

- Isaiah 58:12b

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

Hymn No. 499 “Pues si vivimos” | PUES SI VIVIMOS

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: "We Will Stand, alt."

Peace Prayer

Witnessing Steward: Ian McCormick

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Luke 20:27-38

Sermon: “A Liberating Resurrection”

Communion Hymn No. 340 “We Are People on a Journey” | SOMOS PUEBLO

Invitation to Communion


Closing Hymn No. 607 “We Would Be Building” | FINLANDIA



This Week


November 6

Mary Argus

November 7

Al Bohnstedt

William Spindler 

November 8

Lidija Hurni

Miles Nicholson 

November 9

Rose Pyle 

November 10

Mary Anne Cree

Michael McCoy

Cindy Ottinger

November 11

Julie Creek 

November 12

Brian Army 

Next Week's Birthdays

November 14

Carol Miller

November 15

Ty Ratajczak 

November 16

Pam Etheridge

Jacob Key 

Patrick Vonderau

November 17

Katie Carboneau 

Garrett Pogue

November 18

Teddy Hurni

November 19

Erin Shaw 


Sunday, November 6

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Commitment Sunday 

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:30 am OWL Class

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

4:30 pm Reproductive Rights Conversation at Temple CAV

Monday, November 7

Office Closed

Tuesday, November 8

Election Day

9:30 am Religion and Culture Class with Dr. Michael Spath

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

5:30 pm Benevolence Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 9

November Bell Submission Deadline

2:45 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, November 10

10:30 am Library Committee Meeting

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

5:30 pm ICMEP November Program - Izdihar Kassis of Together for the Family (TFF)

Friday, November 11

6:30 pm Family Game Night

Saturday, November 12

2:30 pm Young Adult Film and Faith

Sunday, November 13

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:00 am Knit and Kibitz Holiday Sale

11:30 am Youth Group Just Neighbors Meal Prep

11:30 am OWL Class

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

4:00 pm Plymouth Music Series: Wagner Pástor and Andrea Salazar

Sunday, November 6: Chapel Class Series

Baruch Spinoza was one of the most important thinkers in the 17th ​‌century. In this four-part chapel class series continuing this Sunday, November 6, Joel Givens will provide a brief biographical description of Spinoza, discuss the context in which he was writing, offer a brief overview of key philosophical concepts from the Ethics, and address implications for Christianity, politics, and day to day living. Joel will include experiential learning exercises to enrich the lecture points, and he will facilitate discussions to promote understanding of the concepts. This won't be a boring philosophy class; Joel will present a fun, engaging, and applicable approach to Spinoza's ideas. This class will be available in-person or on Zoom.

Zoom Link

Sunday, November 6: Reproductive Rights Interfaith Conversation

Please join us at Congregation Achduth Veshalom this Sunday, November 6 at 4:30 pm for a conversation about how we can work together with other communities of faith for reproductive justice in the state of Indiana. We will debrief the forum that was held on October 23, talk about what we learned, and discuss next steps. We will be joined by members from the Temple and from First Presbyterian Church. Congregation Achduth Veshalom is located at 5200 Old Mill Road in Fort Wayne.

Wednesday, November 9: Wednesday Night Live Programming

Wednesday Night Live programming starts each week at 5:15 pm with Bible Study, Children’s Choir and Adult Choir rehearsals. A catered dinner is served at 6:00 pm, with Bell Choir and book discussion with Rev. Ofner-Seals at 6:45 pm. A sign-up sheet is in the Folsom Room for those who wish to attend dinner. Recommended donation is $8 but is pay as you are able. Wednesday Night Live is a great way to get more involved in the life of the church and get to know other church members. Join us for one or more of the scheduled programs, or just join us for dinner and fellowship! We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 9: Bible Study

Join Rev. Murphy and others in Plymouth’s weekly Bible study, which is offered during Wednesday Night Live from 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm. We are now offering a hybrid model: in-person in the Chapel with an online Zoom option as well. For those who intend to join online, please click the link below and enter the following password when prompted: 805552.

Zoom Link

Thursday, November 10: ICMEP November Program - Izdihar Kassis of Together for the Family (TFF)

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace welcomes Izdihar Kassis of Together for the Family (TFF), serving Syrian refugees in Lebanon, on Thursday, November 10 at Plymouth Church. 

Schedule of Events: 

  • 5:30pm – Gathering and silent auction benefiting TFF
  • 6:00pm – Homemade Lebanese dinner
  • 7:00pm – Presentation by Izdihar Kassis, with Q&A

Featuring a Lebanese meal! No charge, but please RSVP to (260) 267-9048 to ensure there is food for all.

Syrian refugees living in tents in Lebanon have been given hope through medical and dental care, informal children’s education, entrepreneurial training, sewing, cosmetology and wood-working provided by Izdihar's organization, Together for the Family. The work is challenging but is exacerbated by the decimated Lebanese economy. Learn how you can make a difference!

