Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, October 30, 2022

In Our Prayers 

New this Week: Alli Keith, Harriet Siples

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, Tony Kell, Ginny Laudadio, Brian Laurenz, Carol Lewark, Joan Lipscomb, Gerald Lockwood, Sandy Lockwood, Sheldon 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, Shirley Slater, Johanna Smith, The Spitler Family, Terry Springer, Terri Stumpf, Marian Waltz, Dana Wichern, Sandra Woodruff Cully, Stan Volz

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: Psalm 149:1-5

Hymn No. 299 “For All the Saints” | SINE NOMINE

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: "We Will Stand, alt."

Peace Prayer

Witnessing Steward: Laurice Harris

Dedication of Memorial Gifts

Remembering Our Saints

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Ephesians 1:11-23

Sermon: “A Living Inheritance” 

Hymn No. 250 “Listen to Your Savior Call” | ORIENTIS PARTIBUS

Prayers for Healing

Hymn No. 385 “O What Their Joy and Their Glory Must Be” | O QUANTA QUALIA



All Saints' Sunday: October 30

Every year, on the Sunday nearest to All Saints' Day, Plymouth Church remembers those saints among us who have died over the past year. Below are those members of Plymouth that we remember this year. Please click the button below to see the list of memorial gift dedications for this past year.

Carolyn "Sue" Godsell - 12/5/2021

L. Helen Mowan - 2/19/2022

Dick Stanger - 3/2/2022

Larry McDonald - 3/2/2022

Ross Binkley - 3/11/2022

Trey Yarman - 4/10/2022

Gail Keuneke - 4/11/2022

Rosa Linkous - 4/26/2022

Ranelle Melton - 5/13/2022

David Reynolds - 7/1/2022

Gordon Walter - 7/22/2022

Roberta Braunlin - 8/20/2022

2022 Memorial Gift Dedications

This Week


October 30

Simeon Gray

Charlene Holly

November 2

Katherine Caldwell

Louise Misegades

Jan Younger

November 3

Scott Avery

Next Week's Birthdays

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 


Sunday, October 30

All Saints' Sunday

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

8:30 am Parish Nurses

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)

1:00 pm Boar's Head All Cast Meeting

Monday, October 31

Office Closed


7:30 pm Tapping Into Faith

Tuesday, November 1

9:00 am Religion and Culture Class with Dr. Michael Spath

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

5:30 pm Lisa's Legacy Meeting

6:00 pm Executive Council Meeting

Wednesday, November 2

2:45 pm Study Connection

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, November 3

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

1:30 pm Memorial Gifts Committee Meeting

Friday, November 4

Compost Festival 

Sunday, November 6

Daylight Saving Time Ends

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)

Sunday, October 30: 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, October 30, 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, October 30: Plymouth Building Tour

It has been pointed out that many Plymouth members and newcomers would appreciate a walkthrough of our building. People know the Folsom Room and Sanctuary, but what about the more obscure places and pathways? Therefore, Rev. Murphy will lead a walking tour of the building 15 minutes after worship on Sunday. Anyone who would like to participate should meet him in the Narthex. As it is the day before Halloween, we will also see some of the spookier locations. The walk though should last about 20 minutes and it will involve multiple stairwells.

Monday, October 31: Tapping Into Faith

E&M will be hosting our monthly Tapping Into Faith get together at 7:30pm on Monday, October 31, at Mad Anthony Brewing. It’s a great opportunity to get to know your Plymouth family a little better, and sometimes neighbors from the community as well. This will be an All Saints' themed gathering. 

Feel free to bring a friend if you like – the more the merrier! E&M will provide appetizers to share, and you are welcome to order food and drink for yourself. Open to the public.

Wednesday, November 2: 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 2: 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

Friday, November 4: Compost Festival

Join us and our friends at Trinity English Lutheran Church for the first annual Compost Festival in Fort Wayne on Friday, November 4 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Bring your old, carved pumpkins to compost, enjoy live music, games, and food trucks, and learn more about composting and other green efforts in the city of Fort Wayne. Participants include Bravas, The Sassy Vegan, ACDEM, Earth Charter Indiana, Dirt Wain, Ecofest FW, US Compost Council, Trinity English Lutheran Church, and Plymouth Congregational Church.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 10: ICMEP - Fundraiser and Dinner with Izdihar Kassis

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

No charge, but please RSVP by October 31 to (260) 267-9048.

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).

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

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.

General Announcements

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.

Online Pledge Form

Crossroad Consecration Postponed

For those who had it on their calendar to attend the consecration of Crossroad’s CEO and chaplain, this service has been postponed until a later date. An announcement of date and time will appear once a new one is set.

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 ([email protected]) 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]
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