No Matter Where You Are On Life's Journey, You're Welcome Here!

 "A Matter of Life and Death"

April 23, 2017, 4:00pm, at Plymouth Congregational Church UCC

Sponsored in part by Plymouth Music Series and the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation, this program is presented in honor of the community's observance of Yom Hashoah.

Featuring the Faure REQUIEM and a host of other choral works, the concert combines the voices of Heartland Sings, the IPFW University Singers and the IPFW Choral Union, providing the audience with an opportunity to remember the victims of the Holocaust and unite with everyone in our community working to promote understanding and tolerance among all people.

This concert is directed by Vaughn Roste and Patricia Kennedy, accompanied by organist Geoffrey North.

Library Open House

On Sunday, April 30, the Library Committee will be hosting an Open House immediately following the 10:00 am worship service.  Committee members have recently reorganized to make the library more available and user-friendly.  Committee members will be available for “Show and Tell” and to answer your questions.  Please stop by!

Mother’s Day Special Offering

On Sunday, May 14, we will receive a special offering for our neighbors who live at Cedar’s Hope.  Cedar’s Hope was founded by members of Plymouth Church and offers supportive housing to women with a mental health condition who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Residents live in a family style setting: they eat together, shop together, keep the house tidy together, and most of all support each other together.  Cedar’s Hope offers case management, transportation, and 24-hour staffing to help the women we serve maintain their stability and quickly respond to any crisis that may occur.

 The women at Cedar’s Hope eagerly accept opportunities to give back to the community.  On average, the women clock in over 600 hours per month of volunteer time.  They also spend a lot of their time out and about, visiting the library and Community Center.  Please be generous in your support!

Wellspring Miles for Meals Walk

The 2nd annual Miles for Meals 3-mile walk, sponsored by Wellspring Interfaith Social Services, is Saturday, May 20, 9:00 am, at Foster Park.  Proceeds will benefit Wellspring's Food Bank.

Plymouth supports Wellspring's many outreach projects through our benevolence program.  In appreciation for Plymouth's continued support, Wellspring will give any Plymouth participant the opportunity of designating that 50% of the funds raised by that participant come back to Plymouth Church!

All details, together with information on how to go about signing up for the event, may be found in the Benevolence Corner on the bulletin board by the front office.

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ONA 16th Anniversary Workshops

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm

 Registration: $5.00 Per Person


Leader:  Diana Bauer has practiced law in Fort Wayne since 1987 and formed her own law firm in 2015, Bauer Legal LLC. She represents a wide variety of clients in litigation and appellate matters. 

Workshop:  Legal issues for the LGBTQ community.  Diana will provide insight and guidance on legal issues of interest to the LGBTQ community.  Her discussion will include estate planning issues, health care concerns, and retirement benefits.

 

Leader: Thad Gerardot, LGBTQ advocate, organized for Freedom Indiana, ran for State Representative and serves on the board for Q Consulting and Education a local organization that provides LGBTQ diversity and inclusion training.

Workshop: History of LGBTQ Movement in Politics, Nationally and in Indiana. Thad will share his involvement organizing and running for office.  Discuss how you can get involved by persuading elected officials and joining organizations that support LGBTQ inclusive policies.

 

Leaders: Erica & Dawn Mays are Co-Editors-in-Chief of the website, OutShoutTheCrazies.com. Erica is “webmistress” Transgender, and also the Technical Consultant at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Angola, Indiana, a musician, and a professional Digital Artist. Dawn is a singer and a former patient Case Manager with an Associate’s Degree in Social Work.

Workshop: Transgenderism & Family Life. Erica and Dawn will share their experiences and advice in dealing with the unique challenges of coming together in a non-stereotypical family, with an emphasis on transgender family members, raising LGBTQ-positive children, and the societal implications of living outside of the mainstream.

 

Leader: Kris Posthuma has over a decade of experience with facilitation and LGBTQ-centered work. He is currently the manager of curricula development at Indiana Youth Group. Prior to his time with IYG, he worked for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Northern Kentucky (then just Planned Parenthood of Indiana) as a sexual health educator and resource coordinator and taught an intro to human sexuality course at Indiana University. 

Workshop: Indiana Youth Group, and Thrive: Dare to be Powerful, suicide prevention.

 

ONA Film: Fish Out of Water

 May 6, Following Workshops

Coming out of the closet can be challenging. For Ky Dickens, the experience of coming out to friends at Vanderbilt University led to the making of Fish Out of Water, a spirited documentary that explores the seven Bible passages notoriously used to condemn homosexuality and justify marriage discrimination. 

This genre-bending, intellectually condensed, power-packed analysis of the homophobic religious arguments is a mixture of animation, LGBTQ community interviews​,​ and expert analysis from theologians across the country.

Rev. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ, states, “We, the church and its leaders at all levels, need this film.”

 

ONA Celebration Party

Saturday, May 6, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

 At Calhoun Street

Soups, Salad & Spirits (CS3)

 Bring your friends and family to enjoy music, dancing, and light snacks.

 $5.00/person

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ONA Anniversary Events Registration for May 6, 2017

Name ________________________________  

Phone ________________________________

Email ________________________________

__ Workshops Only ($5.00)    __ Celebration Party Only ($5.00)   

__ Both Events ($8.00)

Payment Amount Total ______  cash ___ or check# ____

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 "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.

How to Donate ONLINE to Plymouth Congregational Church

Just go to the Plymouth page at https://wwweservicepayments.com/67099.htm.  Use this convenient and confidential link to support Plymouth Church’s mission! Your generosity helps advance the local and global outreach of Plymouth benevolence.  

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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.