Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, September 11, 2022

In Our Prayers 

New this Week: Michael Clifton, Tony Kell

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Janis Bohnstedt, Clara Bowling, Teresa Clingaman, Kris Conner, Diana Cornwell, Janelle Couture, Brad Crowder, Terry Dougherty, Lynda and Mike Eckard, Ann Filler, Ed Gomez, Joan Hartwig, Sarah Howard, Bob Huff, Nancy Jordan, 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, Jim Nelson, Bonnie Pennock, Noel Resor, Claire Roney, Jacqueline Sanders, Max Schilb, Rick Schilb, Jim Schmidt, Barbara Senn, John Shannon, Erin Shaw, Maureen Shea, Travis Sheets, Shirley Slater, Johanna Smith, Leslie Spitler, Beck Spitler, Terry Springer, Terri Stumpf, Marian Waltz, Dana Wichern Sandra Woodruff Cully, Stan Volz

Chancel Flowers

Chancel flowers today are from Christine Randolph in honor of Satish Velagapudi's birthday.

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.

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


Call to Worship: Psalm 100 (adapted) 

Processional Hymn No. 471 “What a Covenant” | LEANING

Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: No Matter | Roger P. Miller

Presentation of Bibles

Peace Prayer

Pastoral Prayer


Scripture: Exodus 32:7-14

Sermon: “Taking Responsibility” 

Closing Hymn No. 77 “Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing” | SICILIAN MARINERS



Presentation of Bibles

Each fall at Plymouth we gift our kindergarteners with a story Bible, and our 2nd graders with a full-text NRSV Bible. Having these resources at home reminds our kids that this is their story, and encourages them to continue wondering and learning with their families.

This Sunday we will present Bibles to the following students:


Chloe Rose Boyko

Kenneth Jacob Diekhoff

Gareth Dane Hurni

Kinsler Cole Miller

2nd Grade

Sophia Harper Boyko

This Week


September 11

Barrett Seals

September 14

Natasha Chemey

Linda Escosa

September 15

Roger Eversole

September 17

Owen Roney

Next Week's Birthdays

September 19

Anne Hughes

Hannah Moore

September 22

Judith Beineke

September 23

John Congdon

Shawn Connor

Bonnie Doherty

Linda Hite

Vicki Kruse

Samuel Melo

September 24

Donna Blech

Mary Shultz


Sunday, September 11

Sunday School Kickoff

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Plymouth Resource Faire

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, September 12

Office Closed

6:00 pm Rally for Reproductive Rights

Tuesday, September 13

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

5:30 pm Benevolence Committee

5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

Wednesday, September 14

5:30 pm Wednesday Night Live

6:45 pm Safe Church Training

Thursday, September 15

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

5:00 pm Peace and Justice Committee Meeting

Sunday, September 18

Heritage Sunday

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:30 am Welcoming Group

11:30 am Environmental Action Team Meeting

11:30 am OWL Parent Orientation 

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

1:00 pm September Litter Pick-up

Sunday, September 11: Chapel Class Series

Starting on Sunday, September 11 and continuing through October 9, Rev. Murphy and Rev. Ofner-Seals will be offering a six-week series on progressive Christianity, which can serve as either an introduction or a refresher. Whether you are a new Christian, new to Plymouth, or have been here a while but want to learn more, this series is for you! Topics will include orthopraxy vs orthodoxy, how we interpret the Bible, inclusivity and a preferential option for the poor, ways of understanding God including pantheism and panentheism, how we approach other religions from an interfaith perspective, and non-dualism, among other topics. This Chapel Class series will have a Zoom option for those who want to learn but are unable to be there in person. Click the link below to join. When prompted, enter the password 063060.

Zoom Link

Sunday, September 11: Plymouth Resource Faire

On September 11, we will have a resource faire after worship in the Folsom Room. There will be tables set up for the different ministries and programs that occur in the life of the church. This faire gives the congregation the opportunity to see what all is going on, find where they might want to plug in, and ask volunteers from that ministry any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, September 12: Rally for Reproductive Rights

Join others at the Allen County Courthouse on Monday, September 12 at 6:00 pm for a mini-march and rally for reproductive rights in the state of Indiana. Plymouth members and friends who would like to march together are invited to meet at 5:30 pm on the courthouse green. Signs are welcome and encouraged! This event is sponsored by Women United for Progress in Allen County and Northeast Indiana NOW.

