"A Continuing Work of God's Hands"

 

Summer Worship 

Hospitality: 9:00 am

Worship: 10:00 am (Communion: first & third Sundays; healing: fifth Sundays)

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Enjoy Coffee and Donuts? 

Congregational Life is in need of hosts for the Sunday morning hospitality hour.  Minimal work is required, simply refilling the donut tray, water and coffee from 8:30 to 9:40 am, each Sunday.  Hosts are encouraged to commit to a month at a time or alternate Sundays with other hosts.  Interested?  Contact Joyce Black at 260-707-3036.  

 

The AMAZING GRAYS July Meeting

The Amazing Grays will host a Soup and Salad Luncheon, Sunday, July 12, 11:30 am. Salad donations are encouraged. The kitchen will supply the soup and the attendees are asked to bring a salad to share. Shown after the luncheon, will be the movie, FRESH,an underground documentary featuring Michael Pollan, Will Allen and Joel Salatin, which celebrates the farmer, thinkers, and business people across America who embody the good food movement. The message is a positive one! No charge for the meal.  A contribution will be accepted if  a donation of a salad is not an option.

 

Wednesday, July 8: Rally and March Commemorate Israel's Assault on Gaza (Operation Protective Edge, 2014)

Sponsored by: Indiana Center for Middle East Peace

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Time: 5:30 P.M.

Place: Allen County Court House green

Schedule: 5:30-6.30 pm: Rally and March

                   7:00-8:30 pm: Film, "The War Around Us," produced by NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin.

Viewing:   Plymouth Congregational Church. 501 W. Berry St. 

The War Around Us is the true story of the only two international journalists on the ground in Gaza as Israel bombarded and invaded in 2008-2009, one of TIME’s 100 most influential people, Arab-American Ayman Mohyeldin and Arab-British Sherine Tadros reported from Gaza City throughout the devastating 22-day assault. This award-winning film includes graphic never-before-seen footage, personal comments from both reporters not only about what they observed but also their disgust at the Western media, what Mohyeldin describes as “their failure to adequately deliver to their audiences the truth of what he calls in the film “a story of great shame to humanity.” American and British news channels, he says, “neglected the story and then had the audacity to question the only journalists on the ground … they tried to spin it in a way that would marginalize or diminish what was happening.” There’s no way to walk away from this film not feeling deeply distressed, but also with a fundamental grasp of the Palestinian’s right to life and liberty, and in Mohyeldin’s words, “the right to aspire.”  

The Indiana Center for Middle East Peace is showing this film on the one-year anniversary of Israel's latest siege on Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, last summer.

 

Plymouth Music Series SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL July 12 - 19

All Concerts are free and open to the public; freewill offerings accepted.

Sunday, July 12, 2:00 pm

Ryan de Ryke and Brandon Acker

Baritone Ryan de Ryke and classical guitarist Brandon Acker perform an afternoon of art song from their most recent recording, "A Wanderer's Guitar." Both artists reside in Chicago, performing widely; de Ryke has been a regular feature in Fort Wayne both with Heartland, and the Bach Collegium, while Acker makes his Fort Wayne debut.

 

Monday, July 13, 7: 00 pm

A Classic Hymn-Sing

Hosted by the delightful and engaging Janice Furtner, and accompanied by Plymouth Music Director Robert Nance, the audience is the star for this program. Singers professional and amateur, hymn enthusiasts, and even shower singers, ALL are welcome to join in and sing some great hymns of faith--past and present!

 

Tuesday, July 14, 7:00 pm

A Composer's Heart & Soul: Howard Terrell

Indiana composer Howard Terrell (b. 1921) has been composting most of his life for the sheer love of the art and craft, as well as the mental discipline it requires. Only recently has his music begun to be performed and we are pleased to present another installment of his chamber music, featuring string quartet and piano. People who have experienced is music have been heard to say, "His music is pleasant, interesting, unique, soulful, inspiring ..."

