Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, September 18, 2022

In Our Prayers 

New this Week: E. Louise Misegades

Charlie Belch, Donna Belch, Janis Bohnstedt, Clara Bowling, Michael Clifton, 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, 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, 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

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


Welcome & Announcements

Centering Moment

Call to Worship: Psalm 113 (adapted)

Hymn No. 181 “You Are Salt for the Earth, O People” | BRING FORTH

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Heritage Recognition

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: No Matter | Roger P. Miller

Peace Prayer

Mission Moment: Growing Hope Globally

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “With a Voice of Singing” | Martin Shaw

Scripture: Luke 16:1-8a

Sermon: "Limited Options"

Communion Hymn No. 564 “We Are Not Our Own” | YARNTON

Invitation to Communion


Closing Hymn “Let There Be Peace on Earth” (insert)



Heritage Sunday

To mark Heritage Sunday this year, we will name and honor the following individuals who are reaching membership milestones during this Sunday’s worship service:

50 Years

Robin Ames

Jeffrey Dellinger

Laura McCoy

51-59 Years

Joyce Augspurger (1963)

Kris Conner (1963)

Sam Lipscomb (1963)

Jan Gibson (1964)

Betsy Graham (1965)

Dan Kaufman (1966)

Jim Schmidt (1966)

Judy Kaufman (1966)

John Hoffman 1967)

Judith Beineke (1967)

Lowell Beineke (1967)

Judson Chasey (1967)

Carol Patterson (1968)

Linda Escosa (1968)

Ty Ratajczak (1968)

Ann Filler (1969)

Debra Compagnone (1969)

Shelley Woehnker (1969)

60 Years

61-69 Years

Ruth Anne Sprunger (1953)

Barbara Bugg (1956)

Bob Kabisch (1956)

Louise Misegades (1956)

Paul Lewark (1956)

Rose Pyle (1956)

William Spindler (1956)

Nelda Sonday (1957)

Ross Sonday (1957)

Clyde Dively (1958)

Karl Bandemer (1958)

Barb Gregory (1959)

Karen Jenkins (1959)

Shirley Slater (1960)

Steve Rinehart (1960)

Carole Green (1961)

Cheryl Milligan (1961)

Diane Lasley (1961)

70 Years

71-74 Years

Carol Lewark (1948)

Ginny Laudadio (1948)

Lois Teders-Horn (1948)

Gale Cunningham (1949)

Joan Hartwig (1949)

Ruth Bracht (1951)

75 Years

76-79 Years

Doris Grandos (1943)

80 years

81-84 Years

Harriet Siples (1938)

Bob Pugh (1940)

85 Years

Mary Shultz (1937)

We are grateful for the lifetime faith commitments these persons have made through their dedication to Christ’s ministry and mission lived through Plymouth Congregational Church of Fort Wayne, United Church of Christ.

This Week


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

Next Week's Birthdays

September 25

Dee Hoffman 

September 26

Em Grim

September 27

Simon Coffeen

Emma Walker

September 28

Dustin Ramsey

September 29

Brittany Gannon

Bonnie Pennock

September 30

Lyra Miller

October 1

Ann Filler

Michael Lambert

David Siples

Dennis Sutton


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

Monday, September 19

Office Closed

Tuesday, September 20

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

12:00 pm Women's Book Study

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

4:00 pm Moderators' Meeting

5:30 pm Board Meetings

Wednesday, September 21

5:30 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, September 22

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

5:30pm Nominating Committee Meeting

Sunday, September 25

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

11:15 am Planned Giving Workshop

11:15 am Safe Church Training

11:30 am OWL Classes

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Sunday, September 18: Chapel Class Series

The series on progressive Christianity, led by Rev. Murphy and Rev. Ofner-Seals, continues this Sunday, September 18. The theme for this week is how we interpret the Bible. 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! 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 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.

Sunday, September 18: September Litter Pick-Up

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 18 at 1:00 pm for 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.

We will meet at the Fairfield Elementary parking lot and work on the surrounding blocks along Hoagland and Pontiac. Fairfield is our sponsored school, so let’s show up with gusto and help show their neighborhood some love! Bring gloves if you have them.

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: ICMEP Interview with Mark Braverman

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace will host a virtual interview with Mark Braverman, Executive Director of Kairos USA – “Bonhoeffer and the Jews” on Wednesday, September 21 at 1:00 pm.

Dr. Michael Spath interviews Kairos USA Executive Director, Mark Braverman. They’ll be discussing Mark’s recent article, “Theology in the Shadow of the Holocaust: Revisiting Bonhoeffer and the Jews.” His thesis: "the focus on anti-Judaism by Christian theologians in the post WWII era has led the church away from confronting difficult truths about the nature of Christian identity and teaching. With respect to the question of Israel and the Palestinians, it has brought the church, to its peril, to the embrace of apartheid in our time." This bending of post-holocaust Christian theology toward triumphalism has shaped liberal Christian Zionism and the church’s attitude toward Palestine and Israel.

We hope you'll read Mark's article in preparation for the interview here. Register to attend this Zoom interview at the button below. 

Register Here

Wednesday, September 21: 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 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, September 21: 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 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!

Upcoming Events

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!

Saturday, October 1: Blessing of the Animals

This year, we are teaming up with First Presbyterian Church for our annual Blessing of the Animals Service, on Saturday, October 1 at 10:00 am. The service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in their outdoor courtyard. All pet companions are welcome on leashes or in crates. If your pet does not play well with others, feel free to bring a picture of your pet to be blessed. We will also be collecting donations of pet food and treats for Humane Fort Wayne. Join us as we celebrate and bless all creatures, great and small!

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.

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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