"Wonder of Wonders ~ Revealing the Sacred"

 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

           2nd Sunday of Advent

8:00a    Chapel Communion Service

8:30a    Hospitality

8:30a    Knit & Kibitz sale

8:30a    Standish Wreath sale

9:00a    Sanctuary Singers

9:00a    Christian Education

10:00a   Worship

11:30a   Youth Group

 

Sunday Chapel Classes Sundays, December 4, 11, 18, 9:00 am 

Rev. Ruth E. Phillips guides discussions based on the UCC Stillspeaking Writers’ Group Devotional “Wolves and Lambs,” which will be visually enhanced by the spirit art of Mary Southard, CSJ. The Christian Education Board has 60 devotionals available for a suggested donation of $5.00 each. 

Quinn Caldwell, author, reflects, “because we think that the image of a wolf and a lamb lying down together (Isaiah 11:6-9) should be comforting, yes, even sweet. But it should also be deeply unnerving . . .”   “. . .this vision of Isaiah’s . . . threatens something bigger, something deeper. It’s the creation of a world not that you want or don’t want, but a world so weird you can’t imagine it well enough to decide if you even like it.”  

Advent Sunday Worship Theme

“Wonder of Wonders~Revealing the Sacred” Each Sunday, we will merge the words of Ruth Duck’s hymn “O Word Made Flesh Among Us,” and the spirit art imagery of Mary Southard, CSJ.  Join us each week as we light Advent Candles:

December 4: Advent 2 – PEACE

December 11: Advent 3 – JOY

December 18: Advent 4 – LOVE

 

Standish Circle’s Annual Wreaths, Swags, and Roping Sales December 4

 

Large and small, decorated and not, Douglas Fir wreaths and swags, and white pine roping will be on sale before and after worship on Sundays,       November 27 and December 4, in the Folsom Room.  In addition to decorating your own sweet abode, these make great early gifts for family, friends, neighbors, co-workers—as well as a bit of seasonal cheer for people in the hospital or in nursing homes.

 

            This is updated pricing information!

 

             Small Decorated Wreath                           $27.00

 

             Small Undecorated Wreath                      $18.00

 

             Large Decorated Wreath                          $32.00

 

             Large Undecorated Wreath                      $24.00

 

             Roping                                                          $18.00

 

             Swags                                                            $13.00

 

Knit & Kibitz Silent Auction December 4

 

See the Knit and Kibitz Silent Auction Items on display in the Folsom Room before and briefly after worship Sunday, December 4:

 

SOCKS THAT ROCK!: Current High Bid: $22: You haven’t lived until you slip into a pair of handmade socks! They are warm, soft, and durable. This striped sock will be perfect for men or women. Once you own a pair of handmade socks, we guarantee you’ll want more!

 

ELEGANT HAND KNIT SHAWL: Current High Bid: $75:  Soft creamy Icelandic wool shawl knitted with “Feather and Fan” border. This is a beautiful piece that can be layered of a jacket or dress OR worn as a neck scarf OR worn as a light wrap over evening wear.

 

ATTENTION GRABBING ONE-OF-A-KIND SCARF!: Current High Bid: $24: This funky scarf will draw lots of “ohhs and “ahhs”!  Its unique construction is an original design—you won’t see another one anywhere!  Your “tween,” teen, or college student will flip for it!

 

UNIQUE CONTEMPORARY WOOL “THROW” BLANKET: Current High Bid: $45: This unique fun throw will be a great addition to your family room or perfect for a dorm room. This look is equally at home in a guy’s or gal’s room!  We guarantee this will be a conversation starter!

 

HAND BRAIDED RUG Current High Bid: $50: This great rug is not only beautiful, but VERY beautiful but VERY durable … its fabrics include recycled jeans! Use it in your home entrance, in front of the fireplace, or at your cottage. You’ll enjoy this for years to come!   Your final opportunity to bid on these items will be before and shortly after the worship service on Sunday, December 4, in the Folsom Room.

