Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Scheduled
The Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is Tuesday, November 24, 7:00 pm, at Temple Achduth Vesholom, 5200 Old Mill Road. Choirs from the Temple and Plymouth will sing, forming a massed choir for this service. Join in this opportunity to unify our voices in song with our neighbors from our diverse community!
Thanksgiving at Plymouth: Thursday, November 26, 2015
Chapel Worship at 10:00 am
Thanksgiving Dinner at 11:45 am
Please plan to gather to give thanks in worship and then gather around our Plymouth table for a Thanksgiving Day dinner. Your plates will be filled with warm greetings, caring smiles, and a gracious welcome. There will be plenty of turkey—both white and dark meat—as well as flavorful dressing, buttery mashed potatoes, a variety of vegetable dishes, and desserts, to delight your appetite.
A sign-up-sheet is available on the bulletin board outside the office to register how many people in your group will be attending. When signing up, there will be dishes you can choose to prepare and bring to share at this Thanksgiving Day Feast. Once again, our chef will be Bill Nicholson.
Sunday, November 29, First Sunday of Advent
8:00 am: Chapel Communion
8:00 am: Standish Greens sale
8:30 am: Hospitality
9:00 am: Christian Education
9:00 am: Sanctuary Singers
9:00 am: OWL class
10:00 am: Worship & Healing
11:30 am: OWL, grades 4-6, 7-9
11:30 am: Hanging of the Greens
Facebook Advent Calendar
Once again, we are cllecting artwork to share through our Facebook Advent Calendar. Last year’s digital calendar included finger-painting from preschoolers, snapshots from cell phones, block prints made years ago, and digital designs created just for us. Think about how you and the artists in your family might contribute to the project this year. You may submit artwork to Katie Watson.
Standish Circle's Annual Wreath Sales
Christmas wreath sales will again be coming to Plymouth Church! Large and small, decorated and undecorated wreaths, as well as white pine roping, will be available 8:00 am to noon on November 29, before and after worship. New to the offerings this year are “swags”---greenery with a bow that can be attached to outside light fixtures or lamp posts! Don't miss this chance to decorate your home for the holidays, and/or get delightful early gifts for family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or others!
2015 Greens Prices
Small decorated wreath: $27.00
Small decorated wreath: $18.00
Large decorated wreath: $32.00
Large undecorated wreath: $24.00
Swags (new this year!) $13.00
Plymouth’s Hanging Of The Greens
Join in the spirit of the season as we decorate Plymouth for Christmas, Sunday, November 29, immediately following worship. Michael Thomas and Ed Gomez will direct the project again this year. A light lunch will be provided. Please use the signup sheet on the bulletin board outside the office.
Share Your Christmas Greetings
Share your Christmas greetings with the entire Plymouth family! Congregational Life Board invites you to save postage and be GREEN this Christmas. Bring your Christmas cards or letters to the designated mailbox in the Folsom room beginning November 29. Cards will be displayed in the Folsom room, during the month of December.
Luminous Night Service Of Lament And Promise:
Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 pm
Lament: to express sorrow, mourning; to regret strongly.
Promise: an indication of future improvement
The Advent/Christmas season invites us to be gentle with ourselves and one another. During the darkening days of December, and because of high unrealistic expectations in the cultural Christmas rush, many individuals suffer anxiety, depression, sadness, and loneliness during this season. Luminous NightService offers you a safe place to lament, to mourn, to complain, to feel your anger and disappointment, without being told to “get over it.”
Our Luminous Night Service of Lament and Promise allows us to express our grief, anger, discouragement, sadness, and longings, as we also affirm God’s love, compassion, forgiveness, and presence with us. We listen and remember God’s promise “never to leave or forsake” us.
The service is interwoven with song, prayer, scripture, readings, interpretive dance. Candle lighting is included in the liturgy so that you who wish to light a candle may do so in remembrance of a loved one who has died, in hope, in prayer, as a symbol of searching for the “light in the darkness.”
Dove ornaments made of paper seeded with wildflowers are new for this year’s service. You will be invited to write the name of person(s) you wish to memorialize and place the dove on the Christmas tree in the Folsom Room. It will remain there through Christmas, at which time the paper doves will be saved for spring planting in Plymouth’s gardens. You may also wish to take home a dove ornament to place on your own tree and then plant in your yard.
Come, gather with others who feel the need to replace pressure with peace.
“O that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” Psalm 55:6
It’s Time To Order Poinsettias!
It’s time to order your Christmas poinsettias! Ordering these plants is an easy way to remember, honor, and celebrate loved ones and friends, while helping to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas. To order, please complete the form below, and return it to the church office by Friday, December 4. Poinsettias are $10.00 each. Plants will be placed in the sanctuary on the Sunday before Christmas. (Please take your plant home with you after the 10:00 pm service on Christmas Eve.)
Your Name _________________________________
In honor, celebration memory (please circle which applies): ______________________
Number ordered _____ X $10.00 each = __________ Total Amount
Amount Enclosed $ __________ Check # ___________ Cash __
Outside Work Day At Plymouth: Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers are needed for a second outside work day at Plymouth on Saturday, December 5, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please use the signup sheet on the bulletin board outside the church office.
