No Matter Where You Are On Life's Journey, You're Welcome Here!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

8:00a      Chapel Communion

8:30a      Hospitality

9:00a      Sanctuary Singers

9:00a      Christian Education

10:00a   Worship

11:30a   Youth Group

11:30a   Welcoming Group


Adult Sunday School, February 26: 9:00 am

Join guest presenters Carolyn and David McCallister (cousins of Nada O'Neal) as we learn how to support those among s with vision loss, thus widening our mission of being "welcoming to all."  Carolyn herself is legally blind, and husband David is a mobility instructor retired from the Fort Wayne League for the Blind. They will help us understand what those with different levels of vision loss need from us--and what they don't need!

Welcoming Group, Sunday, February 26, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Whether you are curious, confident, confused, or convinced, you are welcome to be part of this orientation and discussion in the Amistad Room. This is an opportunity to hear about various aspects in Plymouth’s life as a congregation and the UCC, learn what membership means, meet some church leaders, and share with others in the group your faith journey.  A light lunch will be provided. Please let Rev. Ruth E. Phillips know of your plan to attend, or 423-9424, ext. 322.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: February 28, 5:30-7:00 pm

Come, celebrate Mardi Gras! The Congregational Life Board invites all ages to enjoy pancakes and sausage for supper, Mardi Gras hat making, and face painting. Donations of “water only” pancake mix, and syrup are requested and need to be at church by Friday, February 26. Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday is the feast before the fasting of Lent.


During the month of February, the mobile book cart will feature books related to the topic of Black History, as well as books focused on Love and Brotherhood. We hope you’ll take the time to browse and find something of interest.  A clipboard on the cart makes checkout quick and easy.  The cart will be located in the Folsom Room.  And, don’t forget…the church library is filled with many additional interesting books for your reading pleasure!                              ~The Library Task Force 

Ash Wednesday: March 1, 7:00 pm

The Christian observance of Lent begins with an evening worship service for Ash Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 pm, in the Plymouth sanctuary. Ash Wednesday worship includes a ceremony for the imposition of ashes on the foreheads of worship participants. Together, we recall the words from Genesis: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Gen. 3:19). The evening service also includes the sacrament of Holy Communion. The season of Lent places special emphasis upon acts of charity, prayer, and fasting. Through devotion and the practice of faith we respond to the call of Jesus to embrace more fully the love of God and neighbor. 

Adult Sunday School March 5, 12, & 19, 9:00 am

Lenten study of Atonement, with Ministerial Intern Allie Meriwether Brown.  As we begin Lent and look toward Easter, we will take on a biblical and theological exploration of the atonement. We will use the Bible, Christian theology, Church tradition, and our own experiences to guide our learning about three traditional atonement theories, as well as contemporary critiques. Together, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of humanity's reconciliation with God, through Jesus Christ.

Plymouth Music Series Concert, Sunday, March 5, 2:00 pm, 

Bolling Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio, presented by flutist Janet MacKay Galbraith, pianist Robert Nance, bassist Brad Kuhns and percussion-ist Todd Ramsey, this concert features the famed suite for flute and jazz trio by Claude Bolling. Written in 1975 and made famous by flutist Jean Pierre Rampal and Claude Bolling, this classically styled jazz suite is wickedly sophisticated, playful and extremely virtuosic.

Amazing Grays March 12

The Amazing Grays will be exploring the amazing architecture of Fort Wayne at the next meeting Sunday, March 12, 11:30 am. The Quest paper prepared by the late William Shedd, will be read by fellow Quester, Dana Wichern. Lunch will be served. Reservations are due by March 10.

Sweet Pepper Jelly Still Available

Did you eat or give away all of your pepper jelly during the Christmas season? There still are various sizes available for sale, but in limited quantities. The            16-ounce jars are $9, 12-ounce $7, 8-ounce $5, and 4-ounce $2.50. Some Plymouth members enjoy the jelly as a glaze on pork or fish, spread on a burger, included in a peanut butter sandwich and of course, the traditional treat with cream cheese and crackers. Please contact Joyce Augspurger at (home phone 625-3222) for orders and/or questions.  As a reminder, we do re-use the jars and welcome them at any time. Thank you for your continued support of this annual project. 

Only One More 2017 Scholarship Deadline

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: By April 15:  The Richard C. Hess Peace Studies Scholarship will award a $1,000 tuition and fees scholarship for a college student majoring in peace studies or a related program. 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), leave your name, phone number, and email address, and a member of the Grants and Scholarships Committee will respond to your request.

Plan Now For The Annual Women’s Retreat

Plymouth women members and friends will gather on Saturday, April 22, to attend the annual women's retreat, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, at Epworth Forest Conference Center. We will spend the day enjoying a lovely, peaceful environment. A full lunch is provided, along with morning and afternoon snacks. Plan now to participate and benefit from a Saturday of reflection and renewal. Program details will be forthcoming. For questions, please contact Rev. Ruth E. Phillips.

 "Lisa’s Legacy Bags" Can Bring Comfort in Variety of Circumstances

"Lisa’s Legacy Bags" can be used to bring comfort and cheer to those who are struggling with any difficult situation in their lives, including the death of a loved-one. Filled with thoughtfully-chosen items by the Filler family, a bag can be given to a friend who is facing a divorce, a devastating medical diagnosis, job loss, depression, loneliness, or many other situations, and help initiate compassionate conversation. Please feel encouraged to reach out to others with the Lisa’s Legacy Bags in whatever way that you would like.  Just contact John Gardner, Ruth Phillips, or Carole Green to get a bag.

Peace--A Primer: Rev. John P. Gardner, Editor

Copies of this booklet are available in the church office for a suggested donation of $8 each (proceeds to offset printing cost). 

Reminder About Your Contribution Checks

Our bank, PNC, will no longer split the amount of a check into two deposits into our two separate checking accounts. If you write checks to Plymouth, it is important that you write a separate check for each purpose. For example, if you wish to contribute to your operating pledge and also to your capital campaign pledge, you will need two checks, each with a note in the memo line indicating where your contribution should go. This will ensure that you are contributing to the fund that you intend to support. Your patience and your attention to this accounting detail is greatly appreciated

2016 Tax Reminder

Getting ready to prepare your federal tax return for 2016? Remember: the IRS will allow you to deduct the donations you made to Plymouth only if they were dated and postmarked in 2016. As long as you itemize your deductions, you can generally claim 100 percent of your church donations as a deduction.

How to Donate ONLINE to Plymouth Congregational Church

Just go to the Plymouth page at  Use this convenient and confidential link to support Plymouth Church’s mission! Your generosity helps advance the local and global outreach of Plymouth benevolence.  




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). Please remember that we cannot guarantee the condition of any room in the building until the construction is finished.

A returnable damage deposit of $125 also should be submitted with the form, and a custodial fee ($75 for outside groups/$50 for inside groups) also should be paid, when applicable. 

For a hard copy of the Building Use Policies, Room Fee Schedule, and/or Ceremony Fee Schedule, please call the office at (260) 423-9424.