 

 

Luminous Night Service Of Lament And Promise: Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 pm

 

Lament: to express sorrow, mourning; to regret strongly. Promise: an indication of future improvement 

 

The Advent/Christmas season invites us to be gentle with ourselves and one another. During the darkening days of December, and because of high unrealistic expectations in the cultural Christmas rush, many individuals suffer anxiety, depression, sadness, and loneliness during this season.

 

Luminous Night Service offers you a safe place to lament, to mourn, to complain, to feel your anger and disappointment, without being told to “get over it.”  We may express our grief, anger, discouragement, sadness, and longings, as we also affirm God’s love, compassion, forgiveness, and presence with us. We listen and remember God’s promise “never to leave or forsake” us. The service is interwoven with song, prayer, scripture, and readings. Candle lighting is included, in remembrance of a loved one who has died, in hope, in prayer, as a symbol of searching for the “light in the darkness.” Following the service, you are invited to linger in the Folsom Room for hot chocolate and cookies, provided by the Evangelism and Marketing Board. 

 

Come, gather with others who feel the need to replace pressure with peace.

 

Earthwise? Sign The Petition!

Background: USA Today recently featured Indiana Michigan Power's AEP-Rockport coal plant as one of Americas 22 “Super Polluters, coal plants that are the largest sources of harmful toxic pollution and climate altering greenhouse gas pollution.  AEP-Rockport is the nations sixth largest greenhouse gas polluter and Indianas second most toxic power plant. It is also the source of some of our electricity here in Fort Wayne. Last year, I&M evaluated several options for the future in their 20 year energy, but have chosen a plan that would charge customers more than $3 billion dollars in pollution controls to keep burning coal there until 2045 or later. Even after investing in controls, the plant would remain one of nation's largest carbon polluters, and a significant source of harmful toxic pollution. I&M rejected a lower-cost and more energy-efficient plan that would retire half the plant known as Unit 2 by 2022. By doing so, they have effectively shown their customers that they value company profit over customers financial needs and environmental responsibility. I&M should retire one-half of its AEP Rockport plant by 2022 and replace it with local clean energy and energy efficiency. 

What Can I Do? On October 21, I&M asked for permission from the Indiana Regulatory Committee (IURC) to charge customers $260 million dollars over the next 10 years to install pollution controls on Unit 2 at the AEP-Rockport coal plant. Unit 2 is owned by an out-of-state trust company that includes tobacco giant Phillip Morris, GE, Verizon, Citigroup and JP Morgan who use the plant to reduce their U.S income taxes under a lease agreement with I&M that expires in 2022. As an Earthwise church members as well as a rate paying citizens, we need to take a stand and let the IURC know that it is wrong to ask us to pay for this environmental and health hazard.

Please join us in the Folsom Room before and after services Sundays, November 27, and December 4.  You will be able to ask questions and choose to sign a petition or write a short statement to the IURC opposing this bill. Time is of essence—the hearing could happen as early as January!  Please take a few minutes to help with this issue now. We need to get comments to the IURC soon! 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE

Reservations 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. 

Menus from Chef Alicia Leal

December 7

Tomato, Bean and Bread Salad

Rosemary Grilled Chicken or Penne with Ricotta and Greens (Veg.)

Steamed Carrots

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Fresh Fruit Platter

Pineapple Coconut Bars

Kids Korner: Chicken Sticks with Ranch Dressing

 

December 14

Romaine Salad with Cucumber Vinaigrette

Flank Steak with Herb Dressing or Crispy Vegetable Quesadillas (Veg.)

Roasted Green Beans

Corn Sauté with Red Pepper and Onions

Fresh Fruit Platter

Graham Bars

Kids Korner: Ham and Cheese Roll Ups

 

 

Sophie’s Café Women’s Support Group

During the holidays, while many of us are celebrate and feeling good cheer, others of us are struggling more than usual – remembering lost loved ones, feeling depression more acutely in contrast to the festivity, or having more difficulty than usual with alcohol and drugs, strained family relationships, or deeper-than-ever loneliness.  If this describes you, or if you are seeking safe, compassionate, and affirming sanctuary, Sophie’s Café, a women’s support group that meets in the Mayflower Room on Monday evenings from 6:00-7:15 pm, welcomes you to our circle.

