Study Connection Tutors To Meet Wednesday, September 17
Tutors for Study Connection will meet Wednesday, September 17, 3:30 pm. We anticipate that the tutoring will begin in early October and end in mid-May.
The Jesus Seminars on the Road (JSOR) program: Friday, September 19, and Saturday, September 20, at Plymouth.
The Westar Institute brings scholars of the Jesus Seminar into conversation with interested people across North America and around the world. Designed to address significant issues in current biblical and theological research and scholarship, the program comprises a Friday evening lecture, and presentations and discussions on Saturday. For more information and/or to register: http://www.westarinstitute.org/events/fort-wayne-2014/
For out of town registrants, here is some Fort Wayne lodging information (Plymouth Church is located at 501 West Berry Street, at the southwest corner of the Fairfield Avenue and Berry Street intersection, in downtown Fort Wayne).
For a pdf version of the flyer for this event, please click here.
SAVE THE DATE: Heritage Sunday: September 21
Help celebrate those with 50 or more years of Plymouth membership!
Habitat Interfaith House Needs Volunteers!
Habitat Is Still In Need Of Weekday Volunteers in the upcoming days and weeks, as we work to frame the second story and put on the roof. Work is done on the house every day of the week. The “join code” is off on the Interfaith online sign up, so when volunteers are registering they do not need to enter a code, just click next. Go to: http://fortwaynehabitat.volunteerhub.com/events/index to sign on. The dates are September 10-28.
Thanks to Mariellen Beitman, Anne Hughes, and Lois Steere for providing a great lunch for the workers on Friday, September 12.
Women's Book Study
Women's Book Study will next meet on Tuesday, September 23, 11:45 am, in the Amistad Room.
Next Plymouth Brunch Bunch At Hall's Gas House: Sunday, September 28
Hall's Gas House downtown is reserving a private room for Plymouth members and friends every fourth Sunday, following 10:00 am worship. The next Brunch Bunch is Sunday, September 28. Please join us for this fun fellowship opportunity!
Faith Formation Workshops with Dr. Marian Plant, from Defiance College, Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4
Presented in memory of Judy Kuelling
Friday, October 3, 6:00—8:30 pm - Parents' and Grandparents' workshop on best practices in the home and in the church, for nurturing faith in children and youth to meet their developmental stages. Child care will be provided for ages infant through 5th-grade.
Saturday, October 4, 9:30 am to Noon, Adults of All Ages workshop on how we, as individuals and as community, nurture our adult faith to keep developing, maturing, asking questions, being honest, and sharing the journey of faith.
Neighbors In Need Offering October 5
Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. This year, the offering will be received on October 5, which is also World Communion Day.
One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry(CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries(JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.
Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Funding is provided through donations to the Neighbors in Need offering.
Harvest Sunday is October 19! So, hard as it is to believe, we are in the last few weeks of this year’s FRB campaign! When you contribute to FRB, please remember that your gift is a “hand-up” to people living in Uganda Teso and the Dominican Republic—Bateyes. FRB uses our money in a variety of ways to give these populations the opportunity to build better lives for themselves and their families. If you have not made your contribution yet, we would ask you to prayerfully consider doing so for the “least of these.”
With many thanks,
~ The FRB Committee: Gale Cunningham, Carol Patterson, Laura Rudolph, and Rick and Peg Schilb
On June 18, the Foods Resource Bank (FRB) representatives from Salem United Church of Christ, Magley, IN, and the Plymouth United Church of Christ, Fort Wayne, IN, met with Rachel Brink, the new liaison from the FRB home office. <click here for more of this story>
Congregational Life Board Fall Festival: Saturday, October 25, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Join us on Saturday, October 25, 5:00 - 8:00 pm, at the Southwest Conservation Club, on the corner of Covington Road and Ardmore Ave. The event will include a hayride, bonfire, hot dogs, s'mores, and pumpkin carving. Fun and fellowship for all ages! Please sign up on the bulletin board, and indicate if you want to participate in the pumpkin carving activity.
Sunday School News
Sunday school is back in session! Special thanks to our Fall Sunday School Teachers:
Preschool-1st grade: Kristen Miller and Amy Coursen
2nd-5th grade: Barb Duch and Molly Jordan
6th-8th grade: Kara Fultz and Cher Jackson
This Fall, our preschool and elementary learners will be following our new, Lectionary-based curriculum, "Whirl." This resource integrates classroom learning with kids' experience in worship and around the church. Look for the new children's bulletins that echo Sunday school's themes during worship time -- or ask the kids to tell you about the video they watched this week.
Beginning October 26, adults are invited to join our Middle Schoolers for a month of intergenerational Sunday school. Together, we'll be discussing how we live our our everyday faith at different stages and ages. Keep an eye out for more information about this new opportunity.
Church World Service School Kits
We are collecting school supplies for Church World Service. We have 66 completed kits, so far. This week we are most in need of BLUNT SCISSORS, 24-BOX/CRAYONS, PENCIL SHARPENERS, and TOTE BAGS. ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW! Full lists of supplies and instructions for sewing bags are available at http://www.cwsglobal.org/get-involved/kits/school-kits.html.
New Hearing Assistance System at Plymouth
Plymouth is upgrading the hearing assistance devices in the sanctuary and in the process of providing hearing assistance in the Folsom Room. In addition to our members, we have many visitors who wear hearing aids and attend our various programs who will be able to hear clearly with the new system. The upgrade is a hearing loop system that augments hearing in auditorium size rooms for those who have a telecoil receiver in their hearing aids. (Most hearing aids come with this coil today.) Hearing aids do a fine job in close situations, but large rooms are noisy, and sound bounces off the walls.
The hearing loop “magnetically transfers the microphone sound signal to hearing aids with the receiver.” The advantage over what we currently have at Plymouth is that each person uses his/her hearing aid, which is designed for their individual hearing losses, resulting in the best sound transmission possible today. Most individuals who wear hearing aids need clarity of sound matched to their hearing loss instead of more general loudness; this is what the magnetic loop will provide for them. The system has been used successfully for more than 70 years, in churches around the world. Funds already have been identified to install the loop system in the Plymouth sanctuary.
To install the loop system in the Folsom Room approximately $4,400 is still needed. If you are willing to support this project, please send your contributions to the church and put Hearing Loop on the memo line, or designate the contribution so the funds can be placed in the proper account. The loop system will be installed in the sanctuary this fall, and we hope the loop can be installed in the Folsom Room this fall or by mid-January. If you have questions about this upgrade please contact Lucy Hess or John Escosa.
Empty Bowls Event To Benefit Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network
On Sunday, October 26, Plymouth will host an Empty Bowls Event to benefit Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network. A simple meal of soup and bread can be shared after the service with other Plymouth members and friends at a suggested $10 donation/person. Children 5 and under are free. Hand made ceramic bowls will also be available for a $10 donation/each. This event reminds us of those in our community who struggle for food each day and is a way to support the only shelter in Fort Wayne that provides temporary housing to families: Just Neighbors IHN.
SAVE THE DATES:
***Plymouth Election Meeting, Sunday, October 26, 11:30 am
***Plymouth Fall Cleanup Day, Saturday, November 1, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.