Worship: Sundays, 10:00 am
Worship & Communion: First and Third Sundays
Worship & Healing: Fifth Sundays
Bible Study: Wednesdays, 5:15 pm, (Oct. 15 - Dec.17) with Rev. Ruth E. Phillips
Small Group Study: Wednesdays, 6:45 - 7:30 pm, with Rev. Ruth E. Phillips, in the Amistad Room. Through November 19, we are viewing, The Challenge of Jesus," DVD by John Dominic Crossan, foremost Jesus scholar. Crossan invites us to enter the Matrix of tradition, vision, time and place. This is Jesus scholarship for the 21st Century. Come for Wednesday Night Live dinner and stay for an intriguing study.
Welcome All To The 2015 Stewardship Campaign!
This year’s scripture is II Corinthians 9:7: “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Our slogan this year is “Cheerful giving, generous living!” In some way we all have given cheerfully from our hearts and have been generously blessed by God in doing so. We now enter the season where we should reflect on how God has blessed each of us, and then decide how we each can continue to be a blessing to the ministries going on here at Plymouth Church.
PJs Collecting Items for Nebraska School Through Sunday, October 26
The Peace and Justice Committee is collecting items for our Study Connection partner school, Nebraska Elementary, this fall. They need Kleenex and sweat pants size ranges 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, for boys and girls. 4 of each size would be appreciated. Put these items in the bins in the Folsom Room. We will collect through Sunday, October 26. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Empty Bowls Event, October 26, Will 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. This event coincides with Plymouth's Annual Election Meeting.
The 40th Anniversary Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival
2014 Performances: December 28, 29, and 30, 5:30 and 8:00 pm
Box Office Day (tickets available to the general public): Thursday, December 18, 4:30 - 7:00 pm
About the Festival
On December 27, 1975, a small child in the arms of the minister of Plymouth Congregational Church lit the Christ Candle in our sanctuary. This marked the beginning of our Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival tradition. No one knows who first planned the festival procession, but it is a matter of record that it was part of the Christmas celebration at Queen’s College, Oxford, shortly after the founding of the university in 1340.
This festival includes more than 250 Plymouth members and friends and is experienced by 3,000 audience members each year. The six services are free and open to the public. Production costs are paid through the support of generous patrons and freewill offerings.
Truly, this festival is part of Plymouth’s community outreach. There is a wonderful Festival Choir, Orchestra, and Bell Choir, along with a cast and crew of all ages. All are welcome to participate. Roles are cast in the fall. Festival Choir rehearses on Wednesdays in December. For more information, contact Kara Jaurigue (cast/crew) or Robert Nance (Festival Choir).
Benevolence Committee Distributing Applications for 2015
The Benevolence Committeeof Plymouth Church is distributing applications for 2015 Benevolence Funds, in early December. If you know of an organization that you would like to receive an application, please submit them for consideration. (Remember, the organization must be nonprofit as defined by the IRS.) Submittal forms and a list of current recipients are available in the church office. Please return completed forms to the Benevolence mailbox. Submissions are welcomed through Tuesday, November 11. Thank you.
Please note: need always exceeds our resources, and application is not a guarantee of funds.
Plymouth Fall Cleanup Day: Saturday, November 1
Bring your work gloves, rakes, brooms, buckets, and lots of elbow-grease to help get the church and grounds spiffed up for fall. Fall cleanup day is scheduled for Saturday, November 1, 8:00 am to noon. Please use the signup sheet on the bulletin board outside the church office.
November Amazing Grays
At our next meeting of the Amazing Grays, on Sunday, November 9, we will be traveling from Peru, our last meeting site, to Chili, South America!
Our own Dr. Christer Watson, Associate Professor of Physics at Manchester University, will be introducing us to ALMA. If you don’t know much about ALMA in Chili, come and hear Christer and marvel at his knowledge and his pictures of this massive project on a desert in Chili.
Celebrating Chili, our chef will be treating us to some typical Chilean food. Be assured it will be a tasty luncheon for just $7. The menu will be posted later. Please make reservations by Friday noon, November 7. Please use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the church office, or call the office at 423-9424.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Temple Achduth Vesholom
Members and friends of Plymouth are invited to attend an Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service Tuesday evening, November 25, at Temple Achduth Vesholom, located at 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne. The service begins at 7:00 pm, with a reception to follow. A variety of faith traditions will be included in the service, with representatives from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and Unitarian traditions participating. The featured speaker at the service will be Bishop Kevin Rhoades, of the South Bend-Fort Wayne Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. Music will be led by Maestro Robert Nance and members of the participating congregations. The evening’s offering will go to Habitat for Humanity and the interfaith house building project. Please support this important community event.
Thanksgiving Dinner To Follow Worship At Plymouth
In memory of Jim Conner, Plymouth will continue the tradition of Thanksgiving Dinner, this year, following 10:45 am worship service, in the Folsom Room. If you plan to attend, please use the signup sheet on the bulletin board outside the church office, and indicate what you are bringing.
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.