Not a religious organization or even an advice-giving group, we are a gathering of women of all ages and many different backgrounds who believe that we all live best in community.  We are there to speak, to listen, and to give and take support and comfort.  Feel free to join us any Monday (except school holidays and snow days).  Enter at Berry Street office entrance, ring bell on wall by office window, and someone will come to open the inner door. 

Share Your Christmas Greetings

Congregational Life Board invites you to save postage and be green this Christmas. Share your greetings with the entire Plymouth family! Bring your Christmas cards or letters to the designated mailbox in the Folsom Room beginning November 27. Cards will be displayed in the Folsom Room during the month of December.

 

Luminous Night Service Of Lament And Promise: Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 pm

Lament: to express sorrow, mourning; to regret strongly. Promise: an indication of future improvement 

The Advent/Christmas season invites us to be gentle with ourselves and one another. During the darkening days of December, and because of high unrealistic expectations in the cultural Christmas rush, many individuals suffer anxiety, depression, sadness, and loneliness during this season.

Luminous Night Service offers you a safe place to lament, to mourn, to complain, to feel your anger and disappointment, without being told to “get over it.”  We may express our grief, anger, discouragement, sadness, and longings, as we also affirm God’s love, compassion, forgiveness, and presence with us. We listen and remember God’s promise “never to leave or forsake” us. The service is interwoven with song, prayer, scripture, and readings. Candle lighting is included, in remembrance of a loved one who has died, in hope, in prayer, as a symbol of searching for the “light in the darkness.” Following the service, you are invited to linger in the Folsom Room for hot chocolate and cookies, provided by the Evangelism and Marketing Board. 

Come, gather with others who feel the need to replace pressure with peace.

  

Come hear

CHRISTMAS STORIES

you have never before heard

 told by our own storyteller Bill Deans!

CHRISTMAS SONGS

by our own Maestro Bob Nance

Sunday, December 11

Sponsored by the Amazing Grays.

A Christmas luncheon will be served.

Reservations are necessary

by noon, December 9.

 From Ceiling To Floor

Plymouth is undergoing a thorough cleaning from ceiling to floor in both the office building and in the sanctuary. A crew is cleaning through approximately Tuesday, December 13.  Although staff cannot guarantee the condition of any space during this time, events will be accommodated as much as possible. Please be patient.

Wellspring Wish List

Individually wrapped snacks for our After School Program youth. (no raisins please) *This program is seeing record numbers which means more mouths to feed.*
Boy's winter clothing sizes 6-8 for the Wellspring Shoppe. (we are currently out)
New or gently used blankets for the Wellspring Shoppe (we'd like to distribute to each family through the winter months)

Christmas Wish List For Crossroad Children

Please put your gifts in the designated bin in the Folsom Room by no later than Thursday, December 8.

Arts & Crafts

Games

Art Kits
Coloring Book w/ Colored Pencils
Sketch Pads
Journals
Origami Kits
Jewelry Making Kits
Level 1 Car Model Kits
Woodcraft Kits
Photo Albums
Mosaic Masterpiece Kits
Paint by Numbers 

 

Yahtzee Hand Held Electronic Game
Tetris Hand Held ELectronic Game
Apples to Apples
Connect 4 x 5
Battleship
Sequence
Guess Who
Yahtzee
Trouble
Sorry
Checkers
Chutes and Ladders
Othello
Pet Shop
Pictionary Junior
Card Games (Uno, Skip Bo, etc.)
Puzzles (100-250 piece)

 

2016 FORT WAYNE  CITY OF CHURCHES TOUR:  Friday, December 9, 6:00-10:00 pm         

Plymouth Congregational is one of 14 churches that will be open for visitors to explore the sanctuaries and history: First Presbyterian, Trinity English Lutheran, Trinity Episcopal, St. John’s Lutheran, First Wayne Street UMC, St. Paul’s Lutheran, St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic, Shepherd of the City Lutheran, Redeemer Lutheran, First Missionary, Fort Wayne Baptist, Emmanuel Lutheran.