Jointly hosted by Creative Women of the World (CWOW), Together for the Family in Lebanon (TFF), and Indiana Center for Middle East Peace (ICMEP).

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 12: Young Adult Film and Faith

Young Adult Film and Faith (24-39) is gathering on Saturday, November 12 at 2:30 pm for our next film viewing and discussion. We will be watching the 2019 movie Knives Out. All those interested should RSVP to Rev. Murphy at tcm@plymouthfw.org. Childcare is available.

Sunday, November 13: Knit & Kibitz Annual Sale

Standish Circle Knit & Kibitz group will hold their annual fundraising sale following

worship Sunday, November 13. Donated items for the sale include apparel for all ages and home décor. Pepper Jelly will also be available for purchase. Purchases can be made by cash or check. All proceeds go to family support agencies.

Sunday, November 13 - Friday, November 18: Just Neighbors Meals

Several times a year, Plymouth Church is responsible for providing dinner for the guests at the Just Neighbors homeless shelter. Our next week of service is coming up from Sunday, November 13 through Friday, November 18. We are responsible for providing the whole meal each night that week, which includes a main course, a side dish, vegetables, fruit, and a dessert. You can sign up to prepare all parts of the meal, or just one element. Those who prepare food are asked to drop it off at the shelter by 5:00 pm that day. If you are interested in participating in this outreach effort, please click the button below to sign up online. Thank you to all who participate in this important community ministry.

Sign Up Link

Sunday, November 13: Music Series - Tenor Wagner Pástor and Soprano Andrea Salazar

Newcomers to Fort Wayne, this husband and wife duo from Ecuador will present

a varied program from classical art song to indigenous music from South America on Sunday, November 13 at 4:00 pm.

Monday, November 14: New Night for Centering Prayer

Our Centering Prayer group is moving to a new night! Please consider joining us for this time of silent prayer and fellowship on the 2nd and 4th Monday nights of each month. Our first meeting will be Monday, November 14 at 5:30 pm. We will gather for a time of informal fellowship, then transition into 20 minutes of silent, centering prayer, followed by a time of reflection. No experience is needed, so come check us out any time!

Tuesday, November 15: Women's Book Study

The November book choice for Plymouth's Women's Book Study is Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. We will meet Tuesday, November 15 at 12:00 pm in the Amistad Room. 

"This is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As Irving unpacks her own long-held beliefs, she reveals how her well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated ill-conceived ideas about race. She also explains why and how she's changed the way she talks about racism, works in racially mixed groups, and understands the antiracism movement as a whole. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas. "

Anyone who self-identifies as a woman is welcome to drop in for one or more of our sessions if the book interests them. We meet on the third Tuesday of most months from 12:00 pm until 1:15 pm in the Amistad Room.

Thursday, November 24: Thanksgiving Day Service and Meal at Plymouth

Plymouth will once again host a Thanksgiving Day service and meal. The service will be held in the Chapel at 11:30 am on Thanksgiving Day, followed by a traditional Thanksgiving meal (with all the fixings) in the Folsom Room at 12:00 pm. For those who would like to contribute a dish to the meal, or for those who would like to help with set up, cooking, service, or clean up, there is a sign-up sheet in the Folsom room. Please sign up by Sunday, November 20 if you would like to participate.

General Announcements

Poinsettia Order Forms Due December 4

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 Sunday, December 4. Poinsettias are $11.00 each. Plants will be placed in the sanctuary the Sunday before Christmas. 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.

Print Order Form Here

Ballot Information

To help voters gather information about all of the candidates, the League of Women Voters of Fort Wayne urges you to access VOTE411.org. which is available now. This is your opportunity to find the candidates who best address your concerns, values and issues. VOTE411.org has questions that were designed to be thought provoking and open asking the candidates their views on topics facing our community.

At the site, VOTE411.org click on "Find What’s on Your Ballot." Enter your local address with zip code (information is not stored). Voters can compare the positions of all candidates who responded. Make sure your voice is heard. Vote!


Boar’s Head Kitchen Crew Volunteers Needed

The Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival is December 29 and 30, 2022. Between the 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm services, the kitchen crew serves food to the cast, orchestra, and crew. The kitchen crew is always looking for additional volunteers to spend a few hours or the entire afternoon/evening in the kitchen preparing food. A big thanks to those kitchen crew members who return year after year. We also gladly welcome new crew members. Between making sandwiches and cutting fruits and vegetables, there is a lot of lively banter and conversation. We usually get started early in the afternoon each day. If you would like to be part of the kitchen crew on one or both days, please send an email to Diana Bauer at dcb1120@gmail.com. Boar's Head is a huge part of Plymouth and the kitchen crew makes an important contribution to the overall production!

