Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, October 15, 2023

In Our Prayers 

New this week: David Carter

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Mary Bir, Clara Bowling, Ruth Bracht, 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, 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, Peter Michels, Ralph Miser, Pete Morris, Ron Muckway, Jim Nelson, Bonnie Pennock, Zoey Pinedo, Rainee Purdue, Anne Rowland, Jacqueline Sanders, Calvin Scantlin, Max Schilb, Barbara Senn, John Shannon, Erin Shaw, Maureen Shea, Travis Sheets, Shirley Slater, Johanna Smith, The Spitler Family, Terry Springer, Nate Vanover, Kirby Volz, Stan Volz, Marian Waltz, Thea Westerman, Dana Wichern, Maryanne Williams, Sandra Woodruff Cully

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.

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

"Light of the World"

2024 Stewardship Campaign

"You are the light of the world." - Matthew 5:14a

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

Prelude: Robert Nance, organ

Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: Selection from Isaiah 25

Hymn “No Matter” (insert)

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: “This Little Light of Mine”

Peace Prayer

Witnessing Stewards: Nate and Jason Vanover

Pastoral Prayer


Sacred Reading: The Shattering of the Vessels

Sermon: “Repairing the World” 

Communion Hymn No. 562 “Take My Gifts” | TALAVERA TERRACE 

Invitation to Communion


Hymn No. 584 “I Am the Light of the World” | LIGHT OF THE WORLD


Postlude: Robert Nance, organ

This Week


October 15

Zoe Moore

Michael Diekhoff

Andrew Jaurigue

Lindsay Solon

October 16

Misha Chemey

October 17

Abby Powers

October 19

Dorothy Graham

Becky Hollingsworth

October 20

Cher Jackson

Hannah Ramsey

Next Week's Birthdays

October 22

Cora Bilinski

Tamara Dyer

October 25

Betsy Graham

October 26

Elijah Silcox

October 27

Charlie Carboneau

Rich Tuttle

Brendan Sutter


Sunday, October 15

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Environmental Action Team Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

2:30 pm Northeast Association Meeting in Bippus

4:00 pm Plymouth Music Series: The Deneckes

Monday, October 16

Office Closed

5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

Tuesday, October 17

9:30 am Michael Spath Religion and Culture Class

12:00 pm Women's Book Study

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

4:00 pm Moderators' Meeting

5:30 pm Board Meetings

Wednesday, October 18

3:30 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, October 19

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

5:00 pm Peace and Justice Committee Meeting

6:30 pm Makers' Group

Saturday, October 21

10:00 am Growing Hope Globally Fall Harvest Celebration

Sunday, October 22

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)

2:30 pm Film and Faith - 40 and Under

Berry Street Sidewalk Construction Nears Conclusion

The replacement of the Berry Street sidewalk is nearing completion and is at a point that the building is now accessible from the Berry Street parking lot. All that remains is adding the railing for an accessibility ramp and restriping on-street parking, but the Berry Street doors are now unlocked for programming and Sunday worship. For your safety, please avoid areas where there are any orange traffic drums where work is yet to be finished.

Sunday, October 15: Chapel Class Series on Church

Rev. Timothy Murphy's Chapel Class on his theology of church (or as he prefers to call it: churching), will continue into its second week this Sunday, October 15 at 9:00 am. This will be based in part on his previous academic work, focusing in particular on the good news we are called to proclaim, the fellowship we are to live out, and the service we are to offer, in light of the vision we hold together for a transformed world. Attendees will have the opportunity to wrestle with their own understanding of church, ask questions, and be in conversation with others! Chapel class is held every Sunday at 9:00 am in person and on Zoom. The passcode to join via Zoom is 063060. The Zoom link is included below.

Chapel Class Zoom

Sunday, October 15: Book Sale Continues

For those who didn’t have an opportunity to check it out last week, the book sale to benefit Just Neighbors shelter continues this Sunday in the Folsom Room after worship. The books have been donated from the collections of Rev. Dr. Claire Walter and Rev. Carole Green and include books on spirituality and religion, psychology, biography, health, and much, much more! Bring cash or check and come check it out!