Make this free event a new holiday tradition with your family. Feel free to take photos.  Food and beverages will be available at selected locations.  See one or see all these beautiful sanctuaries! Wheel chair accessible. Tickets are free:  available on the Main Hall bulletin board; in the Narthex,  and Folsom Room counter near the bulletin board. Plymouth’s Evangelism and Marketing Board is sponsoring our participation.  Volunteers will be provided a script for describing the architecture and features  of the sanctuary. Please contact Terri Stumpf (terrilstumpf@gmail.com), or Ann Filler (chocolateraspberry4017@yahoo.com), if you wish to volunteer.

 It’s Time To Order Poinsettias!

Ordering these plants is an easy way to remember, honor, and celebrate loved ones and friends, while helping to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas. To order, please complete the form below, and return it to the church office by Sunday, December 11.  Poinsettias are $10.00 each. Plants will be placed in the sanctuary on the Sunday before Christmas. (Please leave plants until after the 10:00 am service on Christmas Day; let the office know if you are donating yours to be taken to Plymouth members & friends who are shut-in, or if you would rather claim them on Tuesday, December 27.)

Your Name __________________________________________________

In honor, celebration memory (please circle which applies): ________________________

_________________________________________________________________

Number ordered _____ X $10.00 each = __________ Total Amount

Amount Enclosed $ __________ Check # ___________ Cash __

(Please make checks payable to Plymouth Church).

Plymouth To Host Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network

Plymouth will be the designated hosts at Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network  during the week of December 18 through December 23. This is an opportunity to support the only shelter in Fort Wayne that provides housing, evening meals and guidance to families and single women here in Fort Wayne. 

Plymouth is responsible for providing six evening meals during this time.  Evening activities are something else we can do and are always looked forward to by the guests at Just Neighbors IHN. An evening activity can range from reading books with smaller children, playing games with the older ones or creating a craft.  It really only takes a very small amount of our time to provide support to those that find themselves in need of shelter.

All the information needed for anyone wanting to volunteer in any capacity will be provided through Sign Up Genius online.  If you would like to be included in this benevolent outreach, please contact Laura Rudolph at 485-2285 or rudyfw@yahoo.com. Spread some Plymouth holiday cheer and do something that truly makes a difference in the lives of neighbors here in Fort Wayne!

 

2016 Christmas Services

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24

NEW Early Time: 4:00 pm: Communion & Candlelight

10:00 pm: Carols and Candlelight

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25

 10:00 am: Worship

Please note: The church office will be closed on Friday, December 23, and Monday, December 26.

 

The 42nd Annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival Is Almost Here!

A reminder that the 42nd annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival will take place Thursday and Friday, December 29 and 30, at 5:30 and 8:00 pm,  in our Sanctuary. If you do not have tickets (which are free), distribution of tickets to Plymouth members is in the Folsom Room on Sundays, December 4, 11, and 18 —while tickets are still available. Pick-up yours early! Public distribution will be Thursday, December 15, starting at 4:30 pm, from our church office. The cast is reminded of their rehearsals on December 26and December 27, with dress rehearsal on December 28. We hope to see you all there for the Festival.  “Oh come, all ye faithful!” For more information, contact Festival Directors, Jim Schmidt (jimby16@yahoo.com), or Kara Jaurigue (kkjaurigue@gmail.com).

SAVE THE DATE!

Women’s Retreat: April 22, 2017, Epworth Forest Conference Center

"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.

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).

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

 

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BUILDING USE FORMS AVAILABLE HERE 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). 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.