Weekly Bulletin

Sunday, September 25, 2022

In Our Prayers 

New this Week: Matthew Carter, Bill Deans III

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, E. Louise MisegadesJim 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, The Spitler FamilyTerry 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: "The Sanctuary"

Hymn No. 43 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” | BEECHER

Invocation & Lord's Prayer

Passing of the Peace

Response Song: No Matter | Roger P. Miller

Peace Prayer

Baptism of Sarah Elizabeth McCrory

Hymn No. 323 “Little Sister, Welcome” | SAIPAN

Pastoral Prayer

Anthem: “Let Your Light Shine” | Craig Courtney

Scripture: Psalm 146

Sermon: "A Reason to Praise"

Closing Song “Go, Make a Diff’rence” | Steve Angrisano and Tom Tomaszek



This Week


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

Next Week's Birthdays

October 2

Chris Knutson

Victor Seewald

October 3

John Dyer

October 4

Klint Krouse

Jonathan Silcox 

October 5

Heather Dollarhite 

October 7

Jim Cates

Kenneth Diekhoff

Pete Roeger

October 8

Jolynn Suko 

Jean Vrabel


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 Class

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Monday, September 26

Office Closed

7:30 pm Tapping Into Faith

Tuesday, September 27

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

1:00 pm Staff Meeting

5:30 pm Centering Prayer Group

Wednesday, September 28

5:30 pm Wednesday Night Live

Thursday, September 22

1:00 pm Study Group (online)

Saturday, October 1

10:00 am Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 2

World Communion Sunday

8:30 am Fellowship Hour

9:00 am Education Hour

9:00 am Worship Rehearsal

10:00 am Worship Service

11:15 am Reproductive Rights Action Team Meeting

11:30 am OWL Class

1:00 pm Joys and Concerns (online)

Sunday, September 25: Chapel Class Series

The series on progressive Christianity, led by Rev. Murphy and Rev. Ofner-Seals, continues this Sunday, September 25. The theme for this week is inclusivity and social justice. 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 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. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, September 26: Tapping Into Faith

E&M will be hosting our monthly Tapping Into Faith get together at 7:30pm on Monday, September 26, 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.

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, September 28: 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 28: Bible Study

Join Rev. Ofner-Seals and others in Plymouth’s weekly Bible study, which is offered during Wednesday Night Live from 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm. Rev. Murphy will return the following week. 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 28: 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.


Wednesday, September 28 will be the second week of our six week study. 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!

Thursday, September 29: 2023 Palestine-Israel Solidarity Tour Information Meeting 

There will be an information meeting regarding the June 2023 Palestine-Israel Solidarity Tour this Thursday, September 29, 6:30 pm at the Spath's, 5615 Old Mill Road, 46807, for those interested in learning more about the June 11-24 Solidarity Tour to Palestine and Israel. This is an information meeting only (no commitment needs to be made). We will learn about the holy sites we'll visit as well as the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious, political, and NGO leaders with whom we'll meet working for justice and human rights in the region. And we will answer any questions you might have about the tour. Come to learn more about the trip, and bring a friend.

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!

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 7: Fall Fest at Eagle Marsh

Fall Fest at Eagle Marsh is scheduled for Friday, October 7 from 6:00 pm tp 8:00 pm. The evening will start with a nature hike where we will collect seeds for the Seed to Marsh project. After the hike we’ll sit around a bonfire to sing campfire songs, make s’mores, and enjoy a time of fellowship. The evening will conclude with a short Vespers service. Those who wish to bring a sack dinner may arrive at 5:30pm to have a bite to eat before the program begins. Be sure to bring a jacket and bug spray! Eagle Marsh is located at 6801 Engle Rd.

Sunday, October 9: Young Adult Film and Faith

Film and Faith is back and those between the ages of 24-39 are invited! Led by Rev. Murphy, this is an opportunity to enjoy a movie and discuss it with others. For our next film, we will be watching the 1998 film Dark City. We will gather at 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 9 and watch it in the choir room. Childcare is available but folks need to RSVP to tcm@plymouthfw.org if they plan to attend.

General Announcements

Standish Circle Wreath Orders Extended

The wreath sales for this 2022 year are significantly lower than in years past. We’re able to extend the deadline for wreath orders an extra week to this Sunday, September 25. If you have not submitted your order form yet but want a wreath, please fill out the form and submit it and a check to the church office by this Sunday. Thank you!

Print Order Form Here

Neighbors in Need Special Offering

Plymouth will be participating in the UCC Special Mission Offering for Neighbors In Need on Sunday, October 2 which is World Communion Sunday. As we recognize our kinship with all who share our faith, it is fitting to recognize our kinship with all who are in need. This year’s offering will be directed specifically toward justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects that address issues of economic justice.

You can give using the special collection envelopes (be sure to included “NIN Mission Offering” on your memo line) or online by clicking the button below. 

Sign Up Form

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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