"A Continuing Work of God's Hands"


Sunday, October 23, 2016

8:00a    Chapel Communion

8:30a    Hospitality

9:00a     Christian Education

10:00a   Worship 

11:30a    Annual  Congregational Election Meeting

11:30a     Youth Group

12:00p     Empty Bowls lunch

2:00p      NE Association meeting, New Hope UCC, Bippus


Prayers For 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).

Chapel Classes: "How did we get Here?"

Join the Adult Ed Class as Eric Black leads us through the informative history of how the UCC came to be.

October 23- Congregational and Christian Churches

October 30- Birth of a Denomination

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel.  All are welcome!

Annual Election Meeting & Empty Bowls Lunch: October 23

Following worship on Sunday, October 23, Plymouth members are asked to remain in the sanctuary for the annual election meeting. The business of the church at this time is to vote on the slate of officers for 2017 as presented by the Nominating Committee (see SLATE HERE).  The status of the recent building construction also will be discussed. The annual Empty Bowls lunch immediately follows the meeting. NOTE: Due to this important event, the Plymouth Brunch Bunch, usually scheduled on the fourth Sunday of the month, will not meet. 

Plymouth Parking Lot Closed Monday, October 24!

Erik Fisher, the owner of the Westberry Apartments, across the street, has generously offered to have the entire parking lot re-striped, at his expense. However, due to weather concerns, the work by Midwest United must be done ASAP. Therefore, David Freon made the arrangements to have them do the lot on Monday, October 24. This means that PLYMOUTH’S PARKING LOT WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 24! Please pass the word!

Wednesday Night Live Requires Advance Signup

Signup In Advance Is Required by the deadline of Sunday noon for the WNL dinner that week. Dinner is served from 5:45 to 6:30 pm, in the Folsom Room. A vegetarian option is available, and kids’ meals are offered for the children. Everyone is welcome! YOU MUST SIGN UP in advance. 

Chili Cook Off  Changed To Wednesday, November 2

Make up a batch of your favorite chili and bring it to Plymouth’s Chili Cook Off! OR sign up to bring toppings, a side dish, or a dessert.


The Amazing Grays will feature Plymouth’s own Dr. Christer Watson delivering a very intriguing topic—with recent developments-on Sunday, November 13, 11:30 am. Stay informed! Do not miss this thought-provoking lecture! Lunch will be served immediately following the morning church service. Reservations are necessary!! Please sign up by 5:00 pm, Friday, November 11.

Compassion Focus and Action — Two Groups With Rev. Ruth E. Phillips: Wednesdays and Thursdays

Living a compassionate life is more than attitude and gratitude. Moving out of the realm of feeling and thinking compassion, we are challenged to delve into compassionate acts that are tangible, centered in real life and relationships.

Drawing on the work of Karen Armstrong’s “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life,” and John Philip Newell’s, “The Rebirthing of God,” we will together find ways to express our compassion as individuals and as a group. Bring your sense of adventure, your courage and creativity, your moral compass, and together we will explore new paths on the journey to more compassionate living. Choose the day and time that works better for you: 

· Wednesdays, 6:45 to 7:30 pm, through November 16

· Thursdays, 1:00 to 1:45 pm, through November 17

Plymouth Book Fair

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift for your kids or grandkids? Stop by our Book Fair table in the Folsom Room and shop award-winning Bibles, books, and videos for babies to twelve-year-olds.  Enter our raffle for a free Spark Family Bible or one of three Christmas story books. Order by October 30th and save up to 40% PLUS free shipping on all Book Fair titles.

"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.

Jesus Seminar On the Road (JSOR)

A Progressive Jesus for Progressive Religion: October 28–29, 2016, Plymouth Congregational Church

The historical Jesus was a progressive teacher who raised important questions and sought fresh answers. Using rhetorical strategies such as parables and aphorisms that employ humor to undercut and undermine the powerful political structures of his day, Jesus envisioned an alternative way to look at the world, a so-called Domain of God. How might these same strategies enliven religion today?


Paul Jones (Ph.D., Vanderbilt) is Professor of Religion at Transylvania University. He has authored several books, including The Church’s Seven Deadly Secrets (2012) and The Structure of Religion: Judaism and Christianity with William J. Leffler (2005).

Perry Kea (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is Associate Professor of biblical studies at the University of Indianapolis, Indiana. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar since 1987, he currently serves as Chair of the Westar Institute Board of Directors.

