Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, October 17, 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: Plymouth Children’s Choir

Opening Hymn: “Take My Life, God, Let It Be”

Welcome & Announcements
Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Witnessing Stewards: Youth Group

Passing the Peace

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

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “Be Still My Soul” | arr. Mac Wilberg

Scripture: Mark 10:35-45

Sermon: "What We Ask from God"

Communion Anthem: “Come to the Table”
Invitation to Communion

Closing Hymn: NCH#565 “God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending”


This Week
October 20
Cher Jackson
Hannah Ramsey

October 22
Tamara Dyer

October 24
Jackie Berning

October 25
Betsy Graham

October 26
Elijah Silcox
Sunday, October 17
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Education Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
11:15 am Library Anti-Racism Project Meeting
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)
2:00 pm Northeast Association Meeting (online)

Monday, October 18
Office Closed

Tuesday, October 19
12:00 pm Women's Book Study
1:00 pm Staff Meeting
4:00 pm Moderator's Meeting
5:30 pm Board Meetings

Wednesday, October 20
12:00 pm Staff Appreciation Luncheon
3:00 pm Study Connection
5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, October 21
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm Open Prayer in Sanctuary
1:00 pm Study Group (online)
5:30 pm Peace and Justice Committee Meeting
6:30 pm PFLAG Meeting

Friday, October 22
1:00 pm Isabelle Borg Memorial Service (chapel)

Sunday, October 24
8:30 am Fellowship Hour
9:00 am Education Hour
9:00 am Worship Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship Service
11:00 am Annual Election Meeting
1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)
Sunday, October 17: Chapel Class
During October, Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals has been leading 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.
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 jrbeineke@yahoo.co.uk.
Wednesday Night Live Programming: October 20
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 20: 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.
Upcoming Events
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.”

Finally, we will be voting on a proposed Safe Church Policy focused on preventing and responding to sexual harassment, exploitation, or abuse against youth and children. A link to that policy is here. This is obviously a sensitive topic for many people, and we strongly encourage you to read the proposed policy in advance of the meeting.

 All members are encouraged to be present and vote on these important decisions.
Monday, October 25: Tapping into Faith
With COVID numbers declining, E&M has decided it is time to get back into the fun of monthly Tapping Into Faith events at Mad Anthony Brewing, at Taylor and Broadway. This casual gathering of Plymouth folks and sometimes neighbors from the community is a great chance to enjoy good company, good conversation about different questions and topics in faith, and, of course, a tasty snack and beverage. Appetizers to share will be provided by Plymouth, and you’re welcome to purchase whatever food you like. If you do not drink alcohol, you can enjoy Mad’s home-brewed root beer or red cream soda, as well as the usual iced tea and sodas.

Please know that we cannot demand or enforce vaccination status or mask-wearing for this event and make your decision accordingly. You are more than welcome to wear a mask yourself, of course – at least while you aren’t eating or drinking.

We will be meeting on the last Monday of the month, October 25, at 7:30 pm, in the Mad Room, and hope to see you there!
Saturday, October 30: October Supply Drive
E&M will be collecting to help provide necessary items for the Afghan refugees being resettled in Fort Wayne. Catholic Charities here in Fort Wayne is overseeing the outfitting of the homes of our new neighbors, so we will deliver what we collect to them. Our supply drive for October will be Saturday, October 30, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, at the Folsom Room entrance. You may, of course, drop items in the Supply Drive bin in the Folsom Room all month, until October 31.

As of this writing, Catholic Charities cannot yet accept furniture donations, but we will update you as their capacity increases. For a list of necessary kitchen items, linen/household items, cleaning supplies, and toiletries – as well as volunteer opportunities – please visit this page.

Please note that donated items should be new.
Saturday, October 30: ICMEP 2021 Gala with Huwaida Arraf
Join the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace (ICMEP) and Huwaida Arraf for our 2021 Gala on Saturday, October 30 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Orchard Ridge Country Club 4531 Lower Huntington Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46809. The event will have heavy appetizers, a silent auction, music, and more. Individual registration is $85.

Huwaida Arraf is a Detroit-based Palestinian American human rights lawyer, co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement (a Nobel Peace Prize nominee), chair of the Free Gaza Movement, where she was aboard the 2008 and 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla boats, and a charter member of the Palestine Feminist collective.

COVID Protocols: Limited outdoor seating available, vaccination and masks are required, and food will be served by club staff.

For more information, such as benefactor levels and registration, visit the ICMEP website here or contact Linda Kerr at linda.kerr72@gmail.com or (260) 341-2796.
General Announcements
Volunteers Needed for Children’s Fellowship Time
We are in need of volunteers to assist with children’s fellowship time during the 10:00 am worship service. Volunteers will lead children into the Amistad room after the lighting of the peace candle and supervise them as they engage in activities such as arts and crafts and general fellowship. We would like to have enough volunteers so that no one is required to serve more than once a month, and to have at least two adults in the room at any given time. Volunteers are required to have been attending Plymouth for at least six months and will be required to fill out a background check. To express your interest in volunteering, or to get more information, please contact Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals at smo@plymouthfw.org.
Benevolence Committee Seeking Recommendations
As we prepare to send invitations to apply for Benevolence Grants to various organizations in Fort Wayne and abroad, the Benevolence Committee would love to hear your recommendations for non-profits that may not know about this resource. A regular Benevolence Grant may be up to $2,000, and a Capacity Building Grant may be up to $20,000.

Organizations must be 501(3)c non-profits, and their work should align with at least one of our four covenants (although the more the merrier).

Invitations will go out no later than November 1, so please be sure to let us know your recommendations by October 29. Please send the name of the organization and, if possible, the name, phone number, and email address of a contact there, to pfwbenevolencegrant@gmail.com. Thank you!
New Bulletin Submission Deadline
Any submissions for the Sunday digital bulletin must be sent to Elizabeth Pruitt (edp@plymouthfw.org) 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.
Community Pantry Update
The E&M Board is delighted that a community pantry now lives in Plymouth’s parking lot! 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.

The great news is that this pantry is getting used! Keeping up with demand in our location is turning out to be some work, which means it is needed by many. If you would like to donate some items to the pantry, that’s fantastic! For the health and safety of our neighbors, please keep in mind the following guidelines.

  • Stock only food items that are non-perishable, unopened (in original packaging), and not expired. This means no fresh produce, unfortunately, which tends to go bad quickly in the pantries and attract bugs and other pests.
  • Suggested items include, but are not limited to: bottled water, juice boxes, rice, dry pasta, cereal, canned goods (with pop-tops please – not everyone has a can opener!), soups, sauces, shelf-stable meals, peanut butter.
  • Also helpful are personal hygiene supplies, menstrual products, and basic household cleaning supplies like dish soap, sponges, and all-purpose cleaner. These also should be in their sealed original packaging.
  • If you notice open or expired food, or fresh produce, please remove it from the pantry and use it yourself if you like or dispose of it properly if necessary.
  • If you notice a small spill or similar, and have the supplies to do so, please give it a quick clean! If the pantry has bugs and/or is in disrepair, please contact forwardindiana@hotmail.com with the pantry location and problem so they can coordinate maintenance.

Thanks for being the church, friends!
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 tmp@plymouthfw.org. 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 jss@plymouthfw.org with any questions.
Plymouth Church Linktree
The following links can be found on our Linktree:
  • 2022 Stewardship Campaign Page
  • 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 office@plymouthfw.org with any questions.