Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Walk With Me © Mary Southard, www.ministryofthearts.org. Used with permission.
Plymouth Congregational Church
2022 Stewardship Campaign

"We've Come This Far by Faith"

1 Samuel 7:12b, "Thus far the Lord has helped us." 
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 944-1809-2407#, then # when asked for the password.
Order of Worship


Introit: “Come, Christians, Join to Sing”

Opening Hymn: NCH#537 “Christian, Rise and Act Your Creed”

Welcome & Announcements
Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Witnessing Steward: Katherine Caldwell

Passing the Peace

Response Song: "We've Come This Far by Faith, alt."

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “How Firm a Foundation”

Scripture: Mark 10:17-27

Sermon: "Threading the Needle"

Closing Hymn: NCH#498 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”


This Week
October 12
Phil Darling
Randy Roberts

October 14
Bob Kabisch

October 15
Michael Diekhoff
Andrew Jaurigue
Zoe Moore

October 16
Misha Chemey
Gail Keuneke

October 17
Abby Powers

October 19
Dorothy Graham
Becky Hollingsworth
Sunday, October 10
Stewardship Kickoff Sunday
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Education Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
11:00 am Safe Church Policy Workshop
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, October 11
Office Closed

Tuesday, October 12
1:00 pm Staff Meeting
5:30 pm Benevolence Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 13
3:00 pm Study Connection
5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, October 14
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm Open Prayer in Sanctuary
1:00 pm Study Group (online)
6:30 pm ICMEP: Lucas Zoughbi - The Plight of Palestinian Political Prisoners

Sunday, October 17
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Education Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)
2:00 pm Northeast Association Meeting (online)
Sunday, October 10: Chapel Class
During October, Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals will lead a study of Sister Joan Chittister’s book, The Time is Now – A Call to Uncommon Courage. From the book jacket, readers are told it’s “for the weary, the cranky, and the fearful, this energizing message invites us to participate in a vision for a world greater than the one we find ourselves in today.”

Christian Education has a limited number of copies of the book available for use in upcoming Chapel classes. The books will be available for sign-out in the church office. Rev. Sara will loosely use this text for study and conversation throughout October as together we grow in the wisdom and direction of prophetic scripture.
Sunday, October 10: Safe Church Policy Workshop
The Safety Committee, Deacons' Worship Board, and Executive Council of Plymouth Church have reviewed and approved a Safe Church Policy to be presented to the congregation for final approval at a future congregational meeting. To introduce the congregation to this proposed policy, we are holding several after-church gatherings to review the proposal and ask any questions you may have. The final workshop will take place Sunday at 11:15 am following worship in the Folsom Room.
Wednesday Night Live Programming: October 13
Wednesday Night Live has returned for its regular weekly programming. The schedule and some locations have changed slightly from previous years.

5:15 pm: Children’s Choir (TBD)
  • Sanctuary Singers (Sanctuary)
  • Bible Study (Chapel)
6:00 pm: Dinner (Folsom Room and/or Shedd Park)
6:45 pm: Plymouth Bell Ensemble (Sanctuary Balcony)
  • Centering Prayer Group (Chapel)
  • Youth UnProgram (Youth Center)

Sign-up sheets are in the Folsom Room to indicate if you will be there for the weekly dinner. Please write your name, number of members of your household, and mark if you are requesting a vegetarian option. Masks will be required indoors except when eating. Plans are fluid based on local COVID cases so watch for e-blasts on any changes of plans. We look forward to seeing you there!
Wednesday, October 13: Centering Prayer Group in October
During the month of October, Rev. Sara will be leading a centering prayer group in the chapel as part of Wednesday night live activities. The group will meet in the chapel from 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm. Centering prayer is a form of silent, contemplative prayer meant to open the heart to God’s presence and action within. Whether you are new to centering prayer, or practice it regularly, all are welcome to join this group. We will be working loosely with the book The Heart of Centering Prayer by Cynthia Bourgeault, though purchase of the book is not required for participation.
Thursday, October 14: Lucas Al-Zoughbi- Psychological Trauma: Palestinian Children, Women, Political Prisoners, & more
Indiana Center for Middle East Peace (ICMEP) welcomes Lucas Al-Zoughbi (B.S., Manchester University), a PhD student in Psychology at Michigan State University, to Plymouth Congregational Church on Thursday, October 14 at 6:30 pm. His research focuses on the torture (physical, psychological, and sexual) of Palestinian children, women, and political prisoners, as well as their resistance to the Israeli occupation from within prison. Lucas is the son of Zoughbi and Elaine Zoughbi (Wi’am Conflict Resolution & Transformation Center, Bethlehem). This event is free and open to all. Masks are required.
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, October 19: Women's Book Study
The next meeting of Plymouth’s Women's Book Study will be on Tuesday, October 19, from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm in the Amistad Room. Any reader who self-identifies as a woman is welcome, whether you've attended before or not.

