Sunday, January 22, 2017

8:00 am:     Chapel Communion

8:30 am:      Hospitality

9:00 am:      Sanctuary Singers

9:00 am:     Christian Education

10:00 am:   Worship 

11:30 am:    Casa d'Plymouth Spagetti luncheon (youth fundraiser)

12:00 pm:   Annual Meeting


Chapel Classes

TED Talks Plymouth Style: Come each week to hear a Plymouth member share some of her/his faith & Plymouth history. 

          January 22 - Eric Black

Haiku As Spiritual Practice, with Dana Wichern: Reading and writing haiku is sort of like finding meaning in a cup of morning coffee. It's personally specific and universal all at the same time. And, it is one of the rare forms that demands as much of the reader as it does of the writer.

Writing and reading haiku can help with seeing oneself in the universe and with growing to value even the little frightening things of life such as frogs, tree toads, or whatever. And poets pack all this into 17 syllables precisely arranged in three lines. Come to the chapel prepared to experience the haiku. All ages are welcome. Kindly, bring pen and paper if you think of it.

The focus for the three Chapel sessions will be:

January 29: The What: A haiku hike to learn the form, 'ah-ha' moments, and essences.

February 5: The How: The sound and look of the best language and a bit of liberty.

February 12: The Where: Haiku jumping off places and a grand finale.


Wednesday Study Group

Wednesday Study Group, 6:45 to 7:30 pm, with Rev. Ruth E. Phillips, has begun a new 7-week session: January 11 through February 22, “Science, Religion, and an Evolving Faith,” using the DVD, “Painting the Stars.”   

Among the progressive theologians included are Barbara Rossing, John Shelby Spong, Matthew Fox, and Bruce Sanguin.  Each session includes 20-minute DVD clip followed by lively exploratory discussion.  All are welcome.

February Amazing Grays

The Amazing Grays Will feature a A TRIBUTE TO VALENTINE’S DAY BY MAESTRO ROBERT NANCE and FRIENDS, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12. Lunch will be served immediately after the morning’s service. Reservations should be made by Friday, February 10.

Collecting For Bloomingdale School

Plymouth's match for church and school this year is Bloomingdale Elementary.  They are in need of:

  • boys and girls scarves
  • boys and girls gloves
  • sweat pants boys or girls any size 5-16
  • girls’ shoes size 2, 5, 9+
  • girls’ boots any size 10-9
  • boys and girls underwear sizes 5, 6, 7, 8 

Take advantage of sales. Please bring items to the church and put them in the bin in the Folsom Room.  We will collect these items through the middle of February.   Thank you for your wonderful support of these children.

Name Tags Reorganized

The name tags, on the hanging racks in the narthex, recently have been reorganized with hopes that finding them will be easier. If you find one out-of-place, or one you don’t know where to hang, please use the extra hooks at the top and they’ll be put back in the correct spot. If yours is missing or in the wrong place. Please contact Jan Younger (, or Sandy Moliere (, They will do their best to get them right. If you need a new name tag made, please contact Suzanne, in the church office (


Fulfill that New Year Resolution to Make a Difference!

Many of you made New Year’s resolutions for 2017. For some, it is to make a difference this year in some way.  Here is your opportunity to fulfill that resolution!

Plymouth is the host for Just Neighbors IHN during the week of January 28 through February 3  (Yes, we just had a week of hosting at Just Neighbors right before Christmas and are called back to do the same the end of January). Plymouth members and friends provide the evening meal and after-dinner activities for the children during our week of hosting.

Just Neighbors is the only shelter in Fort Wayne that provides temporary housing to families that need a place to stay together. (The key word is “together.”) No matter what the family unit consists of, Just Neighbors is there to provide a safe, warm place to be for children while the adults receive support and counseling to address their housing and job needs.

If you have an hour or so to spare during the week of Sunday, January 28 through Friday, February 3 consider making a contribution to the evening meal or create an after-dinner activity for the children.  In doing this you will be extending that warm Plymouth welcome and making a tangible difference in the lives of neighbors right here in Fort Wayne and crossing something off your “to do list”.

The sign up for this activity is done online through Sign-Up Genius.  Once you go to this site you can select to provide any part(s) of the meal you would like on the day that meets your schedule. Directions to the Just Neighbors center will be on this site as well as other helpful information. You are asked to bring your portion(s) of the meal capable of serving 24 hungry adults.  Do remember when making your meal choices that the majority of our guests are children under the age of 12.

This is a great way to start the New Year off helping others and extending that warm Plymouth welcome of “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”

If you have questions, want more information or would like to be added to the E-vite list, please contact: Laura Rudolph –, 485-2285.


My name is Jan Evrard and I am a 64 year old mother and grand-mother living in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  I am deeply concerned about the money I&M is requesting to make improvements to the Rockport power plant.  There are so many reasons why having customers pay for these improvements is wrong, but basically it makes no sense to pour money into an outdated and tired facility that is polluting our environment and harming the health of our people, regardless of who pays.

