Weekly Bulletin
Sunday, October 31, 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: “Rejoice in the Lord Always” | K Lee Scott

Call to Worship: Psalm 146:1, 5-8

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

Welcome & Announcements
Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Witnessing Steward: Nancy Kilduski

Passing the Peace

Response Song: “We’ve Come this Far by Faith” (text altered) | Spiritual

Peace Prayer

Dedication of Memorial Gifts
Remembering Our Saints

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “Sanctus” | Jill Gallina

Scripture: Ruth 1:1-18

Sermon: "Turned Every Which Way"

Prayers for Healing

Closing Hymn: No. 384 ”For the Faithful Who Have Answered“ | OMNI DIE


Benediction Response: “Lord Regard Our Prayers” | K Lee Scott

All Saints' Sunday: Remembering Our Saints
We remember these persons “who from their labors rest.”

Plymouth Members Who Died between November 5, 2020 – October 31, 2021

Helen Hill – November 23, 2020
Marge Feeback – Jan 10 2021
Ron Hays – January 17, 2021
Erin Harney-Siples – January 24, 2021
Larry Jenkins – February 16, 2021
Mary Dewald – March 30, 2021
Dan Hamblin – May 16, 2021
This Week
November 2
Katherine Caldwell
Louise Misegades
Jan Younger

November 3
Scott Avery

November 6
Mary Argus
Timothy Cunningham

Next Week's Birthdays

November 7
Al Bohnstedt
William Spindler

November 8
Miles Nicholson

November 9
Rose Pyle

November 10
Mary Ann Cree
Michael McCoy
Cindy Ottinger

November 11
Julie Creek

November 12
Brian Army
Laura Kinner

November 14
Carol Miller
Sunday, October 31
All Saints' Sunday
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)

Monday, November 1
Office Closed

Tuesday, November 2
12:00 pm Staff Emergency Assistance Training
1:00 pm Staff Meeting
6:00 pm Executive Council Meeting

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

Thursday, November 4
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm Open Prayer in Sanctuary
1:00 pm Study Group (online)
1:30 pm Memorial Gifts Meeting

Saturday, November 6
9:00 am Boar's Head Sewing Group

Sunday, November 7
Commitment Sunday
Daylight Saving Time Ends
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)
Sunday, October 31: 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.
Wednesday Night Live Programming: November 3
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, November 3: Centering Prayer Group in November
Continuing through November, 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. Please note that there will be no Centering Prayer session on November 24.
Upcoming Events
Chapel Class in November: Food Deserts and Insecurity in the Fort
Chapel classes in November promise to both provoke and enthuse. Weekly guests, each a genuine asset in this arena, will share about their work and the differences they are making.

  • November 7 - Katie Savoie, Community Harvest Food Bank illumines their efforts in reducing food insecurity across the region

  • November 14 - Mary Tyndall, St Joe Community Health Foundation will address eliminating food deserts, ways for increasing food affordability, and teaching cooking skills to families

  • November 21 - Becky Larson, Nutritional Services Fort Wayne Community Schools will be discussing aspects of food sourcing and government’s role, nutrient needs at each age, and how they are addressing weekend food needs

  • November 28 - (tentatively) Terri Theisen, Purdue Extension will introduce the class to the Johnnie Mae Farm on Winter Street and how urban agriculture is taking hold in our city
Tuesday, November 16: Women's Book Study
The next meeting of Plymouth’s Women's Book Study will be on Tuesday, November 16 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 Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford. Ms. Ford was born and raised in Fort Wayne. Her story describes a childhood defined by the looming absence of her incarcerated father and what happens when she hears he's being released. There may be a few local landmarks you recognize as you read.

For further information, contact Judith Beineke at jrbeineke@yahoo.co.uk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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