Newcomers Get-Acquainted Gathering: Sunday, December 6, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
You who have recently been attending Plymouth are invited to a get-acquainted gathering to meet one another and the members of Congregational Life Board, which is hosting this event. Light appetizers will be served. There will be time for your questions about Plymouth Church, as well as some sharing of opportunities for you to be involved. We are glad you’re here and we hope you’ll be able to join us in the Folsom Room on December 6 immediately following worship.
Put Stars In Their Eyes For Christmas
The stars are ready for the choosing! At the Turnstone Star Child display, please select a star with the name of a child, and purchase a hat/mittens set and/or a book for them. There are 32 children whose Turnstone teacher is our own Cher Jackson. Children will receive two gifts: a hat/mitten set, and a book to their liking.
Feel free to take both stars for a particular child. The book they want will also give you ideas of characters or themes they might prefer in the hat/mittens.
All gifts need to be returned to Plymouth by Thursday, December 10. Please do not wrap your gift(s), and be sure to include the child’s name star with the hat/mittens and the book. We will provide gift bags so that each child will receive the two gifts together at their Turnstone Christmas party the week before Christmas. Questions about a child’s request? Call Cher Jackson at 494-2580, or email email@example.com
December Amazing Grays Presents, “A Walk Down Boar’s Head Memory Lane”
On Sunday, December 13, 11:30 am, Amazing Grays will present "A Walk Down Boar's Head Memory Lane." Lunch will be served; reservations needed by Thursday, December 10. Please use the signup sheet outside the office.
Youth Christmas Party
The Youth Christmas Party is scheduled for Sunday, December 13, 4:30 pm. For more information, please contact Kara Jaurigue, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Boar's Head Box Office Day
Box Office Day for the 2015 Boar's Head Festival is Thursday, December 17, 4:30 - 7:00 pm, at the church office front window. Up to six FREE tickets per family will be distributed, as long as tickets last. The annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival services are 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, December 28, 29, and 30, in the Plymouth sanctuary.
Plymouth To Host Just Neighbors Interfaith Hospitality Network
Plymouth is hosting meals at Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network (IHN) the upcoming week of December 27, 2015 through January 2, 2016. We know this is a very busy time in the life of Plymouth Church and in the lives of families and friends, so please consider taking a few short hours out of your week to help provide a part of a meal or a whole meal for the guests residing at Just Neighbors.
While we have a warm home filled with Christmas spirit, the families at Just Neighbors are without a place to call home at this time of year and your meal donation would go far in spreading holiday cheer. If you have family in town, children home from college, or a group of friends that gather during this week, it would be a wonderful opportunity to create a meal together and bring it to Just Neighbors. Now that is the Christmas spirit!
A sign up list—by way of “Sign Up Genius”—will be sent out, soon. If you would like to be included on that mailing list, please contact Laura Rudolph (email@example.com, or 485-2285), with your email address. Remember that you can provide part of a meal or the whole meal. The food is delivered to the Just Neighbors IHN Family Center at the corner of E. State Blvd. and Santa Rosa Dr. by 5:00 pm on the day you have signed up. Please make this holiday week a bright one for the guests at Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network, the only shelter in Fort Wayne for families. Please contact Laura Rudolph with questions or to be included in the Sign Up Genius email distributions.
The Grants and Scholarships Committee has the pleasant responsibility of awarding scholarship grants for tuition and fees from the earnings generated by several endowed funds. Completed applications are due in the church office as noted below.
By February 15
By April 15
Completed applications with all supporting materials must be received in the church office by the stated deadline. Incomplete applications are ineligible for consideration.
To request application packets or to receive additional information, call the church office (423-9424) and leave your name, phone number, and e-mail address so one of the members of the Grants and Scholarships Committee may respond to your request.
Re-Discover The Plymouth Library! < http://www.librarything.com/catalog/plymouthuccfw>
The Louise Folsom Memorial Library has been reorganized and is ready for reading. Skim, borrow, and dive into books on a variety of topics including Spiritual Practice, Church and Religious History, World Religions, and more. Beginning in September, a selection of recommended books will be on display and available for checkout during the fellowship hour prior to the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sundays. < http://www.librarything.com/catalog/plymouthuccfw>
Help Build A Habitat Home!
Volunteer opportunities are available every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from April to December. Our goal is to build homes for ten families before the end of the year! To volunteer, individuals can sign up online at: http://fortwaynehabitat.volunteerhub.com/Events/Index#16597. All available opportunities are listed as "Construction at Fuller's Landing."
BUILDING USE FORMS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD & PRINTING
All groups requesting to use a room in the Plymouth building MUST complete either a "One-Time Event" building use form, or a "Repeating Event" building use form BEFORE the date can be held on the church calendar AND the use of the requested room confirmed. (For a copy of the form needed, click on it above)
A returnable damage deposit of $125 also should be submitted with the form, and a custodial fee ($75) should be paid when applicable.