Program Details

The Teaching of the Historical Jesus, Friday evening, 7:30–9 pmIn contrast to older quests of the historical Jesus that focused on his psychology and acts, the renewed quest asked after Jesus’ voiceprint. What forms of rhetoric did he use? What was his unique way of teaching? Why and how does the use of counterintuitive metaphors and edgy social commentary keep the historical Jesus relevant for our time? (Perry Kea)

Silencing Jesus with Philosophy, Saturday, 9:30–10:30 am: There are several ways in which the voice of Jesus failed to become the voice of the Church. Rather than hear the parables of Jesus and think about his vision, the Church usually interpreted his parables as allegories and recast his vision onto a supernatural world. The main challenge today is to hear Jesus again for the first time. (Perry Kea)

Jesus in the Early MovementSaturday, 11 am – noon: The only access we have to the historical Jesus is through texts, both inside and outside the Bible. They show how Jesus’ message was shaped by the confluence of ancient religion and politics. They reveal how he was understood in emerging Christian communities. How does knowing that early frame of reference help us assess Jesus’ significance for today? (Paul Jones)

Silencing Jesus with Politics, Saturday, 1:30–2:30 pm: Constantine reached a settlement with the Church in 325 ce. In this bartered deal, the Roman Empire got our bodies and the Church got our souls. This disembodied and spiritualized Christianity persists in U.S. politics today. Would a progressive Jesus change a nation that leads the world in rates of incarceration and arms sales? If so, how? (Paul Jones)

Questions and Answers, Saturday, 3–4 pm : The scholars will discuss the importance of a progressive Jesus and engage in questions and answers.

SponsorsPlymouth Congregational Church of Fort Wayne and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne

Local Contact and Information David Grim, davidbradlee@yahoo.com

All events at:Plymouth Congregational Church of Fort Wayne, 501 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802


All Sessions: Individual Rate $75; Pre-registration Rate (October 14) $60; Additional Family Members $50

Single Sessions: Friday Evening Lecture $20; Saturday Morning Workshop $30; Saturday Afternoon Workshop $30

Refunds are available until two weeks before the event if requested in writing, minus a $10 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after that date.

To register, go to https://www.westarinstitute.org/upcoming-events-calendar/fortwayne-2016/


Peace & Justice Committee Luncheon

Sunday, October 30, 11:30 am

Come to lunch to hear a firsthand account of Living in the West Bank. Hashem Abushama, a senior at Earlham College majoring in Peace and Global Studies, is one of the recipients of the Richard C. Hess Peace Studies Scholarship for 2016-17. A Palestinian from the Arroub refugee camp in the West Bank, Hashem has served as a youth ambassador and speaker to the United Nations, as a participant in the Seeds of Peace summer camp in Maine, as President of the Earlham Student Government, and as an intern in Ireland with Syrian refugees there. As the youngest of nine children he is working his way through college.  Hashem’s goal is to return to Palestine to begin a youth program in his home area and continue to be a spokesperson for justice. 

Please RSVP to Plymouth Church at 423-9424 by October 26. The luncheon cost is $7.00, with all the proceeds used to fund a Peace Studies scholarship for the 2017-18 year.


We move from Eastern Daylight Savings Time to Eastern Standard Time the night/morning of November 5/6.  Therefore, remember to move your clocks back one hour Saturday night when you go to bed!  If you go to bed at 10:00 pm, reset your clocks to 9:00 pm.  ALSO, studies show accident rates increase during these times of moving our clocks ahead or back.  Please pay extra attention as you prepare for and travel to and back home from worship the morning of November 6.

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!


Plymouth Under Construction

  1. If you have respiratory or allergy issues, please be alerted that you may want to stay out of the office building until the project is completed.
  2. The temperature inside may be warmer or colder than usual at times in certain locations due to renovations to the HV/AC systems.
  3. Some days we may not have hot water or water at all in the building, and/or some restrooms may be closed.  Some other areas also will have limited or no access for a period of time.
  4. Extra workers are in the building throughout the project, along with tools, ladders, supplies, noise, dust, dirt, and odors.
  5. When scheduling events at Plymouth, please remember that, during the construction process, staff cannot guarantee the future condition of any room!
  6. The construction process is expected to be completed in mid October. 

A construction schedule is posted on the bulletin board outside the main office to give everyone an idea of what is happening and when.  Schedules may have to be modified and changed at times during a project such as this, so it may not be always be 100% accurate.  Please check with the church office if you have a meeting or activity scheduled to see if your reserved location will be affected by the construction.  You may possibly need to make alternative arrangements. Your patience and understanding for the minor inconveniences we will all experience during the duration of the project is something we are all counting on.  The end result will be a much more efficient and comfortable building for everyone.



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.