"A Continuing Work of God's Hands"


 Sunday, May 1

ONA 15th Anniversary

Guest Speaker Andy Lang

8:30a     Hospitality

9:00a     Sanctuary Singers

9:00a      Christian Education

10:00a     Worship & Communion

11:30a      Youth Group


Plymouth’s ONA 15th Anniversary Celebration Weekend

*Saturday, April 30, 6:00 pm – Café ONA 

*Sunday, May 1, 10:00 am – Guest Speaker Andy Lang, Executive Director, UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns


Study Group: Wednesdays and Thursdays

Twelve Steps To A Compassionate Life,” by Karen Armstrong, world renowned scholar and bestselling author, is the focus of study and discussion in these nine-week classes with Rev. Ruth E. Phillips. Choose the day and time that is convenient for you:

  • Wednesdays, 6:45 to 7:30 pm, March 30 through May 25
  • Thursdays, 1:00 to 1:45 pm, March 31 through May 26

After being awarded a TED Prize in February 2008, Armstrong began working on the Charter of Compassion, created online by the general public and developed by leaders in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. 

From the beginning steps of First- Learn About Compassion, Second- Look at Your Own World, Third- Compassion for Yourself, through Empathy, Mindfulness, Action, How Little We Know, How Should We Speak to One Another?, Concern for Everybody, Knowledge, Recognition, to the Twelfth Step of Love Your Enemies,

We will explore together the assertion that “Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.” (p.6)



Kairos Theology:  From Barth to Black Lives Matter

May Adult Chapel Classes, with Dr. Michael Spath on May 1, 8, 15

 Kairos has been defined as the "opportune time," "urgent time," the time "when things come to a head," when “God offers a new set of possibilities and we have either to accept or decline” (Robert McAfee Brown).  Join us on Sunday mornings, May 1, 8, and 15 as Dr. Michael Spath leads a conversation about the global Kairos theology movement, tracing its evolution in the 20th and 21st centuries, from the Confessing Church in Nazi Germany to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement in the American south to Desmond Tutu and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa to the Palestinian struggle for liberation to the Black Lives Matter response to Ferguson, Cleveland, Baltimore and others.



Cedars Hope Special Offering: Mothers Day, Sunday, May 8 

Our next door neighbors, 15 ladies with moderate to severe mental illness, call Cedars Hope home. Started in 1993 by Plymouth members who sought to improve the prospects of homeless women, Cedars is a permanent home for women who have often lived years of unsettled housing situations. Our neighbor ladies benefit from a special offering traditionally received on Mother’s Day, (Sunday, May 8, 2016).  Be generous with your gift that can be placed in the offering plate or mailed in to the church, with ‘Cedar’s Hope” written in the memo line on the check.


Pentecost Sunday - Birthday of the Church, May 15

Dixieland Jazz music and the colors of red, orange, and yellow will create a vibrant worship setting for Pentecost Sunday, May 15. The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper will be celebrated in this joyous festival worship for the birthday of the Church.  Join the celebration--wear red, orange, and yellow!


Amazing Grays: Want To Hear A Good Story? 

Come hear Stan Holdeman, our resident story teller, relate another great story from the Bible! The Amazing Grays will host Stan at our meeting May 15,        11:30 am in the Folsom Room. Rhonda will be serving up a Stan-inspired menu, a Hoosier favorite, CHICKEN AND NOODLES on MASHED POTATOES! This will be a popular meeting so please sign up by Friday noon, May 13. Sign-ups will be served first!


Plymouth To Host Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network

Plymouth will be the host for Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network Sunday, May 15 through Saturday, May 21.

This is our opportunity to share some Plymouth hospitality with the families that are residing at the Just Neighbors shelter by providing dinner and evening activities.  If you are interested in participating in this very worthwhile Plymouth mission right here in Fort Wayne please send your name and email address to Laura Rudolph, rudyfw@yahoo.com.  You will then be sent an invitation to sign up by way of Sign Up Genius. You can then select to provide part(s) of a meal on the day that fits your schedule.

If reading books or playing games with children fits you better than cooking, we need you too!  The majority of the guests at Just Neighbors are children under the age of 12 who really enjoy 45 minutes to an hour of a good book or game before heading off to bed.  It only takes a few hours of your time to make a huge difference in the lives of local families that find themselves in need of temporary shelter.  

There will be detailed instructions answering most of your questions on the Sign Up Genius web site.  Just fill in your name, what food item you are bringing, and then follow the prompts to complete your sign-up.  You will even receive a reminder a day before your commitment!  I will be glad to answer any other questions you may have.  Just send me an email or give me a call!

(Laura Rudolph, rudyfw@yahoo.com,  485-2285)


Prayers For Peace — A Primer

Rev. John P. Gardner, Editor

The idea for Prayers for Peace—A Primer emerged during Rev. Gardner’s sabbatical in the fall of 2014 when he served as resident Chaplain at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Wales, in the United Kingdom.

The booklet was written with the conviction that the world is in urgent need of church communities that demonstrate gospel and herald the peace and reconciling love of God in Jesus Christ.

The prayers included in this volume will hopefully serve to enliven the peacemaking work to which the church is summoned. The Christian quest for life always asks us to imagine peace. Prayers that enlarge the heart and the horizons in this endeavor are always welcome.

Copies of the booklet are now available in the church office for $8 each.  Proceeds go to offset printing costs.


Plymouth Officially Under Construction

The construction project on the new HVAC system that is to be installed has begun!  The boiler has been shut down, and the removal process will take place over the next few weeks.  Depending upon the weather, the church may feel cool at times until warm weather is here to stay.  And this summer, the temperature inside may be warmer than usual at times in certain locations due to renovations to the air conditioning systems.

There will be some days that we will not have hot water in the building.  Some areas will have limited or no access for a period of time. There will be some noise, dust, and extra workers in the building throughout the project, which is expected to be completed in early-to-mid October.  A construction schedule will be 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.