Monday, October 16: Centering Prayer Meeting Weekly

The Centering Prayer group at Plymouth has began meeting 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, October 16 at 5:30 pm!

Tuesday, October 17: Women's Book Study

The next meeting of the Plymouth's Women's Book Study will take place on October 17 at 12:00 pm in the Amistad Room. We shall be discussing Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O'Donohue. This book describes the spiritual world from the viewpoint of the ancient Irish imagination. Its understandings may both enrich and challenge our personal beliefs and should make for a lively discussion. All opinions will be respected, it goes without saying.

As always, we invite anyone to join us who self-identifies as a woman. If you would prefer to attend by Zoom, please email Jan Gibson [email protected]. Other books coming up are Both/And: A Memoir by Huma Abedin and, in the new year, Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives by Siddarth Kara.

Wednesday, October 18: Wednesday Night Live Programming Continues

Wednesday Night Live programming continues this Wednesday, October 18. 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

Saturday, October 21: Growing Hope Globally Fall Harvest Celebration

You are invited to a fun fall Harvest Celebration with one of our Growing Hope Globally partners, Pleasant Chapel Church of the Brethren, in Ashley, Indiana on Saturday, October 21, with activities beginning at 10:00 am and lunch at 12:00 pm. Plymouth people bring desserts.

There will be horse and wagon rides, a petting zoo, trunk or treating, and antique farm equipment. Pleasant Chapel Church of the Brethren is located at 1993 County Road 8, Ashley, IN 46705.

Growing Hope Globally is an organization truly committed to ideals of working in communities and allowing them to lead, while reducing food insecurity. If you would like to donate to Growing Hope Globally, click the donate button below.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 22: 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 22. The slate of nominees and a proposed bylaws amendment are linked below.

Slate of Nominees
Proposed Bylaws Amendment

Sunday, October 22: Film and Faith (40 and under)

Film and Faith for young adults has its next gathering on Sunday, October 22. We will be watching the 1999 film, The Matrix, but viewing it as a trans allegory. If you’ve never seen it before, or never watched it from that point of view, here’s your chance! Light snacks will be available, with discussion to follow. Please RSVP to Rev. Murphy at [email protected] if you plan to attend. We will meet in the Choir Room and people should enter through the Folsom Room. Childcare is available with advance notice. 

General Announcements

Folsom Room Construction Update

The renovation of the Folsom Room and the two adjacent hallways is nearing completion with a few items, such as replacement carpet tiles, awaiting delivery. These spaces will remain available for programming and fellowship, but expect things to be in transition for a while yet. Thank you for your understanding!

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].

Study Connection Volunteers Needed

Volunteers for the 11th year of Study Connection at Plymouth Church are needed! You can be a tutor or a substitute to fill in on the few days when a tutor must be away. Contact Lucy Hess for more information on what is expected of a tutor and sub at [email protected] or (260) 484-4430. Study Connection is offered at Plymouth every Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm starting early October to mid-May. To sign up for the background check, click here. The Study Connection sign up sheet is always linked in the Plymouth LinkTree, linked in the bulletin each week.

Online Directory and Emergency Contact Information

Plymouth’s directory is going digital! You can now sign up for account access on the Plymouth Website. This will allow you to see your own personal information, see your giving and contributions for the year, and access the new Plymouth Church Directory. By moving to a digital directory, we keep our commitment to protect the environment by being an Earthwise congregation, while also guaranteeing that we have up to date information right at your fingertips. Once the request is processed, you will receive an e-mail from the office with your unique username and password allowing you to log in via the "Member Login" button on our website.

At the same time that we are providing this fantastic service, we are also collecting emergency contact information that will be kept on file in case you were to become seriously injured or ill at a church service or event. Such information will be kept private and only used in emergency situations by staff.

To sign up for either please visit here or see Jake Slone, Church Receptionist, in the office for a paper form.

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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