 

Wednesday, July 15, 7:00 pm

Alicia Pyle Quartet

Local musical legends Alicia Pyle, Derek Reeves, Brad Kuhns, and Jose Morales perform for you their unique jazz stylings.

 

GODSPELL (A musical by Stephen Schwartz) 

PERFORMANCES:

Thursday, July 16, 7:00 pm; 

Friday July 17, 7:00 pm; 

Sunday, July 19, 2:00 pm

Premiered in May of 1971 and based on the Gospel of Matthew, GODSPELL is a favorite and contains some of the most beloved music of all time.  Join the Plymouth Players for this unique production, staged as if at the local ballpark, directed by Heather Brackeen Moore, and musical direction by Robert Nance.

 

Saturday, July 18, 7:00 pm

Rock the Block: A Pre-Fireworks Concert Celebration

Featuring the band, "Endgame," Plymouth Rocks The Block in preparation of the Three Rivers Festival fireworks display. This concert is sponsored by Plymouth's Congregational Life Board. Bring your own lawn chair!

 

Just Neighbors IHN Coming Up!  Plymouth is the host for evening meals and activities at Just Neighbors IHN the week of July 12-18. If you have not received an email inviting you to sign up for a part of the meal or evening activities by way of Sign-Up Genius and would like to help, please contact Laura Rudolph at rudyfw@yahoo.com or 485-2285.

This is an important way Plymouth supports families here in Fort Wayne who need temporary shelter. Just Neighbors IHN is the only shelter that keeps the family unit together while providing ongoing support for housing, jobs and other resources that the families need.

Take a few hours out of your week to make a tangible difference in the lives of children and parents at the Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network here in Fort Wayne. It will put a smile on your face and those you are serving! 

 

DIAPER DRIVE FOR JUST NEIGHBORS IHN: During the next few weeks we will be collecting diapers for Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network here in Fort Wayne. Our week of providing meals for this group is July 12- 18, and there are those who would like to help with that effort but are unable to do so. So, another way you can have an impact on the families staying at the shelter, is to donate diapers!  This is one of their biggest ongoing needs because there are always lots of little ones at Just Neighbors who need diapers, ranging in size from newborn to toddler. Pull-ups are great too! 

Please drop-off your donation of diapers in the Folsom Room in the bin labeled," Just Neighbors IHN Diapers". If you have questions, please contact Laura Rudolph at rudyfw@yahoo.com or 485-2285.

 

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."

 

UCC Response to Nepal Earthquakes: How You Can Help

Generous donations to the International Emergency Fund allow Disaster Ministries to respond to global disasters. To send your support, please give generously to support emergency relief and rebuilding efforts http://www.ucc.org/disaster by clicking on the link to make a secure online donation. 

Donation checks may also be made out and sent directly to:

Wider Church Ministries

Financial Services - 6th Floor

 700 Prospect Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44115

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Our Whole Lives 2015-2016

Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive sexuality education program for all ages developed in a partnership between the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalists.  It provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of sexuality.

During the 2015-16 school year Plymouth will be offering Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes for FOUR age groups!

1)      Kindergarten-first grade – Six sessions after worship during Spring 2016 – taught by Sandy Moliere and Cher Jackson

2)     Grades 4-6 – Eight sessions after worship during Fall 2016 – taught by Sandy Moliere and Cher Jackson

3)     Grades 7-9 – Meets weekly after worship beginning October 11 – taught by David Joliff, Linda Eltzroth and Katie Watson

4)     Grades 10-12 – meets during the Sunday school hour beginning September 13 – taught by Molly Jordan and David Grim

Middle and High school families, please  watch for more information this summer.   OWL classes are open to Plymouth families, and if space permits, to families in our community as well.  Parents are required to attend a parent session before each course begins.  The parent meeting for the 7-9 and 10-12 classes will be following worship on Sunday, August 9.  If you know of families interested in OWL classes, please speak to any of our OWL leaders listed above.

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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 for outside groups/$50 for inside groups) should be paid when applicable. 

 

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