I would like to see I&M generate clean energy and clean energy jobs, and for government to do away with the tax shelters that are given to large corporate owners.  This is being done in many areas of the country, and though change is painful, we usually survive it.  The folks who once built the steam engines lost their jobs when new ways of travel were invented, but they had to move on to other ways of making a living.  Although I sympathize with anyone who loses a job, I believe we can transition into clean energy and make sure that everyone has a part, if we do so in a mindful and careful manner.

In creating clean energy, not only would it create jobs but it could be less costly via the use of wind farms that would increase the local property tax base and support famers and rural schools and towns.  Other jobs could be created that we may not even be aware of at this time, as Americans are a creative and resourceful people.

But most of all, I don’t know how anyone of us can look into the eyes of our children and grand-children and not be concerned with what kind of world we are leaving to them.  If we continue to spew carbon monoxide and other toxins into the air through the Rockport power plant, we not only damage our environment and natural resources, but the health and quality of life of the people.  I know that money is important in this world, but is it more important than doing the right thing for our children and all those coming after us?

I hope that the right decision is made for all concerned, and that it is not too late to turn around the damage that has already been done.

Jan Evrard


Gratitude is expressed to Michael Thomas, coordinator of sanctuary and building decorating for his dedication to “decking the halls” of Plymouth.  Michael’s creative finesse gave us new pew swags which enhanced the beauty of the sanctuary.  The day of decorating was completed by Michael, Ed Gomez, Dwight James, Vida McCray Gardner, and John Gardner. 

A word of gratitude goes to Charles Van Camp who single-handedly accomplished ALL of our outside decorating.  That meant climbing the ladder, braving some chilly weather, and checking strings of lights and timers.  Charles also did all the un-decorating of the outside prior to the weather turning colder and the rain starting.

The undecorating day volunteers were Shawn Conner, Barb Duch, Roger Eversole, Mark Glassley, Ed Gomez, John P. Gardner, Vida McCray Gardner, Monty Millage, Nada and Karen O’Neal, and little Michaela O’Neal provided smiles and hugs.

Sweet Pepper Jelly Sales

Did you eat or give away all of your pepper jelly during the Christmas season? There still are various sizes available for sale, but in limited quantities. The 16-ounce jars are $9, 12-ounce $7, 8-ounce $5, and 4-ounce $2.50. Some Plymouth members enjoy the jelly as a glaze on pork or fish, spread on a burger, included in a peanut butter sandwich and of course, the traditional treat with cream cheese and crackers.

Please contact Joyce Augspurger at (home phone 625-3222) for orders and/or questions.  As a reminder, we do re-use the jars and welcome them at any time. Thank you for your continued support of this annual project. 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Pancake Supper: February 28, 5:30-7:00 pm

Come, celebrate Mardi Gras!

The Congregational Life Board invites all ages to enjoy pancakes and sausage for supper, Mardi Gras hat making, and face painting. Donations of “water only” pancake mix, and syrup are requested and need to be at church by Friday, February 26.

Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday is the feast before the fasting of Lent.

Ash Wednesday: March 1

The Christian observance of Lent begins with an evening worship service for Ash Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 pm, in the Plymouth sanctuary. Ash Wednesday worship includes a ceremony for the imposition of ashes on the foreheads of worship participants. Together, we recall the words from Genesis: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Gen. 3:19). The evening service also includes the sacrament of Holy Communion. The season of Lent places special emphasis upon acts of charity, prayer, and fasting. Through devotion and the practice of faith we respond to the call of Jesus to embrace more fully the love of God and neighbor. 

"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

2016 Tax Reminder

Getting ready to prepare your federal tax return for 2016? Remember: the IRS will allow you to deduct the donations you made to Plymouth only if they were dated and postmarked in 2016. As long as you itemize your deductions, you can generally claim 100 percent of your church donations as a deduction.

How to Donate ONLINE to Plymouth Congregational Church

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

2017 Scholarship Opportunities

The Grants and Scholarships Committee has the pleasant responsibility of awarding scholarship grants for tuition and fees from the earnings generated by several endowed funds. Completed applications are due in the church office as noted below.

By February 15

The Richard Nelson Kent Memorial Fund provides educational grants for tuition and fees for members of the United Church of Christ in the Northeast [Indiana] Association and other qualified applicants who are at least 16 years of age and entering into or continuing ecological studies, conservation biology, or other environmentally related studies.

The R. Donald and Genevieve M. Sinish Fund provides awards for tuition and fees for 16-to-24-year-old members of Plymouth Church.

The Van Gorder Scholarship is awarded annually for tuition and fees for post-secondary education leading to a degree, certificate, or license for a graduating senior who is a member of Plymouth Church.

By April 15

The Richard C. Hess Peace Studies Scholarship will award a $1,000 tuition and fees scholarship for a college student majoring in peace studies or a related program.

Completed applications with all supporting materials must be received in the church office by the stated deadline.  Incomplete applications are ineligible for consideration. To request application packets, or to receive additional information, call the church office (423-9424), leave your name, phone number, and email address, and a member of the Grants and Scholarships Committee will respond to your request.  


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



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.