Wednesday, September 14: Wednesday Night Live Programming

Regular Wednesday Night Live Programming has resumed. At 5:15 pm there will be Bible Study, Children’s Choir and Adult Choir rehearsals. A catered dinner will be served at 6:00 pm, with Bell Choir at 6:45 pm. This coming week there will be a Safe Church training after dinner for all who volunteer with children and youth. 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, September 14: 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

Wednesday, September 14: Safe Church Training

There will be a Safe Church training at 6:45pm on Wednesday, September 14, following Wednesday Night Live dinner in the Chapel. This training is required for all staff and volunteers who work with children and youth. The training should last about an hour, and childcare will be provided.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 18: Growing Hope Globally Special Offering

Growing Hope Globally helps farmers, families and communities break the cycle of hunger and poverty to lead healthier, more productive lives. You will make a lasting impact for generations to come because your gift will provide things that can never be taken away: knowledge, experience and empowerment.

Growing Hope Globally supports programs such as building water storage, providing eco stoves, developing water intolerant seeds and improving farming techniques. This in turn increases money available to the family and the potential for an improved quality of life. Participants are committed to pass this information forward to others in their community.

Plymouth's Global Mission Covenant calls us to support programs such as Growing Hope Globally that impact the lives of our sisters and brothers globally. On Sunday, September 18, we will have a special offering for Growing Hope Globally. You can also donate any time by clicking the button below. 

Donate Here

Sunday, September 18: Welcoming Group

Our next WELCOMING GROUP will meet Sunday, September 18, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. If you have been attending Plymouth for six months or longer, and your faith journey is leading you to explore becoming a member, this is a one-time required session. Whether you are confident, confused, or curious, our time together is focused on orientation, conversation, interpretation, and exploration. It is an opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet others who are considering affirming their formal relationship with Plymouth Church, UCC. Please contact Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals at smo@plymouthfw.org or 260-423-9424 x322 to register. An accurate number is needed for the light lunch that will be provided by Congregational Life Board.

Sunday, September 18: September Litter Pick-Up

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 18 at 1:00pm as the E&M Board is organizing another litter pickup outing, open to all ages! Our Spring Cleaning pickup resulted in a shocking number of full trash bags, and we received thanks from folks in the neighborhood where we were working. It’s a rewarding way to spend an hour or two on a Sunday afternoon, and it’s an easy way to lean into our Earthwise covenant while offering visible evidence of our care for our neighbors.

Karen, our eagle-eyed litter scout, is determining a good location for the day, so keep your eye out for updated information closer to the date. We hope you’ll join us!

Sunday, September 18: ICMEP - Garth Hewitt in Concert

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace hosts "Garth Hewitt in Concert: For the Children of Bethlehem" on Sunday, September 18, 4:00pm, at the Amistad Cristiana Center, 1701 Capitol Dr., Fort Wayne.

Garth Hewitt is founder of Amos Trust, a UK human rights organization with partners in Palestine, South Africa, Nicaragua, Burundi, India, and Tanzania, and Honorary Canon at St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, East Jerusalem. A friend and protégé of Sir Cliff Richard, he has sung in St. Paul’s Cathedral; a Bolivia maximum security prison, the Grand Ole Opry, and the apartheid wall in Bethlehem.

Garth has recorded more than 40 albums – about the plight of India’s Dalits; South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle; for Palestinians in the West Bank & Gaza. In 1988, he was named International Artist of the Year at the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards in Nashville.

Become a program partner, $100 -- invitation to Saturday night reception for Garth, and program mention. Find more details here

Come see our new ICMEP office (Sumud House) at Amistad Cristiana. We'll be hosting an open house with some refreshments beginning at 3:00 pm. Also available for sale will be Taybeh beer (Golden and Dark) and wine (Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve), as well as olive oil that benefits Playgrounds for Palestine.

This event is free and open to the public. An offering will help support the Tent of Nations, Wi’am and Al-Rowwad Centers’ children's camps in Bethlehem.

Tuesday, September 20: Women's Book Study

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande will be the next Women's Book Study read at their meeting, Tuesday, September 20 at 12:00 pm. Any reader who self-identifies as a woman is welcome to drop in to the group for one or more sessions. We meet regularly in the Amistad Room on the third Tuesday of the month at noon.

