"A Continuing Work of God's Hands"

 

WorshipSundays, 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, in the Chapel.

Small Group Study: Wednesdays, 6:45 - 7:30 pm, with Rev. Ruth E. Phillips, in the Amistad Room. 

 

All Members Of The Plymouth Family Are Invited

Join us for our “Green Christmas” sessions on November 30, and December 7, 14, and 21.  Together we will learn about waiting from scripture passages about nature, and encourage each other to care for the earth though our celebrations.  Join us downstairs in the Youth Lounge to plant a Christmas tree, paint recycled gift wrap, and prayerfully listen as “heaven and nature sing” in anticipation of Christmas Day! Next week,( November 30), we will be sharing things we already do to care for the environment this time of year.  Come ready to share your answer to the question: What green traditions help your family celebrate Christmas?

 

Attention Artists Of All Ages!

Artwork is needed for our 2014 Online Advent Calendar to be paired with Advent quotes, and shared daily through Plymouth's Facebook page. We can use paintings, drawings, photographs—even a photograph of a craft you've made.  Winter, nature, or abstract themes would all work well.  Please contact Katie Watson with your submissions.

 

Annual Knit & Kibitz Sale

Knit & Kibitz once again will be selling quality, hand-wrought items on Sunday, November 23, from 9:00 - 9:45 am and again after the service until about noon. An afghan is being offered in a silent auction during the sale times, both Sundays.  You can find some interesting Christmas gifts at the sale, so plan to check out the sale tables. 

 

Standish Circle's Annual Wreath And Roping Sale

Holiday wreaths will again be for sale by Standish Circle.  Thanksgiving is late in the month this year, so the wreaths will be available for purchase on  Sunday, November 23 and on Sunday, November 30(Thanksgiving weekend).  We are fortunate that the St. Joe Tree Farm has not raised their prices to us, making the costs:

· $19…small, undecorated wreath

· $24…small, decorated wreath

· $24…large undecorated wreath

· $29…large, decorated wreath

· $15…white pine roping (20 ft.)

Decorated wreaths come with your choice of red or burgundy bows and natural or frosted berries.  The sale will be located in the Folsom Room before and after church services.

 

Youth Host Fresh-Baked Bread Sale

The annual Fresh Baked Bread Sale, put together by Plymouth youth and adult leaders, will be held Sunday, November 23.  Breads of all kinds will be available for purchase before and after worship, including our traditional white and wheat loaves, the ever-so-popular Monkey Bread, as well as zucchini, cranberry-orange, and a few others. The bread sale comes just in time to help fill your Thanksgiving table! 

 

Plymouth Music Series: Sunday, November 23, 2:00 pm

The Plymouth Music Series Presents, “O Holy Night: A Christmas Collection for Flute and Piano,” Sunday, November 30, 2:00 pm, in the sanctuary. Pianist David Snyder and flutist Janet McKay Galbraith perform a special concert featuring arrangements of favorite Christmas Carols by David Snyder. Invite your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues! It’s a great way to start the holiday season!

 

Meals needed at Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network: November 30 – December 6!

Plymouth is responsible for providing the evening meals and activities for Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network November 30 – December 6, and volunteers are needed!

Just neighbors IHN is in its fifteenth year of providing safe, comfortable housing to families in need of shelter.  It is the ONLY shelter in Fort Wayne that keeps families together during a difficult time, while providing ongoing support in the areas of jobs, finances and housing.

If you would like to help provide any part(s) of a meal or an evening activity or have questions, please contact Laura Rudolph at 485-2285.  On line sign-ups will be conducted through Sign-Up Genius starting November 3.

If you have never participated before it is very easy! You can provide part(s) of a meal for 24 hungry adults and deliver it to the Just Neighbors IHN location at 2925 E. State Boulevard by 5:15 pm on the day you have selected.  Evening activities can be reading to small children, singing songs with them, or doing a craft you provide.  Evening activities occur from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to give a little bit of your time to support families in need of shelter here in Fort Wayne.

 

Doll House Raffle Tickets

If you are looking for that unique gift for that very special person in your life, here is the answer for you!

There are a limited number of raffle tickets NOW AVAILABLE for $10/each that would place you in the drawing for a handmade, completely furnished and lit doll house.  Only 200 tickets are being offered through the end of November, so your chances are good that this one of a kind doll house could be yours!

The doll house is on a moveable platform that raises it above the ground for easy access and moving. Furnishings are complete down to the people and even the items on the miniature table—a dream come true for anyone who loves make believe play and miniatures!  The drawing for this amazing doll house will take place December 15, 2014 with the winner being notified immediately.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to the operating budget of Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network here in Fort Wayne. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please contact Laura Rudolph at 485-2285, or use the signup sheet on the office bulleting board.

 

Pepper Jelly Still Available

Many 8-oz. jars of Plymouth's own Pepper Jelly are still available at only $5.00 each—a great item for gift baskets or host gifts! Online recipes suggest using it to flavor beef, pork, and fish dishes, as an ingredient in salad dressing, as a condiment, on bread or crackers—and much more.  To order, please contact the church office for contact information. 

 

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 side dish you are bringing.

 

Third World Shoppe Sale

What does a birch bark basket from Minnesota have in common with a jute angel tree ornament from Bangladesh? Both are handmade by low-income people working to support their families. They are also some of the many items from over 35 countries on display immediately following worship service on Sunday, November 30, in the Folsom Room. The display is provided by volunteers from the Third World Shoppe, a nonprofit ministry aiding the poor through employment programs and education. Please take a few minutes to view these unique items and consider giving a gift that gives twice! 

 

Luminous Night Service Of Lament and Promise: Wednesday, December 3, 7:00 pm

A quiet service of Psalms, music, and candle lighting in memory of loved ones, in acknowledgement of the difficulties and sadness of life circumstances, and an expression of Hope and Promise in the Birth of the One who brings God’s love and light to earth.

The Christmas season invites us to be gentle with one another and ourselves.  During the darkening days of December, and because of unrealistic expectations in the cultural Christmas rush, many people suffer anxiety, depression, sadness, and loneliness. We need a safe place to lament, to complain, to grieve – without being told to “get over it.” Our Luminous Night Service of  Lament and Promise allows us to express our grief, anger, discouragement first, and then move to affirmations of God’s love and compassion. We can listen and be reminded that God keeps the divine promise “never to leave or forsake” us.

The service will be interwoven with song, prayer, scripture, and readings.  Candle lighting is included in the liturgy for those who wish to light a candle in remembrance, in hope, as an expression of searching for the “light in the darkness.”

Come, gather with others who share an understanding of the need to replace pressure with peace. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”   Isaiah 9:2

 

 

Amazing Grays Host Boar's Head Luncheon

Join the Boar's Head Committee and the Amazing Grays in celebrating 40 years of services of the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival, 11:30 am, Sunday, December 14. A delicious English lunch will be served by Rhonda. Make reservations now! Space is limited!

 

Announcing ...

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). 

 

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. 

If you are willing to help support this project, please send your contributions to the church and put "Hearing Loop" on the memo line of your check, 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.

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