Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, October 8, 2023

In Our Prayers 

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: Plymouth Bell Ensemble

Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: Isaiah 60:1, 19-20

Hymn No. 453 “When the Morning Stars Together" | OFFERING

Invocation & Lord’s Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: “This Little Light of Mine”

Peace Prayer

Witnessing Steward: Rhys Rudolph

Hymn No. 454 “Lord, I Want To Be a Christian” | I WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “O How I Long to See” | Bob Hurd

Scripture: Matthew 5:14-16

Sermon: “Light of the World”

Hymn (insert) “The Lord Is My Light” 


Postlude: Thee Combo

This Week


October 8

Jolynn Suko

Jean Vrabel

Ocotber 9

Jill Leal

Marlene Crowder

October 10

Gayle Newton

Rick Stoerker

Jerrica Steele

October 11

Larry Walker

October 12

Randy Roberts

Phil Darling

October 14

Bob Kabisch

Next Week's Birthdays

October 15

Zoe Moore

Michael Diekhoff

Andrew Jaurigue

Lindsay Solon

October 16

Misha Chemey

October 17

Abby Powers

October 19

Becky Hollingsworth

Dorothy Graham

October 20

Hannah Ramsey

Cher Jackson


Sunday, October 8

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Library Open House

11: 15 am Study Connection Meeting

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

1:10 pm Safety Committee Meeting

3:00 pm Heartland Sings Concert

Monday, October 9

Office Closed

5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

Tuesday, October 10

9:30 am Michael Spath Religion and Culture Class

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

5:30 pm Benevolence Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 11

5:15 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, October 12

10:30 am Library Committee Meeting

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

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)

2:00 pm Northeast Association Meeting

4:00 pm Plymouth Music Series: The Denekes

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. There are a few things left like the installation of lamp posts and a railing for an accessibility ramp, 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 8: Chapel Class Series on Church

For three weeks, starting Sunday, October 8 and continuing through Sunday, October 22, Rev. Timothy Murphy will be leading Chapel Class on his theology of church (or as he prefers to call it: churching). 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 8: Library Open House

The wait for the Library Open House is almost over. It’s time to find answers concerning the Folsom name, why the Dewey Decimal System was deleted, and how to navigate our new system to find an abundance of good reads. Join us this Sunday, October 8, in the Folsom Room following worship for coffee, cookies, and a new kind of library experience.

There will also be a book sale with collections from Rev. Carole Green and Dr. Claire Walter. All books will be priced at $1 each, and all the proceeds from the sale will go to our friends at Just Neighbors. We look forward to helping you explore joyfully.

Monday, October 9: 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 9 at 5:30 pm!

Monday, October 9: Dr. Michael Spath's "Religion and Culture" Class Special Presentation


Councilman Geoff Paddock joins Michael and his class on Tuesday, October 10, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am in the Chapel, to discuss the progress of the proposed railroad service through Fort Wayne on which he and others have been working for years.

Councilman Geoff Paddock is an active board member of the Northern Indiana Passenger Rail Association (NIPRA), which meets monthly at the Baker Street Train Station, downtown. In March, NIPRA submitted an application for a Corridor Identification Grant to the Federal Railroad Administration, under the umbrella of the United States Department of Transportation. If awarded this grant, NIPRA would work with the Indiana Department of Transportation and other state Departments of Transportation to develop a Service Development Plan to connect Chicago to Fort Wayne, Columbus, and Pittsburgh. Several other cities in Northern Indiana would be served as well. If the Service Development Plan is accepted by the Federal Railroad Administration, the cost to put the plan into operation would be covered by 80% funding from the Infrastructure and Investment Act of 2021. The 20% remaining portion of the cost would be covered by the five states and several cities covered by this passenger rail connection.

Wednesday, October 11: Help Not Handcufs Federal Hearing

The Help Not Handcuffs Coalition invites Plymouth members to attend the next federal hearing concerning the county’s process to alleviate the constitutional violations concerning the present jail. The hearing will be on Wednesday, October 11 at 10:00 am, with a rally at 9:00 am outside the federal courthouse (1300 South Harrison Street). Folks are invited to wear red. No cell phones are permitted within the federal courthouse, so please leave them in your car or at home. There is security to enter the building, so whether or not you attend the rally, please arrive no later than 9:45 am to pass through security. There is limited seating in the courtroom. This will be an important meeting to determine the judge’s response to the County Council’s rejection of funding for a new jail facility.

Wednesday, October 11: Wednesday Night Live Programming Continues

Wednesday Night Live programming continues this Wednesday, October 11. 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
Upcoming Events

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.

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.


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

General Announcements

Folsom Room Construction Continues

The renovation of the Folsom Room and the two adjacent hallways continues. These spaces will remain available for programming and fellowship, but they will be in transition for a few more weeks. Watch for picture updates on the Plymouth Generations Facebook page. Thank you for your understanding!

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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