Online Pledge Forms and New Giving Platform

The annual Stewardship Campaign will soon culminate with Commitment Sunday on November 6. Your pledge to support the Plymouth ministry is both needed and appreciated! Pledge forms can either be completed online using the link below or by filling out the paper pledge form which was sent in the mail and turning it in on November 6.

Additionally, a new online giving platform is now available to simplify the donation process! Make one-time or recurring gifts, access your donation history, or make changes to your giving plan through this easy-to-use portal, which can be accessed at the link below. Assistance is available to those desiring help in setting up their online giving account. Please see Cammy Sutter in the Folsom Room following worship on November 6. Please bring along your bank account or credit/debit card information to complete the setup process.

Additional help is available over the phone or in person with Tina Puitz (Office Manager) or Stephen Cook (Financial Administrator) on Wednesday, November 9 and 16 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm and Friday, November 11 and 18 from 9:00 – 11:00 am.

Online Pledge Form

Calling All Knitters, Crocheters, and Weavers!

The Indiana Kentucky conference of the UCC is hosting General Synod in June 2023, and it has been a tradition for the hosting conference to provide prayer shawls for delegates and others in attendance. Would you be willing to help by knitting or crocheting one or two shawls? Let Rev. Sara (smo@plymouthfw.org) know if you would like to commit to making one (or three!).

Final 2022 Bell Submission Deadline Reminder

The November Bell submission deadline is Wednesday, November 9, at 11:59 pm. This is the final Bell of 2022. All those who have articles they'd like to submit must submit them by the deadline or their appearance cannot be guaranteed in the Bell. 

If you have a passion project or idea you'd like to share in the Bell that aligns with Plymouth's covenants and mission, please submit your idea/article to our Communications Specialist Elizabeth Pruitt at edp@plymouthfw.org or call the office at (260) 423-9424. 

Holiday Outreach Opportunities

The E&M Board has several opportunities in the coming holiday season for Plymouth to express our love of neighbor. Mindful of rising costs, we have decided on some budget-friendly collection efforts. It is our hope that providing information on all of them at once will allow folks to make choices ahead of time and plan accordingly, without feeling overwhelmed or pressured as projects are promoted separately. Thank you in advance for being the church!

October 16 – November 8

For three weeks we will be collecting old shoes—all types in any condition—as well as old, usable, eyeglasses for donation to Lions Club and Changing Footprints.

Lions Club is well-known for their program that collects, cleans, and redistributes eyeglasses to people in need around the world. If you happen to have glasses with old prescriptions or with frames you don’t like anymore or whatever, bring them our way! Please include a glasses pouch/case if you have one, and use the box provided in the Folsom Room for collecting them.

Changing Footprints is an incredible program that collects used shoes of any variety and in any condition. Shoes that are still serviceable are distributed to families in need, shelters, and to disaster areas following hurricanes, floods, or fires. Shoes that are in bad condition and no longer wearable are sent to be recycled – ground up and remade into playground surfaces and running tracks. Earthwise high-five! Please put your shoes in the “Shoes” bin in the Folsom Room.

Finally, we also will be collecting intact/wearable used winter coats you no longer need, so we can donate them to the various organizations around town trying to keep people warm this winter. All sizes are welcome, and we promise to find good homes for them. Please put your coats in the “Coats” bin in the Folsom Room.

November 8 – December 4 (FW Pride Christmas)

This was meant to be a December collection, but wrapped gifts are due by Dec. 9, so November it is! We know that plenty of Plymouth folks already participate in FW Pride’s Christmas for families in need, and we had fun ourselves playing Santa with FW Pride last year. We also know that sponsoring a family – or even one kid – by yourself can be a real expense. So, if you’d like to participate in FW Pride’s Christmas this year, but aren’t sure about sponsoring a family solo, E&M is organizing an “Angel Tree” for a larger family. Beginning November 8, you can choose one gift item to purchase (usually $25-$30), and help a family have a happy Christmas.

November 8 – January 1

During this season, we will be collecting unopened canned/boxed food items. From what is collected, we will work to help keep the community pantry in the parking lot stocked during the winter. Please ensure cans have “pop tops” so they can be opened without a can opener if necessary. Canned meats and beans, hearty soups and pastas, and potatoes are treasures! Peanut butter, shelf-stable microwave meals, and instant oatmeal are easy for kids to prepare! Canned fruit, canned veggies, and condiments really complete a meal! Shelf-stable milk is a miracle!

COVID-19 Protocols: Masking Strongly Encouraged

While masks remain optional in worship, we strongly encourage wearing them whenever possible. 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 if you find yourself at risk of being around groups or otherwise unable to attend services in person.

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.
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 jss@plymouthfw.org with any questions.

Plymouth Church Linktree

The following links can be found on our Linktree:

  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Sign Up
  • Chancel Flower Dedication 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
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