Gawande's book tackles the delicate subject of how to improve care for the dying,

"Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified."

Contact Judith Beineke at jrbeineke@yahoo.co.uk with any questions. 

Wednesday, September 21: Fall Book Study - Crisis Contemplation

For our next Wednesday evening book study, we will be reading and discussing the book Crisis Contemplation: Healing the Wounded Village, by Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes. In this book, Dr. Holmes takes a deep dive into the contemplative practices of non-white, non-western European communities to expand our vocabulary around what constitutes spiritual practice. Published in 2021, Crisis Contemplation is a deeply relevant salve to the anxiety so many of us feel amid multiple global crises, and masterfully bridges the illusory gap between social action and contemplative spirituality.


We will begin our study on Wednesday, September 21 and continue for six weeks. We will meet in the Amistad room after Wednesday Night Live dinner from 6:45 pm to

7:30 pm. Crisis Contemplation: Healing the Wounded Village can be purchased on Amazon or directly through the publisher at Crisis Contemplation: Healing the Wounded Village – CAC Bookstore. If assistance with the cost of the book is needed, please speak with Rev. Sara Ofner-Seals to have the church purchase a copy for you. Please consider joining us this fall!

Sunday, September 25: Planned Giving Workshop

How is Plymouth able to offer scholarships to deserving students? How are special needs and projects funded by Plymouth outside the operating budget? What is included in an estate plan? These questions and more will be addressed in an upcoming workshop entitled, “The Power of a Planned Gift” sponsored by the Stewardship and Finance Board. Everyone is welcome to attend the workshop which will be held on Sunday, September 25 right after worship in the Folsom Room. Snacks will be served and child care will be provided. Please sign up in the Folsom Room by Sunday, September 18 so we know how much food to provide. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, October 7: Fall Fest at Eagle Marsh

Fall Fest at Eagle Marsh is scheduled for Friday, October 7 from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. We’ll have a seed to marsh activity and hike, marshmallows to roast for s’mores, and a campfire sing-along. Details will follow shortly.

General Announcements

Update from Afghan Refugee Taskforce

The Afghan Refugee Taskforce has provided an extended update about their work with two refugee families that have recently resettled in Fort Wayne. Click the link below to read their update and learn about how you might get involved in future efforts.

Read the Update Here

New Library Books Have Arrived

New books are always exciting to receive, and the library committee is delighted to announce several new arrivals highly recommended by our pastors. In December of 2021, a library task force met and discovered that only 7% of our collection was written by authors of color. As a result, new books were purchased last January to begin a process to increase the representation of diverse voices. They were so well received that nine more have now been added. You are invited to check out the Folsom Room library display and be the first to borrow one or more of these thought provoking reads.

RIP Medical Debt: An Invitation

You may remember the wild success of last year’s RIP Medical Debt campaign, which ended up forgiving a little over $3.8 million in medical debt for folks in Ohio and Michigan. Perhaps you also remember that our friends at Peace UCC and First Congregational UCC in Angola joined us in the campaign. Well, the folks in Angola were so excited by the results of the campaign, that they’ve decided to do it again this year! Their campaign started August 1. Plymouth is not officially signing on to the campaign this year, but if you feel moved to chip in, you may do so at the link below. Every dollar donated relieves at least $100 in medical debt, which is an astonishingly good deal.

Donate Here

Standish Circle Wreath Orders

Merry Christmas! Wait! It’s only late summer, but orders need to be placed for wreaths now. St. Joe Tree Farm is graciously working with Standish Circle to keep the tradition of selling wreaths for you to order and receive in time for the Christmas holidays. The profits are used to assist those in need in our community. Wreath pickup will be at Plymouth on both Sunday, November 20 and Sunday, November 27 at the porte-cochere entrance before and after church. 

Orders and payment must be received no later than Sunday, September 18. To complete an order form, either click the button below to print off the form and return it to the Plymouth office or pick up an order form at the front office on Sunday mornings. Order forms will also be available at the Plymouth Resource Faire at the Standish Colony table. Checks should be made payable to Plymouth Church and include a notation stating "Standish Wreaths" on the memo line.

Print Order Form Here

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 jss@plymouthfw.org with any questions.

Plymouth Church Linktree

The following links can be found on our Linktree:

  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Sign Up
  • Chancel Flower 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 office@plymouthfw.org
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