We shall be discussing American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. A widow and her young son are forced to flee their home in Acapulco and we follow their journey. The book caused controversy in some circles, because the author was not herself Latina.
For further information, contact Judith Beineke at [email protected].
Sunday, October 24: Annual Election Meeting
Each year, we elect our slate of officers and board members who will serve for the upcoming year. We will have a congregational meeting after worship on Sunday, October 24. A link to the roster is here. Additionally, we will be voting on a bylaw change regarding how terms for the Treasurer position will work. Specifically, in Article 6 Section 1 Part C. Executive Council is recommending the following addition, “The Treasurer is expected to serve two consecutive terms and then one term as the Assistant Treasurer.” We will also be voting on a proposed Safe Church Policy. A link to that policy is here. All members are encouraged to be present and vote; that’s how a congregational system operates!
General Announcements
New Bulletin Submission Deadline
Any submissions for the Sunday digital bulletin must be sent to Elizabeth Pruitt ([email protected]) by 4:00 pm on the Wednesday prior. We cannot guarantee announcements sent after this time will appear in that Sunday's bulletin. Thank you.
Volunteers Needed for Mailing
The Plymouth office staff are still looking for 3 more volunteers to stuff envelopes for a churchwide mailing on Tuesday, October 19. If you are interested in helping, please contact our receptionist Jake Slone at [email protected] or (260) 423-9424.
Community Pantry Installation
After a long process of coordinating all the moving parts with Forward Indiana and the Property Board, E&M is thrilled to announce that the parking lot at Fairfield and Berry is now home to a Community Pantry! You may have seen other brightly-painted pantries around town already, and we are delighted that one of these life-giving mutual aid projects is happening in Plymouth’s neighborhood. At this pantry, the people who share this community, including us, will have the chance to give when they are able, to take what they need when they need it, and to help maintain the cleanliness of the pantry and the area. This pantry is not “ours”, but everyone’s, and what a joy it will be to share in the giving and taking and working together for the good of all!
Name Tag Update
Sandy Moliere and Jan Younger are currently in the process of putting up the newly printed name tags. The good news is that we have lots of Plymouth people. However, the stands are crowded and the name tags are often difficult to reach. A plan is in the works to correct this issue but it will take some time to put it in place. In order to create space for new members, as well as fitting in the rest of us, those couples with different last names will both go under the name earliest in the alphabet in most cases. A few unrelated people with the same last name will be on the same hook. We look forward to making this less crowded and easier to for all to find their tags. Until then, we request patience and understanding! Please contact Jan at (260) 637-4367 or Sandy at (260) 485-9862 if you have questions.
From the Office
Now that events and meetings are returning to the building, it is important that you contact Tina Puitz, Office Manager, to make sure the time, date and room for your event is available. You may also be asked to complete a building use form. By contacting the office, your event will be entered onto the calendar and your meeting space will be ready when you arrive. Even if your event is returning after the long break due to the pandemic, you must still contact Tina. Also, if you will be selling anything or money will be coming to the office, please coordinate with Tina so office preparations can be made. Contact Tina at 260-423-9424 or [email protected]. Thank you.
Open Prayer in Sanctuary on Thursdays
Due to numerous requests, Plymouth has decided to open our sanctuary on Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm for a time of personal prayer. Please enter through the Berry Street Office entrance and check in with our receptionist. Contact our receptionist Jake Slone at (260) 423-9424 or [email protected] 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
Visiting Plymouth
If you have a need to visit the office, we’d love to see you! Our office is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Appointments are no longer necessary to visit the office during these days. On Fridays, our office will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm by appointment only. Contact the office at (260) 423-9424 or [email protected] with any questions.